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Episode Recap of The Walking Dead, Season 5 Episode 15: Try
So this episode of The Walking Dead opens with Deana mourning her son by listening to his terrible techno-ish type music. Carol, in the meantime, is perpetuating her visage of being a weak, invisible woman by dropping off tuna casserole for Deanna’s family. Deanna doesn’t seem interested though, burning the card Carol left. We also see Sasha going a little crazy in her watch tower, shooting walker after walker for sport it seems. Her face says she is still really broken, though.
Nicholas and Glenn
After the opening sequence, that jerk Nicholas is spewing terrible lies about what went down on their run last episode. Man, I hate that coward. He is telling Deanna what happened, and he now is making the case for kicking Rick and company out of the group. It looks like the tension is mounting even further. Deanna seems to be trying to remain levelheaded so far, but she is clearly distraught over her son dying. But Nicholas seems to tell lies about every aspect of what really happened.
Outside, Glenn is telling Rick what really happened. Glenn seems really broken up about what happened to Noah. Rick then reveals to Glenn his plan to maybe take over the town. Glenn seems to be, even after what he went through, wanting to coexist with this group. Rick, on the other hand, is looking more and more like Shane as this season goes on.
Later in the episode, Glenn decides to approach Nicholas, and tells him to never go outside the walls again. Nicholas asks if that is a threat, but Glenn has a very pragmatic answer–he is actually saving him. Glenn “drops the mic,” and walks away.
But we get a big reveal from Nicholas a little later. He actually is the one who stole Rick’s gun. We see him retrieve it…Is Glenn going to be his target?
Carol and Rick
Rick then talks to Carol, and they discuss Pete. Thankfully here, Rick seems to shows some semblances of sanity by not saying outright he will kill Pete. Bad news, if Carol is telling the truth, Sam has told her more information about what Pete is doing. I had a feeling it was true, given how much of a drunkard Pete is, but again, not sure killing Pete is the right thing to do…
Rick goes outside. Pete decides to stroll on up, just when Rick happens to be holding his stolen revolver. Rick manages to tell Pete to “keep walking,” but it is obvious what Rick is really wanting to do…
Michonne, Sasha, Rosita, Carl and Enid
The next morning, Michonne seems to be struggling now herself, even though she was the biggest proponent to move to Alexandria. She stares at her laundry basket for a while as if it were foreign to her. The little things like that must mess you up being “outside” for so long. She has little time to think about it though, as Rosita tells Michonne that Sasha is outside the wall, and is hunting walkers with no sleep.
Michonne and Rosita find her, and she is still plucking away at the walkers. Michonne tries to talk sense into her, but then for some reason the three decide to take some frustration out on the walkers. It looks like no one is really settling into their new home too well.
But Sasha tells Michonne off, and tells her that no one can help her. She feels like she has lost everything, while everything seems to be working out for everyone else, even though that’s not quite the case…
Also outside the wall is Carl, who finds Enid. Despite the eminent danger of walkers, they have a chance to be a kid, running around through the forest. They look like fairly normal kids for the time being. Then Enid has some fun with a walker, using a cooking timer to distract them.
They spend more time together, and talk some. They get a visit from some walkers, and Enid has a perfect hiding spot–in a hollowed out tree. This works out perfectly for Carl–he gets to get really close to Enid! They have a quick hand touch, and it looks like we might have some young love developing.
Rick, Pete and Deanna
Rick has a talk with Deanna, who is visiting the grave of the four people that have died. Rick talks to Deanna about Pete. She already knew what was going on. She has been turning a blind eye due to his job of being a surgeon (does anyone really want a drunken surgeon working on them?). Rick wants to jail him, kill him, or something, but Deanna doesn’t really want to. Her best solution is exile, and Rick doesn’t like it. Deana insists that execution will never ever happen. Deanna then pseudo-threatens to send him away. Foreshadowing? Hmm…
Rick decides to pay visit to Jessie. Rick tells her he knows about Pete. He goes so far to say that, if she asks him to, he will make it stop. At first she refuses the help, but then, after some more talking, asks for help. She does ask one question–if he would do this for anyone, or just for her. He says just for her. That is disappointing. Rick, if he felt he was truly helping someone, would help anyone in trouble if he could. Rick makes a “point” to Jessie, that outside and inside the walls is the “same”, that you have to fight or die. That seems a bit extreme to me, especially if it is a group of people that actually wants to coexist for the good of everyone.
Pete has terrible timing. Pete, drunk, tells Rick to get out, but Rick seems ready to make his move. Rick takes a few punches, and tells Pete to stop. But things escalate quickly with Pete and Rick duking it out, going through Jessie’s nice living room window (who is going to pay for that damage!? Do they have homeowner’s insurance?!). Jessie tries to break up the fight, but Pete pushes her away. Carl then does the same thing, and gets pushed away by Rick. These are two rabid animals out to kill each other.
The ruckus has drawn a crowd though. Rick gets Pete in a chokehold, but Deanna comes and tells Rick to stop. Rick does–after some hesitation. But Rick goes full on crazy next–drawing a gun on Deanna and other Alexandrians. Rick goes on a tirade, about how little these Alexandrians know. He tells Deanna that everyone has to fight or die, but his “eloquent “speech” is broken up by Michonne, who cold clocks him in the head. I guess someone had to shut him up.
Meanwhile, Sasha is still going to town from her watchtower, killing walkers. There seems to be quite a bit of them, and they have “W”s on their head…
Daryl and Aaron
And finally, outside the walls, Daryl and Aaron have spotted a camp. They investigate it further and find a disturbing scene. A woman was tied, naked to a tree, and allowed to be eaten by walkers. Also, some limbs are found, but no torso/head. That seems oddly familiar…Oh, and a “W” is carved into the woman’s head. This “W” can’t be a good sign.
Josh’s Thoughts: The Walking Dead, Season 5 Episode 15: Try
So, we can safely say that Rick has lost this mind. He is clearly taking on the role of Shane. Pining for another man’s woman. Saying everything is fight or die, sounds just like the man he killed a few seasons ago. The one saving grace is that at least Pete is a douche too. I would really like Rick to turn around from this. Personally, it feels really out of character to me. But let’s talk about predictions!
We have a lot going on this episode that will most definitely be a part of the finale. I think these people causing trouble outside the walls are going to make themselves known. I also think there is a possibility that Rick could be banished from Alexandria. I think that would be short lived, and the run-in with whoever this group outside is might be the reason Rick comes back inside. Regardless, I think that the two groups inside Alexandria will unite out of necessity to thwart whatever external force they will have to deal with very soon.
The big question mark for me is Nicholas. Since he retrieved his stolen gun right after talking to Glenn, I have a feeling that gun might have Glenn’s name on it. Maybe Nicholas feels Glenn needs to be shut-up, worried that if Glenn talks, then he might be in some trouble.
Overall I have big hopes for this finale. It has had a pretty good build up, so hopefully it is awesome!
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 5 Episode 15 of The Walking Dead: Try
Well, things escalated rather quickly this episode! In regards to Rick and Pete, that is. At the beginning of this episode, judging by Rick’s reaction, I thought it was kind of a false alarm at the end of the last episode, when Carol said they had to kill Pete. It seemed like Rick thought maybe she was overreacting, and wasn’t going to take such drastic action. I mean, this is Carol after all, the woman whose solution to everything is to kill the person making trouble, and this is Rick, the man who banished Carol for doing so. It seemed like Rick might have been tempted to kill him, but was trying to restrain himself from doing so, especially when he was gripping his gun, while telling Pete to “keep walking.”
But then things took a turn when Rick went to Jessie offering to “take care of” Pete. I thought her question and his answer was odd: whether he would do this for anyone, and the answer was no, just her. I wasn’t sure how she would take that, and I wasn’t sure that was a true answer. The Rick we know, he would do what he could to protect others. I almost thought that since he said he would only do it for her, she would think it was wrong, and wouldn’t accept his help. But apparently, she felt “special” that he would only do it for her. And then this leads to Rick pretty much going crazy.
So much other stuff going on this episode too, especially with the “W” walkers. It feels like things are really ramping up for what could be an amazing season finale. Will we find out what this “W” means? What’s going to happen to Rick after his outburst? What’s Nicholas going to do with that gun? On The Talking Dead last week, I believe it was confirmed that the group would have a fatality. Who could it be? Could Sasha’s instability lead to her ultimate demise? Will Daryl and Aaron make it back to Alexandria for the season finale, or will they still be out recruiting? Will they run into the “W” people? I’m really not sure what to expect, but I am really excited that it’s a 90 minutes episode, rather than the usual 1 hour episode! Bring it on!
Scenes from The Walking Dead, Season 5 Episode 16: Conquer – the season finale!
Here are scenes from the season finale of The Walking Dead, titled Conquer: