The episode opens with Abraham's truck making it's way down 'Crook Rd' - a rather ominous reference to our new comrades, perhaps? It's not long before we get a glimpse of Abraham's true nature, as he stops the truck to engage in what appears to be a rather enjoyable past time for him - beating walkers to death with a crow bar. When confronted by Tara about how much he seemed to revel in killing them, he replies "Well, I'm the luckiest guy in the world.."
Carl and Michonne appear to be settling into life at the house, sitting down for breakfast before heading out to search for supplies. A mundain bit of breakfast humour is soon lost when Carl reminds himself of the loss of the baby Judith. Michonne convinces Rick to stay at the house to regain his strength, and takes Carl out alone. Before she leaves, she poses a question to Rick "Is this home, or just a stop along the way?"
As Michonne tries to cheer up Carl, she reveals to him that she did in fact have a son of her own - the three year old 'Andre Anthony' who were saw in her flashback/dream sequence back in episode nine. Carl then begins to probe Michonne for more information about her past life, as they search a nearby house for supplies.
While they are away, Rick takes to the bedroom for a read and an afternoon nap, but he is suddenly awoken by sounds of movement and unfamiliar voices downstairs. It soon becomes apparent that the house has been targeted by another raiding party. Oh no, you ask, what is our gallant hero to do!? Well that's a no-brainer -hide under the bed of course! But even an idiot would know to check under the bed right? Apparently not this idiot, as the first guy to inspect the upstairs rooms sees this as the perfect opportunity for a little snooze. A snooze which is rudely interrupted by another member of this raiding party. They begin to fight over the bed, and one gets knocked to the floor, face to face with an astounded Rick. Struggling (on account of the hands around his throat) to alert is 'companion' of Rick's presence, the man soon passes out and the bed becomes occupied by another, leaving Rick still stuck under the bed.
Next we catch up with Glenn, coming around from being knocked unconscious by that group of walkers. After Tara explains to him why they're riding on the back of a truck, and after she breaks the news that they passed the bus and that everyone on it was dead, Glenn forces Abraham to stop the truck by smashing a window, before gathering his kit and beginning his journey back dow the road towards the bus.
In an attempt to keep Glenn close, Abraham explains what little he can about the nature of his mission. And that is, to get his companion Eugene Porter, along with Rosita Espinosa to Washington, as Eugene is a scientist who "knows exactly what caused this mess." Unable to divulge any more information, other than the fact that they have lost contact with Washington, Abraham is unable to convince Glenn of the worthiness of their cause, and he continues on down the road. In one last attempt to convince him to remain with the truck, Abe tells Glenn that Maggie is gone, which results in a fist fight instigated by our hot-headed hearthrob, Glenn.
While punches are being thrown and Glenn is wrestled to the ground, Eugene notices walkers emerging from the cornfields and surrounding foliage. Eugene panics and begins firing a machine gun at the horde. The gun shots alert the others, including Glenn, who come to his aid and put down the remaining walkers with a little more skill and accuracy. However, their efforts came to late, not for Eugene, but for their beloved truck, who's fuel tank took a wound during the shooting, leaving fuel dripping all over the floor.
Unable to remain beneath the bed any longer - possibly for fear of falling asleep himself, Rick escapes to another room, just as another of the raiders is coming up the stairs to wake his companion. Excited by the possibilty of a woman near by, the two men leave the third man unconscious on the floor and head downstairs, dazed by the prospect of encountering a member of the opposite sex once more. After another near miss when one man returns for his gun, Rick hides in the bathroom - only to find a fourth raider sat on the toilet. The two throw eachother around the bathroom in a raucous, heated struggle, and eventually Rick manages to choke his assailant into submission. Somehow unheard by the others, Rick takes the raider's weapons, jacket, escapes out of the window and hides out beneath the porch of the house.
After coming to terms with the fact that their ride is well and truly out of service, Abraham fails to convince any of his party to stay the course and go to Washington. Instead, Rosita decides to follow Glenn and Tara back the way they had came, and eventually even Eugene opts for the route that they know for sure is clear, as opposed to the unknown path that lies ahead of them. "Trust me" Eugene tells Abraham "I'm smarter than you."
Trapped beneath the porch, with one of the raiders sitting out right above him, Rick spots Carl and Michonne in the distance, heading back to the house. In a panic, Rick prepares himself to emerge from the porch. Possibly in a blaze of machine gun fire, or maybe to eject a quick stealthy kill, I guess we will never know, as at that exact moment, the sentry leaves his post to attend urgent business inside the house (we hear what sounded like the growling of a walker, and screams of panic from within). This gives Rick the perfect opportunity to intercept Carl and Michonne, and to escape unnoticed by this group of unruly savages.
As they make their exodus, they arrive upon a railroad track, and a boxcar with a sign on it, offering sanctuary to all who make it safely down the track. Tired of running, and still yearning for that lost sense of community, Rick makes the decision to follow the path in the hope that it leads them to a safe place. It is there we leave our heroes, heading off into the setting sun, with nothing but the clothes on their back and hope in their hearts. Until next week at least..
The addition of a few new characters is the breath of fresh air that The Walking Dead needs just about now. There's only so much of Carl's whining, Glenn's pining and Michonne's walker-slaughtering we can take, before we start to get bored of the tedious routine that The Walking Dead often gets caught up in. We saw this in season two, at the farm, and had a similar lull during the most mundain and peaceful period at the prison, but now that the groups are dispersed, it appears that everyone is destined for a new place of sanctuary, just travelling. Like a modern day Wagon Train, where even the walkers are becoming slightly predictable.
Rick's 'Home Alone' scenes added enough tension to keep us on the edge of our seats, especially as he came face to face with someone who would have more like than not killed him without giving it a second thought. Although their path is now set towards this 'sanctuary', it may be wrong of us to assume that the worst is behind them, and that that's the last we'll see of those raiders.
Abraham's story is unravelling at a steady pace, leaving us with just enough curiosity to carry on for another week. His general character is one that we haven't seen in a long time - a good guy with a bad attitude. We know for sure that if him and Rick should meet, they will definitely come to blows - something to look forward to perhaps? His relationship with Eugene is something that is surely to provide more entertainment as their story progresses. The brains, the brawn and the scantily clad, machine gun weilding latino lass. A perfect combination, surely?
"I'm done taking breaks." ~ Michonne to Rick
"Is this home, or just a stop along the way?" ~Michonne to Rick
"Get back on the truck and do something with you life." ~ Abraham to Glenn
"Trust me. I'm smarter than you." ~ Eugene to Abraham
"Is it hard to believe I want to save the world?" Abraham to Tara
21 walkers, two possible humans and one truck.
Zombie Kill of the Week
Abraham's crowbar/machine gun butt to the face method.
Next Week on The Walking Dead
A glimpse of next week's epsiode suggests trouble for Beth and Daryl as they struggle to make their way through the baron, zombie-filled wasteland that is the southwest.
Do you think there truly is hope of safe harbour? Will Rick and co. reunite with Tyrese, Carol and baby Judith on the tracks? Or will the raiders catch up with them first? Share your thoughts and theories, keep reading our TV and Movie blogs, and don't forget to tune in next Monday at 9pm for more 'The Walking Dead' on Fox TV