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Episode 609 of The Walking Dead, “No Way Out,” starts off with a recap of the two-minute prologue from the end of the mid-season finale.

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We see Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham driving in the truck when they come across a group of men on motorcycles in the middle of the road. They stop, and the lead man tells them to get out of the car or they’ll kill the three of them. When they get out of the truck, the man tells them to hand over their weapons. “Why should we?” Daryl asks. He proceeds to tell them that everything they own, weapons, the truck, fuel, etc. is no longer their property.

“Whose are they” Sasha asks.

“You’re property… now belongs to Negan.” the man says.

The man disarms them, much to Daryl’s distaste. He asks them where the rest of the stuff is, and when they say there is no more stuff, he orders one of his underlings to take Daryl to the back of the truck and search it from the back bumper forward.

“Who are you people?” Sasha asks. “No questions,” the man replies. He goes on to tell them about how they shouldn’t argue with him, and how they should just go along with it. Abraham asks who Negan is, and the guy pulls a gun on them. He plays with them, saying that he told them not to ask questions and that’s exactly what they did. Then he pulls another gun on Sasha.  Finally, he lowers both guns. “I’m not gonna kill you,” he says. “Wait, wait, yes I am.” Then he pulls both guns on them again and aims at both of them. Just as he’s about to shoot, the entire biker gang explodes. Literally. We then see Daryl, who has dispatched his guard, with a rocket launcher. The three of them get back in the gas truck and drive off.

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Cue opening credits.

Back at Alexandria, we return to Rick and the gang sneaking out of Jesse’s house among all the walkers. Now, this opening scene kind of pissed me off, because they entirely did away with Sam saying, “Mom,” like we saw at the end of the last episode. It’s like it never even happened. What the heck? Then, the group finally makes it to some bushes and has a full-on conversation with swarms of walkers not ten feet away, and it doesn’t draw any attention. Umm… okaaay.  Anyway, they make a new plan to go to the reservoir to get their cars and come back. Jesse points out that that’s a long way to go with Judith, and Father Gabriel takes her and tells Rick that he’ll protect her and take her to the church and keep her safe.

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Back in the brownstone, Tara and Rosita are arguing over what to do about Denise, who has been taken by the Wolf that Morgan had been holding captive. Carol is waking up with Eugene’s help, and so is Morgan. Carol goes to do a sweep of the house.

Next we see Denise and the Wolf hiding in a recessed stairway, and we see Glenn and Enid running into the church near town. They search it for anything they can use, with Glenn convinced that someone must have hidden a gun or weapon of some kind. Enid stops searching, and she says to Glenn, “When I wanted to run, you said, ‘That’s how you lose people, even after they’re gone.’ What the hell did that mean?”

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“People you love, ” Glenn replies. “They made you who you are. They’re still part of you. If you stop being you, that last bit of them that’s still around inside who you are, it’s gone.” They continue searching, and Enid finds a gun in a box in the pulpit. Back in the stairwell, the Wolf is talking to Denise about how they’re going to make a break for it. Meanwhile, Glenn is planning on going to get Maggie and wants Enid to stay behind, but she insists on going to help save Maggie.

We cut back to Rick and his group still working their way slowly through the walkers. It’s dark now. Sam starts hearing in his head Carol’s speech from earlier in the season about how the monsters will come for him and freaking out. He starts crying. Everything slows down. The gang is pleading with him to come on, and Jesse is trying to get him to come with her. Out of nowhere, two walkers descend on Sam and bite his head. He goes down. Jesse starts to scream. Rick and Carl try to get her to leave Sam, but she won’t. Suddenly, she’s swarmed by walkers too. We hear Rick start to mumble, “No,” but Carl snaps him out of it by pleading for help. Rick realizes Jesse has her hand wrapped tightly around Carl’s wrist even as she’s being eaten, and Carl can’t get loose. He uses his axe to cut her hand off and Carl falls backwards, dropping his gun.

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Rick and Carl get up, only to find Ron pointing the gun at him. He looks at Rick and says, “You,” and is about to pull the trigger when he suddenly jerks. Michonne’s machete is sticking through his chest. She pulls it out and he drops to the ground, but the gun fires errantly. Carl turns to rick and says, “Dad?” and we see that he’s been shot in the face, with one eye completely blown away. He then falls to the ground. Rick picks him up and as Michonne starts slashing away at walkers, they make a run for it.

Back at the brownstone, Tara, Rosita, Eugene, and Morgan are all sitting quietly. Finally, Eugene says, “Sooner or later, we’re fighting our way out.” Rosita says, “We will. Not you.” When he tries to argue, she rebuffs him and walks away.

We return to Denise and the Wolf. He reiterates their plan to go through the walkers, up the guard tower and over the wall. They make a run for it and Denise gets grabbed by a walker. The Wolf hesitates, then tries to help her and gets bitten. She tells him she can save his life if they get back to the infirmary and they take off running through the swarm.

Back inside the brownstone, Morgan approaches Carol. They discuss the saving of the Wolf briefly. “I should have killed you,” she says. “You can’t,” Morgan replies. Denise and the Wolf stop at the house across from the infirmary, where she tourniquets his arm. “The path was clear. Could have made it,” he says. “You turned back for me,” Denise says. “Maybe it was because you needed a doctor. Or maybe you’ve changed.” They then make a break through the walker-infested street. They get halfway across and get held up by walkers. Right as the Wolf is trying to get Denise across the street, he goes down in a hail of gunfire. It’s Carol from the second floor of the brownstone. She yells for Denise to get to the infrimary.

Denise gets into the infirmary, where Aaron, Spencer and Heath are. They see Rick and Michonne outside and get the door open so they can run inside. Rick asks Denise to save his son’s life. They set him on a table, then Rick goes to look outside. He can see that the lights have started to attract walkers. Then, in slow motion, Rick opens the door and walks outside, axe in hand.

It turns into a bloodbath, with Rick single-handedly killing every walker he can get his hands on. Michonne wants to help him but Denise needs her to keep holding Carl. Finally, Michonne, Aaron, Heath, and Spencer go out to help Rick. Then, some of the other townspeople who have been watching from their windows start to come out and help kill walkers. “We can beat ’em!” Rick yells.

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We cut to Father Gabriel and Judith inside the church, with a handful of survivors. He’s looking out the window and sees Rick and the group fighting walkers. He hands Judith off to a woman, picks up a machete, and heads out to help. Tobin says, “Gabriel, what are you doing?” Father Gabriel replies, “We’ve been praying together. Praying that god will save our town. Well, our prayers have been answered. God will save Alexandria. Because god has given us the courage to save ourselves.”

Carol sees what’s going on from inside the brownstone and she, Rosita, Tara, and Morgan head out to help. Eugene joins them, and Rosita tells him again he doesn’t have to. “That’s incorrect, I do” he says, “Nobody gets to clock out today. And hell, this is a story people are gonna tell.”

Outside the walls, Glenn and Enid see that Maggie is still trapped on a guard platform and it’s going to come down soon. Glenn orders Enid to go help Maggie and runs off to distract the walkers, shooting and yelling. Enid makes it up to Maggie, and they watch as Glenn tries to draw the walkers to himself. He starts to get overwhelmed, and before long, we see he’s massed upon by a swarm of walkers. Maggie screams, “Gleeennnnnn!” Our collective hearts break. Not again!

Suddenly, machine gun fire rings out and the walkers drop. Glenn is okay! We see Abraham and Sasha firing from the roof of a nearby building. “Can you get the gate?” Abraham yells. “Appreciate it, pal!” Then he laughs and starts firing again, wiping out walkers left and right.

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Back inside the town, it turns into a giant melee of townspeople versus walkers. Despite the group making some major headway, the numbers are too overwhelming. Then we see Daryl emptying the fuel from the gas truck into the water in the town lake. They drive back a distance and then he climbs on top of the truck with his handy rocket launcher. He fires into the pond and it erupts into flame. The walkers start to turn and walk towards it. Rick and the townspeople keep killing every walker that’s still coming toward them, but most of the walkers head toward the massive fire, walking into the lake and getting consumed by flames.

Then it’s the next morning, and the streets are littered with dead walkers. We see Rick, the entire crew, and many townspeople gathered around and outside the infirmary. Inside, Rick is sitting at Carl’s bedside. Carl’s head is bandaged and his one eye is completely bandaged over.

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“I was wrong,” Rick says to Carl. “I thought after living behind these walls for so long that maybe they couldn’t learn. But today, I saw what they could do, what we could do, if we work together. We’ll rebuild the walls. We’ll expand the walls. There will be more. Everything Deanna was talking about is possible. It’s all possible, I see that now. I want to show you the new world, Carl. I want to make it a reality for you.” Rick hangs his head, crying.

The camera pans down and we see Rick is holding Carl’s hand. After a moment, Carl’s hand slowly closes around Rick’s.

Fade to black.

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