The Walking Dead just had one of its most unsettling episodes ever

Seth Gilliam as Gabriel, Ross Marquand as Aaron - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 19 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC
Seth Gilliam as Gabriel, Ross Marquand as Aaron - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 19 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC /

After the controversial episode “Find Me,” The Walking Dead‘s extended season 10 needed a bit of a return to form to hook fans back in. The show did just that through “One More,” one of The Walking Dead‘s most unsettling episodes ever.

On the surface, the episode seemed like it would be a fun adventure between two of the show’s better side characters, Aaron and Gabriel. While the two survivors have been hardened over the past few seasons, they have been two of the more optimistic characters on the show in the past.

Episode 1019, however, put these two to the test.

Aaron and Gabriel are on the road searching for supplies after the Whisperers destroyed most of Alexandria’s resources. The problem is, all of the locations Maggie marked on her map are dead ends. The two become increasingly frustrated and stressed, especially given that they miss spending time with their young daughters back in Alexandria after weeks on the road. Unfortunately for them, their tough times don’t end there.

Episode 1019 of The Walking Dead, titled “One More,” was one of the show’s most unsettling episodes ever.

Stumbling upon an unmarked location, the two survivors think they’ve hit the jackpot. Finding a boar for food and alcohol and cards to keep them entertained, Aaron and Gabriel have a fun night getting drunk and opening up to one another.

That’s when the night turns for the worst. Suddenly, Aaron disappears, and Gabriel is stopped by a man wielding a gun – something rare that many years into the apocalypse. The man, named Mays, begins to test Gabriel’s beliefs about the goodness of people before bringing a tied-up and bloodied Aaron out.

To prove his point, Mays puts a single bullet in a revolver, forcing the two men to play Russian Roulette, with the choice to either point the gun at themselves or their friend for each turn. There is a huge sense of dread throughout this sequence, as the two survivors try all they can to convince Mays to stop his sadistic game before one of them dies.

Mays tries to get into their heads during the game, reminding Aaron about his daughter, Gracie, who will never see her dad again if he loses the game. Right as Aaron – who is in tears at this point – is about to shoot himself, Mays stops the game, trying to prove a point about the fact that the world has no more room for good people.

Thankfully, Gabriel calls Mays on his bluff after Mays shares a story about killing his brother, who attacked him for food, and Mays eventually realizes that Gabriel and Aaron are good people and that he can be too.

Robert Patrick as Mays- The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 19 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC
Robert Patrick as Mays- The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 19 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC /

While a normal Walking Dead episode might end with Mays joining the community and rehabilitating, Gabriel instead uses Aaron’s mace-arm to kill Mays when he lets his guard down to untie Aaron. Aaron’s face after Gabriel’s deed is one of horror and could really sum up the whole episode.

As the episode near its conclusion, it is revealed that Mays actually didn’t kill his brother. Instead, he locked him up next to his dead wife and daughter. Aaron and Gabriel try to free the brother, who then steals their gun and kills himself. The episode ends with the two survivors venturing towards a water tower for “one more” attempt at finding food and supplies.

From start to finish, “One More” is a haunting and depressing tale. Whether it’s Aaron’s tears at never being able to see his daughter again, Gabriel’s stone-cold murder of Mays, or the anxiety-inducing game of Russian Roulette, the episode was unsettling, to say the least.

The episode will leave you with a sense of dread as it concludes, as there is little to no respite outside of the drinking and poker scene. It is a chilling reminder of just how dark the world of The Walking Dead can be.

Very few episodes in The Walking Dead‘s history can match this episode’s unnerving and ominous feeling (the season seven premiere probably comes the closest). While Aaron and Gabriel will be grateful to get out of the situation alive, their experiences with Negan, the Whisperers, and in this episode have hardened them seemingly beyond repair, which will likely play a role in the upcoming final season of The Walking Dead.

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