Every week, The Walking Dead’s very own Josh McDermitt, who plays Dr. Eugene Porter, is taking EW behind the scenes of the hit AMC horror series. For each episode, McDermitt will share his thoughts on what went down and what’s coming up, plus walk us through the ins and outs of the show. This week, McDermitt dives into “The King, the Widow, and Rick.”
“The King, the Widow, and Rick” was the sixth installment of The Walking Dead for this season. John Polson directed, with Angela Kang and Corey Reed on writing duties, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this episode.
Carl (Chandler Riggs) took off to find the guy he encountered in episode 1 while out with his dad. He found the dude, and his name is Siddiq. Siddiq (Avi Nash) told Carl a story about his mom killing the walkers to release their souls and Carl joined in the fun. It was nice of Carl; always the good guy. Siddiq seems like he’s an all right dude, but in this world, you never know. I will say something about him seems off…like his hair is parted on the wrong side or something. I’m sure we’ll get to the bottom of this guy in the coming episodes.
My favorite moment of the night was when Rosita (Christian Serratos) fired a bazooka at a Savior and blew him to bits. I was on set that day and remembered watching Christian grip this rocket launcher that weighed as much as she does and fire it off. I mean, I didn’t like the fact the Saviors lost another soldier (GO SAVIORS!), but it was still dandy to see that kill.
I like to go to the set and watch cool scenes in the episode. Anytime you can catch Danai Gurira in a sword fight you must drop everything and observe. She’s an artist with that katana and very enjoyable to watch. Plus, there’s tons of snacks on set, so…bonus.
I’m loving the fierce leadership Maggie (Lauren Cohan) is bringing to the table. I feel like she’s making sound, moral, and merciful decisions, but there’s a healthy dose of DON’T SCREW WITH MAGGIE. I love it. And for my money, there’s no better dynamic on the show right now than Gregory (Xander Berkeley) and “Margaret.” I could watch a whole season of those two going at it. It’s interesting to put yourself in the characters’ shoes and situation and ask, “What would I do?” Would I be like Jesus (Tom Payne) and not want to kill any of the Savior POWs? Would I be like Morgan (Lennie James) and lose my mind and want everyone dead? Would I get impatient like Michonne (Gurira) and Rosita and go off to end this thing once and for all? Or would I be like Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Tara (Alanna Masterson) who are also trying to end this thing by capitalizing on an opportunity to do some damage? It’s tough to say. Each character has a solid argument for their actions.
Even Rick going back to the garbage heap — I don’t know what is going on there or if it’s a part of the bigger plan, but I do know that Andrew Lincoln in his underwear, as we’ve seen in the preview for next week’s episode, and playing in the trash is doing nothing to help his nickname of Stinky Linky. Absolutely nothing.