The Walking Dead season 9 (opens in new tab) has been a strong outing for the show thus far, but it’s most recent episode, Scars (opens in new tab), may have just raised the bar to an all time high. Consider this your spoiler warning for episode 14, because we’re about to break down exactly what happened over its 45 minute runtime, and how Walking Dead fans could barely keep it together in their online reactions.
Scars was a flashback-focused episode, set during the few weeks after Rick “died” in episode 5 (opens in new tab). To put a long and terribly tragic story short, Michonne is betrayed by a old, pre-apocalypse friend and her band of feral children, who end up branding both her and Daryl before the former kills them all in a fit of parental rage when Judith’s life is threatened. To say it was a tough watch is putting it lightly and the internet had plenty to say about what went down.
Hello? Is this the Academy?
At the beating heart of Scars was Dania Gurira, who gave it her all as a mother fighting to protect her children, no matter the cost. It can’t have been an easy episode to film, but Gurira displayed the rawness of Michonne’s strength and vulnerability as tactfully and emotively as always. Naturally, fans took notice, and have rightly taken to Twitter to praise the hell out of the actress who, last week, nearly didn’t receive her own credit in the Avengers: Endgame (opens in new tab) poster.
“Scars” is one of the best episode #TheWalkingDead episodes ever. You can give Danai Gurira her Emmy now. pic.twitter.com/VqHlYFbEzhMarch 18, 2019
#TWD #TheWalkingDead MICHONNE DID NOT WANT TO KILL THOSE KIDS. YOU COULD SEE THE PAIN ON HER FACE WHEN SHE HAD TO. I AM FUCKING CRYING SO HARD. DANAI GURIRA DESERVES ALL THE AWARDS. MY GOD. pic.twitter.com/oK31gO037qMarch 18, 2019
I’m going to be honest with you #TWDFamily I was so caught up with @DanaiGurira that I really didn’t have time for sympathy for the feral kids. That says a ton about Danai’s incredible performance. #TheWalkingDeadMarch 18, 2019
Won’t somebody think of the children?!
Yes, there was a lot of infanticide in this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, but it never came across as exploitative. The scene in question was directed and choreographed with enough sensitivity to make it appear both heartbreaking and necessary all at once. Still, it was a tough moment for Michonne, and indeed the show as a whole, and people had opinions.
Me: Michonne isn’t gonna have to drop all of these kids is she?Me 2 Minutes Later:#TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/IHwBtYMHKAMarch 18, 2019
Michonne be like… #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/2WvY3AmXdpMarch 18, 2019
#TheWalkingDead 914 is one of the most intense, nerve-racking episodes of I ever watched. May be the darkest episode TWD has ever done. But so, so, so, so good. Have someone or something to hold.March 13, 2019
Long live the Queen of Alexandria
Whatever your thoughts about the episode, everyone came out of it with a newfound respect for Michonne, who has already become the most interesting and captivating leads of the show since Rick’s exit. What’s more, Scars saw her finally overcome her fears in the present day, deciding to rebuild bridges with the other communities in time for the upcoming fair. Everyone’s in agreement; this katana-wielding badass is a true Walking Dead legend.
When I was huge pregnant, I didn’t even wanna walk from the bedroom to the living room. Michonne is a real one. #TheWalkingDead @AMCTalkingDeadMarch 18, 2019
Michonne flipped over every Walker for 9 months straight looking for signs of Rick. Lori hooked up with Rick’s best friend within 3 – 7 business days after thinking he was dead. #twd #TheWalkingDeadMarch 18, 2019
Michonne did what she had to do!!! I stan a badass pregnant mom that will do anything to protect her kids! #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/GqcHKRwzrTMarch 18, 2019
Oh, and in case you were wondering…
Of course we can’t have an episode of The Walking Dead season 9 without Henry being weird and creepy in some way, and this brief moment saw him let Lydia fiddle with his newfound scar from the fight with The Whisperers in episode 13 (opens in new tab). Funnily enough, this scene has its origins from the comic books, only between Lydia and Carl instead, but it’s somehow even more disgusting than on the page…
My hatred for Henry grows with every episode #TheWalkingDeadMarch 17, 2019
Lydia touching Henry’s scar on #TheWalkingDead is gross, sure. But this was her in the comics… pic.twitter.com/3I5z3jzN0AMarch 18, 2019
Now please excuse me while I go and throw up for the next 24 hours. Henry hating aside, the general consensus on Scars is a hugely positive one, even for those who haven’t been too taken by season 9’s soft refresh of The Walking Dead so far.
What’s more, with just one episode left before the big finale (which will presumably focus on the upcoming trade fair between Alexandria, Hilltop, and The Kingdom), even bloodier things could be in store for Michonne and company. Fingers crossed she isn’t forced to make mince meat of any more feral children this time…
In the mean time, check out the biggest questions we have about the upcoming Walking Dead movies (opens in new tab), and how Rick Grimes might return to our small screens.