The episode opens on Janeway– I mean, Deanna, and her family mourning Adjen’s loss in what must be their traditional way:
With a mix tape!
Then, Carol is baking a casserole to a sick beat because that’s how she rolls. Sam visits her.
Sasha, in her birds’ nest, is tears eyed and looks to be as losing-it as ever.
A knock on he door finds Deanna with a “Sorry about your kid” casserole… Which she doesn’t accept. And she grimly burns the card.
The episode opens on Sasha, unable to sleep under the watchful eyes of some other family’s photos in the house. The next morning, she goes out “hunting,” but is really just target practicing n those same photos. As she shoots, she seems to think that someone is watching her. Or… Maybe it’s a panic attack.
Yeah. It’s a panic attack. As she waits outside of Alexandria’s gates, shaking her head and softly saying, “Come and get me,” the opening credits run.
I love that this episode starts out with Daryl checking Aaron over RIGHT after Maggie says that she and Sasha have already done that…
Well, that moment of aggravation aside, they get right to it. Aaron has a “community” that he’d like Rick and the gang to “audition” for membership. He’s brought pictures with him, showing that it’s fortified and– Well, that’s as far as he gets before Rick knocks him out.
Them. They. They that are them. Those guys.
Wait. Who are we talking about?
Maybe those bastards who produce the show..?
Anywho. Let’s get on with the recap:
The season resumes! And I’m still not upset that Beth died. I mean, I’m bummed for Maggie, but…
Well, the episode opens with a montage that includes the gang leaving Grady, burying Beth, and places that have fallen (Woodbury and the prison) as they decide to pursue what would have been Beth and… What’s His Name’s plans. We also get a glance back at the girls that Carol had to kill, and I think the show has shifted from killing every black character to killing every little blonde girl…
But wait… I don’t remember any of these flashbacks…
Well, we haven’t seen Beth for a while, so I suppose it’s only fair that we get a Beth-heavy episode in repayment.
The episode opens with her waking up in a sparse room at Grady Memorial Hospital, quickly getting up to look out over Atlanta, being confronted by a police officer and a doctor, who both look very well put together for everything that everyone ELSE we’ve seen has been through. They tell her that they found Beth at the side of the road, alone, and that, had they not brought her in, she’d be a “rotter” right now… So she “owes” them.
The doctor takes her on a little tour of the patients, flatlining a guy who he says has shown no sign of improvement. He flips off the man’s equipment and stabs him in the head once he’s flatlined, and she accompanies him to their body-disposal system, which looks like just dumping them down an elevator shaft.
Beth goes to get the doctor a meal, and is asked by a man if she remembers him. She says that she was fighting a walker and then everything went black. “One was high on your thighs but I got there first.” Ugh. Enter creepy officer Gorman.
The doctor’s office is peaceful if a little cluttered, and he’s living the good life eating guinea pig and listening to music and admiring a painting he saved from the garbage. Beth comments on the record, saying that she still sings…
Because of course she does.
Later, the pseudo-police bring in a man who has fallen from a balcony while fighting off a walker, and they force the doctor to work on him, despite his warnings that this guy isn’t going to make it and it would be a tremendous waste of resources. The woman who brought the patient in doesn’t take the news well, turning to slap Beth so hard that it reopens the stitches on her cheek.
Because the mark of a hero is always taking your anger out, physically, on a smaller person who is recovering from various injuries.
Gorman and the first cop we see (Dawn) drag in a woman (Joan) they’d earlier said was missing, holding her down as they saw her arm off because he’s been bit. They force Beth to help.
Beth goes to get new scrubs and meets Noah, who tells her that he’s pretty sure that there’s no getting out of this place. He’s planning to get out of there, though, and go back to his walled home in Richmond, especially after the people in the hospital left his father to die.
Beth tells Dawn that she’s not planning on staying long, and Dawn very sweetly informs her that things aren’t bad where they are. That they’re doing good. Dawn is dedicated to keeping things going, and that they’ll be rescued someday. But until then, “If we take, we give back; it’s only fair.”
Thank you, comrade Dawn.
As Joan recovers from her hasty amputation, Beth mops and hums a little tune. Joan speaks to her very cryptically, giving Beth more reason to worry about being where she is. Like she needed more reason.
Then, back in her room, she looks for the lollipop that Noah snuck her only to find that Gorman has stolen it. He sucks on it a bit before forcing Beth to do the same, but his creepster tendencies are interrupted by the doctor.
Gorman tries to intimidate him, but the doctor tells him that, someday, Gorman will need someone to help him once he gets sick or hurt or bit. Beth asks the doctor why he stays, and instead he takes her to the ground floor of the hospital, where walkers swarm on the other side of a gate. The doctor tells her that this is his reminder of why he stays whenever he thinks about leaving.
Then, on the roof, he tells her about when it started, how the had evacuated the hospital only for ever patient to be turned pretty readily. With pretty much only him and Dawn left, they had to get to a deal, wherein they’d use resources to help survivors recover, and the survivors would then work their debt off. Beth isn’t so convinced, but the doctor seems to really think that what they’ve got there, flawed as it may be, is still better than “out there.” He tells her to give a patient his medicine and call it a day…
But, when she does, the man has a seizure and dies. Dawn questions her about it, but Noah takes the fall, claiming to have unplugged the respirator while mopping. The doctor gave her the wrong drug name, and she tells him that, but he denies it pretty impassively, even as Dawn beats Noah in punishment. She also confronts Beth about it anyways, as she knew it was a lie. She tells Beth that everything is done or the greater good there. She says that Beth would either be dead or a burden outside of the hospital, citing her wrist scar as proof that Beth’s simply not meant for this world.
Later, tending to Noah’s black eye, she tells him that she wants to escape with him. She steals an ID badge from a filing cabinet and a key from a locked desk drawer, and comes across Joan’s body, looking like she’s taken her own life, just as Gorman comes in. He tries to force her into having sex with him, but Beth’s virtue is saved by walker Joan biting a chunk of his throat out.
Hooray..? I mean, yeah, hooray, but… Blech.
On her way out, Beth tells Dawn that Gorman was looking for her in her office. Dawn thanks her, and we hear the sounds of screaming and moaning as she and Noah make a break for it dow the elevator shaft. Armed with Groan’s gun, a flashlight, and having used seven round of ammo before they rush out into the daylight. As Noah struggles to keep up with her, limping along, she is left to fend off the walkers herself… Using what looks like way more bullets than she should still have…
Because a few of the cops from within the hospital have arrived outside, firing into the group, and tackle her to the ground as Noah squeezes through the fence. There’s a moment’s hesitation on his face, but she smiles as he hobbles away.
Dawn confronts her back inside, and Beth tells her that Groman attacked her, and Joan, and that Dawn herself has let it happen. Dawn tells her that she’s trying to keep her officers happy so that they do a good job. Beth tells her that nobody’s coming… And Dawn doesn’t take it well, walloping Beth in the face. As the doctor looks her over, Beth accuses him of purposefully telling her to give the man from earlier the wrong medicine. He knew the man was a doctor, even knew him professionally, and that would have jeopardized his position in the hospital, since he’s the only doctor and he’s got t pretty good in there.
Beth… Well, apparently she gives zero fucks anymore. because she’s got something sharp in her hand and murder in her eyes as she comes up to the doctor. He’s saved by the arrival of a new persona on a gurney… A familiar face…
Ah! Ah, no, not Carol! how did anyone even take her out? What, did they bazooka her int he face? Because we all know that nothing can actually kill Carol…
Well, I guess it’s going to turn out to be Noah that Daryl dragged into the church at the end of last week’s episode…
Or maybe Morgan!
Here’s hoping for a baller reveal and, if we get another Beth episode before that, that there’s at least one full-blown musical number, complete with back-up dancing walkers.
Until then, this actually wasn’t a bad episode, and I do appreciate that, while it almost seems like the producers don’t know what to do with Beth (and haven’t for, like, two seasons), that doesn’t mean that they’re just going to kill her off because it’s easier. The last moment, when she finally grows a pair of lady-balls, made me actually respect her character a little bit more. Like, “Oh, there’s a reason she’s still on this show. Good for her.”
But, until next week, when it looks like we’ll be catching up with Ford, his lady-friend, that girl whose name I keep forgetting, Dr. Mullet, and (panic!) Glenn and Maggie. Fingers crossed that Dr. Mullet isn’t too much longer for their world!
These titles are getting shorter and shorter. If IMDB is anything to go by, and admittedly it often isn’t, next week’s episode is just titled “A.”
But that’s next week.
We’re here to talk about this episode, “Us.”
The episode opens with Dr. Mullet and Tara leading the way down the tracks towards Terminus, the former talking her ear off about video games and treating a penny like it’s the most precious thing ever created.
That night, Abraham sits Tara down to talk to her, since she refuses to sleep. He lists things he’s notices, like how Eugene likes her, but how he saw Tara looking down… Oh, what is her name? With the no pants? Yeah, her shirt while being served dinner. And he figures that she’s following Glenn on his borderline suicide mission because of either something she did or didn’t do.
So, he’s a pretty observant guy. Maybe Dr. Mullet shouldn’t be such a know-nothing know-it-all to him, or anyone else for that matter. The next morning, back on the tracks, they come across a Terminus sign… And Glenn takes off running, a relieved smile breaking out on his face.
Roll credits, blah blah blah blah, and we get to see Joe’s crew, where Daryl has taken a short leave to go hunting. After one of the ruffians rather grotesquely takes out a walker trapped in their perimetre wire, pissing on its carcass as well, of course, trouble-maker Len heads out to find him.
We catch up briefly with Rick, Carl, and Michonne, the latter two of which are taking their time balancing on the tracks.
After Michonne knocks herself off while trying to psyche Carl out, he generously splits his hard-won candy bar with her. The dynamic between the two of them, starting way back in “Clear” (which is my personal favourite episode so far, and that’s really saying something considering how much we should all know that I love Glenn and Maggie by now) is awesome. She’s what Carl needs and Carl’s what she needs, creating a friendship that’s also sort of a surrogate mother-son relationship. So, that’s awesome. Despite Rick’s concerns about their water supply, he smiles along and they head further down the road.
Back in the woods, Daryl has just shot a rabbit he’s been waiting for for hours, and Len, the douchiest douchebag in Joe’s camp, shoots it at the same moment, laying Claim to his breakfast. Joe shows up to intervene, since Daryl doesn’t know their rules, and in a sort of backwards King Solomon moment, chops the rabbit in half. But Daryl’s got to say “Claimed” for whatever he wants, so nobody’ll fight him for it. But our favourite redneck doesn’t want to roll by their rules.
Along the tracks with Glenn and company, they’re slowing down. There’s a concrete tower they can climb into to rest, but a walker stumbles out from the height. And, because Dr. Mullet is too fucking stupid to move out of the way from clearly visible certain doom with ample warning, Tara has to be knocked out of the way, twisting her knee.When Glenn asks her if she wants to stay, she says she can keep going, and… Well, damn, now she has pants, but that chick traveling with Abraham points out that Tara will do anything Glenn asks, so he should stop being an ass. Glenn ignores her and offers his riot gear to Eugene in exchange for just letting them continue on.
Which is stupid because Glenn doesn’t actually owe them anything, necessarily.
But love isn’t blind. It’s actually just… A special kind of special.
Somewhere else, Joe explains the rules to Daryl, saying that you have to claim what you want, you can’t steal, and you can’t lie, otherwise a beating with varying degrees of severity will ensue.
Glenn, now unarmoured, approaches a dark tunnel with the rest of the gang close behind. Abraham says they’ll go up and over, but Glenn says that that would take an extra day, and that Maggie went through, so he will, too.
Abraham can hear the walkers inside, though, so he bids them good luck and gives them two cans of peaches and a flashlight and bids them good luck. Whatsherface gives them hugs. Dr. Mullet complements them on their character and tells Tara she’s hot.
Tara tells him she likes girls.
He claims to have already known this.
Glenn smiles to himself.
And the moment is awesome.
As they walk inside, Glenn tells Tara that he knows what she’s going through, having lost all of his family himself, and she tells him that she was the first to jump in at “Brian”‘s idea to take over the prison, even with the fact that some lives would probably have to be taken.
Joe’s group plus Daryl settle in an empty auto body shop, with all of the thugs “claiming” their cars to sleep in, since Daryl doesn’t seem keen on conforming to their ways. Instead, he picks himself a nice spot on the ground a ways away, using his garbage bag of supplies as his pillow. Joe and Len both notice his lack of reaction to being booted from the cars.
Back in the tunnel, they come across a freshly collapsed portion, walkers still active and trapped between the chunks of concrete. Glenn hands Tara his gun and takes his knife and the flashlight to examine the walkers, making certain that Maggie isn’t among their ranks and stabbing them as he goes along. BUT HE ONLY STABS THE WOMEN. And then Tara stomps on one of the men’s heads. Aaaand they climb to the top of the heap, where a couple dozen walkers wander towards them, and Glenn pauses, looking them over one by one and saying that, since she’s not one of them, Maggie made it through, and so they will, too, despite their lack of ammunition.
Abraham and company, meanwhile, have found a van with a single walker inside and a note written in the windshield’s grime. “Leave Momma Be.” They, of course, do not, and they have a nice new mode of transportation, all set to go, until Dr. Mullet decides to belittle… Oh, man. WHAT is her NAME? But, anyways, he wants to be navigator, and she’s not here for it, since she’s in the know about his general uselessness. She finally caves, telling him that they’re just going north.
Meanwhile, back at the cave-in, the worst plan ever has been hatched. Remember how I listed all of the things that Glenn has done wrong this episode? Well, add to that leaving their only light source in a dark tunnel of unknown length and filled with an unknown number of walkers who they now won’t be able to see, PLUS climbing down a pile of loose rubble with one of their party sporting a lower limb injury, and this is gonna turn out fine, I’m sure.
Whoop, no. I lied. Tara’s gonna slip, and her leg is gonna get trapped under a particularly stubborn rock, and then they’re gonna talk and then the walkers will notice them, and she’ll shout at him to go, and more will come, but he won’t abandon her.
THAT’S what’s going to happen.
Dr. Mullet, meanwhile, has gotten… Fuck, I’m never gonna know this woman’s name, am I? Well, he’s given her shoddy directions, but ultimately gotten her to come around to where that same tunnel lets out, saying that they ought to be around here if there were no considerable delays. Then, as Abraham is knocked awake and bickering ensues, he spots something odd.
Back in the garage, Len accuses Daryl of taking his half of the rabbit, and Daryl denies it, but a check in his bag reveals the front half of the poor little rodent.
Joe asks Len if he planted it, like Daryl accuses, and Len denies it, so Joe gives him a hard uppercut to the gut and tells the other men to teach him a lesson “all the way” because… Drumroll please… He saw him do it.
Now, in the tunnel, Glenn uses the last of him ammo to fend off the walkers, but he only takes out about a half-dozen before his clip runs empty. Just as he’s about to resort to using his rifle as a club for some reason (because doesn’t he have any bullets for that?), a man shouts to “Get Down!” and a group opens fire on the miniature hoarde.
And guess who it is?!
After freeing Tara from the rubble, Glenn introduces her to Maggie, claiming to have met her on the road and saying that the younger girl felt compelled to help him after hearing his story, because she’s just good like that. Maggie gives her a hug, and you can fucking see/smell/hear/taste the guilt in Tara’s eyes. Then they go and join the others, having made camp in the tunnel since they were pretty much able to secure it (how, I do not know), and Sasha and Bob are in disbelief at Abraham’s tale.
Abraham tells them all that now there’s nothing keeping them from Washington, and Tara tells Glenn that she’s going with them. Her pseudo-dept is kind-of repaid! But Dr. Mullet contradicts Abraham, saying that three more days and they’re at Terminus, so they may have supplies or manpower. Sasha agrees to go with the to Washington after Terminus; she needs to see if Tyreese is still alive. Bob agrees to go wherever she goes.
Then… Sigh… A lovely moment where Glenn and Maggie catch each other up is ruined by my anxiety over this being a moment of foreshadowing or metaphor or some other such BULLSHIT, because Maggie finds the photo of her that Glenn has been carrying, and she convinces her to let her fucking BURN it because they’ll always be together and he’ll never need a photo of her because he’ll have the real her by his side and blah blah blah blah blah blah MAGGIE WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!
I mean, really, look at this screen shot. Is this not a metaphor?
Sigh, you assholes…
The next morning, Daryl wakes up to the crew setting off, and finds Len outside, with an arrow in his eye.
Daryl is about to cover his body with a sheet, and then decides against it, leaving the sheet in a heap and following Joe as he takes a swig from a flask and tells him a bit about his plans for the immediate future. They’re on their way to Terminus, but not for sanctuary, since he doubts that men like them will be welcomed with open arms, but rather to hunt down a guy who was hiding out in a house that they’d claimed, strangled one of their own, and left him to turn and attack them all as a walker. One of their group got a good look at him.
Because he was staring at him as he was being choked and their prey was hiding under the bed.
Oh! Right. That’s why this sounds so familiar.
Because Daryl’s now with a group on people who are going to hunt down and murder Rick. And probably Carl. And Michonne, but, y’know, after horribly raping her because they as much said so in that episode where they’re all actually in the house. And, after hearing this and having refused to conform to this group’s dynamics for this whole series of events since they’ve found him, he claims a small tomato or berry or something growing at the side of the tracks, right as another guy is about to grab at it.
So, awesome. Except for the many ways in way it’s not.
And, now, at last, it looks like the first of our heroes have arrived at Terminus.
So, let’s just go with a Terminus slideshow for now and give our thoughts:
One gate, no locks or visible guards posted.
A second gate, also unlocked, and it has a sign which has all of the same handwriting as every other sign we’ve seen thus far.
Pastel colours. Weird as shit.
Tasha Yarr as slightly creepy hippy lady.
Nobody else in sight.
Sooo… Is this a huge cannibalism scheme or what? Because, and I’m not judging just observing, but everybody else in the world is starving, and Tasha’a over here looking a little bit ponchy. Plus she’s grilling something. WHAT IS THERE LEFT TO GRILL?!
The answer… Is people.
There could also be some kind of creepy Stepford thing going on. There could be drugs in the food or water.
Or she could be a Super Saiyan.
Who the fuck knows?
So far, I’m standing firm equal distance between the cannibal and drugging theories. Because both are completely different levels of creepy than we’ve seen on the show so far. And I’m all for non-flu-y new threats. ‘Twould be quite welcome, since I’m pretty sure that everybody and their Momma (who they did not let be) knows by now not to trust any of the other survivors.
But we do need to see some casualties, certainly, in the finale next week. Even with Herschel it’s been a while. And it was quite a while before that, too. So, what have we got?
An uneasy truce between Tyreese and Carol.
A romance who a lot believe to be doomed, but who I’m holding out for, especially since the whole doomed romance/Romeo-Juliet thing is such a cliche at this point that it would be a really disappointing thing to see, just from a writing standpoint, let alone from that of a person who actually “ships” them. But, given the imagery of Maggie’s photo burning, plus the fact that Glenn has worked very hard to continue on in Herschel’s sort of morality, and we all know what happens to the group’s moral compass time and again, and then counting the huge number of errors and irresponsible moves made by Glenn in this episode alone, it’s not looking too good for the two of them. But I still don’t want them to die. It looks so much like one of them will that I don’t want to believe that the writers have gotten that lazy.
Especially since we still have an upcoming standoff between Rick and the group with which Daryl is now traveling as a part of. Add the fuel of the fact that Daryl still doesn’t know about Carol’s banishment onto that fire, and we might just get a major character death that none of us were bargaining for. Daryl or even Rick might die. And wouldn’t that shake some shit up?
I mean, consider, Michonne is a friend and role model for Carl, able to keep the boy straight.
She’s a surrogate mother.
And Carl is probably safe because I think enough people too short to ride most carnival rides have gotten got this season.
Who do you think is going to bite it/get bit?
Personally, I think the biggest deal is Daryl/Rick… But mostly because I don’t want to even think about Glenn or Maggie.
Oh, right, and, uh, are we ever gonna see Beth again, or…?
Until next week!
No Daryl this episode. Half of you can leave now.
Here’s what happened:
So, there really was no Daryl in this episode. Instead, we go back and forth between Rick, Carl, and Michonne, and then Glenn, Tara, and Abraham and his crew.
We open with Tara, riding in the back of Abraham’s truck, keeping an eye on a still passed out Glenn and keeping a sharp eye out for every landmark and road sign that she can. She’s actually being a good buddy a la the buddy system, and seems to really be trying to make amends for her part in the assault on the prison.
The truck comes to a stop when the road is blocked, and Abraham comes out just as Tara is about to open fire on a small group of walkers that have been following them and have now caught up. He takes them out with a tire iron, and then borrows Tara’s rifle to finish the job via smashing a surprisingly resilient walker’s head in with the butt of the gun.
Tara comments that that’s something which she’s never seen before, and he reminds her that he saw her bash in a walker’s head just hours before. She tells him that the thing she’s never seen before was a man who did it while smiling.
He tells her that he’s the luckiest guy in the world. Then orders her to help him move the cars that are obstructing their path.
After the opening credits run, we get to catch up with Carl and Michonne. They’re having breakfast, lamenting the lack of milk, even soy, when Carl brings up Judith in an anecdote… Which leads to the both of them getting uncomfortable/sad and Carl abruptly leaving the table.
Michonne goes to the kitchen, where Rick is puttering about like a man refusing to acknowledge that he needs to stay in bed because he’s got shit to do!
She asks him what the plan is now, whether this highly vulnerable plantation style-ish house is home now, because she weren’t there for the farm to see how well that worked out but she really ought to be able to figure from the whole prison deal. He says that they ought to stay there until they figure something out, and the two share a look that says they both understand that they’re staying until Rick at least isn’t about to keel over. They discuss going out for more supplies, and Rick is like, “‘Kay, I’m totes ready,” but she tells him that he’s stupid and he needs to rest. Michonne tells him that she’ll take Carl.
They sync watches and agree to be back by noon. Ish.
After their first house, Michonne playfully asks Carl if he found any cookies or chocolate bars. He tells her that there wasn’t anything even remotely as amazing as 112 oz. of chocolate pudding, and she whips out her take. A can of spray cheese!
He’s less than impressed, and so she takes the opportunity to down a whole bunch of the stuff.
He still doesn’t laugh, and she apologizes, musing that her humour might be better suited to toddlers. As they clear out another house for supplies (“Food, Batteries, Water, in that order.”), she opens up about having had a three year old son. Carl immediately bombards her with questions, and she agrees to answer them, one at a time, after each room that they’ve cleared and searched.
Back at Ranch-O Rick, our hero is… Taking a nap after having fallen asleep reading a book. A selection of Jack London’s short stories. He is awoken by the sounds of fighting from downstairs, as a group of violence-prone male survivors entres the house and seemingly kills one of their own right away. He gave his gun to Carl, and the men have assault weapons, so he has to resort to hiding under the bed… In a very manly fashion.
Naturally, one of the men decides to up and take a nap on Rick’s claimed bed, trapping him under the bed as it sags under the man’s weight.
Meanwhile, our two favourite junk food aficionados are still playing their rousing game of opening emotional scars. She reveals his name, “Andre,” and the fact that he was her only child, plus that he died early on after the outbreak.
Carl brings her another painting, this one wrapped in white paper, to bribe her into answering his next question. He heads off to clear out another room, and she uncovers the painting to reveal a portrait of a young girl that’s been streaked with red and her mouth violently X-ed out. It kinda kills the mood, and Michonne heads out to investigate more of the house, since shit just took kind of a serial killer-y turn. She stalks through children’s rooms and discovers an entire family having killed themselves in one of the kids’ rooms, holding hands and laying in bed.
She slips out of the room and very subtly presses herself against the door as Carl walks in. He assumes that a child was inside. She tells him that it was a dog, and he doesn’t press the matter. He tells her that his dad let him name Judith, and then muses that maybe she and Andre are together somewhere. She tells him that they ought to be getting back, because Rick will be getting worried, and because she’s kind of a way better mom than Lori was.
Speaking of Rick, he is almost found out when one of the other men comes into the room and strangles the one of the men, leaving him unconscious on the floor inches from Rick’s face, just so that he can now take a nap in a grown-up sized bed.
We finally check back in with Glenn and Tara, and Glenn is adamant as ever about finding his wife. Tara tells him that they’ve been driving for three hours, and that they passed the remains of the prison folk who “escaped” on the bus, but she assures him that she can find their way back via her very “hand”-y (<- see what I did there?) set of directions. Glenn forces Abraham to stop the truck, and picks up his gear and starts walking.
Abraham chases after him, telling him that they’ve got to stick together and that the fate of the human race depends on Dr. Mullet over there on the left.
Abraham says that they’ve got to get him, a scientist, to Washington DC, because Dr. Mullet knows exactly what caused this whole mess.
Uh…huh. Well, I call bullshit, but I’m not in the show. So, when Glenn asks what happened, and Dr. Mullet tells him that it’s classified, he takes a walk. Abraham, however, still isn’t willing to let him go, telling him to accept that his wife is dead, and that even if she is alive, he’ll never find her again.
None too pleased about getting punched in his ginger face, Abraham tackles Glenn and the two fight while the woman folk try to pry them apart. Dr. Mullet, meanwhile, panics at the sight of a solitary walker.
Seeing that help isn’t coming, he hurries to retrieve a weapon which he has no idea how to handle, and proceeds to fire at exactly the wrong spot, attract more walkers, and fuck up the truck as well, all while Glenn, Abraham, and the girls rush back to neutralize the threat. The whole crew opens fire and likely wastes a metric fuck ton of bullets taking out only about a dozen walkers… And Tara needs some direction because her firing looks kind of awkward, since her gun doesn’t have a shoulder stock and looks pretty shaky.
They do make short work of the minihorde and Abraham quickly notes that there’s been damage to what’s probably supposed to be the fuel line. An inauspicious introduction for Dr. Mullet.
Checking back in with Rick, he tries to escape from under the men’s notice, while we hear talk drifting up from downstairs about how a woman’s shirt has been washed and is hanging on a line to dry… The men are planning to basically rape Michonne as soon as she gets back in. So… Yeah, Rick, you need to hurry on up. As he slips around corners and ducks into other rooms, Rick has a series of narrow escapes from the eyes of the men… Until he ducks into the second floor bathroom and comes face to face with a dude just sitting, fully clothed, on the toilet, lid closed and with the door wide open.
Rick fights this dude who just can’t reach the scissors on the vanity and who also doesn’t have the presence of mind to at least fire a warning shot from his rifle to alert the other men that there’s a problem in the house, leaving him on the ground, either unconscious or dead. Although, considering that they’re stomping around, grunting, and knocking all of the shit off of the sink and nobody ever comes running, maybe he knew that it would be to no avail anyways.
Rick now has what looks like an uzi and a pair of scissors, and leaves through the window.
He drops down to the back porch and circles the house, ready to take out this motherfucker on the front porch as he sees Carl and Michonne approaching in the distance.
However the heck far away they are, Abraham realises that the truck is completely unreasonably fucked, and so Glenn gets his wish of heading back to the truck in the hopes that Maggie will be there, waiting to meet up with him. Abraham agrees to follow when Dr. Mullet tells him that they can find another car and another way, and that he should trust him because he’s smarter than Abraham.
Elsewhere, Rick is saved from having to engage in a firefight for which he’s woefully outgunned when the sound of shouting and gunfire erupts from within the house, presumably since his victim up in the bathroom may have turned by now and it attacking the the rest of the would-be rapists.
We see one more shot of Tara and Abraham discussing his mission and debating what makes a good person, both of them denying their own goodness because of past sins.
Then, the episode closes on Michonne, Rick, and Carl spotting a banner for Terminus, the supposed sanctuary, and agreeing to head there for lack of a better plan.
So! Grimes & Co. are headed for Terminus! So are Tyreese and Carol and the girls! So, we should get to see Judith reunited with her family! This will bring great joy!
But we should also end up seeing Rick and Carol meeting, and then probably a blow-out once Tyreese learns of Carol’s actions… So… Also awesome.
I’ve been waiting for that.
I’m also holding out for a Glenn Maggie reunion.
HOWEVER. Next week’s preview looks like a Daryl/Beth episode, and pretty heavy on the Beth. And the guest on “Talking Dead” is going to be Norman Reedus, and that never bodes well for an actor’s character’s fate on the show itself.
Either way, see you then, and let’s hope that the rest of the season isn’t comprised of these little fucking mini vignettes focusing on pockets of characters. I want to see some advancing story! PLOT, DAGNABIT!
Not a lot happened on last night’s episode and, at the same time, a whole fucking lot did.
So, let’s get right on down to it.
No Rick, Carl, or Michonne this episode. Instead, we focus on the other prison survivors (and some not-so-survivors, briefly). The episode opens with fan-favourite Daryl, currently traveling with Beth. Despite her attempts to desensitize herself to all of the everything earlier this season, she is super full of feelings in this episode. As Daryl broods, staring morosely into their campfire, Beth is trying to goad him into searching for the others. When he doesn’t respond, she tells him that she’s just going to go off and find them all herself.
Daryl, of course, begrudgingly follows her. I kind of feel like he might be getting a little bit tired of this shit, the whole “hero” thing. Like, shit, it would’ve probably been way the fuck easier to just be a racist murderer/probably-also-a-rapist-because-let’s-be-serious-about-this-for-a-minute like Merle.
So, they head on out into the woods and Daryl uses his hunter/tracker skills to look for disturbances in the trees that are man-made. They come across some tiny little footprints, and Beth reasons that the kids must be alive. Daryl very practically tells her that it only means that they were alive four hours ago. She challenges him to a faith-off, and he reminds her that faith wasn’t terribly effective for her dad. She proceeds to give him “The Look.”
Uuuuuunfortunately, after a kind of very awkward walker fight, they come across more walkers, eating some poor bastard, and totally ignoring the two living folks coming up, none-too subtly behind them. Daryl makes short work of them, though, and they survey the remains strewn about the side of the tracks. And, even more unfortunately, Beth is a girl and recognizes the only piece of recognizable anything; a tiny little black shoe. So, one of the kids that ran off got got. And Beth starts to cry… Standing straight upright, arms at her side.
It’s awkward. Daryl thinks so, too, and starts to walk further down along the tracks, giving her a little, “C’mon, you can cry while you walk,” head nod. The next shot is her ripping up her diary for kindling in a campfire which is already going pretty strong, so it’s supposed to tug as your heart, especially, since she’s been narrating this whole time, all her hopes and dreams about how the prison is perfect and they’re all going to live, and her dad keeps giving her advice and comfort and blah blah blah, but, bitch, you ain’t gotta burn your diary yet. That’s wasteful.
Cut to the next little vignette, where we see the young sisters Lizzie and Mika stalking through the forest. Mika is a little ball of feelings, mostly sorrow and fear, and she complains that she wants Carol. Which, of course, we all kind of do. Because she was AMAZEBALLS in the first half of the season. Lizzie, ever the
satanist pragmatist, tells her to stop crying and hands her a knife. Ahead of them walks Tyreese who, when he turns his back, we see is carrying Li’l Asskicker!
Lizzie asks him, flatly, if everybody else is dead. He doesn’t answer, and her own sister speeds up to walk with the older man and leaver her sister behind her a ways. Because of REASONS.
In the next shot, Tyreese busies himself by bandaging a wound on his arm, then feeding the baby as Judith starts to cry, which freaks out Mika. Where they got formula from, who the fuck knows. BUT, while they’re busy tending to the baby, Lizzie is where..? Oh, that’s right. MUTILATING A RABBIT FOR NO FUCKING REASON. Like, bitch, that’s food. Y’all could eat some rabbit right now. But you just want to take a knife to its twitchy little face and leave it inside out inside of a hollow tree trunk? Right. Okay. Remember this moment?
SHE SMIRKED AFTERWARDS. RIGHT after she kills a woman, she’s like, “Ha. Boom, bitch.”
In this scene, she proceeds to tell them that this crying baby is going to be a problem, but the sound effects of walkers set them back on the run before they can address the issue. Daylight come, and they change a diaper. Zee baby, she cries again. Tyreese can’t get her to calm down right away, so Mika thinks it’s a good idea to punish him by pinching his arm right where his bullet or whatever wound is. A rustling in the bushes right fucking next to them causes Tyreese to bust out the hammer (no Dr. Horrible jokes, please; he’s with children) but it turned out to be a bird. The bird’s escape frightens Mika, who randomly decides to bolt into the woods alone. They chase her tiny little ass down and she bashfully admits that she got scared.
He tells her that she did the right thing, that she should run if she sees a walker, but that she should stick to her group as long as she’s in one. She apologizes again, for not being like Lizzie and he tells her that it’s okay because it’d be bad if they were both psychotic they might be different but they both get things done. She likens it to him and his sister Sasha and Lizzie smugly tells her that she’s not like Sasha, because Sasha’s not here. Tyreese, clearly getting the insinuation that his little sister must be dead/is inferiour to these little girls, is saved from slapping a child on screen by the sound of a woman’s screams somewhere off in the woods.
He hands the baby off to the crazy sister and forces the girls to stand back-to-back so that they can see in every direction. Mika, in a moment of panic and damn good child acting skills, begs him not to go. He hands her a handgun and assures her that she’s tough enough to handle this. She’s left with a baby, her secretly sociopathic older sister, and the ominousness of the seemingly perpetual woods of Georgia.
And seriously, do we really think that this is a good idea?
Tyreese happens upon the people who were screaming, coincidentally the worlds worst survivors, using a baseball bat as a poking tool and a rifle as a defensive tool. He barrels in to help them, but all of them get bitten because they’re all terrible at this whole living thing.
In the woods behind him, the girls are being attacked by walkers, so Mika takes a shot. She misses, but it makes Tyreese turn towards the sound, just in time to see a walker that was sneaking up behind him. Lizzie, meanwhile, is precisely negative eight thousand percent helpful because this whole tile she’s been trying to get the baby to stop crying…
Tyreese finishes up with the walkers at the train tracks and turns at the sound of his name being called.
Carol is back, and has saved the girls, because she totally has not been stalking them this whole time at all. Tyreese’s expression is unreadable as he rushes towards her, and she looks a bit trepidatious as well.
They turn their attention back to the last survivor from the group that got mauled, bleeding from a bite to his neck and pleading with them to stay on the tracks, to follow them towards a safe haven where they’ll be able to take the children. They nod and leave him to A.) weep over the corpses of his loved ones, B.) bemoan his impending doom, and C.) eventually turn, joining the throngs of walkers already out there when they could have easily even just addressed the whole, “Hey, would you rather we just put you down or what?” question.
One time-lapse later, they’re traveling down the road, baby Judith super psyched at having her primary caretaker back, and Mika proud of how she didn’t run from her sister. Tyreese affectionately ruffles her hair and they take a quick break to drink up some of Carol’s water and for her to visibly struggle with lying to Tyreese, taking advantage of the fact that he’s clearly ignorant of all of the goings on when it came to her character, and telling him that she hadn’t gotten back from the supply run with Rick yet, having opted to stay out and find more materials for the prison.
Up ahead, the girls, who have been walking with hands held (so at least Lizzie does seem to genuinely care about her little sister), find a sign post with writing on it:
“Sanctuary For All
Community for All
Those who Arrive
And it’s called “Terminus,” which literally just means “End of the Rail Line,” and was an original name for Atlanta, but it’s still kind of an ominous name for a supposedly safe place. So that’s not creepy at all.
Cut to the next group of separated survivors, and we get a bit of banter between Sasha and Bob as she bandages the bullet wound in his shoulder. Maggie, meanwhile, is listlessly sharpening her knife on a river boulder and intermittently staring at her wedding ring.
Sasha approaches Maggie, telling her that their little rock in the middle of the stream has a good vantage point and will give them plenty of warning should walkers approach, so they ought to camp there for the night. Maggie is like, “‘Kay, y’all have fun, then,” and is ready to throw up deuces, intent on searching for Glenn. She says that she already couldn’t find Beth. I do not know, however, why she would specifically not be looking for the both of them at the same time.
Sasha insists that they not split up, but Maggie stalks off, intent on finding her husband, so Bob smugly tells her that they’ll have to follow Maggie, since splitting up is a bad idea. They walk along the road the bus was heading towards, talking about how unlikely it is for Glenn to have survived, and Maggie can totally hear them, since she can bee seen glancing back towards them from her short distance ahead. Soon enough, they stumble across the bus, stopped, sans any signs of life.
For a moment, Maggie looks as though she’s going to crumble, but she steels herself and soldiers on. As they step closer, the folks inside lunge at them through the open and broken windows. They’re all walkers.
Maggie loses it a teensy bit again and makes for the emergency latch on the back of the bus. When Sasha and Bob move to stop her, she tells them that she still needs to see if Glenn is in there. If he’s one of them. So they opt to let walkers out one by one, and Maggie’s going to stab them in the head and keep her fingers crossed that none of them is Glenn.
This works for the first few walkers, but they all press against the door in an effort to progress the scene, causing Sasha and Bob to have to take them out. This works out great for Maggie because she has another freak-out, going semi-catatonic as she watches them pouring out from the bus, terrified that one of them might be the man that she loves. She wakes up once Bob shoots a walker that was just walking right up to her. Once the action dies down, Maggie whispers an apology and Sasha comments in a very “this is bullshit”-y tone that these people had gotten away. They’d escaped the prison and this should not have happened to them.
Maggie surveys the damage and briskly walks to the bus again, determined to search the interiour.
The sound of flies buzzing and spooky music fading in greet her as she passes the rows of seat, covered in blood and in one case a good chuck of a human limb. On the floor, towards the front of the bus where she last saw him, a walker with a black shirt and shaggy black hair lies pinned, face down, under a girl with a bullet wound to the head. Maggie lifts the body from it and the thing scrambles to its feet, grabbing madly for her. She is able to stab it in the head quickly and with that Maggie Greene ferocity we’ve all come to know and love.
She stands for a moment, then collapses onto a bench.
Now, the last bit of this episode, we see Glenn. He’s not zombified. Rather, he’s just waking up to the dulcet tones of a hoard moaning below his perch and reaching for him. It’s the shot from the preview last week, and just guess where it turns out he is.
HE’S STILL AT THE PRISON!
Realizing that he’s been left behind, and that he’s surrounded by hundreds of walkers, he heads back into the prison to gear up, taking his rifle, his riot gear, a photo of Maggie (which he cries over briefly and that’s why we love him), a duffel bag full of supplies, and a bottle of liquor with him. This whole time, you can see that he’s still kind of feeling under the weather. His plan?
Yeah. That’s him with the orange-ish duffel bag on his back. Also, fun fact, that riot gear leaves his whole entire neck completely exposed. SOMEHOW, his scrawny Asian ass manages to escape sans bitemarks and the DP has set up this nifty little POV shot where we’re the ones looking through the riot helmet. Aaaaaand who do we see?!
Tara, the gung-ho girl from the Governor’s second group who panicked once she realised that she was one of the villains, is just chilling in a chainlink cage, staring at the ground. For a moment, Glenn looks like he’s going to leave her behind, but we all know that he would never, so he turns back and pep talks her into following him. They use the liquor bottle to make a Molotov Cocktail, cause a distraction, and book it right on out of there.
Once in the clear, they pass by that same sign warning about hitchhikers an that same fucking burned out car, so that means that Maggie and Glenn are really close by one another, and have literally just missed each other by a matter of hours, tops. JUST to fuck with me.
Anywho, Glenn learns of Herschel’s death and it only serves to fuel his determination to find Maggie. He tells Tara that she’s going to help him, and that Herschel told him that all that he has to do is believe, so that’s what he plans to do. She says that she wants to believe, and he tells her that she has to, just as another swarm of zombies comes upon them.
They fight them off but Glenn passes out shortly thereafter, the strain apparently too much for him, since he’s still all flu-y about it.
One walker is still active, and Tara caves its head in with the butt of Glenn’s rifle, just as an armoured truck appears. Out of it steps…
Abraham Ford and his crew. Folks from the comics. So, fans of the comics are excited. I have no fucking clue who these people are. Par for the course, when it comes to TWD, especially since I refuse to read the comics.
SO! What have we learned from this week’s episode?
- The crew are all still relatively close in proximity to one another, and they keep missing each other.
- Daryl and Beth are traveling together and Daryl is going to keep that little girl going.
- Lizzie is a psycho.
- Carol is back, and Tyreese has no clue about her actions. This is likely to blow up at the end of this season, given her timely return.
- Tyreese and his ladies are heading for another promise of sanctuary.
- Maggie is on the fucking edge, yo.
- Glenn is trying to live up to Herschel’s ideals.
- The lovebirds are SUPER devoted to each other and I’ll cry if anything happens to either of them.
- Tara is a character now, so she may be a point of tension later.
- Sergeant Abraham Ford is in play and, apparently, he’s a pretty big deal.
All of that in one new episode, even though it really kind of felt like nothing really happened at all! Ah, the reasons we love “The Walking Dead.” Soon enough, we’ll learn a little bit more about our new buddies.Plus we’ll be getting another check in with Michonne and the Grimes guys.
Until next week!