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Recap / The Walking Dead S 06 E 10 The Next World

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Rick and Daryl embark on a supply run and encounter a mysterious new survivor, while Spencer tracks down a loose end.

Season 6, Episode 10

  • Absentee Actor: Of the opening title cast, only Rick, Daryl, Michonne, Carl, and Maggie appear, while only supporting characters Eugene, Tara, Denise, Spencer, Enid, and an undead Deanna appear.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, Jesus's real name is "Paul Monroe". It is changed to "Paul Rovia" in the series to avoid interpretations that he might be related to Deanna and the rest of the Monroe family.
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  • Apologetic Attacker: Jesus as he steals the truck.
    Jesus: Sorry!
  • And Then Deanna Was A Walker: Deanna was not devoured by the walkers and instead turned.
  • Back for the Dead: Downplayed, because she was already dead. Deanna shows up in the forest and Spencer ends her suffering.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Rick and Daryl keep Jesus on his toes every time they clash. However...
  • Badass Boast. Jesus only needs one word.
    Jesus: Best not to try anything.
    Daryl: Best not to make threats you can't keep, either.
    Jesus: Exactly
  • Badass Pacifist: Jesus nearly steals Rick and Daryl's supply truck without hurting them at all.
  • Big Damn Kiss: After hefty amounts of Ship Tease, Rick and Michonne finally admit their feelings to each other with a passionate kiss. Coitus ensues.
  • Breather Episode: This is the lightest episode of the series with the characters never really being in any sort of danger the entire episode (barring Daryl's close call with a lone walker). It's a necessary comedown from the previous episode, a Wham Episode with several Character Death's.
  • Character Development: Several changes are highlighted in this episode.
    • Rick, Carl, Michonne, and Judith have truly become a family.
    • Maggie is very kind and motherly to Enid, as a good sign that she'll be a good mother to her and Glenn's baby.
    • At the beginning of the season, Rick refused to keep searching for recruits to Alexandria while Daryl was for it (albeit as a way to escape the town). Here, Rick is warm towards the idea of recruiting while Daryl has turned against it.
  • Composite Character: Enid appears to be taking Sofia's place as Glenn and Maggie's adopted daughter.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Spencer is searching for the undead Deanna, who wasn't devoured by the zombies in "Start to Finish."
    • Enid has lost her taste for walks outside the walls of Alexandria, which she previously enjoyed last season.
    • Daryl is unwilling to search for new recruits to Alexandria after losing his crossbow and bike to Dwight, who screwed him over despite going out of his way to help him.
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    • Rick and Daryl's friction over recruiting new survivors in "First Time Again" is brought up and reflected on.
    • As stated in Season 5, Michonne has quite the appreciation for good dental hygiene.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Spencer takes the spotlight in this episode.
  • Decomposite Character: Michonne has taken Andrea's place as the woman who becomes Rick's Second Love after the deaths of Lori and Jessie.
  • Determinator: There's nothing stopping Rick, Daryl, and Jesus from fighting over a truck full of supplies.
  • Escape Artist: Jesus manages to escape being tied up by Rick and Daryl in a matter of seconds.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In his first episode, Jesus proves himself to be intelligent, crafty, agile, and very badass when he goes toe to toe with Rick and Daryl.
  • Faux Symbolism: Lampshaded In-Universe. Daryl doesn't get why Paul Rovia nicknames himself Jesus and why it's significant.
  • Foreshadowing: Rick notes that Jesus is too well-groomed to be out all by himself. Possibly implying that he has a safe zone.
  • Good vs. Good: Rick and Daryl versus Jesus.
  • Happily Adopted: Carl more or less says that Michonne has become his second mother and he loves her too much to ever allow her to become a walker (or that he'd be the one to put her down if she did, like he did with Lori).
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: It's hard to get a fix on Jesus as he goes from being civil to Rick and Daryl one moment to trying to steal their stuff the next. Even in the midst of a struggle, however, he still warns Daryl about a walker closing in and shoots it before it can bite him, further calling his allegiance into question.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: Be honest, can you really say 'Jesus stole a supply van' without being dumbfounded?
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Michonne gives Carl hell about how he won't stay home, a complaint fans have had since the show's beginning (and something Danai Gurira was asked about at SDCC 2015).
  • Lighter and Softer: This is the lightest, goofiest episode of the entire series to date, even in regards to the episode's action. Chris Hardwick compared some of the zany moments to The Dukes of Hazzard and expected Daryl to jump out of the window of the General Lee and Eugene to show up in his honky-dory Daisy Dukes.
  • Little "No": Enid when she sees that the walker in the woods is Deanna.
  • Made of Iron: Fighting hand-to-hand with Rick and Daryl and then being flung off a moving truck barely slows Jesus down. He then leads them on a merry chase around the field before finally getting knocked out by a rogue truck door. And even that doesn't incapacitate him for long, either.
  • Mercy Kill: Spencer finds and puts down his mother Deanna.
  • Moment Killer: While Rick and Michonne are lying in bed, tenderly cuddling naked together, Jesus bursts in.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Jesus accidentally causes the truck full of supplies to drive off into a river while fighting.
  • Official Couple: Rick and Michonne.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Jesus outwits Rick and Daryl when trying to steal their supplies. However, it's implied he's trying to take the supplies back to a safe zone of his.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Rick and Michonne become an item after several seasons of Ship Tease. Tara and Denise have also gotten together during the time skip.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Jesus makes his debut in the second episode of the second half of Season 6.
  • Sherlock Scan: Rick and Daryl find Jesus's claims to be on his own suspicious since he's clean, his beard was trimmed, and he doesn't have a gun.
  • Sorry to Interrupt: Averted. Jesus doesn't actually seem to be sorry for sneaking in Rick and Michonne's room.
    Jesus: [at katana and gun point] We should talk.
  • The Sneaky Guy: Jesus manages to steal Rick's car keys, climb on top of their truck, and escape from Denise's house and into Rick's house completely undetected.
  • The Trickster: Jesus is one in spades.
  • Time Skip: Two months have passed in which Alexandria, under Rick's leadership, has largely recovered, as has Carl.
  • We Need a Distraction: Jesus uses fireworks to distract Rick and Daryl while he steals their truck.
  • Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Rick and Daryl find a truck filled with months worth of supplies, but it gets stolen by Jesus. The three of them spend most of the episode chasing each other and fighting over it until the truck ends up being accidentally backed into a lake. Now all the supplies are useless to everyone.
  • Would Not Shoot a Good Guy: Rick and Daryl had many chances to kill Jesus, but they didn't because he was more an annoyance than anything, and even saved Daryl from a walker while he was trying to steal his vehicle.
  • You Are Not Alone: Michonne reassures Spencer after he says he has no family left, telling him the Alexandria group is his family now.

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