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We get some happy moments this week on The Walking Dead 4×15: Us. We’ve got everyone closing in on Terminus, albeit not at the same time. Except for poor Beth, everyone’s accounted for. In case you’re following along, I am not going to recap this scene by scene. I will skip and jump here and there so that you can still enjoy the full show when you see it.
Glenn continues to lead the squad of Tara, Eugene, Rosita and Abraham. The conversation as they walk through the tracks is pretty inane, specially as Eugene keeps trying to talk video games with Tara. The episode finally gives us a little ray of light as they discover one of Maggie’s messages for Glenn in a Terminus sign. Rejoice!
Daryl continues to trek with the extras from Sons of Anarchy. He soon learns they do have a rule of claiming what is theirs by simply stating “claimed.” It starts when the archer guy claims the same rabbit that Daryl hunts down. The guy almost gets a knife to the face, but good ol’ Joe steps in and splits the rabbit in half. The archer guy, whose name is Len, is not too pleased with the newcomer. Don’t bother learning his name, Len’s not going to be around too long.
We finally see Rick’s team again. The former sheriff seems very content to see Carl bonding with Michonne as they both play tightrope on the tracks. Carl wins the last Big Cat candy and splits it with Michonne. It’s a very mellow group right now. Remember the Big Cat wrapper. You’ll see it again.
After a close encounter with a falling zombie that makes Tara hurt her ankle (story device warning), Glenn trades his riot gear to Abraham so that he can protect Eugene in exchange for not stopping until sundown. With the rest of the team trailing behind, he follows the tracks to a tunnel. Right beside it, is another message from Maggie, written not too long ago. Not wanting to risk Eugene, Abraham and company part ways with Glenn and Tara. They can already hear walkers inside, but they’re determined to go. Rosita, who called Glenn an asshole when he didn’t want to stop after Tara injured her ankle, hugs them both and tells Glenn not to be one. Eugene on the other hand, is an asshole and tells Tara she’s hot. The dude is seriously creepy, but the fact that he’s up to something is kind of amusing.
Joe and biker-less gang find a garage with cars to spend the night. Daryl learns the meaning of “claimed” as he loses the chance to sleep inside one of the cars. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t escape Daryl’s eye that perhaps the car that took Beth came from this garage, but since no remarks are made about it, it doesn’t seem like that particular car is here. Daryl ends up sleeping on the ground. When we come back to them, Daryl’s getting accused of stealing Len’s half of the rabbit. It ends up being in Daryl’s bag. Unfortunately for Len, Joe actually has seen him put it in there and apparently Joe hates lying. Goodbye, Len. Not nice knowing you.
Abraham manages to find a van while Eugene and Rosita debate on who gets to navigate. Eugene actually says please by which we already know he’s planning something. While Abraham sleeps, Rosita gets duped into stopping just around the other side of the tracks. Abraham wakes up and yells at them until Eugene calls their attention to something he sees on the tunnel exit. The whole team looks stunned.
Glenn and Tara run into a fall-in in the tunnel that has produced walkers trapped in the rubble. In other words, a wall of zombies (walker moment of the week). Ok, more like a mound. Anyhow, as they manage to climb it they see a crowd of walkers awaiting on the other side. Tara urges him not to point the flashlight at them, but Glenn doesn’t care – he’s making sure Maggie is not one of them. Knowing they don’t have enough ammo, Glenn sets up their only flashlight on one side of the mound to distract the walkers while they climb down on the other side. Tara’s foot gets stuck coming down. As Glenn tries to free her and the noise starts attracting the undead, Tara begs him to go. He doesn’t.
As Glenn fires his last shots, the lights of a car illuminate the tunnel. The cavalry has arrived in the shape of Maggie, Bob, Sasha, Abraham, Rosita and Eugene. Glenn is finally reunited with Maggie. It’s a happy moment, and Tara is introduced to Maggie by Glenn who chooses not to say nothing about her previous allegiance to the Gov. It’s really unnecessary and I hope it stays that way, enough drama has passed. Abraham once again talks about the mission. Eugene and Rosita convince him to go to Terminus first. Only Sasha is vaguely impressed by Eugene being the key to the zombie apocalypse. Everyone else just wants to find a safe place to rest.
Joe’s gang leaves the garage. Daryl has a moment in which he sees Len’s corpse and almost covers it with a blanket, then ditches the idea. They reach the tracks and see the Terminus sign. Joe lets him know that they’re tracking a guy that killed one of their own in a house… They’re tracking Rick. We then find out how the scene back in Episode 11: Claimed. Tony was the guy which first claimed the bed, only to be dragged out by Len. Tony was the guy who saw Rick under the bed before passing out. Apparently the guy who Rick had to strangle turned into a walker. Fun. Don’t miss the camera panning down to the tracks where we see the Big Cat wrapper. They’re not far behind their prey.
The big team of Glenn, Maggie, Bob, Sasha, Tara, Abraham, Rosita and Eugene reach Terminus. The way they are greeted is carefully phrased: “Let’s get you settled and we’ll make you a plate.” Comic book readers will know that might be a reference to a certain event in the comics, but that’s as far as I’m going to go there.
Highs: Glenn and Maggie get together! No little girls are harmed in this episode! Rosita has lines! Joe and the gang may be mean but their rules make sense in this world. Eugene and Rosita are becoming amusing. We arrive at Terminus.
Lows: Can we not have Tara hurt her ankle? It’s a bit of a cheap plot device already. Remember last season while we were following the Governor? Yes, it was also Tara who hurt her ankle back then. Let’s do away with the whole ankle thing altogether. That’s about the only bad thing this week.
Finale is next week. No way we’re getting the reveal of what’s behind Terminus so soon. There’s a good chance that Joe’s gang will catch up with Rick. Will we see Carol and Tyreese? How about Beth?
That will do for now.