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TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 12 – Not Tomorrow Yet

By Megan Wilde

TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 12 - Not Tomorrow Yet

After last week’s setup episode, “Not Tomorrow Yet” has the payoff. Although there’s still no Negan, it has a little bit of almost everything: Action! Story-line movement! Character development! Severed heads! Rick punching a severed head! Nuggets of “wisdom” from Abraham! Ninja Jesus! Carol making cookies!

TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 12 - Not Tomorrow Yet

Carol and her baking are rarely as nice as they seem.

Let’s start with those cookies. The opening is cheery, with “Weeds or Wildflowers,” by Parsonsfield, playing as Carol gathers ingredients for something. My thought was: “Uh-oh, she’s not making cookies, is she? That can’t be good.” But she is making cookies – out of acorns and beets, but apparently it works – and she’s handing them out around town; she ends up at Tobin’s, the two doing what in the apocalypse passes for flirting a little. So that means either Tobin is going to die, like Sam eventually did, or they’re going to get it on. (Spoiler: It’s the latter.) But instead of death, her cookies now show that Carol has become a mother to the townspeople; they are Cookies of Atonement. Later that night, before the group heads to the Saviors’ compound, her sleepless wandering brings her to Tobin’s house again. Tobin says he doesn’t know how she does what she does (i.e., kill people), but he knows she’s tough, and it’s because she’s a mom; she has the strength to do what she has to. I liked that; often, people use “mom” as an insult, to mean someone is soft, but it’s the opposite here. And apparently Carol likes it, too, because not long after, they kiss and then get it on — well, we assume they get it on.

TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 12 - Not Tomorrow Yet

Carol and handyman? Whaaat?

Another early development was that after Rick talks to the town and they decide they are going to take out Negan and the Saviors, Abraham breaks up with Rosita. And man, he is cold! She’s upset and asks why he is leaving her, and he replies: “Why are dingleberries brown? It’s just the way shit is.” And then he twists the knife even more: “When I met you, I thought you were the last woman on Earth. You’re not.” Damn! I guess on the eve of war, he wants to follow his feelings, now that he’s realized what they are, but that was maybe not the best time to piss off Rosita. You know, right before going into a possible chaotic gunfight, where some bullets might stray … just sayin’.

TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 12 - Not Tomorrow Yet

Uh oh.

The group formulate a plan to go into Negan’s camp and sneak into rooms, taking out people they find, and also trying to find the armory. It’s a pretty good plan, and it goes pretty well, for the most part. They seem very coordinated and good at these stealth operations. But I have to wonder at some of the pairings. How did Abraham and Sasha get paired up? Maybe he went to her after he left Rosita and they’re together now, but it feels a tad too convenient. And why would Glenn and Heath, who both revealed earlier that they haven’t killed any people — just walkers – pair up? It seems they each should go with someone who has more experience with things like this, in case they find it too hard to do and then find themselves in danger. The scene with Glenn and Heath in the room with two sleeping Saviors was really hard to watch. They both hate what it means for them to have their first kill, and Steven Yeun in particular does a good job conveying the pain and reluctance Glenn is dealing with. And then Glenn makes the other kill in order to spare Heath what he just went through. It’s a human moment in the midst of brutality. But then Glenn sees a wall of Polaroids — and, what? Where are they getting supplies of Polaroid film?? — of what look like people with their faces shot off, and maybe he doesn’t feel quite so bad about what he’s just done.

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One thing I don’t like is how this episode seems to raise the question of whether Carol is coming over to Morgan’s “non-kill” point of view. Personally, I think he’s incredibly stupid for the whole Wolf-captive thing, and I don’t want to see Carol “going soft”; she’s gone from a timid wife to a total badass and has had one of the most, or possibly the most, interesting character arcs on this show, and while this would be an evolution of a sort, it just doesn’t seem feasible to live in that world and not be able to kill people when you need to.

TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 12 - Not Tomorrow Yet

Rosita knows her way around automatic weaponry.

Something that struck me while watching this episode is that the women are no different from the men when going into a situation like this, and I really appreciate that. They all fight, they all can lead the way into a room. Aside from a woman who is pregnant, there isn’t a lot of difference between men and women, and it’s refreshing. And it also stuck out to me that Jesus is a lot of fun. He has some of the funniest reactions, like his dry “… OK” look when Rick was punching the severed head. And how he sat in the back of the car while Tara was making a confession of sorts to Father Gabriel before they went into the compound, and he asked her a question, making everyone realize she was also confessing to Jesus, was amusing. And in combat he’s like a ninja! He’s awesome, and I can’t wait to see more of him. I wish we had gotten to see a little more of him in action this episode, but I know it’ll come.

While all this is going on, Maggie and Carol guard the perimeter because Carol won’t leave Maggie out there by herself, saying she shouldn’t have come to begin with. And then, shit. They end up in the custody of some of the Saviors at the end. I am very nervous about where this might lead. Let’s hope we find out next week and finally meet Negan. Because you know he wasn’t among those killed tonight — if there was any doubt, Michonne’s comment to Rick at the end about “How do we know which one was Negan?” should let you know he wasn’t. Which makes me very nervous for Carol and Maggie.

FBI SCORE: 9 out of 10. “Not Tomorrow Yet” brought the show back to what I consider its top form: tight, well-paced, with some good action payoff, and also some winks to the audience and bits of humor. But I don’t like the direction Carol might be headed in — or, even if she’s not, the direction they are trying to make us think she might be headed in.

Megan Wilde

I'm an editor, wife and mom of two. I love to read and watch good TV and good (OK, and bad) movies. I like pop culture, sci-fi, zombies, comics, Neil Gaiman, Miyazaki movies, Star Wars, '80s nostalgia and all things geeky.

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