‘The Walking Dead’: Fight or die – Boston Herald

Posted: Monday, March 23, 2015

The problem with gated communities is that the gates swing both ways.

In “Try,” the penultimate episode of this season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” everyone, it seemed, felt the need to stretch their legs.

Before we get to the recap, here’s the one question I had the entire hour: Where the heck was Maggie?

She overheard Father Insane Hypocrite (Seth Gilliam) pulling his Judas act last episode with Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh). Why hasn’t she told Rick or Glenn or Carol? If she’s being held captive, wouldn’t Glenn (Steven Yeun) notice his wife was missing? The episode covered at least a night and a good chunk of a day, more than enough time for Maggie to chat up someone.

Back to “Try”:

Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) pulls all-nighters in her tower outpost and then goes out during the day to hunt walkers.

Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) catch up with her in the woods, and suddenly we have the “Charlie’s Angels” spinoff we didn’t know we wanted, with the monsters that terrify us.

Michonne is flashing back on her life as a katana-swinging huntress. Does she regret her new suburban life with that comfort mattress?

Carl (Chandler Riggs) is smitten with Enid, so much so that he sneaks outside to follow her.

The two hide in a tree while a herd passes by.

“It’s their world. We’re just living in it,” she says.

Carl gets thisclose to his first kiss but then chickens out.

“Cool. You’re afraid of me, too,” Enid says, satisfied. Oh, Carl. You’re screwed.

Carol (Melissa McBride) wonders what Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is going to do about their Pete problem.

“If walkers hadn’t gotten to Ed, I wouldn’t be standing here right now,” she says, referring to her abusive husband.

“Yeah, you would,” Rick says. These two know each other so well.

Rick thinks he’s telling Deanna something she doesn’t know and is repulsed to find out she’s been doing exactly nothing to protect Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge).

She reminds him Pete is their surgeon. He saves lives.

Deanna won’t let Rick just kill him.

“This is civilization,” she says. “…We are not executing anyone. Don’t ever suggest it again. That sort of thinking doesn’t belong in here.”

Rick can’t stay away from Jessie. He offers her protection.

He’s not exactly Dr. Phil. “If you don’t fight, you die.”

She wants to know why he is doing this. Would he do it for just anyone?

No, he admits.

That bit of honesty convinces her to trust in Rick.

Pete interrupts their moment. She tries to get him to leave, to move out, but Pete turns on Rick and the two brawl, crashing through the windows and out into the street.

Wait.

Rick has faced how many monsters on this show and he’s being manhandled to a bloody pulp by a spongy surgeon who looks as if a round of golf would tucker him out.

Oh, show. You’re so stupid this week.

But it sets up an effective moment: Rick, on his knees, blood dripping down his face, waving his gun and looking like an absolute madman as he tells the cowardly people of Alexandria exactly what he thinks of them.

“We know what needs to be done. We do it. We’re the ones who live.”

Um, Sophia, Dale, Lori, Andrea, Bob, Beth, Tyreese and Noah, to name a few, might disagree, but I digress.

Back to our raving loon of a lawman.

“You want to live? You want this place to stay standing? Your way of doing things is done…We have to live in the real world. We have to control who lives here.”

Funny, Deanna is thinking just the same thing at just that moment.

Rick rants, “Your ways are going to destroy this place. If you don’t fight, you die.”

And then Michonne slugs him from behind and knocks him out. Guess she’s decided she likes sleeping on a mattress after all.

One last thing worth noting: Outside the gates, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) make a creepy discovery: The body of a woman, tied to a tree, left for walkers to feed on.

There’s something scratched on her forehead. A “W”? Or maybe an “N.”

And anyone who has read the comics knows something terrifying is closing in on all the survivors at Alexandria. No one is prepared.

Next week: The 90-minute season finale. Who lives? Who dies? Sound off!

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