Sorry readers, it has been a crazy week. Apologies for the late recap! Some spoilers so tread carefully.
What are the writers on The Walking Dead trying to do to us? Did they just kill off a main character? Did I really just see that? I hope to God it was some trick that will have us all saying later, “Oh yeah, I knew that all along.” Cuz really, WTF???
It’s bad enough that Rick’s carefully crafted plan has gone absolutely bananas. The group is split up, Alexandria’s residents were terrorized by the Wolves (who the hell are they?) and there hasn’t been nearly enough Darryl for my taste. But the Alexandrians who have been out of the compound with Rick & Co. have had to learn the fast and hard way what it means to truly be Out There. Heath (played by Corey Hawkins) got it straight from Michonne what it means to make the hard choices. But there’s nothing like real world experience, is there? Heath saw firsthand what happens when said choices must be made in a split second. Living behind walls and in giant houses with running water have made the Alexandrians soft and afraid, but also dangerous. They believe that the rules of U.S.A. BW (Before Walkers) still apply, which means they are usually the first ones to die.
Speaking of Darryl, I get it. He wants to be the good guy and help the suckers, I mean residents of Alexandria. But dude, you know the drill. Stick to the plan no matter what!! But noooo, he tries to head back to the compound because let’s face it, he’s a badass. However, leaving Abraham and Sasha with a herd of walkers that stretches for MILES was just plain dumb when you look at the grand scheme of things. Darryl, you get major cool points, though, for trying to help those people. They truly need all the help they can get.
Michonne and Glenn try to lead Heath, Nicholas and the rest back to the compound, but crazy shit ensues because the Alexandrians don’t listen. They come across a few walkers, which Michonne and Glenn can handle. Scott (Kenric Green) and David (Jay Huguley) step in and help, but there’s always one who screws it up for the rest. Sturgess (Jonathan Kleitman) freaks the fuck out and starts shooting, hitting Scott in the leg. He runs for his life cuz what else can he do, and we all know how that one ends. David gets bitten in the process, but is a trooper and wants to keep going until he can’t anymore. They all end up in an abandoned pet store to recover, but are surrounded by walkers and have to fight their way out. Michonne and her people start running and the Alexandrians start dropping like flies. By the time they make it to the creek, there are only three left and Heath is wishing Michonne’s words did not ring true.
Glenn and Nicholas, who were trying to find a way to get rid of the walkers already in town, were surrounded by the herd, as well. They ended up standing on top of a large waste container, walkers at every turn. Nicholas, deciding he’s had enough of this craziness, turns to Glenn, says “Thank You,” and blows his brains out. And then the unthinkable happens.
Meanwhile, Rick is trying to get things back to normal (whatever that means now). The man has lungs of steel since all he did was run for most of the show. He finally makes it to the RV and hits the road. He pulls up to one of the checkpoints and calls Glenn. No answer. He calls Tobin, again no answer. He finally reaches Sasha and Abraham and tells them to stick to the plan. Darryl keeps riding towards Alexandria until he hears Rick being ambushed. The Wolves who Morgan allowed to escape attack Rick, but since he’s on the edge of loco, makes easy work of them. He checks them for weapons and finds a small bottle of baby food in one of the Wolve’s pockets. Rick starts thinking of his daughter and you can see the panic on his face. Does he stay or does he go back to Alexandria? Before he can make that decision, he sees more Wolves in the side mirror, picks up a machine gun and blasts them. Meanwhile, Darryl wants to head back to Alexandria, but knows in his heart that Rick is right. He rides back to Sasha and Abraham and continues leading the herd away.
Of course, the shooting only draws the walkers, who start coming out of the woods towards Rick in droves just as he is trying to restart the RV. Will he make it out alive? How are the people of Alexandria holding up? And will the writers continue to mind fuck us?
The Walking Dead airs on Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.