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The Walking Dead Season 6 Episode 5 Recap Podcast of “NOW” on November 8, 2015

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Rob Cesternino (@robcesternino) are back to recap The Walking Dead Season 6 Episode 5, “Now”

While the elephant is still in the room, Rob and Josh focus on Rick’s return to Alexandria, his continuing rise to power and his blossoming relationship with Jessie. Plus the guys discuss why we didn’t see Rick’s escape from the RV zombies.

They dive into the sewers with Aaron and Maggie and discuss how the two of them handle the news from Michonne regarding Glenn and Nicholas. They then touch on the newly revealed pregnancy of Maggie.

Finally they try to console Deanna as she battles through her PTSD still reeling from her son and husband dying, and her eventual turning over Alexandria to the more experienced Rick.

Special Thanks to Justin Holcolmb for this week’s episode summary

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The Walking Dead 2015: Season 6, Episode 5 Recap, "Now" on November 8, 2015

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  • Edwin Johnson

    Wow! Can you believe they handled the Glen situation the way they did? What is your outrage level after this result?

  • Emily Stobs

    Pretty sure Abraham and Rosita are still a thing, but was it just me or did you guys get a weird vibe that something might be simmering between Rosita and Spencer? Is it leaning that way??

    • Carol Gillis

      Spencer is bad news. :)

      • Emily Stobs

        Yeah I know. I’m not saying I’m for it. I just felt it was leaning that way. :/

        • Carol Gillis

          Yes, I got that impression as well.

    • Definitely felt that way. As a fan of the comic, it made me think that a “certain storyline” was going to play out differently on the show.

    • Charles Bikle

      So their couple name could be either Sposita or Rencer

  • Chris Edwards

    What is the endgame for the Ron story arc? He has had too much screen time for this to not be building up to something.

    • Charles Bikle

      My gut instinct is that it’ll lead to Rick having to shoot him (which will make things even more awkward with Jessie)

      • John Santucci

        Extremely awkward as it would seem that he was systematically eliminating her family members just to get her alone.

        • Charles Bikle

          Tough Love.

  • Charles Bikle

    I miss Nicholas. :(

  • Carol Gillis

    In the final seconds of next week’s preview, it did look as if Daryl was approaching the dumpster area. Anyway, hopefully this will resolve next week. And we’ll all live happily ever after. Aha. Also, do yo think that Deanna caused that crack in the wall at the end? Or was that blood?

  • Carol Gillis

    I missed the first few minutes tonight and thought, well, I can’t wait to find out how Rick got out of his situation. So, nothing? I am agreeing with your critical analysis of this episode. A bit weak.

    • dangerbrain

      The episode contained nothing related to the action in episode 3 or related to how things were left at the end of ep 4. Rick outruns the entire herd of walkers somehow and at the beginning he is already at the gate.

      • Charles Bikle

        I think it’s because each episode this season has had a different writer than the previous episode and different directors too, so there’s no synergy between the beginnings and endings of each show.

  • dangerbrain

    Rob totally agree this episode was a dud. It reminds me of Lost where extras would just appear out of nowhere. I’m glad that one actress got her SAG card by saying “this is a graveyard” or whatever but overall it was almost insulting to the viewers. And the kissing. No more kissing!

  • Tom Palmer

    Haha, my Wolf theory gets mentioned again!

  • Jessie is the blandest character the show has had IMO. She’s more boring than the red shirts.

  • Linus Wesley

    Wow, so much negativity. I came out of it thinking it was such a great episode. How do these people deal with living in a such a sad world; that’s what I love seeing in The Walking Dead. I think it’s much more interesting to see what’s happening in Alexandria than a Morgan flashback (not enough of a mystery for me to be too excited about that) or the upcoming Daryl/Abraham situation.

    If we all feel certain that Glenn must still be alive, why are so hung up on seeing it confirmed?

    Love Spencer and think he had a very strong showing here, in that he feels like a realistic, human character, even though he’s not very nice. So I would not agree with Josh that he’s now the worst character on the show.

    • Josh Wigler

      I think my problem with Spencer is less with him as an interestingly realized character, and more with him as a jerk who steals entire sleeves of crackers. The nerve on that guy!

      • Linus Wesley

        Yeah as long as we’re not saying he’s like an Ollie from Game of Thrones! The reason I like Spencer is probably mostly because his actor was on One Tree Hill <3

  • A.Claire

    I thought it was an okay episode. It could have been great but I think there were scenes that I didn’t care about like the Ron vs Carl fight scene, Rick and Jessie kissing scene.

    The question about what really happened to Glenn didn’t really bother me much this episode but one thing that really bugged me was that how in the world did Rick outrun those horde of zombies? And they didn’t also show how did he know about the wolves or who told him because I wanted to know his reaction about them.

    • aardvarkratnik

      He could run backwards and outrun those zombies.

  • John Santucci

    “Now” will be remembered as the lowpoint of Season 6. Not only did they gloss over Rick’s RV escape, but the episode was filled with too much screen time for characters not worth the emotional investment: Ron, Spencer, Denise, Jessie…sure, we get a look at Deanna’s emotional state…but, meh. Even Maggie’s story hits a wall – literally. No Carol, no Daryl, no Abraham, no Michonne, albeit briefly. The only forward motion was 2 blossoming love stories(?): Rick and Jessie, Tara and Denise (maybe, unless I’m reading too much into it). Definite letdown of an episode. I find most of the Alexandrians to be uninteresting characters, and possibly cannon fodder.

  • People say “There’s so many characters and we don’t really get to connect to enough of them, so it means nothing when they die” – and then complain that we get an episode that doesn’t feature the “core cast”. We’re only a couple episodes from the Mid-season finale, I’m sure we’re going to be losing quite a few of these people really soon and you will be glad that you had the chance to spend some time with them.

  • finsburysghost

    Carl is going to be elected Student Body President.

  • finsburysghost

    Why isn’t Alexandria in Crisis mode? They were attacked by Wolves hours before and are now surrounded by Walkers.

    They are worried about eating.

    Who are these people? They had a town meeting at the end of last season to decide Ricks fate. That backyard was small? Did only 15% of the town bother to show up? What else do they have to do?

    A people in the town episode but no Carol, no Morgan, no Michonne….

    No conversations to flesh out what happened in Alexandria, who attacked. Other than Ricks brief speech, no questions about what happened to the Darryl group or where was Glenn and his group last….

    The timeline and relative positions and reactions this season has been horrible.

  • John Santucci

    Is the brief shot of the wall bleeding a foreshadowing of their eventual fall?

  • NatalieKuchik

    Worst episode of The Walking Dead in a long time. Are they giving all these Alexandrians screen time so if they die we care? All it did was frustrate me, and not make me emotionally attached to those characters. You need to gradually include them in the story like they did with Abraham, Sasha, Tyreese, Aaron, etc. Not just shove them at us.

    I agree with you guys, they totally “yadda yadda” over a lot of things, and I did not like it. They also did a horrid job of explaining who that woman was that killed herself. I had no idea it was the “note guys” wife. Why not put in a scene of Michonne telling her he died so we know who the heck she is — I only learned who she was on Talking Dead. Hopefully the last 3 episodes will be better.

  • Phil The-Issues-Guy

    One of my podcast listeners sent me this today figured i would share :)

  • homertownie

    Morgan can’t turn from pacifism into realistic self-protection because we already had that story with “Rick the Farmer”. And Morgan already has Chekhov’s wolf hid in a house in Alexandria.

    There is only way that Morgan’s story can end. The same way every ultra-pacifist story has to end in a violent universe. His pacifism will have to result in one of the good guys being threatened with death, and Morgan will have to either kill the threat or die himself to save the good guy, and he will stick with his principles and die saving the good guy without killing the bad guy.

    It’s been nice knowing you, Morgan.

  • Tim Forbes

    I agree with you guys that this was a weaker episode and I am fine with you pointing out the flaws but it isn’t fun listening to unnecessary nitpicking, for me anyway. Do we seriously need to be bringing up volume control multiple times on a Walking Dead recap or constantly complain why this character wasn’t in the episode? I liked when Josh was talking about the motivations and reactions from certain characters (Maggie and Deanna especially) but I felt like a proper discussion of various aspects of the episode in terms of character and storyline development weren’t discussed as Rob would go back to complaining about something or someone not being in the episode.

    Maybe I just like focussing on other characters as I feel like we need to build up other characters so we don’t need to always rely and focus on the older ones so often as they may not always be around. However, I agree that it could have been done in a far better way.

  • S_Carl_Dixon

    Eric has been in the background for a few episodes I think….it’s not very easy to spot….but he was there helping out in the 2nd episode when the wolf gang attacked….this is what happens when you have too many cast members – they literally become extras!

    • Linus Wesley

      Yeah I remember seeing him in the season premier at least, during their big group discussion.

      • S_Carl_Dixon

        Yeah….don’t think he said a word this season though…LOL. But since they are consciously keeping him around, hopefully that means he’ll have a big part to play before the finale!!

  • S_Carl_Dixon

    Anybody else bummed we didn’t get Eugene this episode either?? T^T

  • S_Carl_Dixon

    Would this episode have had a totally different, heart-wrenching, emotional impact with the Maggie scenes if the show did not mess around with Glenn’s death and our emotions, and actually had the kahones to kill Glenn on-screen with no ambiguity? Did the show miss out on creating the BEST Season of the Walking Dead by trying to play and manipulate its audience and not give us any answers?

    To have Maggie at the end of the episode choose to hold onto hope that Glenn is still somehow alive out there when he’s actually dead (and we witnessed it with our own eyes) would that not have elevated the show to a Red Wedding level of awesomely depressing?

  • S_Carl_Dixon

    Or is the show planning their own version of the Red Wedding? Not only is Glenn dead…but both Maggie and their unborn child will die too by the end of the Season?? How’s that for a Season Finale?

    Is there room in the Zombie Apocalypse for 2 living babies – Judith & Glenn Jr.? One of them has got to go, right? Or will they eventually fall in love and live happily undead after?

  • Charles Bikle

    I don’t think whole episodes devoted to the Alexandrians (as opposed to Rick’s group/main cast) is a good idea; better to have the focus on 1 or 2 of them, with most of the episode dedicated to one or more of the main cast.

    Also, again, bad timing for this episode with all the Glenn stuff…

  • aardvarkratnik

    Two real snoozers in a row, hope they pick it up for the last three.

  • Megan

    I’m not going to lie…I fast-forwarded through some of this episode. And yet, I still feel like I didn’t miss a lot.

  • Megan

    Also, any chance they bring back Glenn Merle-style?

  • S_Carl_Dixon

    Do we wanna see the fall of Alexandria by mid-season finale….or do we wanna see Alexandria somehow miraculously survive this Attack!!?? It’s probably time to move on from Alexandria, right?