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Recap / The Walking Dead S 05 E 02 Strangers

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Season 5, Episode 2
Rick mulls over joining Abraham's mission to Washington when the larger group encounters the cowardly priest Father Gabriel Stokes.

Rick's group heads away from the smoldering ruins of Terminus. They stop to rest for the night, and several of the group members talk with each other.

Tara talks with Rick about her reluctance to attack when the prison fell, while Tyreese tells Carol that they don't need to tell the group about Lizzie and Mika's deaths. Later, Rick thanks Carol again for saving their lives and she tells him that she learned to survive after being sent away.

The next morning, Daryl brings food for the group and says that he felt like they were being watched the night before. Bob and Sasha begin flirting with each other, but the moment is ruined when screams are heard in the distance. Carl asks his father and the others to save the person in distress.

The group runs towards the noise, and find a man on top of a rock trying to stay out of reach of a group of walkers. They dispatch the walkers and the man introduces himself as Father Gabriel, who's a priest. Although the group is wary of him, he tells them that he has a church and that he has never killed anyone.


Gabriel leads the group to the church, where they check for any traps. Once they see that it's clear, Rick signals the rest of the group to enter. Abraham tells him that they've found a bus that Gabriel has given them for repair and transport, but Rick and the rest of the group says that the priority is to find supplies and ammunition.

Inside, Gabriel tells them that he's scavenged every location in the nearby area except for one that's overrun with walkers. Rick, Sasha, Bob and Michonne bring Gabriel with them for their scavenging mission, but not before Rick tells Carl that it's never truly safe, and not to trust Gabriel.

Gabriel leads Rick and the others towards the location, and Bob tells Rick that they need to head to Washington eventually. Elsewhere, Carol and Daryl find a derelict vehicle with a battery that still works, and Glenn, Tara and Maggie search a looted gunshop and find three silencers.


Rick and the others find the location with Gabriel, which is a food bank. Inside, they find out that the shelves of food are in a basement which has been partially flooded and filled with a dozen walkers. Together, the group clears out the walkers by using the shelves as makeshift barricades, and Rick saves Gabriel's life when he panics and tries to flee from an advancing walker. Bob is also pulled underwater by a walker, but Sasha manages to kill it.

They bring the supplies back to the church, and Michonne tells Rick how much she has gotten used to life after the apocalypse on the way back. Once there, Carl points out to Rick that someone was trying to break into the church and has scrawled the phrase "You'll burn for this" on the back wall.

That night, Abraham makes a toast to the group and implores them to get to Washington and cure the virus. Rick and the others agree, and get some rest for the night. Sasha leaves to take care of Judith, but a conflicted Bob asks her to give him another kiss before she leaves, and tries to hold onto her hand as long as possible. Rick also goes to Gabriel and says that he knows the latter is hiding something, and that if that something hurts the group in any way, Rick will kill him.

Outside, Daryl and Carol are clearing the area of walkers when they see a hearse drive by. Convinced that it's the same car and driver that abducted Beth, both of them jump into the car they found earlier and drive after it...

Bob is sitting outside the church, crying to himself, and walks into the forest. As he stops near a tree and breaks down, he is knocked out from behind by Martin, the Terminus fellow Tyreese claimed to have killed in the previous episode. He wakes up later near a campfire and sees... Gareth, who is with the other surviving Terminus members. Gareth tells Bob that he's still alive, and that there's nothing personal in what has happened between. He tells Bob that the surviving Terminus group has been forced to hunt like everyone else, and that it's ironic that Bob would be the one they captured.

Bob looks down to find that his leg has been severed, and Gareth tells him that he tastes a lot better than they thought he would. As they continue eating, Bob looks at them in equal parts horror and morbid amusement...


  • Absentee Actor: Beth (Emily Kinney) is once again absent, despite being Promoted to Opening Titles last episode.
  • An Arm and a Leg: How do the Hunters wake up Bob after capturing him? By complimenting him on how he tastes while they feast on his severed leg.
  • As the Good Book Says...: The group finds several Bibles and scriptures that were read by Gabriel in the church.
  • Breather Episode: After the insanity of the previous episode, this one is relatively calm...until it gets subverted at the end, with Gareth's return.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Averted with Father Gabriel, who turns out to be an Episcopal priest.
  • Cliffhanger: Daryl and Carol leave the group to follow a lead on Beth's location, and Bob has been captured and is being eaten alive by the Hunters, who imply they're going after the rest of the group next.
  • Composite Character: Bob takes up comicbook Dale's role as the Hunters' food.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: When Michonne attacks a walker, she instinctively reaches for her lost sword.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Father Gabriel is hiding something, and Rick and Carl learn that someone tried to break into the church and scrawled a message that Gabriel would "burn" for something he did.
  • Eaten Alive: Bob, who is lectured on the Hunters' ways while they eat his leg.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Gareth politely informs Bob of how the Hunters became the Hunters... while eating his leg.
  • Five-Man Band: The food bank scouting party.
  • Foreshadowing: Bob asks Sasha to give him an extra kiss, goes outside the church to cry, and is bemused when the cannibals cut off his leg...
  • The Idealist: Carl tells his father that not everyone is as bad as he makes them out to be, and that they can still help people.
  • I'll Kill You!: For the second straight episode, Rick says this — this time to Father Gabriel, warning what will happen if he causes harm to befall any of Rick's "family".
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The survivors of Terminus, now finally named as "the Hunters".
  • Improvised Weapon: Michonne uses a whisk to stab a walker in the head while the group is fighting in the flooded basement of the food bank.
  • Infinite Supplies: Discussed. The group has no supplies, forcing Daryl to hunt squirrels for the group. Later, they find three silencers in a gun shop and a large cache of supplies at a food bank.
  • It's Personal: Gareth declares that the survivors of Terminus will now hunt Rick's group for destroying their home.
  • Jump Scare: Just as Gabriel is saved after trying to bail, Bob is suddenly pulled under the water by a walker.
  • Meaningful Rename: The Terminus survivors dubbed themselves "The Hunters" and are hell-bent on hunting down and eating Rick's group for Revenge.
  • Meganekko: Fr. Gabriel is seen with a cute blonde girl with glasses in a picture.
  • Multi-Character Title: Rick's group and Gabriel Stokes are "strangers" to each other. Some of the new additions in the group either, specifically; Tara, Abraham, Eugene and Rosita.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • After Terminus' fall, its survivors dubbed themselves "The Hunters", the name of their comic counterpart.
    • Bob awakens to find the Hunters happily chowing down on his severed leg, much like Dale in the comics. Like Dale, however, it's implied that Bob has been scratched and infected, since he's been limping since the scouting mission, a lot more focus is put on his character, he asks for just one more kiss from Sasha, and goes outside and begins crying to himself. Meaning if things follow the comics, Bob will get the last laugh since the Hunters are eating his infected leg.
    • Carol telling Daryl that "she's thankful 'cause she should be dead". She also told him something like "he should be thankful he's here".
  • Non-Action Guy: Father Gabriel, who has to be aggressively prodded into joining the scouting mission at the food bank. During the mission, he even tries to bail, he's so frightened by the walkers.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Gabriel tries to ingratiate himself with Rick's group by pointing out how beautiful Judith is. This causes Rick to tell Gabriel to put his hands up while they frisk him for weapons and keep a close eye on him.
  • The One Guy: Glenn forms a scouting party with Maggie and Tara.
  • P.O.V. Cam: When Bob wakes up after being abducted by the Hunters.
  • Power Walk: Rick and co. at the beginning of the episode.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Bob and Sasha appear to have finally become an item, after their Ship Tease last season.
  • Rousing Speech: Abraham gives the group one in order to convince them to head to Washington and cure the virus.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Father Gabriel Stokes and the actual comic counterparts of the Hunters, Theresa, Greg and Mike, are officially introduced.
  • Sixth Ranger: Father Gabriel (for now, anyway)
  • Stepford Smiler: It is implied that Bob was bit or scratched during the Jump Scare above and hides it from the group during their feast.
  • Tagalong Kid: Judith
  • The Team: As massive as Rick's group is, they still correlate into one.
  • Title Drop: When Gabriel tells Rick's group that God sent him help in the form of a group of strangers.
  • Token White: Rick forms a scouting group with Michonne, Bob, Sasha and Father Gabriel. Since Rick is The Hero and The Leader, it also counts as White Male Lead.
  • Villainous Glutton: It's strongly implied the Hunters don't just eat people for survival, but they take pleasure from eating people.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Father Gabriel vomits after being saved by Rick's group.
  • Wham Line: "A man's gotta eat..." wouldn't sound so bad if it wasn't coming from a cannibal.
  • Wham Shot: The close-ups on Bob and Gareth end as the camera flips to the full view of the Hunters eating Bob's leg.


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