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The Walking Dead S05E14 Recap

March 17, 2015

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow…

Okay, now can Rick take over the damn town?

Those stupid Alexandria jackasses. I swear. “Spend” took us through several gripping stories (complete with some truly gnarly, shocking deaths) that demonstrated just how ignoble the denizens of this sleepy little delusional berg really are.

At first it seemed like Rick and Carol were overreacting. Like they were the ones bringing the darkness into Alexandria. Hell, that turncoat coward Gabriel still seems to think so. But now, thanks to “Spend,” we got shown, up close and brutally personal, the true evil of the townsfolk. We saw what a sniveling lot they were. I mean, Eugene, of all people, made most of these guys look like bath mats. And I loved that moment when, in the end, he turned off the van engine and stepped out to confront Nicholas. Not that he wound up doing anything (he’s still inept for the most part) but even he knows by now not to leave people behind. And, more than anyone else probably, he can spot a coward who’s just saved their own skin.

“Spend” caught us up with some of the characters who’ve taken a backseat over the last few episodes. Gabriel, who’s still a hypocritical garbage person. Eugene, who actually got a bit of a redemptive arc here. And Abraham, who’s feeling all sorts of antsy. I’m not sure what his problem was when he was in his own bathroom, or when he was psyching himself up for a walker horde that he knew was coming, but a big ol’ smile crept across his face when he was surrounded by zombies and bashing their brains in. Saving a woman named Francine in the process. Mother dick, indeed.

The Walking Dead: “Spend” Photo Preview:

The Walking Dead: “Spend” Photos

The Walking Dead: “Spend” Photos

The Walking Dead: “Spend” Photos

The Walking Dead: “Spend” Photos

The Walking Dead: “Spend” Photos

The Walking Dead: “Spend” Photos

But unlike what happened with Glenn’s group, Tobin went back and actually recommended to Deanna that Abraham take over as leader building crew. He flat out said that if everyone had followed the set rules, Francine would be dead. Glenn, on the other hand, had to deal with a couple of total s***heels. And poor Noah wound up paying the (really gory) price. That entire revolving door trap scenario was really tense and well done. Especially the part where Glenn had to watch Noah get ripped apart right in front of him. Man, that was brutal.

Truthfully, Aiden was starting to listen to Glenn more. Except for the part about not shooting the zombie soldier’s grenade. He even sort of made Glenn give up on him, though perhaps if he knew just how totally horrible his death was going to be – and that he’d be alive through most of the disemboweling – he might have chosen otherwise. Through his death though, we also learned that he and Nicholas were the ones who abandoned their own people before. Not that we couldn’t have guessed at that.

And then there was Deanna, who was already starting to turn her nose up at another one of Rick’s group getting a promotion. What a dolt. She and Gabriel deserve each other.

Rick’s Group Ruins Everything

Look, as you can see, this episode’s got me all heated. Which, I think, is the sign of a good hour of TV. Especially Walking Dead. I’m actually getting more bothered by the behavior of the people in Alexandria than I ever was by those in Woodbury. Chain up walkers and watch them get pulverized? I don’t care. Gun down people because you think they might be threat to your town? Okay. Sketchy, but okay. But live a life of safety and security to the point where you become a craven wimp who will run to save his own skin before helping out a friend? You can rot, pal.

Oh, and then there’s “day drunk” Pete and the fact that he’s beating his wife and son to the point where the son would rather freakin’ hang out with the mean woman who threatened to feed him to walkers. At first I thought, “What’s with this kid and cookies? C’mon.” But then came the reveal that he didn’t actually want to be home. And while Carol being really blunt with Sam was good for a chuckle, it was also indicative of her own need not to get close to people.

And yes, I did expect Noah to last longer than this. So while I mourn that he didn’t stick around longer I also readily admit that it was a good shock. I didn’t see it coming. I figured Nicholas would try to do something shifty, but that he’d get punished for it and eaten. This was way worse (though way better, dramatically). And Noah had just found a new role in the town too. One where, after a while, he probably wouldn’t have had to be part of the run crew anymore.


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