TV Club: Rick and the others make new friends and a decision on The Walking Dead

Maybe it’s a sign of a shifting philosophy, maybe it’s setting us up for something even darker down the road, but “Knots Untie” is the second episode in a row where everything works out pretty much okay. There are deaths, but no one we care about, and the one character (Abraham) who has any sort of an epiphany seems to be coming to the decision to embrace life even in the face of near certain death. (So, odds aren’t great for him sticking around much longer. But he’s still alive now!) The Alexandrians meet a new group of survivors who turn out to be not entirely horrible, and Jesus continues to make a good impression. You don’t have to look too closely to see a new story building itself, and there’s something satisfying about watching plot elements build off one another to make something …

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