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Season 5 Episode 10: Them – Recap and Discussion

If you’ve dried your eyes and shored up your emotional resolve after last week’s heart-wrenching episode then it is time for ANOTHER heart-wrenching episode! Just kidding. No heart-wrenching this week, but it is a fairly somber affair. Let’s get right to it!

We open with Maggie, sitting against a tree, looking pretty lost and haggard. Crying. A zombie approaches, she takes care of it, and sits back down, resuming her crying. Then Daryl eats an earth worm and I’m 90% sure it’s real. I feel like Reedus would be down for that (although the camera does pan away for a second). Sasha stalks a muddy stream littered with dead frogs looking for water. The three of them meet up and head back to the road. In short: things are BLEAK.

The group is 60 miles from DC and they are out of water and food. Tough times ahead.

Intro credits.

Back from the credits and the group runs out of gas. Man these guys have no luck. A herd follows them but Rick says they’ll wait until they have a better position. He’s not worried about it; they’re clearly acclimating to walkers. Rick tries to talk to Daryl about the Grady incident but Daryl changes the subject and then goes scouting with Carol (who invites herself).

Carl gives Maggie a music box. Slow down, Carl! Glenn’s not walking that far away! Gabriel is the next one to try to comfort Maggie. She flips it on him and chastises him for hiding from his flock. Harsh.

The sun beats down on our group, shambling not far ahead of the walkers. They’re not doing well.

Sasha wants to take out the walkers. Michonne cautions her against anger, and compares her situation to Tyreese’s. “We are NOT the same,” Sasha says.

Carol and Daryl are finding nothing. Carol says that Beth saved her life, and that she saved Daryl’s too. She gives him Beth’s knife and tells him to let himself feel it. Then she kisses him on the forehead and leaves. It’s like group therapy in this episode.

The group decides to make their stand near a bridge, where they can draw them in and then shove them off the side with minimal work. It’s going well until Sasha breaks ranks to kill one up close. “Plan just got dicked,” says Abraham. Classic Abe.

Sasha cuts Abraham’s arm in a frenzy. Michonne finally shoves her to the ground and kills the last one. “I TOLD YOU TO STOP.” Sasha just gives the biggest stink eye and walks off.

Shambling down the road the group finds a cluster of cars. Daryl circles around the pile up through the woods in case of trouble while the group investigates. Maggie pops the trunk on one and finds a walker that had died bound and gagged. It’s the saddest looking walker since Bicycle Girl.

She closes the trunk and looks like she’s gonna cry-hurl as it bangs around. She goes back to take care of it but the key’s stuck so she pulls her gun. Glenn stops her before she shoots the trunk up. Maggie’s barely holding on. Glenn opens the trunk and knifes the walker.

In the woods, Daryl finds a desiccated deer and slumps to his knees. There’s a dead walker sitting against a tree as well. Man even the dead animals and zombies are depressed.

“I truly do not know if things can get worse,” says Eugene, right before a pack of wild, ravenous dogs come out of the forest. The group crouches for action and then—zing zing zing—Sasha takes them all out with her silenced assault rifle.

They cook the dogs. Meat’s back on the menu, boys!*

Noah looks at Sasha and tells her that he doesn’t think he can make it. “Then you won’t,” Sasha replies.

The group eats quietly. Gabriel throws his clerical collar on the fire. This is easily the most dour, bleak episode of the series.

Maggie finally opens up to Glenn a bit and admits that she could never really hope that Beth was alive until Daryl came back from Grady. “We fought to be here, and we have to keep fighting,” says Glenn. And Maggie drinks. I like that accepting water on this show means that you’re starting to have hope again.

Glenn tries to give some hope—I mean water—to Daryl but he refuses. More Glenn wisdom: “We can make it together, but we can ONLY make it together.” Daryl splits off to look for more water.

Daryl spots a barn and he sits down to have a smoke while he stares at it. He puts the cigarette out on his hand. Finally he starts to cry and it’s like the most difficult choked out cry you ever heard.

He heads back to the road. The group is standing around some mysterious bottles of water in the middle of the road. Rick hands Daryl a note that says “FROM A FRIEND.” Daryl drops it and pulls his crossbow. Eugene says that if its a trap they’re already in it and he chooses to believe that it’s safe. He goes to drink one and Abraham slaps it out of his hand. There’s still a bit of Abraham left in there!

Just then it starts to rain. Finally. Finally some happiness. They put out bowls and bottles but then it REALLY starts to rain and the sky looks dangerous (be careful what you wish for?). Daryl tells them about the barn and they head for it.

Maggie finds a bible and a derelict walker. She knifes it without issue.

Carl sleeps holding Judith and Rick says that kids growing up in this world have it easy, because this is just “the world” for them. Kids get used to things. Michonne argues that this isn’t the real world. Rick cautions that they need to accept it as it is. “That’s the trick of it I think: we do what we need to do and THEN we get to live. No matter what we find in DC I know we’ll be OK because this is how we survive. We tell ourselves that WE are the walking dead.” (!!!)

As the storm worsens, a herd approaches. Daryl throws himself against the rotting doors. Maggie jumps up to help him. Sasha stares for a beat and then gets up also. Then everyone else does the same. The herd’s big, everyone’s feet push back in the mud as the lightning crashes and the wind roars but they manage to hold it.

In the early morning Maggie wakes up and finds Daryl sitting there, watching the door. She tells him to get some sleep. He looks over at Sasha and says of Tyreese: “He was tough.” Then he about Beth: “So was she. She didn’t know it, but she was.”

He hands Maggie the music box. He cleaned the dirt out of the gears for her. Maggie wakes Sasha up and invites her outside the barn. Some trees blew over and pinned walkers all over the place.

Sasha and Maggie sit and watch the sun rise. “Why are we here?” asks Sasha. “For this,” Maggie answers watching the sun rise. She opens the music box and winds it up. It starts and then promptly stops. They both laugh.

Just then a man comes out from the trees. “Hey! Hi!” The girls pull their guns. “I didn’t mean to interrupt. Good morning, my name is Aaron. I know, stranger danger, but I’m a friend. I’d like to talk to the person in charge. Rick, right? I have good news.” Then the music box starts playing again and the episode ends.

It’s Aaron!
Are Maggie and Sasha healing? What about Daryl? What about Abe?
Is this the most hopeful episode or the most depressing? I CAN’T TELL!

Give us your take on the episode. What did you think? Where are we going? What symbolism did you notice? We’ll take the comment we like the most and will shower praise and gifts on that commenter (or at least some TWD swag). So plop ’em if you got ’em.

*I like to throw in a little LOTR to keep Lizzy happy when I force her to proof read these.




  1. dragonfire1026 February 15, 2015 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    It seems ALEXANDRIA is on the RISE, Ahhhhhh Yeah’ Boyyyyyiiii lol

  2. Daryl #1 February 15, 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Daryl will heal and grieve in his wonderful sexy redneck way. He isn’t gonna breakdown because the group need him.

  3. CMercado815 February 15, 2015 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    It was slow but I enjoyed it. It was realistic. I feel like this is the 1st time the group was on the road, no food, no water, no shelter since they left the farm. And we didn’t see the time in between the farm and prison. I love was hyped Rick said the infamous “We are the walking dead” line. Super stoked about Aaron too… Over all I liked the episode

  4. Tallbondeandfun February 15, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Shouldn’t there be some concern about Abraham getting sliced open right after a zombie got cut open? Maybe he disinfected it with the booze?

  5. meislingalex123 February 15, 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Lol. Everybody seems to think Aaron is bad news.

  6. BASTET. February 15, 2015 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    This was a perfect episode to realistically show where the survivors are emotionally. The dogs were awesome & so was the twister! Another great one!

    • GovernorPhillip February 16, 2015 at 2:48 am - Reply

      Your were right about their being a twister Bastet!

    • Vegaiti February 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      I am sorry but it was boring. tv shows like TWD have to show emotions in seconds but not during 85 % of the episode, in the comics the emotion can be a couple of frames or max a page and they get back to track, conversations going anywhere during 10 min, a man crying smoking a cigarette for 5 min o a woman feeling bad for her sister lost during 20 min are all actions that could be shown in 1/5 of the time with the same effect at the end. I feel like a waste an 55 min of my time, only 5 good: dogs, barn and Aaron. The show was not like that at the beginning, they just do not want to catch up (which is fine, develop more the storie, add more situations or fights…but do not make me sit for one hours just waiting for something to happens, with the exception of 4-5 episodes that had been the show after the prision)

      • BASTET. February 17, 2015 at 5:57 am - Reply

        Some people are in this show for the action sequences and I guess that’s fine. But there is so much more to this show & this episode was all about it. In just this season alone, so much has happened… to show an emotional ep like this one is realistic and timely. These feelings bring about actions that a person may not understand unless they see the emotional side of it & where the characters’ mentality is. It also makes for more excitement when the action does take place… kinda like appreciating the good only because you’ve been exposed to the bad. You can infer, but it’s so much better to see it acted out… it completes the picture. As for the length of time, a person just doesn’t grieve the loss of family for 5 minutes & then move on. The idea is to let it sink in to you so that you can feel their loss, connect with those characters. That’s what this show is all about.

        I respect a person who can give a different opinion in a respectful way. That kind of opinion gets respect in return, no matter how much it differs. Cheers to you, Vegaiti!

        • Vegaiti February 17, 2015 at 9:31 am - Reply

          Bastet thank you for your reply I agree with you in most of your comments, the show develop the emotions in a different way that the comics, I just would like the show to be more similar to the comics than to the show is now, i.e. Rick fighting with Tyreese because carol try to take out her life due to Tyreese cheating on her. Maggie upset and doing what she did (trying not the spoil) Michinone and the way she deal feeling alone with other people…it is more shocking, like a fast way to get all the emotions toguether but I understand and respect people that like to be envolve in the characters and situation and feel the emotions of a individual for a full chapter, everybody enjoy different bits and that is the beauty as well of the show. Cheers to you as well!

          • BASTET. February 17, 2015 at 9:53 am

            I like when the show differs from the comic. There’s a part of me that misses the excitement of being totally clueless of what’s to come, back before I started reading the comic. I’m partial to the comic, but there are things that I love about both the show & comic that are different one from the other. Like you said, that is the beauty of it. I’m just glad you’re not trashing it like some others do whenever it’s in a mode that you don’t particularly favor. 😉

  7. sandymay February 15, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply
  8. ronnyhaze February 15, 2015 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    It’s remarkable how well the visuals affect the scene! In the comics, some scenes don’t stand out the way they do on TV! When Aaron walked out with his hands up, his shaven face, hair cut, and clothes were juxtaposed to the ragged survivors. The scene was a great cliffhanger! The music box was a nice touch! Lol

  9. darylsgirl February 15, 2015 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    I liked this episode. It shows what they are all going threw and coping with it all. I feel sasha is on a death mission. She’s not thinking and going to get killed or someone else. Maggie is thinking how much more she can take. I’m thinking not much. And when rick said they are the walking dead I got chills. Ot was such a pivotal moment
    I’m worried about how daryl is going to handle all this. I hate when he cries a talks I cry with him. You just want to hold him at almond tell him it’s ok but you know it’s not. So going to be interesting to see if he stays himself or become Merle.
    I think this is the lowest we have ever seen them all. Will be interesting to see how all this plays out the rest of the season. As far as arron I have no idea as I don’t read the comics.

  10. MaximumParty February 15, 2015 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Loved this episode, full of cool tv show/comic cross stuff that warms me up inside, plus a pack of dogs, aaron and a fucking tornado? Yea, im getting reeeally excited for these “wolves” and the future, i knew ricks beard got so big for a reason, trying to ease the non comic readers in to the baldy-beardy rick we know today

  11. Neutral-Grey February 15, 2015 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Oh boy, more passive-aggressive “leave me alone” Daryl. Eh. I guess it’s justifiable. But this seems to be the standard “sad Daryl” and it gets kind of annoying after have so many moments already dedicated to sad Daryl throughout the series.

    Also, really glad to see they made the “we are the Walking Dead” line work. And work *really* well given the context. That was fucking awesome. And pumped to see friendly Aaron.

  12. OMGtheykilledKinney February 15, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    This was another amazing episode, though I’m still reeling over Tyreese 🙁 I feel like my fellow black people keep messing up everything… First Bob gets Beth’s old bf Zach killed at the grocery store, then Tyreese let Martin live and Martin turned around and brought the Termites to the church, resulting in the Tainted Bob-B-Q and Sasha having to kill Martin (The latter happening after Gabriel gets Bob bitten at the Food Bank) Then, stupid naive Gabriel almost gets Michonne, Carl and Judith killed when he leads those walkers back to the Church from the School…. And now we have Noah… Who couldn’t help Beth escape, then threw a walker on Carol in Atlanta, then ran off like a fool in Virginia and got Tyreese killed. (Although, who stares at a picture for that long knowing there’s a zombie in the house?? He obviously just gave up.) However, if Noah would have waited, we would have our Black Thor still with us!!

    Now Sasha… Like Sonequa Martin Green said in the Talking Dead clip, she lost her hope for the future when Bob died and now she has lost the only thing she had left of her past. She is cold and distant and yet so emotional and self-detrimental. But her actions are still inexcusable, especially when the group is so weak and she’s not the only one feeling the way she is. Sasha, Maggie and Noah are all three in a place where they have become the last member of their blood family. It’s rough in the real world, but exponentially greater in a world where you simply DON’T have time to grieve.

    All this being said, let’s get rid of Gabriel and toughen up Noah. Get him like a Physical Trainer for that leg. If he could run faster, Tyreese might still be alive haha

    Love the show, love the actors. Everything you could ask for on any screen EVER. But these characters are in a bad place at the moment and I can’t wait for Aaron to pull them out of it 🙂 Almost like the characters in the show, we the audience get very little time to grieve, but we have to keep the story going and every week it’s on to the next big adventure.

  13. thecrimsonrose February 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    My daughter and I are not comic readers, but we’ve never missed a n episode of TWD from the start… not even a second of an episode. We considered reading the comics for comparison but decided we’d rather be surprised by seeing it on the show. So we didn’t know about the “We are the walking dead” line until we saw it on the show and it was absolutely EPIC! Couldn’t have worked out any better. We’re very worried about Maggie’s ability to cope. Seems like she’s withdrawing and even becoming indifferent to Glenn. We’re also worried about Glenn due to all the comic rhetoric we’ve read on forums and blogs that the bat he found and used on the walker last episode may be the bat that bashes his head in. Makes me nautious. I wish I didn’t know that. So when Aaron was introduced on this episode we were some of the screamers saying “kill him! Kill him! Shoot him!” We thought he was a threat, which the group doesn’t need right now, until we cruised a couple forums and found out he’s the gay character, a good guy, there to lead them all to alexandria. Hope that’s true and not some kind of trap! Finally, we are really worried about Sasha. She’s grieving deeply, alone and lost all hope. She’s acting reckless and may hurt herself or someone else…or maybe just walk off into a zombie herd and get devoured! We’re super worried about DARYL, but 1.) He’s tough enough to handle it and 2.) He has Carol to help him out. They really are in a dark place right now. I hope they find a safe place to go to soon so they can get some ‘rest and finish their grieving.

  14. MrNicoSuave February 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    CANNOT wait till they get to Alexandria. That also means we get closer to Negan…

  15. GovernorPhillip February 16, 2015 at 2:46 am - Reply

    Welcome Aaron to the walking dead! Good episode. It was not as gut-wrenching or tear-jerking as last weeks episode but good none-the-less. I couldn’t help but see some of the symbolism in the episode. Walkers slowly stalking their prey like vultures, waiting for them to lag behind the rest, and how even the Cicada had left behind with only its shell left. But most importantly, Aaron has appeared! Alexandria is almost here!

  16. Deangrimes February 16, 2015 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Aaron! Yes! I didn’t think we’d come across him till the end of the season! Daryl seems to be going back to his old ways, maybe he’ll part from the group, maybe we’ll see him later on with a different group, the saviours? Negan? Dwight?

  17. Deangrimes February 16, 2015 at 3:55 am - Reply

    Aaron! Yes! I didn’t think we’d come across him till the end of the season! Daryl seems to be going back to his old ways, maybe he’ll part from the group, maybe we’ll see him later on with a different group, the saviours? Negan? Dwight? Ohhh it’s looking good

  18. SusieGraham February 16, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I loved this episode. I love the beginnings of the turning of the characters, the awkwardness of the entire group being together for so long not being able to talk to each other in smaller pairs or groups in addition to the heaviness of the hunger, the heat and the grief. Each character has his/her own losses and deficiencies and fears to deal with and be introspective about while trying to be there for the others to distract and feel useful.

    Sasha was trying so hard to deny that she was weak and soft like Tyreese and the anger and situation with Michonne mirroring the situation with Ty at the fence with the vines was beautiful! Tara was smart enough not to be too joking. Eugene was in character still awkward saying things couldnt get worse and then volunteering to drink the water. I love that Abraham swatted it away symbolically telling him, don’t be stupid! I really can’t wait to see what Abraham does next. I think he was telling Sasha that she was with friends, meaning the rest of the group, not him. He was saying, ‘you have friends to support you, lean on them.’ Subtext being, he was alone. He lost Rosita and Eugene and doesn’t really have anyone in the group. He’s just tagging along. Obviously, Carol helped Daryl
    start to deal with his grief. I hope they remain friends. It was just the beginning of lots of healing for so many. I can’t wait to see what friendships develop in the rest of the season. I have a feeling new ones will form. I’m looking forward to seeing the “weaker” characters develop in new and unexpected ways.

    Thank you for letting me get all these thoughts out!

  19. LisaS February 16, 2015 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    The episode Them shows how the group is seeing how futile surviving in the world of the dead can be.Theyre trying to find a reason to keep hoping,keep moving.They have to find a reason to hope withing themselves and as a group.They’ve survived at great costs and I think each is wondering what’s the point?This is the worst situation the group has been in with no food or water and it’s testing them.They have to realize that hope is all they do have to hang onto as a family now,hope and each other.No matter how bad it gets hope is what keeps you alive.

  20. MisguidedGhost February 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    I think that at the end of the episode, the music box starting was a sign from Beth saying that Aaron can be trusted. Maggie, Daryl and Sasha will stop mourning the deaths of their family/friends because they are realising that they could be better of gone. But they will also realise that even though it could be better of gone they have fought for so long that they may aswell carry on to see what comes of it.

  21. salaz.anthony February 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I bet the group never thought they would ever eat hot DOGS again.. Well at least until last night’s episode.

  22. flamingbagofpoo February 16, 2015 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    This was a really good episode the more I think about it. It showed how a group can fray at the seams, but then come back together and have hope for the future. This was a slow burn of an episode and had some moments where faith is tested and lost for a time, only to come back (ex- the tornado taking out the danger but leaving the group unscathed. I took this as what Father Gabriel would see as a reward for his faith and showing that his God still cares and to not waver in his faith. This episode was very necessary and was better than many of the other slow burn episodes. Well done!

  23. jmoore711b February 16, 2015 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    10 out of 10 for tone. I cannot wait for what comes next! I think this episode demonstrated that you can keep the group together and have good character development without breaking into splinter missions. Simple things like showing Abe drinking and some of Glenn’s lines supplementing the larger Maggie/Sasha stories. And Rick’s speech! And Daryl smoking! This was a perfect ensemble episode. This is what the show should be.

  24. Elliot Gray Van Orman February 16, 2015 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Good episode. The pace was needed. Excited for next Sunday. Important line from the comics delivered and new life at the end with Aaron. Excited for what’s next.

    The Walking Dead Family:

  25. Abaddonlive February 17, 2015 at 1:24 am - Reply

    I think the show has become too slow-paced. 45 minutes of walking, and a good-bye episode with a lot of lensflares for Tyreese, really?
    This whole season has been a major let-down compared to the other seasons and the comic book.
    It doesnt feel like any time has passed since this season started. And the group being all lazy and hungry directly after eating a couple of wild dogs.. what was that all about? Lack of nutrition?
    Although Im really glad they finally found Aaron! It seemed in the teaser that things is about to change, and I am so exited for that!

  26. BillyHo February 17, 2015 at 3:28 am - Reply

    I was simply bored with the last 2 episodes. Tyrese died but it was all so…. blahhhh… and the last episode was so much… nothing really.

  27. Bouncerbates February 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    This episode was slow going, but it shows the hurt and feelings that the group are going through after coming so far and losing so much. It shows the strength in the group and the ability to get through the mixture of friends passing, hunger and fear, all of this whilst trying to stay alive. All the episodes can’t be like an action movie as this would take it away from the writing style of the comic and story telling ability.
    The next episodes if they stay even remotely close to the comics will be excellent as we have a lot of quality story to come.

  28. j.cano11 February 17, 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    ” We are the walking dead “, that line is so deep I’m with the well walker right now. Life can sure be that way sometimes;walking without direction or purpose.

  29. jesusrocks24 February 20, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply


    Keep calm
    And drink alcohol

  30. MikeJLacey February 22, 2015 at 7:16 am - Reply

    We’ve not seen Abraham and Eugene interact much at all since Eugene’s honesty attack, so seeing Abraham step forward and knock the water from Eugene’s hand – almost without a word – was very affecting. Vintage Abraham, fierce loyalty, and unflinching support. Good that he’s on his way back, though you sorta get the impression that he hasn’t completely forgiven Eugene just yet.

  31. Chrysler February 22, 2015 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    its cool how many different people they are twisting into this show, they are actually staying fairly close to the comic and they put in some awesome effects as well

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