Walking Dead 5.15 – Try

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Previously! Deanna and NPR Chairperson Reg mourn their dead son by listening to Trent Reznor, as you do. Reg is moved to tears by the ’90s emo, and I’m crying, too, Reg. Because Carol made you guys a sympathy tuna casserole, with a “We’re truly sorry for your loss” card, which Deanna promptly sets on fire. She then leaves the tuna noodles out on the porch, and that’s how you get ants, Deanna.


Sasha is continuing her PTSD story arc by spending waaaaay too much time in the guard tower sniping Walkers. I know I’m supposed to care, but I don’t. Why? I can’t put my finger on it, but I just don’t care. Maybe because all the show has her doing is looking terrified, angry, and determined as she shoots things. It’s… hmm. I just don’t connect to her anymore, and that makes me sad because I really liked the character before Bob. Maybe that’s on me?

And just what we predicted would happen does: Nicholas, in his interview that Deanna apparently requires everyone to do when people come back after things go FUBAR, he lies through his teeth about what went down, blaming Glenn for distracting Aiden and then says Glenn did everything he did. DIRTY MOTHER TRUCKER. Deanna takes it in, tells him he and Glenn are on probation until she gets to the bottom of this. Of course Nicholas thinks she’s not seeing this for what it is. [LIES???]

Deanna: You don’t know what I see. And I see a great deal.

She looks undead herself as she watches his recorded video late at night. But does she see? I still can’t get a bead on her.

Rick interviews Glenn, getting the real story. In the background is a red balloon tethered to a boat on the little pond—a symbol of the town’s childishness and also a warning. Carol and Rick meet, next, and she’s wants to know if he’s gonna kill Pete. No? Ok, but Sam told Carol that his mom put a lock on the inside of his closet so he could lock himself away safely when Daddy goes into one of his rages. It gets bad over there. Bad enough to kill? Carol seems to think so, and thinks its a good way for him to be with Jessie. UH, WOW, CAROL.

Rick sees the red balloon again, the danger sign clear and representative of him holding on by a thread, and loads up his handgun. Pete comes stumbling over, “Hey new buddy!! You okay? Friiiiieeeeend?” KEEP WALKING. They stare off, he doesn’t see that Rick has his gun pulled at his hip. DAMN. Rick is definitely hanging on by a thread.

OH HEY MICHONNE STILL EXISTS. She goes off in search of Sasha, leaving her uniform behind. This is wonderful, because she’s still trying to decide how she feels about everything—she doesn’t look too happy to be there at this point. She even says to Rosiate that she’s worried she’s getting too comfortable, too complacent in Alexandria. “I feel like I was asleep in there.” Big decision coming for her.

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“All around me are familiar faces… Worn out places, worn out faces.”

Deanna, standing over Aiden’s grave, is approached by Rick approaches, asking about how she’s doing.

Rick: So. Porch Dick. That’s a big problem, huh?
Deanna: Yeah, we all hoped he’d cut that out eventually
Rick: YOU KNEW? And no. It hasn’t.
Deanna: He’s a surgeon! He saves lives.
Me: AND?
Rick: So let’s separate them. Tell him that’s how it is.
Deanna: Yeah, that’ll keep him away. And when he goes back?
Rick: We kill him.
Deanna: WE DON’T KILL HERE! I campaigned on an anti-death penalty platform! We’ll just kick him out and let the world kill him so I don’t have to feel responsible, because my thinking on this only goes skin deep.
Rick: Yeah, this world is pretty harsh, so we have to make those harsh decisions, lady.
Deanna: Harsh decisions? Like with my son? I wouldn’t kill you. I’d just send you away.

She’s pretty angry looking here. And I still think it’s naive to send people away. They could gather up reinforcements and plot a hostile takeover. Ahem.

CORL goes looking for Enid, who tells him that he scares her, and she just wants to hang out by herself. “CATCH ME!” She cries, running all free and joyful, Carl in hot pursuit, ha ha! Life is a romp! It’s all fun and games until Walkers show up, though. She throws a wind up alarm at it so they can leisurely get away. Pretty smart until you realize it’ll keep making noise, drawing more Walkers to it.

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Look at that photogenic kid, my word. But let’s cut his hair, hmm?

They find a picturesque spot in the woods to chill, talk about teen stuff: using witch hazel for zits, the right kind of granite rocks for knife sharpening, hopes and dreams, making noise bombs, You know: teen stuff. He wants to know her story, but they don’t have time. There are too many Walkers in the distance, so they hide in a hollowed out tree???? Because reasons!??? SHE IS SO TURNED ON BY DANGER, YOU GUYS. HAND HOLDING COMMENCES. AWWWW. A good-sized herd moves past them. What’s bringing them?? AND WHY THE W ON THEIR HEADS?!?

Glenn finds Nicholas and calls him out on the deaths, that it’s on him. “You have to carry that. People like you are supposed to be dead, but these walls went up just in time, so you’re not. You don’t go out those walls anymore. And that’s how you’re gonna survive.”

Glenn: Someone who knows who you are.
Me: OoooOOoooh.
Dickbag Nick: You threatening me?
Glenn: NO. I’m saving you.

Glenn is good people, you guys.

Later, we see that Nicholas is who has taken Rick’s handgun and has hidden it in the woods. Oho! Sasha is out hunting Wabbits, by which I mean Walkers. Michonne and Rosita find her, where she tells them she’s tired of playing defense, but damn, it’s a big herd coming up on them. My big question: SASHA. WHY ARE YOU USING A SNIPER AT SUCH CLOSE RANGE?? That is ridiculous.

Michonne, flashing back on her buried anger, joins in, helping taking them out. “This isn’t for you,” she says when Sasha tells her to leave them. Michonne even helps her at one point, but Sasha doesn’t like that.

Sasha: It worked out for you! You can’t help me! Nobody can. Noah… I told him he wouldn’t make it. [stalks off, emotionally dead inside]

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Yeah, I just don’t care about this. There’s nothing for me to care ABOUT. She was away from Tyrese for too long, she closed herself off early and we didn’t get her backstory, so she just seems like she’s making dumb decisions to me.

Daryl and Aaron, looking for new recruits, notice there are more Walkers around than usual. And also a light burning in a house in the distance. They also come upon some dismembered bodies, just like the ones from Noah’s neighborhood, except there are parts missing: torsos, heads. They’re fresh. There’s a naked woman bound to a tree, dead, her belly eaten out. Was she banished from some horrible group? She’s fresh, too. She also has a W on her forehead, and she slowly awakens as a Walker, leaving Daryl to brain-box her. WHAT IS GOING ON.

Rick goes to see Jessie and comes right out with it: Porch Dick is hitting you. It has to stop. She says it will. Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard this before. This is a cycle, lady, and you can’t break it. Rick tells her as much. He cares, okay? He’s trying to help, but she can’t see that. She’s married, and she can take care of herself. She closes the garage door on him.

Everything in their town looks normal, people chatting on the porch, kids walking dogs, a kid running with a boat, a red balloon tied to it, now symbolizing Rick’s passion and desperation. He storms into her house and tells her that Sam asked for a gun to protect her. She should want more than just living. It should be about more than just enduring. She has to fight or die, just like outside the walls. And he doesn’t want her to die. [Note the LIVE on the mantelpiece, haha!] He says he can help her, can keep her safe.


She wants to know why he cares so much. Would he do this for anyone?

Rick: No. No.
Jessie: [realizes this handsome man—albeit a disturbingly intense one—is making her feel things] OKAY. HELP ME.
Porch Dick: Uh. Yeah, get your gee dee hands off my wife and get outta here.
Jessie: No.
PD: …excuse me?

Porch Dick shakes his head at this, because yeah, NO. He gets all up in Jessie’s grill, leaving Rick to throw a punch. Porch Dick apparently isn’t as soft as he looked to me and has a pretty strong right cross, and now they’re going at it, fighting dirty, grappling, choking each other out, and we don’t know who’s winning. They fling themselves through a window, as you do.

The neighbors go nuts, they’re all watching the fight. It’s bloody and awful, Jessie tries to get Porch Dick off, so he hits her to get her away. Carl even tries to separate them, but Rick pushes him out of the way. It isn’t until Deanna tells them to stop, before there’s a break, leaving Rick to pull a damn gun on her, then pointing it at the crowd.

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“OR WHAT? YOU’RE GONNA KICK ME OUT?! None of you get it! We know what needs to be done and we do it. We’re the ones who live. You sit, plan, and hesitate. You pretend like you know when you don’t. You wish things weren’t what they are. You want to live? You want this place to stay standing? Your way of doing things is done. Starting now we have to live in the real world, control who lives here.”

Deanna: That’s never been more clear than right now.

Rick: YOU MEAN ME? [laughs] You’re gonna destroy this place.

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Let’s talk about that, because she’s in her uniform. She’s decided. Safety and security is worth fighting for. Sasha becoming unhinged is a result of their group not having that, and Michonne can remember that all too clearly. She wants to stay, and she doesn’t want Rick messing it up for them. She’s pretty much the only person who could have done that and not been on Rick’s revenge list, I think. I don’t even think Daryl could have pulled him away, honestly.

RICK AND SHANE COMPARISONS: Shane had some valid points about culling the herd and about survival. Were they harsh? Of course. Was he right? …mostly. Shane’s biggest problem was his own hubris, his sense of importance, his feelings for Lori, and his willingness to sacrifice helpful and skill-essential people, like Otis.

And Rick is following those same footsteps, with one exception: while Porch Dick is skill-essential, he’s not helpful ultimately. He’s a bad egg. But does he need to die? My solution to the Porch Dick problem is to tell him he’s done having authority and access to Jessie and Sam, and then Jessie Pinkman that jerk in the hospital. That’s where he lives now, that’s where he gets to be, he doesn’t leave, he’s allowed food and shelter and protection in return for surgical services. One more big mistake (maybe taking a life to assert dominance or something Grady Hospital-esque) and he’s dead. Not banished, but dead. This is the apocalypse, and the old rules don’t always apply.

WHAT IS THE W? My current theory (and remember, I’m SPOILER FREE, please help keep me that way) is based off the ominous reminder that Deanna’s banished people in the past. Do they give them the mark of Cain? Is that what the W is? Or is this revenge from the banished person/people, killing other humans, marking them, and turning them out in hopes they’ll overwhelm Alexandria? That’s my guess, at any rate.

IS THIS THE ULTIMATE END OF THE RICKTATORSHIP? Banishing him would be stupid. But other than an overhaul, I’m not sure how they can make this work. Thoughts?


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  • KatyHart

    I’m not entirely sure how to feel about the whole Alexandria arc to be honest. I get that some of them want and need the reassurance that life can return to some sort of normal. But Rick is also right. This is the real world. Normal has a new meaning. This whole arc just has me shaking my head and wishing for a little more zombie action. (Not that I mind character stuff, but none of the character stuff is making any sense!)

    • WhovianChick

      I’m enjoying the arc for the most part – except for this like 0 to 60 obsession with Jessie that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. But to be fair, he went to try and do this without violence. It was Porch Dick who really started the violence. Rick also went to Deanna first…so Rick was trying to do this without it turning out…exactly how it did.

      Rick is also 100% right about these people and what needs to be done. Unfortunately, um…Rick let his crazy show and getting them to peacefully listen to that has likely flown right out the window.

      However, the problem Deanna has is…she has to know on some level he’s right, and there’s zero chance she exiles Rick and the rest of the Grimes Gang stands by and allows it, or doesn’t leave with him. At least anyone worth a damn. I think Michonne stepped in to keep him from tripping even further over the edge. I refuse to believe Michonne would stay behind to toe the line while they kicked Rick out.

      • WhovianChick

        Also …assuming they don’t run into their own drama to deal with (more than they have already, at the moment the threat is still unseen) …when Daryl and Aaron get back they are going to be like WTH??? I’m actually assuming that the will return with some sort of dire news that’ll cause the folks at Alexandria to focus on a threat that’s much bigger than Rick and the fact he comes unhinged every now and again…like one does. (that’s said as a non-comic reader and just a gut feeling with us coming up on the 90 minute season finale)

      • Eddie H

        The fact that his obsession came on so fast is an indication that it is not stemming from a healthy mind.

  • WhovianChick

    Also – why did we not address what Maggie heard Father Gabriel say? I mean, I know there was a lot of drama with Glenn arriving with Noah and Aiden having been killed…but I refuse to believe she sat on what she overheard without having given someone a head’s up.

    And if she did, I can’t believe this would not have been something the group (even if just the Rick and Carol Power Cabal) would have discussed. Because it’s a very important detail…when you’ve got the good father selling them out and calling them the devil. I’m not saying it would have given Rick any kind of pause during this disaster…but it may have changed how he approached things.

    Or maybe it wouldn’t have. Maybe she did tell them and we didn’t see it because they all went “Well yeah, duh…of course they don’t trust us yet”…but I’d liked to have seen that.

    I’m also a little miffed that when Rick took this to Deanna, which means beyond just the Power Cabal, that he didn’t discuss it with Michonne, since they were technically partners. Now, I could see the decision being made that Porch Dick taking another woman seriously …that chance was about zero, and so it should be Rick, but it still could have been addressed between the two of them.

    Rick’s reasoning is completely sound, it’s just the …obsession he developed with Jessie from the moment he saw her that is really bothering me…because it’s really out of character. Unless we’re explaining this as him needing SOMETHING to obsess over now that they are “safe”…except that doesn’t fly either because he’s been obsessing over how freaking daft these people are (and they are!) since they arrived…

  • Karen

    So does this mean that Deanna is Dawn 2.0? That she’s going to let what she thinks of as lessor crimes (such as spousal abuse/rape) go unpunished in order to maintain her leadership and keep the “bigger picture” in mind? She needs to die as much as Dawn did.
    And why is Rick to quickly obsessed with Jessie? Why does he want to save her, when he admits he wouldn’t do the same for anyone else? She’s not “all that”, that I can see. Is it just that she represents Lori 2.0 and normality? Inquiring minds and all that.
    Glad Rick asked Carol about her concern for Jessie, if only to let the audience know that Carol hasn’t gone cold to other people. She cares about Sam and Jessie, even though she doesn’t know them all that well. And I’d like to think she wants to save them from their abuser, because she wasn’t able to save Sofia or herself. She’s strong now, though, and can face abusive men and stare them down, if not actually give them a beat down.
    Good for Glenn for putting Nicholas in his place. I hope Nicholas tries something and that gives Glenn an excuse to shoot him.
    Don’t care about Carl and Enid’s burgeoning romance. It frankly bores me.

  • Tiffany

    Okay soooo..I feel like everyone is being way harsh, lol!

    I don’t feel like Rick is suddenly obsessed with Jessie. I actually feel like Jessie has been throwing it at him and at first he wasn’t quite sure if she was being nice (the haircut) but then at the party she kept seeking him out, so he tested the waters (cheek kiss) and that’s when he was like “okay just as I suspected no one is just being nice – you want something. I’ll give you a piece of sexy, wild-eyed, Rick Grimes! Oh yeah I’m also taking this shyt over. Y’all are now under a Ricktatorship..”.

    I don’t think Rick actually likes Jessie, I think what’s pulling him in is her vulnerability, low ability to survive in the ZA – it makes him want to help but it also disgust him. And I think that is Rick’s overall beef with ASZ, he wants to help them but he’s also so disgusted by their lack of connection to the harsh realities outside that “gated community” he feels like THEY don’t deserve it.

    I think part of the reason the plan is not going well is BECAUSE Michonne wasn’t included. Despite all of Ricks big plans, it was Michone who convinced him to give it a try. She still has reservations too and she def would have tempered his plans some. I highly doubt she would stay if Rick & Co. we’re exiled.

    I’m excited for Carl to find a girly friend. I thought the slow mo running and hiding was cute! The new world says we can admit to seeing and experiencing really bad stuff without needing to go into detail, then run through woods, then be ready for zombie herds!