Season 4, Episode 16: “A”
Plot: And we’re back at the prison again. The season four closer gets going back in simpler times. Glenn, Maggie and Rick are coming back from a run. Herschel has almost all of the body parts he came into the world with still attached to all the right places.
Then we immediately cut to a present day blood-splattered Rick, and for a lack of a better phrase, the man looks like he’s seen all of the shit. Not just some. All of it.
After the credits we time slide again to meet up with a perfectly-healthy Rick, Michonne and Carl, hanging out in the woods, trying to catch a rabbit, letting a strange dude get his eyeball torn out by a pack of zombies. The use.
The gang high tail it the bush out of there, set up camp for the night and then are promptly ambushed by Joe’s crew. They’re still not thrilled at Rick for strangling their buddy and they’re looking to not so much even the score, but blow up the stadium and the surrounding parking lots so no one can ever play there again.
Joe’s crew vows to rape both Michonne and Carl and then, when all is said and done, kill Rick. Because escalation? Right around that point Daryl shows up and is all “Umm … not cool, you guys.” This starts a brouhahas that climaxes with Rick tearing Joe’s throat out with his teeth because escalation!
This understandably breaks the spirit of Joe’s remaining crew and they are all promptly and brutally killed. Escalation.
In the aftermath of the fight (the blood-splattered Rick we saw earlier in the episode), Rick and Daryl share a tender moment, well at least as tender as a moment can be when you’re busy picking pieces of a guy’s windpipe out of your teeth.
The Grimes gang eventually reach Terminus, and sneak in the backdoor. They meet up with some hipster-looking folks in a radio room who direct them to the welcome area we glimpsed briefly last week.
Once there, Rick notices some familiar-looking stuff: Glenn’s pocket watch, some body armor from the prison. Everybody flips out, Rick’s gang starts running around Terminus seeing all sorts of stuff that looks like evidence of cannibalism but is definitely creepy, the locals shoot at the gang’s feet, funneling them in one direction and cornering them.
The episode ends with the Grimes gang getting locked in a rail car with everybody else from the prison who's still alive save for Carol, Tyreese and Beth.
Oh yeah, and all the while, the episode cuts back to the days back at the prison where Herschel teaches Rick and Carl the fine art of being gentlemen farmers.