The Walking Dead Awards: Welcome to the post-Rick Grimes world

Season 9, Episode 6: The Walking Dead: All Growed Up

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Michonne is still a leader in Alexandria.

Photograph by Gene Page/AMC

(Spoilers ahead)

Each week, we comb through the guts of The Walking Dead, much like a horde of hungry walkers, to bring you the episode’s best moments, surprises, and other post-apocalyptic curiosities. This week: Carol returns to her true form, Judith is the new Carl, and no one ever fixed Rick’s bridge.

Season 9, Episode 6: “Who Are You Now?”

Best CGI: We’ve seen some bad CGI creatures on TWD before, but that bird in the opening scene that plucked the worm from the walker was not one. As far as this show is concerned, that’s some Industrial Light and Magic-level work.

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Photograph by Gene Page/AMC

TWD: The Next Generation: Thanks to the six year time jump, we now have not only the opportunity to see the kids of the show—Judith, Henry, Gracie, and presumably Hershel—more grown up, but also how our heroes have fully evolved into their roles as parents. Dad Ezekiel might be our favorite.

Most unexpected pairing (again): Why do Gabriel’s romantic relationships keep coming completely out of left field? Now he’s dating Rosita—someone, like Anne, he’s never shared chemistry with before. And clearly Eugene isn’t okay with it. Considering Rosita and Eugene got together in the comics, something tells us this is about to become a love triangle.

Least changed: At first, we thought Carol had gone soft after six years of domestic life. Oh, how wrong we were. You do not f*** with Carol.

Most changed: When it comes to killing walkers, Eugene is kind of a badass now.

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Michonne and RJ

Photograph by Gene Page/AMC

Biggest surprise: RJ! Showrunner Angela Kang has confirmed that the child who runs into Michonne’s arms is indeed her and Rick’s son and is named after his father.

Worst international relations: Six years ago the communities were working toward a charter, now it seems like they only trade a little and aren’t communicating much at all. At least Alexandria appears to have a city council?

Best tutor: Who better to help teach you math than Negan? As Judith said, numbers don’t care if you’re good or evil.

Best trivia knowledge: How did Michonne gain such a specific knowledge of prison tattoos? In the comics, Michonne was a lawyer pre-apocalypse, which could explain it. Perhaps this Michonne was too?

Most in need of a flashback: Clearly something bad happened at Alexandria in the last six years. It’s shaken Michonne’s ability to trust outsiders, given her an ‘X’ on her back, and seems to be spoken about in hushed tones.

Worst time to not have read the comics: At the end of this week’s episode, non-comic readers might be thinking the walkers are somehow regaining their humanity and beginning to think. Don’t run too much with this theory, however, as it’s most likely not going to be the case. Instead, be ready for the new antagonists, the Whisperers, who dress up as walkers to move around.

Best exchange:
Eugene to Rosita: I’m holding you back. I cannot keep on keeping on. I’ll gladly distract the dead while you vamoose, but there’s something I’ve been working up the testicular gravitas to tell you. Something I’ve been holding inside of me for a really long time—
Rostia: Shut up! Don’t make this weird. We are making it! Come on!

Most disturbing image: While it’s sweet that Judith now has a little figurine to remind her of her father, the toy itself is kind of creepy. The giant mustache is just a strange quirk; it’s the wide-open eyes and greenish zombie-like skin that make this toy a bit terrifying.

Best kill: Could it really be anything other than Carol lighting that match? Henry didn’t even ask how she got her ring back—he knew better.

Episode MVP: Judith might be learning to fight like Michonne, but she has her dad’s open heart and faith in humanity. It’s hard not to see the influence of both her parents and her older brother in her, which makes it that much more heartbreaking when she mentions to Michonne that she’s forgetting the sound of Rick and Carl’s voices. She’s probably going to have her annoying moments. She’s probably going to get someone killed. But she’s the future, and that’s what this show has always been fighting for.