Yes, I think we can all infer that the show hasn't ever shown us winter before, but "winter" as a season has not gone away from their world. (Perhaps the ZA happened right in time and was so utterly complete that the climate catastrophe was mitigated.) There is one very good reason for this, let me explain it for all the folks that don't live down south.
(To set the scene, please imagine bluegrass softly playing in the background. NOT DELIVERANCE MUSIC THOUGH YOU GUYS DAMN.)
Hey y'all, welcome to my plantation my home! Here, have some sweet iced tea, you're gonna need it. Why? Well honey, the temperature here in Georgia in the summer is usually around 90 degrees (that's over 32 degrees Celsius for those in other countries bless you hearts). Now on top of that oppressive heat, we usually carry a humidity load like you wouldnt believe. We're talking 90 percent humidity and not a damn cloud in the sky. I like to tell my northern friends, summertime down here is like being constantly smothered by a hot, wet blanket.
So imagine the actors on our show. They are down there in Georgia filming this show at the height of summer. Even in the best of times, they are usually all required to wear more clothing than is comfortable but for this episode, they're wearing coats and hats and scarves and gloves and dear lord how fucking miserable that would be? No wonder many of them didn't bother zipping or buttoning up. I mean it was very obvious much of this episode was filmed on sets built inside otherwise the fake snow blowing in the air would have just been rain or mist but even so, they had to have all been so miserable during the filming for this episode.
(Let's all quit with the bluegrass music now)
I actually enjoyed this season so much more than I have for a long time. I was giving the show this one season to prove to me I should continue on with it and it did what I needed it to do I guess. The show has ALWAYS been silly, irrational, stupid BUT when it is also heart felt, when it also has room to breathe, when it also does something different, it is one fine show.
Know what kills me though? (cue the sad, sentimental music please) How many people we lost this year! I mean...DAMN! Rick, Maggie (could the show be more desperate to remind the audience that she's not dead and thus show Lauren "hey, we really love you and want you back!"), Tara (my personal favorite inept lesbian), Enid (which is super fucking sucky because she was another healer), Jesus, and the rest. Hell, let Rosita have her kid, time jump again a few years, kill all the adults and have it just be centered on the generation that never really knew "the before".
Well anyway, as much as I completely loathe the whisperers (so much more than the saviors and I HATED them), it's interesting. The show did what it needed to do to rope me back in but I realize the writing is on the wall for this show, anybody can see it has only one or two season's left before AMC decides it is too expensive.
See y'all in October (or on another board....iZombie anyone?)