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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4 Episode 15 "Us"

Dan O'Halloran | 26 Mar 2014 05:47
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The survivors are reuniting, but are they (and we) being set up for a fall?

In every episode since the mid-season break, we've seen the survivors bloom in different ways and this episode is no exception. Tara gets absolution (of a sorts), Glenn becomes a leader and Daryl runs with kindred spirits. And by the end, the long hoped for protection of Terminus is finally found. All is well except for the missing Beth. Or is it? Let's take a look at this episode and then prepare for what's next.

Daryl finds new hunting partners

It seemed that a few episodes ago, Daryl realized he may actually have a chance with a girl that he never thought would go for him. She saw his dark side in the moonshine cabin and she still stuck around. Hell, she even knew how to hold her liquor and got a kick out of arson. Daryl got a glimpse of a life he never thought he'd have pre-apocalypse. Then that all got snatched away when she was taken.

Now, it seems, Daryl is being offered a different, but no less appealing, post-apocalypse life. One where who he is and the survival skills he has to offer is acknowledged as valuable not by a beautiful and smart young woman, but by a father figure and a new set of brothers. And this is just as attractive to him as the life he hoped he could have with Beth.

I can only guess there is leading to a moment where he will have to choose between being with Beth or staying with his new pack of survival specialists. The approval of the pack leader means a great deal to Daryl who, as we learned, only heard demeaning and destructive talk from his father. But Daryl is a survivalist above all and once he realizes the leader Joe planted the rabbit head in his belongings to start the fight with Len and allow him to step in to side with Daryl, well, I'm betting the crossbow is going to do the talking at that point.

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