Welcome to another Walking Dead recap! As always, this post has spoilers from the episode, so if you haven’t seen it yet, feel free to read previous recaps first!
Well. Where shall we start with this one?
While this didn’t carry the same non-stop action as last week’s season opener, my blood pressure was still all over the place and I was stressed out and tense the whole episode. Why? The whole time I kept waiting for something to happen. Sometimes it did, sometimes it didn’t. The show, as I’ve mentioned, cares nothing for my nerves.
I have to start by saying this had one of my favorite openings – but only because it made Rick look baller. They were slowly walking up a hill and there was some epic theme music. You can’t go wrong with that. Just saying.
As I mentioned, it was slower, so the first part of the episode showed different conversations going on. We see Tyreese and Carol discussing what they’re going to share with the group versus what they aren’t. I had a hard time concentrating though, because the whole time I was focused on the stream water they were filling their water bottles up with and ALL THE GERMS. Um. nasty. There could be walker germy germs in there people. Carol asks Tyreese why he doesn’t want to share about the girls (and seriously, why the hey would you?!) and his response is “I just need to forget.” I don’t blame him.
They continue showing the group walking through the forest and we see Michonne reach for her Katana, but nope…the Termites took that one. No worries though, she takes down a walker with no problem.
We continue to see Rick and Carol interact and he even looks to her, asking if she “will have them.” I appreciate his outreach, but let’s be real, Rick’s the leader. The next conversation we zoom to is between Carol and Daryl. Nothing much is said (they almost don’t need to) and Daryl promises not to push. Carol then steals Tyreese’s line and says “I just need to forget.”
Just when I’m thinking this episode will just be a bunch of catch up convos, Daryl senses a presence and we see a creepy shadow/figure pass through the night. What joy is mine.
Enter in Father Gabriel. He’s on top of a rock trying to kick off walkers. Our crew comes and saves the day and it’s clear this fella has no idea what to do with walkers. I kind of believe him when he says he’s been hiding, because who throws up after being attacked at this point in the game? I did have to chuckle at the look on everyone’s face. Not only were they skeptical, they definitely had a WHO IS THE GUY? look.
I don’t blame them for being skeptical. Even after the episode finished, I still don’t know what to think of him.
People are just as dangerous as the dead. Don’t you think? – Father Gabriel
No. They’re worse. – Daryl
Rick decides to let Father G take them to this church of his and he cracks some terrible jokes along the way. Awkward.
They reach the cute little church and go through making sure there isn’t anything shady. I wish I could hear their thoughts as each looked at the drawings, the Last Supper image, Bible verses…in such a twisted world. They’re expressions certainty pointed to much deeper thoughts.
We learn Father Gabriel survived by himself for so long because the church had just finished a canned food drive before it all hit the fan. Sounds like a bunch of shenanigans to me. Where did the rest of his “flock” go then? Wouldn’t a few have survived? I sense something fishy is afoot. At least the whole group is determined to stay together though. The splits STRESS ME OUT.
Rick doesn’t trust Father G (don’t blame him) and has a chat with Carl about protecting Judith. He reminds him no matter what, he is not safe. Never let your guard down. Yet where do we find Carl when Rick comes back? Outside in the back where no one can see him. Some things haven’t changed.
Then there’s Bob. Probably the most random character of the group. He’s become Mr. Optimistic and spouts off random things. I can’t deny him that, but I’m thinking it means he won’t be around much longer. Daryl and Carol are off getting water and he’s talking to her about second chances. Tara and the two lovebirds are off to find ammo. I can’t tell you much besides that because I kept expecting things to pop out and people do be attacked.
Finally Rick and team come across the place Father Gabriel was talking about with the extra food. We also comes across a bunch of creatures from the blue lagoon. Let me tell you, those were the nastiest walkers yet. EW. The team decides to jump in the water with said creatures (sounds like a good idea, but not really) and we learn Father G cannot even kill a walker. How has he survived this long? Seriously. He’s either the world’s biggest liar or just really lucky.
Then Bob. Of course it would be Bob. He gets attacked by most disgusting walker of all time. He manages to get away, but we also aren’t too sure he came away unscathed.
This episode has produced more questions than answers. Like the mysterious sign at the back of the church:
“You’ll burn for this.” I mean, wha???
We get a break in the stress of the episode while everyone is eating a nice hearty dinner. Abe toasts to survivors, while making his case for DC. We also get Mullet Man’s one line of the episode claiming there’s infrastructure set up that’s able to withstand the epidemic. Tara also comes clean to Maggie and all is well between the two (which I’m glad, there’s enough stress going on. I don’t need more internet).
I have one quick question. I need to know why windows shades are open with candles glowing. Calling all walkers!!! Come surround our little church please! Survival 101, team. Pay attention.
Then the last 8 minutes of the episode decide to get all kinds of batty.
First, Rick warns Father G that if his secret harms his family/crew, he’ll kill him. No big deal. Carol tries to run away (WHY?!), but Daryl stops her. They see the kidnap car and off they go in the middle of the night to chase it and hopefully find Beth. Nothing could possibly go wrong with that. Bob is outside the church crying and then gets knocked out by a mystery man. I have no idea why he was outside by himself. The only reason I can think of is he knows he was scratched or something by the water walker.
Why end on that note though, when the Termy psychopaths can end things for us! You thought last week was disturbing. Silly readers, that was nothing compared to what we see. They have Bob tied up and cut off his leg and had a little BBQ.
Why not top it off with Gareth telling Bob how tasty he is as he takes a bite. What in the actual fresh Hades Internet? Creepiest scene ever.
P.S. The dude Tyreese thought he killed isn’t dead. Cool.
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