Sunday night’s second episode of The Walking Dead’s sixth season, entitled ‘JSS‘ was yet another great episode of AMC’s highly acclaimed zombie apocalypse show based on Robert Kirkman’s original comic series with Image Comics.
While this episode saw a very small percentage of zombie action, it had more than its own share of spilled guts and gore as the walls of Alexandria’s supposed safe zone were in fact breached by the living rather than the dead.
JSS saw the very first but not the last assault upon the walled community which Rick and his group now call home as the Wolves did their best to pillage and destroy the relative peace which has until recently been somewhat of a lucky constant for its inhabitants.
The episode also gave some great depth and history into Carl’s current love interest Enid (Katelyn Nacon) as we got a very good look into how the apocalypse did its best to transform the young woman into a very troubled survivor. Seeing her lose her parents and quickly descend into the depths of human insanity in the wake of a hellish apocalypse, helps the viewer understand perhaps a little, why she is unable to allow herself to come to care for Carl or those around her.
The episode also clearly cements Carol (Melissa McBride) as one of the zombie world’s most dangerous and capable women, while also serving to help her grow into her seemingly heroic role. While no one could deny just how strong Carol is, she has grown into her role as group Den Mother Frakking Superior for Rick and his band of survivors out of sheer necessity or in the purest sense of the episode’s title ‘JSS’ (Just Survive Somehow).
But this episode along with Morgan (Lennie James), is perhaps also an evolution for Carol as she comes to perhaps realize that with great power comes perhaps even greater responsibility. After an entire episode of Carol almost single handedly saving the community, she sits down across from a dead resident whom she scolded earlier and through her tears begins to realize that the power to survive ultimately serves no purpose if you can’t help those around you to save themselves.
Likewise Morgan’s heightened sense of superior morality is tested to the extreme as he is still unable to help those around him, even when they are trying to kill him, to see that all life is precious. While his words did seem to strike an ultimate chord with Carol when he tells her that she doesn’t enjoy killing, his advice to the Wolves within the communities gates fall on deaf ears as the new world or perhaps Nagan, surely has them believing otherwise.
‘JSS’ was an amazing episode that was fun and exciting from the very beginning to the very bitter end!