Despite a lackluster return plot-wise last Sunday, “The Walking Dead” still pulled in its largest audience ever. Let’s hope the audience returns for this episode because it is a doozy and deserves to break more ratings records!
This episode entitled “Home” is written by Nichole Beattie and is directed by Seith Mann.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you haven’t watched the episode yet. This is a recap with specific details from this episode. Continue only if you have already watched it.
This episode began with more hallucination fun with Rick as he spotted Lori, in her ghostly white gown, standing over several marked graves. By the time he arrived there, she had then moved to outside the fence, leading Rick to rush out past a perplexed Michonne. At least she had the good sense of closing those gates behind him. Rick finally reached Loricination (Thanks @DiegoSikora!) for a quiet tender moment together right in front of Michonne. Leaving Rick to run around crazily must be the new normal at the prison. Hm.. Sarah Wayne Callies is in the title sequence this week.
At Woodbury, the Governor complimented Andrea on her “perseverance” speech but she changed the topic quickly to the Governor’s intentions towards Rick and the group at the prison. But the Governor suggested that he would abdicate his role to her.
In the woods, Daryl tried to make a case for the good life at the prison while keeping watch for Merle to relieve himself but Merle would had none of it.
Glenn quizzed Carl on the prison compound breach where Tyreese and his group found their way in. Those breaches had to be secure in case the Governor attacked. However, when Glenn wanted to go on the offensive, Hershel managed to talk him down.
Milton was startled from his experimenting with alpha waves and meditative state inducing by the Governor. Reeling from his betrayal by Merle, the Governor had to secured Milton’s loyalty and tasked Milton with spying on Andrea. But when Andrea confronted Milton about not being able to find the Governor and his henchmen, he lied very unconvincingly. Way to start on the spying games, Milton!
In Rick’s absence, Glenn tried to convince the group to stay and to fortify the prison, which they did so begrudgingly. Glenn wanted to take Maggie on a reconnaissance mission but found her in a depressed state. They finally talked about her humiliation by the Governor which ended with Maggie pushing Glenn away.
While doing some fortification work, Carol and Axel bonded over his arrest story which somehow turned into a flirtation with a smiling Carol teaching Axel how to use his gun. Oh my, how quickly Daryl was forgotten…
In the woods, Daryl and Merle came upon some survivors on a bridge fighting off an invading horde of walkers. Super Daryl went to their rescue with multiple kills with the trusty cross bow (and a particularly awesome kill with hatchback trunk door) while Merle lazily joined in just one shot. With the walkers dispatched, Merle started to rob the survivor but was stopped at arrow-point by Daryl.
The Dixon brothers finally had their brotherly fight about Merle’s self-amputation and Merle’s leaving Daryl alone to fend against an abusive parent, before a disappointed Daryl finally walking off to return to his people at the prison. Yay! After a moment of reflection, Merle followed.
Outside the prison’s perimeter, Rick came across Hershel at the inside of the fence. Hershel urged Rick to return but Rick was not ready yet. As supportive as always, Hershel listened to Rick’s run-ins with Loricination, Shane and phantom phone calls. Did Hershel have a psychologist’s couch back at the farm too?
Carol and Axel flirted some more at the prison yard when a sniper shot hit Axel right at the temple (kinda appropriate since that is the actor’s actual last name). It was the Governor on a sniper gun. Before Rick could react, he was shot at by henchman Martinez, who also pinned down a nearby Hershel. By using Axel’s corpse as cover, Carol protected herself while she and Beth and Carl got shot at by another henchman at a tower. With a machine gun on hand, Michonne joined in the gunfight, shooting at the Governor. Maggie ran out into the yard with more guns and they managed to free Carol. Much shooting and not hitting anyone. Conserve your ammo, people!
During a lull in the firefight, a delivery truck ran through the gates and released its walker passengers inside. Exciting fighting and rescues ensue with everyone involved. Our wayward Dixon brothers even returned at the right time to join in. When the group made their way back to the safer inner perimeter of the prison, they can only watch as the walkers made themselves at home around them. Outside, with a thankful nod to Daryl, Rick may have finally awoken from his hallucinatory stupor as he helplessly watch walkers piling into the prison compound.
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