The Walking Dead Recap, ‘Claimed’


What I thought was going to be a boring episode ended up being a tense and satisfying look at the dangers of getting too comfortable in a post apocalyptic world. Michonne reveals a bit more of her past to Carl. Glenn is desperate to reunite with Maggie, and what is up with Abraham and his crew?

Though it might seem like the newlyweds are worlds apart, they’re probably only a couple of miles apart. He demands Abraham stop the truck so he can go off on his own. Abraham pleads with him to stay, reasoning that even if Maggie was still alive, he’d never find her. Here he tells Glenn and Tara about their “mission” to get Washington D.C. so that they can tell the government, or whatever is left of it, about what caused the outbreak. While fending off a group of walkers, the doctor with a mullet Eugene, accidentally shoots the gas tank of Abraham’s truck. He patches it up, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll make it down the road much farther. So they all leave with Glenn but a slight smirk on Eugene’s face could be foreshadowing something sinister. “Trust me, I”m smarter than you” is something crazy people say, and it’s probably best not to trust a doctor with such an awful haircut.


Back in the suburbs, Michonne and Carl leave Rick to rest while they go look for supplies. His nap doesn’t last long as he hears voices downstairs and quickly hides under the bed in the master bedroom. An unseen man occupies it until another demands he gives it up. The two get into a fight, and Rick is seen by the man that ends up dead. If a guy kills someone over a bed, it’s safe to say you need to get the hell out of the house. He eventually gets out of the room, but encounters another man in the bathroom that he has to kill. He sets a trap for the the two remaining men and escapes out of the house where he sees Michonne and Carl coming up the yard. They leave and find signs urging them to come to the sanctuary Terminus, where Carol, Tyreese, baby Judith and those two annoying little kids are. I’m already preparing myself for when the Grimes’ see the baby again.

Both Carl and Michonne are getting the most development of any characters this season, and it’s nice to see them opening up to each other. Michonne reveals to Carl that she had a son once, and that he died after the outbreak. Carl promises to keep it a secret, but she tells him that it’s not much of a secret, and it’s something that Beth saw earlier in the season in the prison. Who knew a can of Crazy (easy) Cheese could bring people closer together? The whole subject of a cure hasn’t been visited since the first season, does anyone still care? They’re just trying to survive, and I wouldn’t trust Eugene to give me a shot, let alone save all of humanity.

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