By: The Lady Cocotte
Last week The Walking Dead gave us Morgan’s fascinating backstory but I’m looking forward to finding out where everything stands in the present. Hopefully this episode, titled “Now,” will bring us some answers. Alexandria is still reeling from the wolves’ attack, Glenn was last seen under a pile of walkers and most likely (maybe) dead, and Rick couldn’t get the RV started as the walker horde descended upon him.
Deanna surveys the damage at Alexandria. She’s a mess. She’s still mourning her husband and seeing the destruction the wolves caused is beyond her abilities right now. Michonne tells Maggie about Glenn. We can’t even begin to ache for her because someone is shouting. A horde of walkers is heading for Alexandria. And Rick is two steps ahead of them! Only Rick could outrun that many walkers in cowboy boots. He makes it inside the walls and at least one of our crew is safe.
Alexandria is now surrounded by walkers (20 deep, according to Rick). The Alexandrians haven’t had to deal with anything like this before. They’re freaking. Rick gives an inspirational “Rick” speech. He’s confident that Sasha, Abraham, Daryl and Glenn will make it back. Aaron stands up for Rick but then admits that his backpack is what led the wolves to Alexandria. No, Aaron! I know you’re feeling guilty but don’t tell them now. Everyone’s too upset to not hold it against you. Deanna stumbles away in a daze. Their leader has fallen.
A riot is brewing at the storehouse. Knowing they can’t forage right now, food is being rationed. The freaked-out Alexandrians don’t take that very well. They figure they’re going to die anyway so they might as well eat. People start grabbing what they want. Deanna’s son Spencer tries to stop them. “Doing this will start us down a road where nothing matters. Where no one else matters. And then we’ll all look back at this moment right now as when we destroyed this place.” He makes everyone think. They return the supplies. He’s definitely Deanna’s son. She overheard him and even through her grief she’s proud. I can’t help but think that the right son died.
Alexandrians are painting the names of their dead on the wall. They include Glenn. Aaron confronts Maggie. He knows she’s going out to look for Glenn. She thinks he’s talking her out of going but he’s actually offering to go with her.
Deanna suddenly comes to life. She starts plotting the expansion again, the one that Reg wanted. It gives her hope. Then she comes across Spencer, drunk. She realizes that he stole food and alcohol from the pantry. WTF. After that great speech he turns around and acts like a douche? Awesome. Then he starts screaming at his mom, blaming her for causing the Alexandrians’ deaths by coddling them for so long. He even goes so far as to blame her for his father and brother’s death. That’s cold. I don’t understand this turnaround. Two minutes ago he was a great guy and now she’s abusing his grieving mom. I get it that he’s drunk and scared but still…
Jessie’s oldest son, Ron, is playing with knives. Carl wants him to help find Enid. Carl! You’re surrounded by walkers (20 deep). Now is not the time to be a hero. Ron obviously agrees, although it probably has more to do with Carl stealing his girlfriend Enid than common sense. But he’s right this time. They get into a shoving/slapping fight. Not to be sexist but it’s kind of girly. Ron threatens to tell Rick if Carl tries. “You saved my life now I’m trying to save yours.” I hope he got through to him. We can’t lose Carl (not now).
Tara goes to the hospital to check on Dr Denise. She doesn’t know how to save her patient. She’s frustrated and scared. She wants a new doctor to show up so she can hide away again. Tara warns her, “Being afraid sucks.” And leaves her to her medical research.
Aaron and Maggie head out through the sewer, hoping they can get past the walkers at the gate. Maggie says “if he’s alive” and Aaron calls her on it. He’s obviously working out some guilt over the wolves’ attack. They pull out an old rusty ladder and Aaron gets cut. More importantly, they free some walkers that have been in the sewer for a long time (based on their state). Maggie gets attacked and she’s having a hard time fighting the slimy walker off. Aaron tries to save her but then he’s attacked by another. Aaron finally manages to stab his walker and right before Maggie gets bit, he gets her walker too. They continue.
Dr Denise is reading her medical books. She finds something that could help her patient and it works. “Hot damn,” she says.
Rick is on top of the gate, trying to reach Sasha, Abraham and Daryl on the walkie. No luck. Ron joins him. I just don’t trust this kid. He tells Rick that Carl tried to leave to find Enid but he stopped him. Rick immediately wants to make sure Carl really stayed (he knows his boy well). Ron offers to keep watch so Rick can run home. I really don’t trust this kid. Ron calls him back and asks Rick to teach him how to shoot. He really butters Rick up. Don’t fall for it, Rick! This kid is trouble. He takes the bullets out of his gun and lets Ron play target on the walkers.
After the success of saving her patient, Dr Denise searches out Tara. “How is he?” Tara asks. In response, Dr Denise grabs Tara and kisses her full on the lips. Tara is stunned. “Yeah, being afraid sucks,” Dr Denise explains. Lesbian love in the zombie apocalypse.
Maggie and Aaron reach the end of the sewer line. There are still walkers around but not as many as at the gate. Maggie realizes that they can’t go. Aaron tries to go without her but she screams, “No! It’s over!” Her voice draws the walkers to them. She tells him about burning the last picture she had of Glenn because she swore she was never going to be away from him again. “I’m pregnant,” she admits. That’s why Glenn didn’t want her to go the mission. She worries that if she’d gone she’d of been able to save him but she’ll never know. “I don’t get to know what will happen. I don’t get to know why it happened, what I did, right or wrong. Not now. I have to live with that.” They hug.
Deanna is returning Spencer’s stolen loot to the storeroom. She’s attacked by a walker. At first she freezes but then she grabs a broken bottle and attacks her attacker. “Come on, you son of a bitch,” she tells him. She’s stabbing and stabbing and stabbing. His CHEST. She’s covered in blood but he doesn’t die. Finally Rick runs up and puts him out of his misery. “I want to live,” she tells Rick, walker blood dripping down her face. “I want this place to stay standing.” “You need to lead them,” Rick replies. She shakes her head. “What they need… is you.”
Maggie and Aaron are back behind the walls. Maggie walks over to the names of the dead and starts removing Glenn’s. Aaron joins her. “WHEN he gets back… It’s worth mentioning that Aaron, Erin, works for a boy or a girl. Depending on the spelling. Just saying.” Maggie manages to smile.
Rick visits Jessie. He talks about waiting for Glenn, Sasha, Abraham and Daryl to come home. She assures him it could happen. He quotes a speech she gave her fellow Alexandrians, “This is what life looks like now.” “I wasn’t saying there wasn’t a future. There’s got to be.” Rick gives her the long stare. “Tell me there’s more,” she pleads. Instead, he shows her. He kisses her, long and deep. They’re perfectly lit in her garage, with the door wide open. For all of Alexandria to see. Oh, Rick. You foolish, foolish man.
Next week: Daryl is pushing his motorcycle through the woods. Sasha tries to reach him on walkie while Abraham stands guard. Lots of quick shots of Daryl/Sasha and Abraham and walkers. It looks like Daryl is spying on the food warehouse where he and Aaron got caught in the wolf trap. And then he’s running.