The episode opens with one of Eugene's clumsy attempts at impressing a cold-shouldered Tara, as he drifts in between the realms of science and video games, clinging to some distant memory of the life he once new.
Later that night at camp, Abraham divulges more information to Tara about his plans to get Eugene to Washington, before shining light on his knowledge of Tara and her sexual orientation. He admits that he first thought her to be in love with Glenn, until he noticed the way she had been looking at Rosita.
The next morning they find the sign to the Terminus, and the message left by Maggie, Sasha and Bob. This causes Glenn to quicken his pace on the tracks toward the Terminus. As they come across an abandoned cooler tower, Abraham decides that it is the best place for them to rest.
Glenn refuses to stay at first, but after a near miss from a falling walker, causing Tara to become injured, Rosita is able to convince Glenn to stay a while. Glenn agrees to stop and regain his strength, and decides to give Eugene his riot gear for added protection.
We get a brief scene of Rick, Carl and Michonne, as they continue down the track towards Terminus. Michonne and Carl are playing a game for chocolate, while Rick watches blissfully. This entire scene has a sense of foreboding, that some bad stuff is about to go down. And now that we come to think about it, Rick's life has been running a bit too smooth lately!
Meanwhile, Daryl is getting to know his new companions a little better. When out on his morning hunt, he get's into a tough situation as one of the marauders, Len shoots the rabbit that Daryl was fixing to kill. As they argue over who the kill belongs to, Len touches a nerve by mentioning the young girls, and continues to goad Daryl into a physical confrontation. Just as Daryl reaches for his knife, Joe intervenes, and is quick to diffuse the situation.
Joe explains to Daryl the 'claimed' rule that the group abide by. Daryl refuses to give up the rabbit, causing tension between the three. Joe, who has clearly warmed to Daryl, (no doubt acknowledging his worth within the group) refrains from 'punishing' him, on the bounds that he's new to the group and doesn't know the rules. Joe cuts the rabbit in half, giving the head to Len and the back end to Daryl.
While wandering the track, Daryl and Joe talk about the way things are now, and the way they have to act in order to survive. Joe lays down the rules of the group to Daryl, and the consequences that follow if the rules are broken.
Glenn & co. come across a tunnel, with no indication as to how long it will take to get through. With the sounds of hungry walkers coming from inside the tunnel, and with the journey around adding a day to their journey, Glenn and Tara decide to go through the tunnel. Abraham leaves them some supplies, and they part ways. As the two press on through the tunnel, Tara brings up the prison, and expresses her guilt over the death of Hershel.
They arrive at a section of the tunnel that has caved in, crushing a number of walkers. Glenn kills them as he climbs the mound, only to find a vast horde of walkers lying beyond. After working out that Maggie is not among them, he is convinced that she must have made it through, and so he decides to carry on through to the other side.
Glenn and Tara attempt to scale the mound whilst the walkers are distracted. However, as she struggles over, the rocks give way beneath her, causing her leg to become trapped.
Meanwhile, elsewhere, Abraham, Eugene and Rosita are looking for a new vehicle in which to travel to Washington. After finding a suitable vehicle, Eugene convinces Rosita to let him navigate, despite any problems he may have encountered in the past.
Eugene's plan soon becomes clear, as he navigates Rosita to where Glenn and Tara should have been, had their journey through the tunnel been successful. As Abraham is awoken, and they are start to argue, Eugene makes a shocking discovery.
Daryl and company decide to bunk down for the night in an abandoned garage. With Daryl struggling to adapt the the game of 'claimed' that they like to play, he resorts to sleeping on the floor.
The next morning, Len accuses Daryl of stealing the other half of his rabbit. As the bag is emptied and the top half of the rabbit falls out, it seems that Len was right in his accusation. Daryl however, blames Len, suggesting that he planted it while he wasn't looking.
Both men deny committing an offense, so Joe steps in, knocking Len to the floor. He reveals to Daryl that her saw Len plant the rabbit in his bag, and claims that Daryl 'knows the rules' and that's why he was not punished instead.
Struggling to save Tara, Glenn has no choice but to fend off an onslaught of walkers with his pistol. Just as he runs out of ammo, and all hope is lost, a light emerges in the tunnel. At first the walkers are simply stunned, and then multiple automatic weapons open fire, killing them all. It becomes clear that Eugene had stumbled across Maggie, Sasha and Bob, who joined in the fight to save Glenn and Tara.
The group manage to put down all the walkers, rescuing Glenn and the injured Tara. Maggie and Glenn reunite in that love-sickening way we knew they would, before Glenn introduces Maggie to Tara - but does not reveal that she was at the prison, and partially responsible for the death of her father.
Sasha and Bob also find out that Eugene knows what caused the outbreak. Abraham, once again, tries to recruit the new members into joining them on their journey to Washington, however, Eugene convinces him that it is not safe in their newly found vehicle. Rosita joins in to defend Eugene, and suggests that they replenish their supplies at Terminus before heading off north.
Back at the garage, Daryl wakes with the others, to find Len beaten to death outside. He contemplates covering the body with a blanket, but soon changes his mind. Out on the road, they find a sign for the Terminus and Joe tells Daryl about their encounter with Rick in the house. He tells him how they tracked the 'intruder' to the tracks and intend to seek him out, for his 'reckoning'. The candy wrapper on the tracks suggests just how close they are to Rick, Carl and Michonne.
The episode ends with the largest group, Glenn, Maggie, Sasha, Bob, Abraham, Rosita and Eugene, arriving at Terminus, a place that is somewhat aesthetically similar to Woodbury, with it's flowerbeds and vegetable patches, it's secluded serenity and it's emptiness, all except for one woman, Mary, who is there to greet them and who offers them food. Although seemingly just a member of the community, there has already been a lot of speculation as to who this 'Mary' character is in relation to the comics, which has led to some doubt that Terminus is the sanctuary that it claims to be.
For the most, tonight's episode is an uplifting tale with hope of a new life. The largest group consisting of Glenn, his long lost Maggie and company, have finally reached the Terminus, solidifying the truth of its existence. However, we are yet to see the true nature of this sanctuary, so let's not all sigh with relief just yet!
We also saw a slight glimpse of Rick, still trawling along with son, Carl and Michonne. The three are travelling down the track at a steady pace, comfrted by the knowledge that a safe haven awaits them ahead. But little do they know, that what lies behind them could be a fate far worse than death if Joe and his marauders catch up with them, and exact their reckoning upon the man who killed their 'brother in arms'.
In the (most likely) event of the two groups meeting, it seems Daryl would act as the go-between, the one who can negotiate a way out that appeases everyone involved. But it seems our anti-hero has fallen from grace whilst in the company of these unsavoury characters, and there's no knowing which side of the fence he currently stands on. Joe appears to be a manipulative man who knows just what buttons to push, to get Daryl on side. Let's just hope they catch up with Rick before it's too late, and he can bring Daryl back into the light!
"People don't gotta be friendly, we don't have to be nice, we don't have ti be brothers in arms... we just gotta follow the rules" ~ Joe to Daryl.
"When men like us follow rules and co-operate a little bit. Well, the world becomes ours." ~ Joe to Daryl.
"Ain't nothing sadder than an outdoor cat, who thinks he's an indoor cat." ~ Joe to Daryl.
This week, we clocked up 22 kills overall (including one human, one rabbit and one 'zombie suicide'.)
Zombie Kill of the Week
This week's 'Kill of the Week' isn't so much of a kill, more an accidental death. In the picture below, we have the remains of a somewhat clumsy oaf of a walker, who in a fit of hunger fuelled excitement, threw himself from a tower in the hope that he might find a tasty snack at the bottom. Needless to say... he didn't! But he did give us a little amusement!
Next Week on The Walking Dead
The sneak peak of the season finale shows lots of Rick, Carl and Michonne. Expect some intense zombie attacks and lots of sword swinging from Michonne. It appears like Rick is imprisoned or beaten down in some way. Could Joe and the gang have caught up with him? Or perhaps the guys at the Terminus don't take to kindly to Rick.
Where is Beth? Who is Mary? Why does Rick look beaten and imprisoned? Will Daryl see the light before it's too late? Is Terminus all it's cracked up to be?
Drop your comments in the box below, and don't forget to tune in at 9pm next Monday on Fox TV for the Season Finale of The Walking Dead!