The Walking Dead Glenn's Alive

Walking Dead Recap: Wall or Nothing

In Sunday’s Walking Dead, the last episode before its winter finale, the zombie smash set up three — count ’em, three! — big cliffhangers. But the series also resolved arguably its most humongous cliffhanger ever: Did Glenn survive? Well, the wait is over. Read on and find out!

HALLELUJAH | As “Heads Up” began, at last we learned that Glenn had, in fact, survived his fateful fall into a sea of walkers. While the zombies were chowing down on Nicholas, Glenn had wriggled his way under the dumpster to safety. Upon emerging, he was tossed a bottle of water — by Enid. She didn’t want to hang out and catch up, though. Rather, she beat a hasty retreat. When Glenn finally caught up to her, she wouldn’t answer any of his questions about Alexandria or Maggie. (Apparently, Enid is only helpful when one is in need of hydration.) After the teen again bolted, Glenn again gave chase. This time, before catching up with her, he happened upon the ill-fated newlywed that Michonne hadn’t been able to save in “Thank You” and retrieved the poor guy’s goodbye note to his bride. After that, Glenn found Enid once more, and though she gave him a crash course in what parenting an obstinate adolescent was going to be like, he insisted on taking her home to Alexandria because it was what Maggie would have wanted.

TALK OF THE TOWN | Meanwhile, in Alexandria, as Maggie continued to watch for a signal from Glenn, Rosita presided over a Machete for Beginners class (and went all Eileen Brennan on scaredy-cat Eugene); Rick and Carl — doing his best Clint Eastwood impression — taught Ron Firearms 101; and Rick, Carol and Michonne confronted poor, tortured Morgan about his having let Wolves escape during their invasion. “I don’t know what’s right anymore,” he admitted. He certainly didn’t want to let go of his “All life is precious” motto, but the group’s message was clear: Whether you want to, you need to. Later, Michonne called Rick on his reluctance to factor any Alexandrians into his strategizing about how to draw away the walker herd. Even if she hadn’t, circumstances were conspiring to force him to see the larger group as part of the group. First, Deanna presented him with her blueprint for an expanded Alexandria “after this.” Next, while helping fortify a wall, likable Tobin joked with Rick about the scary first impression he’d made on the Alexandrians, and asked him not to give up on them. Then, Spencer nearly got himself killed trying to get over the wall and past the walkers to lead them away from town. Why would he do something so stupid without talking to him first, Rick wanted to know. Spencer’s response: Would Rick have listened? Finally, when Rick told Tara she hadn’t had to risk her neck to help save Spencer, she sweetly reminded him, “That’s how it works with us.” The implication for Rick: They’re all “us” now.

CAN WE TALK? | On their way back to Alexandria, Glenn and Enid happened upon the helium tank that the walker herders had used on that derailed mission, and grabbed a few balloons to distract zombies, if need be. Enid still didn’t want to talk, but Glenn was more determined than ever to strike up a conversation. Going into full-on Mike Brady mode, he accused her not only of being scared (true) but also of being scared because “you don’t wanna lose anything again” (also true). Huh. So maybe he’ll be able to handle parenting a teen after all — if he lives that long! When the two finally reached the outskirts of Alexandria and saw that it was surrounded, she wanted to give up. “The world is trying to die,” she said. “We’re supposed to let it.” Like hell we are, Glenn replied, adding that he was no longer helping Enid for Maggie’s sake.

HOPE FLOATS | As the hour drew to a close, Morgan reluctantly recruited Denise to treat the Wolf that he was secretly holding hostage. Spotting the odd couple en route, Carol followed with Judith, then went to drop the baby off with Jessie before investigating further. While at Jessie’s, traumatized Sam asked Carol — from upstairs, where he now apparently resides full-time — “What happens if you can’t live with it?” (Somebody needs to book this kid some couch time with resident shrink Denise, fast.) Once free of Judith, Carol made a beeline to confront Morgan. (Cliffhanger No. 1!) Nearby, having stolen some ammo, Ron stalked Carl with a murderous gleam in his eye. (Cliffhanger No. 2!) And, just when Maggie saw the balloons that Glenn and Enid set free as a signal, a tower damaged in the Wolves’ invasion came tumbling down — taking down one of Alexandria’s walls with it! (Cliffhanger No. 3!)

So, were you surprised that Glenn was alive? Who do you think will die in the fall finale? Hit the comments!

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  1. Big Mike says:

    Cliffhanger 1) I feel gipped, Cliffhanger 2) Carl will either die or lose and an eye, Cliffhanger 3) I saw that coming a mile away.

  2. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    HE’S ALIVE!!!!!! But I hope they change the storyline btw Glenn/Negan and instead have that A-hole kill father Gabriel…….I stand his ass. Overall love the ep. that little sonofabitch boy Carl better watch his back I hope he bust a cap on him!! Can’t wait for nxt week is it SO LONG Alexandria?????

  3. shaw says:

    Teenagers in the end of the world are total Jerks(that’s the best word I can come up with without cursing)

  4. Ron says:

    I’m honestly not sure if I’m happy Glenn is alive or not. I mean, I wanted him to be, but there’s really no way to get out of that. It just seemed a little too deus ex machina to me. I’m also getting really frustrated with the idiots housed at Alexandria. How are they STILL that stupid??? (That goes for Morgan too.)

    • Relaxxx says:

      98 percent of Alexandria needs to go! Just go already!

    • TeamFamily says:

      I don’t think so. Glenn killing a few walkers around him and using them to ‘hide’ his presence is a believable way out. We’ve seen this in the past and we will continue to see this. Just think of how Michonne using her two pet walkers to walk among the dead or how they have used guts of the dead to disguise themselves.

      I couldn’t agree with you more. I thought that ASZers will be more ‘schooled’ after the wolves attack (since they didn’t want to believe anything Rick said to them) but I guess I was wrong since we saw how they acted in epi 5 (I hated that episode) going to steal stuff from the pantry etc. Then Spencer trying to go over the wall WTH was that?!? Yeah, they need to go because they are not only putting themselves in danger but everyone around them. For Morgan I hear what you’re saying and I’m with you on that but the good thing about Morgan at least he knows how to fight walkers and I think with time he will find a balance between killing people (that need killing) and being zen and if he doesn’t then he can go too (sorry Morgan – love ya still).

  5. Relaxxx says:

    No surprise that Glenn is alive! Enid and Ron deserve each other. The irony of Rick teaching Ron to shoot! He’ll have 100 regrets by the MSF! Not enough Michonne and Daryl this season for my liking!

  6. Mary Burrell says:

    I hope the group can stay intact i want everyone to live except that wolf that Morgan has hidden away Carol needs to kill him.

  7. Mary Burrell says:

    It’s probably going to be Gabriel or Eugene that dies

  8. JO says:

    Glenn surviving was a cheap ratings grab used by so many other shows. I’m disappointed in the writers. I’m glad Glenn is alive however but just disappointed in the storytelling

  9. AngelWasHere says:

    First off, Morgan is an idiot! Wasting supplies and time on a Wolf. I bet that Wolf kills him. Secondly, Ron is going shoot Carl for sure. I would have never trusted him with a gun. Lastly, I want to see Glenn and Maggie reunited before I get too happy, but I’m happy for now. I’m glad he’s alive. Anyway, great episode! The mid season finale is going be insane!

  10. Allie says:

    Love that Glenn is alive – I don’t care how unlikely it was. As for the death in the finale – thinking it might be Judith. Sam is not very stable at the moment.

  11. jenferner8 says:

    Loved this episode! Best one in a while and not just because of Glenn. I loved that Tara flip Rick the bird…Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. sully says:

    The whole Glenn thing was so forced. I don’t know a single person that thought he was actually dead and it just made most of this half season seem like filler until the “big gotcha” reveal (that didn’t even get a single person). The past 3,4, whatever episodes were like when you know someone is planning a surprise/prank and you have to play stupid but the longer it goes on the more aggravated you get because you’re thinking “come on, man… how stupid do you think I am?” It seems like there’s one of these fake deaths in every season, while in the meantime they don’t do enough world/character building. Personally I wish we could see the characters having some good times so it makes the bad times more impactful. But nope, within one episode of the latest cliffhanger death, we’re gonna get another one with Carl next Sun.

  13. AnnieM says:

    Is anyone else as amused as I am at how they are making little to no attempt at hiding the pregnancy of the actress playing Tara? Lol.

  14. Spence says:

    Can’t wait for next week to see the group thinned substantially. I’m betting Deanna, Eric, Jessie and Ron go down with maybe one of Rick’s group as well. More importantly, to anyone saying that Glenn being alive is lazy writing, you need to look at the long game here: with Glenn alive, that sets things up to have Maggie killed by Negan in the season finale. Glenn living through the dumpster attack has more repercussions for the story then him dying did, if you look at the long game.

  15. jonkenney says:

    Did anyone else catch this? I find it really bothersome that TWD would go to such great lengths to tie up who Carol leaves Judith with before going after Morgan, AND introduce the dialogue she has with Sam. It feels like it means more than just a pass by. When Carol tells an unstable Sam that only killing keeps you from becoming a monster…I think it leads into Sam killing (or at least attempting to kill) Judith. Thoughts?

    • It would be awesome to see an 18 month old toddler…the toddling dead.

    • Fatty says:

      I think it’s the opposite. We have been witnessing the start of a relationship between Sam and Carol, one that is based on tought love. Why is that? Because once Jessie and Ron will be eaten next episode, Carol is gonna become Sam’s new mom.

  16. LC says:

    Does anyone feel like we’re getting set up for Glenn to die on his way back into Alexandria? Something about those balloons made me think that was going to be the last that Maggie got to see of Glenn. (But I hope that’s not the case.)

    • Phoenix5634 says:

      I feel they’re setting up us for something like that, just because I know what happens in the comics with Glenn ( which I really hope isn’t the case, I will be so mad if Glenn’s dies) And because on the Talking Dead I watched for the show runners facial expressions when talking about Glenn, and they were trying to hide something when they were replying to quotes about Glenn being alive this time.
      Seriously AMC, find someone else for Lucille to kill, we all love Glenn too much for that… It will not have a positive impact on the show. I promise you that.

  17. Mary Burrell says:

    Probably Morgan or Deanna or Rosita

  18. Bert Milton says:

    Has anyone considered that Rick gave Ron a pistol without a firing pin? He never shot the pistol and I’d hate to think Rick would be that foolish. Might have been a test.