The Walking Dead recap: The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning

Several groups converge on Terminus as the series sets up for the season finale.
Ep. 15 | Aired Mar 23, 2014

ON A MISSION | Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) is dead-set on delivering Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) to Washington, D.C. in order to save the world. Unlike other depictions of soldiers in post-apocalyptic media, Abraham is not without compassion. His strength and weakness lies in his trusting nature and complete faith in Eugene's word — never questioning Eugene's knowledge and importance.

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It’s the penultimate episode, and the puzzle pieces of the season are finally fitting into place. The picture that they create, however, is a little too idyllic. Maggie and Glenn are reunited, alive and well. (Yay!) Along with them, Sasha, Bob, Tara, Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene have survived. (Yay!) Plus, they have all reached Terminus. (Yay?) I have a sick feeling at the pit of my stomach that Terminus may be home to those with a discerning palate. And I'm not talking sunflower seeds and corn. For more "Us" insights, check out Dalton Ross' initial thoughts here.

Glenn and Tara plus Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene

Glenn, Tara, Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene kick off the episode walking along the seemingly endless route to Terminus. Eugene is chewing Tara’s ear off (metaphorically) as he rambles on and on about dinosaurs, video games, and batteries. For the record, he doesn’t believe as other do that the Zombie Virus killed of the dinosaurs, as others may believe. Then again, it’s “enjoyable as hell to think of an undead ankylosaur going after a diplodocus. That there is a video game worthy of a pre-order.” This guy is supposed to carry the secret to the cause of the Zombie Virus? Sure he is.

At night, Abraham and Tara keep watch as the others sleep. Abraham speculates on why Tara is so loyal to Glenn. At first, he suggests it's because she’s in love with him, a “girl in love with the guy she’s trying to help to get to his girl” situation. This isn’t some kind of post-apocalyptic Some Kind of Wonderful. Instead, the shadow of the Governor and her guilt over the events at the Prison loom large over her.

Eugene picks up his largely one-sided conversation with Tara the next day, still discussing batteries. This guy is strange, but he provides a bit of humor especially after the bleakness of “The Grove.” Tara is pulled out of her blank stare of willfully ignoring Eugene when she notices one of Maggie’s "GO TO TERMINUS" signs now also including Sasha and Bob’s names. Upon reading the sign, Glenn breaks into a sprint, running in hopeful desperation towards Terminus and Maggie.

After a few hours of going "Casey Jones," Abraham stops the group to rest by a tower near the tracks. I'm not sure if Abraham's reference to Casey Jones meant the historical railroader or the TMNT character — I choose to believe it's the latter. Glenn is gung-ho to push on, re-energized by the sign confirming Maggie is still alive. A Walker suddenly appears in the tower and just as suddenly falls to its true death. In the melee, however, Tara injures her knee. She insists she can continue, even as she limps.

Rosita calls Glenn out for being "an ass," using Tara's loyalty to him for his selfish advantage. Ignoring her, Glenn offers Abraham a deal — continue the trek as a group until sundown. Then, Glenn will gift his riot gear to Eugene, and the groups can go their separate ways. Abraham accepts, and they quite literally get back on track.

With Eugene now clad in riot gear, the group stops at the start of a vast tunnel resembling the "real" Gates of Hell. Abraham wants to take a detour around the "long, dark tunnel full of reanimated corpses.” Knowing that Glenn won't go for that, he decides this is where they should part ways. He gifts Glenn and Tara two cans of food and a flashlight. Rosita hugs them goodbye. Awkward as ever, Eugene tells Tara she's "seriously hot," despite acknowledging "he's well aware" Tara likes girls. Sure, Eugene. Sure.

NEXT PAGE: Glenn and Maggie reunite — everything is beautiful and nothing hurts


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