Josh recaps this Season 4 Episode 15 of The Walking Dead, titled Us, which focuses on three storylines. We have the shortest, being Rick, Michonne and Carl, followed by that of Daryl, with his new crew, followed by the main storyline, Glenn and Abraham. I figured it would be easiest to discuss the storylines one by one. Let’s get into this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, titled Us!
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Episode Recap of The Walking Dead, Season 4 Episode 15: Us
- Daryl has decided to hang with the group that has found him, despite them being on the “rougher” side. Their leader, Joe, has several conversations with Daryl to convince him being in a group is better than being alone. Daryl seems hesitant to join their group, and seems to keep one foot in the group and one foot out most of the episode.
- While hunting, one of his new group’s members, Len, decides to cause problems with Daryl. Len decides to “claim” the rabbit Daryl has hunted. They are about to get to brawling when Joe breaks up the fight.
- Joe explains the rules of the group–anyone in the group must “claim” what they want. Joe lets Daryl off with a warning, splitting the rabbit between Daryl and Len. Later, Joe explains more of the rules, and the consequences for breaking the rules–a beating, which severity depends on the harshness of the rule breaking.
- While in camp, after sleeping a while, Len accuses Daryl of stealing his half of the rabbit back. Joe decides to get involved with the argument, and talks with Len. Len denies trying to set up Daryl, but Joe had apparently seen the act of Len planting the rabbit, and Len is beaten–to death.
- Back on the road, we see that Joe and his company are heading towards Terminus. Not to head to Terminus however, but to find the man to killed one of their men–Rick. Daryl, meanwhile, seems to be falling in line with his new group, “claiming” his first thing–a strawberry plant.
Rick, Carl, and Michonne
- So we start with Rick’s storyline, where Michonne and Carl are goofing around on the tracks. Rick seems a little bothered by it at first, but then seeing the happiness between the two, doesn’t seem as concerned.
- Michonne and Carl have a touching “sharing” of a candy bar scene. This candy bar wrapper comes up later with Joe and his crew tracking Rick for some vengeance…This is the last we see of Rick, Michonne and Carl this episode.
Glenn, Tara, Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita
- Eugene, Abraham, Tara, Glenn, Rosita make trip down the railroad tracks in search of Maggie. Abraham insists his mission remains to get Eugene to Washington to save the world.
- Tara is still on her penance mission, helping Glenn, even with an injured ankle, to which Abraham and Rosita both realize, while Glenn remains oblivious.
- While moving on the tracks, Glen finally sees one of Maggie’s zombie blood signs, and wants to pick up the pace. Abraham, not too keen on doing so, makes a deal for Glen’s riot gear…until the group arrives at the zombie infested railway tunnel.
- Abraham, refusing to put Eugene at risk in the tunnel, parts ways with Glenn. Tara remains with Glen while the other three plan to find a vehicle and continue their mission to Washington to “Save the world”.
- Moving into the tunnel, Glen and Tara find a collapsed bridge, which they believe happened recently. Glenn frantically searches for Maggie’s zombie body, and is relieved when he doesn’t find her. Determined, Glenn and Tara push on, trying to sneak past the wall of zombies that has formed in the tunnel.
- While this is going on, Eugene, Abraham and Rosita have commandeered a vehicle. Abraham opts for a nap, while Eugene manipulates Rosita into driving to the other side of the railway tunnel–hoping to meet up with Glenn again. They arrive at the other side, and see something–that seems shocking to Eugene and Rosita.
- Back inside the tunnel, Glenn desperately tries to free Tara’s leg, and the walkers have noticed the two. Glenn refuses to leave her behind, and begins fighting the walkers. Out of ammo, he seems to be a lost cause when six shadowy figures open fire on the walkers.
- Finally, Maggie and Glenn are reunited! Maggie, Bob, and Sasha, along with their new friends Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene, came to the rescue. After a brief rest and reunion, the group continues their journey to Terminus.
- Eugene convinces Abraham to head to Terminus, hoping to find better vehicles and perhaps reinforcements to head to Washington with. Finally reaching the end of the line–Terminus–they enter to find a woman greeting them, offering them fresh food, and welcoming them.
Josh’s Thoughts: The Walking Dead, Season 4 Episode 15: Us
I found this episode fairly middle of the road in terms of my interest. There were some interesting things going on. Oddly enough, I found the main storyline to be the least interesting of the three going on this episode. I think that is because the reunion of Maggie and Glen was inevitable, and fairly predictable. I think the best part of their storyline was Eugene, with his quirkiness, and I find it strange that he seems to be purposely derailing Abraham’s mission. He seems to be putting off his journey to Washington even though he may have the answer to saving the world. About Eugene saving the world though–so far, Abraham has just told us that he knows what caused the outbreak–who is to say that he has the answer to solving the problem? There is something more going on here than we are being told so far.
So this episode, it is confirmed that the group Daryl is with is the same group that Rick had a run in with at the abandoned house a couple episodes ago. In that episode, the men seemed barbaric, as there was something that happened downstairs that sounded horrific, but we never saw what happened there. Then we had the scene in the bedroom Rick was in, where he witnessed to friends seemingly strangle the other over a bed–obviously something that would make Rick feel uneasy in the very least. We learn this episode that it was Len that strangled the other man–Tony. Tony, we learned, was breaking the rules in that episode though. Maybe Joe’s group isn’t so bad? Perhaps Len was the bad apple and the group is just a bit harsher than others? We have learned that Joe is planning on hunting Rick down though–and given what happened to Len, Rick will probably not fare well if Joe has his way.
I really want to see Daryl’s reaction when this comes down. This group reminds me of Daryl’s relationship with Merle, and Daryl seems to be syncing up with that rhythm of his life, that he seemingly burned away with the shack from a few episodes ago.
I was happy to see Glenn and Maggie reunite, but it was pretty much expected. Although, one kind of weird moment in the reunion–Glen lied to Maggie about how he met Tara. I understand why he did, but I wonder if this will come back up later.
I am excited to see what happened with Terminus, now that finally one of the groups has made it to Terminus. Why is there no one guarding the gates? Why is it so easy to enter? What was that lady cooking on the grill? Where was everyone else at in Terminus? Can they be trusted?
I am hoping the finale is exciting, and from the scenes from next week, it looks like it will be Rick focused. He doesn’t seem to be having a good time either. I am hoping we get a few other answers as well in the finale. Where did Beth go? Are Tyreese and Carol going to make it? Will we have the big reunion in Terminus? Hopefully this second half of the season has a big pay off!
Violet’s Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 4 Episode 15: Us
This was an okay episode that actually advanced the overall storyline quite a bit, with the three different storylines that were going on. However, we barely got to see Rick, Carl, and Michonne, and it seems like the only reason for showing them was to confirm to us that they’re still following the railroad tracks to Terminus, and more importantly, to place that candy wrapper there, so that we could see that Daryl’s new group is following close behind them. In the scenes from the season finale, it looks like Rick runs into some trouble, and I’m going to guess that it might be from Daryl’s group catching up to him.
Speaking of Daryl’s group, did anyone else feel like Daryl was acting really weird and out of character this episode? He was letting them push him around and was obeying like he was a child (a very well-behaved child, that is), without saying a word! It just seemed really odd, considering that we are used to him acting more macho and tough. On the other hand, I guess he just realizes he is outnumbered, so he really doesn’t have much of a choice but to comply. I wonder if Len’s accusation about a girl messing Daryl up in the head hit a bit close to home for Daryl? Maybe he thought there was truth in what Len said. In any case, it seems like Daryl has fallen in line with his new group, at least for the moment. He probably feels comfortable settling back into the drifter life that he is so familiar with. He doesn’t know that everyone else from the prison group is heading to Terminus, and most likely figures there’s no chance of him ever seeing Beth again, so why not join up with this group and abide by their rules? What happens when the group finds Rick, is the question. I would assume that Daryl helps Rick out, though he might have a moment of hesitation where it looks like he’s going to help out the drifter group, but in the end stays true to Rick.
So I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get to find out what kind of gamer Tara was before the apocalypse! Eugene asks her that question, but then it cuts to another scene before she answers. Okay, okay, I think we can safely assume that Tara was not a gamer. In the last episode with Eugene, I had thought he was autistic, but we got to hear him talk a lot more this episode, and now it seems like he’s just an awkward nerd that isn’t very good at socializing with people. We learned from this episode that Eugene, Abraham, and Rosita got from Houston to where they are now with Eugene navigating. Does this mean that they all started out from Houston, or was that just the point at which Eugene started navigating? What are Eugene’s credentials to qualify him to think he can save the world? NASA is in Houston, was Eugene some sort of NASA scientist? Is this going to turn out to be some sort of weird theory about the virus coming from outer space or from aliens? Eugene seems like he would be the type to make something like that up and truly believe it’s plausible. A conspiracy theorist, if you will.
Anyway, so Maggie and Glenn reunite, hooray! That was easy. However, I had a dream the other night that Glenn died. Then the next morning, I was listening to the radio, and Ryan Seacrest was talking about how he thought Glenn was going to die in the season finale. That got me thinking that it does make sense for Glenn to die. The show gave us our Maggie/Glenn reunion, so I wouldn’t put it past them to take Glenn away right after that. Besides, with Maggie burning Glenn’s picture of her, and saying he’ll never need it again, well, it’s true that if he’s dead, then he won’t need it!
So, what’s up with Terminus? Why were all the gates unlocked? Why was it so easy to get in? Aren’t they worried about zombies getting in? The place gave off a very cult-like vibe. (Or maybe I’ve just been watching The Following too much.) Where is Beth? Is she already there? Is she going to pop out and say hi? I’m not sure that we’ll get much more answers about Terminus in the season finale, as Rick’s group still needs to get there, as does Daryl’s group, as well as Tyreese and Carol, and it seems like the season finale will be very Rick-focused. It’ll probably end with all of them reaching Terminus, and us being no more the wiser about what Terminus is all about. Hopefully the season finale is a good one, and not a letdown like the Season 3 finale!
Scenes from The Walking Dead, Season 4 Episode 16: A
Here are scenes from the season finale of The Walking Dead, titled A: