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** Although, really it proves nothing. There were children playing in Woodbury, too. We saw a little girl chasing her dog on the lawn, at one point. Perhaps, by that point, Rick just wanted to believe.

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-->'''The group is invited to a community by Aaron, but Rick remains suspicious.'''

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** Merle once said that he and Daryl had bird calls they used to signal each other when they were hunting; Rick and Daryl use them here when the group is separated.


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'''Season 5, Episode 11'''
!The Distance

At the [[Recap/TheWalkingDeadS05E10Them cabin]], the group is resting when Maggie and Sasha arrive with Aaron in tow. Rick and the others immediately draw their weapons at him, and he explains that he was the one who left them the care package of water bottles the day before. He tells them that he wants to recruit them for a community nearby, but Rick refuses to believe him and rifles through his backpack instead.

He finds a set of pictures, which Aaron says are grainy photos of the town he came from. Aaron continues to ramble on, leading Rick to punch and knock him out in one hit. Although Michonne tells him that Aaron isn't a threat while handcuffed, the latter comes to and tries to make light of the situation to no effect

Rick continues asking questions about whether he has any other people waiting for him, and Aaron admits that he wouldn't trust him no matter what answer he gave, but eventually says that there is one other person and that they were driving in vehicles to find them. Rick orders Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, Abraham and Rosita to check out Aaron's planned meeting spot, and if they don't return in an hour, he'll execute the recruiter himself.

When they leave, Aaron tells Rick about his past work as a government employee, and says he has noble intentions. When Judith begins crying, Aaron tells Rick that he has applesauce in his bag. Rick believes it is a trap and has Aaron taste it first, despite the latter claiming he doesn't like it. Upon seeing that it's safe to eat, Rick gives it to Judith.

Michonne and the others find the meeting site and see an empty car and RV, indicating Aaron is telling the truth. Despite Glenn's attempt to cast doubt on Aaron, Michonne tells him that Rick and all of them aren't bad people because they took on stray people who were lost or had nothing left. Glenn concedes the point, and they head back to the cabin with canned food and the two vehicles.

After they arrive, Rick tells Aaron that they'll be keeping the canned items when they go. The group, however, disagrees with Rick's claim that they won't check it out. This causes him to change his mind, and he says that they have Aaron take them to the town while kept hostage. Rick insists that they travel on a different path than Aaron's map with directions because he still doesn't trust him.

That night, the group heads out in the two vehicles. Rick, Michonne, Glenn and Aaron are in the car, and Michonne takes the lead by questioning Aaron using Rick's "three-question" routine he used back at the prison. Their journey is stalled when they run into a herd of walkers on the road, and realize that they are separated from the RV and the rest of the gup. At that moment, a flare lights up in the air far ahead of them, and Aaron begins to panic. He tells the group that he has to leave, and flees despite still having restraints on. Rick, Michonne and Glenn are forced to abandon the car and follow the path of the flare, running through the darkened forest.

Glenn gets separated from the others and finds Aaron caught on a tree, trying to push away an attacking walker. Although Glenn is initially content to leave him to his fate, he goes back and saves his life. Aaron tells him that he realizes they are good people and that they need to find everyone else before going to the town. They rejoin Rick and Michonne and continue heading through the woods.

They arrive at an abandoned building, where the rest of the group has arrived, along with Aaron's partner, Eric, who sprained his leg while running from walkers. Aaron and Eric embrace each other, while Rick is convinced to stand down from his paranoia by Glenn and the others.

The next morning, the group continues the drive towards the community. Aaron promises to get Noah's leg looked at by the town doctor, [[{{Foreshadowing}} Pete]]. When they are forced to stop to change the RV's battery, Rick tells Michonne that he still doesn't trust Aaron or Eric, and she tells him to let go of his worries. Before they leave, Rick plants a gun inside a blender at an abandoned shack.

The group is led by Aaron to a supposedly safe reaches the front gate of the community, but Alexandria. Rick remains suspicious.
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is unsure what to think, but his eyes widen when he hears the sounds of children playing inside the fortified metal walls. Everyone exits the car and begins to walk towards the gate, and Rick picks up Judith and asks her if she's ready before he walks off with them...

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* WhatTheHellHero: Michonne and Aaron both call out Rick for putting the group in danger while trying to keep them safe. Specially when Rick insists on going to Alexandria though a walker-infested road, and during the night.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Michonne and Aaron both call out Rick for putting the group in danger while trying to keep them safe. Specially when Rick insists on going to Alexandria though a walker-infested road, and during the night.night.
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* ChekhovsGun: Aaron's flare gun is a literal case.
* ChekhovsGunman: Aaron mentioned a Pete in Alexandria, which may well be Pete Anderson from the comics.


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* FiveManBand: The group scouters that Rick assigned to confirm that Aaron is not lying.
** TheLeader: Glenn
** TheLancer: Michonne
** TheBigGuy: Abraham
** TheSmartGuy: Rosita
** TheChick: Maggie


* WhatTheHellHero: Michonne and Aaron both call out Rick for putting the group in danger while trying to keep them safe.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Michonne and Aaron both call out Rick for putting the group in danger while trying to keep them safe. Specially when Rick insists on going to Alexandria though a walker-infested road, and during the night.

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* BigDamnHeroes: With the group separated, and Rick having fired the desperate flare shot, they are rescued by Glenn and Aaron.


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** Much like he did before going in to Terminus, Rick leaves a weapons cache hidden behind him.

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*TooDumbToLive: The applesauce scene in a nutshell: "Eat it or I'll kill ya." "But it's yucky."

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* RuleOfThree: After encountering two dangerous communities with dark secrets (Woodbury and Terminus), Alexandria breaks the pattern by actively seeking out Rick's group and appearing to be a decent place to live.

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* NobodyHereButUsBirds: Rick and Daryl use bird-like whistles to signal to each other once the group is separated.


* GenreSavvy: Rick pulls absolutely no punches when dealing with potentially dangerous stranger Aaron.
** Aaron brought pictures of his community with him to back up his claim, and plenty of food to show their resources. After he helps save Rick with a gun Glenn lent him, he quickly throws it to Rick's feet to reinforce that he isn't a danger.
** Rick expects to be disarmed when entering Alexandria, and hides his gun in a blender.
** Aaron is also cautious when dealing with Rick's group, recognising that they could be a danger.
*** He used a listening device to spy on their conversations.
*** Him and Eric work as a team to keep each other safe, using flares to signal danger.
*** Aaron endangers any trust Rick has in him by refusing to at first tell Alexandria's exact location, reasoning that Rick could then just execute him and raid his home.


** Aaron also brought pictures of his community with him to back up his claim.

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** Aaron also brought pictures of his community with him to back up his claim.claim, and plenty of food to show their resources. After he helps save Rick with a gun Glenn lent him, he quickly throws it to Rick's feet to reinforce that he isn't a danger.


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** Aaron is also cautious when dealing with Rick's group, recognising that they could be a danger.
*** He used a listening device to spy on their conversations.
*** Him and Eric work as a team to keep each other safe, using flares to signal danger.
*** Aaron endangers any trust Rick has in him by refusing to at first tell Alexandria's exact location, reasoning that Rick could then just execute him and raid his home.


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* TheHeart: Michonne acts as this for the group, trying to convince them to have hope in Alexandria, particularly Rick. Makes sense, considering she has the most experience with hopeless wandering in the wilderness.


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* NotSoStoic: Aaron acts remarkably calm throughout the episode, up until he believes Eric is in danger.


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* RedHerring: Aaron is hesitant to eat the applesauce he brought, and none of his photos of Alexandria have any people in them. But he was telling the truth about his dislike of the food, and may well have had exposure problems.


* TheComicallySerious: Aaron jokes about how his community's rule of auditions for new members "makes us sound like a dance troupe that's only on Friday nights." The group reward him with stony stares.

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* TheComicallySerious: Aaron The group doesn't have the best reaction Aaron's jokes about how his community's rule of auditions for new members "makes us sound auditions .
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like we're some kind of a dance troupe that's troupe. That's only on Friday nights." The group reward him with stony stares.nights
-->''Everyone stares at him''

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* TheComicallySerious: Aaron jokes about how his community's rule of auditions for new members "makes us sound like a dance troupe that's only on Friday nights." The group reward him with stony stares.

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* KillItWithFire: Rick, low on ammunition, takes out one walker by shooting a flare at its head.
* ProperlyParanoid: Rick edges beyond this point, in contrast to his earlier interactions with strangers. Accusing Aaron of wanting to poison Judith was a bit far.

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