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The Walking Dead recap season 6 episode 9 No Way Out: Rick has a plan; oh no!

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Welcome back to The Walking Dead, and after the half-time break in Rick versus the Zombocalypse the score is Rick zero, zombies a lot.

In case you’re just shuffling in, way back at the start of this season Rick (Andrew Lincoln) came across a quarry full of walkers miles away from the safe haven of Alexandria, the walled, self-sufficient, clean-energy town where his small band of survivors had holed up and then staged a coup, replacing all that namby-pamby greenie nonsense with a nice little military dictatorship.

A lesser man might have said “zombies in a pit? Perfect place for them”, or maybe “if we tip a load of fuel down on top of them and toss in a match, it’ll be good riddance to bad rubbish”. But Rick isn’t a lesser man. He’s a greater man, the greatest man the End Times have ever known, and a great man always has a great plan.

Rick’s plan was pure genius. He would lure the zombies out of their pit and lead them straight to Alexandria, from where he would send them all on a package tour of the outer Hebrides … or some such.

Only they smashed their way into town instead. Seriously, who could have seen that coming?

So now here we are, with Rick and his nascent lady love Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge) and her two boys, and Michonne (Danai Gurira), and the cowardly priest Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), and Rick’s boy Carl (Chandler Riggs) all covered in zombie guts to mask their horrific I-haven’t-washed-for-months body odour and trying to walk unmolested among the zombies.

It’s (un)dead man and women and children walking.

The last thing we saw before the mid-season break was the younger of Jessie’s boys, Sam (Major Dodson), calling “Mom, Mom” as the gang moved in slo-mo into the horde. Director Greg Nicotero​ has either developed amnesia or didn’t think much of that scene, because now they’re moving and the zombies don’t seem to have spotted them and Sam is keeping schtum. That’s one for him and zero for continuity.

But wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The episode actually opens out on the road where Daryl (Norman Reedus), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) have been pulled over by a band of brigands on bikes. They’re Negan’s people, though we don’t officially know who Negan is yet (he’s still busy making goo-goo eyes with Alicia on The Good Wife).Hell, did I do that? Daryl (Norman Reedus) puts his dispute resolution training to use.Hand over your weapons, their leader (Christopher Berry) tells them. And as Abraham dithers, he offers some sage advice.

“If you have to eat shit, best not to nibble,” biker boy says. “Bite, chew, swallow, repeat. It goes quicker.”

The wise biker sends one of his men to the rear of the tanker with Daryl to start unloading whatever goodies are back there, then starts waving his guns at the other two. “I’m going to kill you,” he says, then “I’m not going to kill you”. Then, with a gun in each hand, “wait, yes I am”.


Seems Daryl found that grenade launcher Abraham had squirrelled away. Eight little Negans … and then there were none.

Back in Alexandria, the zombie walk isn’t going as well as Rick had hoped. Sam has lost it after all, and he’s bit. Which prompts Jessie to lose it, and she’s bit. But she’s got hold of Carl’s hand in a vice-like grip of death and he’s about to be bit too when Rick swings into action, chopping her hand off – he never did like clingy women – and letting the walkers know he’s not really one of them after all.

Poor Rick. Just when it looked like he might have found the perfect woman to repopulate the planet with she only goes and shows enough maternal instinct to get herself killed. At least he’s got a nice little montage of Jessie’s sexiest looks to remember her by.

In the chaos, Carl drops his pistol and bad son Ron (Austin Abrams) picks it up. “You,” he says, pointing it at Rick. “You.”

He’s lost for words, but not for murderous intent. But just as he shoots, Michonne sticks her blade into his back and up through his guts. The bullet misses Rick. Phew. But it hits Carl in the eye. I see a patch in his future; does that mean he’s going to become the Governor redux?

It’s chaos all round, with Glenn (Steven Yeun) trying to attract the walkers to him rather than to Maggie (Lauren Cohan) up on that wobbly rampart by the wall. He’s so good at it he looks certain to die (again) when bullets begin to rain on the zombie parade. It’s Abraham and Sasha, up on the other side of the wall.

“Will ya get the gate,” Abraham asks Glenn. “Appreciate it, pal.”

Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) ponders the optimum speed at which to eat excrement.

With Carl in the not-so-safe hands of the world’s least experienced doctor (Merritt Wever), Rick takes off his zombie-guts tunic – I predict we’ll be seeing this on the Milan catwalk next season – and heads back outside with an axe in his hand. Never one to bear a grudge, he wants to bury the hatchet.

He wades into the horde and begins splitting zombie heads like a farmer chopping wood for the Aga. He cleaves brain for Jessie. He’s the Paul Bunyan of the post-apocalypse.

Others begin to follow him. Even cowardly Father Gabriel and even-more-cowardly Eugene (Josh McDermitt) get in on the act.

“God will save Alexandria,” Gabriel tells his flock, “because God has given us the courage to save it ourselves.”

Adds Eugene: “No one gets to clock out today.”

They’re making headway, so to speak, but there’s just so many of them. Cue Daryl, who ends it all with a finale that would do Ozzy Osbourne proud – he pours the tanker’s fuel into the ornamental lake, then sets it alight with the grenade launcher. He’d bite the head off a bat, too, only they just got fried.

The zombies, being really not that different to the rest of us, are transfixed by the flames. But being very slightly more stupid than the rest of us, they walk straight into them.

See, Rick, what’d I tell ya? You could have done all of that eight episodes ago, and saved everyone – not least the writers – a hell of a lot of pointless effort. You never listen, do you?

But wait, what’s this? Maybe Rick has been listening after all. He wants to tell us something.

“I was wrong,” he says, and I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to hear those words.

Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) dreams of the Governor while his father finally admits he was wrong … about something.

Yes you were. About the stupid plan? About your military coup? About killing Jessie’s husband, who may have been an utter dick but really, who made you judge, jury and executioner? You were wrong, Rick, and we’re so glad to hear that you’ve…

“I thought after living behind these walls that maybe they couldn’t learn,” he says over the top of me. “But today I saw what they could do. What we could do, if we work together.”

Chop heads, you mean. Lose people we care about. Get our eyes blown out.

Yep, Negan may be looming and maybe the Wolves are still out there too. But don’t worry, people. Rick’s here – and he’s got a plan.

Karl Quinn is on Facebook and on twitter @karlkwin

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