AMC‘s The Walking Dead Conquer Review. Walking With The Dead: The Walking Dead Podcast: Season 5, Episode 16: Conquer is an audio podcast review in which FilmBook contributor Mike Smith discusses his reaction the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead: Season 5, Episode 16: Conquer‘s plot synopsis (spoilers): “Morgan is ambushed by two members of the Wolves, a group of scavengers that conform to the ancient belief that men had evolved from wolves. The two men threaten to kill him and take his supplies but are incapacitated by Morgan who leaves them unconscious in a car. As a result of Rick’s outburst, Deanna decides to hold a meeting over his possible exile, and Rick advocates to hold Deanna’s family hostage if the Alexandrians are in favor of his exile. Maggie tries to persuade Deanna to keep Rick in the community, but Deanna states that she “will do what she has to do”. Abraham visits Tara’s bedside, where he and Eugene make amends. Glenn follows Nicholas out of Alexandria, where the latter attacks him, and they brawl in the woods. Fr. Gabriel attempts to commit suicide by offering himself to a walker before changing his mind and killing it and another walker before collapsing into tears; he returns and absentmindedly leaves the town gate ajar. Meanwhile, Daryl and Aaron follow a man in a red poncho that they are interested in recruiting, but they fall into an elaborate trap set by the Wolves and they are attacked by dozens of walkers. They take refuge in a car before they are rescued by Morgan, whom they recruit after finding out that he knows Rick. The Wolves earlier encountered by Morgan capture the man in the red poncho and kill him, before resetting the trap and finding Aaron’s backpack, which contain photos of Alexandria. Still traumatized, Sasha seeks help from Fr. Gabriel, who rejects her offer and taunts her. Rick notices the unlocked gate, which he closes, and races around the town following blood splatters, eliminating walkers that have strayed inside. Despite an absent Rick, Deanna initiates the meeting, where several allies of Rick make their case to keep him. Knowing Fr. Gabriel’s betrayal, Maggie visits his church, where she comes upon Sasha holding him at gunpoint after a brief scuffle. Maggie convinces the two to stop, and they pray together. Tara awakens from her unconscious state. Glenn manages to subdue Nicholas, but he decides to spare him, and they help each other return to Alexandria. Rick carries a walker corpse to the meeting, where he tells them that the dead and the living will always find a way to infiltrate the town; he offers to show them how to survive. An enraged and drunken Pete, who had been relocated to a new house, barges in to the meeting wielding Michonne’s katana as he threatens Rick. Reg intervenes and Pete accidentally slits his throat, killing him. Hysterical, Deanna tells Rick to kill Pete and Rick complies without hesitation, just as Morgan, Daryl and Aaron arrive. In the first post-credits scene, Michonne is about to put her katana on the wall again, but changes her mind and puts the sword into the scabbard on her back. In the second scene, the red poncho man, now a walker, wanders around the yard where the Wolves keep the other walkers. The car in the yard is spray-painted with the words “WOLVES NOT FAR”.”
The Walking Dead: Season 5, Episode 16: Conquer starred Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, Seth Gilliam, Sonequa Martin-Green, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Michael Cudlitz, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Tovah Feldshuh, Alexandra Breckinridge, Ross Marquand and Lennie James.
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