THIS RECAP CONTAINS SPOILERS! IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE LATEST EPISODE OF THE WALKING DEAD, STOP READING NOW!
Glenn is alive! YAYYY!
The show gives us this information right away, instead of waiting until the end, showing Glenn having climbed underneath the dumpster to escape the walkers. I didn’t guess this but under the dumpster is the only place he could possibly have survived. (Even I would’ve found a way to get my fat ass under there, even if I had to scrape off a layer of skin, to do it.)
After he crawls from under, Enid, of all people is there, throwing water at him. She didn’t have to do that, which means she probably isn’t as far gone as she would like everyone to believe, although she does pull a gun on Glenn and then calls him the asshole for disarming her.
Apparently, as has been rumored, Enid is not one of the Wolves, or she’d be with them now instead of running around by herself. She tells Glenn about the attack on Alexandria and Glenn determines that she’s coming back with him because its what Maggie would have wanted. Once again, we are shown the members of Rick’s crew acting according to the better angels of their nature.
Last week, it was Daryl, now Glenn and Tara this week, and even Rick joins in the fun, of proving they aren’t that far gone. That they are, essentially, decent people. They’re still trying, although Rick seems to need more of a push than the others. And then of course, it’s taken to extremes in Morgan’s case, as he has decided to be kind to everyone, indiscriminately.
Just like Rick gets called on his BS several times during this episode, by the women in his life, Morgan gets an intervention too, where Rick, Carol and Michonne attempt to convince him that maybe he needs to relax some of this idealism just a tiny bit and kill somebody, at least one time. This ties back to the episode “Here is not Here”, (which I will review during the hiatus because I got thinky-thoughts about that one.).
Glenn and Enid, on the way back to Alexandria, find the body of Nicholas and Glenn puts it out of its misery. He finds Nicks note on the ground next to his body and takes it. Glenn gives Enid a good talking to, later. He’s thoroughly unimpressed by her angsty teenager vibe and tells her ,”the way to honor the dead is by living.” Enid is so terrified of dying that she’s just given up trying to have a life. She survives just to be alive, which is something Michonne warned Rick about last season.
Rick and Maggie discuss Glen. She’s certain he will return. The writers have said part of the reason they left us hanging, about whether or not Glenn was dead or alive, is because that made it easier for us to step into Maggie’s shoes regarding her husband’s death. It was a way to help us identify more with the type of things these characters go through, (although I didn’t actually reminding. I live in a world that I know is possibly dangerous, though not zombie dangerous. When I leave home in the morning, I am aware it may well be the last time I see my family, so “thanx” show. Not a lesson I needed.)
Rick and Carl attempt to teach Ron how to shoot and Rosita gives lessons on zombie killing to a small group of Alexandrians, including Eugene, who is too afraid to fight because that would mean getting close to a walker. Rosita is very harsh with him because she knows he can do it. He did it for her last season when he braved a horde of zombies to save her life.
Ron is just a little too eager to learn how to shoot because his ultimate plan seems to be shooting Carl for taking his girlfriend. Teenagers gonna be stupid, even during the apocalypse. Really, Ron! You’ve got slightly more pressing concerns than girlfriend trouble. But I understand, some people are just deeply myopic about their life and Ron is at that age, I guess.
As all of this is happening ,the bell tower has been creaking and dropping its bits. No one has noticed.
Rick and Michonne discuss tactics for drawing away the walkers, when Deanna comes to them, all smiles, with plans drawn up for expanding Alexandria. I guess killing that zombie, last episode, got her mojo back. Rick is all set to object, although Michonne takes the plans and holds them. They all get distracted by Spencer dare-deviling on a rip-cord, over the crowd of walkers, at the fence. His cord breaks and the situation becomes very tense as he needs to be rescued by Tara and Rick.
Rick gives Spencer a dressing down for being reckless and not telling anyone his plan, which was to try to reach a vehicle outside the fence and use it to draw the walkers away. Rick tries to give some to Tara, for risking her life, but she don’t wanna hear that mess, and gives him the finger. (Tara is very quickly becoming my favorite person.)
Later, Rick apologizes to Tara for what he said, but she reminds him that that’s what they are all about. Trying to save people. When Deanna thanks him for saving Spencer’s life, Rick says he could have let him die, but Deanna tells him he didn’t because he’s still, essentially, a good man.
Morgan goes to Denise for advice on what to do about infected wounds. She gives him the advice but he decides to tell her about the Wolf he has locked up in one of the houses. They both sneak off to see him, followed not that surreptitiously, by Carol, who was babysitting Judith. She drops off Judith with Jessie and follows Morgan to the house, to find what he’s hiding.
Michonne sits down to examine Deanna’s plans for expansion (which probably means Deanna will die soon, because isn’t that what her husband did, right before he got killed – make plans with Noah?)
Glen and Enid arrive to see Alexandria surrounded by walkers. Having picked up several green helium balloons on the way home, they release them, and Maggie, newly energized, is relieved to see them, believing the balloons are a sign from Glenn.
Just when we think that things are about to calm down, the tower finally collapses, and lets in all the walkers that were surrounding the walls.
CUE DRAMATIC MUSIC!
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