Believe it or not, Carl is up and moving (hey, it’s The Walking Dead, expect the unexpected!) like he never had any physical issues whatsoever, let alone a blown out eyeball. That’s a tough kid. Daryl’s wandering about and Eugene is getting himself more in the mix; his days as a coward may have actually come to an end.
Rick and Daryl head out on the road to get supplies (remember when this was a regular thing?), and Rick takes a moment to enjoy torturing Daryl with some funky tunes. Back at Alexandria the bodies are piled up, but being taken care of… Michonne notices someone lurking outside the walls.
We spend some time just catching up with our familiars. Enid, Maggie, Michonne – we’re getting brief glimpses of the individuals we care about as they attempt to piece their miserable lives together. In the process we get some appropriately bleak imagery. Not necessarily gory, but the land looks very desolate, and it’s quite fitting.
While out hunting for supplies Rick and Daryl discover a sizable truck loaded with plenty of food and goods. This could be the motherlode and it could also come back to bite them in the ass should the owners of this little truck discover exactly who took it. It sure doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility that Negan has dibs on the bootie. Rick and Daryl get another surprise when a mysterious man pops up. Could this be Jesus, from the ongoing series? He’s got the look!
Guess what? It is Jesus. And he’s gone as soon as he arrives. Rick begins to question him, see what the man may really be up to, but Daryl calls a halt to it. The two agree to track him, moments before a series of firecrackers erupt in the distance. Rick and Daryl believe it to be gunfire, and follow the sound, but Jesus has tricked them both, and he hops in the truck. So much for a big score.
Back near Alexandria Michonne heads for the woods to discover Deanna’s only surviving sun, Spencer wandering by himself, carrying a shovel. A quick cutaway shows Carl and Enid also in the surrounding woods.
It’s a game of bounce-ball this episode, as we’re constantly jumping between characters, AMC working to squeeze a little bit of everyone’s story into a single episode. There’s some great variety in the show, but it’s also feeling just a little bit cluttered. It’s nice to see Enid and Carl bonding this episode, but I can’t help but feel he deserves a lot more attention, especially given the events last week.
Speaking of Carl, he looks like he’s feeling a bit confused about existence right now, and well he should be. The kid’s got to be harboring a little extra anger these day.
But, back we jump to Rick and Daryl, who are still on foot, chasing Jesus and the lucky truck. They manage to catch up and take back what’s now theirs, despite some valiant resilience from Jesus. They tie the man up, take their truck back and leave the man on the side of the road to fend for himself. But Jesus is craftier than these two expect, and he manages to get himself on the roof of the truck and hitch a ride for a while. That ride comes to an end. During the process, however, Jesus gets his hand on a gun and saves Daryl by killing a lurking walker. During the melee the truck gets knocked out of gear and slowly descends into a nearby body of water.
Back to Spencer and Michonne, as well as Carl, and we suddenly know why Spencer is in the woods: his mother, now a walker is shambling about. Spencer wants to do the right thing and end her existence as a walker and then give her a proper burial. It’s noble of him, and makes complete sense to Michonne, who doesn’t offer any resistance.
The episode winds down as we see Rick, Daryl and Jesus, now in another vehicle, headed back for Alexandria. Rick and Daryl have a brief heart to heart, Rick admitting that he’s evolving for the better, slowly, because he’s opted to listen to others. He’s opted to hope. And just before the credits roll, Michonne and Carl share a similar moment. It’s touching, and while, as already noted, should pretty damn angry with the world, he shows a lot of compassion in these final moments, which end in an embrace.
Did I mention Rick and Michonne get good and physical as the final moments tick away? Oh yes, there’s love… and lust in the air. And then there’s also Jesus, who interrupts a little love making.