Warning: This recap for the “Try” episode of The Walking Dead contains storyline and character spoilers.
There’s just one episode left: next Sunday’s Season 5 finale. Here’s where things stand with Rick, his friends, and the Alexandrians, who are probably regretting the arrival of the Grimes gang into their walled sanctuary.
The Truth: Glenn’s or Nicholas’s?
Glenn tells Rick the truth about what happened in the warehouse supply run, how Nicholas was a coward who got Noah killed, how Aiden died. The version Deanna gets about her son’s death comes courtesy of Nicholas, who lies and claims he was the brave one, that Glenn tried to kill him, and that he wanted to stay and save Aiden, while Glenn and the others wanted to leave him behind.
What does Deanna believe? Unclear, but when Cardigan Carol leaves a tuna noodle casserole on Deanna’s porch with a note that reads “We’re truly sorry for your loss,” Deanna leaves the casserole, and burns the note.
Exile or Execute?
Deanna knew about Pete’s family troubles. “I’d hoped it would get better,” she says when Rick tells her that Pete is abusing Jessie. Rick wants to kill Pete; Deanna says they’ll exile him instead, because she will not allow anyone to be executed. Rick argues exiling people leaves the Alexandrians vulnerable if those exiles decide to return — which almost certainly is going to happen before Season 5 ends — but Deanna insists she will not allow anyone to be killed. No one.
“I wouldn’t kill you; I’d just send you away,” she tells Rick, which, if we’re reading the previews of next week’s finale correctly, is exactly what’s going to happen to Rick.
Who’s Carving Up Walkers?
While on their recruiting mission, Daryl and Aaron find dismembered walkers — like the ones near Shirewilt — and a naked female tied to a tree, disemboweled, with a “W” carved into her forehead. Aaron remarks there are a lot more walkers around than there used to be, but not as many humans. Except for the one — ones? — whose light Daryl spots off in the distance.
Glenn Officially Becomes a Leader
“People like you are supposed to be dead, but these walls went up just in time, so you’re not,” Glenn tells Nicholas, reminding him of how his cowardly ways got Noah, and four others before him, killed. Glenn tells him he’s not going outside the walls anymore, alone or with others, because that’s how he’s going to survive. “Who the hell do you think you are?” Nicholas asks.
“I’m someone who knows who you are,” Glenn says. “I know what you did. And it’s not gonna happen again.”
Nicholas: “You threatening me?”
“No,” Glenn snorts. “I’m saving you.”
Rick and Jessie
Rick approaches Jessie and tells her he knows what Pete is doing, says he will protect her and her boys. She tells him she can protect herself, but then he tells her Sam has asked for a gun so he can keep her safe. Again, he says, he will protect her and her kids. All she has to do is say yes.
“Would you do this for someone else? For anyone?” she asks.
“No,” says the smitten Rick.
Rick and Pete (aka Rick Grimes Loses His S—t)
That’s right about the time Pete walks in, too, leading to a major throwdown, and Rick and Pete crashing through the front window of Jessie’s house and onto the street. The whole town gathers to watch them beat each other. Carl tries to pull Rick off Pete; Sam’s hiding behind Carol; Deanna’s yelling at them both to stop; and Rick pulls his gun out.
“You still don’t get it. None of you do. We know what needs to be done; we do it… you, you just sit and plan and hesitate… and wish things weren’t how they are. Well, you want to live? You want this place to stay standing? Your way of doing things is done!” Rick says. “Things don’t get better because you want them to. Starting right now, we have to live in the real world. We have to control who lives here,” he continues, pointing at Pete.
Deanna: “That’s never been more clear to me than it is right now.”
“Me? Me? You mean me?” Rick laughs. “Your way is gonna destroy this place. It’s gonna get people killed. It’s already gotten people killed. I’m not gonna stand by and let it happen. If you don’t fight, you die. I’m not gonna stand by…”
And those are the last words Rick gets out, before Michonne comes up from behind and punches him in the head.
Hey, Guys… Walkers. Lots of Them
While this little civil war is going on inside Alexandria, lots of walkers are approaching the walls, and Sasha’s picking them off from the guard tower, but for how long?
* According to Rosita, Tara is in stable condition after the injuries she sustained in the warehouse attack last week.
* Remember the gun Rick hid in the blender, the one that had a “J” on it? Nicholas dug it up; he had buried it in a cookie jar elsewhere, but now it’s in his hands.
* Sasha singlehandedly killed a couple dozen walkers in the woods, before Michonne and Rosita jumped in to assist her. Potential spinoff: Rick’s Angels, starring the three of them as a walker-whacking team.
* Carl and Enid, hiding in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g… well, almost. When Carl goes out to find Enid in the woods, they talk and bond and run together, but when they hear a walker approaching, they hide in a hollowed-out tree, and Carl almost gets his first smooch. Enid, who seems as foolishly unafraid as Carl is sometimes, looks at the roaming walkers and says, “It’s their world; we’re just living in it.”
OK, Dead-heads, let’s hear your predictions for the season finale, “Conquer”: Does Rick Grimes get exiled from Alexandria? If so, does the rest of the group leave with him? Is Sasha doomed by her anger and grief? What was Michonne thinking hitting Rick? Will Daryl and Aaron make it back to Alexandria before the whole town is lost to chaos and those approaching walkers? And whose light did Daryl see out in the woods? Could it be Morgan?
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.