“People Like Us”
A powerful storm tears through the woods, blowing away walkers while a Al’s SWAT truck sits unmoved. Minor flashback (we swear this will be the only one) Morgan kills walkers and radios Althea to inform her he’s headed back to Virginia and wants her to drive him. Later, he tells John and June his plans and suggests they all join him, but John claims he wants to take everyone to his cabin when he’s feeling better. Morgan says he’s already made up his mind and he’s leaving tomorrow.
Morgan visits a drunk Strand at a mansion and invites him and Luciana to accompany him back to Virginia. They scoff and say their apocalypse road trip days are over. Morgan asks about Alicia and they reveal she’s been living outside of the house in the garden. Morgan investigates and finds ominous notes that read “Help.” He finally locates her by a gate killing walkers and he asks about the notes. She says she didn’t write them but someone has been planting them on the walkers. Morgan asks her join him on his trip but Alicia says she wants to stay to help whoever’s writing those notes.
Back at the bus June asks John about returning to his cabin while outside Althea saves Charlie from a river walker. In the same spirit, Strand saves Luciana from a walker that wanders into the mansion living room. Back to the bridge, June advises Charlie to think about what happened with the walker and then leaves with Al to figure out why walkers are washing up. Alicia tells Morgan she has a lead on where the note-writer could be staying in.
June and Al discover a box left on the road that reads, “Take what you need. Leave what you don’t. See you further up on the road.” They find MRE’s and supplies and Al decides to stay on brand and record it. June asks her about John’s interviews and Al says she only knows about her Laura and Naomi aliases. Meanwhile, Morgan tells Alicia how Rick was right about him needing people. Suddenly, a walker appears with a “help” note nailed to its face and Alicia kills it, urging Morgan they need to hurry.
John hand-makes a game a of Scrabble for Charlie to get her out of her shell. He recalls how he didn’t used to talk either due to of a bad thing he did, but it all changed when he found someone to talk to. He briefly leaves to kill a walker outside and Charlie uses the opportunity to escape. Later, John visits Strand at the mansion to ask for help in finding Charlie.
Morgan and Alicia arrive the construction site and find another note. They cautiously investigate inside one of the farms, where they find a dozen or so walkers outside of a room. Morgan leads them outside so Alicia can dump logs from a crane on them. She rushes inside to help the person in need, but they’ve turned. She lunges at the walker in disbelief and Morgan kills it. He tells her he’s been like that for days and there’s nothing she could have done. Devastated, Alicia says her mom would have saved him but Morgan tells her that Strand and Luciana need her. She claps back that Morgan could be there for them, too.
Elsewhere, June laments to Althea that she’s not the Laura John fell in love with. She explains that was a scared version of her, and she’s afraid if she returns to the cabin with him he’ll realize she’s not who he thinks. Al doesn’t buy it and reminds her she’s not as different as she thinks. They decide to head back to the truck.
The hurricane we saw in the beginning hits and John and Strand drive around looking for Charlie. Strand chugs a bottle of wine while John lays out his plan to bring everyone to his cabin. Alicia heads off on her own while Luciana finds Charlie sneaking around downstairs of the mansion. Scared, she sprints into the storm and Luciana runs after her. Elsewhere, Al and June get stuck in the truck by the storm, which gets pelted with walkers from the wind.
What did you think of the Mid-Season Premiere? How do you think the storm will affect and/or displace our characters? Who’s behind all of these boxes and strange notes? Let us know in the comments!