The Walking Dead S6E11: Knots Untie
Original Airdate: February 28, 2016
Recap by Sarabeth Pollock
Well, after last week’s shocking ending, we start this week with a conversation between Abraham and Sasha as they return to Alexandria. He’s talking about a camel that ate the keys. He can’t believe Maggie is pregnant in this Brave New World. Sasha says that maybe she’s pregnant because it’s “the way things go.” There’s some flirtation going on between them, kind of. Sasha tells him that she’s going to start a new post the next day, and now Eugene wants to take over patrols with Abraham. Neither seems too pleased by the idea.
Next we find Abraham in bed with Rosita, but he’s thinking about Sasha. She says that Eugene is going to teach her chemistry, but Abraham says that chemistry can’t be taught. She gives him a necklace made of a piece of tail light so his neck isn’t lonely. She asks him to join her in the shower, but he hesitates.
Maggie is out in the fields working when Glenn finds her. She’s trying to make vertical trellises for tomatoes. They haven’t seen any buds, but Glenn is hopeful. They spot Abraham running into Rick’s house with Denise so they take off after him.
Jesus is perusing the art on Rick’s walls when Carl puts a gun to his head and demands to know what he’s doing there. Rick and Michonne, still getting dressed, walk out and find Carl with Jesus, and then Abraham and Glenn rush in, guns drawn. Next we see the gang sitting around the kitchen table. “Let’s talk,” Rick says as Daryl comes in to join them. Jesus says that they had one guard on two doors. He’s been checking out their ammunition and they’re running low. He says they’re on the same team—the side of the living. He’s from a similar community and his job is to seek out other communities to establish trade. They have livestock and crops. Maggie sits forward at the idea of other communities. Jesus smiles. “Your world is about to get a whole lot bigger.”
Daryl works on the RV and Denise brings him a treat for the road. She suggests her cooking is better than rabies, and Daryl thinks she’s doing it for helping her, but she says he reminds her of someone. Rick tells Carl that he and Michonne just happened last night, but Carl is cool with it. He smiles at his dad to let him know it’s okay. Rick wants to leave Judith with Gabriel, but Carl isn’t going with him, because someone needs to stay behind to protect everyone, and he’s worried about the impression his messed up face would make. Rick nods at his son, who has grown up so fast.
Abraham is ready to go. The team loads into the RV and it’s time for a road trip.
Glenn keeps his hand on Maggie’s belly while she sleeps. Abraham wants to talk about getting Maggie pregnant using a pancake analogy. Glenn says that it was intentional, that they discussed it. Abraham is amazed at Glenn’s cojones for being brave enough to try to make a child in this world.
As Rick drives, he reaches over and rubs Michonne’s leg. She grabs his hand. Daryl notices a crash scene up ahead so they stop. Jesus says that it’s one of his people’s buses. They track footprints to a nearby building, and Jesus says that he knows it looks suspicious but his people need help. He doesn’t know what happened. Rick ties him up and says that Maggie can shoot him if need be.
Inside, they find Walkers and some survivors. It’s nothing that the gang can’t handle. Jesus’s friends are all ok. They get back on the bus. Harlan, one of the friends, is a doctor. Glenn asks if they have prenatal vitamins. It turns out that he was an obstetrician in the past life, so since he owes Glenn a favor, they hit the jackpot. Jesus checks on his other friends who are struggling with the accident and what happened. Abraham listens in.
The RV gets stuck in the mud, but it just so happens that they have arrived. The Hilltop. It’s a whole town sitting behind a fortified wall.
As they approach the gates, the Hilltop’s guards tell them to stop and drop their weapons. Jesus says they ran out of ammo months ago so they use spears. Harlan and Jesus vouch for them. Inside the gates is a hybrid modern day-cum-18th century civilization. Harlan takes his patient away but he welcomes Glenn and Maggie later.
Jesus explains that most of the campers were in a FEMA camp and they came with their trailers, but the Barrington House, the large mansion at the center, was a museum that housed the area’s historical treasures. Everyone figured that it would be able to keep them running. Gregory steps out and announces that they should get cleaned up. Hard to keep the place clean, after all. Rick agrees, but he tells Maggie to get cleaned up first so she can talk to him because he shouldn’t. Clearly he sees a power struggle coming forth.
Abraham asks Daryl if he knew about Rick and Michonne. He wonders if Daryl would ever settle down, but Daryl says it depends on things settling down elsewhere. Abraham fingers Rosita’s necklace.
Maggie finds Gregory and they start talking. They ask about each other’s resources, and Gregory plays his high-handed ways. He says he knows that they don’t have much food so he offers a work-trade program. He treats Maggie like an inferior, but she knows he doesn’t have ammunition or medicine so she stays strong. He dismisses her with an ominous look. Gregory is an ass.
Jesus says they want to trade but Gregory doesn’t want ammo. Jesus acts as an intermediary. Rick wants food, but Jesus says he will try to convince him. A man rushes in to say “they’re back.” Ethan approaches and says that Neegan is dead. Ethan says he’s got a message for Gregory and he stabs him. A fight ensues and Rick ends up covered in blood—again. The Hilltop people see Rick’s actions and are scared. Jesus breaks up the fight and says that things aren’t as simple as they seem. This is very true. Neegan was killed by Daryl, Sasha and Abraham.
Daryl makes sure Abraham is okay, and he smiles and says he is. As he stands up, Rosita’s necklace is on the ground.
Jesus announces that Gregory will be okay. Rick asks about Neegan. Jesus explains that as soon as they built the town, Neegan showed up with his group, the Saviors. He killed a sixteen year old boy to make a point. Now the Hilltoppers give him half of everything. Daryl offers to kill Neegan’s group for food, medicine and a cow. Rick agrees—confrontation is their strong point. Jesus will take the offer to Gregory.
Jesus says that Gregory will talk about it. He wants to see Maggie, and Rick says that Deanna was right about her. Jesus apologizes in advance for Gregory being a prick.
Upstairs, Gregory is in bed and he is ready to make a deal. Maggie manipulates him into giving them half of everything up front. Gregory claps. He’s impressed.
Outside, as the trucks are loaded up, Jesus says that even Neegan didn’t get everything up front. They find the man who has been taking things to Neegan and get his support to find Neegan’s camp. Rick tells Michonne that they’re going to fight. She knows that. And she knows they’ll win.
Maggie had asked for one favor from Gregory: an ultrasound. Harlan is happy to oblige and the couple see their unborn child on the screen. In the RV, Glenn shares the ultrasound photo with Michonne, who shows Daryl. He passes it to Abraham, who smiles at Glenn.
The RV departs the Hilltop…but you know this happy moment won’t last.