By Contributing Writer, The Lady Cocotte
Easter Sunday seems like a fitting time for a new episode of The Walking Dead (what with all the resurrection and everything). Last week Carol left Tobin (and all of Alexandria, really) a Dear John letter as she fled town. Before her escape is noticed, it seems like just another day in Alexandria. Carl skulks around the armory as one-eyed boys are wont do. Glenn and Maggie share a couple’s shower that turns somber when Glenn discovers the bruises Maggie received from the Savior women. Daryl sits on his bike, blaming himself for Dr Denise’s death. Rosita is forced to witness a loving moment between Abraham and Sasha. And Rick and Michonne share a post-coital apple. Life is good-ish. And then it’s not so good-ish. Despite everyone’s advice (and all good reason) Daryl heads out alone to find Dwight and make him pay. Glenn and Michonne jump in a van to chase after him. Abraham wants to join but Rosita pushes him out of the way. They need her. She knows where Daryl is going. And as if that’s not bad enough, Tobin informs Rick about Carol’s departure. Rick does his angry stride as he searches for clues. Morgan decides to go find her. Rick is torn. He knows Alexandria needs protection but he’s not alright with Carol being out there on her own. As he jumps in the car he warns the guards, “No one else leaves. Everyone stays ready for a fight.”
Carol cruises along in a car covered in rebar spikes. She’s certainly not being subtle. In the distance she sees another vehicle approaching. It’s an unusual and dangerous sight. As the truck passes, they shoot out her tires. Carol knows she’s screwed. The men in the truck force her out. She’s playing scared little mouse again. She promises that she only has the car and one knife but they’re not buying it. They recognize her spiked car and want her to bring them into Alexandria. Ah ha! They’re Saviors. Carol starts her hyperventilating trick. “It doesn’t have to be this way. You can turn back and go home,” she pleads. “Nobody has to get hurt.” But they don’t want to play her game. As the men start towards her, they’re mowed down by machine gun fire. Carol came prepared with a gun sewn into her jacket sleeve. She tried to warn you… The driver who survived the gunfire gets a spear shoved thru his chest. She uses his gun on the other survivor. So far Carol’s plan to leave Alexandria to avoid killing isn’t working out so well. Uh oh. There is one survivor that plays dead until she leaves. I guess her kill tally will soon be mounting.
Rick and Morgan get into deep conversation as they search for Carol. “What I believe, I’m not right,” Morgan admits. “There is no right. Just a wrong that doesn’t pull you down.” Rick claims it hasn’t pulled him down but I think he doth protest too much. And then they come across the scene of Carol’s massacre. As they survey her work, Morgan reminds Rick that Carol left because she couldn’t kill anymore. “She could because she had to,” Rick protests. “Sometimes you have to.” They follow a trail of blood through a field, hoping it will lead to Carol. The surviving Savior picks up Carol’s dropped crucifix and heads out after them. As Rick and Morgan plod along they continue their eternal conversation. Morgan points out that after Rick banished Carol from the prison, she turned around and saved them all at Terminus. “People can come back, Rick.” After killing a walker that looked like Carol from a distance (whew!), they end up at a barn. They see a man fighting walkers and Rick immediately draws his gun. The man claims he’s just looking for his horse and warns them that more walkers are coming. As a small swarm descends on them, the man starts to run. Rick aims at him instead of the walkers but Morgan shoves him off target. Rick is pissed. “I don’t take chances anymore.” Morgan is all out of fucks so he tells Rick about taking the wolf hostage. Steam is practically pouring out of Rick’s ears but Morgan plows on. He tells Rick how the wolf initially took Dr Denise hostage but then saved her from the walkers. “And then Denise was there to save Carl. It’s all a circle.” Although he stands behind his decision about the wolf, Morgan treats searching for Carol as atonement. He sends Rick home to protect Alexandria with a promise to return. “But if I don’t, don’t come looking.” Rick gives him a gun and sends him on his way.
After a cute moment bonding over pickles, Maggie asks Enid to cut all of her hair off. She no longer wants anything getting in her way, figuratively or literally. Suddenly she’s grabbing her stomach and screaming in pain. Not the baby! Not now!
Rosita brings Glenn and Michonne to the spot where Dr Denise died. They find Daryl’s bike hidden nearby so they know they’re on track. When they find him, Daryl is ranting and raving. He blames himself for Dr Denise’s death because he didn’t kill Dwight when he first met him. Glenn tries to talk him down. “It’s going to go wrong out here.” But it doesn’t work. Daryl needs revenge and he needs it now. Rosita decides he’s right and chases after him. Glenn and Michonne, worried about Alexandria’s safety, hurry home. Well, that’s the plan until Dwight and his men show up. And just like that Glenn and Michonne are prisoners. Daryl and Rosita creep up on them. Glenn and Michonne shake their heads “no.” Daryl gives them the sign to shush. Instead, they try to holler through their gags. But it’s too late. It’s a trap and they fell right into in. Dwight says, “Hi Daryl” and shoots. Blood covers the lens. As the screen fades to black, Dwight mutters, “You’ll be alright.”
Next week: It’s the 90 minute season finale. Once again, Alexandrians outside the gates and at home are in danger. And we finally meet Negan and his barbed wire covered baseball bat Lucille. Hopefully everyone survives…