The Walking Dead Season 4 FINALE Recap – Episode 16: A

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is tested to his limites yet again in the Season 4 finale of AMC's The Walking Dead.

A

So what in the hell sort of name is ‘A‘ anyway?

And so starts the beginning of the end for Episode 16 of AMC’s The Walking Dead

 First off we find Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) checking snares. There’s still that feeling of happy families going on, so when I hear the screaming, I kind of expect it. Except this is completely decoy screams. Turns out some random human is being attacked by walkers. There is nothing Rick’s group can do, so they head away from the mess.

Oh, and before I forget, this episode is bought to you by Rick’s flashbacks. Yep, his crazy is back, except, this time, it’s Hershel (Scott Wilson) who is his moral compass. All of the flashbacks revolve around Rick and Hershel and the happiness that was farming life back at Old MacPrison’s Farm. Oh, and we have a bit of a looksee at psycho Carl again too…

And then we’re back on track again. Now it’s night time and Rick and Michonne are chatting around a fire.

*branch snaps*

Apparently it’s nothing. But we all know it’s totally SOMETHING.

But Rick and Michonne go back to talking about Terminus and there are the first hints that maybe they think it is the new Woodbury.

This lulls us all back into a false sense of security so that Joe (Jeff Kober) and his fucked up redneck crew can show up and point a gun at Rick’s head and a paedophile at his son!

Joe (Jeff Kober) meets Rick (Andrew Lincoln) in the Season 4 finale of AMC's The Walking Dead.

Yeah, seems they finally tracked him down. Except we can’t see Daryl (Norman Reedus), so we have no idea if he’s okay or not. Oh wait, there he is, sacrificing himself for Rick. Gets the shit kicked out of him too before Rick manages to disarm Joe. There is a lot of fighting in the dark after that until Rick rips out Joe’s jugular WITH HIS TEETH. Then he guts the guy who is trying to rape Carl.

Yeah, totally get how we are getting crazy flashbacks now…

But, then there is no one left except Rick’s crew. Michonne goes all mummy on Carl and comforts him as he lays in the back of the car. Rick and Daryl discuss what level of crazy you have to maintain to function after the zombie apocalypse hits. Rick declares Daryl is his bro and things are starting to look okay again.

The very next day they come across a Terminus sign on the ground and Rick says the first smart thing any of them have ever said about Terminus by suggesting they all head into the woods to check out Terminus first. I’m fairly certain Rick would have suggested this anyway, but after the incident with Joe’s gang, it’s pretty much a sure bet.

Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) chat in the Season 4 finale of AMC's The Walking Dead.

While they are split up, Michonne tells Carl all about how her son died and why her husband and his mate ended up as her walker puppies. It appears she is trying to help Carl from going back to his psycho days. But really, they all need to be the perfect blend of bad arse and bat shit crazy now don’t they?

The heading into the woods is short lived and they all meet back to hide a bag of weapons and jump the fence leading into Terminus.

Now, this section of the episode seems really rushed to me. Shouldn’t they sit back for twenty four hours and really see what’s going down? Also, there seems to be some possible time gaps, so maybe they did and we won’t find out what they did with those missing moments until Season 5? Either way, they are suddenly storming into the first room they come across.

And this is where we meet Gareth (Andrew J. West) for the first time. I keep hearing this name mentioned as the could be, but might not be super baddie for Season 5. He’s all ‘look at me, I’m not the Governor because I’m younger than him and I still have both my eyes.‘ Yeah, don’t trust him one little bit. Too smarmy, too full of bullshit.

Gareth (Andrew J. West) in introduced in the Season 4 finale of AMC's The Walking Dead.

Hi, I’m not weird and creepy at all…

Seems Rick doesn’t trust him either because when Mary (Denise Crosby) offers them a plate of meat (and I haven’t seen anyone eat any yet. So, technically, if the cannibal theory is correct, none of the Rick crew have dined on human flesh yet – and, no, Joe’s jugular doesn’t count!), he goes all gung ho and pulls his gun on the guy carrying Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) watch – you know, the one Hershel gave him.

[insert annoying flashback here]

Oh yeah, shit is going down now. As Rick looks around we confirm that, yes, we did actually see someone wearing Glenn’s riot gear earlier and, whoa, there was a reason Maggie (Lauren Cohan) was wearing Daryl’s poncho, it’s so Rick would recognise it when someone else was wearing it!

So there’s a bit of a stand off and Gareth is trying to talk everyone down except Rick won’t listen and now they are all running for their lives.

Except those bloody snipers are actually aiming for everyone’s feet and practically – actually – herding them into wherever it is this group wants them to go.

And this is where the significance of the title kicks in .

Everything marked ‘A’ is where Rick and his crew are lead to. First it’s a door. Hello, there’s some de-fleshed carcasses lying around before it, but let’s just look away shall we? Is that people calling for help? Yeah, just disregard that folks… And then they’re in a shrine with candles and crazy talk on the walls (Never Again. Never Trust. We First, Always) and names on the floors.

Things get weird in the Season 4 finale of AMC's The Walking Dead.

Seriously, or was it just me, that spent way to long trying to read all the names here?

Yep, hello, Terminus is a cannibal camp for sure!

Next they’re out of that room and running for their lives again. So, of course, it’s exactly to where Gareth wants them to be.

But, hang on, is there some sort of speaking without uttering words going on between Rick and Carl? And is that some more eye talking going on that includes Daryl and Michonne too? It seems there might be some sort of a plan being hatched…

And that’s how Rick, Michonne, Daryl and Carl, end up in a train cart with Glenn, Maggie and their group.

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) gets trapped but finds his friends in the Season 4 finale of AMC's The Walking Dead.

Well, that escalated quickly…

Which leads us to a break from The Walking Dead tradition – the season finale cliff hanger! Yep, normally it’s reserved for the mid-season finale, but not this time.

Now we have to wait until October to find out how the fuck Rick is gonna get them the hell out of Terminus!

What did you think of the Season 4 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Was it what you expected? Let me know in the comments below!

And make sure you check out what you can do to fill in the months leading up to the Season 5 premiere by clicking here.

Also, make sure you bookmark my blog because the conspiracy theories page for Season 5 will be going up shortly!

You can read my Season 5 Episode 1 recap here.

(Photo Credits: AMC)

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40 Responses to The Walking Dead Season 4 FINALE Recap – Episode 16: A

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  2. i figured out that “A” stands for “Abattoir,” or a slaughterhouse, because that’s what Terminus is: a slaughterhouse. And remember you did get to see, for maybe two seconds, all the skeletons laying out, just like they were nice little Morloks.

    I also found the film location on Google Maps. It’s on the left, and Turner Field–where baseball is played in Atlanta–is on the right. This is really only about a kilometer from downtown Atlanta. https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=33.733959,-84.393625&spn=0.008003,0.016512&t=h&z=17

  3. marctom1 says:

    This finale totally lived up to my expectations and more.
    It was great to see Rick back to fighting form, taking the lead and doing what he does best.
    It’s all checks and balances with Rick and whilst he really tries to keep within a reasonable framework, I think his reaction to the rednecks was the last card he had available.
    His last weapon if you like and he managed to pull something out of nothing.
    Shocking yes, but he had to do it.
    Naturally Carl has gone all sulky, having discovered that his Dad is a throat sucker. But heck, maybe over time Carl will see that Rick had little choice.
    And what a wonderful trap that was laid. Gareth the new Guv, yuk!
    They’re messing with the wrong people. We live in hope!

    • mrszoomby says:

      I think Rick has a plan. There was a hell of a lot of eyeballing going on before they got put in that train car – especially between Rick and Carl. Perhaps Carl has a weapon hidden on him? Or maybe they spent longer scoping the place than it looked like to the audience. I really think they will pull something out of their hat and quickly too. Can’t WAIT for Season 5 now! 😀

  4. Here’s a couple more I found. This abandoned bridge in Senoia, GA–the main street of Woodbury–is the stand-in for the train tunnel on the way to Terminus. Set designers dressed up the outside to look like a concrete tunnel. https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=33.299337,-84.551597&spn=0.002011,0.004128&t=h&z=19

  5. And who wants pudding? Pylant St. in Senoia–just outside lovely Woodbury–is where Rick and Carl find the house where they crash, and Carl goes on a pudding hunt. https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=33.299621,-84.557379&spn=0.002011,0.004128&t=h&z=19

  6. A few more locations. First, right at the top of the “Rd” on the bend is where Maggie, Sasha, and Bob find the prison bus and have a zombie meltdown. https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=33.34037,-84.621162&spn=0.009169,0.016512&t=h&z=17

  7. Here is a two-for: On Dreweyville Rd (the last one of the right where the curve starts) is where Glenn and Abraham fight, and Dr. Mullet machineguns the truck. Just a little ways away, on Gray Girles Road (just under the Gray in the middle one), is where The Governor lost it and machineguned all his people. Probably a good idea to stay out of this area. https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=33.225172,-84.519888&spn=0.004591,0.008256&t=h&z=18

  8. And last but not least, just of Old Highway 41, you have this place. What is it, you say? Why . . . JUST LOOK AT THE FLOWERS! Say hi to Lizzie, too. https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=33.122255,-84.197639&spn=0.002298,0.004128&t=h&z=19

  9. And what do we have here? It’s the Grimes Family Home, which is not out in the middle of some small town, but right across the street from the Atlanta Zoo. And if you zoom out, you’ll see this location is about a mile (or a kilometer and a half) due east of Terminus. It really is a small world. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=33.732176,-84.373951&hl=en&ll=33.73217,-84.373444&spn=0.003227,0.004128&num=1&t=h&z=19

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