“Home” was a deeply psychological episode of The Walking Dead. Let’s dive right in by answering the question: Why is Maggie mad? There has been a lot of friction between Glenn and Maggie since their rescue from Woodbury – at least when they’re in the same room together. Her violation at the hands of The Governor has left her in a very complicated mental state. Obviously she is angry about what happened. She also has to be at least a bit angry at herself for giving up the fact that their base was in the prison. Watch the scene again where she explains everything to Glenn. Who is she trying to convince? Is it him, or herself? Why lash at out at him though, what did he do wrong? Some of this is misdirected rage, and she has already been made to feel weak, so maybe she doesn’t want to be comforted, but she does also have reason to be unhappy with Glenn. His anger at the situation is selfish. Hershel, Beth – they have the typical responses of caring family members. Chris Hardwick actually explained this perfectly on The Talking Dead, but Glenn’s walking temper tantrum comes across as an attempt to make it all about him. Maybe not an intentional attempt, but Maggie was the victim, this is her pain. Glenn has his own pain, which you can literally see across his bruised faced. He isn’t raging against The Governor because he had him tortured though, he’s mad because how dare The Governor put his hands on his property. Think back to the line from the previous episode about “my girlfriend,” because that’s how Glenn appears to be looking at this. Sweet, nice guy Glenn is acting like “other guys” now, with Maggie as an object to be warred over. When Glenn asks if Maggie was raped, it doesn’t come completely from a place of concern – he wants to know how angry he should be. It’s a subtle difference, but one that she can pick up on. I’m not going to go as far as to say that Glenn is in the wrong here, but like I said, there are a lot of psychological complexities and nuances here.
Some things are more obvious, even though Andrea can’t seem to pick up on them! The Governor’s “run” for example, was completely for ego boost. He was emasculated on his own turf, and shooting up the prison was a masturbatory display of power. We knew the Dixons were abused growing up, but Daryl’s physical scars were a shock even to his own brother. The revelation that they originally had planned to pillage the group together and make off with their supplies is a retcon of sorts and a great twist. It serves to make Daryl even MORE badass, a feat previously thought impossible, and adds even more weight to his journey. I love how this episode of The Walking Dead was all about getting everything out in the open, as I absolutely despise when shows dance around things only to gloss over them or quickly move on later. Is Merle somehow actually the most simple, and the most complex character at the same time? Honestly I’m still not buying what he’s selling, but if this turns out to be a ruse after all I will still be so disappointed in him. If it’s not a ruse, and he doesn’t make it out of this alive – I’ll be disappointed in myself. Finally we have Rick. We have Rick and his stress, Rick and his guilt, Rick and his “stuff” as he eloquently put it. Aside from “he’s Korean” Rick’s line about “having stuff” out in the yard was probably my favorite of the episode. He sounded drunk, or high, or like a child being protective of his secret stash. Rick may actually be like a child in more ways than one, but I’ll save that for another installment.