The Walking Dead: Season 6, Episode 6 “Always Accountable” Review

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Theories on Who is on the Walkie Talkie at the end? (Spoilers)

The Walking Dead’s Season 6, Episode 6 centered on Daryl, Abraham and Sasha’s story during the day which began way back in the premiere. While “Always Accountable” answered what happened to Daryl, a number of new questions are raised including who said “Help” on the walkie-talkie at the end?

In a recent interview which you can read here, Norman Reedus talked about who it isn’t. However, based on previous interviews, you have to take everything actors and producers say with a grain of salt.  In general, they are usually tight-lipped about spoilers and what they do say could possibly be misdirection.

Based on what we do know, there are some reasons why it could or could not be Glenn. For starters, Glenn has a walkie-talkie, he was seen using it in “Thank You”. Among the significant characters from Alexandria there isn’t anybody else that is unaccounted for. On the other hand, the voice doesn’t sound like Glenn’s. Or maybe he’s talking from inside of a dumpster lol. Further, we find out that there is a new gang of survivors out there who have walkie talkies and they briefly used the same frequency as Daryl earlier in the episode. 

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What was apparent about “Always Accountable” is that it didn’t go the direction of Daryl, Sasha and Abraham having to deal with the zombie horde they were leading away. Nor did they encounter any Wolves like what happened to Rick in the RV. Instead a brand new group of potential bad guys are introduced. If you’ve read the comics or heard about the recent casting news, you already know who they might be.  

Always Accountable had some strong moments but ultimately wasn’t as satisfying as hoped. The set up of these new bad guys aren’t going to pay off until later down the road. The other issue is that the best Daryl centric episodes have him play off of established characters like Beth, Carol or even Merle. They know Daryl’s background and have a way of bringing out new insight on Daryl in a way these strangers couldn’t and didn’t.

Daryl’s instincts as a recruiter was correct in that Tina, Honey and D are more or less good, but even people who are good-natured can make bad choices. A lot of this episode revolved around the idea that people can freely choose their actions, but things have a way of working towards an inevitable end. It was almost like Daryl was meant to find Patty’s fuel truck, having returned to that spot a second time. And he was meant to lose his motorcycle and crossbow, two items which have defined him, which also happened more than once in this episode.

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A problem with Sasha and Abraham’s scenes is that while The Walking Dead at times can succinctly convey philosophical ideas through dialogue, it wasn’t handled in a strong or interesting enough way here. Abraham went from wanting to kill everything and then after listening to Sasha’s point of view, screaming in the face of a walker who he should have killed first before trying to get the RPG launcher. Abraham’s characterization didn’t gel as well as it could and the tone of his scenes felt off. Abraham did appreciate how Sasha was challenging him and getting to the root of why he act like he does. He’s connecting in a deeper way with Sasha which hasn’t been shown with Rosita. 

It always good to get a Daryl focused episode, however, The Walking Dead has delivered stronger character centric stories in the past. The focus was really more to introduce a new rival survivor group for Alexandria to face off against later down the line. Perhaps it would have worked better if Daryl, a strong likable character, played off Abraham and Sasha throughout the episode, because those two had trouble holding their own scenes. Not a bad episode, but with everything else going on like what happened to Glenn, “Always Accountable” didn’t have enough urgency and connection to the main story arc of the season so far.

What did you like or dislike about this episode? Who do you think is on the walkie-talkie at the end? 

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Posted on November 15, 2015, in Comics, Television, The Walking Dead, TV Reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. It’s almost like they apologized for leaving the main story with that surprise ending. I knew they would hint at Glenn being alive at the end of an episode. I’ll have to go back but I think this is the second or third time I can remember during this run where they end an episode with the sound of a character who wasn’t in the ep.

    But as for this one. I hate that they feel like they have to introduce future bad guys way ahead of time. We may not hear from these guys until next season.

    I like that Daryl fell back into recruiting but also went way back to the three questions. I hated that the little girl didn’t immediately realize that those people covered in melted tarp or plastic were still kicking, but she hasn’t seen as many zombies as we have. Also our heroes have essentially moved a mega hoard of walkers into these people’s backyard. They might not think it wasn’t on purpose.

    Finally the Sasha and Abraham relationship stuff is not interesting enough to carry a half an episode. I was bored. Although a nice love triangle during the apocalypse couldn’t hurt. (A little drama. Maybe a cat fight) There was no payoff this week. The rocket launcher should come in handy though when they find that wolf den. They just have to blow those bastards up now.

    • That surprise ending is probably the only big connection to the main story. It’s the thing that people are talking most about, not that stuff that actually happened during the ep. A wild guess is that the guy who rescued Glenn is using Glenn’s walkie talkie to get them help. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head but there’s been other eps that have voices on the radio or walkies to end on.

      Yeah I feel the same way about introducing those bad guys like this at this time. I do appreciate them planting seeds, it’s just the timing and the way it worked out.

      That girl probably relied on others to survive this long. Aside from Alexandrians you’d think that all the survivors would be pretty savvy about zombies and on how to stay alive. The plastic wrap was pretty freaky, I think this new bad group uses fire a lot. Yeah, they might get the wrong idea with Daryl’s group leading a big pack of zombies their way.

      I thought Abraham had a funny line about a man always knows. Yup, Rosita and Sasha are going to get their claws out. I’m trying to think what should happen in the mid-season finale. Culling of the wolves? I think it would be cool if Rick set up or reversed a booby trap on them.

      • I remember the Morgan episode ends with Rick screaming at the gate. And the first episode ends with the horn from Alexandria. I think they all link with a sound at the end.

        Thing about these bad guys that I noticed… you never see their faces. So I doubt they come back any time soon. They probably haven’t even been cast yet. No other reason to not show their faces.

        Yeah she seemed pretty helpless. And of course she falls forward. Sometimes when I nice character dies I have to give them a “yeah well you died cause you stupid.” just to make myself feel better.

        One more before the mid-season finale. I had to look. I like the title of the mid-season finale. The title alone has given me some ideas of what it may be. And I would love if it showed what happened to Enid. I think she may be the thread between all of the stories. I could be completely wrong. All I saw was the title.

        • Good catch about the sounds. I’ll have to keep an ear out for more of these.

          Yeah they made them mysterious by not showing too much of these bad guys. They’ll return next year.

          She is pretty much a goner once the insulin runs out. She was stupid with how she died. Maybe she’s the bait of the group, like how they distracted and then knocked Daryl unconscious.

          I haven’t glanced at the title of the mid-season finale yet. I sort of like not knowing too much haha, like I’m not watching the latest Force Awaken trailers because I want to enjoy it when I watch it. Do you think it’s possible that Enid is not from the wolves but is from this new bad group. She doesn’t seem like a wolf pup.

  2. I have a ton of catching up to do on this show and the spin-off. They’re all on my DVR so now I just need to find a free weekend! Which is easier said than done lately.

    • I’m liking the main show more than the spin-off. The main show should be good to watch in binge sessions whenever you find the time. So many things to do and lots of other shows to catch up on, yeah it’s hard to keep up. 🙂

  3. I have mixed feelings on this one. I liked the Daryl storyline. You make a good point about it perhaps being stronger if he had been paired with an established character, but I still enjoyed what was here. Maybe I was just starved for more Daryl after not seeing him as much lately. The Abraham/Sasha storyline kind of fell flat for me though. Still need to catch the latest episode. Hope to check it out over the long weekend. Great review!

    • It’s been a while since we got a Daryl episode and probably some time before we get another one. So it’s good to enjoy what we can get. Yeah, Daryl’s storyline worked much better than Abraham/Sasha. The long weekend is a good time to catch up in time for the mid-season finale. Should be a good one. Thanks again for commenting!

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