To the walled community of Alexandria – and Daryl shoots a possum. He brought dinner.
It looks like the Alexandrians are not a fan of possum
Inside the walls they’re asked to disarm. Rick objects – and has Sasha snipe a zombie just to remind everyone how dangerous they are.
The leader of the community is Deana Monroe, ex-congresswoman who films interviews with several of Rick’s group. Alexandria was an eco-friendly gated community for the rich before the outbreak and Deana, along with several others, sheltered there pretty much from the beginning. It’s sustainable so it has electricity and running water. She wants Rick and his group to help their community survive – touching on how he has killed people to save his people, his family and how she wants that protection. He advises her to close the gates and not let people in – because people will use her.
Rick makes a decision to stay – though there’s a nice moment when Deana opens the possibility it isn’t his choice
Which means they give up their vast arsenal (albeit Carol getting a nod from Rick) to Olivia, the stores lady before being shown to two houses they can live in (Rick is amazed by the space). The house is like going back in time to back before the walkers – it even has running water
Rick has a shower, fully amazed by it, and shaves off the epic Beard. Newly shorn and shirtless he greets neighbour Jesse who is super happy to help cut Rick’s hair, completing the transformation. Rick is stunned and slightly horrified by how much she trusts him. She also mentions her sons she wants to introduce to Carl.
Trust doesn’t go both ways and Carol and Rick decide, despite having two houses, they’ll all stay in one so they’re not split up. Carl’s still on high alert, drawing a knife when he hears something in one of the rooms. Michonne and Rick have a cute moment (after she spends 20 minutes brushing her teeth) because she’s never seen Rick clean shaven before; she understands the caution but is still optimistic about Alexandria. Deana also drops round to marvel at how close knit Rick’s group is despite their very diverse backgrounds. She’s also handing out everyone jobs.
Michonne’s interview reflects her optimism while Glenn’s shows his almost desperate need to make Alexandria a home and fear of what the road is doing to them.
Daryl fits in far less – still carrying around the dead possum to the video interview. While everyone else cleans up, he skins and guts it. He lurks in corners and tries to avoid the Alexandrians. He refuses to clean up even when Carol scolds him (which is hilarious).
Rick goes to explore and nearly panics looking for Carl running through the streets and crashing into Jesse’s art work before she reassures him that Carl and Judith are visiting an elderly couple who lost their kids and grandchildren.