This week’s episode of The Walking Dead opens with a look at Carol living the mundane life, showering, cooking, killing zombies. You know, the norm. She’s out passing around cookies… what a sweetheart. Everything feels so Brady Bunch – until Rick and the gang make a sudden return. Rick calls a “town” meeting. Carol’s serenity isn’t disrupted by Rick’s return so much as it is by Morgan and his swift approach. He wants to talk, Carol wants to forget their little tiff ever occurred. We’ll see how this relationship develops, and whether or not their feud is ever truly explored again.
Rick leads the meeting, filling everyone in on the current situation. Rick lets them know that he’s planning to take the offensive and surprise the Saviors before they have the chance to surprise them. Morgan, of course, doesn’t like the idea. He wants to meet and talk. Gain the upper hand with words and intimidation. But Rick knows this won’t fly and calls for the people to essentially vote. No one seems too eager to follow Morgan’s plan. So, we’re going with Rick’s idea. Hooray for those of us at home, who get to see all kinds of carnage in the near future.
Carol looks like she’s nurturing a potential new relationship, with Alexandrian, Tobin. In fact, not only is she sharing her cookies with the man, she’s letting those lips fly as well, placing a wet one right on this lucky chap’s lips. Ah, the subplots of The Walking Dead!
We also see that Tara is developing her relationship with Denise. We haven’t seen much of these two, or how they’ve been getting along, but Tara’s already throwing around those three words we’re all so nervous about, and plenty of smooches. While these two are working on something intimate, we cut away to the core group planning on taking on the Saviors. There’s fear among the men. Uncertainty looms as some are uncertain of how they’ll gain access to the group. That’s when Rick lets them know he plans to take Gregory along, as the Saviors want a piece of the man. Nobody loves playing the bait, but oh well – Gregory’s a bit of a scum bag anyway!
After a commercial break we return to see everyone on the road, on their way to surprise their potential rivals. The first step in this mission is to, basically case the surrounding area. Before the ball gets rolling Rick reminds everyone of the plan, and lets them know that if things don’t look good they’ll head back to Alexandria and regroup – come up with another plan. For the record, we learn of Rick’s plan to take them Gregory’s head; he’s not going to actually take Gregory along – instead, they find a few walkers that similar to Gregory, behead them and prep the decapitated melons for transfer. In the show’s comedic relief moment, we see Rick and Jesus discussing the look of the heads. When Jesus tells Rick that none have the proper nose, he picks a head up and punches it in the nose a few times. Gold!
The time comes for the group to head for the compound. We see Andy – from the hilltop – roll up to the place, jump out, and offer up the head of “Gregory.” They’re swift, and they’re unseen. Daryl opens one of the guards’ neck before the other is impaled. The entry is slick, Rick’s group looking like certified mercenaries.
On the inside they’re every bit as smooth, gliding through the place, killing Saviors when it’s called for. Thus far everything has gone according to plan, and Saviors are being picked off at a steady rate. There’s a small group of Rick’s people standing watch outside of the compound. We see a little bit more sensitive chatter outside, including a look at Tara, returning to the fact that she once performed a very similar siege, with the Governor.
Things take a sudden turn when Abraham and Sasha are spotted by one of the Saviors. A fire alarm is pulled, signaling trouble, and things are likely about to get very hairy for Rick and his men.
We’re just minutes away from the close of the episode and all hell has officially broken loose. Heavy artillery erupts. Bodies hit the floor. Rick and his men are still winning this confrontation, as no one we’ve come to love has been injured or murdered, while countless Saviors have met their demise.
Glenn and Heath reach the armory.
We finally see that Father Gabriel has stepped up to handle his business. He executes a member of the Saviors, and for some odd reason, it’s profoundly gratifying. We’ve been waiting to see this gentleman man up, and he’s doing so this episode. Padre passes the ultimate test with flying colors, and there’s a feeling akin to parental pride coursing through me as I cheer the unlikely bad ass on.
The episode finally comes to an end, but we’re not certain if we’ll be left on much of a cliffhanger. Half of Rick’s people head back for Alexandria, presumably with some new firearms. Suddenly a man on a motorcycle bursts from the building, but he’s not getting away. Daryl blows him off his bike, charges him and pummels him before the walkie talkie he’s got on him goes off. A female voice is on the other end of the line, and she tells Rick to lower his firearm. Rick hesitates, and then the woman informs him that they’ve got Maggie and Carol. There’s the cliffhanger!
By the way, if you’re looking for the punchline of the week, here’s your winner: “Why are dingle berries brown? It’s just the way shit is!” Tell us that’s not money in the bank.