The Walking Dead Recap: Plan B(etrayed)

The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap

Remember a few weeks ago on The Walking Dead, how well Rick’s plan to get the drop on Gareth and his man-eating sidekicks worked? This week’s plan didn’t go off like that. Like, at all. As a result, our heroes’ attempt to bust Beth and Carol out of Grady began to look less like a rescue mission and more like a suicide mission. Why? Read on…

WHAT A HOLY S—! | Even before Rick, Daryl, Noah, Tyreese and a still-very-much-grief-stricken Sasha set off for the hospital, Gabriel was reminding us of what a whiny bastard he is. (Honestly, what makes him think that the coward who sentenced his parishioners to grisly deaths gets to bitch about his church being deconstructed for parts?) Once he was alone with Michonne, Carl and Little Ass-Kicker, the preacherman only got more annoying, trying to clean the Termians’ blood off the floor with his bare hands and refusing to let Carl teach him how to fight. Eventually, Michonne — somehow managing to remain empathetic — reached out to the man of the cloth and reassured him that, although they sometimes have to do terrible things, “they’re worth it.” For a second, it appeared that she had kinda gotten through to him. But nope, false alarm. She hadn’t. In fact, while he had supposedly been “resting” in his office, he had actually been using the machete that Carl gave him to pull up the floorboards and leave. (At least we can give him props for his determination: Even stepping on a nail — crucifixion analogy? — didn’t stop him from hobbling into the woods.) Mind you, he still practically had “victim” tattooed across his forehead. Yes, the jumpy mess managed to keep himself from being bitten by a female walker. But, true to lily-livered form, he couldn’t bring himself to bash her head in and put her out of her undead misery because she was wearing a cross. It can’t end well for him. It just can’t. (And, honestly, I hope it doesn’t.)

ANGER MANAGEMENT | Meanwhile, Glenn, Rosita, Eugene, Abraham, Tara and Maggie — or GREATM, as Tara dubbed them to distract herself from their shared disappointment — remained exactly where we left them. Which meant that Eugene still hadn’t stirred after his (well-earned) beating, and Abraham was still so full of rage that, at one point, Maggie had to point a gun at him. “Sit down,” she ordered the ginger hulk, “or I’ll put you down.” Finally, after a looong pause, he did what he was told. Later, while fetching fresh water with Glenn and Rosita, Tara surprised her pals by saying that she was over the whole D.C. thing and just wanted Eugene to wake up. “He had one skill that kept him living,” she noted. “Are we supposed to be mad at him ’cause he used it?” (Personally, I’m with Glenn: “Damn right,” he replied.) Of course, Eugene had many other skills, too. For instance, as Rosita soon demonstrated, he taught her how to filter muddy water. All in all, for as bummed/ticked/worried as the threesome may have been, they had a pretty lovely afternoon. While doing some fishing, Glenn and Rosita bonded big time, and Tara opened a walker’s backpack and found… a yo-yo?!? Back at the fire engine, Maggie told Abraham to get over himself already, adding bitterly, “It’s never gonna get any better than this.” At last, he admitted that, when she had taken aim at him, he had thought he wanted her to shoot him… but he really didn’t. And, right about then, Eugene began to come to. (What can we say about that? Considering that he’s the only character who might actually be more weaselly than Gabriel… um, yay?)

THE BEST-SLAYED PLANS | In the city, Rick diagrammed his plan to break into the hospital as if he were some kind of John Madden with bloodlust. In response, Tyreese — fearing the worst case scenario — suggested a less deadly approach, one that involved luring out a coupla Dawn’s guards with gunshots and then trading them for Beth and Carol. (Since Daryl seconded the motion, it passed.) Alas, it was a disaster. First, the quintet’s apprehension of the guards was thwarted by the unexpected arrival of a third guard, whom Daryl was forced to subdue in the grodiest way imaginable. (He then had to chill out Rick — in full-on kill-or-be-killed mode — to keep him from shooting the guy.) Then, the guards bickered about the best way to keep the situation from turning into a bloodbath. In the end, it was decided that Rick and Co. would take their cues from hostage Lamson — a good guard, according to Noah — and hold a swap meet with Dawn. Trouble was, throughout the episode, Tyreese had been encouraging Sasha to come out of mourning, and she snapped out of it just in time for Lamson — first name, horribly, Bob — to tell her a sob story about the old friend that he saw outside among the bony walkers deteriorating on the street. She moved to the window to shoot the lost soul for Lamson, only to have him push her into the pane and escape! While all this was going on, Beth — her face as full of stitches as Frankenstein’s monster’s — was at the hospital, attempting to look out for Carol… and accidentally getting the plug pulled on her! Here, it got really weird: Though Dawn gave the order to take Carol off life-support and refused to reverse her decision, lest it upset her guards, she also gave Beth the keys to the drug locker so that she could give the patient a fighting chance. (Steven thought it was weird, too, and warned Beth that no way was Dawn acting out of the goodness of her heart.) Sadly, even after Beth dosed Carol, she didn’t wake up.

OK, your turn. What did you think of the episode? Were you surprised that Lamson KO’d Sasha, or by now, do you just assume that every new character is rotten to the core? Who, if anyone, do you think will bite the dust next week? Hit the comments!

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65 Comments
  1. Brandon Tokar says:

    I really enjoyed this episode! I want a major character to die next episode.

  2. Lena says:

    The lack of Michonne scenes this season is ridiculous at this point. If we are lucky she might get two lines per episode. Why did the writers make the choice to sideline this character? And now, she is Rick’s babysitter/nanny for his kids. Rick just gives her the baby and doesn’t bother to say “thank you” or anything. Michonne the nanny.

    • Guest says:

      I had the feeling Rick did it for Carol, their “I owe her more” contest made it look like he couldn’t even bring himself to bring another woman while searching for her. Sasha was okay because she was mourning Bob – plus Tyreese was her brother – but the way Carl reacted and he let Michonne stay as he went feral on whoever took her…Rick reacted more like Carol’s mate than a next of kin.

      • Abby says:

        You might be the only person who gets romantic vibes emanating between Rick and Carol. It just isn’t there. I don’t know why you’d go into any battle without Michonne, but she’s also strong enough to handle things on her own if something goes wrong at the church, so her staying behind makes sense if the writers are planning to have someone or something attack the small group at the church…

        • Guest says:

          It’s not a romantic vibe, but a mating vibe: Rick feels the urge to honor Carol above all others, to cherish her, to respect her in order not to bring another woman while searching for her. No matter how battle-savy another woman may be. Like an exact reverse on his trip to banish her: now Rick goes for Carol alone, so they could come home together (because the last time they left together, but he came back home without her).

    • Robin says:

      They should have left Tyreese home with the baby like always. His stupid plan went bad. Michonne would have been more helpful. He lied and said he killed Martin, and Martin ate Bob. He was a Terminator darn it, he needs to man up.

      • KevyB says:

        His stupid plan was far less stupid than Rick’s plan. Rick’s answer to everything this season is to run into places guns blazing. He has seriously become the dumbest person on this show. And that’s saying a lot since most of these characters are stark raving morons. Sasha at this point is one brain cell away from forgetting how to walk. Father Gabriel should be safe out in the woods since his lack of brain usage will make the zombies think he is one of them! Those two bad-hair Bozos couldn’t beat Judith at Jeopardy! And, yes, Rick is still dumber than the all of them combined.

        • Otis Mack says:

          Rick’s plan was far from stupid, considering all that they’ve been through. Keep in mind that their group almost became dinner, Carl almost got his boyhood taken, and they went up against a freakin tank because they didn’t kill the Governor the first time around. It’s an ugly world; you can’t make friends with strangers. It’s dog eat dog, kill or be killed…and the ending of the episode showed what happens when you don’t do it Rick’s way.

        • Jude says:

          So I’m assuming since you hate all the characters so much for being so much dumber than yourself that you will now stop watching the show. Which in itself would be a good thing for everyone concerned…… You could attach yourself to another show with characters up to your high intellectual standards….. and the loyal fans who come here will no longer have to listen to your ‘bashing’ comments.

          If you think the show is so far benath you……stop watching…. change the channel.

      • Moment says:

        Taking Tyreese makes a lot of sense, he’s the muscle. He can also take out a large amount of walkers quite easily.

        • Abby says:

          But he’s got to cool it on the no-one-dies-today BS. He stops the group from being ruthless only to put them in constant, immediate danger.

    • relaxxx says:

      I saw the first two minutes of the show with Ricks bullsheet convos to Michonne. Saw the again ooc behavior n went back to watching the AMA show. Danai looked flawless as usual at the awards n she said more on that darn stage than she did last night. Rick makes no sense he could of gotten killed he could at least say something to her like…if I die blah blah. He thanks everyone else but her. Its just unnatural n very painful to watch.

    • Jack says:

      She had more than two lines in this episode. The spotlight changes between characters- she will get hers eventually. And she is such a great character because she does not say much. So when she does talk, it matters.

  3. Kristine S. says:

    Snoozer episode. I hope next week is better.

  4. JoniB says:

    Is it possible Eugene waking up was really Eugene has turned? Could Maggie getting attacked by him be the shocking cliff hanger?

    • L says:

      No.. Eugene has way too much storyline left

    • twd1123 says:

      They certainly made it sound like him being turned as he was waking up. As much as we’ve heard that same sound from walkers ever since the show began, it was kind of silly for Maggie to go frolicking towards him without a weapon drawn and just happy to think he’s waking up and not actually turning. Especially when they all thought he was gonna die from head meeting fist and then meeting pavement so violently.

    • Robin says:

      I’m with you, they don’t always follow the comics, look at Shane, Daryl and Merle. As soon as I heard Eugene I thought he was a walker. And even my daughter thought the first 35 minutes of this one was a snoozer. Better than last week at least. SPOILER ALERT. Next week we get Morgan.

    • gavln says:

      Eugene says help twice.

    • C.R. Garcia says:

      Eugene clearly says “help” twice, that’s why Maggie smiles

    • Abby says:

      Walkers can’t say “help,” which Eugene clearly did when he woke…

  5. Nicole says:

    My guess? Either carol, Beth or both get it next week.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      That’s my guess too, one of them. Apparently Daryl has some sort of meltdown at the end of the rescue mission. Though that could mean anything.

    • Abby says:

      I think the majority would agree. I assumed both women would not be getting out alive the moment we first saw Carol wheeled in. Add Sasha to the list of possible fatalities, especially since it was Tyreese’s idea not to kill the Grady cops, and that was clearly not a good plan, what with how the episode ended.

  6. Bev says:

    This episode sucked. Nothing was accomplished,no Carol rescue, the rev on the run, Eugene awake or turned.

    • Jack says:

      Plenty happened. Not all episodes can be nothing but action. It would get boring quick. They need set-up episodes like this one so that the pay-off is good.

    • Abby says:

      I think you should call your cable company about the fact that you clearly watched a blank screen for a whole hour. That’s the only feasible explanation for your claim that “nothing happened.”

  7. Jennifer says:

    I think the whole Shasha getting overrun by the cop was a test. Rick told Bob2 that they were leaving. Shasha was way too helpful… and in the previews for next week Shasha is on a roof with her brother.

    • Robin says:

      Well, one would hope Sasha wouldn’t be that stupid. I like your take on it. She’s been so smart thus far. Why would they trust those cops? Even if they were the ‘nice’ ones.

      • Olivia says:

        I totally agree about sasha I saw that coming a mile away

      • Abby says:

        Well, she was a little bit grief-stricken. She wouldn’t have trusted the cop as much as she did if he hasn’t been named Bob. I’d believe if it was a psych out on her part, but i also believe that she wasn’t in her usual place, and due to the very fresh circumstances wasn’t operating on her usual highly-guarded, militant wavelength.

        • Lilly says:

          Unless, as someone else here said, this was a “test” and Rick & Co. are waiting in the hallway to see if Bob tried something – I also attribute the lowering of Sasha’s guard to the fact that Noah said Bob was “one of the good ones.” It was why we all felt he should be treated fairly and was really trying to help … until he started being a little TOO sensitive and we all started shouting at the TV: “Sasha, don’t you dare turn your back on that dude!!”

    • Rodg says:

      A test? Yeah slam my head into a window and knock me out for a test

  8. Olivia says:

    Beth dies for sure next week every time they spend time building up a character they kill them AKA HERSHEL THE GOVENOR , that’s why it’s taken half a season to get to Beth so they can kill her off in the mid season finale

    • wrstlgirl says:

      Well they’ve done a lot of building up Carol also so it could be her. She would certainly make a much bigger effect on the viewers.

      • L says:

        Except there is evidence that Carol was still shooting just last week..

        • wrstlgirl says:

          LOL, well not all of us care to know that. Has nothing to do with the story we’ve seen so far. Thanks for ruining it for everyone else.

        • dys says:

          Just because people speculate or wonder about what will happen, and you happen to know the answer, doesn’t mean that they actually want it to be spoiled.

        • Abby says:

          Stop posting spoilery stuff like that, as if you knowing it makes you an expert on future episodes and we should respect your gleeful attempts at ruining the surprises for the rest of us. If Carol was shooting last week, talk about that on Spoil the Dead, not here. People here are more interested in theories that no one is asking you to poke a hole in with insider details.

  9. Data1001 says:

    It was an okay episode. Ugh, that ending, though. Saw it coming from around the corner and down 2 blocks. I hate when smart characters are written as being so stupid. The emotional anguish doesn’t account for that level of stupidity and naivete’.

  10. Liza says:

    So slow and boring that I actually dozed off a few minutes. This has never happened with TWD. Wow!!!

  11. Lilly says:

    I’m pretty sure the ONLY episodes that gets a majority thumbs up with fans (at least here) is when, in one hour, we resolve three or four loose ends, a lot of walkers die while our heroes’ guns are blazing, our group is together, and there’s no cliffhanger. Too much Carol. Not enough Michonne. Rick’s all of a sudden stupid. Beth’s always been stupid. Can’t stand Carl. Snoozer of an episode. (Okay, at least it’s fairly unanimous that, if Darryl dies, we riot!)

    Here’s what I think: Some episodes are better than others. But TWD is the best show on television for action AND character development (it’s the freaking apocalypse, people; this is uncharted territory for human beings and their personal growth!). The best part about this show, which almost never disappoints, is that it is thought (and debate) provoking.

    The only real problems with TWD is that we only get one hour a week, they NEVER give us a two-hour finale, we have to WAIT a week or months to get our next fix, and there aren’t enough episodes in a season!!

  12. Why would Reedus say he cried so much about this episode? Nothing spectacular or meaningful happened. does this mean Carol dies in the next episode?

  13. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    I really like this episode but let’s be real, Rick should’ve killed that guy beating on Daryl right on the spot! Also they can’t trust NONE of those cops Sasha is dumb to let her guard down despite still feeling the lost of Bob. Abraham need to get his sh*t together now that Eugene is awake they need to go back to the church.
    Overall I say in the mid finale Rick & Co. are going to kill everybody @ Grady but I think Carol might get the axe since they (the writers) seem to get rid of a major player in finales.

  14. Zenobia Jackson says:

    I will be very disappointed if Carol dies…I could do without Beth. I wouldn’t be too sad if any of the DC Bus crowd died. I am scared for Carol….the show does like to shock us with major character deaths…Shane, Lori, Hershel, Andrea, Dale, Merle

    • Lilly says:

      Agree. With the exception of Bob – a fairly recent character to whom we were just starting to become attached – we haven’t lost a big character this season, so we may be due. I honestly think the show would lose something if ANY of the current characters died (well, except the tortured Gabriel – he needs to be put out of his misery). Even though some are less dynamic or haven’t had focus on them for a few episodes, I want to spend more time with each of them for different reasons. Even Eugene.

  15. Emily DVS says:

    Great acting… Needed more action

  16. Mora says:

    i see beth as being stronger and sasha now beng a weak link. i don’t think sasha should die, but some how faded out for awhile, just like carol.

  17. Kendal says:

    Beth better die ASAP