Hello friends and welcome back to our coverage of The Walking Dead! I was able to squeeze in the episode late last night but it's safe to say that I'm still working on this work/life/blogging balance with 2 kiddos under 3 needing my prioritized attention! That said, no need for a big preamble here. The episode was pretty awesome, so let's just dive into the discussion.
- Well I tried to discuss the devil's advocate position last week, but we all speculated that maybe Bob was actually bit by a walker last week. After a terrifying monologue by Gareth about his choice human meats and how it's not personal, Bob got a laugh in by letting them know they're all eating tainted meat. He was indeed bit in the shoulder and the clock was ticking. Nothing much really came out of this as we don't know if eating the cooked leg of someone who was bitten by a walker would really impact anyone (since everyone is infected anyway). But Bob certainly got a good laugh out of it and also go the reaction he wanted by them all puking up their dinner. Plus, on Talking Dead, they confirmed that scene (with different characters) was in the comic as well.
- There was a bit of panic back at the camp as 3 of their people disappeared in the middle of the night. We found out that the hunters were keeping their eye on Daryl and Carol too and saw them drive off. I wasn't sure if they were implying that the car with the cross on it is related to them, but it seems like we'll find out soon enough. Of course, the hunters/termites left Bob at the foot of the church and with it a bunch of questions about what their next move was. (I liked that they painted an A on the church reflecting the A Train that they were all captured in at Terminus).
- Abraham was getting a little antsy and wanted to extract Eugene as soon as possible. D.C. is the priority. It led to some high levels of testosterone between him and Rick. Long story short, to avoid all of this Glenn, Maggie and Tara agreed to go with Abraham, Rosita and Eugene to D.C. All they asked for was 12 hours. I had to laugh when Tara volunteered to go first. I was thinking, "What exactly do you think that buys Abraham??!" But it led to him getting a reluctant Glenn and Maggie too.
- Father Gabriel also was forced to come clean on what he had done. And kudos to commenter Leslie whose boyfriend figured it out last week! Made sense right when I read it, but didn't really think it through myself. Basically, he locked the doors and didn't let his congregation into the church and he watched them all get eaten by walkers. Ouch! But, if you're still alive at this stage in the game, you gotta have some story for how you survived. It benefitted our band of survivors that he did that because they had shelter and food for the time being.
- So obviously there was the crazy tense showdown in the church. Rick had come up with a ballsy plan. We had to guess that they wouldn't be stupid enough to bring the attack to them as Gareth proved smart enough to not just be sitting there waiting for them. But we were told it was a 10 minute walk there, so if they actually did leave Gareth had 20 minutes to take over at the church. It was so creepy how he knew EXACTLY who was in the church. But, they took their inventory at Terminus and they watched who left. Rosita and Carl were the only ones armed in that back room with Judith, Bob, Gabriel, Tyreese (he might have had that knife that Sasha gave him) and Eugene. Gareth slowly did the roll call and discussed how they were armed and there was no way out.
- As soon as all hope was feared lost and Judith let out a cry, silenced gunshots came from the darkness and shot off Gareth's fingers. YEAH RICK!!! Rick, Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, Sasha and Abraham surrounded the hunters leading to Rick's triumphant stand-off with Gareth. Gareth talked about how they were good people and how Rick still doesn't know what it feels like to be as hungry as they were. He tried his best to negotiate an escape, but Rick had his promise to keep. It was a great bit of plotting from the season premiere on that he promised to use the machete with the red handle to kill Gareth. And he certainly did in brutal fashion! All of the hunters were slaughtered in the church which was no longer deemed a house of God, but just 4 walls and a roof. RIP Termites! I'll admit it, I was hoping for a longer arc with Gareth. He played that role really well and he could've been a great opponent for Rick throughout the season. But, clearly this show is on a warpath to keep moving, as opposed to seasons in the past where they stayed in one spot.
- Obviously, everything surrounding Bob's demise was sad. Sasha wanting revenge on the Termites, Tyreese telling her to spend these final moments with him, Bob not getting to tell the positive perspective of the situation one last time, and of course Tyreese taking the knife from Sasha to finish him off. RIP Bob Stookey. I mean we had to see it coming, right? There probably some unwritten rule that they can't have more than 2 members of The Wire on the show at one time for too long!
- Oh right, I forgot to mention Michonne got her sword back! WOO HOO! Speaking of Michonne, she was on watch in the final moments of the show when she heard something in the woods. She went to check it out and was relieved to see Daryl, but only Daryl. She asked where Carol was and Daryl yelled for someone to come out. EPISODE OVER!