It took five weeks, but The Walking Dead finally gave fans their Dixon fix on Sunday, Nov. 15.
After barely any screentime so far this season, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and his peculiar breed of greaseball sex appeal showed up in a big way on “Always Accountable,” negotiating a surprise run-in on the road while Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) battled their demons in an abandoned insurance office.
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In addition to being a showcase for Daryl’s very particular set of skills (and a dutiful reminder that he’s still the show’s biggest badass, forever and always), this week’s installment also introduced yet another wildcard into its existing cadre of threats — a group of faceless survivors who make the Wolves look more like puppies.
A Surprise Ambush
Thanks to Daryl, Sasha and Abraham staying the course, the remaining zombies in that giant herd have been successfully redirected westward (enjoy that, West Virginia!). But our heroes ran into trouble on the road back to Alexandria: a sudden ambush by a convoy of strangers in cars with guns. After being separated from Daryl and killing one cars’ full of assassins, Sasha and Abraham realized that this wasn’t a targeted attack, but a conflict between two groups of strangers that they just happened to stumble into. Ugh. What are the chances?
Knowing that Daryl would find them more easily than they’d find him, Sasha and Abe holed up in a nearby insurance office, sharing the space with one agitated zombie trapped behind a plexiglass divider and a pair of locked doors. It was a much-needed opportunity for our heroes to get some rest and relaxation, but it also made Abraham’s long-brewing personal crisis come to a head, as he traded in relative safety, again, for a totally stupid, unnecessary flirtation with death, again. Fortunately, some real talk with Sasha (and the first sparks of what could be a romance but is, at the least, a beautiful friendship) left him with a more cheerful outlook and a sense of purpose, which means that Abe and his magnificent mustache should be safe… for now.