Review: ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6, Episode 13, ‘The Same Boat’: Know Your Enemy

Review: 'The Walking Dead' Season 6, Episode 13, 'The Same Boat': Know Your Enemy

LAST WEEK’S EPISODE: ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6 Episode 12, ‘Not Tomorrow Yet’: Storm’s A-Brewin’

Whose Episode Is It?

Carol and Maggie are the focus, since the entire episode is about their time as the Saviors’ captives. It’s another strong episode after last week’s season high-point, and a sort of thematic two-parter with that episode.

A Shred Of Humanity

While "Not Tomorrow Yet" suggested that the Saviors and the Ricketeers weren’t all that different, "The Same Boat" makes it explicit, as we get to know the group that captured Carol and Maggie. Particular attention is paid to Paula, played by the always welcome Alicia Witt, who is portrayed as a sort of Ghost of Christmas Future for Carol: a woman who kills remorselessly in order to survive and has no qualms about it. Still, she’s not a two-dimensional monster. She’s reasonable enough to keep Maggie and Carol alive to eventually make a deal for the Savior, Primo, that Rick and the others captured at the end of the last episode. Meanwhile, Maggie is interrogated by a Savior who was also pregnant. If this episode has a downside, it’s that the Saviors line up with Carol and Maggie a little too neatly, and a lot of the points here were made more efficiently last episode. But it’s still welcome to have antagonists that behave like rational people.

Even the group that attacked Daryl and the others back in  "No Way Out" are reassessed. When Carol cites the attack as the reason the Ricketeers struck the Saviors, one of the Saviors suggests that their group "probably put on a big show." They certainly seemed willing to kill Sasha and Abraham, but that might not be the Saviors’ usual modus operandi. They could have been cruel outliers.

If Carol was feeling self-doubt about her killing before, this episode looks to give her a full-on complex. She genuinely doesn’t want to kill the Saviors, and when she and Maggie free themselves, she just wants to leave, but Maggie insists they finish the Saviors off. She even gives Paula the chance to run, but Paula stays to fight. Turns out it’s harder to murder someone if you have a long conversation with them first.

Man Is The True Monster

We’re getting close to the point (and honestly may have passed it this episode) where it’s difficult to root for the Ricketeers. Once they’re free, Maggie and Carol brutally murder the Saviors (including impaling poor Paula with a zombie who bites her face off), then lure Paula’s backup to their location and burn them alive. Neither of them seem particularly enthusiastic about the final bit, but they still do it. And when Rick and the others show up with Primo, he claims to be Negan, so Rick shoots him point-blank in the face.

Obviously, the show is establishing that Rick and the others are going too far, but in doing so it may be creating a situation that will be difficult to walk back from down the line. When the Ricketeers face their reckoning with Negan (who’s obviously still out there, even if you haven’t seen the casting news), it will be tough to say they didn’t bring it upon themselves. The Saviors certainly seem to view them as monsters, and the Ricketeers have given them plenty of reasons to believe so.

This is interesting new territory for the show to explore, but there’s most likely a limit on how far audience sympathy can go. There have been plenty of successful anti-hero shows, but that’s really not what "The Walking Dead" has been about, so I’m curious how the audience will react to these last few episodes. The show’s primary stance is usually "Rick is always right," so a serious effort to undermine that might generate some kind of backlash. I personally think the show’s much stronger for approaching this material and hopefully, the audience agrees.

Achievement In Grossness

It’s not enough that Paula gets a huge bite taken out of her face on camera; we later see her zombified corpse. Y’know, without a face.

Grade: A-

NOTE: This review was updated with the correct name for the character played by Alicia Witt. 

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jay B

Hey Mike,I’m pretty sure she played in the first episode of "The Following".


The best kike is a dead kike. Kill all kikes, Rick first, in the the jew serial. Hail the zombies!


Sorry. Jeananne Goossen.


Jeannanne Goossen played Michelle.


Abraham and Sasha will essentially self-distruct. I have no idea what will happen to Daryl but he’s become kind of reckless. Carol will get to him with her new-found conscience. I do see him developing some kind of friendship with Dwight but that’s it.


The real heroes in the Saviors-Survivors arc will be Morgan, Carl and Jesus


The late bloomers like Gabriel, Eugene, Aaron will try very much to protect the group but lacking in experience and hardened-ness will fall short. The real hero in the Negan-Survivors arc will be Morgan and Carl


The survivors killing spree is weighing on them quite heavily. It’s evident on Glenn, Maggie, Carol, Heath, Tara. Rick shooting Primo in the head without even batting an eyelid is also symptomatic of someone who is quickly losing his last shred of humanity. Michonne also appears troubled. Their conscience – represented by Morgan – has caught up to them finally. And if you think about it, throughout the series from Season 4, which is when Rick and co became ruthless killers, Morgan has been shown in brief clips following the group from Terminus, to Gabriel’s church and finally catching up to them in Alexandria, a representation of Rick and the survivors conscience finally catching up to them. Morgan in episode 12 at the meeting at the church said that when you kill, they "always come back". And he wasn’t referring to the walkers. He meant the survivors will be haunted, so to speak, by their victims. And this is becoming more and more evident. Morgan will try to make Rick and co see this, but not in time. Because Negan will have come into the picture with an ax to grind. He will find a deeply troubled group, weak even, with almost no fight left in them, and it will make his work really easy. And that is how at least 2 of the survivors will die at the hands of Lucille.

Mike Maggert

Can someone please tell me who played the character of Michelle (one of the Savior thug ladies who had her finger cutoff) in last night’s episode?? I know she’s played in other TV series!


Great write-up. I want to add a specific comment about the symbolism toward the end of the episode as Maggie and Carol proceed down the hall through the walkers after having killed Paula — this is the slow-motion scene. Noticed how nonchalantly they kill the few walkers standing in their path. The very thing that was The Nemesis in earlier seasons of the show has now been reduced to a trial annoyance at the hands of these seasoned killers. And it is they who have now become the true Nemesis, this darkness in their hearts that has made them capable of so efficiently killing *anyone* who would stand in their way or threaten their existence. It’s a complete role reversal from the original dynamic of the show and it was wonderful symbolism. I love the dark path the show is going down as Rick’s group is transforming into, really, a set of dangerous murderers. It raises interesting questions and it will be fascinating to see if there is any turning back for them now.

John McGrath

In the talking dead, the actress playing Carol cited some of the significance of the Rosary, quting fom the Hail mary, "pray for us sinners now and in teh hour of our death." NBut the Our father also is said multiple times on the Rosry, and it syas,"May your willbe done on earth as in heaven." Hardly a description of that world, our world, and that episode. Taht said, the Ricksters still might be able to lead a life based on medical emergency ethics, a good mode; for all ethics: 1. Do not harm. 2. If harm is to be doe, minimize it. 3. If possible, do good. In that order, not the reverse.


Uh, her name was "Paula…" not "Polly".

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