You know, I really like that they included the Walker that Denise found. It really stood out to me. Maybe because I have 3 children ages 5 and under, but it really hit home. I get the desperation in the middle of the night for them to stop screaming and go back to sleep, and I'm not even in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. I can't imagine trying to survive with the circumstances as well. Seeing "HUSH" written all over the walls in the drowned toddler really personified the walker, which I don't think we've seen on TWD in quite a while.
I do wonder if it may have been foreshadowing Judith's death. I wouldn't imagine that Negan would bash her skull in, but I guess anything's possible. It's kind of hard for me to imagine the show going that far at this point. It was definitely cement his place as a totally new level of evil for the show, though.
That's it. You can tell the mother had tried to quiet the child and finally wound up drowning him/her.
Mercy? Desperation? Just absolutely losing your ****? Heck, it could be all of the above. Maybe it was just there to show that Denise wasn't ready at all to face the real ugliness of the world they're in.
Yes they are drawing on a WWII story of a group of people in a cave in an occupied territory of the Japanese. they were evading capture ...a mother had to smother a child in order to keep the group from being captured /killed/tourchered....Philippines I think....Screaming infant/child and the patrol was in earshot....
It also could have been accidental because the mother was scared or the group silenced the child....
There was a M*A*S*H episode that had the same sort of scenario....pretty brutal...
They writers dug deep into the psyche again....infanticide is pretty deep.
I don't think it reads well, the camera angle obscures the faucet so it didn't read as a sink,..and the water being perfectly still didn't register it as water.
if instead of 7/8ths of a shoe, they had a toddlers leg hanging over the edge wearing a shoe,..and if the camera angle showed the faucet more clearly,..it would've read quite clearly. Maybe if she bumped the sink to make the water move.
So I'll say I'm a dumbass who totally missed this whole handprints/crib/zombie-mom/hush/foot sub-story. I saw all the pieces but I thought I saw a shoe so it didn't click together at all.
I do like the idea that the director/writers tried to tell a story in images like this,..kind of Kubrick'ish.
...if it was drowned the baby should be a zombie?
unless it did come back and Mom had to bash its head in?
maybe that's why the water's dirty?
went crazy and starved hiding in that room?
..I'm so curious what story the writers/director were trying to tell here.