Posted: 12:51 am Monday, March 24th, 2014

‘The Walking Dead’ recap (‘Us’): season 4, episode 15 

By Rodney Ho

Can quirky Eugene really save the world? CREDIT: AMC

Can quirky Eugene really save the world? CREDIT: AMC

Terminus is here! Is this truly the end of the line?

This second half of season four has had our survivors splintered off after the prison blowup. Over the weeks, each group has seen the Terminus/Sanctuary signs on the rail tracks. Everyone is going in the same direction, hoping perhaps to see who made it post prison.

This penultimate episode before the finale features a lovely reunion between Glenn and Maggie.

It also shows Daryl learning the “rules” of his new group of merry men led by the oddly likable bad guy Joe.

Here are highlights from the show:

1) Reunited and it feels so good: In a rare happy moment on the show, Glenn meets up with Maggie again. They kiss. Aww… Then she burns a photo of herself he had saved, which doesn’t seem romantic. But she says he doesn’t need the stinkin’ photo. He has her forever! Double aww… Earlier, the moment he sees the sign Maggie created for him and his sudden Forrest Gump-ian run is sweet, too.

2) Claim! Daryl is adjusting to life with this new crew of dudes but reluctantly. And one of the guys Len tests Daryl. Daryl had been hunting a rabbit but just as he shoots it, Len does the same and “claims” the rabbit. Daryl refuses to relinquish Bugs. As Len mocks him about losing his lady friend, Daryl is about to knife him. But  Joe, the leader, arrives just in time to lay down the rules to Daryl. Don’t steal, don’t lie and say “claim” to anything that you want and you get it. Since Daryl didn’t know the rules, Joe splits the rabbit and they move on. Daryl remains ambivalent about this group but he knows it’s better than being alone. Later, in a building where they are spending the night, Len plants his half of the rabbit in Daryl’s bag while Daryl is taking a pee. Then he claims to Joe that Daryl stole it. Daryl says he didn’t – the truth. Joe says maybe Len is lying. Len says no. Joe then punches Len because he saw Len plant said rabbit. Joe’s minions proceed to kick the living daylights out of Len – until he is literally dead. Welcome to the crew, Daryl! Daryl later learns the group had earlier found a home, but some dude had killed one of their friends and purposely had him turn so he would go after them. Rude! They know if they see him (Rick, that is), he’s a dead man. (And one of the men did see him.) The producers may be sowing the seeds for next week’s finale because Rick’s shrewd survival tactic at the time may come back to haunt him.

3) Why not real candy bars? I am surprised the show is using fake names for candy. It kind of takes you out of the action. Big Kat? Really? (Someone below pointed out that Kit Kat briefly launched a Big Kat supersized version of the candy bar but that happened in 2012 and this zombie apocalypse happened before then. I also went back and looked at the candy wrapper. Although Carl calls it a Big Kat, it has the word “Cruncho” on it.) At least Michonne and Carl are happily acting like big sister/ little brother. Rick likes it. It’s levity in a world without a lot of it.

4) Who’s hot? Eugene, when splitting from Tara and Glenn at the train tunnel, tells her Tara she’s hot. She tells him she likes girls. He smiles knowingly and says, “I know.” Does he know or is he just trying to cover up his embarrassment?

5) Oddball genius: If Eugene were in a comedy, he could be a cast member of “The Big Bang Theory,” even with that absurd mullet. We learn he, Abraham and Rosita are coming from Houston, had made it 55 percent to D.C. and lost eight people despite traveling much of the way in an armored vehicle. He also isn’t as laser focused on getting to D.C. as Abraham. Instead of driving north (and they are now in north Georgia), he wants to make sure Glenn and Tara are okay because he wants to live without regret. He senses they are going to need help – and he’s right.

6) Tunnel vision: Why are Tara and Glenn going into the train tunnel? Glenn sees a fresh, still wet, note from Maggie, which tells him he’s really close behind her. And going around the tunnel would take an extra day. Although he hears walkers inside, he ventures in. And Tara, despite a bum knee from an earlier fall, follows him, perhaps in obligation to Glenn for saving her life earlier at the prison. They see a bunch of walkers trapped under debris. (Maggie had earlier shot the ceiling and knocked many of the walkers down, then somehow made it through.). Unfortunately, more walkers are loose. Tara and Glenn try to sneak around them, but Tara’s foot gets stuck in the rubble. She appears doomed. Glenn refuses to leave her though she tells him to. He shoots a few, runs out of ammo, and is about to improvise when Sasha, Abraham, Bob, Rosita, Eugene and Maggie take down the rest of the walkers. Tara and Glenn are saved.

7) Sally the greeter: Abraham’s group arrives at Terminus presumably before everyone else. It appears very tranquil. There are gardens everywhere. Signage recommends they put their weapons down. We see a woman is cooking.  She turns around. She introduces herself as  Mary. She appears friendly enough. We know nothing about her or what this sanctuary really is – yet.

Zombie death count: At least a 15. Daryl’s new friends kill a couple of walkers including the barbed wire dude but also kill one of their own Len (though he doesn’t turn since they stick an arrow through his head.). Abraham takes down one car zombie (“Let Momma Be”) and another just dies when it falls off a high platform. Later, Glenn knifes a few stuck under rubble. He shoots several more. Sasha, Maggie, Bob, Abraham and Rosita save Tara and Glenn by blowing away many more.

Ratings: Episode 14 drew 12.8 million viewers, which is pretty typical for the show.

22 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Saw the episode yesterday.  Trouble is definitely brewing.  For Rick, the trouble will arrive with Darryl.  What will happen when Darryl finds out Rick is the guy they want to kill?  I loved the brief moment when Darryl reaches for a blanket to cover the dead guy and then throws it down.  Darryl reverting to his Merle-mode.  

And the reunion between Maggie and Glenn was heartwarming in a show that hardly ever tries to warm anyone's heart...except maybe on Mary's grill!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

K&CF:  We only saw a minute, but it creeped me out totally! Another thought, maybe "Mary" has her whole family, now walkers, locked up in one of the buildings and lures people there to 'feed' them.

I just do not think there are any normal inhabitants there. I just hope we get some quick answers next week, and don't have to wait for months to find out what's going on!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I think Terminus is going to be a very bad place. My thought, given the size of that grill, is Mary's luring people in to imprison and cook as needed!

And seriously, not only unlocked, but not a single person on sentry duty around the perimeters? and on a beautiful cool (ie the 'smoke' from the mouths) day, no one outside tending the garden, doing some kind of work, or kids playing around?

This is not a good move!

Then there's the matter of Rick, et al, meeting up with Daryl's new group - gonna be a real UH OH moment! I love the scenes with Carl actually acting like a kid again, fooling around with Michonne.

Gonna be a big ending next week.

Patricia L
Patricia L

First, Big Kat IS a real candy bar.  It's a super-sized Kit Kat.  Second, the women at Terminus is named Mary, not Sally.  Sad that you didn't watch the show too closely and present correct facts and theories when this blog is apparently how you make a living.  Pathetc.

Gaki
Gaki

I think the woman's name is Mary, not Sally (played by Denise Crosby, aka Tasha Yar of ST:TNG fame). Also looks like Terminus is leading to events that will mirror the Hunters arc from the comic, or the Brenda St. John arc from the Telltale Game.

Pir8
Pir8

A couple of negatives: Glad Glenn found Maggie because I'm a little sick of his stupidity. The whole "I'm on a mission and will continue to do one stupid thing after another" was getting old. You can't spare 1 day to go around the tunnel? Especially since you've got the gimpy girl with you?

Also, at some point, isn't someone going to look at Eugene and say "OK dude, what EXACTLY do you know about this virus? I want DETAILS." All these people just believe it, right up to volunteering to go to Washington without knowing jack about what this guy knows. Heck, just listening to him talk for 2 minutes would give me serious doubts about whether he was the savior or not. Come on!

Ersatz
Ersatz

Just as long as Rosita gets butt naked, I'll be satisfied with the season finale.

UGA81
UGA81

Anybody else find it odd that all the gates were unlocked at Terminus?  I mean, the group just walked right in.  No resistance, no guards, nobody watching for walkers.  This place is not what it seems and we are going to have to wait until next season to find out.  Bummer.

inoto20
inoto20

Actually he planted the rabbit when Daryl went to take a pee.

shakal
shakal

Oooh boy! Something is wrong with that place"" Terminus"" I can feel it, its a set up just like the funeral home. 

KellyandCarrieFan
KellyandCarrieFan

@Sam-A1  Agreed. The whole vibe of Terminus was extremely creepy. 

And in addition to the grill, there were so many fruits/veggies in the garden, sure makes one think. 

Also, I don't think Eugene really knows anything about what happened. He mentioned something about being a gamer. I'm guessing based on his gamer experience, he "thinks" he knows what went wrong. OR...maybe the Zombie Apocalypse isn't "real" and is just a game he is working on? Maybe he's the constant? 

UGA81
UGA81

@Patricia L Clearly that wasn't a Kit Kat, but why do we care about candy bars?

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@Gaki Sorry. I also recap "Scandal" and apparently had Sally Langston on the brain.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@Pir8 I agree. Why are they not pushing Eugene more about what he THINKS is going on. And honestly, is he being facetious when he says he believes he can "cure" this?

Tomika Dani
Tomika Dani

@UGA81  I thought I was the only one who thought that was so weird that you could just walk in the gates and that there was no one to guard the gates. Terminus just seems to good to be true. Oh and then Sally, she looks a little to health for me. I wonder what kind of meat she cooking, walker delight cause something ain't right. Where are the other people or survivors. How has she kept that place up by herself. So many questions and one episode and a new season awaits.

inoto20
inoto20

@UGA81 Yeah very weird. No locks and then walk up to some woman cooking. Something eerie going on with that place.

Patricia L
Patricia L

@UGA81 @Patricia L

I DON"T CARE ABOUT CANDY BARS.  I was simply pointing out a disrepency in Rodey Hoy's review of the epiode.  Also, have enough common sensse to Google image BIG KAT and you'll see for yourself.  Total azzhat.

UGA81
UGA81

@Tomika Dani I was surprised that Rodney Ho didn't mention the unguarded, unlocked Terminus.  Remember Woodbury?  Heck, they had armored vehicles with 24 armed guards on top of them guarding the gates.  The other oddity was that Glenn and his crew didn't seem surprised at all that they were able to just walk right in Terminus.  Crazy

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@Patricia L I saw one reference where the Big Kat was introduced in 2012, after the zombie apocalypse started. And another reference saying it was discontinued. Either way, it didn't appear to be widely distributed. I just find fake names of products distracting on shows like this. I just thought while watching it that it was a fake product because I had never heard of a Big Kat.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@UGA81 @Tomika DaniOf course it's not an actual sanctuary. That would be boring! Clearly, something weird is going on. Maybe she's luring people in to... eat them?