‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 9, Episode 4: “The Obliged” Recap

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 4, The Obliged, Michonne

[Image via Gene Page/AMC]

Here’s what went down in Episode 4 (titled “The Obliged”) of Season 9 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

So, this episode of The Walking Dead opens with Michonne (Danai Gurira) killing the undead, and … being the perfect homemaker. Which is just about right for the post-apocalyptic world because there is no point being just one or the other when every day could be your last.

In the middle of all this, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is on a hunger strike and Michonne tries to get him to eat. Which, by the look of things is exactly what Negan wanted because he hasn’t fucked with anyone’s head since he was taken prisoner by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). Of course, Michonne is dumb and falls for his shit and this will likely make it all the more poignant when Rick says the big goodbye in next week’s episode.

CF:  Everyone ALWAYS falls for Negan’s shit.  It’s what he does.  The scenes really fell flat with me because the Michonne of like a year before would have just flipped him off and walked out the moment he started talking.  Why wait to see if he’s eating?  Just put the food down and get the fuck out.

RT: Yep, these scenes could have totally have been cut from the episode because I wasn’t really paying much attention to them. I get what they were trying to do but you are absolutely right, Michonne should have just flipped him off.

CF: I think the only reason this was included was for the payoff at the end, when Negan asked to see Lucile and Michonne told them it was out there on the battlefield, which caused him to lose his shit.  It’s crazy how they’re going through all this to get that payoff.

But, if you think Michonne might kill Negan, you might want to guess again or get in line, as Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) is fixing to ride right into Alexandria and kill that bastard rather than let Rick get his way any longer.

As for the communities, everything is going to the crapper. Carol (Melissa McBride) is leaving to return to Hilltop and when Rick asks her, “What about the Saviors?” Carol has no fucks to give because — and rightfully so — the Saviors need to put their big girl panties on, drink a cup of concrete, and harden the fuck up. Or die trying. Just like everyone else has.

In addition, the bridge is just about ready to cave in and, according to Eugene (Josh McDermott), two herds are on their way. Although, it’s hard to tell what Eugene really said because: Eugene. Seriously, can anyone make sense of what the actual fuck he is saying?

CF: Was it just me or does it seem like Josh is mumbling a lot more these days?  I was ready to turn on closed captioning to understand what he was trying to say.

RT: I really think he is. Between the mumbling and the monotone, I was also considering closed captioning :-/ The look Rick was giving him while he talked was probably the mirror image of my face while watching.

CF: When he talked about the herds and what they were named, I couldn’t understand a think he was saying.  I actually had to find out what was said by reading another recap.

Rick gives up on Carol at this point and just lets her go because, seriously, I’m pretty sure he can see that “Let’s look at the flowers” glint in her eye right now and if there is one thing Rick knows it’s that Carol can fuck shit up.

CF: The looking Carol had was one on, “I’m tired of taking care of your shit, Rick.  I’m moving on.” I really saw their last conversation as more of her telling Rick she wasn’t going to babysit people any more ’cause he was afraid to take off their training wheels.

RT: I agree with this. Carol is done with trying to put band-aids on bullshit. She has a king to canoodle with now after all…

CF: Maybe Carol can sense when someone’s about to see the flowers and she knows it’s time to move away from them.  I mean, she is the Angel of Death.  🙂

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 4, The Obliged, Oceanside

[Image via Gene Page/AMC]

Meanwhile, he is also being told by Jerry (Cooper Andrews) that Jesus (Tom Payne) sent a message and now Rick knows that Maggie is about to fuck some shit up herself. So, he radios on down the line that Maggie is on her way and the message gets lost at the very first post.

Because: Oceanside.

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) conveniently overhears what’s going down and offers to take Rick to Alexandria on his motorbike. But, instead, he takes Rick on a detour and Rick is pissy as shit at Daryl.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 4, The Obliged, Daryl Dixon

[Image via Gene Page/AMC]

So, being men, it’s time for some old-fashioned biffo. And some namecalling and cuss-wording, which, seriously AMC, Daryl can drop the F-bomb, but Negan can’t? But, Daryl also points out that Rick wouldn’t even be alive, or have found his wife and son if it wasn’t for the likes of Glenn (Steven Yeun) and that maybe Rick doesn’t even trust the people willing to die for him.

Daryl is on point with all of this.

CF: First, let’s give Norman a bit of a shout out for being the FIRST person on The Walking Dead to drop the F-bomb–even though an ex-junkie and his mom got there before him.  And Second: Daryl is so on point with it all. It would have been easy for Rick to look the other way and say he didn’t get the message until it was too late–any number of bullshit excuses to give Maggie the time she needed to fuck Negan’s shit up permanently.  And before you say, “Well, Michonne would have stopped her–” Really? She would.  Yeah, right.  I think Michonne would have went right back to reading bedtime stories to Judith instead.  I do like that Rick got called out to shit and gone over this, but you know what?  He dies in the next episode, which means we’ll probably get three episodes after that where Daryl is all moody because of the way their last moments were spent. I’m calling it now.

RT: Dammit! You’re absolutely right about Daryl being lined up to be a whiny bitch 🙁

CF: Also, I saw a scene from next week where Michonne DOES stand down Maggie.  Damn, people.  If you’re going to do things that weren’t in the comic, at least do them right.

This argument escalates and they wind up in a massive hole that surely someone should have seen there earlier, While they are at the bottom of the hole, they hear gunfire at the community base near the river and they frantically try to escape in order to help out.

The gunfire is caused by some Saviors who have managed to get their hands on a few guns and try to take on Carol. She is not one to be fucked over though and the gunfight ensues.

Rick and Daryl then work together to get out of the hole, all the while dodging walkers falling in.

Which means that herd Eugene was muttering about is approaching.

When Rick finally pulls Daryl out of the hole and they see how many walkers are approaching, Rick decides to use a conveniently located horse to lead the walkers away.

Rick and horses. What could possibly go wrong?

CF: At least he didn’t shoot it in the head.

Daryl suggests Rick leads the walkers over the bridge since that is about to collapse anyway. Rick is determined not to because he still thinks he can keep this Uptopia idea of Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) going.

Meanwhile, Daryl takes off on his bike and Rick starts leading the herd away.

Except, remember how Eugene said there were two herds?

Yeah, about that.

Turns out Rick and his horse is now stuck between the two of them and there is no Glenn on his walkie-talkie this time to fix things.

So, the horse rears, Rick lands on a metal rod and is now pierced through with it as the herd approaches.

And, now, we have to wait until next week which will be Rick’s final episode and I am guessing, judging from the trailer, that it will just be one big coma dream for Rick…

CF: I may be crazy, but I thought one of the voices I heard in the “dream” was Lori’s.  Like I said I may be crazy, but I think it would also be great if we get a cameo from Sarah Wayne Callies.

RT: I thought that too. It would be great if Lori showed up in her white dress. Carl should be there too in my opinion.

CF: Since we’re saying we want to see this, it probably won’t happen.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 4, The Obliged, Anne

[Image via Gene Page/AMC]

Oh, and remember Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam)? Yeah, Anne (Pollyanna McIntosh) threatens to feed him to a walker before knocking him out and running off.

What did you think of Episode 4 of Season 9 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let us know by commenting below!

Season 9 of The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 5 (titled “What Comes After”) on Sunday, November 4. The synopsis is below.

“Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned.”

[Featured image via Gene Page/AMC]

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