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Volume 52/Issue 3 October 15, 2021

Date: October 8, 2021 Fall is truly making itself known around campus. The greenery is tinged with bright yellow, red, and orange as the temperature has dropped from sweltering to pleasant. Life is busy with apple-picking, festivals, and outdoor activities of all kinds. It’s time to enjoy this sweet window of beauty and get out for a bit of relaxation between assignments and studying. I wish you a safe and exciting season! Lynn McDonald Editor-In-Chief

What’s on the cover? Deadly Departed by Mary Curvey This piece was meant to depict a vampire and a witch in love, the blood staining their clothes and minor scratches implying the nuance of their daily lives is secondary as they lay down together. Acrylic painting on canvas and digitally edited.

The Bridge Staff Lynn McDonald

Mary Curvey


Kathryn Smith

Illustrator and Cartoonist

Linsa Dean

Andrew Agney

Associate Editor Keenan Mount

Copy Editor, Writer

Writer, Graphic Design

Matthew Anderson


Jordan Jones

Writer Jeri Bonine-Burton


Ashtyn Britt Ads Manager

Kenneth Garner

Trevor Davis

Krystie Morrison

Stephen Kern



Web Editor, Photographer and Social Media Manager

Writer, Photographer Elise Gremli


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Louise Jett Advisor

Table of Contents Campus News, Pg. 4-12 News, Pg. 13-15 Entertainment, Pg. 16-19

Fall Fest Fun Photo by Linsa Dean Page 3

First Ever Minority Fair Held at Lewis and Clark Story and Photos by Linsa Dean

The 2021 Minority Fair, The Commons, Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey IL.

On Sept. 30, 2021, The Commons hosted the first-ever LCCC Minority Fair. The bright room filled with the sound of an LC Band and the voices of participants, and soon enough the smell of fresh pizza would join. The fair was designed to help both current and future LC students find resources. Student Activities Coordinator and Black Student Association advisor, Jared Hennings, oversaw the event. His primary goal? To set students up for success. Dr. Sean Hill, Vice President of Student Engagement, had a similar goal. “We wanted to make minority students feel welcome on campus and I feel we accomplished what we set out to accomplish.” Amongst the resources present were tables and staff from the Nursing Program, Student Services, Student Success Center, The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Financial Aid, and the Black Student Association, and Student Counseling. LC Counselor, Terri Austin stated, “I feel that it’s important for all students to be aware of the resources offered and this is a great way to encourage minority students to take part in programs.”

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Generally, the view of the event was positive. Nursing student, Kayla Atchison brought attention to the lack of diversity in nursing, seeing this fair as an “awesome” event to connect with minority students. Student Anthony Brown felt that the event was a good thing and bringing awareness to resources. He also expressed worry that students would choose to not use the resources- even if they knew about them.

Students Mariah Saddler (left) and Jailyne Nichols (right) enjoy the 2021 Minority Fair.


Some services to note from the event include: · Student Services: This resource helps students who are struggling with career and life bumps. Please contact Alice Bunjan, the Coordinator, at · Student Success Center: This resource helps students who need extra assistance with school work. Head to or call 618-468-4SSC to book an appointment. · Veteran Services: If you are a veteran or active military service member please visit for more information. · Financial Aid: This department is dedicated to helping students afford school. Please note that the scholarship application period runs from Oct. 1, 2021, to March 1, 2021. Visit for more information. Music Professor Brenda Lancaster and Activities Coordinator Jerod Hennings sing along with the band.

The Black Student Association also was represented. Student Anthony Brown took a minute to explain the importance of BSA. “BSA gives African American students their own club so they don’t have to try and fit in where they may not feel like they fit in.” The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center representatives highlighted their minority student internship program and dedication to community connection. For more information about minority student internships please visit their website, applications for the program open in February. Due to the previous success of the program, it has at least three more years of funding. Representative Amy Moore also established that the NGRREC also studies the impact of the rivers on human communities. Her co-representative, Jen Young added, “If we’re not connecting to the community, we’re not running as we should.” Their table also featured a survey asking participants how their program could expand their inclusivity.

Students Mariah Saddler and Jailyne Nichols both expressed sentiment about having a space to connect with other students and discuss life and issues. Mariah highlighted the event. “The energy is very come as you are and try to move forward to where you need to be. It feels amazing.” Jailyne touched on Jared Hennings’s goal. “I think it’s opened my eyes into more opportunities that campus has.” Jailyne did note that “there was nothing about it on the Edwardsville campus.”

Student response to the event was positive with all four interviewed students saying they hoped the event Participants wait in would become yearly- if not once per semester. Student line for free pizza. Denise Swain looked around the room briefly before Dr. Sean Hill stated he wished for the event to at least saying, “I feel comfortable and valued because we have be yearly. “It gives us a way to connect with students. these resources.” Fellow student Chayvon Buckingham Mental health has become an issue due to isolation. praised the free pizza and expressed appreciation that The goal is to have, as safely as possible, to have stunon-minority students had “stopped by”. dents back together and feeling like they’re supported.” Section

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Photo of Germania Brew Haus Left to right: Oliva Harper, Rose Eller, Kassia Short, and Sarh Goforth. Photo by Trevor Davis.

Germania Brew Haus Offers 10% Discount to LC Students By Stephen Kern Germania Brew Haus is a coffee shop and craft beer taproom based in the Alton area. They are now offering 10% off orders for Lewis and Clark students. They provide a variety of specialty coffee drinks like lattes, cold brew, cappuccinos, americanos, and if you are feeling adventurous, you could mix it up and try a cold brew lemonade, espresso mojito, or a fruity pebbles milkshake. The drink menu is packed with options such as tea, craft sodas, smoothies, milkshakes, and hot cocoa, most of which have a lot of different flavors and add-ons to choose from, as well as milk alternatives. They also offer a range of craft beers, local and regional, with their self-pour beer wall in which you pay by the ounce, so you can try a little or try a lot. Germania Brew Haus rotates some beverages so certain drinks come and go as the seasons change. Food here is limited but they do serve a few different pastries and snacks as well as a bavarian pretzel with cheese. Germania Brew Haus first opened in early July of 2017. The owners, Jared and Carolyn, wanted to bring a craft coffee and brewhouse to their hometown. Now, four years later, they have opened two more locations! Germania Brew Haus can be found in Alton at 617 E. Broadway, in Godfrey at 5775 Godfrey Road, and a brand new third location in East Alton in the Eastgate Plaza! For more information, you can visit their website at or their facebook page and instagram @ germaniacoffeehaus. Head on over and enjoy a coffee or a fruity pebbles milkshake (I know I want to) and get 10% off of your order!

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Campus News

Apply For Scholarships Today! L&C Community College By Jordan Jones

relief, as well as additional applications through various organizations and scholarship programs for students to take advantage of. Completing an application takes Scholarship applications for the 2022-23 academic minutes, but students can save hundreds or even thousands year opens on October 1, 2021. Enrolled students can of dollars in tuition debt by filling out the forms. complete a short General Application to auto-match with all their qualified opportunities, as well as complete the Second-year or returning LC students are still required 2022-23 FAFSA and apply for federal grants. to complete a new General Application for the 202223 scholarships. Submissions from previous years do not Scholarship funds are absolutely free; no paybacks, count towards the upcoming academic year, and a new liabilities, etc. These will transfer straight into a student’s FAFSA form is available for documentation towards the tuition, alleviating the need to come up with the money on 2022-23 academic year. hand. The General Application is due by March 1, 2022, but students looking to maximize their opportunities should For additional questions, our financial aid office is open apply as soon as possible. Monday - Friday (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to schedule an appointment with an advisor. Any tuition fees not covered For students enrolling into Lewis and Clark, be sure to by scholarships may be considered through the FAFSA, create your LC email and password to stay updated with and getting ahead-of-the-game is a sure way to save the any offers or new opportunities. High school students will most on college expenses. need to attach a copy of their official transcript to the General Application, as well as know the date of their high school graduation/GED completion date. Unsure if you’ll be qualified? Don’t be! Lewis and Clark has dozens of opportunities for students in search of

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Fall Fest 2021: ‘Symbolic of what’s to come’

By Keenan A. Mount

This year’s Fall Fest, a staple of Lewis and Clark’s event calendar, saw a somewhat aggressive amount of breeze but far more importantly it saw a large amount of people eager to get involvedin a community and physically congregate. It was made easy to do so thanks to the catered food, curated music, and assorted games that brought in students.

Drama Club, a newly established student collective, attended its first Fall Fest this year. Onyx Laird, the founder and president, was happy for the recruitment opportunity that is Fall Fest and said, “I am happy with the amount of awareness we haved drummed up with this event.” Onyx reported doubling the Drama Club’s member count thanks to their attendance at Fall Fest. Video Game Club, the largest club at Lewis and Clark, reported having nearly one hundred members, thanks, in part, to Fall Fest.

LC Pride Club students battled the wind during Fall Fest. The table is draped with the standard pride flag, a trans flag, and another standard pride flag. Photo by Linsa Dean

Clubs at Lewis and Clark saw this excitement for the Lewis and Clark community first hand in the form of more members and interest for their club. Steve Higgins, fourth year Pride Club advisor, cites “isolation induced by the pandemic” for the exceptional generation of interest and support for Pride Club.

Student Success Coordinator, Niki Busler, enjoys fall fest. Photo by Linsa Dean

Drama club students danced to the song The Cupid Shuffle at Fall Fest besides their table. Photo by Linsa Dean Page 8

Services at Lewis and Clark, like the Student Success Center, also utilized Fall Fest as an opportunity to make students more aware of the help they provide. Marie Busler, a student support specialist with the Student Success Center, sees Fall Fest as a “grand opportunity” Campus News

to advertise an otherwise “hard to market, at least in a fun way,” but important service that is the Student Success Center. The vocal organizer, Jared Hennings, at Fall Fest could be heard throughout the event announcing and organizing little competitions, such as hula hoop and dance. Jared Hennings, student activities coordinator at Lewis and Clark, would describe Fall Fest as a “signature event” and holds the sentiment that the waning pandemic tensions made this year’s Fall Fest more special. A sentiment shared by Dr. Ken Trzaska, who attended his first Fall Fest as President of Lewis and Clark. Dr. Trzaska sees the event as “symbolic of what’s to come”.

Exercise Science student, Letarion. Photo by Linsa Dean

Above: Occupational Therapy student, Tori hula hoops to take the runner up spot. Right: Occupational Therapy student Tori, and Exercise Science student Letarion faced off in the finals of the Fall Fest 2021 Hula Hoop Contest. Photos by Linsa Dean

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Above: Two club representatives sit at the veterans club table at Fall Fest 2021. Their table From left to right: Student unknown, KT Ruthless, and Anteresa has different images and handouts on it. Dickson. Students of Lewis and Clark enjoy Fall Fest by the pond. Center: A group of volunteers helps dispense food for Fall Fest 2021. Below: Video Game club members dressed in costume and worked together to build a life size Creeper for Fall Fest. Pictured as Bowsette is student Mary Curvey.

Fall Fest by Linsa Two members of the LCCC community play inflatable basketball at Fall Fest 2021.

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Two balloon artists set up shop at Fall Fest, providing students with hats and accessories to celebrate fall.

Above: From Left to Right: Editor-in-chief Lynn McDonald, Writer Keenan A. Mount, and Writer Elise Gremli sit at The Bridge table at Fall Fest 2021. Center: Student Success Specialists Brandy Kribs and Mary Busler represent the Student Success Center at Fall Fest 2021. Below: Students, Gabriel Levi and Caddie Harper, both in Radio Broadcasting, dressed as Woody the Cowboy and Jessie the Cowgirl for Fall Fest.

t Photos a Dean A group of friends and their loyal service dog enjoy Fall Fest 2021.

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Lofi and Chill: Relaxing Your Mind During Studies By Jordan Jones What is music, really? And how can music help relieve the stress students face during long study sessions? Admittedly, I only added the first question to sound cool; but the second thought is pretty fascinating! Does listening to music really improve our quality of learning? There have been several studies on this. According to one experiment comparing twenty-five students who were asked to study in a quiet environment versus an environment where music was playing, researchers concluded that “the changing notes and words of music while memorizing an ordered list impaired one’s cognitive abilities” (Wales University in Cardiff, United Kingdom). Despite this, however, that is not the case for all types of music. In a similar study, students who were in an alternative research group—listening to non-lyrical, classical music—reported to have similar or slightly higher cognitive digestion than those in a quiet setting. This distinct variable of lyrical and non-lyrical music can help explain a growing trend with ‘chillpop’ genres amongst college students worldwide; particularly, a brand of music called Lo-fi. For those unaware of the genre, Lo-fi is a style of music with typically no lyrics, no fluctuating frequencies (white noise), and a self-proclaimed focus on relaxing the mind. Lo-fi songs are generally composed with a simplistic melody, soft instrumentals, and a feel-good aesthetic that carries throughout the entire track—much like a blend of classical and pop music. A front-page Google search gawks about the benefits of Lo-fi on empowering the mind, but the truth is far simpler. Listening to music releases dopamine in the brain, increasing an individual’s mood and willingness to stick with challenging tasks (2019 UOW, Australia). Lo-fi takes this information to create a thinking masterpiece; by spinning an electronic mix into modern styles, Lo-fi creates a beautiful aesthetic to put the mind at ease. Anxiety and stress come hand-in-hand with studying, and just by simply providing the brain with a source of peaceful, harmonic frequencies to focus on, the difference between completing an assignment or ripping out hair is possible. Listening to music is a chemical process to power through bulky textbooks, and chillpop genres serve as a catalyst for such motivation. Chillpop or not, the fact remains that music is—while sometimes a distraction—central to maintaining both a mental and physical wellness deep into assignments. While it’s easy to flop on a playlist and shut yourself off from the outside world, perhaps consider joining the Lo-fi trend? You definitely won’t be disappointed! Page 12

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Fifteenth Annual “Mississippi Earthtones Festival” in Review: Metamorphosis By Keenan Mount

A yarn piece created by Autumn Konkol, a member of the Riverbend Yarn Bombers, features a “Mississippi river monster” going through its stages of development, or Fifteen years ago the lieutenant governor of Illinois, Pat more aptly, its metamorphosis. “From egg, to tadpole, Quinn, gave a proposition to municipalities along Illinois to baby, and finally to an adult,” Autumn said. The watersheds. This proposition was for an annual event that piece was created for this event but featured a part of a would take place on the third Saturday of September, previous work that was featured at a former Earth Tones and would commemorate the watersheds throughout festival. This allowed for a more “meta” metamorphosis, Illinois either through education, conservation, or as Autumn cleverly described. recreation. The “Mississippi Earthtones Festival” was a direct result of this “It’s our River Day” initiative and, as A lineup of musicians contributed greatly to the per Christine Favilla, organizer and co-founder, “Aims to celebratory atmosphere and included an array of local achieve all three objectives put forth by the initiative to artists representing different genres. Sounds of Syla, celebrate and honor the Mississippi river.” In line with this an R&B jazz rock hybrid, opened, and Jake’s Leg, a mission statement, this year’s event included educators, Grateful Dead tribute, headlined. artists, musicians, and conservation groups. The event’s organization in and of itself reflected this The artists varied in medium, but for the most part stayed theme of metamorphosis as it had undergone changes in line with this year’s theme, metamorphosis. Teresa brought on by the pandemic and the relocation to Rose, an art teacher at Orchard Farm, was creating a Broadway. However, this isn’t the first time that they have chalk art piece as the festival was taking place. She held the festival on Broadway. “This would be our fifth allowed passing children to aid in her process, filling time on Broadway and, as far as organization goes, out sections or handing her colors. She has attended we have it down to a science,” Christine Favilla said. the event every year since she moved to Alton, however Last year’s festival was, however, a first. It featured a this was her first time she was featured as an artist. She scavenger hunt and a drive in movie experience in lieu was “more than happy to have an opportunity to create of the normal festivities. publicly” and was “glad to have an opportunity to share the love for art with children”.

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New Paved Trail at The Nature Institute By Stephen Kern “A place of peace and learning.” The Nature Institute is a nonprofit, land conservation organization located in Godfrey, IL, just off of Levis Lane. Their focus is on environmental education, preservation, and restoration. They promote awareness and appreciation to the natural world around us and host a variety of events every week for children and adults. Every year they host approximately 8,000 students of all grades for camps and field trips. At The Nature Institute and Talahi Lodge there is a stunning overlook view of the Mississippi River, wildlife, and a brand new paved trail. The Olin Nature Preserve, the Mississippi Sanctuary, the Kemp and Cora Hutchinson Bird Sanctuary, and the Heartland Prairie Project at Gordon Moore Park are also owned and managed by the TNI team. These preservations, over 450 acres of protected land, offer natural diversity to the public with areas like wetlands, forests, and prairies. Founded in 1980, John M. Olin was granted 501(c)(3) status and began volunteer stewardship for The Nature Institute and the Talahi Lodge. Talahi Lodge, what was once a residential summer camp, now offers a number of activities and amenities such as full kitchens, restrooms, picnic tables, campfires, an outdoor classroom, and of course, beautiful scenery. Aune Nelson, a benefactor for the organization, thought that children should learn about and appreciate nature so that they would grow up protecting it. Volunteers like her are the reason the camp has been successful for over 25 years! If you would like to learn more and view the calendar for upcoming events, field trips, camp,newsletter, and donations for The Nature Institute, visit

Center: The new paved trail at The Nature Institute in Godfrey. Top Right: Beautiful day at the top of the overlook at The Nature Institute in Godfrey. Center Right: Deer foraging next to the new paved trail at The Nature Institute in Godfrey. Bottom Right: A stone shack located at the Mississippi overlook at The Nature Institute in Godfrey. Photos by Stephen Kern. Page 14

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Fallin’ (Adrenaline) By: El Their first single bck from an 6. eight month break. It’s different because they decided to break boy band tradition and use instruments! Everything about this including the instruments, solos & the production make it incredible!


Trust Fund Baby 7. This song, in my opinion, is one of their best songs. The message is that you don’t have to be pretty to fit in and with a catchy rap in the middle make it a certified BANGER.

Grey One of their most vulnerable 3.


8. ballads that involved an 18 PIECE ORCHESTRA, I might add. It talks about loss and the harmonies blow me away and I cry every time!! What Am I (Live & Unplugged) A stripped down version of the


Come To Brazil One of twelve songs that they


original with the same title. Both versions are great but everybody loves a good ballad!


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released in 2019 that is underrated in my opinion. It has a great beat, catchy hook and amazing vocals. It’s also great to blast in the car on a nice day!

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These Girls This is an oldie but a goodie for me! They talk about how great their fans are and it’s insanely catchy. The solos are incredible and when the beat drops it’s like the party has begun.

Love Song Just in the first line “I wrote

another love song baby about you I’ve written one for every second without you.” From that line on he tells a story. It is a girl’s a dream to get a musician to write a song about her and it’s insanely catchy.

Words I Didn’t Say This song is a twist on classic


ballads with incredible harmonies. A very emotional song with heartfelt lyrics, emotional melody, and tone. This is also a fan favorite that’s underrated.

Slow Down This is such a great song!

Filled with VERY catchy solos and also a perfect song to dance along to! They even got permission from The Smashing Pumpkins to put part


of “1979” in the intro.

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song PERFECTLY. BOP. It’s catchy, has a great beat and the rap sang by the youngest member is UNFORGETTABLE!

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The Walking Dead Season 11 Episode 6 Recap & Review: FERAL CANNIBALS!? By Kenny Garner *WARNING: This article includes spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.* AMC’s “The Walking Dead” decided to depart from its established style of storytelling with a story unlike anything we’ve seen on this show before. Paying homage to horror classic “The People Under The Stairs,” this episode focuses on two of our characters as they explore a strange mansion with a hidden purpose. Before I get into that though, I want to discuss the B-plot, which directly ties into one of the main storylines for the first part of this final season. The writers here, I feel, do a great job of telling this separate story without disparaging the tension built by our main plot. Long story short, Daryl is forced to torture an ally to fish out information about

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Maggie and her group’s hideout. This is successful and a group of Reapers, plus Daryl, set out to find Maggie. In the end, this works out in Maggie and Daryl’s favor. Daryl helps Maggie’s group with some clever strategies, not only helping them escape but also revealing information to Maggie without blowing his cover. The A-plot is the standout here, taking the Walking Dead into a world of horror never before seen in the apocalyptic universe. We’re greeted to Connie and Virgil fleeing from something offscreen before encountering a herd of walkers. In a desperate attempt to find shelter, they situate in a nearby abandoned mansion. Considering they didn’t explore the possibility of the dead piling up at the door and trapping them inside, we can only assume that whatever they were running from was horrific. As revealed in the side plot when Kelly finds Connie’s backpack in the wilderness, it appears the duo abandoned

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their campsite because they felt they were being watched by someone. At the mansion, Connie, who’s been sleep deprived after being trapped in the cave with Alpha’s herd, shoots down Virgil’s suggestion to rest. She surveys the house to make sure it’s empty and safe, before making her way to the bathroom. Her eye wanders to a razor disposal opening in the medicine cabinet, and out of nowhere, a yellow eye emerges from the darkness in a fantastic jump scare. Terrified, she runs back to Virgil who suggests she’s hallucinating. Connie is, in fact, suffering from PTSD from the cave; the writers do a wonderful job making you question whether the eye was real or not. The two go to investigate, and Virgil finds nothing. He suggests staying for the night, which Connie rejects. She rushes to the mansion’s entrance with Virgil following her, but a hidden door slides between them in the main hallway, separating the two. The audio goes mute. We enter Connie’s world. This is a brilliant way to build tension. In the corner of the screen, we see something crawling behind her. It’s a deranged man, walking on all fours. He chases Connie to the basement, where she seeks safety only to find human skeletons. Terrified, she flees to a vent opening. It’s there that she finds a hidden hallway and a small opening observing the bathroom. The eye was, in fact, real. She bangs on the wall to catch the attention of Virgil, who has locked himself inside the bathroom to avoid danger. As Virgil walks to the hole, a feral man slowly crawls from behind him in one of the best scenes of the season. They get in a fight and Virgil stabs the man, successfully neutralizing the threat. He doesn’t realize Connie is the one in the wall because Connie can’t communicate without sign language, so Virgil starts stabbing the wall in hopes of killing who he thinks is another one of the feral cannibals. Thankfully, the holes in the wall allow Connie to stick her arm out to signal that it’s her. A relieved Virgil helps her out and offers to sacrifice himself to save Connie.

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This scene is rather emotional and portrays an image of Virgil we haven’t really seen; a selfless man willing to risk his own life to save somebody he’s known only for a short period of time, a departure from the hostile Virgil we saw in Michonne’s final episode last season. Connie refuses to accept this offer and proclaims they’ll work together to exit the house alive. They prepare their weapons and open the bathroom door, with sights on the entrance where a hungry herd of walkers wait outside. The feral cannibals spring into action, chasing after them on the way. Virgil manages to kill two of them before falling victim to another with a knife. Connie makes the save and, sticking to the plan, drags an injured Virgil over to a corner near the door. She improvises, cutting open a corpse on the floor and covering herself with blood. She blocks Virgil in the corner and opens the door, granting access to the hungry herd of walkers. The walkers start brutally tearing the cannibals apart as the duo reluctantly looks on. They escape, and the only survivors of the feral group jolt out behind, only to be wiped out by Kelly and a group of Alexandrians set out in search for Connie. The two sisters have an emotional reunion which ends a stellar and terrifying adventure. The episode ultimately ends at Meridian with Pope revealing Frost’s zombified corpse. With a sinister smile spelled across his face, Pope reveals to Daryl that he got all of the information he needed from Frost. Uh oh. What does Pope mean by that? Did Frost blow Daryl’s cover? We’ll have to wait and see. Overall, this episode was one of the more unique experiences in “The Walking Dead’s” lengthy history. The imagery, writing, concept, and acting are all on-point, easily making this the best episode of the season and possibly one of the best in the show’s history.

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