Spoiler Alert! Again, no important characters were harmed in filming of this episode. On a more serious note, this recap contains heavy spoilers. Point being, if you don‘t want your precious Walking Dead experience spoiled, then I strongly suggest you watch “Home” before reading this.
And here I thought that Rick going ballistic in the last episode was the height of his insanity. Nope! Rick is continuing his descent into madness and now he’s chasing his hallucinations of Lori around. His own crazy leads him to go wondering around outside of the prison’s perimeter fence among a bunch of walkers who surprisingly don’t even bother him. I suppose crazy isn’t the most pleasing to their pallet. Now, I realize that prison life can make a man lonely but Rick has taken it to a whole ‘nother level. It’s safe to say that Rick’s marriage must have had some serious problems, even before the dead started walking, if he can’t even tell the difference between how his wife embraced him and well, essentially nothing.
Rick’s confession to Hershel is priceless. When Hershel questions what Rick has been doing, the best answer Rick can give is that he’s been doing “stuff”. He reluctantly admits that he’s been hallucinating and he’s been seeing Lori. He even admits that he realizes that she’s not real. Which makes him seem all the more crazy, in my opinion. Alas, he explains that he’s been following “Lori” because he feels like it has to mean something. Oh, it means something alright, it means you’ve lost your damn mind, Rick.
Merle continues to charm and win hearts. This time it’s a family who are being attacked by walkers. He and Daryl hear their screams and Daryl swoops in and saves the day. After Daryl helps the family kill the walkers, Merle reasons that they’re owed a debt of gratitude. Merle opts to go shopping at their expense before Daryl shoves his crossbow in Merle’s face. Daryl exhibiting compassion only serves to annoy Merle and prompts him to remind Daryl that they were originally planning to rob the camp when they first got there. Regardless, Daryl is a changed man and spending a couple hours alone with Merle is enough for a lifetime, so he reasons that returning to prison life is infinitely more appealing. Merle reluctantly follows, having worn out his welcome in Woodbury.
When Axel first made a pass at Carol upon learning of her heterosexuality, he got shot down without being given much of a chance. This time around it appeared that he was starting to make some head way. He was even starting to reveal that he had a little bit of charm hidden behind that mustache. Well, this time it was The Governor who shot down Axel’s chances, but at least Axel died believing that he was just an episode away from getting the goods.
Sometimes things with Axel end prematurely
Great plan right? Wrong! Instead of shooting Rick’s group while they fought the walkers he just shot into the air a few times and then left. What. The. Fuck?! The only thing that he accomplished, aside from putting an end to Axel and Carol’s budding relationship, was snapping Rick out of his crazed stupor and potentially strengthening the unity between the group. Sure, Michonne and Glenn may want to kill Merle, but they all realize that The Governor is the most immediate threat to be dealt with. It’s safe to say that Rick will be focused on leading again or he’ll at least take a break from chasing “Lori” until The Governor situation has been handled. Superb job Governor! I hope you get your good eye shot out, if for nothing else but for poor execution of an otherwise brilliant plan. And yes, I realize that his “plan” was ultimately just a show of force to let them know that he has his eye on them.
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Or check out my recap of the next episode, I Ain’t No Judas