Check out Violet’s recap of Season 6 Episode 14 of The Walking Dead, titled Twice as Far, where Denise goes out on a run with Daryl and Rosita to get medicine! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of The Walking Dead, Season 6 Episode 14: Twice as Far
In Alexandria, Morgan puts the finishing touches on the jail cell that he has been building. Rick asks him why. Morgan says that it’ll give them some choices next time.
It seems Rosita has found a new bedmate — Spencer. But she leaves in the morning, while he’s still sleeping.
Carol comes by to talk to Daryl, seeing that he got his bike back. He confirms that he saved the people who took his bike, and says he should have killed them. Daryl asks Carol what the people who took her and Maggie did to them, but she says they didn’t do anything. Carol returns to her porch swing, smoking and praying the rosary.
Eugene and Abraham go out on a run.
Spencer asks Rosita over for dinner, but she doesn’t seem interested. He asks what they’re doing, but rather than answer, she agrees to do dinner.
Denise talks to Daryl and Rosita about getting some drugs from a nearby apothecary — and she insists on going too. They reluctantly agree. Daryl, Denise, and Rosita drive towards the apothecary in a truck with a stick shift, which Daryl has trouble driving. Along the way, the come across a downed tree blocking the road. Daryl and Rosita check out the situation while Denise waits in the truck. They confirm the tree rotted, and that this wasn’t done by people. Then they get Denise and continue on foot. Daryl refuses to follow the train tracks, even though it would be quicker. Denise follows Daryl, saying they should stick together, but Rosita follows the tracks.
Meanwhile, Abraham and Eugene walk down an alley, as Eugene tries to convince Abraham that he has changed, adapted and become a survivor.
Denise and Daryl meet back up with Rosita, who is sitting there waiting for them. They go over to the apothecary, where Daryl tells Denise to wait outside while he and Rosita go in.
Eugene brings Abraham to the place he was looking for. He tells Abraham they’re going to manufacture bullets there. Abraham is impressed with his idea.There’s a walker in the room, which Eugene calls dibs on. However, its head is covered with hardened metal, so Eugene’s blow glances off of it. Abraham steps in and kills it. Eugene is offended by Abraham’s help. He tells Abraham that he’s outlived his usefulness to him. Abraham leaves Eugene there alone, telling him to find his own way back.
Denise follows Daryl and Rosita into the apothecary shop, and nearly pukes. They find the pharmacy window, and have to pry it open. Rather than have Denise identify the various medicines, they decide to take them all. They hear pounding, and conclude that a walker is stuck somewhere. Denise goes into the restroom, where the pounding is coming from, and finds the immobilized, decayed walker. She also sees “Hush” written several times on the wall, and a baby shoe in a sink filled with dirty water. She immediately leaves, and waits outside. Daryl and Rosita finish up inside, and they begin to walk back.
On the walk, Daryl asks Denise about her brother, whose name was Dennis. They were twins. When they get to the train tracks, Daryl decides to follow them this time. Along the way, there are several cars parked by the tracks. Denise approaches one, which has a live walker inside. She also sees a cooler inside, but Daryl and Rosita don’t think it’s worth the trouble, and keep walking. However, Denise opens the car door, with the intention of killing the walking and taking the cooler. Unfortunately, the walker falls on top of her. Daryl and Rosita try to step in to help, but Denise demands to handle it on her own, and she does. The she promptly pukes.
When she opens the cooler to see what’s inside, she finds a soda. Daryl yells at her, saying she could have died. But Denise thinks it was worth it to take the chance for the soda. Rosita yells at her too. Denise fires back, saying she wanted Daryl to come with her because he’s brave like her brother, and she wanted Rosita to come because she’s alone. In the middle of her tirade, an arrow is shot through Denise’s eye from the back.
Several men come out of the woods. One of them has Eugene hostage, and also has Daryl’s crossbow. It’s Dwight, the guy that Daryl saved and then who stole his stuff. Half of his face is badly scarred from having been burned. While Dwight talks, Eugene spies Abraham hiding behind some nearby barrels. Dwight wants into Alexandria so they can take whatever they want. Eugene points out Abraham to Dwight, saying he’s the one that deserves to be killed. Dwight sends a guy to check it out.
While he’s distracted, Eugene bites Dwight’s crotch. Abraham, now hiding in the woods, shoots some of the other guys Dwight is with. Daryl slits a guy’s throat and takes his rifle, and Rosita picks up a rifle as well, and they start shooting. Walkers come toward the commotion and they shoot them, while taking cover behind the abandoned cars. Dwight finally breaks free of Eugene’s bite, and yells for the surviving men to fall back, so they all run off. Daryl starts to run after them, but Rosita stops them. Rosita, Abraham, and Daryl pick up Eugene, who has been shot in the stomach, and carry him back to Alexandria, leaving Denise’s body behind.
Back in Alexandria, it turns out that the bullet just grazed him, and the antibiotics they picked up will help. Eugene tells Abraham he wasn’t trying to get him killed, he was just looking for a moment. Abraham apologizes for questioning Eugene’s skills.
Abraham stops by Sasha’s house, where she invites him inside.
Daryl and Carol bury Denise’s body in the graveyard in Alexandria. Carol tells Daryl he was right.
Tobin finds a goodbye letter from Carol, saying that she knows that threats will continue to come to Alexandria, and that she’s leaving because she can’t kill anyone. She tells him not to come after her.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 6 Episode 14 of The Walking Dead: Twice as Far
It seemed like this episode was about two people who are considered incompetent when it comes to survival skills trying to prove themselves — both to themselves and to others. Eugene wasn’t able to kill his walker, but survived, while Denise was able to kill her walker, but died. Though, to be fair, if Eugene’s walker hadn’t had his head covered with metal, he would have easily killed it. Maybe there is hope for Eugene becoming a decent fighter after all — though in other “out of the box” thinking kind of ways. Maybe there could have been hope for Denise as well, as she showed some aggression and strength when that walker was on top of her. But we’ll never know now really.
It felt kind of odd how the show decided it was going to spotlight Denise this episode, and inform us about her past, just so that they could kill her off at the end. I’m not sure why she would do such a dumb thing as be yelling that much. Even if there weren’t dangerous people around, all the noise could have attracted a horde of walkers. On the other hand, Dwight and his guys may have already been tracking them and found them regardless. So, what are they going to do now that there’s no doctor? Was the purpose to make things more dangerous for the Alexandrians again, since they can’t exactly rely on medical expertise anymore?
So now Carol is gone. It seems that her breakdown in the previous episode may have actually been real. Now she has come around to Morgan’s way of thinking, and refuses to kill anymore. But Morgan is still there, and surely understands what Carol is saying in her letter. Will he go after Carol in spite of her instructions not to? Will anyone? According to the previews for the next episode, it looks like Daryl will!
Josh’s Thoughts: The Walking Dead, Season 6 Episode 14: Twice as Far
So one thing I really hate on the The Walking Dead is when a character decides to go outside the walls that has no business doing so. Especially when that person has such immense value inside the walls. Yes I am talking about you, Denise! Now Alexandria has no doctor, and got Eugene injured (who also now can’t be treated by a doctor–because there is none). And for what purpose was this? So that Denise could find an orange soda? A key chain with her brother’s name on it?
I understand the point of her speech–risks are sometimes worth the rewards, and in this world that can mean the difference between life and death. However, that person making this risk should be equipped enough to handle the dangers outside the wall–not just thrown in with no training or guidance, and again, especially when you are such a valuable member of the town inside the walls. Selfish is what I would call her.
From a story perspective, I wonder if this was done in order for the relationship between Alexandria and Hilltop to expand, given Hilltop has a full-fledged doctor. Perhaps Eugene’s wound will get worse, requiring more trading between the two places, or even some other person(s) getting hurt. We will have to see on that.
Eugene did impress me this episode, with his brain, and it was interesting seeing Abraham essentially “agree” with me in terms of who belongs inside or outside the walls. However, I would argue that Eugene, while not as skilled as the rest of the Alexandrians in fighting, has shown his ability to do so in recent episodes. I also think Abraham was very irresponsible to let Eugene stay behind alone, especially when he has just discovered something that could be immensely valuable in not only protection in the future, but possibly valuable as a currency in the future.
For the episode as a whole, I was getting a little bored in the beginning, especially with Denise’s storyline.
But then things finally picked up, and Denise loses her life (why are they just milling about in the open, arguing loudly?). It was a pretty gruesome death, as the arrow seemed to make Denise appear like a malfunctioning robot, where it can’t process what has happened before she dies. That death made me feel a little off.
The final thoughts I really have the episode revolve around Daryl and his reasoning for avoiding the tracks on their way out of Alexandria. Does he have some instinct where train tracks typically lead to bad things? The only thing in the show I can think of that would give that idea was their Terminus journeys. I don’t think that Daryl spent a lot of time on the tracks then though.
But, now Rick and Alexandria know that the threat they were worried about is still around. We will have to see what happens next…
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