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Recap / The Walking Dead S 05 E 03 Four Walls And A Roof

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Season 5, Episode 3

Four Walls and a Roof

Rick's group has a brutal confrontation with the Hunters of Terminus after discovering the depths of their evil.

Gareth and the rest of the Hunters are still feasting on Bob's leg as a pack of walkers try to get into the building they're resting in. Gareth remarks on how nothing lasts forever, and asks why they needed to mark their way back to Terminus if there's nothing left for them.


Gareth tells Bob that they nearly caught Carol before catching him, and remarks on other people in the group who would be good to eat. Bob's crying turns to laughing. Gareth asks him what's so funny, and Bob responds by telling the Hunters that he's been bit and that they're eating tainted meat. Several of the Hunters vomit in response, and they freak out over what they've eaten before knocking Bob out.

Sasha goes out to find Bob in the forest. She is nearly attacked by a walker when Rick and Tyreese save her, and she tells them that she found a scratch mark and thinks Bob has been kidnapped.

Inside the church, Sasha accuses Gabriel of being behind Bob's disappearance. He tells them he had nothing to do with it, then admits to the group that he has harbored intense guilt for locking his congregation out of church during the onset of the outbreak and leaving them to the walkers. He says that God sent Rick and the others because of his sins, and asks them to punish him. Suddenly, the group hears whistling and runs outside.


They find Bob lying unconscious on the ground and walkers moving in while the Hunters run away. Rick fires off several shots while Bob is rushed inside, and he tells them that the Terminus members took him to a hideout in a school and ate his leg. He tells the group to save their supplies because he was bit at the food bank.

Gabriel offers to escort Rick and a group to the school, but Abraham interrupts by telling them that he needs to take Eugene out of the danger zone. He tells Rick that he fixed the bus, and the group nearly come to blows before Glenn intervenes and asks if Abraham and Eugene will be safe out there alone. He tells them that they need each other to get to Washington, but Abraham says he will only wait for another half-day if Glenn, Maggie and Tara accompany them. The three agree to his plan.


Rick holds a meeting and tells the group that they know where the Hunters are, and are going to ambush them. Tyreese tells Sasha afterwards that they have to forgive the Hunters for what happened. Sasha thinks he's speaking nonsense and says the Hunters deserve no sympathy, then gives him a knife to kill Bob when he turns.

Outside the church, the Hunters walk down the path to the front door. They look around and don't see anyone. They march up to the door and walk in while Carl loads a handgun and Gabriel hides. Gareth announces that there's no point in hiding anymore, and that they've been watching the group for quite some time. As they walk through the church, Judith begins to cry and they surround the doorway to the room with Carl and Gabriel.

Suddenly, two of the Hunters are shot in the head. When Gareth tries to call an order to his men, another is killed and he and Martin are forced onto the ground by Rick, Sasha and Tyreese.

Gareth tells Rick he knows there's no point in begging, and tries to appeal to Rick by telling the story about Terminus and what happened to his group. Rick responds by telling him he made a promise, and the group pull out their weapons and brutally execute Gareth, Theresa and Martin.

Though clearly shaken by their horrific ordeal, Rick tells the rest of the group that it was either them or the Hunters, and Michonne finds her sword, which had been taken by the Hunters before. Gabriel and Tyreese look on in shock at what has happened.

The next morning, the rest of the group say their goodbyes to Bob. He thanks Rick for taking him at the prison and being one of the few good people left in the world. Bob has another conversation with Sasha some time later, but passes away after telling her how he dreamt about her.

Sasha breaks down and tries to kill him, but can't bring herself to do it. Tyreese enters and offers to do it for her, and she gives him the knife before leaving the room. He uses the knife to stab Bob in the brain and looks on mournfully.

Abraham, Rosita, Eugene, Tara, Glenn and Maggie put their supplies on the bus, and the former gives Rick a map of the route they will take to Washington. They says their goodbyes and the bus leaves.

That night, Michonne sits on the step examining her sword when Gabriel comes outside. They share their experiences of hearing the voices of the dead in their dreams, and are surprised when Daryl stumbles out of the forest.

Michonne asks where Carol is, and he asks an unseen figure to come out of the forest...


  • Absentee Actor: Melissa McBride (Carol) and Emily Kinney (Beth) are absent from the episode, and Norman Reedus (Daryl) puts in a brief appearance at the end of the episode.
  • Asshole Victim: It's safe to say no one is mourning the deaths of Gareth, Martin and the Hunters. Especially Martin
  • Boom, Headshot!: Albert and Mike die this way.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Hunters are dead, but so is Bob, and Abraham is leading a chunk of the group to Washington while the remainder waits at the church for Carol and Daryl.
  • Black Dude Dies First: While not the first casualty of the season, Bob is the first casualty of Rick's group.
  • Call-Back: Just before Rick kills Gareth, he references how he made a promise to kill him with a machete when they were at the trough in Terminus.
  • Character Death: Bob, as well as Gareth and the rest of the Hunters.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Rick and the others use the silencers Glenn found for them at the gunshop (in the previous episode) to get the drop on the Hunters in the church.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends with Daryl calling an unseen person to "come out now".
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Gareth mentions the death of his mother at Carol's hands.
    • Michonne gets her sword back from the Hunters, who had previously confiscated it from her in the season four finale.
    • Glenn mentions that Jim took days to turn after being bitten.
    • Tyreese mentions Karen's death and his subsequent rage and grief.
    • Rick executes Gareth with the machete, noting his promise from "No Sanctuary."
    • One of the Hunters paints an "A" on the church, which was the label of the group's train car when they were prisoners in Terminus.
    • Martin's face is badly swelling due to the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown that Tyreese gave him in the season premiere.
  • Death by Adaptation: Bob's comic counterpart is currently still alive.
    • Subverted as Bob's comic counterpart is confirmed to have died sometime after Issue #43 in the novels.
  • Decomposite Character: Since both Dale and Andrea die early, their roles for this arc were respectively filled by Bob and Sasha.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Bob decided to spend his remaining time solemnly.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Bob, since right before he dies, he dreams that Sasha was smiling at him.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Gareth and Martin's brutal deaths occur mostly offscreen.
  • Guilt Complex: Gabriel blames himself for not allowing the other members of the flock to enter the chapel, thus condemning them to being killed by the walkers.
  • Hypocrite: When Bob is understandably crying during his plight, Gareth rolls his eyes and claims he's being a human being by talking to him. Don't mind the fact that he and the Hunters are chowing down on Bob like he's a burger from Five Guys.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: The Hunters, of all people, after learning Bob had been bitten by a walker. Doubles as Irony since Terminus recruited people by feeding them human meat and then revealing the truth to them.
  • The Idealist: Even though Bob is at death's door, he still tells Rick that he's convinced that there's still good people in the world and hopes things will get back to normal.
  • I Gave My Word: Rick promises to execute Gareth with a red-handled machete in "No Sanctuary" and carries through with it here.
  • Ironic Echo: In the previous episode, Gareth told Bob "We would've done this to anybody;" Rick throws that back at him when Gareth promises to leave his group alone if he spares them.
  • Jump Scare: The walker who pops up in front of Sasha's scope while she's searching in the forest.
  • Laughing Mad: Bob as he reveals he is "tainted meat".
  • Let's Split Up, Gang
    • Abraham, Rosita and Eugene, along with Glenn, Maggie and Tara, opt to get out of the danger zone and head towards Washington.
    • Subverted when Rick leads a group in search of the Hunters: it was a ploy to lure the Hunters into the church; Rick and his group doubled back to spring the trap.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Bob, why are you smiling?"
  • Mythology Gag: Gareth getting two fingers shot off by Rick. In the comics, Gareth's counterpart Chris gets one finger shot off by Andrea. Also, the Hunters survived for 4 issues in the comics. Here, they survived for 4 episodes.
  • Never My Fault: Gareth's last rant to Rick is him trying to justify his cannibalism is just pure bull, claiming the people who brutalized his group turned them into gluttonous cannibals.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Shortly before Bob dies, he gives Rick some sage wisdom, and then goes out peacefully with Sasha at his side.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The Hunters get this when Bob tells them they're eating tainted meat.
    • Gareth has this exact look on his face when he notices Rick's red-handled machete.
  • The Place: Maggie's Title Drop refers to Fr. Gabriel's church.
  • P.O.V. Cam: When Sasha is looking through her night-vision scope in the forest.
  • Precision F-Strike: One of the Hunters let out an audible "Fuck!" as he's being killed by Abraham.
  • Put on a Bus: Literally done when Abraham leads Rosita, Eugene, Glenn, Maggie and Tara to Washington on Father Gabriel's bus.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Rick, Sasha and the others brutally execute Gareth and Martin after ambushing them. They don't drive a machete through their skill or just plain shoot them. They keep slicing, stabbing and smashing over and over to point where the hunters' corpses are severely mutilated.
  • Title Drop: Said by Maggie after the Hunters are executed.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: We don't hear the details of Rick's plan to take out the Hunters; in particular, the detail that leaving the church is a feint doesn't become obvious until they spring the trap.
  • Villainous Glutton: The way the Hunters slurp and chomp on Bob is pretty clear in its implications that they're not just doing this for sustenance.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sasha calls out Tyreese, who asks her to forgive the Hunters based on his own experiences with Carol.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The Hunters except Gareth and Martin.
  • Zombie Infectee: Bob. We don't know if the Hunters do get infected from eating Bob's "TAINTED MEAAAAAT!!!!"
    • Word of God is that they weren't, nor were their comic counterparts.


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