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TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 13 – The Same Boat

By Megan Wilde

TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 13 - The Same Boat

“The Same Boat” focuses on Carol and Maggie, who have been taken by some of the Saviors, as we saw last week. It’s a tense episode, with lots of suspense and a burst of action at the end that will have you agape. And the moral of this episode is: Do not mess with pregnant Maggie. Because either she will go nuclear on you, or Carol will shoot you without a second thought.

Maggie and Carol are taken by a small group of Saviors to a large building with different rooms and a kill floor, and are tied up in a room, bound and gagged. Carol fakes hyperventilation to get them to remove her gag, and while she and Maggie are tied up, in a position of helplessness, she plays the role of the scared middle-aged woman — which she has played before — and so the Saviors let down their guard a little without realizing it, thinking they have the upper hand. But they don’t know Carol. We all know she’s sharp and crafty, and you can see that she’s plotting how to get them out of this. Carol — and Melissa McBride — is brilliant in this episode.

The leader of this group of captors is named Paula, played by Alicia Witt, whom you may recognize from many, many things. There are parallels between Carol and Paula, and between Maggie and her interrogator, Chelle. Carol and Paula are alike in a lot of ways, with many similar life experiences — but where Paula has lost her humanity and remorse about killing people, Carol has not. She doesn’t want to have to kill Paula, and in fact tries to get her to run, but Paula doesn’t understand being conflicted about killing someone, thinking Carol is just weak, and so doesn’t run — and that’s her mistake. Carol may be having a crisis of conscience about killing, but when it comes down to it, she will do what has to be done.

TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 13 - The Same Boat

And Chelle is rather like the inverse of Maggie. Where Maggie is living comfortably in Alexandria, Chelle is surprised by her nice clothing and the fact that she has time to make babies. Maggie has a husband she loves, whereas Chelle had a boyfriend she barely knew. Maggie is happily pregnant, while Chelle was pregnant but and has lost the baby. The interactions between these two let us see what could have been, for either: There but for the grace of God go I.

TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 13 - The Same Boat

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Rick wants to trade Primo, the Savior his group has captured, for the two women, but Paula wants to wait for some reinforcements who are on the way. She does agree to make the trade, but when they talk about a time and place to meet, Paula grows suspicious because Rick sounds too clear over the walkie, and she thinks they are waiting outside to ambush them on their way out: “It’s what we would do.”

For the record, these Saviors actually seem to have their act mostly together. They get the drop on Carol and Maggie in the beginning and don’t really lose the upper hand till Carol uses a rosary she grabbed from a walker they dragged by her to cut through the tape on her wrists, and then once she’s freed, well, she IS Carol, so she’s got it from there. Not that Maggie needs much protecting, because she fights very capably, even with bound hands; it’s something to see. It’s the mama bear in her coming out: She’s got something she wants to protect at all costs. And the baby is Carol’s focus as well. She talks a few times about not hurting the baby, and once she is freed, Maggie fights with Chelle, and Chelle stabs at Maggie’s abdomen, tearing her shirt across her belly. Maggie freaks out, looking to make sure Chelle didn’t cut her (she didn’t), and the next thing we know, Carol has shot Chelle in the head. The baby has brought out the protective, strong mother in both of them, though this does take its toll.

TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 13 - The Same Boat

Carol being Carol

After the group are all dead, Carol takes the walkie and tells the group of reinforcements in Paula’s voice, in a spot-on impression by Melissa McBride, to meet them on the kill floor. When the group comes in, they notice that the floor is wet, which is gas. Carol lights a cigarette, drops it and locks them inside, burning them all. Maggie and Carol look shell-shocked about having to do something like that, and when they run into Rick and his group on their way out of the building, Maggie sees Glenn, they embrace, and she says she can’t do this again. Daryl comes to give Carol a hug, asking if she’s OK. “No,” she says. The brutality is taking a toll.

TV REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 13 - The Same Boat

 

The one thing that worries me is that this episode felt a little like a “death” episode — like Tyreese’s last episode, or Andrea’s death episode. She’s has a very interesting arc, over many seasons, but there are rumors that a major character is going to die this season, and with her going from being strong and seemingly guiltless about killing when the situation or their survival calls for it (as with Terminus) to possibly having a bit of a change of heart — or maybe it’s just that all this has taken its toll, and she’s had a taste of a calmer, quieter life and wants more of that — I wonder if they are trying to bring her arc to a close. I hope not, because she’s a complex, strong character and one of the most interesting on the show, and it definitely would be a lesser show without her.

FBI SCORE: 8 out of 10. “The Same Boat” might not be the most action-packed episode, but it is intense and dark, and it’s never a bad thing when we get a Carol-and-Maggie-centric episode.  We get to see Maggie and Carol both being bad-asses, and two actors at the top of their game. It doesn’t advance the story a whole lot, though it does set up some possible character development paths. But it’s a compelling episode and an interesting look at how others are living, in the wider world.

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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