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Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 9 – Mid-Season Premiere Recap: What Happened and What’s Going On


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LIVE at 10:15 pm ET / 7:15 pm PT, Rob Cesternino and Josh Wigler recap The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 9 entitled, “What Happened and What’s Going On”.

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Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 9 Mid-Season Premiere Recap | What Happened and What's Going On | February 8, 2015

Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 9 Mid-Season Premiere Recap | What Happened and What’s Going On | February 8, 2015

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  • Jackson Milton

    Rob and Josh, why did we spend so much time on the death of Tyrese, when we haven’t done that with previous characters?

    • Are you saying that you liked how we did it in the past or you liked that we did it tonight. I think it was mostly that in this episode, very little else happened besides Tyreese dying.

      • Jackson Milton

        I thought it was interesting getting inside the head of somebody who’s been bitten. It’s just the first time we’ve seen it to this extent when we have lost bigger characters.

    • Andiamo

      It seems they really wanted to focus on not just the death of Tyrese the man, but Tyrese the symbol of humanity and conscience. His death is really the death of the possibility of maintaining the morality that existed before the apocalypse. I think that’s why they chose those specific characters as hallucinations. Beth, Blue sky Bob, and the girls all represented a similar naive optimism, while the Governor and Cabin Douche represented the opposite. And the conflict between these viewpoints played out until the moment he died. Which is what makes it worthy of an entire episode.

  • Brett Barsanti

    Is there any intentional connection between so many people’s siblings dying? We not only had Beth, Maggie’s sister, and Tyrese, Sasha’s brother, die in back to back episodes but also the writers decided to give Noah a twin brother, who we see has died in this episode. Maybe unintentional, but I think it’s kind of interesting.

    • cameron

      Plus the return of Mika and Lizzie.

    • Nathan

      Darryl’s brother Merle and Andrea’s sister in Season 1. This doesn’t look good for Judith or Carl.

      • Brett Barsanti

        Yeah there were those too, those were a little further back though. I find it particularly interesting that the show focussed on the death of three people’s siblings in a span of two episodes. Maybe the show is building up to something happening to either Judith or Carl.

    • Roberto

      Actually, Noah was not a twin himself, but had twin brothers.

  • cameron

    Michonne better wear that damn shirt she stole.

  • Why do you think Rick/Carl & Glen/Maggie voluntarily separated from each other this episode? Glen wouldn’t be part of the A-Team ahead of Darryl, Carl is as valuable as Tyrese was. Surely loved ones would want to stick together as much as they can. Even going on a day trip to scout a location could mean the last time they ever see each other again in this world.

  • If they will be getting to Washington DC by the end of the season, I’m wondering if they are looking at ending the show, given that there are definitely ways of ending it once we get there.

    • Stylez

      fat chance…. plenty of source material from that point on in the comics too

      • True. But following the War, you have a huge time jump.

        The comic is “the never ending zombie story” but television shows have to wrap up at some point.

        I *hope* they continue it as long as possible, but that would definitely be a spot where I wouldn’t be surprised to see the show end.

        • Stylez

          If these ratings keep up it will never end. The time jump could be used to replace our aging young actors, should they last

  • Andiamo

    Seems like the “Wolves are far away” sign could be connected to the W carved into the foreheads of the walker torsos in the truck. Guessing the W was either the way to identify the known “Wolves”, or it could be a mark placed by the Wolves as a calling card. Very mysterious. Also, is it possible the W marking is connected to the tree markings we have seen?

  • Petzl

    I still can’t get over this. A) This was the Tyrese that wades into a _horde_ of walkers and comes out alive– but somehow gets bit by two (!) walkers that just sneak up on him in that dead quiet house. B) So, Two years into this, knowing that death lurks around every corner and one mistake is all it takes, the Rick Grimes crew _still_ don’t know how to effectively clear a house of walkers? By now, they should have as strict and unwavering a protocol as any SWAT team. But No, Tyrese just strolls in, starts looking at pictures on the wall, and then… Oops!

  • Stylez

    Anyone following the comics? Hope seeing Glenn wield a baseball bat isnt a sign of things to come

  • Roberto

    The tag said “Wolves not far”. Before that while they were on the road they passed a house also burned/destroyed in which it was not very noticeable but said “Wolves” and the zombies at the end had “W” carved on their foreheads.
    To many things for these “Wolves” not to be something important on this last 7 episodes.