On the March 23 episode of ‘The Walking Dead,’ trouble is fast approaching for Rick, the reunion we’ve been waiting for finally happens, and some of our weary travelers find Terminus!
On the penultimate episode of Season 4 of The Walking Dead, “Us” follows three groups: Glenn (Steven Yeun) and his hangers-on; Daryl (Norman Reedus) with Joe (Jeff Kober) and his merry band of murderers; and Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Carl (Chandler Riggs). One of these groups will find Terminus — and we hate to jinx it — but it looks like something may actually work out in favor of our weary travelers for once! But, well, we’re not going to get our hopes up. Also, the reunion you’ve been waiting for all season is as touching as you’ve been dreaming it would be! Read on for our full recap!
‘The Walking Dead’ Recap — Glenn Finds A Message From Maggie
We open on Team Glenn on their way to Terminus. At night, Sergeant Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) has a heart-to-heart with Tara (Alanna Masterson). It’s Tara’s watch, but Sgt. Abraham is not putting Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt‘s) life in her hands. Because, you know, he is a brilliant scientist who will save them all. Again: hopes firmly on the ground. He tells Tara that he’s never seen her sleep, and Tara admits that her feelings of guilt over storming the prison along with The Governor are what motivate her to help Glenn find his wife, Maggie (Lauren Cohan).
The next day, they see a sign on which is written: “Glenn, go to Terminus,” and it’s signed by Maggie, Sasha, and Bob. Could a good thing actually happen on The Walking Dead?!
Over on Team Rick, himself, Michonne and Carl are, surprise, also following the tracks on their way to Terminus. Carl and Michonne are competing to see who can balance on the tracks the longest, and Carl wins. His prize is a chocolate bar. (This becomes important, we swear.)
Meanwhile, Daryl is hunting wabbits, away from the group he joined in “Alone” two weeks ago, led by Joe. Henchman #1 tries to insist that the rabbit is his, and taunts Daryl about Beth (Emily Kinney), which is a phenomenally bad idea. Daryl is about to stab him dead when Joe appears out of nowhere to stop him. Joe tries to teach Daryl how their “merry band” keeps from going all “Darwin” on each other every few hours — a sophisticated system of “dibs.” Sorry, “claiming.” (It’s basically dibs, though.) Joe, feeling benevolent, does not give Daryl hell for breaking the rules, and instead cuts the rabbit in half. Joe is basically King Solomon.
Back to Team Glenn, Sgt. Abraham is insistent on a rest in order to protect their precious bounty — Eugene — and Glenn is not into the idea. Tara falls and hurts herself when she’s pushed by Sgt. Abraham in a bid to protect Eugene from a stray Walker, and she insists that she’s still able to walk, able to go find Maggie. Rosita (Christian Serratos) gives Glenn hell for manipulating Tara’s feelings of guilt.
‘The Walking Dead’ Recap — Daryl Is An Outdoor Cat Trying To Be An Indoor Cat
Daryl, Joe and The Henchmen (we’re “claiming” that excellent band name) continue their journey, and Joe tells Daryl that there is nothing more sad than an outdoor cat trying to be an indoor cat. Basically: Daryl needs to stop moping and pretending that he was a fine, upstanding citizen pre-joining The Henchmen — he’s a hunter, and a killer, and Joe wants him to get used to the idea.
Team Glenn spots another message from Maggie, Sasha and Bob. “Glenn, go to Terminus.” It’s written on the wall of a tunnel they need to pass through — and as they stare into its gaping maw they hear the sounds of Walkers, and Sgt. Abraham is not interested in putting Eugene through the risk and would rather go around. He knows, however, that Glenn will choose the tunnel, and so he, Eugene, and Rosita part from Glenn and Tara.
Into the dark Tunnel of Doom Glenn and Tara both go. This should go well for them both.
‘The Walking Dead’ Recap — Eugene Insists On Saving Glenn And Tara
Daryl, Joe and the Henchman find themselves in a random garage, with the boys claiming things left and right as they side-eye Daryl for not doing the same. Gosh, you guys — stop trying to make “claim” happen. It’s never going to happen.
Back in the tunnel, Glenn and Tara fall upon a Wailing Wall of Walkers. The tunnel is caved in and Walkers are buried on all sides, their grabby paws searching for human flesh. They’re able to pass through this obstacle only to find another: a horde of Walkers coming for the two of them — one of whom has been hobbled. Would it have been too much to ask for for the tunnel to be a nice, well-lit romp?!
Team Sgt. Abraham land upon a minivan — and it works! Is Glenn jinxed?! They separate from him and one second later they find a working vehicle.
In the tunnel, a large stone has fallen on Tara’s leg, because why can’t things be worse?
In the minivan, Rosita is driving and Eugene is navigator, and just when Rosita thinks that he’s getting them lost, she realizes that he’s directed them to the opposite mouth of the tunnel in which Tara and Glenn are having kind of a difficult time. Rosita gives him hell for it because “those two are not the priority. The priority is getting [Eugene] to Washington.” Eugene insists that “once he saves the world, [he] still has to live with [himself].” Aw, you’re a good dude, Eugene. Even though we don’t believe you for one second.
Back to Joe and his merry unwashed band. Henchman #1 tries to plant the other half of the rabbit on Daryl and gets discovered for being a lying coward. He gets the stuffing beat out of him.
‘The Walking Dead’ Recap — Glenn Reunites With Maggie
Glenn tries to get the stone off of Tara’s leg, but she shouts at him to leave: even if he can get it off her, she can’t run. He refuses, and starts shooting at the Walkers, which is a pretty terrible idea. Luckily, they’re saved by Sgt. Abraham and his team… and Maggie! It’s the reunion we’ve been waiting for all season! Who knew that an actual good thing would come from that tunnel? Oh my gosh. We’re verklempt.
“God, you are so beautiful,” Glenn tells Maggie. We’re overcome. Glenn introduces his wife to Tara and tells Maggie that he met Tara on the road, and that he couldn’t have gotten to where he is without her. “She’s just that kind of person.” Glenn! Killing us softly! Dying over Glenn considering Tara a friend after her inadvertent involvement with his separation from Maggie in the first place.
In a weirdly sweet moment, Glenn shows Maggie the picture of her that he has on him, and she sets it on fire because he’ll never need a picture of her ever again.
‘The Walking Dead’ Recap — Glenn, Maggie, Tara And The Rest Find Terminus
Less romantic is Daryl happening upon Henchman #1’s dead body. Looks like they take lying as seriously as claiming. In an interesting moment, Daryl looks kind of torn about his death and is about to put a ratty old blanket over him to cover his body in a show of respect for the dead, but then stops himself and drops it back on the ground. Coming to terms with being an outdoor cat, we suppose?
Daryl and Joe are becoming fast friends. Joe reveals that they, too, are going to Terminus, but that there “ain’t no sanctuary for all. Think they’re going to welcome guys like you and me with welcome arms?” Rude! Daryl isn’t like Joe! Then, Joe tells Daryl all about the house they were in, and how they’re gunning for the person who killed one of their own. Tony remembers his face. The camera pans to Tony, a dude with a huge gun with a general air of not messing around.
In the tracks, one of their group steps on the chocolate bar wrapper left behind by Carl. They’re gaining on Rick. Rick, watch yourself!
Back to the expanded Team Glenn, they finally find Terminus! A sign reads “lower your weapons. You will be met. You have arrived at Terminus.”
This actually looks like a sanctuary, y’all. Flowers everywhere, cheery decorations, even the sun is cooperating by shining all over the place. A woman turns to our weary travelers, introduces herself as Mary (Denise Crosby), and tells them: “Welcome to Terminus.”
So, HollywoodLifers, how did the penultimate episode of Season 4 treat you? Are you as tense as we are about Joe’s ragtag band of merry murderers finding Rick? Will Terminus be all it’s cracked up to be? Is Daryl getting too far in touch with his dark side? Be sure to vote and comment below!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner