Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Terminus is still burning, our friends are on the road and The Walking Dead once again decided to shock the hell out of all of us with a final five minutes that will forever be burned into our memories. We will get to that moment in just a little bit so let's not waste anymore time and get right down to this recap of "Strangers".
So once again Rick Grimes and his group are back on the road after escaping the nightmare that was Terminus. Apologies are made for past decisions and the group quite frankly looks stronger than ever. In fact last night featured a lot of loyalty toward Rick and it's about damn time. The guy has earned his place as leader and I'm glad to see everyone rallying behind him. Along the way however, they meet a priest named Gabriel and well...Rick is pretty damn suspicious of the man.
But since Father Gabriel happens to have a church where the group can take a moment to relax after the wholesale slaughter of Termites...they do just that and learn from the padre that the local food bank should still have supplies, as long as everyone is okay with handling a few walkers. Of course Rick and a team are and in glorious fashion we are treated to some of the most disgusting walkers ever put on television. The gang gets the food, it's clear Gabriel is hiding something and the decision to go to Washington D.C. is locked down...but then came that ending. Poor Bob is knocked unconscious and awakens to see Gareth and a few of the Termites left alive. I might add one of the survivors of the camp is the guy Tyreese was supposed to kill, so I'm disappointed in the big man to say the least.
But, it gets worse...yeah, turns out that Gareth and his buddies have resorted to "hunting" as he put it and well...THEY CUT OFF BOB'S LEG AND ATE THE DAMN THING RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM! This was another one of those WOW moments that only this show can provide and man...this one took me completely off guard. Did not see that coming at all in fact and well, after I took a moment to settle my stomach from nausea I realized that us fans of the comic are in for a treat. The Hunters storyline has indeed come to life, and regardless of how they tell the tale on television as long as Gareth gets his I'll be just fine with it.
Really the last five minutes are one of those love/hate moments. I love the fact that this show is basically holding nothing back anymore, but at the same time there was a safety seeing those horrible moments in black and white ink, and that safety is now gone. I mean wow, Gareth ate a big 'ol hunk of Bob Brand Ribeye right before our very eyes.
Either way, this was another incredible episode just for that ending alone. Sure most of the episode was designed to set up those final horrifying moments, but I don't care. Father Gabriel's secret will be revealed in time and quite frankly, I'm really hoping Rick's promise to use the machete with the red handled blade to kill Gareth is fulfilled as soon as possible, seriously the guy is a weasel and he deserves everything he's got coming to him. Especially after making Bob's leg a brisket. Until next week...