'The Walking Dead' Welcomes Old Friends, New Faces, and a Possible Safe Haven
SPOILER ALERT: This recap for the "Inmates" episode of "The Walking Dead" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Even if you've already watched "Inmates," you may want to watch it again — or another couple of times. Because the episode was so packed with character reunions, plot reveals, answers to cliffhangers from earlier in the season, and new riddles that it's a safe bet additional viewings will help you spot something you didn't see the first time around.
In sum, we got answers to three major questions from the first half of the season, and all members of the core group of survivors are accounted for now. And we meet a trio of new characters who promise to shake things up as the prison survivors try to find their way back to each other …
Yes, Judith is alive! Yes, Carol is alive, and is reunited with Lizzie and Mika! And that strange voice Daryl, Michonne, Bob, and Tyreese heard on the car radio in "Isolation"? The voice said the word "terminus," which we learn in "Inmates" is the name of a gathering spot that offers "sanctuary for all, community for all … those who arrive, survive," according to a sign along the railroad tracks several prison group members were traveling upon.
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Daryl and Beth
We saw them flee the prison together after the Governor's attack, and they're on the run together now. In a voiceover of what she wrote in her diary when Rick and company first landed at the prison, Beth says she's desperately trying to hold on to hope. "This morning, Daddy said something. 'If you don't have hope, what's the point of living?'" Beth had written. "We can live here. We can live here for the rest of our lives."
Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) in The Walking Dead
Daryl is mostly mum, clearly dejected about the fallout of the prison war, but he makes a thoughtless comment about Hershel's death when Beth tells him he should have more faith that others survived the prison attack, too. When she and Daryl find a pack of walkers feasting on other humans near a set of railroad tracks, Beth breaks down. Her diary voiceover says, "We're not gonna die. None of us. I believe now. I believe for Daddy. If this doesn't work, I don't know how I can keep going," but she's now burning the diary pages to keep warm.