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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Michonne, Rick, and Carl

Like everyone else, Rick is still en route to Terminus. He surveys their status, noting that they have one day's worth of water remaining. Carl and Michonne, however, couldn't be bothered with his preoccupation with the gravity of their situation. They are in the middle of a bet over who can balance along the tracks the longest. Michonne loses, and as per the bet's conditions, offers Carl some of her candy. He ends up sharing it with her anyway — just like they "always" do. (!) Too bad murderous marauders are on the hunt for Rick and his new family, and they're catching up.

It's been awhile since we've last seen our original protagonist. That being said, Rick is featured in only one short scene. Have you missed him? Personally, I haven't — Rick is a pretty predictable character, especially in the absence of extremely devastating and awful things happening to him. With one episode to go, I'm sure we can expect some terrible, horrible, no good, very bad things to come.

Walker of the week: The Walkers in the tunnel were spooky, especially the one with gaping holes in its torso, but I can't get the image of the Walker smearing its face onto the marauders' barbed wire out of my head. It's the perfect combination of gross and awesome.

Questions to consider: 

Who is Mary? What is she cooking?!

Where are the people of Terminus?

Assuming Gareth is the head or at least part of Terminus, how much will he be featured in the season finale? Will we see just a teaser like Michonne's introduction in the second season finale?

Where is Beth? Do the people of Terminus have her? If so, is she still alive? Why was she taken?

While many assumed that the smoke from "The Grove" came from Beth and Daryl's nighttime arson party, could it be something else? Like a fiery showdown at Terminus — reflecting the showdown at the Prison in the midseason finale?

What will Daryl do when the marauders catch up to Rick, Carl, and Michonne? What will Rick do?

Will Rick and Carl reunited with baby Judith?

Will anyone not survive the season finale?

Is Terminus but a deadly (or otherwise but I'm assuming deadly) way station on the road to the greater destination of Washington, D.C.?

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