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If you watched last night’s episode, entitled “Clear,” then you know that it was the best hour of television you’ve ever seen. You also know it was one of the best instances of storytelling that you have ever encountered.

It touched on every note for why we love this story, whether it be in comic or television form. This story makes us feel deeply. It makes us think about how we live our lives and how we cope with suffering.

The hashtag for tonight’s episode was #lonewolf, which I think is more appropriate than the episode’s title. Morgan is a lone wolf. Rick’s insanity is turning him into one. Michonne has been one. Carl might become one.

And then of course, there was the lone wolf on the side of the road.

Morgan’s line “the good people always die and the bad people do too, but the weaker people have inherited the earth,” speaks to this concept of a lone wolf. In the end, you are all you have. It’s just you and your suffering. Your options are to dive into insanity or to get clear. Those are the characters’ options in the zombie apocalypse, but those are also our options in real life.

It seems that through encountering the insanity of his old friend, Rick has cleared his own demons. I think his plea to Morgan is when this shift happened in his psyche:

“You have to come back from this. It might not seem like it, but you can. You have to come back from this.”

At the very least, Rick has accepted his demons and is no longer haunted by them.  He walks with them. As he nonchalantly says to Michonne at the end “I see things.” His hallucinations are now a part of who he is and they will no longer own his mind.

The Governor needs to watch out, because the days of an unstable Rick are over.

This episode might have been named after one of Morgan’s lines, but this story belonged to Carl and Michonne. Both of these characters have been developing during this half of the season. It was smart for the writers to blend their journeys and give their personalities an opportunity to shine.

Carl wants to be strong but he is still a little boy. Michonne sees this and responds to it. Whether or not he wants it, Carl needs a support system – a physical and emotional support system. It’s nice to see Michonne step into both of those roles for him in this episode. Plus, I think that despite her standoffish nature, she also needs to nurture and mother someone. They both come through for each other. Michonne helping Carl to retrieve the picture of his mother and Carl telling Rick that Michonne “is one of us.”

The Worst:

Although it is in character, I did not like everyone left that poor soul on the road to be eaten by walkers. What they have all yet to understand is that at any moment, they could be alone on the side of the road. Of course, the directing of the episode made it clear that they did not make the right choice.

This episode left me wanting to see a romantic relationship between Rick and Michonne and I don’t know how I feel about that but the chemistry between the two actors was crazy!

Yes, I know those don’t count really count as bad things, but I thought the story was flawless, so I’m reaching here!

The Best:

Everything about Carl. (What alternate reality am I in that Carl is my favorite thing?)

The chalk drawing map of Rick’s old neighborhood. I don’t know why, but this just got to me.

“Mat said ‘welcome.’” and “It was too damned gorgeous.”

It’s going to be difficult for the writers to top this episode. It was perfect.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.

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