Episode 312: “Clear” Recap

After the huge episode “Home,” last week’s “I Ain’t a Judas” was a bit quieter, as we finally saw what happened when Andrea met up with her old friends at the prison. If anything, we got a much better feel over the last two episodes for how out-gunned Rick and company are. This sets up tonight’s episode, “Clear,” which finds Rick, Michonne, and Carl on the road in search of supplies.

 

The episode opens with our three-man team driving down an abandoned highway. They pass a hitchhiker with an orange camping pack who yells at them to help him. They just drive by with no discussion at all of stopping. This is the new reality.
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A bit farther down the road they have to drive by a car accident. We see a walker pinned underneath an overturned car. As they slow down to get around the wreck, the car gets stuck in the mud. While Carl and Rick build a pack to shove under the wheel for traction, Carl wonders why they even need Michonne. Rick says they have the same problem and they can work together. Carl asks, “Just for right now?” “Just for right now” says Rick. Michonne hears them from the drivers’ seat. I don’t think it’s a secret to her that she’s a bit mistrusted and on the outs. The question is if she cares.

As they get the car unstuck the hitcher comes running down the road, again pleading for them to help him. They move out before he catches up.

The three of them arrive at their destination, a town with some strange markings on the buildings: arrows and writing. They go into a police station and the weapons locker has been emptied out. Rick kicks the wall. It’s his old station.

The three of them head into town to check some for weapons, passing more writing and a pile of burnt walkers.
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As they near the center of town they come to a series of pikes, fences, cars, and barb wire. It’s a walker trap.
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As they make their way through, a masked man shoots a walker that was approaching behind them. He orders them to leave their weapons and leave. Michonne says they need his gun and she thinks she can get it, so Rick fires on him. They split up to take him down, and when he comes down to street level, Carl shoots him in the stomach.

Now unconscious, Rick examines him. He was wearing body armor, so Carl’s shot didn’t actually penetrate flesh, just gave him a nasty bruise. Rick removes his mask and it’s Morgan (who you’ll hopefully remember from the first episode). FINALLY!
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Rick and Michonne go into Morgan’s hideout, narrowly avoiding multiple booby traps. They carry Morgan upstairs and find not just the guns from the station, but guns and weapons from all over. Also in abundance: crazy writing on the walls.
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While packing up supplies, Rick finds Morgan’s walkie talkie and then sees a note on the wall reading “DUANE TURNED.” It affects him. He tells Michonne and Carl that they’re going to wait for Morgan to wake up. Michonne argues but Rick insists. He zip ties Morgan’s hands.
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Carl sees a map on the wall of the town, which includes his house. It’s labeled “Rick’s House Taken BURNT OUT.” Carl says he wants to go get a crib. Michonne volunteers to go with him to help him carry the crib.

After Michonne and Carl leave, Morgan wakes up, slips his bonds, and attacks Rick. Morgan accuses Rick of wearing a dead person’s face as they fight. He stabs Rick in the shoulder but Rick is still able to draw his gun on him. Morgan begs to be killed.
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Rick manages to tie him up again and bandages his wounds. He continues to try and convince Morgan that he’s who he says he is. When Rick brings up the radios it gets through to Morgan. Morgan says it took him a while to use it but when he did it was no good. “You said that you would turn on your radio every day at dawn AND YOU WERE NOT THERE.”

Rick explains what happened and how he had to leave the area. He tells Morgan how Lori died and Morgan tells him what happened to Duane. They were checking a house when Duane was attacked by Morgan’s wife. Finally he had to kill his wife. Too late for Duane though.

While this is all going down, Michonne and Carl are on their way to the baby store. Carl is trying to convince Michonne that she doesn’t need to come. He gets her to take care of a couple walkers and then tries to give her the slip. She catches up and he tells her that she’s only with them while they’re interests align. He says Michonne can’t stop him from going on his run, she says he can’t stop her from helping him.
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Michonne helps Carl rig some baited traps to keep the walkers busy while Carl goings into a bar to get a picture of his family. Just as Carl grabs the picture, they get swarmed. Carl drops the picture. Michonne won’t let Carl go back in. She goes back for him while he stands out front distracting the walkers. She comes back with both the picture and the ugliest cat statue I’ve ever seen. “I just couldn’t leave this behind, it’s just too damn gorgeous.”

As they walk back, Rick is trying to convince Morgan to come back with them. Morgan points out that they’re taking a lot of guns for a reason. He won’t go back with them just to watch them die.

Morgan goes back outside to take care of the walkers that have been caught in his snares while Rick loads up the guns and ammo. Carl and Michonne return. Carl apologizes to Morgan for shooting him. Morgan tells him “don’t ever be sorry.”

They load up the car and while Michonne steps away Rick asks Carl how it went. He says that Michonne “might be one of us.” Rick smiles for maybe the first time on the show.

Carl gets in the car while Rick finishes packing. Michonne comes back and tells Rick that she knows he sees things. She confides in him that she used to talk to her dead boyfriend. Rick asks if she wants to drive. She says yeah. Rick: “good, cuz I see things.”

They drive back past the crazy writing and burnt bodies. On the highway outside of town they see a blood slick where a body has been recently ripped apart and just past it the hitchhiker’s orange backpack. After initially driving past, they stop, reverse, take the backpack, and move on.
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So what did you think?! It was a different kind of episode than we’re used to. No prison. No Woodbury. And we saw Morgan again! You knew it had to happen at some point. Lennie James, who plays Morgan, was awesome.

Michonne, are we feeling her more now? Is she part of the group?

Will we see Morgan again?

Is Carl more of a badass than before?

How changed is Rick that a man who used to try and help everyone now won’t even look twice at a person screaming for help?

If you’re in Morgan’s Gun Emporium during the zombie apocalypse, and you get one weapon, what are you taking?

 
Note: I had to delete some comments below that were super-confusing and not advancing or contributing to the conversation. Try to stay at least somewhat on-point and remember that comments have a “reply” button!

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Comments 104

  1. Chris Bigger says:

    This episode had me so tore up I wanted them to pick up the guy walking but I understand why they didn’t . I wanted Morgan to go back to the prison man this was such a good episode

  2. Chris Bigger says:

    Morgan has got to end up in the prison

  3. Amber Turner says:

    what was up with michonne and the rainbow cat..

    • Nick Kaiser says:

      that was a pretty awesome cat.

    • It’s a comment to the fact that there still is beauty in this awful world that they are living in.They don’t often have time to think about simple things like that, but the softer side of her did – and also, she didn’t want Carl to think she was “too nice” by doing a kind thing, just for him.

  4. Dori4n says:

    Amazing!

  5. Chris Bigger says:

    It’s funny to me back in the first season glen and everyone called the walkers geeks

  6. fan of carl says:

    duane’s mom says i brought you into this world i can take you out damn it. walking dead rocks it’s about time that michonne is looking like she will be accepted into the group and that she seems to want to be accepted. also glad to see merle with the group he brings alot to the table.

  7. SofiaR says:

    Super Skinny Zombie ♥

  8. Nick Kaiser says:

    I felt so bad for the Orange Backpack Guy, I mean, I imagine myself hitch hiking like that in the Zombie Apocalypse, then get killed, and then people steal my stuff. Thank alot, other surviors!

    • Guest says:

      So did I but you see what can happen when you trust the wrong people and right now Rick doesn’t even trust himself. What’s left of his sanity is devoted to keeping the group together & safe. That’s his first priority.

  9. Chris Bigger says:

    Poor hitchhiker guy

  10. Nadim says:

    whats with Michonne after she ate Morgans food she became happy ? Morgan must have put rainbows in the food.

  11. Chris Bigger says:

    It was real funny that they got his backpack lol

  12. Mary Valerie Trinidad says:

    I was devastated when Morgan told the story of how his son died. Such a good episode, though. I feel that Rick and Morgan are both on the brink of insanity… maybe they can help each other escape this state of mind?

  13. Nick Kaiser says:

    I was like when they got his backpack “what! No! You just…. Dont do that…

  14. Jess Haar says:

    I love that we finally got to see some of Michonne’s sense of humor.

  15. Nadim says:

    They should have Michoone say anit nobody got time for that.

  16. Chris Bigger says:

    It was funny it looked like Carl was pouting standing in front of the door

  17. Nick Kaiser says:

    I like the rat-attractor cages, they were pretty awesome

  18. Nadim says:

    or she should go kill a walker and say how u doing honeybooboochild!

  19. I think it is important that people not get left behind easily. It makes Rick seem cold and cruel. We have to keep cheering for him, and when Rick casually left the backpacker behind, it made me like him a little less. If he can’t help others, why should he think that others will help Carl or Julia? I know could have been a threat, still, it was hard to hear the begging and see no response to it at all. And – they need people.

    • I totally agree! How can they ever hope to rebuild civilization? And, if they don’t, then why are they fighting at all? Why not just kill each other and be done with it?! The only thing the ‘new world’ will teach is that you can only care about yourself, and in which case, no one would ever need to lift a finger for someone else – which will lead to everyone perishing. You need to rely more on others than ever before in your lifetime.

  20. Nadim says:

    any honeybooboochilds agree

  21. Nick Kaiser says:

    But Josie, the guy couldve been bit, dangerous, crazy, etc.

  22. Nick Kaiser says:

    Besides, he was alone, he could have been like Morgan

  23. Chris Bigger says:

    Michonne had zombie kill of the week this week

  24. Nick Kaiser says:

    Agreed Chris

  25. Nadim says:

    i speak honeybooboochild.And hello to all u honeybooboos,and honeybooboochilds.

  26. Nick Kaiser says:

    Did you guys think that this is one of the best episodes?
    Just wondering

  27. Nadim says:

    im ailna im six years old an ima… buttie…queen.

  28. Nadim says:

    no answers

  29. Nadim says:

    no reply.

  30. Nick Kaiser says:

    No because this is The Walking Dead

  31. Nadim says:

    honeybooboochild sad.

  32. Tirza Doyle says:

    I wish that Morgan would have went with Rick! I feel so bad for him.

  33. Chris Bigger says:

    It’s amazing that some of the people on the show have are English Rick,Morgan the governor.

  34. Fan of Walkers says:

    The episode was good but sad to see Morgan”s mental decline. He would have been a great asset if he would have joined Rick’s team

  35. Nick Kaiser says:

    Morgan had quite a collection of weapons.

  36. Nadim says:

    you right honeybooboocjild

  37. Nadim says:

    or fan of the walking dead

  38. Nadim says:

    or walkers

  39. Nadim says:

    excuse me all of you if got something to say

  40. Nick Kaiser says:

    Nadim what do you want us to say?

  41. Nadim says:

    YOLO! duces homeslices

  42. Nadim says:

    honeybooboochild

  43. Nadim says:

    u gotta chill

  44. Nadim says:

    nick

  45. Nadim says:

    im playing with u

  46. Nick Kaiser says:

    Remember in Season 1 when Morgan was shooting all those Walkers with his Sniper, and there were ALOT of them? I wonder how he survived the attack…

  47. Nadim says:

    ya honeybooboochild

  48. Nadim says:

    hello any one home u guys r as slow as walkers

  49. disqus_DcapcQenjg says:

    time to find a new show to watch

  50. Nadim says:

    well sometimes walkers r fast

  51. Nadim says:

    yes

  52. Nick Kaiser says:

    Why do you say that Disqus?

  53. Nadim says:

    im doing this to ….

  54. Nadim says:

    because of me

  55. Nadim says:

    thats my job Disqus

  56. Nadim says:

    ha they left

  57. Nick Kaiser says:

    What was your favorite part of the episode Nadim?

  58. Nadim says:

    when they found morgan

  59. Nadim says:

    i was so happy they found him

  60. Dylan Starnes says:

    Do you think that Morgan will show up again?

  61. Nick Kaiser says:

    Like when they revealed it was Morgan?

  62. Nadim says:

    hell ya

  63. Nadim says:

    and stronger than ener

  64. Nadim says:

    yes nick

  65. Nick Kaiser says:

    I think Morgan will live the rest of the apocalypse by himself

  66. Nadim says:

    he has so many guns hes the king of guns

  67. april teal says:

    I think we will see morgan again. I think carl is growing up to fast.

  68. Nadim says:

    nuuu

  69. Nadim says:

    ya in the last he looked so small

  70. Nick Kaiser says:

    Maybe if the group loses the Prison, then they will crawl back to Morgan.

  71. Chris Bigger says:

    Kinda missed Daryl and Merle this episode

  72. Nadim says:

    episode

  73. Larry W says:

    What if gun control had been enforced prior to the outbreak? How much more difficult would it be to handle the zombies?

  74. Nick Kaiser says:

    Oh god Larry

  75. Nadim says:

    hey hey chris

  76. Nick Kaiser says:

    Well, how strong? Like no guns? Or hunting guns are allowed?

  77. Nadim says:

    guess what chris

  78. Nadim says:

    aint nobody got time for that

  79. Nadim says:

    bed intruder

  80. Nadim says:

    hes climbing ur windows snachting ur people up

  81. Nick Kaiser says:

    What if a Nuclear Reactor breaks and Zombies get mutated by the radiation?

  82. Chris Bigger says:

    Rick needs Sam and Dean Winchester

  83. Chris Bigger says:

    Holy crap next week is going to be good

  84. Nick Kaiser says:

    Yes it will.

  85. Chris Bigger says:

    The governors eye patch looks like a baseball cover cut in half and painted black

  86. Nick Kaiser says:

    I wanna see the battle between the Prison and the army of Old Arthritis people and Puberty infested asthma kids.

  87. Chris Bigger says:

    It would have been really funny when the picked up the backpack the guy would have come running out of the woods yelling

  88. disqus_jgkwf1L025 says:

    Morgan will show up at the prison when the final battle starts between Rick and the Governors army.

  89. Didn’t one of the zombies look an awful lot like Morgan’s wife? One that Michonne and Carl killed in the cafe? I sure thought so, but nobody seemed to mention it on The Talking Dead that I noticed.

  90. TiredGuy_86 says:

    Gosh this was a really good episode I have to say it just tired up the lose end of what happened to Morgan. IDK I really wished that he would have joined the group for at least one more episode then died in an attempt to Kill the Governor lol. set with at rest

  91. Jackson hein says:

    What’s the song at the end of the episode?

  92. Why are they still so casual around zombies? Just havin a conversation..doo doo doo…
    When walkers are up against the fence there is 0 danger! Just poke them through the fence!If they ever do get through, there will be many less that enter the prison. I hope the producers see this and change accordingly. I don’t think I’m the only one that feels this way.
    Other than that this show is sweet….

  93. Answer me this, if the hitchhiker was a woman would they have picked her up?

  94. i wonder if Morgan will end up changing his mind and come looking for the prison because he doesn’t want to be alone anymore.

  95. SN1604 says:

    It was great to see Morgan, and growth in Michonne’s relationship with
    Carl and Rick. Our group enjoys the episodes when Rick’s group is prominent
    in the storyline rather the “Governor” and company. Since the “Governor” is continuing for now, Rick’s group need
    more people for defense.The
    hitchhiker should have been picked up.

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