In the final episode before ‘The Walking Dead’s mid-season finale, our favorite power couple — Daryl and Rick — team up to save the world. Or just Beth and Carol.
On the Nov. 23 episode of The Walking Dead, Daryl (Norman Reedus) has recruited Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Tyreese (Chad Coleman), and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) to help him storm Grady Memorial Hospital and save Beth (Emily Kinney) and Carol (Melissa McBride). But, is Rick really out to save their friends — or is he just looking for a chance to kill again?
‘The Walking Dead’ Survivors Prepare For Battle
We have finally returned to Father Gabriel’s church, and just in time: the survivors are preparing for war. Again.
Daryl has returned, and he is helping everyone bulk up security at the church. Unfortunately, that means practically tearing the church apart, but, it’s a necessary sacrifice they need to make.
Interestingly enough, Rick tells Michonne (Danai Gurira) that he can’t go to Atlanta to save Carol. When Michonne tells him to stay and that she’ll go in his place, he changes his mind instantly. “I owe Carol,” he tells her, and he’s right — which is probably why she doesn’t argue with him.
Rick, Tyreese, Sasha, Daryl, and newcomer Noah (Tyler James Williams) head to Atlanta leaving Michonne and Carl (Chandler Riggs) with Judith and Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam). Once they are gone, Carl and Michonne board up the doors to the church for safety, and that’s when Father Gabriel finally snaps. His church is being destroyed by these survivors, and it’s taking a slow toll on his sanity.
It is worth noting that Sasha is not doing so good. Apparently, Bob’s death has taken a much harder toll on her than we originally knew, and she’s being very quiet, distant, and aggressive in her own way.
Carol Is ‘Half Dead’ At Grady Memorial Hospital
Back at the hospital, Carol is still in what appears to be a coma. Beth stares at her from the doorway, desperate for a sign of life, but nothing comes.
However, that’s not the only glimpse we get of the rest of our survivors. Eugene (Josh McDermitt) is still passed out cold on the asphalt, and Maggie is scared that he may never wake up.
Tara (Alanna Masterson) is trying to remain hopeful, but the rest of the group has a solemn vibe. Abraham, however, is slowly but surely losing his damn mind. When Rosita tries to get him to drink a glass of water he gets in her face in a threatening manner, and it’s Maggie’s gun that finally sits him back down.
Meanwhile, Rick is trying to concoct a quick and effective plan to infiltrate Grady Memorial Hospital. Tyreese is hesitant, he would prefer to take some cops hostage and try a trade so that there are less casualties, but Rick isn’t having it.
Thankfully, Daryl thinks the trade-off is a good idea. Rick is baffled. Daryl is almost always on Rick’s side, but Rick’s interests seem to only include bloodshed lately — and even Daryl has had enough, apparently.
When we return to the church, Father Gabriel is still in crazy mode. Now, he’s scrubbing blood stains off of the floor with a desperate need.
Carl tries to distract him by teaching him how to defend himself, but Father Gabriel isn’t interested. He is even less enthused when Carl tells him he’s holding a machete the wrong way, and instead he decides to go lay down. It’s unclear whether or not he brings the machete with him, but if he did — should Father Gabriel be on suicide watch?
Beth Is Carol’s Only Chance At Survival
We’re switching back and forth a lot now, and suddenly we’re back in the hospital. Beth is listening to Dawn, the hospital leader, talk to another cop about Carol’s progress. Apparently, it’s much worse than anyone realized. In fact, the cop describes her as “half dead” and tries to convince Dawn to pull the plug.
That’s when Beth snaps. She turns around and confronts the cop about charging his DVD player, which is using up resources daily — and is definitely less important than saving Carol. They still don’t know that she knows Carol, and that’s a good thing.
Unfortunately, Beth’s plan to be brace doesn’t go so well. Just to spite Beth, Dawn tells the top it’s time to get stop trying to help Carol. The cop walks away, pleased and Dawn confronts Beth for getting involved — even so much as blaming her for Carol’s pending death.
But, it turns out that Dawn isn’t completely heartless. Although she won’t tell the cop she’s changed her mind, she gives Beth the keys to the drug locker and tells her that she can save Carol if she really wants to. Could this mean an alliance between two strong-willed women is forming, or is Dawn setting Beth up for failure?
Unsure what to do, Beth turns to the doctor. She demands to know what medicine he would give Carol to save her, and he knows immediately that she has the key — and warns her that Dawn didn’t do it to be kind. So, it’s definitely a set up.
Once Beth has the information she needs, she storms out of the room. Her and the doctor are no longer friends after her tricked her into killing a man who was in a coma solely because he, too, was a doctor.
Grady Memorial Cops Foil Tyreese’s Plan To Capture Them
Outside, in Atlanta, the plan to capture cops is in full effect. It’s Noah that they set up, and the group of four — Rick, Daryl, Tyreese, and Sasha — sneak up slowly on the two cops as they are arresting Noah.
The cops quickly surrender, and they are smart to do so because they are outnumbered. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last very long. Out of nowhere, a second car appears and it comes in strong — too strong. Before you can even blink, the hostages are in the back of the car and the survivors are shooting all of their ammo in an attempt to stop them.
Sasha somehow manages to shoot out one of the car’s tires as it pulls away, and Rick and the group find the car abandoned and surrounded by legless walkers just around the corner.
It’s Daryl who gets into a physical combat with one of the cops, a huge, bulky guy covered in bulletproof everything. He’s got Daryl by the throat just inches — no, centimeters — away from a hungry walker and I can feel my stomach turning as I cross my fingers and beg my television for a miracle.
A miracle doesn’t come, but Daryl’s smarts kick in when he reaches over and rips the walkers head off — WITH ONE HAND, MIND YOU — and uses it to clock the cop over the head. At that moment, Rick shows up and has a gun pointed at the cop who now has no choice but to surrender.
But Rick isn’t okay letting this huge cop off just yet. He’s ready to fire, aiming to kill, and it’s Daryl who has to talk him down. Again.
Rick’s blood lust has hit an all-new high, and it’s completely out of control. When Daryl is the one talking you out of killing people, you’ve really lost it.
Now, the group has three cops to trade for Beth and Carol. Unfortunately, they don’t know that Carol is literally on her death bed.
Father Gabriel Has Had Enough Of Rick’s Group
The female cop that has been captured tells the group that Dawn more or less does not care about them, and that they won’t be worth the trade to her. But the third cop, one of the first to be captured, tells her to shut her mouth. He thinks they can make it work, and that he can help them because he’s known Dawn for 8 years.
For some reason, even Daryl seems interested, and even though we’re supposed to be suspicious of everyone, it’s nice to see that some people are still trustworthy in their eyes.
At the church, Michonne checks on Father Gabriel. It turns out he’s still alive, and he’s not planning on killing himself, but he’s up to something else: removing the floor boards inside his office. He’s careful not to let Michonne see what he’s doing, so he quickly continues once she leaves him alone again.
We soon find out that he’s removed the wooden boards so that he can escape. Once the hole is big enough he drops down and crawls out from underneath the woods. But, it’s not that easy. When he gets up to run off into the woods he steps on a nail, which takes him back down to the ground. Now he’s limping through the woods, and there’s a good chance he’s going to get tetanus and die.
Sasha’s Prisoner Uses Her Empathy To Escape
In the hospital, Beth gets the medicine the doctor told her might work for Carol. She teams up with another patient in the hospital to distract the cops, and it works. Once she’s in Carol’s room she administers the drugs, but Carol doesn’t respond immediately. Yikes. How did she go from Rambo Carol to Coma Carol so quickly?
On the road, Abraham is still on his knees on the side of the road while Maggie looks on sadly. She offers him water but he refuses, and reveals that he may have wanted her to shoot him earlier. But he’s glad she didn’t.
However, while he’s talking to Maggie they hear a gurgling and it’s not a walker, but Eugene. Once Abraham knows that he’s alive, he reaches for the water. It’s clear that up until that moment, he did not feel he deserved the water.
While this is happening, Sasha is bonding with the cop — is his name Lambson? Lanson? — who they have hostage. He tells this sad story about some guy he should have saved, but didn’t — and she falls for it. I say fall for it, because after he points out the “guy” leaning against a wall outside of the building she takes aim with her sniper rifle but never gets to fire.
The cop bum rushes into her so that she slams her head into the glass window and passes out. Then, the cop runs out of the building in handcuffs.
And now, we have to wait until Nov. 30 for The Walking Dead‘s mid-season finale which is sure to be a blood bath. Especially if Rick has any say in it!
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— Lauren Cox