Wow. That escalated quickly! Welcome back to the waning hours of The Walking Dead Season 5! What a crazy episode! We knew it wouldn't be long before tensions rose in Alexandria. And the events that unfolded over this hour will probably play a major part in it! Let's dive in.
- Abraham finally found his calling with hard manual labor and killing masses of walkers trying to disrupt that labor. A subset of Alexandrians were tasked with getting more supplies near the mall for wall repair. They had a look-out posted but a herd of walkers showed up and they did not seem prepared. It wasn't long before Abraham took charge of the whole operation, saving the look-out lady and slicing up a bunch of walker heads. The bosses were thankful but then wanted to call it a day. Abraham and his new friend saw plenty of daylight hours left to get the supplies they need and go fix the wall. This turned into a guy resigning his post and recommending to Deanna that Abraham be put in charge. She hesitated because she didn't want to give Rick and crew too much authority. Maggie insisted there's a reason why she wanted them there. They've been living out there and know what needs to be done.
- Rick found a way to spend more time in Pete and Jessie's lives. There was a broken owl in their garage that Rick volunteered to help investigate. Pete came back to Rick's house later on with beers (and already clearly a few up on Rick) insisting that they be friends. But, as always, it seemed like there was more on his agenda. He mentioned Deanna's party and how he was watching Rick. He implied that he meant in terms of drinking, but we should remember that Rick did plant a big smooch on Jessie at the party too.
- Carol found a little boy in the cupboard under the stairs. This kid didn't have a lightning scar on his head though. It was Pete and Jessie's son Sam. Sam doesn't seem scared of Carol at all from last week's episode. He just wants more cookies. Carol tried to shoo him off by sending him to steal chocolate for the cookies. He did. Then he tried to bond with Carol during cookie making. Carol is probably in no rush to bond with children after her past traumatic experiences with her daughter, and Lizzie and sister. What unfolded was some of the best after-school special stuff you could want in your night-time zombie soap. Guess what folks? Pete gets drunk and abuses his wife, and possibly Sam too! Oh yeah, and Sam broke the owl! A cry for help? Or maybe Pete actually broke it? In any case it tied Carol and Rick's stories together bringing Carol to Rick's house for a debriefing. Carol told Rick she knew how this ends. Rick will have to kill Pete (and take Jessie for himself! Okay, I added that part.). Either Carol was skipping all of the conflicts that would lead to that eventual conclusion, or this was tying in nicely to a statement made by Gabriel to Deanna at the end of the episode. We're getting there.
- Quick comment, but we should note that Daryl and Aaron departed for a recruiting run at the beginning of the episode, him on his new bike and Aaron in the car.
- The episode kicked off with Noah getting invested in his future of Alexandria. He wanted to learn the ways of architecture and building that wall around the town. So he turned to Orville Redinbacher, errr Reg, Deanna's husband. He wanted to meet him early in the morning every day to learn. Reg seemed to be please by his eagerness and handed him a notepad to jot down everything he tells him. First line? "This is the beginning..."
- A supply run, lead by Reg and Deanna's pompous son Aidan was the main story of the night. He brought his second in command, Glenn, Tara, Noah and Eugene. A power grid was out and they needed to get some equipment so Eugene could fix it. Eugene was very hesitant to go on the trip because he is a self-proclaimed coward. He kept reminding us of that too when he spoke to Tara and when Noah tried to hand him a gun. We should have known that if he was reluctantly handed a gun, he'd be forced to use it before the episode was over!
- Now, Aidan actually seemed to have turned over a new leaf. He was being surprisingly open to Glenn's suggestions before the run and during the run. They did a perimeter sweep before diving into the warehouse. The place was pretty much clean, except for you know like 100 walkers outside the front door (they went in the back), and then a bunch behind a fence IN the warehouse. Eugene proved his worth (in smarts) by finding the materials they needed for the power grid.
- But Aidan, ran into an armed walker. He claimed to have it, and Glenn was watching from an aisle or 2 over. He must've noticed the grenade the walker had on him, but it was too late. Aidan shot it in the wrong place and an explosion set this routine supply run off the rails.
- Aidan was blown into some debris and stuck with pieces piercing through his body. Tara was blocked off with Eugene with some serious head trauma (and unconscious). Aidan's right hand man told them Aidan was dead (he wasn't). They all got Tara to the office and then came up with a game plan to rescue Aidan. Glenn, Noah and other dude would go. Noah would provide cover as they tried to pull him off. (Oh yeah, I should mention the grenade blew the fence down and there were walkers coming from every direction!)
- Other Dude didn't have the stones to help out. He kept giving up on Aidan and saying that their contingency plan was always to run in situations like this. Every man left behind. Glenn still kept trying. Eventually, this seemed to turn into a confessional where Aidan told Glenn he should've listened to Glenn. It was too late to save him and Noah pulled Glenn off just in time to avoid the walkers disgustingly eating Aaron alive. I don't think Deanna is going to react too well to this!
- Meanwhile, Eugene was talking to unconscious Tara saying that he told her he was a coward so takes no blame in how she ended up. I should say that he told the other guys to go save Aidan and assured them Tara would be okay until they get back. Then he put Tara on his back and shot through a hoard of walkers to get to the van.
- The other guys were forced to head towards the front door where they ended up stuck in a revolving door with walkers trying to get to them on the inside and outside. OTHER DUDE had the ammo, Glenn and Noah were stuck in another portion with empty guns. Things looked dire. And they were. Eugene had a bit of a Hurley - LOST Season 3 finale moment when the DHARMA Van showed up to lure some walkers away. He was blaring Aidan's awful techno death music. But he hilariously was able to lure some of their trouble away.
- But, teamwork would still be required to get all 3 of them out of there to safety. Glenn had a plan to break the glass and get the gun from other dude. But OTHER DUDE kept messing up the plan. Basically, he escaped and it left Noah's legs exposed to the walkers. They grabbed him planted him against the glass and Glenn could only watch as we experienced one of the most gruesome deaths on the show. (Talking Dead referred to an instant classic tweet, "Everybody Ate Chris." referring to the TV show the actor appeared on previously.) Just before Noah was grabbed, he told Glenn, "Don't Let Go." Steve Yeun (Glenn) got all philosophical on Talking Dead trying to explain a deeper meaning to the phrase. Like it was, "don't let go of the dream." Really?? I think he was basically just saying, "Don't let go of me because they'll eat me!" And they did. And it affected Glenn big time. As it was pointed out to us, Glenn has never lost someone on his watch. And this plan fell apart quickly!
- OTHER DUDE tried to get Eugene to drive away without Glenn and Noah. He refused. Glenn showed up to beat the crap out of OTHER DUDE and filled in Eugene on what happened. The put dude in the trunk and headed back to Alexandria. There will be drama folks! And of course, RIP Noah. He wasn't here long, but he made a big impact while he was.
- Meanwhile, the show was bookended by some Gabriel scenes. We saw him in the pre-credits scene at the Alexandria church. There was a basket of fruit with a message from Deanna saying they're so happy he is there. Then we just see Gabriel furiously ripping pages out of the bible. By the end of the episode, he came to Deanna at an opportune time to tell them she made a big mistake bringing Rick and crew here. He is thankful for himself personally, but Rick and his people have done very bad things. (He most likely is referring to the church massacre which would stand out in anyone's mind) Deanna acknowledged that she knew they had to have done awful things to stay alive. But, Gabriel didn't back down talking about Satan disguised as the Angel of Light. He said that Rick and crew will ruin what they have started here. Of course, this coincides with Daryl becoming a recruiter, Rick being in charge of law enforcement, Abraham running the wall crew and we mustn't forget Glenn was just on a mission with their son Aidan and will be returning WITHOUT Aidan. Maggie, overheard this entire conversation and will surely report it back to Rick.
- Throw on top of it Carol's declaration that Rick will need to kill Pete, well we got ourselves some drama here folks!!!