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Waiting Til October: Why I’m Skipping (Postponing) The Walking Dead Season Finale

Why I’m skipping (read: postponing) the season finale of The Walking Dead.

I usually try to stay away from Twitter during big television moments that are not broadcast live.  It’s not too bad here on the West Coast given the three hour time zone gap; it’s even harder when watching Doctor Who, when I have to stay away from Twitter all day.

I’ve been pumped up about The Walking Dead’s season finale more and more as we’ve gotten closer to the big day.  I had planned to stay away from Twitter today, but like most things, I couldn’t deal with the suspense and I peeked.  After all, I’m the one in the family who opens Christmas presents because I just can’t deal with the aniticipation….  So I peeked.

But something strange happened tonight.  I’ve been home most of the day with a sinus infection, and the television has been tuned in to AMC’s The Walking Dead marathon.  The commercials were pumping me up to watch, and up until 7:30pm I’d planned to watch the finale.  And then I looked at Twitter.

It looked like the writers were pushing the action to the last few minutes of the show.  (As usual)  But then the Tweets started coming in after the end of the show, and there was a colossal sense of disappointment coming from the Internet.  There were no deaths, as had been predicted.  Someone was probably going to die by Neegan’s hands, but at the end of the episode the audience still has no idea who it was.

I’m sure the writing was solid, and I’m sure the story was compelling.  TWD writers are fantastic.  I am a fan of the show, even through the ebb and flows.  I’m not skipping the finale in protest—I’m skipping it for my own sanity!  I can wait until October, in spite of the Christmas present thing.  I know I’ll enjoy the episode much more knowing that the answer is coming up next, as opposed to watching tonight and having to wait six months to get answers.

Six.  Whole.  Months.

Yes, I definitely made the right choice….didn’t I?

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The Walking Dead Recap S6E11: Knots Untie

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.

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The Walking Dead Recap S6E10: The New World

The Walking Dead S6E10: The New World

Original Airdate: February 21, 2016

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

 

Music plays as Rick fixes his belt.  There’s a picture of Carl and Judith on the desk.  Judith plays on the floor and then Michonne steps out of the bathroom in a robe.  She needs toothpaste, and Rick says someone has been taking it for two weeks.  Carl comes in she says she wants to change his bandage.  All seems well, oddly enough.

Daryl asks Denise for clarification on her shopping list.  He’s going on a run and she hopes he can find Tara’s favorite drink as a surprise for her, but clearly food and medicine are priorities.  Daryl says nothing as she tries to explain it all to him.

Daryl and Rick drive to the gate and Eugene gives Daryl a map with the food supply places he thinks might still have some food.  He tells Daryl that if he finds a special kind of corn, their food situation will be “hunky dunky,” which only serves to confuse Daryl.

Once Rick and Daryl hit the road, Rick says this might be the trip where they find other people, even though they haven’t seen anyone lately.  Rick turns on the radio and sings along with the music.  Daryl shakes his head.

The fences in Alexandria are holding strong.  Michonne stands guard.  She spots Spencer going out into the forest with a shovel so she follows him.

Enid is writing in her journal when Maggie walks up and asks where she has been.  Everyone has been working on getting the town put together over the past few weeks but no one sees Enid.  Maggie knows that Enid helped Glenn and helped her when she was trapped.  She offers her help to Enid if she needs it.

Rick and Daryl fly down the road, but they stop and back up after passing a ranch with a barn.  It’s called Sorghum. Inside the barn is a truck.  They open it and find a ton of food and supplies.  “Law of averages,” Rick says.  After taking the truck, they stop at a looted gas station.  They find a vending machine and use the truck to turn it over.  Rick doesn’t understand why Daryl is going through the trouble for soda, but obviously he’s on a lookout for Denise’s shopping list.  They’re about to open it when a man sneaks up to them, his face covered.  Daryl and Rick are faster on the draw, though, and the masked man raises his hands.

The masked man says he had been running from a group of ten Walkers.  That doesn’t intimidate Rick and Daryl at all.  The man asks if they have a camp, and they say no.  He says his name is Paul, but his friends used to call him Jesus.  He starts to leave while Rick starts to ask the three questions.  He takes off running, and then there’s the sound of gunfire.  It turns out to be firecrackers, and Rick realizes his keys are gone.  Jesus drives off with the truck and the vending machine.

Spencer is alone in the woods and a Walker approach.  He hesitates and Michonne rushes in and kills it.  He says he likes to walk after his shifts and she’s the first to ever notice it.  He wants to be alone.  Michonne says that his mom told her that she needs to figure out what she wants in life.  Right now she needs to know why he’s wandering with a shovel.

Carl and Enid explore the woods.  They find a blue balloon with a note in it, but the note was wet and the writing is faded.  Enid says that by finding it they’re not alone, and Carl says they know that already.  She asks why they’re out there, to which Carl says they’re kids and that’s what kids do.  It sounds like they’ve been doing a lot of exploring together.

Daryl and Rick run down the road and find the vending machine.  Daryl breaks it open and takes out the soda.  Rick is all for Denise’s special request, given that she saved Carl’s life.  She turned out to be okay.  But Jesus isn’t going to turn out to be good, Daryl says.  They still have a trail and so they continue the chase.

Carl and Enid enjoy lunch when they hear something.  Enid wants to leave, but Carl crouches with his gun at the ready and sees that it’s Michonne and Spencer.  He goes back to reading a comic.  Enid doesn’t want to come out to the woods anymore, so Carl packs up and walks away, leaving Enid to follow him.  They come across a Walker and Carl doesn’t want to leave it because Michonne is out there.  Carl whistles to it, drawing the Walker’s attention.  She doesn’t want to leave and Carl tells her to go.  He says she wouldn’t understand.

Rick and Daryl are still running.  They find the truck.  Jesus is trying to fix the flat tire.  Rick tackles him but Jesus fights back.  They get him to the ground and ask for the keys.  He doesn’t think they have any ammunition so they shoot a Walker to prove the point.  They leave him on the side of the road with loosely knotted restraints and drive away.  Daryl makes sure he still has at least one good can of soda for Denise.

Music plays as Rick declares that it all worked out and today is still the day.  They come across another farm and take a look.  That’s when they realize that Jesus is on the roof.  Rick stops hard and Jesus rolls off.  Daryl jumps out in hot pursuit and Jesus uses the truck as a shield from Daryl.  Walkers who have been tied to a car break free and Rick goes after them.  Jesus jumps into the truck and Daryl jumps in after him.  He tells Daryl to duck and then he shoots a Walker that was coming after Daryl.  As they fight, the truck starts to roll backwards.  They jump out, Jesus gets hit in the head by the door, and the truck sinks into the pond.  The law of averages, Daryl says, is bull shit.

Michonne is still following Spencer, but he says that she can’t help him.  She hears something and turns around in time to see Carl running from a Walker.  Spencer says he thought he saw “her” that night…and he did.  Deanna is a Walker.  Michonne holds her as Spencer sticks his knife into her head.  He holds his mother and then looks at Michonne and says this is why he was out here.

Spencer buries Deanna while Michonne carves out a “D” in the tree to mark her grave.  He says she left him a note saying she never lost her way, but he doesn’t know his way.  His family is gone.  Michonne says she has been chasing him all day; he has a family and a home.

Now in a minivan, Rick drives down the road.  Daryl is in the back next to Jesus.  Rick says that everyone tried to tell him what needed to happen.  He’s finally listening.  Jesus falls against Daryl, so Daryl pushes him over.

Michonne returns home to find Carl holding Judith.  He gets up to take her in.  Michonne stops him and says that she saw what he did with Deanna.  He says he couldn’t have left her or kill her.  He couldn’t leave her out there and he says that he couldn’t kill her because it should be someone who loved her, someone who is family.  He says he would have done it for Michonne.  “Me too,” she says.  They hug it out.

Rick drives up to the town gates.  Daryl says that Rick was right about not going out to find people anymore, and he was right.  Rick doesn’t think so.  They carry Jesus to Denise’s house.  “That thing didn’t work out.  It was this asshole’s fault, sorry,” Daryl tells Denise.  Rick leaves a note for Jesus and then he and Daryl leave, both agreeing that it’s stupid to leave.

Rick crashes on the couch and Michonne walks in with a baby monitor.  They lean back on the couch and Rick tells her about Jesus.  “Crazy day,” he sighs.  He doesn’t want to talk about his day, but he asks about hers.  She doesn’t want to talk, either.  He brought her some mints because the toothpaste ended up at the bottom of a lake.  They laugh, then they hold hands….and then THEY KISS!!!

Rick and Michonne KISS and start making out on the couch!!!!

Next we see them in bed, naked.  His gun is on the nightstand, her kitana is beside her.  Out of the blue there is a voice.  Rick and Michonne jump from bed, naked, and Jesus is standing there.  “We should talk.”

Whoa.  Did that just happen?!

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The Walking Dead S6E9 Recap: No Way Out

The Walking Dead S6E9: No Way Out

Original Airdate: February 14, 2016

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

 

Is there a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to watch the return of The Walking Dead?  Is that even a question??

At the end of the midseason finale, the world was falling apart.  As usual.  Sam kept talking, Alpha Wolf was loose, and Neegan’s men had blocked Daryl’s group from returning to Alexandria.

Tonight we start out back on that road.  Neegan’s thug confiscates everyone’s weapons.  Sasha wants to know who they are, but they won’t be the ones who ask questions.  The thug wants to accompany them on their way back home so they can see where they came from.  He doesn’t believe that they don’t have more stuff with them.  Abraham wants to know who he is talking to, so the man says he will have to kill them.  He was only bluffing…or was he….but then his entire biker gang blows up.  As it turns out, Daryl had a rocket launcher behind the truck and he was able to blow them up.  Abraham bids them good riddance.

Rick and his gang are trying to get out of the neighborhood by walking through the Walkers. Ron and Carl walk behind him, followed by everyone else.  The Walkers aren’t paying them any mind.  Sam looks around in anguish.  They get to the edge of the houses and Rick says they need to get to the quarry to fetch the cars.  Jessie tells Rick that they won’t make it with Judith, so Father Gabriel offers to take her to the church until they get back.  Jessie wants Sam to go with Gabriel but Sam insists that he be allowed to stay with his mom.  Gabriel promises Rick that he will keep Judith safe. Michonne watches as he leaves with the baby.  Jessie tells Rick that she knows he’ll make it and be safe.  They march on; Carl grabs Ron’s hand and Ron allows him to take it.

Tara and Rosita watch through the window as Walkers go on.  Tara wants to go after Alpha Walker, who still has Denise.  Carol wakes up and asks for their gun so she can see what else is hiding in the house.  Morgan wakes up and asks where Alpha Wolf is, and he is crushed to hear he took Denise.

Glenn and Enid lock themselves in the church.  They search it to find weapons to use to climb over the wall.

Alpha Wolf looks down at Denise, who is having a panic attack, and remarks that this is how things turn.

Enid is trying to figure out why Glenn wouldn’t let her run.  As Glenn explains that the people who left her, her family, are the ones who made her who she is.  He lists his family, Dale, Andrea, Herschel, as his people.

Alpha Wolf says that he needs Denise to stay calm, and that he wants her to be safe.

Glenn doesn’t want Enid to run, he wants her to stay in the church.  She says that he was right, and she’s here now and she wants to help him save Maggie.  She’d just follow him anyway.

Alpha Wolf wants to help Denise change.

Enid finds a gun on the altar of the church.  They’re ready to go.

The Walkers keep walking through the streets at night.  Rick and his group are still moving, too.  They form a serpentine chain moving through the random chaos.  Sam hears Carol’s voice in his head telling him that the monsters are going to eat him.  He sees a child Walker and he stops.  Ron tries to give his brother a pep talk but he’s suddenly grabbed and eaten from behind.  Jessie screams and Carl tries to pull her away.  She is eaten as well.  Rick flashes back to his memories of Jessie.  He has to cut her arm off because she won’t let go of Carl.  Rick drops his gun in the process and Ron grabs it and aims it at Rick.  Michonne stabs him from behind.  Rick tries to get himself together, and that’s when he sees Carl’s face.  His right eye is missing.  Carl faints and Rick grabs him, and he runs off with Michonne trying to clear the path.

Tara looks out the door while Morgan contemplates life.  Eugene has a knife with him and he nods to himself.  He knows that they will be fighting their way out, he tells Rosita.  Rosita says that he can’t fight, which seems to upset him.

Alpha Wolf sees the Walkers moving toward the sound of the gunfire.  He comments that her friends must have tried to put up a fight.  They did fight, Denise reminds him.  He says he was selfish.  She tells him to go to hell, and he says they’re safer out there than within the walls.  They make a run for it, but a Walker gets in their way and slows them down.  Alpha goes back to help Denise but is bitten in the process.  Denise tells him that if he gets to the infirmary she can save his life.

Carol in alone when Morgan finds her.  He asks if she had a child, and a husband.  He says that he didn’t want to hurt anyone, and she retorts that he did it for his own purposes.  She regrets not killing him when she had the chance.  “You can’t,” he says, walking away.

Denise ties off Alpha’s arm and tells him that he might have changed, given that he went back for her.  They make a run for it and Carol shoots him from above.  Inside the infirmary Denise finds Aaron and the others.  Rick and Michonne run in with Carl still out cold.  Denise moves into action and starts working on Carl.  The Walkers are still wandering outside, seemingly oblivious.  Rick takes him axe and goes outside to go hunting.

Rick goes on a killing rampage.  With only his axe, he kills several dozen Walkers.  Michonne wants to help but Denise needs her.  As soon as she’s finished, Michonne kisses Carl’s head and joins Rick.  Spencer and Aaron go as well.  The other Alexandrians watch from inside their houses as Rick clears the path, and they run out and start helping.  Soon he’s calling for everyone to keep them out.

Gabriel watches from inside the church.  Judith starts crying so he hands her off to a parishioner and grabs his machete.  He says that their prayers are helping; God has given them the power to save it themselves.

Carol tells the group that Rick is making a stand, and she says that Denise is safe.  Eugene says that no one gets to clock out today, that this is a story that will live on, so he wants to fight.   Morgan runs into Alpha Wolf Walker.  He says he’s sorry, then he kills him.

Glenn arrives in time to see the Walkers trying to knock down the tower.  Enid rushes to help Maggie while Glenn creates a distraction.  He is quickly overpowered, and just when things look really back, the Walkers around him are gunned down in a spray of bullets.  It’s Abraham and Sasha up on the wall.  Once the Walkers are gone, Abraham asks if Glenn can get the gate for them.  He’d really appreciate it.

Glenn opens the gate and Daryl says they’ll have to lead them away.  Inside the walls, the group fights off as many Walkers as they can.  Daryl parks the truck and drains gas into the pond.  The Walkers keep coming as the group backs toward the wall. Daryl launches a grenade into the pond and it lights up.  The Walkers are drawn like moths to the flames.  They stop and turn away from Rick’s group and head toward the massive fire.  And, like the mindless zombies they are, they go right into the fire.

The great thing is seeing how the town has come together to fight as a group.  When the sun comes up, Walkers are all over the place.  All are dead.  The group gathers around the infirmary, where Denise patches Daryl up.  Michonne holds Judith as Rick sits with Carl.  He says he was wrong, that he didn’t think the people of Alexandria were capable of fighting, but now he does.  Now he sees that they can work together and rebuild the walls.  He sees Deanna’s vision now.  He says he had a feeling when it was all over, and it had been such a long time since he’s felt that way.  He wants to show Carl the new world, and he begs Carl to wake up so he can show him.  Carl’s fingers tighten around Rick’s hand.

Talk about a bloody Valentine….  See you next week!

The Walking Dead Recap S6E5: Now

The Walking Dead S6E5: Now

Original Airdate: November 8, 2015

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

 

After last week’s Morgan-palooza, it’s time to return to Alexandria and the aftermath.  Fans should note that Steven Yeun’s name still appears in the episode guide.  What does that mean?  Does it mean anything?  Will we ever truly know?

In the aftermath of the attack at Alexandria, Deanna climbs the wall to survey the damage done to the town.  She traces Reg’s name on the first panel that was erected to build the wall.  Below her, the townspeople gather bodies while Michonne tells Maggie that they had been separated.  When she hears a noise, she turns to see thousands upon thousands of Walkers coming down the road, Rick at the head of the pack.  He’s running at breakneck speed and trips right before Michonne opens the gate.  He gets inside, but the town is in a world of hurt right now.

The herd is pushing up against the wall while the townspeople try to figure out how to reinforce it.  Rick reappears, looking slightly more refreshed.  He tells the group that they are surrounded about twenty deep but they can survive this.  He knows they haven’t been through something like this but they can live through it.  Daryl, Sasha and Abraham will drive them off, while Glen and Nicholas will return.  Someone points out that this is a graveyard, but Aaron speaks up and says that Rick’s plan is what saved them.  It was during one of his scouting missions that the Wolves figured out about Alexandria.  This happened because of him, and he wants people to understand that Rick is a good leader.  Deanna walks away in a daze.

Jesse returns home to the body of the Wolf she killed.  She drags her out of the kitchen to a community body pile in the town’s cemetery.  She starts digging, but Rick stops her, telling her that they don’t bury killers inside the town’s walls.  He says they’ll wait to bury them.

The food storage area is inundated with townsfolk who don’t want to starve while they wait to die.  Spencer runs in and tells the people to stop.  Bruce mentions the gate, and Spencer points out that he stopped the truck from getting in, so they need to stop this behavior or else they’ll destroy the place.  The hungry townspeople reluctantly agree.  Deanna smiles at her son with pride.

Aaron sees Maggie making weapons, then he sees a group of people painting a memorial to the people who died.  Someone paints Glenn’s name, and Aaron sees Maggie rush off.  She’s in the weapon’s locker getting ready to go out.  He knows she’s going to go out after dark on her own.  He asks her what’s going to happen if she gets hurt.  He wants to help her out.  He knows a better way.

Deanna stares at Reg’s wedding ring with tears in her eyes.  She grabs a set of plans and starts scribbling a map of the crops she plans to grow, along with a new plan for the town to reinforce it and rebuild it.  The sound of a glass breaking distracts her.  She finds Spencer picking up a glass and realizes he’s getting drunk off the wine he took from storage.  He’d stopped the looting but he admits that the group was right about the fact that they’re going to die.  And he blames her for their weakness.

Carl finds Ron sitting near her house.  He asks him if he has seen Enid.  Ron hasn’t seen her since he saw her with Carl, and wonders why Carl doesn’t think she’s dead.  She had been Ron’s girlfriend until Carl came along.  They get into a shoving match.  Ron says Carl shouldn’t risk it because more people will die.  If he goes, then Rick will go, and others will follow, and then they’ll die.  Ron says Carl saved his life, so now he’s returning the favor.

Denise is reading through medical manuals and trying not to freak out when Tara walks in.  She tells Tara that her patient is still sick but she has no idea what to do.  Tara lies about her headache and admits she’s just checking on Denise, who says she is of no use.  She hopes a new doctor shows up so she can return to her apartment and read War and Peace.  Tara says being afraid sucks, and she kicks a copy of Grey’s Anatomy at her before leaving.

Jesse goes to check on a neighbor and finds that she’s a Walker.  As the scared townsfolk look on, Jesse slowly opens the door and kills her with her knife.  She turns and tells everyone that she never wanted to see what things really looked like, but now they don’t have a choice.  They have to see it, and they have to fight or they will die.  She walks away, and Denise stares in wonder.

Aaron leads Maggie to a sewer drain that connects the neighborhoods.  Maggie wants to go alone, but Aaron can’t watch more names go up on the wall.  As they go through the tunnel, Maggie says that if Glen was alive he’d signal to her, and he needs help.  If he’s dead she doesn’t want to wait around for him.  They try to move a piece of the ladder when they come across two very rotten Walkers.  The Walkers awaken and attack, and Maggie gets overwhelmed.  Aaron steps in and helps her.  His forehead is gashed but he insists that he has to keep going.

Denise comes across something in her medical books.  She uses a syringe to drain the pus from his arm, and he immediately stabilizes.  “Hot damn,” she says, smiling.

Ron climbs the wall to talk to Rick.  It’s the first time he has seen the wall of Walkers.  He tells Rick about Enid’s absence, and that Carl had planned to go find her.  Before Rick leaves, Ron asks if Rick will teach him how to shoot.  Rick empties his pistol and gives it to Ron to practice with while he’s gone.

Denise finds Tara.  Tara asks how Gabriel is, and Denise leans down and kisses her passionately.  She says it’s the end of the world.  “No, it’s not,” Tara replies.

Maggie and Aaron come to the end of the tunnel.  She stops him from leaving and says that she buried Glen’s picture.  She doesn’t know if he’s alive or dead, but she’s pregnant.  Glen didn’t want her to go but maybe if she’d been with him he’d be alive.  Michonne told her that he’d have shown her by now.   Aaron hugs her as the gate is covered in Walkers.

Jesse baked cookies for Sam, who doesn’t want to go downstairs.  He says the upstairs part of the house didn’t change the way it did down below.  He refuses to meet his mom halfway.  Jesse takes the plate and leaves them outside Ron’s door.

Deanna has a basket of groceries and she stands in the street staring at the house.  A Walker approaches and attacks her, so she grabs a broken bottle and tries to kill it.  Rick comes and helps her.  She tells him that she wants to live, and that in order to do that, they need him.  She wonders if her plan for Alexandria is too pie in the sky, but Rick assures her that it isn’t.  She gathers the groceries and walks away.

Aaron and Maggie stand on the wall at night looking out at the Walkers.  They have bonded.  She says she’ll be right back, and she goes to the wall and scrubs Glen’s name from it.  Aaron comes and helps her.  “When he gets back, it’s worth mentioning that Aaron, or Erin, works for a boy or a girl, depending on the spelling,” Aaron tells her.

Spencer comes to relieve Rosita.  He says he volunteered to take Carol’s place.  Rosita says he did a good job taking out the truck, and even though he says he got lucky, she says he should keep doing what he’s doing.

Jesse is doing laundry and finds one of Ron’s shirts.  Rick comes in and tells her that the reason they’re waiting to bury the bodies is that they don’t know if everyone else is ok, and so he wanted to wait.  She tells him they can still be alive.  Rick has heard about Jesse’s speech.  She wants to believe there is more.  Rick kisses her.

Deanna approaches the gate and sees the masses of Walkers there.  She hits it in anger, then she walks away.  Blood seeps through the wall as she passes.

The Walking Dead Season 6 Premiere Recap: First Time Again

The Walking Dead S6E1: First Time Again

Original Airdate: October 11, 2015

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

Welcome back to Alexandria, fellow Walkers.  It’s time to get Season 6 of The Walking Dead underway!

Tonight’s episode is a series of flashbacks and scenes from the present.  Flashbacks are presented in black and white while the present is in glorious color.

We begin as Rick pulls the trigger and kills Pete.  It starts in color and fades to black and white.  Next we return to the present as Rick talks his team through the game plan.  They’re gathered in a ravine where thousands of Walkers are trapped and mulling about aimlessly.  They’re doing a dry run at present, preparing for when they actually do whatever it is that they’re getting ready to do.  Confused yet?  As with most best laid plans, things go awry when the tractor trailer on a ledge goes plummeting over the side.  Yes, dozens of Walkers have been crushed, but they’re also free to get out.  This sends the team into motion as they have to forego the dress rehearsal and jump into action.  Abraham is happy to get moving, while Glenn agrees to accept help from a repentant Nicholas.  The Walkers break through another barrier of trucks and head toward the team.

Cue the opening credits.  This looks like it’s going to be one hell of an episode!

Gabriel walks up to Deanna, who is sitting beside a pool of her husband’s blood.  You were wrong, she tells him.  He nods and walks away.  Abraham carries Reg’s body out of the area and takes a drink.  Jesse consoles her boys, but she can’t stop Ron when he gets up and runs away.

Rosita is at the infirmary helping Tara into a sitting position.  She’s glad Tara is ok.  They’re interrupted by Glenn and Nicholas, who return from their fight in the woods.  Glenn covers for them, saying that they encountered Walkers.  Nicholas nods at Glenn in understanding.  Tara comments that they both look like shit, and both Glenn and Nicholas are incredibly pleased to see that she’s ok.  Maggie hurries in and rushes to Glenn’s side.  He assures her that he was merely grazed by a ricocheting bullet.  That’s when Eugene walks in.  “Holy shit,” he says when he sees Tara.  “Thank God nothing happened to your hair,” she replies, giving him a smile.  (Eugene Hair Zing #1!)  Eugene, in a classic Eugene moment, stares at her while grinning stupidly.  It unnerves poor Tara, who asks for Noah’s help to protect her from Eugene’s stalker tendencies.  The group looks away, with Nicholas looking the most regretful of them all.

Morgan fingers the map that led him to Rick.  The rabbit’s foot is beside it.  Morgan tells Rick he was right, that it wasn’t over, referring to the last time they saw each other.  Rick says he doesn’t take chances anymore, and Morgan agrees with him on that note as well.  They’ll talk more in the morning.  Daryl looks on.

Abraham slips Reg’s ring on the top of his liquor bottle and waves at Sasha as she walks by.

Back in the present, Rick barks orders at the team.  They run through a fence made of cars as Daryl leads the Walkers through the maze on his motorcycle.

Flashback:  Daryl tinkers with his bike as Rick exits the house.  He says Morgan is ok with their plan of keeping him locked up temporarily.  Daryl asks if Morgan relayed the bit about the men who had the same Ws on their foreheads as the dead Walkers they found, and Rick nods.  He’s going to tell Deanna that the town isn’t going to go on any more runs. People need to take care of themselves.

Present:  Sasha steps on the gas, pushing 70.  Abraham asks her if she’s ok to drive, and she tells him that she’s holding it together.  When he asks again, she reminds him that he got into the car with her.  Don’t mess with Sasha.  Living, she says, is being part of such a huge plan.  They arrive at the red balloons and radio to Rick, who says the parade is coming.

Flashback:  Rick unlocks the metal security door and finds Morgan practicing his stick-work.  Rick asks if he learned that before or after everything.  It was after, Morgan says.  Rick apologizes for having to lock him up, and Morgan says they have to get to know each other again.  And meet each other for the first time.

Still in the past, Eugene is at the gate when a car pulls up.  Heath and his team have been on a run for the past few weeks.  Eugene uses lots of words to say he can’t open the gate, but eventually he lets them in.  Heath asks if Deanna put Eugene on gate duty, but Eugene (again) gives him a long story about filling in for Holly, who needed a break.  Scott and Annie get out of the car and ask how many are with their group.  Eugene first says 13, then he corrects himself.  Annie apologizes, knowing that someone died.  Heath asks if anything happened while they were gone.  Eugene says they had a meeting the night before, and then he suggests that Heath speak directly with Deanna.  As Heath walks away, Eugene tells him that he “fully respects his hair game.”  (Eugene Hair Zing #2)

Rick tells Morgan the brief history of the wall and the people of Alexandria, and how they never had to deal with anything that happened.  They’ve been living behind the wall in safety and don’t know how to protect themselves.  When he refers to Reg in the past tense, Rick refers back to having to kill Pete.  They come across Gabriel and Toby digging graves.  Gabriel says he wants to help.  It’s clear that he is sincere about this, but it’s still hard to trust him.  Rick says they won’t be burying Pete inside the town’s walls.  Deanna walks up and agrees with Rick, saying that they should dump the body out on the West side where they don’t make many runs. “Let the trees have him.”  Ron overhears this plan about his father’s body.

Morgan and Rick load Pete into the trunk.  Rick says he shot Pete because he killed Reg.  Morgan reminds him that they have a cell, but Rick says it isn’t for killers.  Morgan reminds Rick again that they’re both killers.  Rick needs to remember that.

Present:  Rick and his gang run to the road.  Glenn is on the radio saying that they’ll meet at yellow.  Michonne, Rick and Morgan look at the wall of trucks they have erected.  Michonne is glad it will hold, given where they’re standing.  Morgan suddenly asks Michonne if she took one of his protein bars.  He swears he had one more peanut butter one.  She sighs.  That’s how it always is, she tells him.

Flashback:  Ron is under the bridge as Rick and Morgan pass over it.  Morgan gets out with two shovels and he tells Rick that leaving Pete isn’t who Rick is.  He starts digging, but Rick hears something.  They go walking until they come to the edge of a cliff, and in the distance thousands of Walkers are gathered in the ravine.  Suddenly Ron comes running through the woods, being chased by Walkers.  Rick tackles him and shoots a Walker while Morgan kills the others, sending them over the edge.

Present:  Daryl leads a procession of Walkers along the road.  They follow slowly behind him, determined to catch him.  He looks bored.  Sasha and Abraham pull out in front of him and the parade continues.

Flashback: Rick, Morgan and Ron look at the Walkers.  Rick asks why Ron followed them.  He says he wanted to know where his father is buried.  Morgan looks at the ravine and sees Walkers plunging into the ravine, following each other blindly.  Rick figures that this is why the town was spared.  The Walkers never made it that far.  Ron walks away, and Rick grabs him and says that he will teach him how to survive, but he won’t be okay on his own.  They walk back to the car and pass Pete’s body.  Rick grabs a shovel and starts digging, with Ron looking on.  Morgan takes the other shovel and starts helping.

Present:  Glenn and Nicholas are in place. Heath is with them.  The Walkers inside the building are making too much noise and might distract the herd, so Rick says to kill them.  Glenn tells Nicholas to open the door and let them out slowly.  Nicholas tells Heath that he and Aidan didn’t know what they were doing but they have to trust Glenn. They get ready as Rick and Daryl lead the herd their way.  Nicholas opens the door…but there is a wall there.  Someone blocked it already.

Flashback:  Heath recounts the tale of finding a camp that had been eaten.  Rick has told the group assembled about what they found, and now the pieces fall into place.  The Walkers have been pulled away from Alexandria by the sound of the Walkers in that building.  Carol says it sounds scary, but it must be done.  The exit from the ravine is going to fail, and soon.  Rick assigns roles.  Sasha and Abraham volunteer to help Daryl lead the Walkers.  Glenn tells Maggie to watch Deanna.  Rick asks for more volunteers amid concern that they shouldn’t be following Rick.  But it’s clear that they are going to do this.  Rick just needs to give the people of Alexandria a lesson in how to get shit done.

Present: Daryl and Sasha pull up to the fence.  Rick and Co. start firing their guns to make more noise.  This is it.

Flashback:  Carter demands that Rick explain everything to them, and so he does.  The plan is to lead the Walkers away from the town and round them up.  Rick will use trucks and cars to lead them where they need to go.  Eugene says they have plates at the construction site.  Carter still argues that if they fail, the Walkers will go right into Alexandria.  Deanna pleads with him.  He was a worker on the original wall.   With his help, the temporary fence will hold.

Present:  And it works.  As Daryl and Sasha make the turn, the gunfire seems to hold their attention.  Several Walkers run into the wall and are quickly trampled.  But it works.  The herd moves in the desired direction down Redding Road.

Flashback:  The townspeople work to construct the wall.  Rick works but has an eye on everyone else.  Daryl comes up and says that part of taking care of themselves involves going out to find more people.  “Your call, though,” he says.  Carol brings water to Rick.  He tells Carol to stay back and continue to get a feel for the townspeople.  While Deanna may be in charge, Rick is really the leader.

Present:  Glenn plans to draw the Walkers out.  He tells Nicholas to call Rick if there is trouble.  It’s interesting that Glenn will fight with Heath, but he still doesn’t trust Nicholas.

Flashback:  Maggie approaches Tara, who is watching Nicholas.  She knows he was the reason Noah died.  Maggie tells her what really happened in the woods between Glenn and Nicholas, and that Glenn left it up to her whether or not they should tell people.  Nicholas would be exiled.  Tara can’t believe that Nicholas is walking around free.  Maggie says that she was thinking of how Tara was on the other side on Maggie’s worst day, when her father was killed, and now Tara is incredibly important.  Things get better, she says.  They hug it out.

Present:  Glenn breaks the glass and they’re quickly overcome by the Walkers.  Nicholas rushes in and saves Glenn, and together the trio clears the area.  They have bonded.

Flashback:  Carol brings water to Morgan.  He asks if she was a cop, too, because she’s always watching over Rick and she’s ready to handle things.  She says that he’s very sweet.

Present:  Abraham notices that several Walkers are taking a “constitutional” so he jumps out and gets the herd back in line.  When he returns to the car, he’s splattered with blood and he starts to tell Sasha about how he got splattered when Reg and Pete died.  Now he’s just living, just like Sasha.

Flashback:  Rick approaches Deanna on the worksite and tells her he’s sorry about Reg.  Reg was a good man.  She asks what else they need.  She wants Rick to tell her.  He says that the town needs weapons, and they need to know how to use them.  Case in point, a group of Walkers approaches the site and Carter panics.  Rick tells his people to stand down so the townsfolk can give it a shot.  They panic, and Morgan jumps into action.  Rick’s team moves in and takes the Walkers down quickly.  Morgan reminds Rick that he doesn’t take chances anymore.  This just serves to emphasize Rick’s point to Deanna.

Flashback:  Eugene walks in and overhears Carter talking to a group of people in the storage room.  Spencer is there and Carter says they need to take out Rick before more of them die.  He’s not talking about talking to Deanna.  He’s talking about killing Rick.  At that moment, lovable Eugene drops a jar and the noise alerts the group to his presence.  Carter approaches Eugene, gun drawn, and Eugene falls back against the wall.  Carter knows that Eugene heard them, so now he has to die.  In a monumental coincidence, Rick, Daryl and Morgan enter the room.  They want to know what’s going on.  Carter says he’s taking the town back from Rick.  The others say they were only listening to him, but they don’t agree with him.  Rick says Carter should have had a lookout.   Rick easily takes Carter’s gun away and says that he isn’t giving up the town.  He offers Carter the choice of making things work, which seems to baffle Carter.

Present:  The Walkers continue their march.  Glenn and Co. meet up with Rick and Co. in the woods.  Carter sees the Walkers march on, and he shakes Rick’s hand now that he sees that it worked.  They’re all a team now, but the work isn’t done yet.  Carter offers to watch the front of the line, but he quickly gets nabbed by a Walker and is bitten, so his cries lead the herd off track.  Rick tells Toby’s group to fire their guns to get them back in line.

Flashback:  Morgan polishes his wood stick and Rick walks out on the porch with Judith.  He is borrowing Rick’s porch because his house doesn’t have one.  Rick tosses him the key and tells him that he’d like Morgan to stay with them.  Michonne listens in with a smile.  Rick offers Judith to Morgan, who gladly accepts the baby girl.  He tells Rick that seeing him back down from killing Carter is the man Morgan knows he is.  Rick admits he wanted to kill him to make things easier, so he doesn’t screw up anything in the future.  But he knew he didn’t have to kill him.  However, Carter doesn’t get how things are now, and he will die anyway.

Present:  Rick kills the Walker who killed Carter, and he tries to keep Carter quiet.  There’s nothing they can do for him, so Rick tries to keep him quiet, but all he can do is stab Carter in the back of the neck.  The gunfire is working, and Rick reports that Carter is dead.  He asks Morgan to return to the others to let them know.  Morgan knows they didn’t have a choice, but you can see the pain in his eyes.  The Walkers march on.

Flashback:  Rick finds Jesse in the storage area.  He’s looking for flares and she hands them over.  Ron has told her what happened out in the woods and she tells Rick that he can’t talk to Ron.  Ron isn’t listening.  She has already talked to Rosita, who is going to teach them how to fight.  She wants to fight, but he can’t teach them.

Present:  Michonne and Rick survey the herd.

Flashback:  The day before the big plan goes into action, Abraham asks Sasha if she’s doing this because she wants to die.  “No,” she replies.

Present:  Daryl and Sasha continue to lead the group.

Flashback:  Rick says that the service station needs to be cleared before the next day.  Glenn pulls Nicholas aside and tells him that he will personally train him, but not now, not yet.  Nicholas thanks him.

Present:  Glenn and Co. move through the woods together as a team.

The Walkers move on.  A horn sounds in the distance.  It breaks the back half of the herd away toward Alexandria.  Rick and Co. take off to make it stop.  Someone has ambushed their plan.

As the screen fades to black, we hear the horn blaring.  Who the hell is honking the horn??

Season 6 is off and running, folks!  What did you think?

The Walking Dead Season Finale S5E16: Conquer

The Walking Dead S5E16: Conquer

Original Airdate: March 29, 2015

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

 

It’s the last episode of Season 5, fellow Walkers!  Who will live, and who will die tonight?

Morgan wakes up in the back of a burned out car in the woods.  He smiles when he sees the rabbit’s foot dangling from the rear-view mirror.  He makes breakfast.  Suddenly a man pops out of the woods with a gun pointed at Morgan and he sits on a rock.  Morgan asks what the W on the man’s forehead is for.  The man says that the original settlement of native people wore wolf heads until they defeated the invaders.  Morgan laughs and says that all will return to normal.  The W man laughs and says it’s nice to talk.  His group invades camps and takes over other groups.  He misses movies.  He tells Morgan to put his coffee cup down because he wants it, and he wants Morgan, too, but Morgan won’t be alive.  Morgan smiles at him and says that he won’t allow the man to take him away.  He won’t allow it.  Suddenly another man jumps out of the bushes and Morgan takes him out with a stick.  Morgan tells them to go, but they keep coming at him so he takes them out with a stick.  The gun, evidently, was empty.  Morgan puts the men in the back of the car and honks the horn.  He grabs the rabbit’s foot and takes off.

Yay, Morgan is back!!

Daryl flies down the road on his motorcycle.  Aaron follows behind him.  They stop off the road and head into the woods.

Rick wakes up.  His face has been tended to and he’s in a room on a mattress on the ground.  Michonne asks why he’s laughing.  He says that it’s like the train car, that after the whole situation he is still there.  Michonne explains that Deanna wanted him to be there.  Rosita cleaned him up, and Carl visited.  She asks him what he’s doing.  He stays silent.  She says that they have Pete in another house.  Rick says that he had to act quickly, and that he didn’t tell her about the gun because she wanted to be there.  “Well, we’re here,” he says.  Glenn and Carol arrive with Abraham.  They want to know where he got the gun.  Carol says it was stupid and wants to know why he did it.  Glenn says that Deanna is having a meeting about his fate.  Carol tells Rick to tell them a story about taking the gun to make sure Jesse was ok.  Carol says they’re children and they like stories.  Rick has a plan to take out the group if things go south at the meeting.  Glenn wants to know if Rick wanted to be there, and he confesses that he didn’t.  He tells them to leave so he can sleep.

Maggie goes to meet with Deanna to find out what is going on at the meeting.  She says that Rick was invited in with everyone else.  Deanna says that Rick had a gun and he pointed it at them, and even though Michonne stopped him, they don’t know what he would have done.  Deanna says that she will do what’s necessary.  Maggie leaves, and Reg goes after her and tells her that the cavemen were a tribe and they came together when they stopped casting people out.  He’s going to talk to Deanna and explain that to her.

Sasha patrols the wall and carries bodies away from the fence.  She has a huge grave for the bodies and she’s keeping house.  She stumbles into the grave and ends up lying down with the corpses, closing her eyes.

Daryl says that someone came through the path earlier.  Daryl wants to know about the people who had been sent away from Alexandria before.  Davidson was their leader, two men and a woman.  He brought them in and eventually had to cast them out with a day’s worth of food.  Aaron can’t make that mistake again.

Carol wakes Rick up and tells him that it’s good what happened.  She thinks that he did a good job of making a scene.  She hands him a gun and says that she didn’t tell Glenn and Michonne about the extra guns.  When Rick says he doesn’t want to lie anymore, and he doesn’t want to take the place, she shakes her head at him.  “Sunshine, you don’t get both.”

Carol has gotten really dark lately, hasn’t she?

Daryl and Aaron watch a man in a red coat as he walks through a field.

Rick goes outside and walks past three men who greet him.  He passes Deanna’s house and gives her a look.

Glenn is sitting on the porch when Maggie arrives.  Nicholas is watching them from around the corner.  She tells Glenn that she talked to Deanna and she’s going to talk to people to get them to see the truth.  Glenn tells her that he loves her, and she reassures him that they will work everything out.  Glenn looks up to see Nicholas scaling the wall.

Gabriel is off for a walk outside the walls.  He has God to protect him and he doesn’t need a gun.

Rick returns to his house and sees Carl.  Carl wants to know if this is home, and Rick says it is, but he doesn’t want Carl there because he might have to kill someone.  Carl says he has to make these people hear what Rick has to say.  He has to make them listen.

Aaron and Daryl scout the town and don’t find the man in red.  They find a group of Walkers in a fence.  Aaron says they’re fifty miles from home and there are bad people out.  Daryl says that’s all the more reason to find the good ones.  Aaron agrees but says they will need help and they’ll need food to feed the newcomers.  They kill the Walkers in the fenced-in area and approach the warehouse.  Aaron pries an Alaska license plate from a truck and says that the man in got away, but finding the cans was a good thing.  Suddenly the trucks open up and they’re full of Walkers with Ws carved into their foreheads.  Daryl and Aaron are quickly surrounded by Walkers, and they flee to a nearby car, where they are engulfed by Walkers.

Who put the Walkers in the truck!?

Daryl and Aaron are stuck in the car.  Aaron finds a note: “Trap.  Bad people are coming.  Stay away.”  Aw, crap.

There’s a knock at the door and Pete answers it.  It’s Carol.  She says that he needs to check on Tara, and he tells her to get out.  Carol pulls out a knife and says she could kill him and she could tell people he tried to hurt her.  Everyone would believe it.  “Come at me,” she taunts.  He holds his ground.  She says he has a chance.  He’s here, his wife is ok.  “You’re a small, weak nothing.”  She says that he might not have to die.  She hands him a dish of food and she tells him that she wants her dish back clean when he’s done.  She leaves, and he drops the dish and yells that it isn’t his house.

Glenn follows Nicholas into the woods.  As he’s looking around, he’s shot in the shoulder.  Nicholas runs out and looks around to see that no one followed him.

Rick goes to Jesse’s house.  He sees her black eye and she assures him that he didn’t do it.  Jesse says that people shouldn’t see them talking, but she does tell him that he was right.  Across the way, Pete watches furiously from his prison house.

The van is still surrounded and Daryl laughs to himself.  He says he came out because he felt closed up back in Alexandria and now he’s stuck in a car.  Aaron says he was trying to fit in.  Aaron had been watching Daryl and how he led the group to safety.   That’s how he knew that the group needed to come with him.  Daryl says he’s going to make a break for it and lead them away from the van.  He lights a cigarette.  Aaron says that they will fight together.  They have to.  They’re about to go when one of the Walkers is stabbed.  Aaron and Daryl jump out to find Morgan outside.  Once they’re safely on the other side of the gate, Aaron tells Morgan that they have a compound and he’d be welcome there.  They need to leave because that was a trap and the others will no doubt be on the way. Daryl asks why he saved them and Morgan says all life is precious.  Morgan says he’s on his way somewhere but he’s lost.  He hands Daryl a map—and it’s the one from the church.  Daryl sees Abraham’s message to Rick and stares at Morgan in awe.

Gabriel walks down the road, whistling.  He finds a Walker and says he’s ready….  Gabriel holds out his hands as the Walker approaches.  He decapitates the Walker with the noose around its neck and smashes its head.  He then kills the Walker on the ground nearby.  He breaks down into tears and cries on the ground.

Abraham arrives at the infirmary and Rosita says that Eugene is asleep at Tara’s bedside.  He creeps to the bed and she knocks over a pan to wake up Eugene, who looks at Abraham and says “good afternoon.”  Eugene looks at Tara and says that she saved his life.  She also got him thinking about how Eugene’s lie spurred Abraham into action and put his talent into motion.  That’s what saved them.  He thanks Abraham for saving them.  Abraham apologizes for almost killing him.  “Yes, there’s that.”

Spencer welcomes Gabriel back and asks him if he can talk to him later.  He needs to talk about Aidan’s death.  He needs to rush off to the meeting, and he asks Gabriel to close the gate.  Gabriel nods and shuts it carelessly, leaving it open.

In the woods, Nicholas kills a Walker and then Glenn jumps him.  They fight, and then two Walkers rush up and it looks like they are on top of Glenn.

Michonne asks Rick if he’s ready for the meeting.  He tells her that he, Carol and Daryl have guns from the armory.  They lied to her because they didn’t know how she’d take it.  Michonne says she hit him for his own good, not theirs.  She says they don’t need weapons there, and that they can find a way there, and if they don’t, she’s still with them.  She knows that something is about to happen, but Rick shouldn’t make something happen.  She leaves Rick and he grabs a knife and his gun and hears voices in his head about how nightmares end.  Rick looks out the window to see that the gate has been left open.  He hurries outside and sees that there is fresh blood on the gate, with a trail of blood leading inside.

Rick runs along the wall.

Gabriel walks into the church and finds Sasha inside.  She says she doesn’t know what to do.  She doesn’t know what’s in her head and she asks for his help.  “No,” he says.

The townspeople gather at the meeting.  Deanna wants to start even though Maggie points out that Rick and Glenn aren’t there.  Deanna wants to talk about how he has a gun he stole and pointed at people.  Carol says she’s sure they can work this all out.

Nicholas is wandering in the woods.

Rick is out running between the houses.

Sasha says that she wants to die.  Gabriel says she doesn’t deserve to live after what she did.  He says that Bob was mutilated because of her sins.  Tyreese died because of his sins.  She screams and lunges at him.

Rick finds Walkers in the streets.

Michonne tells the group that they will learn to be like Rick if they’re lucky.

Sasha and Gabriel fight.  The gun goes off.

Glenn tackles Nicholas and knocks him out.

Carol says that people like her are alive because of people like Rick and that although it was scary last night, they need him.

Rick kills the Walker with his bare hands.

Abraham gets up and says that Rick knows everything about the shit that’s out there, and then some.  Deanna’s people don’t know anything.

The men who attacked Morgan bring the man in the red coat to the gates of their trap.  They slit his throat and then watch as the Walkers line up at the fence.

Maggie tells the group about her father and how he respected Rick.  Rick knows what he has to do.  They’re all family now, and Rick was the one who started it.  She tells the group that they will want to be a part of it, too.  Deanna says that she would like to share something in the spirit of transparency.  She says that Gabriel told her that the new group was dangerous and a day later the shit hits the fan.  Jesse says that Gabriel isn’t there, and she asks if Deanna taped it.  She says that Rick isn’t there either.

The two men use music to lure the Walkers back into the van.

Rick drops a Walker at Deanna’s feet.  The group stares at him.

Glenn decides not to kill Nicholas.

Maggie finds Sasha with a gun pointed at Gabriel.  He says his people died because of him.

Rick says that there were no guards at the gate.  Spencer says he asked Gabriel to close it.  Deanna sends him off to watch it.  He tells everyone that the Dead and the Living will always try to get in because they’re inside.  Rick says he isn’t going to kill anyone to save their lives.  The people inside the walls need to change.  They aren’t ready, and they have to be. Luck will run out.  Pete runs in and screams that he isn’t one of them.  He has a knife, and he slices Reg’s throat open.  Abraham tackles him.  Reg dies in Deanna’s arms.  She looks at Rick and says “do it.”  Rick shoots Pete without hesitation.

Of course, Rick looks up to see Morgan standing there with Daryl and Aaron.  Morgan stares at Rick as Rick stares at Morgan in shock.

Michonne sheaths her sword.

The man in the red coat is now a Walker, and he’s wandering inside the trap.  On the van is a message: “Wolves no fear.”

And that’s it, ladies and gentlemen.  Tune in this summer for full Walking Dead coverage from San Diego Comic Con!  See you in October!