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Season 5 Episode 15: Try – Recap and Discussion

Spoiler Alert

Welcome to the penultimate Walking Dead episode of Season 5! Last week we saw a growing divide between Rick’s group and the residents of Alexandria. Tonight we’ll see that play out a bit more, so let’s get right to it.

As the episode starts, the Monroes sit in their living room and listen to Aiden’s running mix (kind of an odd way to mourn, but hey, to each his/her own), Carol whips up some tuna casserole while Sam peeps in the window, and Sasha is up in the tower looking incredibly emotional from her perch. As a walker approaches the gates, Reg finally has enough of the running mix (not a NIN fan I guess) and asks that they turn it off. There’s a knock on the door. When Deanna opens the door she finds Carol’s casserole and a note of condolence. Deanna takes the note, leaves the casserole on the doorstep, and then reads and burns the note. Sasha finally fires on the walker near the gate and takes it out.

Off on their own this episode, Aaron and Daryl are out at night and spot a campfire. Someone is out there. The next day they track the person. They find a dismembered walker. Whoever they’re tracking is the one who did it. The next thing they find is a little more disturbing: A woman was bound to a tree naked and left for the walkers. Daryl lifts her head up to see her face. A “W” is carved on her forehead (not surprising). She opens her eyes and starts doing the walker growl. Daryl puts a knife in her brain.

We see Nicholas and Glenn tell their conflicting sides of the story of Aiden/Noah’s deaths. Nicholas to Deanna on video and Glenn to Rick. Glenn’s version is, of course, the accurate version. Nicholas changes the story to make Rick’s group out to be at fault for Aiden’s death and makes them sound reckless. To her credit, Deanna seems to be a little disbelieving of Nicholas. She orders everyone to stay in, no guns, until she can investigate.

Rick tells Glenn that the Alexandrians don’t know what they’re doing and they can’t see how things really are. “We are them. We gotta make this work,” Glenn says. Rick talks to Carol. She tells Rick that Jessie installed a bolt on the inside of Sam’s closet so he can lock himself in and that one time Sam found his mom bleeding and unconscious on the floor after a fight with Pete. Carol points out that she knows how Rick feels about Jessie. When asked why she cares about Jessie, Carol says that if walkers hadn’t killed her husband, she’d be dead. Rick disagrees and walks off. He walks down by the pond and pulls his hidden revolver. Pete just happens to walk up. When he asks Rick if he’s ok, Rick gives him a level 10 mad dog and tells him to keep walking.

Michonne wakes up and has a meaningful moment with a t-shirt from the laundry (one of Noah’s shirts) and then lays out her uniform for work with a big sigh. Mondays, amiright? Before she can suit up, Rosita arrives and reports on Tara (stable) and then says that Sasha spent the night in the tower. They take off to check on Sasha. It’s their first time outside the walls since they arrived. Tara says that it feels different. Michonne thinks that’s probably a bad thing. Tara points out that she didn’t bring her sword with her. “That’s not nothing.”

They come upon a couple walkers that were shot from behind (meaning they were not attacking), along with one of Sasha’s target portraits. Sasha has been actively hunting down the walkers. They find Sasha as she puts down more walkers. When they ask her what she’s doing she says “I’m sick of playing defense.” A larger herd approaches but Sasha refuses to leave. As she puts down walker after walker Michonne flashes back to some of her violent killing sprees. She starts to fire also. When Sasha says she doesn’t need help, Michonne says it’s not for her. After they finish them all off Sasha is still angry. She feels like things are not working out for her and no one can help.

Meanwhile, Carl is outside the walls following Enid. He’s not exactly stealthy and she catches him tailing her. She tells him to go back and that she finds him a little creepy. He asks her what she does outside the walls and she playfully runs from him. When they come upon a walker, she uses an egg time to distract it. They run off and sit down by a tree. Enid says that people aren’t meant to be walled in. Carl admits that he dreams about being in the woods, with walkers. He asks Enid why he scares her and she says he just does. She pulls out a knife that used to belong to her mom but she won’t talk about what happened before Alexandria. A herd shows up and they take shelter inside a hollowed out tree. As the walkers shuffle past Enid says “It’s their world, we’re just living in it.” Carl starts to reach for her hand and then thinks better of it. “Cool. You’re afraid of me too,” she says. Ah young love in the middle of a rotting, living corpse apocalypse. It’s a story as old as time, really.

While Carl is playing tag in the woods, Glenn finds Nicholas cleaning out the van. Glenn puts the blame for the people he’s gotten killed at his feet and tells him that he’s not allowed to go outside the walls anymore. “Are you threatening me?” “No, I’m saving you.” Nicholas heads out past the gates and digs up a coffee can with Rick’s blender gun inside. Mystery solved!

Of course, the big events of this episode involve Rick. After running into Pete earlier, Rick meets up with Deanna while she’s at her son’s grave. She admits that she knew what Pete was doing but was hoping it would get better. He is the surgeon after all. Rick says they should separate him from Jessie. And what if he doesn’t agree to that, Deanna asks. We kill him, Rick says. Deanna says they don’t do that, that this is civilization. They’ll exile him if they have to. Rick says that exiling people is how you put the community at risk from the outside.

Rick goes to talk to Jessie. He lets her know that he knows about Pete. Jessie says it will stop and starts to make excuses. Rick says he can fix it. Jessie says he’ll just make it worse. “If it’s gotten worse, it means he’s killed you. That’s what’s next. I’m not gonna let that happen.” Jessie gets angry, reminds Rick that she’s married, and insists she can take care of herself. Then she shuts the garage door on him.

Rick walks down the street and sees everyone just out and about in their daily lives. He takes a deep breath and then goes back into Jessie’s house. He tells her that Sam asked for a gun to protect her. “If you don’t fight, you die. And I don’t want you to die.” He tells her that he can keep her and her boys safe. When she asks if he would do this for just anybody he pauses and then says no. Then she agrees to let him help. Just then Pete walks in.

Jessie tells Pete that he needs to leave. He yells at her and Rick tells him that they’re going to leave. They come to blows, eventually smashing through the patio window. As they tussle in the middle of the street everyone comes running. Sasha even takes aim from the tower (and then has to take out a small herd as it approaches the wall). Jessie tries to break them up and Pete backhands her. Carl tries to break them up and Rick shoves him away. Eventually Rick gets Pete in a chokehold. Deanna shows up and tells Rick to stop. Rick gets to his knees and pulls a gun and waves it around. “You still don’t get it. None of you do! We know what needs to be done and we do it. We’re the ones who live. You! You just sit and plan and hesitate.” When Rick says they have to control who lives there Deanna stares right back and says “that’s never been more clear to me that it is right now.” As Rick continues his tirade about having to do what needs to be done, Michonne comes up from behind and knocks him out.


Hey so what’s up with the red balloon? Does that represent the buoyancy of childlike expectations and innocence? If so, shouldn’t it get popped there at the end?

Is Sasha too far gone? She seems to still be kind of taking care of business but man.

It was nice to see Rosita minus Abe and Eugene. Got some time to be herself for once.

More of this psycho “W” business. How much trouble is this person/group going to be?

We finally found out who took the “J” Blender Gun. Who thought it was Nicholas that had it? How’s that going to factor in? Anyone think that Nicholas was going to put a hole in Rick while he fought Pete?

Carl + Enid 4Ever?

Talk about it down below! Just one episode left!!!




  1. Spector99 March 22, 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Sasha does seem crazy, but she has the right idea. They need to keep the walkers at bay and away from the wall, otherwise they will have a herd on their hands.

    • BillyHo March 22, 2015 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      Totally agree. It is symbolic of what is happening within Alexandria. If the walkers aren’t kept at bay and dealt with before they become larger then they become a threat that just can’t be managed at all and potentially bring down the walls.
      As with the community in Alexandria. Just living as if things are normal and not being proactive with their citizens and defensive posture will only lead to a much larger issue that will surely be the end of their community. And exile… is just ignorant. If they can’t learn to live within the community then they need to be ended. Of course only if they are an actual threat to the community.

  2. walkertalker123 March 22, 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I am very worried that something bad will happen to Daryl. Im pretty sure ricks group will not get kicked out of Alexandria, but then again the show is very different from the comic series. I am scared that whatever is out there is going to be very bad for Daryl and Aaron.

  3. MaLaKai3000 March 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    This was purely a build up episode, however it was still good nonetheless. I am somewhat disturbed by the route the show is taking, different from the comic. By this time in the comic, Douglas (Deanna) trusts Rick regardless even if his (her) people don’t due to the circumstances. In the show, it seems no one trusts anyone from Rick’s group and we are seeing a darker side to Rick even if he had the same psycho-babble speech he had in the comic. It will be interesting to see how everything is remedied in the midst of the coming herd. As for the wolves, I’m overwhelmingly positive that they are the Scavengers and having been given a greater identity similar to the Hunters with Terminus. I predict that the Scavengers will attack in the finale and Rick’s group will make quick work of them proving their worth to the Alexandrians. As for Sasha, its clear that she has inoculated herself into Andrea’s role at this point in the comic. Although, I don’t believe that Sasha has the mental stability and attitude that Andrea has. Anyways, I look forward to next season and just hope they don’t draw out the scavengers story arc too long…

  4. BASTET. March 22, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply
  5. Chase March 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    I just watch the new episode 2 hours ago and I wondering if Pete will die in the 90 minutes season finale?

  6. MaximumParty March 22, 2015 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Soooo great, loved every second dudes, loved michonnes “applesauce bitch” moment, loved sasha losing it (its in her blood, shes gonna be fine guys), super great rick episode and i just cant wait for next week, what a fantastic season

  7. Ricktatorship March 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Why is Daryl the picture you used when he was in the episode the least.

    Anyway, Michonne is a traitor.
    It could have been an easy regime change if she was loyal to the person who saved her life to begin with.

  8. jmoore711b March 22, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    I think Deanna is cool and is seeing through all of these situations. (“I see a lot.”) Definitely bad stuff will go down but I think Deanna will surprise. Or die. I don’t know. One of those. Anyway, great that the finale is 90 minutes. Am I the only one noticing that run time is getting lower and commercials going up? I thought the average 1 hour show had 47 minutes of show. I think they said recently that WD had 43 minutes of show per hour. Just seems like there are a LOT of commercials. I got way off topic there. Sorry.

  9. carlyyougoonie March 22, 2015 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Nothing gets me more excited than Rick Grimes covered in blood, totally losing it.

  10. Glenn24Rhee March 22, 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    If you’ve read the comics SPOILERS, Pete cuts Regina Monroe’s throat. I think either Reg Monroe or Carol will suffer this fate. The Wolves are most likely the DC Scavengers. I really hope Deana is actually okay with Ricks group and is just seeing where things are going.

  11. Glenn24Rhee March 22, 2015 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Does anyone else wish that they were in the show (the world being real). Not to kill walkers, (even thou that would be awesome) but to simply EXPLAIN sh!t. I hate when they don’t explain stuff. Rick needed to say why he fought with Pete. I would have stopped Michonne and been like “Listen up b!tches. Petes beating his family, Deana knew, and I’m going to kill Nicholas… cough cough…Gabriel.”

  12. tviney March 23, 2015 at 2:46 am - Reply

    Rick’s getting put in timeout until the town comes under siege in the finale. This will be when Deanna finally sees that her people are sadly inept and unprepared and how badly they lack the skills and mental fortitude to survive. Whether through death or realization of her dysfunction, she will hand the town reigns over to Rick’s group. I don’t expect Rick to actually be the leader right away since he’s pretty much lost it. My money is on Maggie taking over as Mayor, Governor or whatever you call someone in charge of a walled town.

  13. GovernorPhillip March 23, 2015 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Michonne laid the smack-down on Rick!

  14. GovernorPhillip March 23, 2015 at 3:37 am - Reply

    What an awesome episode! Andrew Lincoln did one of his best performances yet! I truly felt for him and saw reason as to why he thinks Deanna’s way of civilisation will come crumbling down. I can’t wait to see what happens next episode but am also dreading it because it’s the last episode until October!!! NNNNOOOOOO!!!!

  15. DarylDxon March 23, 2015 at 3:43 am - Reply

    Rick made a very significant point during the confrontation at the end. Deanna was trying to build a civilization with the wrong people. As if civilization itself was even possible. Anyways, what’s up with Michonne? Throughout the series we witness how she can contradict with Rick’s decisions and can pretty much stand up against him. But hitting him in the middle of his speech? Wow. I can’t wait for the season finale.

  16. BASTET. March 23, 2015 at 3:55 am - Reply

    I’m reading a lot of debate on Rick’s actions & Michonne’s actions. I think both were justified. Rick addressed the situation with Deanna, he spoke to Jessie, & he tried to get Pete to leave. Although it hurt the hell out of me to see, Michonne justifiably stopped him from taking it farther than it needed to go.
    Sad thing is, ASZ knows they need Pete & are gonna keep him but they have yet to realize just how much they need the man they’re gonna exile!

  17. Spector99 March 23, 2015 at 4:31 am - Reply

    I think I know how they picked the name The Wolves. In the comics, when the scavengers arrive, one of the things they say to Rick is “Little pig, little pig, let me in.” This is what the big bad wolf usually says. This is why I’m thinking they chose the name.

  18. omegamind March 23, 2015 at 7:37 am - Reply

    They’ve peeked my curiosity with the hacked up walkers. I’m also at a loss as to why someone feels the need to brand walkers with a w. I’m hoping with the extra time for the final that well get to see the scavangers and the absolute mayhem of the herd that in sues. The scene in the comic with Jessie and Ron would be insane to see.

  19. KingDead March 23, 2015 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Loved this episode. I hate Nicholas lying thieving evil ass. Rick Grimes is the MF man. Every element of this episode was meaningful. A build up to something coming for every character. Michonne is really trying to accept. Alexandria. Rick is also but but by Ricktator authority. Glenn is showing he’s not too far gone even after everything they’ve been through. Sasha shows she’s not crazy she’s just sad and mourning. It’s like that girl can’t stop getting hit with loss. Deanna is starting to question herself. Big time. Won’t have to tho once those scavengers get there. She’ll realize Rick has been right this whole time and icing on the cake is when petes snaps after getting threatened by Carol and somebody dies. Omg i have a ton of thoughts for the finale it’s nerve wrenching especially with Nicholas running around with claimer Joe’s gun (Ricks missing pistol) this should be good. I love how Rick totally sounded like a sheriff when Pete first took off on him. You want to stawp this nowh !!!! Lol it was like really some shit you’ll see next door in the suburbs. Rick said real s*@t when he upped the gun on everybody. I personally wanted him to shoot somebody lol idk why. I read the comics i know what happened but something in me was so turned i was just telling myself Shit somebody Rick lol. Shoot Deanna. Shoot Nicholas. Shoot one of these a holes lol. What a good episode even though it was a build up episode. I think season 5 has been the best season of walking dead so far. Hurry with the from screen to panel post pleeeeeaaaassssseeeeee

  20. carlyyougoonie March 23, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Man, I thought for sure Carol was going to dump some rat poison in that casserole and then sweetly spoon feed it to the porch dick.

  21. carlyyougoonie March 23, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I hope when the images are posted for this episode there are copious fight scene and crazed, blood smeared Rick images. Please!

  22. ihatepeacocks March 23, 2015 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Rick, listen to Carol on this one….

  23. Pliknotjumbo March 23, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I hope they’ll end this season like they finished ‘Too Far Gone’ in the comics with Deanna saying the Alexandrians need Rick – and then have a panning shot to reveal the massive DC herd on their way. And then they can kick off S6 with ‘No Way Out’ and have Negan’s intro as the mid-season finale 😀 C’mon TWD writers!!

  24. carlyyougoonie March 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Is anyone else terrified that Nicholas has Rick’s secret blender gun?? If he shoots Glenn or Maggie I am going to be very put out!

  25. omegamind March 23, 2015 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Why would he shoot Glenn or Maggie? I’m more worried about Carl. Might sound messed up but he looks badass with an eyepatch.

  26. Seussieissues March 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    So I think the sh*t is about to hit the fan all because of the symbolism of a little red balloon. I was thinking about how Rick and Pete’s actions mirrored each other, like they were both the same person… and then that balloon came on screen and I started thinking about the associations with both red and balloons… I kept thinking about communism… Of how its both common good but also iron fists? So, does anyone else remember that song 99 Luftballoons? Look it up on wiki and read the “plot”. It sounds like foreshadowing for death, walls falling (Berlin wall), and total destruction. The released ballons in the song created a war that was mistaken as a sign of war… The balloons were shot at and started a war that killed everyone and everything. Plus, wasn’t Rick looking like a potential balloon murderer standing by the lake? Lol this might not make sense but the symbolism in this show blows me away and while it’s fun figuring it all out, it’s kinda hard to articulate!! 🙂

  27. omegamind March 24, 2015 at 7:15 am - Reply

    So since Rick didn’t disappear I’m guessing we don’t get to see the non-canon bonus from #75. Kirkman, if you read these comments, please find a way to slip it in.

  28. sgberger March 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Rick is way out of line. Spousal abuse (cowardly) is not however a capital offense. As someone trained in taking down perps, Rick should have handled Pete easily (big as Pete is). Rick’s feelings for Jesse are too soon to be ‘genuine’. Rick has basically become Shane. Carol is too ‘sinister’. If I’m Deanna, Rick has to be ‘banished’. Carol has been my favorite character, but she is now deliberately and increasingly ruthless, undermining her appeal. (She’s probably the casualty in the finale). Some tragedy will / needs to occur to bring Rick’s group and the Alexandra group ‘together’ – of one mind set. Pete / Carol deaths?
    Otherwise Rick, Carol, Sasha have become a threat to a ‘civilized’ group trying to survive. Where’s Abraham? He’s capable of leadership, adding value, but is oddly not contributing.

  29. ChrisRedfield March 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    The show just keeps getting better, i loved the NIN at the beginning of this episode, i had to look around at first because i thought maybe a youtube video was playing on my computer or something. Also, Rick may seem crazy to them, but rick is right imo.

  30. DeadFan1973 March 25, 2015 at 5:20 am - Reply

    So, obviously a buildup episode and should wind up in a great season finale. A lot of debate on Michone’s actions knocking Rick on his ass – does anyone think she was just putting an end to it before it was too late for Rick (as far as his ASZ citizenship)? He was headed down a path he couldn’t return from, and she took the opportunity to stop him before it got too far – not necessarily a bad thing.
    I fear for Daryll in the final episode this season – I know he is the fan favorite – but also the most expendable character as far as the comic/storyline goes… could be the end of him once he and Aaron meet up with the DC Scavengers (as we are all assuming the campfire/chick tied to a tree scene was eluding to)…
    I love RCrazy Rick – just saying – he is sooooo off the reservation anymore – but it’s controlled (almost) chaos. He acts on the side of right, but responds on the edge of wrong… but who are any of us to say whats right or wrong in this world. maybe he just needs beth to sing him a song 🙂

  31. DeadSurviver117 March 29, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Daryl should keep the chain best weapon by far

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