The Walking Dead’s “Bounty” was chuck full of intricate details for the keenest of eagle eyes to spot and ponder.
This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season 9, episode 11.
- Daryl’s Angel Wing Vest missing half a wing is symbolic
- Oceanside, Sanctuary spotted on charter for signatures
- Movie theater in Alpha’s lands
- Enid is aware Henry likes her
- Daryl’s tasteful scar over eye, Carol’s half-grown hair
- Alpha’s crew whispers to her as well, hierarchy in place
- Daryl acted as The Hilltop’s leader
- Addy is tattletale, enters Henry’s room without permission
- Tara’s abandonment of Alexandria
- Alpha/Daryl reminiscent of Beth trade, Governor at Prison
Daryl’s missing wing on his leather stitched vest was first noticeable post Rick Grimes time jump in season 9. It wasn’t made clear whether the ripped off patch of wing was intentional or the product of wear and tear initially. However, tonight’s episode “Bounty” subtly hinted that the missing wing was not an accident without any direct verbiage about it.
After turning over Lydia back to her mother Alpha, an individual responsible for the bruises on her arm and promptly slaps her post-trade, Daryl makes a bold statement. “I did what we had to do today. We all did.” He tells Henry to “Live with it,” quite a departure from his sleepless nights crawling up the walls over the inadvertent death of Denise. Right after, Daryl turns away from Henry as his half wing is explicitly noticeable to the viewer for more than a few seconds. It appeared to symbolize the fallen angel, perfectly meshing with Daryl’s apparent icy personality changes. Reminiscent of the “One Winged Angel” of Sephiroth for Final Fantasy 7 fans.
Ezekiel was handed the ‘Multi-Community Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ from Paul “Jesus” Rovia and Tara Chambleron tonight’s Walking Dead. A distinguished eye likely caught the signature lines for Oceanside and Sanctuary before the camera panned away. While we know Sanctuary went ‘bust’ post-time jump, the whereabouts of Oceanside’s residents has long been a topic of interest. Did Michonne have them all executed or exiled after Rick’s disappearance? If so, was it punishment for causing the events that led up to the end of the bridge or something else? A thinly veiled response to Maggie’s singular decision to hang Gregory?
The rift between Maggie and Michonne might indicate as such. That said, Oceanside’s appearance on the charter means they were at least part of the greater plan initially. Michonne keeping the charter she originally proposed on ice might be due to Oceanside’s inclusion post-Rick disappearance. Perhaps, Maggie’s reluctance to sign was due to Sanctuary’s inclusion. Nevertheless, if there was a stalemate, it caused the dissolution of both communities.
Just as Ezekiel, Carol, Jerry and the rest of the Kingdom’s group were riding off into the sunset in victory, with Ezekiel commenting about them not losing anymore… The camera showed a sign exhibiting an ‘A’ with a line over it! Alpha stated The Hilltop’s people had been into their lands during the trade off but promised no conflict if Lydia was to be returned. When Alpha and The Whisperers realize The Kingdom had ‘sullied’ their lands by entering their cinema, will they come for retaliation?
Enid openly told Daryl she knows Henry likes her when volunteering to change his mind about giving up Lydia. It appears Henry isn’t so good about hiding his feelings for Enid to be so blunt about it. Though a high-pressure life and death situation caused the trade…
At its core, Enid essentially asked Henry to give up his potential girlfriend so she could have her potential boyfriend back. Lydia volunteering to leave is likely the only reason Henry went along with it. The love-struck Kingdom-ite has eaten a live ground worm for Lydia prior and would likely have done anything for her even before the kiss. Post kiss, all bets are off.
Daryl has a 300-style tasteful scar going across his eye Gerard Butler’s King Leonidas would be proud of! Meanwhile, The Walking Dead kept up continuity by having Carol’s hair be only half-grown in length in tonight’s flashback with Paul “Jesus” Rovia and Tara. The long locks were given symbolic reasoning by Henry last episode.
Carol and Ezekiel’s adopted son mentioned she used to be afraid of Ed pulling her by the hair when she would try to run away to escape. Hence, cutting it short to begin with. Now, that she feels comfortable around Ezekiel she’s let the hair flow once again like an ad for Pantene Shampoo.
Alpha slapped Lydia for calling her momma in front of the group instead of Alpha “like all the rest.” The others whisper to Alpha rather than speaking at a normal level, indicating a type of submissiveness to the Alpha of the group. Though previously it appeared they whispered to avoid confrontation with the zombies they occasionally blend into, it seems whispering is also part of a hierarchy of classes within the group.
Daryl was the first to ask “the hell does it matter” when Alpha requested to know who the leader of The Hilltop was in tonight’s episode… Yet, he is the one to go out of the gate to speak to Alpha and the one to ultimately make the decision to give Lydia up. Daryl has unofficially been appointed leader by the group rather than Tara, who leads in title only. It’s Daryl that’s rose to the occasion in place of Maggie and Paul “Jesus” Rovia.
Not only does Addy eagerly give up Henry’s location to Daryl, she goes into his room post-Lydia trade without invite. Addy seems like the type you don’t tell secrets to quite frankly. Is all this stemming from a crush Addy has on Henry? Is she trying to ‘save him’ from Lydia or just being the good samaritan?
Or is it Daryl she secretly has her sights on? Addy sure had a long stare at the shrouded in darkness Daryl before informing him of Henry going AWOL.
In the flashback during he onset of tonight’s Walking Dead episode, Tara makes it clear she took more than her share of supplies upon leaving Alexandria… And also doesn’t plan to go back and be ruled by Michonne’s law and order. Tara along with Maggie and Daryl didn’t see eye to eye with Rick’s dream of fulfilling Carl’s vision for a new world.
She was originally on board with Daryl wanting to smash a truck into The Sanctuary, thereby ending the community… Regardless of the innocents inside. It appears this thought process has followed Tara into her current mind state at The Hilltop. One wonders if she’d drop her weapon had she met The Governor in the current era of The Walking Dead.
Alpha showing up at The Hilltop’s doorstep with a battalion, felt like a homage to The Governor’s infamous arrival at The Prison during season 4. Even right down to having two hostages in Alden and Luke like The Governor’s Michonne and Hershel.
The scene also recalled Daryl’s trade for Beth with Officer Dawn Lerner, albeit without tragedy striking mid-trade. The Hilltop’s impromptu leader is certainly no stranger to hostage standoffs, and what can arise within seconds of misjudgment or even the perception of such. Just as he’s told Henry dozens of time now when confronted over his decision making, “You don’t know a thing about me. Not really,”
Norman Reedus to have art exhibition featured at Maison Sophie Lacasse
French art gallery Maison Sophie Lacasse will present a Norman Reedus photography art exhibition from May 29 to June 29, 2019.
Norman Reedus will have his photography artwork featured in a group art show at France’s Maison Sophie Lacasse starting May 29. The art gallery is located at 33 rue de Bellechasse, Paris 7e and open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Reedus promoted the exhibition on Twitter and mentioned the May 29th date alone, making a first day appearance probable.
The Walking Dead star did an interview over at New York’s Sotheby’s when his photos were featured at the auction house back in 2017… So, it’s a pretty solid bet Reedus will stop by this show as well! Opening night beckons attendance after all. Potentially, the trip could be featured as part of a future Ride with Norman Reedus episode in the works for AMC. Either way, appearance or not, it’s an excellent opportunity for French Walking Dead fans to get acquainted with one of Reedus’ main passions off the set.
if your in paris, I’m part of a group art show x -May 29th
at Maison Sophie Lacasse
33 rue de Bellechasse, Paris 7e
— norman reedus (@wwwbigbaldhead) May 19, 2019
The photos at art gallery Maison Sophie Lacasse will be curated by Géraldine Beigbeder (@happen_art) and Laurie Dolphin.
Above: The art exhibition is being titled ‘Photographies – The sun’s coming up like a big bald head’ a spin on Reedus’ own user handle on Twitter. Reedus released a limited edition collector’s volume of his photographs in 2013 titled,
The Sun’s Coming Up … Like a Big Bald Head prior. The 132 page book is currently available for purchase over at Baker & Taylor in hardcover for $45.
Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) on Reedus’ photography:
Every photograph is in some way autobiographical, as its composition and content all depend on the eye and the mind of the taker. But I would suggest not attempting this with these images.
Kim Gordon on Reedus’ photography (Founding Member of band Sonic Youth and Visual Artist):
Norman knows how to use the flat surface. He imbues it with the physicality that he knows as an actor, the spatial sense when you’re moving around in that rectangle.
The spontaneity of live action next to the STILLness of death, fake, stuffed…real.
Check out a detailed look into Daryl and Ezekiel’s one-on-one conversation about Carol this past Walking Dead season 9 finale.
The Walking Dead #TBT: Nicholas says ‘Thank You’ to Glenn Rhee
The Walking Dead’s greatest character death scene that ended up not being one, the day Nicholas said ‘Thank You’ to Glenn Rhee.
Breathing slows to a crawl, the mind wants to act but the body won’t obey as death is fingertips away. Picture The Walking Dead’s Nicholas on top of a garbage dumpster, frozen in place. One wrong step and agony is promised from every corner. Walker arms outstretched, reaching for their dinner like a juicy steak being teased in front of a lion. Nicholas realizes his present company has no answer for his fate, no exit door, no rabbit to pull out of a hat. Glenn attempts to reason with him amidst the chaos but it might is well be white noise. The nihilistic, rapid decay of Nicholas’ mind is in full swing.
An ‘impulsive’ decision has already been pre-made, Glenn just doesn’t know it yet. Still hopeful, Glenn pleads with Nicholas to “Look at me!” but the days of bravado are over. All that stares back are lifeless eyes that have seen their destiny. The journey has come to its final stop as Nicholas is in acceptance of his imminent departure. No end to stay the whole movie, he’s leaving this theater on his own.
He politely whispers “Thank You” to the last person he’ll ever see, then shoots himself point blank. All the while, Glenn is powerless to save Nicholas from himself despite being inches away. A crimson mask of misery paints Glenn’s face, stunning him. Before Glenn can fully process and react to what has happened, a forsaken Nicholas falls directly into him. The two take a spill off the dumpster into the abyss. In that moment, it appears Glenn is about to meet his maker as a ravenous horde tears every limb and organ.
“Thank You” in RetrospectiveWalking Dead episode, as you watch the dead feast from Glenn’s own viewpoint. Michael Slovis [Breaking Bad] directed the chapter with now-showrunner Angela Kang [Terriers] penning the script. It wasn’t the first time the series has dealt with a character feeling the way Nicholas did, as Andrea experienced similar emotions in season 1 episode 6 [“TS-19”].
It is one of the rare times however, that a character went through with the it despite not having a walker bite. If you recall back in season 4’s premiere, Clara, a destitute woman Rick Grimes meets in the woods, stabs herself to be with her undead husband.
Despite viewers being familiar with the possibility of the dire concept on The Walking Dead… “Thank You” was jaw dropping all the same. The scene was exceptionally powerful, definitely above the call of duty of a regular television episode. From Nicholas’ ominous ‘Thank You,’ to pulling the trigger without warning, to the sudden realization for the viewer that a series original had ‘met their end.’ Although Tyreese’ final episode was brilliant with The Governor’s iconic return, this scene would top it in terms of shock value.
Glenn fans were traumatized from the event to such an extent, they seemingly appeared to will him back on the show through massive social media backlash. Of course, it’s probable Glenn surviving the dumpster horde was always planned. Or at least some kind of audience testing ground. As he was not featured during the ‘In Memoriam’ spot on Talking Dead falling the episode. This all lead to obvious, immediate speculation and theories that Glenn had survived under the dumpster.
The ‘Glenn pulls himself under the dumpster’ theory becomes reality
It was amusing to see photoshops of the theory circulate online, until the show actually went with this exact idea verbatim! Which inevitably damaged the scene’s overall credibility a fair bit. A good portion of fans now remember the scene more for Glenn’s escape rather than the spectacle and picturesque horror.
Nowadays, anytime a major character death is teased on The Walking Dead, you’ll find no end of YouTube one-liners and memes that start off, ‘He slipped under the dumpster!’
No cheating fate for Glenn Rhee
If it was indeed a testing ground for future character deaths, bringing Glenn back did not work out the way fans hoped. As Glenn would again be at the receiving end of a shocking moment in season 7’s premiere. Negan unexpectedly took him out as a second victim post-Abraham, seemingly out of nowhere! The show had been promoting just one person would be chosen by Negan for months after season 6’s cliffhanger.
It stayed true to the comic, as Negan’s Lucille picked Glenn there too. Although season 7’s character death for Glenn Rhee after Abraham was an instant jaw-dropping scene on its own… It’s still second to the perceived dumpster end for him. As TWD creator Robert Kirkman once mentioned, the bigger the character, the more grand and impactful the end scene.
Ironically, in terms of television twists and cinematography… The character end scene that never was, still reigns as what would have been the show’s greatest.
“Thank You” took place in The Walking Dead season 6, episode 3. Purchase “Thank You” digitally on Amazon to relive the whole sequence that led up to Nicholas and Glenn Rhee getting trapped in the first place.
Negan fans, be sure to check out the pros and cons of letting Sanctuary’s former head honcho out of his cell in Alexandria!
Daryl and Ezekiel’s talk felt like a stiff handshake from a girl’s boyfriend
Ezekiel pulling Daryl aside to talk Carol was The Walking Dead equivalent of getting a stiff handshake from a girl’s boyfriend.
The Walking Dead’s season 9 finale saw Ezekiel engaging in a icy man-to-man talk with Daryl about his then Queen/fiancee Carol. One that boiled down to ‘Step away from her friend,’ or in Ezekiel’s words, “I don’t want to be the bad guy here.” It was universal, every guy has been on both sides of the equation at one time or another. Usually, it happens on a night out at a bar when a guy converses with a girl at length, and her boyfriend’s eyes dart to his opponent with a fierce unspoken gaze.
There Ezekiel was still reeling from the death of his adopted son, when he spots an unexpected, potential challenger to the Queen’s heart from the corner of his eye. The same individual he inadvertently blames for failing Henry, his faith in him at an all-time low. At first, he makes nothing of the conversation between old friends but Daryl’s mere presence gets to the King.
As Ezekiel senses the Queen’s feelings for him are slowly evaporating, he decides to secretly negotiate an exit with her possible old flame. An ember that never truly stopped fully burning and can reignite at any second. Ezekiel calls forth a seemingly friendly audience with Daryl so they can discuss matters in private.
Dropping pleasantries, Ezekiel tells Daryl, he should probably leave them be when they arrive at Hilltop. No Carol around, no need to pretend, ‘We’re all best of friends here!’ However, the young lion does not accept, roaring back, “Is that what Carol wants?” The elder lion sensing the matter not closed, responds, ‘It’s what we both want!’ with a flash of teeth. Daryl understands the message, there’s nothing more that needs to be said.
However, Queen Carol notices something is amiss during the man-to-man dialogue. Her feelings dwindling further, spiraling into romantic abyss with every extra second of the private conversation. Her fiancee Ezekiel’s charged body language toward her ‘friend’ has a reverse effect. Instead, Carol’s feelings grow even stronger for Daryl subconsciously. Unfinished business, the one who got away, lingering emotions that never saw closure swim up to the surface.
By the conclusion of The Walking Dead’s season 9 finale, Ezekiel’s attempt at a ‘stiff handshake’ with Daryl has backfired tremendously. The move combined with the loss of their son, sends Carol to join Daryl back in Alexandria, miles away physically from the King. Practically another state in these new times. No longer is the situation just emotionally distant for the distraught King.
Queen Carol returns the ring that promised a forever union to the palm of the King’s hand. Now at rock bottom, Ezekiel realizes his last minute attempt to rescue the relationship was wholly unsuccessful. By the time Ezekiel understood the building blocks of marriage were crumbling, it was already too late.
Enjoyed Negan’s redemption story on The Walking Dead’s season 9 finale? Check out The Walking Dead’s take on Prison Reform: Can Negan change? for the pros and cons of letting Negan out of his Alexandria cell permanently!