Last week’s premiere of The Walking Dead left us with a huge cliffhanger. Who is attacking Alexandria? Will Rick and his crew reach home in time to save everyone? And who the hell is honking that damn horn? Hopefully all of those questions will be answered tonight.
We start with Enid (Carl’s girlfriend) in an SUV. She’s scanning the area for walkers as two others try to get the car started. Oh, they’re her parents. We’re finally getting some Enid backstory. She sees walkers and screams for them to hurry. The next thing we know, she’s sitting in the bloody car, watching her parents get eaten. No wonder this girl has issues. She’s by herself, out in that world, for quite a while before she finds Alexandria. She keeps writing JSS over and over. What does JSS mean? As usual, the writers give us new questions before answering the old ones.
Carol is in the storeroom with other ladies, keeping up her Suzie Homemaker charade. Mrs Niedermeyer brings up wanting a pasta maker again and Carol finally snaps. She offers to teach her how to make pasta without a machine, as long as Mrs Niedermeyer promises to stop smoking inside the house. “It’s just a disgusting habit. And it kills you.” I love it when Carol gets bitchy. She returns home to find Jessie’s youngest son, Sam waiting for her. Carol built a relationship with Sam when she threatened to feed him to walkers if he told on her. For some reason he comes to her with all his problems and it drives her crazy. Carol has lost too many children to go down that path again. She shoos him away by telling him, “Your dad used to hit you and then he got himself killed. It happened. Now it’s done. You live with it or it eats you up. Go home.” Ah, motherly love…
Jessie tries to give her oldest, Ron, a haircut as a way to bond with him. He’s a very angry boy. She asks if he blames her for his father’s death. “Raise your left hand above your head. You can’t. Tell me why.” He refuses to admit that his dad hurt him. Instead he turns his anger on Rick. Dude, Rick isn’t the problem here. Sure, he killed your dad. Sure, he wants your mom. But this isn’t Oedipus. This is the zombie apocalypse. And some day soon you’re going to realize that life isn’t all pasta machines and mom’s haircuts.
Maggie is trying to bring Deanna back from the brink by making her plant a garden outside the walls. “Everyone that’s here is because of you. You have to show them you’re still here.” Maggie is definitely Hershel’s daughter.
Eugene is complaining to Tara that the church is going to be the largest building in the expansion. He thinks it should be a lab, a machine shop or a sweet ass game room instead. They’re interrupted by a new character, Denise. She’s a psychiatrist with panic attacks and she’s replacing Porch Dick as the new doctor. She’s not excited about it. Eugene is being extremely awkward and making the situation worse.
Carol puts a casserole in the oven and sets the timer. She glances out the window and sees Mrs Niedermeyer smoking outside. Carol won her little power play. All of a sudden someone attacks Mrs Niedermeyer with a machete. Holy shit! I can’t imagine this is about a pasta maker. Alexandria is under attack. Outside the walls, Maggie and Deanna hear screaming. They ask a guard on the wall what’s going on and before he can answer, he’s hits with a molotov cocktail and is on fire. This is serious. Maggie is instantly on guard but Deanna is wandering around like a lost puppy. Alexandria is very lucky that Rick’s crew showed up when they did.
Carol sends Carl upstairs to protect Judith and heads out into the fray. Wolves, wolves, as far as the eye can see. Jessie wants to find Ron but ends up with Sam in his “hiding from daddy” closet. In his house, Carl hears someone breaking in so he positions himself to shoot them. It’s only Enid. She’s come to say goodbye. Carl tells her she’s not leaving and they sit, back to back, ready to defend the house. Wolves are killing everyone. Carol is stalking them, getting a lay of the land. She sees a masked wolf stabbing a neighbor and she takes him out. The woman won’t stop screaming (and she’s too far gone) so Carol takes her out too. So much human on human death. Why are people so much scarier than walkers?
Deanna’s son Spencer is in the watchtower with a gun. He aims at a wolf but has a hard time pulling the trigger. By the time he shoots, it’s too late. Luckily Rosita and Tara take care of things for him. Suddenly, a semi is driving towards the gate. Spencer rakes it with machine gun fire and it veers into the watchtower, horn blaring. And blaring. And blaring.
Rosita, Tara, Aaron and Eric carry an Alexandrite into the hospital. Dr Denise sets to work getting her stabilized. Rosita and Aaron want to get back outside to fight the wolves. Dr Denise is freaking out. Eugene informs everyone, “I also believe my services would be best rendered right very here.” Aaron barks, “What?” and Eugene starts again. “Shut up!” Rosita yells at him. “You’re safe here.” With that, Rosita and Aaron head out the door and both Eugene and Dr Denise look adequately terrified. The town in covered in blood and dead bodies.
Spencer stumbles down to the truck but the driver has turned. He’s too scared to take him out. Luckily, Morgan arrives. He kills the walker and turns the horn off. Spencer tells Morgan what’s going on. “We need to get in there. You coming?” Spencer doesn’t answer. Morgan shakes his head and warns, “hide.” Morgan runs in to find a large wolf with an ax chopping up Alexandrians. He laughs at Morgan’s stick. “Quick or slow?” he asks. Morgan answers, “Leave, please.” “That means slow.” The wolf lunges at Morgan. Before Morgan can respond a wolf runs up and knifes the other wolf. What the hell? The wolf pulls down his bandana and it’s Carol! Yes! Kick ass Carol is back! Morgan is upset she killed the wolf but she doesn’t care. She’s kick ass Carol. Carol writes a W on her forehead in blood and suggests they head for the armory. “You don’t have to kill people,” Morgan tells her. “Of course you do,” she snaps.
Outside the gates, Deanna and Maggie run into Spencer. Maggie wants to head inside to fight but Deanna realizes that she’ll just be a liability. Spencer puts his mother in the truck with the walker corpse and Maggie runs into battle. Back in the hospital, Dr Denise doesn’t think she can save the patient. She’s scared that she can’t do surgery after getting panic attacks in med school. Tara pushes her to do it. “You’re afraid? I don’t care. Help her. Try!” Eugene walks over to Dr Denise. “You don’t want to be a coward. I know.” That reached her and she preps for surgery. Ron is being chased by a wolf. Carl shoots him in the leg. The wolf begs Carl not to kill him. Carl hesitates and the wolf lunges for his gun. Carl blows him away and it looks like Ron is having flashbacks of Rick killing his dad. “Come inside. I can keep you safe,” Carl offers. Sullen Ron refuses and flounces away. Good luck, kid. Good luck.
Jessie and Sam hear the wolves leave their house so Jessie goes to look for Ron. She gets attacked by a female wolf. They roll around and Jessie loses her gun. The wolf knocks Jessie out against a cabinet and she falls. But she comes to quickly and attacks the wolf with her haircutting scissors. She stabs and stabs and stabs some more. Jessie has learned what it really takes to protect her family. Ron walks in while she’s stabbing the long dead wolf. Yeah, this kid is going to be messed up for a long time.
Carol (dressed as a wolf) leads Morgan on a chain. Other wolves greet her and congratulate her “catch.” They see Father Gabriel fighting a wolf and Carol yells, “Leave him!” Morgan refuses so Carol ditches him, killing wolves the whole way to the armory. Morgan incapacitates the wolf and saves Father Gabriel. Carol fills a bag with guns and instructs Lydia (the storeroom lady) how to protect the guns. Morgan and Father Gabriel tie their wolf up. Carol runs up and shoots him. They’re both shocked. She hands each of them a gun. Morgan doesn’t want his. He gives it to Father Gabriel who stutters, “I’m not very good with guns.” Shut up, Meg! Carol runs into Maggie and hands off more guns. Aaron and Rosita are making their way around town, killing wolves. Morgan is fuming about all of the killing. And then he’s surrounded by five wolves. “Leave,” he tells them. They laugh. So he starts hitting them. “My people have guns.” Whack, whack. “Yours don’t.” Whack, whack. “If you keep choosing this life, you’ll die.” “We didn’t choose,” a wolf snarls. With that they run off, stealing a gun on the way. Oh, Morgan. Sometimes you have to kill them. Now would be one of those times.
Carol stares at Mrs Niedermeyer’s dead body. She sits on her stoop, looking totally lost. Carol tries to rub the bloody W off her forehead and then she notices an A (for Alexandria) that Sam has left on the stairs. She breaks down into tears. Aaron walks through town, making sure the dead bodies don’t turn. He comes across a dead wolf holding the backpack he lost at the food plant trap. And there are his photos of the town. He loses it when he realizes that he basically gave the wolves graven invitations to attack Alexandria. In the hospital, Dr Denise works hard but her patient dies. She looks ready for a panic attack. “At least you tried,” Tara tells her. Dr Denise doesn’t want to hear it. She asks everyone to leave. “All I was going to say…” Tara concludes. “Is make sure you get her brain.” Deanna watches Maggie kill the burnt walker that used to be the wall guard. “We’re still here,” Maggie tells her. “Not all of us,” Deanna responds. Carl puts down his gun and looks for Enid. She’s gone but she left him a note that reads: “Just survive somehow.” JSS. Carol’s timer goes off so Carl takes the casserole out of the oven. Morgan warily enters his house. A wolf attacks him. It’s the same wolf that tried to take him in the woods last season. They fight and it looks like the wolf has the upper hand. The wolf stares at Morgan, realizing something. “You can’t, can you?” Morgan stares back at him. “You should have,” the wolf taunts. He goes at Morgan but Morgan gets his staff back. “I’m sorry,” Morgan tells him. WHACK. He can now.
Next week: Rick is running and running. Daryl tells Sasha and Abraham to keep going. Glenn is running and running. “If something’s in front of you, you kill it.” So, so many walkers…