If you thought the terror of the Terminus cannibals was over and done with on ‘The Walking Dead,’ you were very wrong.
On the Oct. 19 episode of The Walking Dead, the phrase “hunt or be hunted” finally comes into play. While Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is debating whether or not to follow Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) to Washington, D.C., the group is introduced to Father Gabriel. But what happens when Gareth (Andrew J. West) makes an epic return?
‘The Walking Dead’ Gets Awkward Pleasantries Out Of The Way
Okay, they’ve escaped Terminus. Now what?
First things first, we get s few awkward moments over with.
Rick approaches Tara (Alanna Masterson) on his own accord to let her know that they are cool. He knew she didn’t want to be by the Governer’s side when he invaded the prison, and he also knows that she helped save Glenn’s life. They even fist bump, which in a post-apocalyptic world clearly means the same thing it did before: we’re cool.
Next up, Tyreese (Chad Coleman) tells Carol (Melissa McBride) that he already spoke to Rick, and that he knows what she did “back at the prison.” In other words, Rick now knows that Carol and Tyreese are cool, too. Sadly, there are no fist bumps to confirm this.
Interestingly enough, they agree not to tell the rest of the group about Mika and Lizzie. I can’t help but wonder if that is something that will come back up later in the season.
Now, to Carol and Rick. Everyone assumed that he had forgiven her for everything when he hugged her in the woods after she takes out Terminus all by herself in “No Sanctuary,” but that’s simply not the case. Although they seem to be back on good terms, Rick makes it clear he is still “unsure” about her decision to kill people back at the prison solely because they were sick — but then he thanks her for taking the group in.
In a more quiet moment, Carol and Daryl (Norman Reedus) are sitting alone under a tree. There is no K-I-S-S-I-N-G-ing, but he’s staring at her in a way that tells you he can see inside her soul. And Carol knows it, because she speaks without him even asking her any questions. “I don’t want to talk about it,” she tells him.
There’s a million things this could be about: her decision to kill the sick, her banishment, the girls, taking out Terminus. Maybe it’s safe to assume she doesn’t want to talk about ANY of it. Daryl’s response? “Okay.”
More importantly than any of this, they are being watched. Someone, though we don’t get to see who just yet, is lurking in the shadows.
The Survivors Are Introduced To Father Gabriel
Rick decides it’s time for them to hit the pavement again, and Abraham could not be happier to hear this. Abraham tells Rick they can start heading north and find a car, and Rick is perfectly fine with this. Is Rick already in on getting Eugene (Josh McDermitt) to Washington, D.C.?
As they make their way through the woods they hear screams for help, and everyone stops. Rick hesitates, a sign that his humanity is wavering once again, but it’s Carl who forces him into running towards the screams.
Alas, we meet Father Gabriel, who is being portrayed by Teen Wolf‘s Seth Gilliam. Once he’s been saved from a group of walkers, there’s an extremely awkward moment between Rick and the priest. Rick is baffled by him, and does not trust a word he is saying. Rightfully so. How can someone have survived this long without getting their hands dirty?
Michonne (Danai Gurira) is less interested in Father Gabriel’s lack of murderous intent and more interested in his sanctuary: a church. He leads the group to his church, and Rick is still not into it. With the help of Michonne, Daryl, Carol, and Glenn, they search the church before getting comfortable. The only thing that appears to be mysterious is the handwritten bible that Carol finds. Is Father Gabriel making copies, or is he re-writing his own version?
No matter what, the church gets the “all clear” and Carl seems pretty excited about taking a moment to relax indoors. But Abraham will have none of that. He finds a bus behind the church and tells Rick they can fix it and use it as transportation. Rick isn’t opposed, but it’s Michonne who puts up a fight by reminding everyone that they need supplies before they can hit the road. She’s right, and Rick agrees.
Father Gabriel tells Rick that there is a place nearby that is overrun with walkers, and the group is immediately interested in heading there to search for food. But he wants Father Gabriel to come with him. More awkwardness.
When Rick tells Carl that he doesn’t trust the priest, it’s beyond the kid’s comprehension. “Everybody can’t be bad,” Carl tells his dad, but to no avail. In Rick’s mind, everyone is bad — and that sort of mentality is what has kept them alive thus far.
“You are not safe. No matter how many people are around, or how clear the area looks. No matter what anyone says, no matter what you think. You are not safe. It only takes on second. One second, and it’s over. Never let your guard down, ever,” Rick tells Carl.
Get on the bandwagon, Carl.
Will They Or Won’t They Go To D.C.?
During their field trip, Bob tries to sway Rick into agreeing to go to Washington, D.C. Apparently he has NOT made a decision yet, but Bob thinks it’s the right thing to do. Rick listens, but that’s the end of the conversation. For now.
Maggie, Glenn, and Tara find a gun store in town, but there isn’t much to be found. However, Father Gabriel leads Rick and the rest of the group to a food bank. A FOOD BANK. But, of course, life is never that easy.
Inside the food bank is a basement filled with water — and that water is filled with gross, slimy, bloated walkers. I’m suddenly having flashbacks of Hershel’s farm and the walker in the well. Gross.
Somehow, by the grace of God — or Father Gabriel, I guess — the group leaves the food bank with a ton of food. Whether or not the food they’ve taken is edible has left to be discovered.
While they were gone, it appears Rick’s speech really got to Carl. He did some investigating, and when Rick returns he shows him two things: a window that looks like someone tried to wedge it open, and a carving on an outside wall of the church that reads “You’ll burn for this.” Weird.
For the first time in a while, the group of survivors enjoys a decent meal while safely indoors. Abraham decides that this is the moment to preach his case, and so he does. He promises everyone safety, and he even uses Judith as a ploy to get Rick’s attention: “Save the world for that little one.”
It’s not surprising that everyone — literally, everyone — turns to Rick once Abraham is done with his speech. What is surprising is that not only does Rick decide that he’s in, he wants to help them get to D.C., but he smiles. Rick smiles!
It’s quickly back to business though when Rick has a sit-down with Father Gabriel to tell him that if whatever he is “hiding” from them hurts the people he loves, that he will not hesitate to kill him. Boom.
Gareth Returns & Daryl Finds A Lead On Beth
Now, prepare yourselves, because things are about to get VERY interesting.
Daryl finds Carol boosting a car in the woods, and it seems as if she was trying to leave without letting anyone know. Before Daryl can tackle that topic, a car speeds by — and it’s the car with the cross on the back window that took Beth. Remember Beth? Well, Daryl certainly does — and he quickly uses his gun to break the lights on the car Carol was boosting before they both jump in it to follow the mystery car. So much for not splitting up again.
Bob, who was attacked by a walker in the basement of the food bank, is acting very strangely. Although we did not see him get bitten or scratched, and he has yet to reveal a wound, he asks Sasha for “one more” kiss before leaving the church and heading into the woods. While he’s in the woods someone attacks him from behind. When Bob comes to we find out it’s Gareth from Terminus. GARETH LIVES.
Gareth isn’t alone. He has Bob tied up near a fire, and he’s explaining to Bob that they have to hunt in order to survive. He even explains why they chose to eat people — yes, he actually says those words — to Bob. Oh, and it turns out that he is eating Bob’s leg as he is speaking to him.
“If it makes you feel any better, you taste much better than we thought you would.”
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — What did YOU think about this episode of The Walking Dead? Do you think Bob will survive Gareth and the Terminus survivors? Will Daryl and Carol find Beth? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
— Lauren Cox