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The Walking Dead – “Knots Untie” Recap

Written by Admin on February 29 2016

Abraham flirts with Sasha as they return from a patrol. Sasha informs him that she’s trading shifts with Eugene and will no longer be working with him. Abraham sighs.

Abraham lies in bed with Rosita. She gives him a necklace with a pendant made from the fuel truck’s cracked brake light. As Rosita showers, Abraham thinks about Sasha.

Later that night, Maggie is discouraged that it will still be some time before Alexandria’s new garden yields any crops. Glenn assures her they’ll be okay. They see Denise and Abraham running into the townhouse basement and sprint over to investigate.

In Rick’s house, Jesus waits for Rick and Michonne to get dressed. Carl discovers Jesus and points a gun at his head as the others arrive. Michonne and Rick emerge from the bedroom and assure everyone that Jesus just wants to talk.

Jesus tells Rick’s group that he’s part of a community that raises livestock and crops, and his job is to search for other settlements with whom to open trade. He offers to take them to his community, the Hilltop, to prove he is telling the truth.

Daryl prepares the motor home for the trip to the Hilltop, and reluctantly accepts a homemade oatcake as a parting gift from Denise. Meanwhile, Carl assures Rick that he approves of his relationship with Michonne, but insists on staying behind to guard Alexandria.

Rick, Michonne, Glenn, Maggie and Abraham board the motor home with Jesus.

En route to the Hilltop, Abraham asks Glenn about Maggie’s pregnancy and shares his skepticism over bringing a child into the world. “We’re trying to build something,” Glenn explains.

Rick slows the motor home as they approach an overturned car. Jesus recognizes it as belonging to the Hilltop and desperately begins searching the wreckage for his people.

Daryl follows tracks to a nearby building. Maggie guards Jesus as Rick’s group searches inside. They find four of Jesus’ people, one of whom is injured.

The group continues on towards the Hilltop. One of the newcomers, Harlan, introduces himself as a doctor. Glenn asks if he has any prenatal vitamins, and Harlan smiles, admitting he used to be an obstetrician. “I’d say you two just hit the jackpot,” he says.

Freddie, one of the newcomers, tells Jesus that he saw a vision of his dead wife when he thought he was going to die. Abraham ponders Freddie’s words.

The motor home gets stuck in mud, forcing the group to disembark. Jesus points ahead to a massive wall. “That’s the Hilltop,” he says.

Jesus leads the group to the main gate, where spear-wielding guards order Rick’s group to disarm. Jesus tells Rick they can keep their guns and confides that his community ran out of ammo months ago.

The gates open, revealing a large manor house and a farming community inside. Jesus explains that the house was once a living history museum.

Jesus takes the group inside, where they meet Gregory, the community’s leader. Gregory orders Rick’s group to clean up before meeting with him. Annoyed by this man, Rick asks Maggie to speak with Gregory on the group’s behalf.

As they wait in the foyer, Abraham asks Daryl if he’s ever thought about settling down. “You think shit’s settled?” Daryl replies. Abraham fingers Rosita’s necklace.

Maggie meets with Gregory to discuss trade options. Gregory condescends to her and notes that Alexandria is low on provisions. He offers to help on the condition that Alexandria residents work at the Hilltop, insinuating Maggie would be very desirable in the community as a “smart, beautiful woman.” Maggie rebuffs him and points out that the Hilltop is low on ammo and medication, proposing they help each other. Gregory, insulted, ends the discussion.

Jesus assures Rick and Daryl that he can convince Gregory to make a fair trade. They hear a commotion outside. “They’re back,” a resident tells Gregory.

Rick’s group and Gregory walk outside as a Hilltop team returns from a mission to Negan’s compound. The team reports that Negan killed two of their group because their drop was too light, and that he’s holding another one of their members, Craig, until they deliver a message. Gregory asks for the message. “I’m sorry,” Ethan says, stabbing Gregory in the gut.

Rick’s group intervenes. Abraham hears Sasha’s voice in his head as he’s throttled by a Hilltop resident. Daryl rescues Abraham. Rick stabs Ethan dead. Jesus calms astonished residents by pointing out that Ethan initiated the bloodshed.

Harlan rushes to Gregory’s side. Abraham remains on the ground after the fight, stunned by his experience. It’s as if he’s had some kind of realization, or found some sort of peace. He assures Daryl he’s alright. In fact, “I’m better than alright,” he says. He stands, leaving Rosita’s necklace behind in the dirt.

In the library, Jesus explains that Negan is the head of a group called The Saviors, who agreed not to attack the Hilltop in exchange for half of their supplies. Rick’s group offers to rescue Craig and wipe out the Saviors in exchange for food, medicine and supplies. Jesus agrees to take the offer to Gregory.

Later, Jesus reports that Gregory wants to discuss the offer with Maggie.

Gregory, recovering from his injury in his bedroom, says he’ll agree to the deal. But Maggie realizes she’s in a position to negotiate for even more, telling him that Negan will continue to demand more provisions and will eventually deplete the Hilltop unless her group stops him. She says her group will kill the Saviors, but only in exchange for half of the Hilltop’s supplies. Gregory begrudgingly accepts the offer.

Rick’s group loads the motor home with supplies from the Hilltop. Rick asks Andy, who had been one of the Hilltop’s liaisons with Negan, to brief them on the Saviors’ compound.

In his medical trailer, Harlan performs an ultrasound on Maggie. Glenn and Maggie smile when they see the fetus and hear its heartbeat.

Rick’s group leaves the Hilltop. In the motor home, Glenn circulates an ultrasound photo of the baby. Abraham gazes at the photo and smiles at Glenn.

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