Do not adjust your televisions; this episode is broken up into a black and white past and a vibrant colored present. To simplify the story, we’ve broken this recap into the two time periods. Enjoy.
Deanna tells Father Gabriel he was wrong as a drunken Abraham takes Pete in a body bag out back. Glenn, Maggie, and Eugene make it back to the infirmary to check on Tara, who’s fine. Morgan tells Rick, “You were right. It wasn’t over.” Rick tells him he doesn’t take chances anymore. Rick stresses to Daryl they need more watch points and need to stop recruiting people.
Rick walks in on Morgan practicing his stick-fighting skills, which he explains he learned from a friend after the apocalypse. Eugene meets Dr. Dre-ahem Heath, a runner from Alexandria, along with Scott, and Annie at the gate. After Heath threatens to beat him for not letting him in, Eugene lets him in! (Eugene is terrible at being a watchman, even as a sub). Also, Eugene hilariously respects Heath’s “hair game.” Rick confronts Father Gabriel about burying Pete. “We’re not going to bury killers inside these walls,” he affirms. Deanna takes Rick’s side and instructs them to go west to bury him. Morgan reminds Rick they’re both killers, but Rick ignores the irony.
Jessie’s older son Ron follows Rick and Morgan to the burial site. When Rick proposes they just leave the body in the woods, Morgan says “that’s not who you are.” Rick protests Morgan doesn’t know him anymore. Suddenly, they discover a hoard of zombies stuck in a canyon. Being chased by walkers, Ron runs right towards them just in time for Rick and Morgan to save him. Ron claims he followed to find out where his dad was buried. “This is how the community’s still here,’ Rick says. These walkers have been stuck in the canyon for a while and it’s the reason Alexandria hasn’t yet been overrun.
The Alexandria residents gather in a living room to discuss the canyon of walkers and the inevitability of them breaking through the semi-truck’s and making their way to Alexandria. Rick proposes they create a distraction to lead away the walkers from Alexandria. Carter proposes they build up the exits but for the second time this episode Deanna defends Rick’s decision. Father Gabriel offers to help with the plan but Rick shuts.him.DOWN in a stand up and applaud moment. Carter voices his skepticism towards the plan AND Rick by mentioning the Pete drama, but the community rallies around Rick (including Nicholas, to Glenn’s dismay). Carter reluctantly gets on board.
Maggie catches Tara up on Nicholas getting Noah killed and trying to kill Glenn. Morgan meets Carol for the first time and can tell she’s more of an authority figure than a mom with cookies. Rick emphasizes the importance of the Alexandrians being able to defend themselves to Deanna. Almost on cue, walkers appear out of nowhere and Rick uses it as a test. The test fails, Carter yells for help, and Michonne, Daryl, and eventually Rick come to the rescue.
Later, while gathering supplies, Eugene accidentally overhears Carter other Alexandrians his plan to kill Rick before he takes over the town. Also accidentally, Eugene drops a jar and reveals his position. Carter walks over and points a gun at a fetal-positioned Eugene, and nearly pulls the trigger when Rick, Morgan, and Daryl walk in. “What the hell’s going on?” Rick asks (oh Jesus). Rick jokes they should have set up lookouts and then takes Carter’s gun and points it at him. “Do you have ANY idea who you’re talking to?” Rick demands. Although the audience at this point is begging Rick to pull the trigger, he declines and lets him live so long as he plays nice.
Morgan meets Judith for the first time as Rick laments to him that the Alexandrians might be a lost cause. He also explains not killing Carter because he didn’t have to but “he’s going to die no matter what.” Later, Jessie reveals she knows what happened with Ron in the forest and (considering Rick killed his father) demands Rick not to dictate what Ron does or doesn’t do.
Rick and the gang are in the canyon for the beginning of the plan. The semi truck in the distance prematurely falls, allowing the walkers to make their way towards Alexandria. Thankfully, Rick anticipated this and their plan will have to start early. “We’re doing this NOW,” Rick yells.
Daryl slowly leads a hoard of zombies down the road on his motorcycle. Glenn, Heath, and Nicholas reach a convenient store full of walkers. Glenn proposes they take them on head on so the hoard on the street doesn’t get distracted by the noise of the store walkers. Anti-climactically, the door they want to use is closed. Glenn decides to do this the hard (and only) way: shoot through. He shoots the window and he, Nicholas, and Heath one-by-one take out the walkers as they come through. Nicholas kills the last one after saving Glenn, and it appears tensions between the two have tempered.
Rick shoots flares to distract the walkers. They let the walkers out of the store and take most of them out pretty quickly. Despite their recent history, Nicholas and Glenn work together to take out the walkers. Back on the road, Abraham quickly jumps out of the car to kill some walkers. Sasha questions his motives to “grab the bull by the nutsack.” Some of the walkers hit their heads and kill themselves on the wall the Alexandrians built as they walk by.
Rick, Carter, and some Alexandrians hide in the woods as the walkers pass by on the road. “It’s working, you were right,” Carter admits to Rick. They split up and suddenly Carter gets attacked and bitten by a walker attached to a tree. Carter’s screams naturally divert the walkers from the road. Rick runs over and (not wanting to divert more walkers) stabs Carter in the head to shut him up. The walkers get back on track. Suddenly, a loud horn sounds from the distance. The gang can’t make heads or tails of the source, but it’s diverting walkers into the woods and away from the road. The episode closes as thousands of walkers head to Alexandria.
What the hell was that horn?
Is there EVER one more peanut butter bar?
Should Rick have killed Carter earlier when he had the chance?
Who’s hair game is better: Eugene or Heath?
I think the horn is a walker.
The horn HAS to be the fuckin’ wolves.
I think it’s the wolves too.
Don’t like ‘hard all the time’ Rick. I like the Rick who was reasonable but could be hard when necessary. So happy Morgan is back. Love his character. Hope he’s the voice of reason for Rick. Hope there’s some human interest stories this season. Too many zombies all the time gets boring. Heath is a handsome guy but the wig he wears makes him look like a younger version of Tyler Perry’s Madea. Hope the main hero actors don’t die this season. Good people making it thru apocalypse gives hope. Enough real life tragedies happen without our fantasy heroes falling by the wayside.
Hey guys! Quick theory for next episode:
I think “JSS” stands for “Just Stand Still.” If you remember, the leader of the Wolves said it a few times in last season’s finale, and it has been speculated that Enid is affiliated with the Wolves. I think the scene in the sneak peek is a flashback scene, with Enid writing the message to let the Wolves know that they should wait and hold before attacking Alexandria. The reason being that she knows there will be an opening when the community is out carrying Rick’s plan. This would explain how they knew the community was vulnerable and why they waited till then to honk the horn.
Let me know what you think. 🙂
“Stay” not “Stand”
Wow, I missed it. Great analogy. I was thinking it was the son of the doctor who Rick shot.
I thought the “No Way Out” drop was awesome. The Herd is coming for Alexandria!!! Just like that and we’re back. I think it’s going to be a great season.
So many great things about the episode… but what I loved most were the flashbacks in black and white, got this comic guy right in the feels with that one.
I was not impressed with the episode. The B&W flashback was more annoying then anything. At first I thought my TV station had glitched out and was checking the other channel to see if it was in fact so.
Only part I liked were the Eugene moments where he commented on Heath’s hair and when he himself was given credit for his mullet still being in place.
I thought at the end that someone said the sound seemed that it was coming from Alexandria? I will watch it again tonight and see what was actually said.
Glad Rusty Griswold got his early, don’t think I could have put up with him for another episode.
Heath threatening Eugene put him on my ‘hope he gets eaten soon’ list. (Alexandria isn’t big enough for 2 mullets.) Though he likely will be around longer then I wish.
I identified 2 other non-main character deaths in the preview but don’t know their names so know big issue I guess?
Hey there, BillyHo!
I’m torn between the Wolves & Ron as to who would set off the horn. There has to be something about Ron, since we saw him playing witness to more than one circumstance that would cause trouble. Yet, the Wolves are not to be forgotten.
I think Heath is cool… but if I had to choose who would stay between him & Eugene, I’d have to go with Euge.
Agree with you about the B&W… good but too much.
I watched again and Rick definitely says “HOME” when Michonne says “It sounds like it is coming from…” in response to hearing the horn.
I am guessing that the horn is sounded by possibly the residents in response to an attack by the wolves maybe? Possibly they attacked while Rick and the others are away practicing? Not sure as it could be many different things. But thinking the episode 2 might be the perspective of what happened at Alexandria while others are gone? Wolves taking the opportunity to sneak in?
Thinking next weeks episode is going to be better then this week? (hope)
Man, if they have to contend with BOTH threats at the same time… that would just be a big ol’ MESS!
Looking at the JSS sneak peek for next week it doesn’t show anyone from Ricks group. So that is my initial thought that this is occurring while they are away.
And of course if the wolves are staking out Alexandria then they would realize that this is the perfect time to do their thing. While the cats away the wolves will play?? ha
I expect they will go back to the method of alternating plot narratives from episode to episode. My guess this time from Alexandria on one episode to Daryl and his narrative away from Alexandria (along with possibly other wandering stragglers from Rick’s heard group?) on alternate episodes… until the plot narratives meet up again.
Guessing near the end of next weeks episode you will possibly hear the horn? And some of the wolves getting away while the main attack was somewhat thwarted?
Following week will likely be Daryl narrative and then after that Rick’s team back in Alexandria and a build up of defenses against herd while trying to figure out the wolves issue too?
All speculation of course but that is the fun of the sneak peeks and all… trying to figure out what might happen next.
I really do see us getting more focus on the young girl and how she is possibly involved in the wolves thing? Possibly she has seen a similar attack in the past that she has tried to block from her memory? Or possibly she is in league (though doubting this one, as I expect her to be a part of the group for a long while giving Carl something to live for)?
Anticipating the plot twists… but most interested in Daryl and the 2 new hot girls he appears to run into. XD
BillyHo, did you watch Fear?
Not available in my current location. I found an online site that has it so will likely sit down this weekend and check it out.
TWD is huge here but Fear has yet to hit any stations. 🙁
And we’re off 🙂
“The most intense premiere yet”… na, that still goes to Season 5. But this premiere was awesome! The herd was fantastic & so was the idea that it being trapped in the quarry has been what basically kept ASZ unscathed. I’m glad that this ep spread the story over everyone instead of concentrating just on 2 – 3 characters. My only gripe is that the flashbacks were too long to show in B&W. I would’ve preferred those flashbacks bordered with a little dreamy haze. Other than that… AWESOME!
Dope episode, i agree with everyone else though; not the most intense. season 5 definitely topped this opener. It just felt like they were trying to hard to top themselves. If you have been with twd from the start you prob appreciate character depth over gun play, and this opener felt like they were trying to appeal to those who prefer the latter (aka the ppl that complain that there is too much talkie and not enough zombie). that being said, it was a good episode and clearly a set up episode. got a little morgan depth which i am looking forward to more of, and some rick/morgan conflict. really liked the “I’m/you’re a killer” line. I did have a couple qualms, however. I have been a fan of the remixes done with the show vs. comic so far, but i was disappointed to see carter steal nick’s thunder. Rick was supposed to put Nicholas in check when he planned the takeover (not carter), which would make way for him to redeem himself via self-sacrifice during all out war. His story ended up making him go from one of the most hated characters to one of my favorites. like who tf is carter? they set up nick for that story line and then replaced him. It also bothered me a little that we jumped right into the herd. the group didn’t start navigating herds until the time jump and i felt that this move was a little ambitious to be the FIRST giant herd experience.. No way out started as a chain effect from chopping down the scavengers at the gate, and the herd took the community by surprise; therefore this is actually a pretty big deviation. it doesn’t completely ruin it for me, or make this a bad episode at all, but it did make me feel a little iffy seeing as this is my favorite era in the comics (compendium 2), and they did the first half of it so well. anyone on the same boat?
Well the herd is going to take those in Alexandria now by surprise. ha
I don’t read the comics so am not going to try and read into your issues with Carter and such. But just saying I was glad he GOT DEAD. 😉
“The most intense premiere YET.” seriously?
it was one of the worst episodes overall. plain boring.
BEST: Daryl Dixon as the Grand Marshall of the Walker Day Parade.
WORST: Ethan Embry, gone too soon!
I agree that this wasn’t the most intense premiere, but that’s just because I never felt one of our survivors was really in mortal peril. Last season I was expecting them to off a favorite at any moment pretty much through the whole episode. This was still a fantastic and intense episode though. Very impressed with what Nicotero’s team and the special effects team were able to achieve with the scale of that herd!
I agree with Bsur. Didn’t care for this episode either. Didn’t like B&W at all. Director is losing his edge. He doesn’t have to try so hard. The actors are superb and carry a great storyline. That zombie parade was silly and boring. For the first time since start of TWD, I turned to see what else was on.
i think tat the horn was either the wolves or the son of the man Rick shot
Health hair is the hot topic right now! Eugene should be mad
and they should deff watch out for nick he not out the woods yet
Every time they showed happy go lucky Abraham I cringed a little. It seems like when someone is really up and acting out of character then it’s curtains for them. Of course I am heavily influenced here by the comics…. So I a, really hoping I’m wrong.
I did think it was hilarious that they announced Carter as a new character to be added to the cast, and even went on with the fashion designer about what he will be wearing ya da ya da… Then boom, he’s gone in the first episode.
I love you guys!
is there a mcfarlane Easter egg on one of the last z wave ?
i think i see his face ^^
I thought the premier was perfectly fine. Definitely one of the top three behind last season, and of course the Pilot which will always have a special place in everyone’s heart.
I like this version of Rick, the Ricktator. I’ve noticed some don’t, but while watching the reruns in the lead up to this season, one of the episodes I caught was when Rick killed Shane. I had remarked to my wife, oh, hey, I forgot about Shane. My wife replied by saying Rick had become Shane. In many ways he has.
I just fuggib knew it was going to sweet. That was the coldest rawest flip they could’ve did on the Alexandria heard. Sometimes no way out is the best protection. Said by the new Morgan
I just fuggib knew it was going to sweet. That was the coldest rawest flip they could’ve did on the Alexandria heard. Sometimes no way out is the best protection. Said by the new Morgan. I give a gracious humble beloved welcome to season 6