The Walking Dead Recap, ‘Strangers’

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With the group reunited, there’s a question of what do they do now and where do they go. Plus a new character raises suspicions, and another one loses a limb.

In the middle of the woods, the group rescues a man named Gabriel Stokes from a couple of walkers. Rick instantly doesn’t trust, and neither do I. He takes them back to the church he’s been occupying and offers them shelter. Rick asks his two questions, and Gabriel tells him that he has never killed a walker or another man. He is a priest after all, but something stronger than faith had to have kept him alive all this time. Before he heads out to find food and weapons, Rick leaves Carl in charge with Tyreese and gives him some sage advice. No matter how many people are around, he’s never going to be safe. They gather supplies at a local food bank that just happens to have a gaping hole filled with walkers in the middle of it. Of course Bob falls into the putrid water, mirroring the scene from last season where he almost got killed in another store. Luckily Sasha was quick to take out the walker that pulled him under, and Michonne is pretty handy with a blender. Rick had save Gabriel, again, after he got spooked by one walker in particular.

  

Back at the church, Carl shows Rick some strange cuts, or scratches, along one of the windows. There’s also the phrase “You’ll Burn For This” carved into the wood. Carl says that it isn’t hardcore evidence that Gabriel can’t be trusted, but it is something to give them reason to be concerned. Oh, like father, like son. During a brief moment of peace, Abraham gives a speech about why they should all make their way to Washington. His main purpose has always been getting Eugene there, but he knows he can’t do it alone. With Judith’s blessing, Rick agrees that they should go, but Dr. Mullet’s explanation as to what exactly is supposed to be in D.C. still sounds shady. Abraham’s blind faith in him is still a questionable, I mean, you just can’t trust someone with a mullet like that.

While this episode didn’t offer much in action, there were all of these little side convos between the characters that showed that the past is always hard to forget. That is all that Tyreese wants to do when it comes to telling the group about what happened to Lizzie and Mika. When Rick asks Michonne how she became so handy with her weapons, it’s because she spent so much time alone killing walkers. She doesn’t miss the world before all of this happened,but she does miss Andrea and Hershel. I miss seeing her with her kitana. I couldn’t help but notice how close Tara and Maggie were getting, almost like sisters. It really does seem like everyone, Maggie especially, has totally forgotten about Beth. Tara explains that she was with The Governor at Woodsbury, but didn’t know how vicious he was, and of course it was before she knew them. Though Daryl is obviously happy to have Carol back, but she seems distant and doesn’t give up much about what happened while they were separated. At night, he finds her packing up the car they found by the side of the road, but before she can leave he spots the car he saw the night Beth was kidnapped.

 

Just as I suspected, Bob is probably a goner. Him and Sasha just seemed too happy with each other, and couples can’t last too long on this show. He may have been bitten while he was down in the water, he seemed to almost be saying goodbye to Sasha before he went outside to cry. He gets knocked over the head and wakes up to Gareth and the remaining folks of Terminus roasting something over an open fire. Turns out to be his leg. You know Gareth, you don’t have to eat people. Daryl has been doing just fine with his rattlesnakes and other non people vittles. I’m sure fans of ‘The Wire‘ enjoyed seeing Chad ColemanLawrence Gilliard Jr. and Seth Gilliam in scenes together. Gabriel has secrets of his own, like the walker who looked a lot like the woman in the picture he kept hidden. Morgan is still out there, somewhere, he might be the one the group can feel watching them. Or maybe it’s more of the Terminus cannibals.

So tell us what you thought of this episode. Does Gabriel creep you out? What do you think Bob tastes like? Let us know!

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