As everyone comes to terms with the loss of their beloved Beth, the survivors of ‘The Walking Dead’ are looking for a new place to settle in. Unfortunately, a shocking turn of events leaves one of them dead.
On the Feb. 8 return of The Walking Dead, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is hopeful to find a new safe haven for his group, including newcomer Noah (Tyler James Williams). With a new destination in mind they set off on the road, but, sadly, they are forced to say goodbye to yet another friend when things take a turn for the worse.
‘The Walking Dead’: [SPOILER] Killed in Winter Premiere
Are you ready for the aftermath of Beth’s shocking death?
In the opening moments of The Walking Dead‘s winter premiere, it’s safe to assume we are witnessing certain aspects of Beth’s funeral.
For starters, a shovel digging up fresh dirt. Then, the sound of Maggie crying, followed by a glimpse of her next to something burning. Beth’s body, maybe? Next we see Noah crying over the loss of his friend, and it’s clear that everyone is grieving this loss.
From a distance, through the bushes, we see Father Gabriel giving Beth the funeral she deserves, and you can just barely make out the group standing around a fresh pile of dirt.
Interestingly enough, we also catch a short glimpse of the group approaching two large vehicles that would be perfect for them to travel in safely. One is an old blue truck, and the other is a plain white van.
Finally, we see Noah and Rick having what seems to be a heart-to-heart about Beth. “She was gonna come with me,” Noah tells Rick, as he reveals he thinks he may have a safe haven for them to travel to in Virginia.
Rick hesitantly shows interest, but as the sound of baby Judith crying kicks in it’s clear this isn’t just interest. He’s already plotting out their trip in his head.
The next step in Rick’s plan is convincing the others. He is still the leader, per se, but it was obvious in the first half of the season that a lot of the group — specifically Glen — lost faith in him when he started to lose it.
Rick’s sales pitch for the new place is that “if it works out, it’s the last long trip we have to make.” It’s no surprise that Glen questions him almost immediately, wondering if the place even exists any more. Rick has a simple answer: “Then we keep going.”
Even Michonne chimes in, because she always has Rick’s back no matter what, saying they can always find a new safe place to settle into. Hopefully, one of them is right.
Rick & Co. Hit The Road For Virginia
They hit the road, revealing that the decision was made, and soon after we see a sign showing them entering South Carolina. As a fan I have to admit, this is pretty insane to see. For the past four seasons they’ve been stuck running around rural Georgia, and now they have left that and so much of their struggle behind them.
So, what’s next?
In a really bizarre and pretty shocking scene, we see Mika and Lizzie inside a home. Mika is bleeding out from the abdomen, obviously from after Lizzie stabbing her, and Lizzie is kneeling down beside her smiling.
“It’s better now,” Mika says with a smile. Um. What just happened?
Despite their new adventure, Rick’s paranoia has not subsided. As Tyreese is driving a truck filled with him, Noah, Glenn, and Michonne, they seem to be approaching a destination. Rick radios to Carol who is at said destination to let her know they are close, and she tells him they’ll come looking if they don’t hear from them again.
Just as they are about to arrive, Rick asks Tyreese to pull into the woods so they can walk to wherever they are going and “stay off the road.” Noah objects telling him they don’t need to do that, but Rick says “just in case.” Yeah, totally paranoid.
While they are walking through the woods they approach a weird pattern of ropes that seems to be blocking them off. Michonne turns to Noah and asks if this was his people, and he tells her it’s possible. So, does this mean they are in Virginia already?
Once they reach the end of the woods Rick stops them to ask if there are snipers or anything, but as Glenn inspects the scene he doesn’t see anyone. What we do see though is a sign that says Shirewilt.
When they finally get to the gate, there’s nothing but silence. Noah shakes the gate which makes a loud, booming sound, but nothing. Glenn hops on the gate to see what’s up, but we don’t get to see what he sees just yet. Instead, we get to see an expression that tells us there’s nothing there.
Shirewilt Is A Bust & Noah Is Devastated
Suddenly, Noah and the rest are hopping the gate to see inside, and that’s when we finally get to see what Glenn saw: all of the buildings have been burnt to a crisp, and there are bodies laying in the street and even some walkers strolling around.
What makes matters worse is that it looks like a private community of homes that actually was safe at point. It’s bigger than Woodbury, and it looks like people were actually living in real, private homes there.
Noah loses it once he realizes everyone he knew there is gone. It’s Tyreese who comforts him, telling him that he’s going to be okay because he has them now. Once you’re a part of the group, you’re a lifer.
Rick decides they should sweep the homes and see if there’s anything they can take, and Glenn agrees. For once, Michonne isn’t too enthusiastic about it. She’s obviously upset that their potential safe haven was a bust, but just like she said earlier in the episode — they’ll find somewhere else. They have to.
She’s angsty though, so Rick tries to comfort her, but Michonne is not having it though. That’s when Rick turns to Glenn who seems unphased by all of this, and he realizes Glenn didn’t think it would be there anyway.
That’s when Rick decides to open up to Glenn about the moment Beth died and how “that woman,” meaning Dawn, didn’t mean to do it. Rick saw it on her face as soon as it was over, but that didn’t stop him from wanting to kill her.
“I don’t know if I thought it would still be here,” Rick tells Glenn. “But Beth wanted to get him here. She wanted to get him back home. This was for her.”
Tyreese & Noah Find Themselves In Trouble
Meanwhile, Tyreese is watching over Noah who is in a ball crying in the middle of the empty road. In order to help him out, Tyreese tells the story about how he almost gave up and let the walkers take him, but then he didn’t. Because of that, he was able to save Judith later on.
“This isn’t the end,” Tyreese tells him, and finally Noah decides to get up.
Unfortunately, it’s not to help with the sweep. Instead, he goes running down the road towards a house and Tyreese goes after him. If your Walking Dead sense are tingling, you know, just like I do, this is going to lead to nothing but trouble.
As this is happening, Glenn and Rick are continuing their heart-to-heart in the driveway of someone’s burnt down house. Glenn is telling Rick how things felt like they were okay after he found Maggie again, but that losing Washington and losing Beth… well, that was too much.
“I would have shot that woman dead,” Glenn tells Rick. “Right or wrong.”
Michonne interjects immediately, “We need to stop.”
She doesn’t just mean the tension or the rights and the wrongs, she means they need to stop moving, too. “You can be out here too long,” she reminds them. She’s right. She’s never been so right, actually.
It’s no surprise to find out the house Noah was running towards was his own. He wants to see it, but Tyreese thinks that’s a bad idea. Noah convinces him, so Tyreese pulls out his knife and goes in first to make sure it’s clear. Noah follows closely.
When Tyreese knocks on the door, nothing comes out to get him. When they step inside, just a few feet in front of them is a woman’s body with her skull bashed in. Noah kneels down and covers her body in a blanket, then whispers that he tried to get back sooner.
As Noah grieves what we can only assume was once his mother, Tyreese continues to search the house. It seems clear, until you see a shadow of feet moving behind a door in a dark hallway. From the sounds of the groans, this walker sounds young. Too young.
Before getting to the room where the small walker is, Tyreese turns into an open door to find a body that has been devoured by walkers laying on a bed. But it’s not the body that takes him by surprise, it’s the pictures on the wall — the same pictures we saw at the beginning of the episode of two identical boys.
Noah had a twin brother, and that’s whose hollow corpse is laying on the bed.
UPDATE: The body was NOT Noah’s twin, it was one of his two twin brothers — the other one being the one behind the door.
As Tyreese stares at the photos in disbelief, you see a shadow walking — well, moving — behind him. It’s the small walker, and, before Tyreese can act, it takes a huge bite out of his arm.
You guys, Tyreese is a goner.
Tyreese Hallucinates Some Familiar Faces
As Tyreese screams in agony and pushes the little walker away, Noah comes running in and rips a toy airplane down from the ceiling to use as a weapon. He stabs the little boy, presumably his brother, in the skull and watches him drop without hesitation. It’s a brave move for someone who just discovered the bodies of their family, isn’t it?
Noah turns to see Tyreese bleeding heavily, and he’s in shock. This is Noah’s fault and he knows it. Noah leaves Tyreese to go get Rick and the group, but you can see that it’s not going to matter Not only has Tyreese been bitten, but there is blood everywhere, it’s pouring out of him by the second. He may not be alive by the time Noah returns.
As Tyreese bleeds out, he starts to see things. People. First, it’s the bastard from Terminus that tried to kill Judith. The one he beat to a bloody pulp and left for dead.
He’s taunting Tyreese. Telling him that if he had just killed him, maybe it would have caused a domino effect and maybe Beth would still be alive. Maybe he wouldn’t be dying in Virginia. Maybe, maybe, maybe.
Then, Bob chimes in. Yes, Bob! He calls bulls-it, reminding Tyreese he got bit at the food bank which had nothing to do with Gareth or Beth or anyone.
Meanwhile, a voice keeps coming over the radio, another hallucination of course, and it actually sounds like Andrew Lincoln’s real voice — British and less gritty.
But forget that voice because THE GOVERNOR JUST APPEARED. He’s standing in a doorway talking to Tyreese like he’s still alive, and it’s unbelievable. This is insane. I don’t even know how to deal with this!
Suddenly, Mika and Lizzie are sitting across from him in the exact scene we saw earlier in the episode. It makes sense know, they were part of his hallucination.
As this is happening you hear the sound of a walker gurgling, and a shadow moving in the hallway. As the Governor starts yelling at Tyreese, suddenly his hallucination turns to real life and it’s a walker trying to eat him.
Defenseless, he uses a chair to block the walker from getting him, but it’s not much help. Before he knows it the walker is on top him, chomping at him, ready to eat an early dinner, and Tyreese can’t even pull the hammer out of his belt without dropping it to the ground.
He escapes momentarily, still bleeding from his arm, but the walker catches up quick. Tyreese struggles to keep him away, but when he can’t do it any longer he offers the walker his bitten arm to chew into. It’s disgusting, but it works, and while the walker takes a bite out of him he reaches for something to kill it with.
Michonne Desperately Wants To Settle
While Tyreese bleeds to death in Noah’s brothers bedroom, Michonne tries to convince Rick that they can make this place livable again. Rick protests, reminding her that it’s surrounded by forest and they would be vulnerable to anything and anyone no matter what they did.
Michonne is determined though, and even suggests cutting down the trees to build walls. It’s a great idea, but do they have the manpower for that?
Glenn tells Rick it doesn’t matter, and even though he’s talking about whether or not someone killed Dawn for killing Beth, he’s also talking about in general. Nothing matters any more because they are standing in the grass outside of one of the broken walls of the safe haven they missed out on, and they are surrounded by body parts. Nothing but arms, legs, more arms. It’s a gruesome scene, one of the worst the show has ever shown.
That’s when Michonne says, “Washington. Eugene lied about a cure, but he thought Washington for a reason.”
Not only that, but they aren’t far — they are in Virginia. They are just a few hours south of Washington, D.C., and it’s possible that there’s hope there.
It seems like just another shot in the dark, but you can’t deny Michonne’s passion. Not to mention, at this point they are so desperate to settle, why not take the drive?
“Don’t you want one more day with a chance?” Michonne asks Rick, and it’s clear from the look on his face she’s caught him by the heart strings. The few he has left.
Rick agrees to go, and so does Glenn, silently, and that’s that. Once again, we are on the road to Washington, D.C.
Well, not so fast. The three of them hear screams and go running, and it’s Noah trapped underneath two walkers on a random porch. Once the walkers have been taken care of, Noah tells them about Tyreese — and everyone is running again.
Rick & Glenn Try To Save Tyreese
Tyreese is still hallucinating. The radio is fuzzy, and music is playing, and then there’s Beth. She’s in the clothes she was killed in, scar still stitched up on her face, playing the guitar and singing along.
As Beth wraps up her song, we see Mika and Lizzie sitting in front of her, and Beth tells him that everything is going to be okay. Then Bob chimes in, sitting on the bed again, telling him it’s okay he didn’t want to “be a part of it anymore.”
Unfortunately, the Terminus jerk is taunting him again. Lizzie tells him not to listen, that he doesn’t have to open his eyes, but then the Governor chimes in again.
“You told me you’d earn your keep. You had no idea what you were talking about, did you?” he asks, kneeling down in front of Tyreese now.
These hallucinations are all part of Tyreese’s inner struggle about fighting back, killing, being as brutal as the world has made everyone else. He wanted to give up, but he didn’t. Lizzie and Mika’s deaths broke him, but he found his strength and his will to survive again eventually.
Finally, Tyreese stands up. Finds his voice, and tells the Governor that he knew exactly what was going on. He defends himself, his emotions, his will to forgive.
The Governor shoves him to the ground, and then Mika and Lizzie are pulling on his bloody arm.
In a flash, suddenly, it’s Glenn and Rick who are pulling his arm, screaming at Michonne to “go” — and SLICE. Off comes Tyreese’s arm. Just like Hershel’s leg.
It worked, but the next few moments are tense. We see glimpses of them carrying Tyreese out of the house, then approaching the gate, but there are walkers pushing on it. Noah takes on Tyreese’s body weight, but just as they let the walkers in to take them all out, they collapse.
You can see Tyreese is awake, but barely, and you can see his bloody stump of an arm, too.
The walkers are clear, and Rick and Glenn are carrying Tyreese across the road and into the woods. They need to get to safety, they need to burn his arm and stop the bleeding. Tyreese is still seeing flashes from his hallucinations, flashes from the past, and it’s all a blur — much like what he must be experiencing at the moment.
Beth is singing again, and Tyreese is barely conscious as Rick is screaming at him to hold on.
This isn’t about being a hero. This is about saving one of their own. Tyreese is family now. He’s been family, especially to Rick after it was Tyreese who cared for and saved baby Judith. The desperation of the group is thrilling and you can feel it in your bones as you watch them struggle to get Tyreese to safety.
As they get him into the car and hit the road, Tyreese is still hallucinating. The radio is speaking to him, that familiar British accent talking once again, and the story it’s telling is even more familiar.
He sounds like a news caster telling the story of cannibalism in refugee camps, targeting civilians, burning down prisons. This is their history, and Tyreese is reliving it over and over again.
Tyreese Can’t Be Saved
Tyreese asks them to turn it off, and it’s Bob in the passenger seat who turns to ask him if he’s sure. Then, we see Beth driving the truck, and she tells him it’s okay again.
He looks to his side, and instead of Noah sitting next to him it’s Mika and Lizzie. They tell him it’s not just okay, it’s better now.
Interestingly enough, Beth, Lizzie, and Mika are not covered in dirt or blood. Their injuries are gone.
We see the tail lights of the blue truck stop in the middle of the road and, from a distance, everyone gets out. Rick and Glenn pull Tyreese out of the backseat and lay him on the ground, but it’s too late. He’s gone.
He’s with Beth, Bob, Mika, and Lizzie now. Where everything is okay, and everything is better.
That dirt we saw being shoveled at the beginning of the episode? It wasn’t for Beth, it was for Tyreese. The funeral? Tyreese’s.
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— Lauren Cox