The Walking Dead Recap: Slayed to Rest

The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3

Picking up right where last week’s episode of The Walking Dead left off, “Four Walls and a Roof” not only revealed whether poor shish ke-Bob got a reprieve, it also let us know the fate of Gareth and his blood-thirsty supper club, and brought Daryl back to the fold with…

Um, where’s Carol?

Read on, and we’ll investigate together.

WORST CASE OF FOOD POISONING EVER | As the hour opened, Gareth was still mouthing off to his meal, saying horrifying things like “I think pretty people taste better” when at last Bob’s tears turned to laughter, and he gleefully informed his captor that he’d been bitten. “I’m tainted meat!” he shouted. (And yes, I can hear you all also shouting, “We told ya so!”

Meanwhile, Sasha figured out that her beau was MIA (along with Daryl and Carol), leading Rick to question Gabriel so aggressively that the preacherman finally confessed the reason “You’ll burn for this” was carved into a wall outside his church: When the walkers began, you know, walking, he refused to let his congregation take refuge in their house of worship.

As this was going on, Team Gareth returned Bob (minus that leg) to the church lawn. Once safely retrieved, he related what had happened to him and noted that Daryl and Carol had not been with him, they drove off. And, already having been infected, he refused medical treatment. (Crap. So no Hershel Special for him, then?

Naturally, Sasha wanted to know why, if Bob had been bitten back at the food bank, he hadn’t told her. His heartbreakingly sweet reply: If he had, it would have become all about the end, “and I really liked the middle.” (Pass. The. Tissues.)

FORK IN THE… ROAD | Given the double dose of human and walker danger surrounding them, Abraham wanted to extract Eugene’s precious, precious brain from the situation and head for D.C. right then and there, and to hell with Daryl and Carol. Yeah, no freakin’ way, said Rick, sparking an argument over who would get the bus that might have turned violent, had not Tara and then Glenn intervened. In the end, Abraham agreed to stick around for 12 hours to help Team Rick serve Gareth and his cronies their just desserts. In return, when Abraham and his posse took off, Glenn, Maggie and Tara would go with them.

With that settled, Rick set his secret plan in motion, and Tyreese encouraged Sasha not to seek revenge but stay behind and savor her last moments with Bob. Instead, she handed her brother her knife and asked him to put it through Bob’s head, should he pass away.

CHOPPED | So what was Rick’s big plan, the one that was so daring that even Rosita was like, “You sure?” Turned out, he planned to lead his group’s toughest members away from the church as if they were headed for the elementary school where Gareth’s gang was holed up. But rather than go all the way to the school, Rick and Co. would double back, wait for the baddies to enter the church, then get the drop on them when they least expected it.

And man, did the gamble ever pay off!

“No point in begging, right?” Gareth said after being winged by Rick. And, in fact, there was no point in begging. And no point in reiterating that he and his pals hadn’t always been man-eating psychos. But, if there was no hope for them to reach some sort of an agreement, why hadn’t Team Rick just finished the job when they started shooting? Because Team Rick didn’t wanna waste the bullets, Rick explained. And then he, Abraham, Michonne and Sasha went to town on the baddies, brutally hacking them to bits. (Added bonus: Michonne was able to retrieve her sword from one of the bodies.)

Afterwards, a horrified Gabriel — who, c’mon, is in no position to judge anyone! — whimpered, “This is the Lord’s house.” To which Maggie responded grimly, “No. It’s just four walls and a roof.”

PARTING WORDS | The next morning, everyone said their goodbyes to Bob, who thanked Rick for taking him in and reminding him that there are good people left in the world. “Even in light of current events,” Bob insisted that he still believed “nightmares end, and they shouldn’t end who you are.” And, though he added that that was “just this dying man’s opinion,” Rick told him that he’d take it.

Next, Bob shared a last moment with Sasha, during which she wanted to play his optimistic game one more time. What is the good that can come out of this bad? she asked (leaving a lump in my throat the size of a bowling ball). But before Bob could answer, he (sniff) was (sob) gone. (Bless his heart, Tyreese came in before the body was even cold and took his sister’s knife from her so that she wouldn’t have to put it through Bob’s skull himself.)

Outside, Team Abraham shoved off with Maggie, Glenn and Tara in tow. (Thankfully, nobody cried.) Once they were gone, Rick opened the map of the route to D.C. that the departees would be following and found a note from the ginger hulk: “Sorry, I was an a–hole. Come to Washington. The new world’s gonna need Rick Grimes.”

Shortly thereafter, Rick pitched in as Tyreese dug graves for the slaughtered cannibals and asked the $64 thousand question: How was your trip to Terminus? “It killed me,” replied the gentle giant. “No, it didn’t,” said Rick, offering us, if not his friend, hope that savagery was not their only option.

OUT OF THE WOODS | That evening, Gabriel joined Michonne as she stood watch over the church and told her that, since his confession, he had been extra haunted by his sins. Before they could get too deep into their conversation, though, Michonne heard a noise and went to investigate.

Hurrah! It was Daryl! “Where’s Carol?” Michonne asked. And, rather than say something like, “Oh, she’s behind me, you know how pokey she is,” he turned around and said, “Come on out.” But we never saw who was behind him. So, um, cliffhanger much?

OK, your turn. What did you think of the episode? How cruel was the show, making Bob so damn lovable and then killing him off? Who do you think is behind Daryl? Carol? Beth? Morgan? Hit the comments!

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101 Comments
  1. brooke says:

    I think Daryl found Morgan

    • L says:

      Not a chance.

    • Rohit Bhamra says:

      Darryl either found Morgan, Or Morales (check the actor who plays Morales’s twitter)

    • Gina says:

      Daryl doesn’t know Morgan.

      • Meredith says:

        I don’t think that necessarily matters. He might know OF Morgan. Morgan might have mentioned he’s coming from Rick’s hometown, and Daryl might have heard that there was a guy back there Rick knew. The lack of outside entertainment makes me think you’d probably describe the currently-but-not-always crazy guy who shot at you but made great booby traps and defenses we might want to try at the prison. Which they did. It would have taken a conversation, but Daryl and Morgan could have figured out the connection.

        It seems to me that they’re not going to be staying at the church long, because why would they? Garreth said they’d been leaving blazes on trees to mark their trail, and Morgan was following the blazes. He’s heading for them, and if Rick and company want to find Glen, Maggie, and the rest, they don’t want to waste too much time because it’s not like the road to DC is likely to be smooth sailing. They have to connect with Morgan soon or they never will. In that case, why would the show have reintroduced the character?

    • Teag says:

      Tyler James Williams. I guarantee it.

    • G says:

      I’m going with Morgan and either Carol or Beth. When Sasha was looking down the night scope earlier in the episode that hood looked familiar.

      Daryl says “come on out” because there is more than one individual behind him.

    • Jack says:

      Daryl doesnt know Morgan

    • Wordsmith says:

      From the big setup, it seems like Daryl may have come back with several people in tow, some of them possibly wounded.

    • Ken Lee says:

      Daryl wouldn’t know what Morgan even looked like. Only people who have seen Morgan are Rick, Carl and Michonne

  2. Bwhit says:

    I like this balance they have Rick at now. He isn’t this total dictator and he isn’t a puddle of himself like last season. I am happy he didn’t let Gareth go and ended the threat. I also like tha they are returning to why and what the virus may be and how to cure it. The preview with Beth looks like they may be testing something on people because it seems like she wakes up in Atlanta.

  3. Guest says:

    That was one of the most heartbreaking deaths on this show. I was teary eyed as soon as Bob was brought into the church. When he told them to save the pain medication because he was infected, i m not ashamed to say I cried and didn’t stop until Tyrese ended it

    • Ron says:

      Different emotional connections, I guess. I’ve cried at some of the deaths on this show, but this wasn’t one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Bob, and Lawrence Gilliard Jr. did a heck of a job with the portrayal. But I just never got to that emotionally connected place to his character that I have with other characters. But, if one good thing came from his death, it’s that Sonequa Martin-Green actually got to show off Sasha’s range–and she hit it out of the park.

  4. relaxxx says:

    Props to Sasha Bob Rick and Gareth this episode they were really good. My girl Michonne got her sword back…finally. I curse all the spoiler sites that said there would be a lot of Michonne this episode that was bs. Glad Daryl is back Michonne was super happy to see him. Seth Gilliam is really good as Father Gabriel. The group is separated again. Next week episode I don’t know if I will watch I’m just not interested in Beth or Carol. Beth does this laugh cry thing I hate n i have never been into Carol. Michonne will always be the ZA queen to me. I think Daryl came back with some random stranger.

  5. RC1027 says:

    So in the 2 minutes where the screen was practically black and you only heard things because it was the dead of night and they filmed it in the dark, I swear there was about 5 seconds there where you heard the sound of walkers and lots of them.
    Was I imagining it and it was just the cast breathing loudly? The group had just made a plan to get back at the Terminus people and someone asked Rick if it was a good plan. He said yes. And then for the next minute all I saw was darkness and shadows of things happening on screen. Next thing I saw clearly was the Terminus people walking to the church.

    As for Morgan, he saw that “NO SANCTUARY” sign weeks or months after Rick edited it. When Rick wrote on it with the dirt, the sign was “clean” so to speak. When Morgan happened upon it, there was vegetation growing around it so the time periods are nowhere close to each other. Unless this group happens to stay at the church for a good bit, I can’t imagine Morgan would be running into them.

    And the Daryl cliffhanger, it has to be Beth doesn’t it? Next week’s episode judging by the preview is probably a Beth flashback episode. It will start out with Beth coming out of the woods, then 40-45 minutes of Beth background and end with some other cliffhanger as usual regarding something Beth reveals?

    • Teag says:

      Nope. Most of the episode will be present time. And the person Daryl beckons to come out of the woods is

    • Anne says:

      Except, why would someone who knows Michonne hide behind Darryl?

    • Julie says:

      I believe the part you are talking about is when Gareth is talking to Bob? Then yes, there were walkers. The Terminis group were camped out outside of an elementary school and they showed a bunch of walkers that were trapped inside pressed up against the windows.

      Speaking of which… towards the end right before the scene where they show Rick’s group leave for the school they showed the walkers in the school again and I swear I saw the glass start to crack. Does this mean that a horde might be headed their way?

    • Brigitte says:

      I dont think it can be Beth. She was in downtown Atlanta. It seems like that would be difficult to get her out and back go the church so quickly.

  6. Nicole says:

    Darryl has a hostage, the person who was in the car.

  7. Vamprime says:

    I think it was really her (Carol) but already a zombie. :D

  8. it’s Lizzie alive & well
    carol didn’t tell Darryl what happened because she was in too much shock & Darryl was so happy to see her

    *Runs Away*

  9. Cassie Kruse says:

    I think Carol and Beth are both behind Daryl!

  10. Tim says:

    You could’ve like ya know… NOT put the two deaths in the title and therefor I wouldn’t have had this episode spoiled for me.

    • JJM says:

      If you hadn’t opened the link, then it wouldn’t have been spoiled. You brought this on yourself.

      • Tim says:

        No, I searched The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3 to try and find the episode online and instead right in the title WITHOUT clicking on the link it said “Bob dies Gareth killed”

        • JimJim says:

          Well Tim, thats what you get for not paying for your content. If you somehow bought the show you would know exactly where to find it instead of looking for it and coming across pesky spoilers.

    • MDE says:

      Why would you search for a Walking Dead recap if you haven’t seen the episode?

    • Wendy says:

      I don’t wanna be that guy but this show has fans all over the world. Fans who can’t watch it in real time and often speak English as a second language. Like me.

      Watching it when it’s originally airing is not an accomplishment and spoiling is a jerk move.

      (BTW, if I were to post Downton Abbey spoliers, I’d be the bad guy. But it’s already aired.)

  11. justsomeguy says:

    Honestly, the three episodes have been the absolute best since the first season. Very pleased with the pacing and the story being told currently. I can only hope it continues!

  12. DIVANYC says:

    Loved this episode but… I got pet peeves.

    The Priest Gabriel: He admitted knowing about the cannibals.The cannibals obviously know him. They tell him he can leave and they won’t kill him. SO Gabriel has been let to live as long as he led people to his church to be food for the cannibals. He probably made a deal with them if they let him, he’ll bring them “Food.” That priest is pure evil. HE STANDS FOR ISIS. HIDING BEHIND RELIGION TO JUSTIFY HIS CRIMES. HE SAYS THIS IS A SACRED PLACE AND HE CONDEMNS KILLING PEOPLE INCLUDING ZOMBIES. BUT YET HE LOCKED THOSE DOORS AND RAN WHILE THOSE PEOPLE DIED. HE SOLD HIS LIFE TO THE DEVIL. The priest cannot be trusted ever. KILL HIS ASS NOW AND LET HIM MEET HIS MAKER. HE WILL BE THE DEATH OF THEM. HOLY MAN MY ASS. RICK SHOULD SKIN HIM ALIVE AND FEED HIM PIECE BY PIECE TO THE ZOMBIES ALIVE.

    RICK,SASHA, ABRAHAM, CARL, ROSITA KILLED THOSE CANNIBAL BEFORE THEY KILLED THEM. WHY DID THE OTHERS STAND THERE AND RECOIL? THEY LOOKED ON IN SHOCK AND DISGUST WHILE THE OTHERS WENT ON WITH THEIR BUSINESS. IT WAS LIKE THEY FELT WHAT RICK WAS DOING WAS WRONG. WOULD YOU HAVE LET THOSE PEOPLE LIVE? IT’S KILL OR BE EATEN. THOSE PEOPLE DAMN SURE ‘T FEELING ANY PITY FOR RICK .AND HIS GROUP. THEY MADE THAT QUITE CLEAR THROUGH AT THE SEASON. WHY SHOULD THE OTHER’S SHOW PITY? I THINK ALL THOSE WHO STOOD BACK IN SHOCK AND DISGUST SHOULD BE SHOT AND THROWN TO THE ZOMBIES. THEIR LOYALTY IS QUESTIONABLE. THEY STILL FEEL PITY FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO KILL THEM. WHAT KINDA SHYT IS THAT? LIKE RICK SAID IT’S EITHER THEM OR US. HE CAN’T TAKE CHANCES.
    THAT’S JUST MY OPINION.

    • Z says:

      Problem with this is Gareth wouldn’t have to mark the trees if they had been to the Church/known Gabriel prior to this time.

    • Jax says:

      He did not know the cannibals. I don’t know where you got that idea. They don’t know him either. They just knew he was a priest and the most likely of the group to want to escape without violence. (also, he wasn’t at Terminus and didn’t know what they did so he would likely believe them.)

  13. Sharon hennigan says:

    Great episode!!! Loved it hope its carol n Beth in the bushes . Can’t wait 4 next episode!!!

  14. azu says:

    Judith is my favourite character followed closely by her dad, Rick!!! If Judith dies, we riot!!!! Lol!!!!

    • CountryQueen says:

      Yep, we riot!!! She deserves an Emmy. Love how they got her to look sideways at the appropriate time, and she looked afraid too.

  15. Carol better effing be okay!

  16. Nyda says:

    can someone plz tell what the A that the terminus ppl wrote stands for?

    • Chief says:

      Rick’s group was put into freight car “A” at Terminus. In the beginning of S5,ep. 3, there are 8 people about to be bled and Gareth comes in and say 4 from “A” and 4 from “D”..

    • John says:

      The train cars holding people at Terminus were marked with letters. Rick and Co. were in car A.

    • Rod says:

      I’m guessing it represents the boxcar Rick’s group was locked in during the last episode of Season 4. The title of that episode was “A”.” The boxcar was labeled “A.”

  17. Brian says:

    I think he found Morgan. True Morgan and Daryl never meet but I am sure they would get along considering they both know Rick. I think Morgan and Daryl had a nice chat and he lead him back to the church.

  18. Mo says:

    Bob, imma miss you. Gareth, not so much. Although I will miss the story possibilities of that character, I’m glad not to have a long, drawn-out “big bad” arc a la the Governor.

    As for Daryl, I doubt he has either Carol or Beth with him. I guess Morgan is a possibility, but he seemed so wary when he came out of the woods. That “come on out” didn’t sound like he was speaking to a known friendly. I guess technically he never met Morgan, but still.

  19. Chris says:

    It’s carol and Beth.

  20. julia says:

    Are you kidding me? I google “Once Upon a Time season 5 ep..” and I get an instant Walking Dead spoiler? “Bob Dies, Gareth Killed”? Good job, wanker. You’re contributing.

  21. Coal says:

    A couple of season ago I would have had a problem with Tyreses’ behaviour, but I guess he is having a crisis of conscious at the moment which the likes of Rick, Carol, Daryl, Michonne and even Carl have been through already. Hopefully he starts thinking and acting rationally soon. Man, times have changed, can you imagine the old farm gang (minus Shane, of course) getting rid of their enemy like that ?

  22. WKW says:

    I think Daryl and Carol caught up to the car that sped away. They’ve got the people who Daryl saw take Beth, but they won’t tell them where she is. The discussion will be whether or not to torture them for the information.

  23. Lena says:

    It’s sad the writers turned a great character like Michonne into furniture. Why is her only purpose to serve Rick? She stands around and doesn’t talk. They are ruining her character. I hope she splits from the group too. Maybe then she will have something to do.

    • Jack says:

      As far as standing around and not talking…thats the way the character is in the comic, too. Its the way the character has always been. Not everyone needs to be constantly talking.

  24. Nicole says:

    Is anyone else think Maggie is a bit cold to search to the end and back for Glenn but leave for Washington knowing Beth was taken, her own sister, but never once asked the group to look for her knowing she is alive? Going to washington I guess she gave up on seeing her again!

    • Janna says:

      I’ve been screaming this for weeks. It’s an unbelievable character mistake.

    • Jack says:

      She does not “know” she is alive. Daryl told her that people took her; they have no way of knowing she is alive. Yes, she now knows that she was alive after the prison massacre, but she has no reason to believe that she is still okay. WE know she is alive, because we have the advantage of coming attractions that Maggie does not have.

    • BeaAnn says:

      Yeah, you’d think she’d at least want to try to find her before just moving on without ever mentioning her or that she’s missing.

    • Jax&Juice's Girl says:

      Daryl ONLY told Rick (last season) that Beth is still alive. That was stupid that Abraham & Co. decided to leave and then have Maggie, Glenn, and Tara to follow. HUGE MISTAKE! *SPOILER: That bus isn’t going to MAKE IT there’s going to be an ACCIDENT. Not sure what episode it will happen tho.

      • CountryQueen says:

        In the premiere, you could hear, but not see, Maggie ask Darryl about Beth. He told her she was taken by a car with a cross on the back and he chased it for an hour. This happened when the group was busy making their weapons, and catching up.

    • TooBadSoSad says:

      Look for her where?

  25. Tony says:

    The best episode so far this season and will probably be one of the best of the entire series. Really showcased what the show is all about. Loved Bob’s advice to Rick at the end. Hopefully, we get someone else to step in and provide that moral compass to Rick and the crew.

  26. Clive Milne says:

    I can’t believe that the scripture board that featured in the background for so much of this episode has escaped everyone’s attention…
    Here it is:

    Romans 6:4
    Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.

    Ezekiel 37:7
    So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons

    Matthew 27:52
    And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints that slept arose,

    Revelation 9:6
    And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

    Luke 24:5
    The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead

  27. If Sonequa Martin-Green isn’t the TVline Performer of the Week…

  28. The Carpooler says:

    My favorite part of these, regardless of which episode, or show, is all the theories everyone has. I have never seen one of them actually be the direction said show or episode heads. Makes me shake my head.

  29. Jimmy says:

    What a fantastic episode. My god, they’re knocking it out of the park this season.

    I don’t think Daryl found Morgan, and definitely not Beth after that preview. I think Beth is being held at the Alexandria Safe Zone. After all, in the comics, that’s the next location the group goes to, and since Abraham & Co. are on their way to Washington, they might get to Alexandria first, and Maggie would be reunited with her sister. I think Daryl found that new character that’s coming on, Noah. I don’t remember the actor’s name, but I think Daryl and Carol saved Noah, and now he’s with them… but where is Carol?!

    Bob’s death was very sad, but not unexpected or heartbreaking. Hershel’s death was heartbreaking, as was Dale’s. What made it sad was Bob’s scenes with Rick and Sasha, and what he told them. Since we met him, Bob has always been a good voice of reason, and very humble. He came to the group a loner, and left as part of a family. Both Lawrence Gillard Jr. and Sonequa Martin-Greene were outstanding in this episode.

    As for the Termites’ deaths, It was wholly and completely satisfying. Rick killed Gareth in the exact way he said he would, and I was cheering. I hated the Governor way less than how much I hate Gareth, and that says a lot considering the person the Governor was. They all deserved to die the way they did, and while it was very brutal, it needed to happen.

    Overall, it was an amazing episode. I’m really excited to see what’s up with Beth and where Carol is next week! And hopefully we get to see Morgan soon!

    • Jax&Juice's Girl says:

      That SUCKS they have kill off Bob I thought he was going to be around a bit longer since he appeared last season. I HOPE Morgan is the one who pops out behind Daryl MAYBE alongside w/ Carol. But if you notice his (Daryl’s face expression) something happened.

  30. Drake says:

    Here is the options, its not Beth cuz next weeks episode shows where Beth is and its in like a hospital or something. Its not gonna be Carol either cuz that would be to obvious (which it’ll tell where Carol went). I think Daryl either found Morgan, or he ran into and joined back with Morales (please 🙏) or he found a big group of people and is bring int them back to Rick. Bang Bang.

  31. Zenobia Jackson says:

    I think Darryl is coaxing newly Walkered Carol out of the woods.

  32. evyatron says:

    I think you should not put the two-most important plot spoilers in the URL of the page.

  33. Peter roberts says:

    I think it’s Sophia

  34. omar says:

    New Zeland promo reveals a lot.
    Beth is with this new guy, Noah (that guy from everybody hates chris). She’s trying to scape… You should search the video on youtube.

  35. James Mercury says:

    Bob was a cool dude. So much for optimism..

  36. pam says:

    I bet it’s beth.. But we arent going to know for a couple weeks because next week is all about what beth has been up to….

  37. Boersting says:

    I loved the look on Gareths face when Rick reminded him that he made him a promise (to kill him with the machete with the red handle) – And then doing just that.

  38. Jay says:

    I think Daryl took lead to make sure his companion/s weren’t shot on sight, so the group probably doesn’t know who’s with him. I think it’s the two Latino guys he and Merle saved on the bridge. They had a woman and baby with them, and was probably kidnapped by the same people that took Beth.

    Daryl would know of Morgan, just before and after Rick, Carl and Michonne got back with the guns..

  39. James says:

    I’ll bet you it’s Alexandra Breckenridge and Carol is there helping her cause she’s injured.

  40. vanessa says:

    You guys are a$$ holes! Why THEORY Spoilers IN Your titles? I just happened upon this while looking for how many episodes so far this season

  41. Josh says:

    Morgan is aprox a month behind but since the Termites marked the trees he will at least follow the trail to the church but will the trail go cold from there? Or will Rick leave clews for Carol? I think she either martyrs herself in the Beth deal or just parts ways she wanted to when they found the car and Daryl knew what she was about to do and would understand her feeling apart from more than a part of the group due to guilt and all the new faces I suppose..