Monday, October 13, 2014

Walking Dead Premier, Party, and Recap

So I was completely offline for most of last week. It was unplanned and unexpected. Just craziness having to do with work, family and fall, you know. :D For this week, I didn't get any posts done in advance, so I still won't have as many posts as usual, but I'll be online more, commenting and such. 

Okay, down to business. Last night, I had a huge Walking Dead party. It was SO fun! A bunch of people from work who watch it came over, as well as my family, of course. I made dirt (pudding with oreos) with tomb stones and edible bones in it, as well as brain cake. My mom did a pumpkin rice crispy treat thing and a skeleton brownie. 

We even played a game. It was kind of like a drinking game, except that, being LDS, we don't drink, so instead we did a chocolate-eating game. We had a list of character quirks and every time we saw one of them in the show, we had to eat a piece of candy. Yeah, everyone was sick by the end of the night.

Everyone was up super late (I was a zombie--pun totally intended--at work today) but it was worth it. Especially because the Season 5 Premier of The Walking Dead was AWESOME!!!

I've done Game of Thrones recaps the past couple of years, and I've decided I'll do TWD recaps as well this season. You know, just so I can gush about the episodes more. :D

So, check out the food pics from the party below. If you've watched the premier, you can read the recap below. It's chalk full of spoilers, so read at your own risk!

Brain cake (Red velvet with marshmellow frosting and raspberry sauce over the top).

Brain cake cut open.

My brother pretending to eat the brain cake.

Oreo and pudding grave yard. I put characters' names as well as those of the family members in attendance on the headstones. :D

I had a "Rest in Peace, Hershel" as well as a "Rot in Hell, Govenor" headstone among the lot.

Pumpkin-shaped rice crispy treat with yellow M&Ms to fill eyes, nose, and mouth.

Skeleton-shaped brownie.

The Walking Dead Recap: Episode 5.1 : No Sanctuary

The first thing we see is a "Then" flashback of the citizens of Terminus, trapped in one of their own traincars and listening to screams going on outside. They say thy were wrong to have put up the signs and they brought "them" there. Then it shifts to "Now."

As promised, the episode picks up right where the finale of season 4 left off, with no time-jump. We see the group trapped in the train car using everything they have to try and get out. Daryl says some of the Termites are coming, and they all prepare to attack when the door opens. It doesn't go down that way, though. Instead, the top of the train car opens and smoke bomb falls in.

Soon, Rick, Daryl, Glenn, and Bob are all dragged, bound and gagged, into a room where a body is being diced up (it's Alex, who was killed in the finale), and leaned over a trough so clean they can see their reflections in it. Four others they don't know are also brought. (Scratch that. One of the newbies is the dude Rick and Carol encountered in a house last season. Carol fixed his dislocated shoulder. Then his girlfriend was killed and he disappeared. He and Rick share a hey, I remember you! look.) Then the throat-slashing begins. Starting at the opposite side from our heroes, each man is smashed in the head with a baseball bat and then has his throat slashed. This was seriously gnarly. Even for The Walking Dead it was a lot of gore. Very difficult to watch.

Just before Glenn's turn arrives, gunfire is heard from outside, and then something that looks like a bomb shakes the entire room. Cue the Intro, and the collective, annoyed groan from the viewers.

Next we see Tyrese and Carol on the road. When a walker shows up, Ty doesn't have the heart to kill it, so Carol does, telling him he has to find the strength to be able to kill them. The two of them have to hide with baby Judith when an entire herd of walkers staggers by them, headed for Terminus. 

Next we see a small cabin (the one everyone freaked out about during filming perhaps?). A guy, obviously one of the Termites, is on a walkie talkie with another Termite, and he's saying that Alex was a dumb idiot who never "got it" and that he knew the chick with the sword was bad news when he saw her. He also says he wants "the kid's" hat when they finish bleeding them out. That's all he gets out before finding Carol's gun brushing the back of his head. Carol and Ty take him captive. "We're friends with the chick with the sword and the kid with the hat," she tells him. Nice. Ty will stay with him and Judith while Carol heads for Terminus to try and free their friends who are obviously captives there.

Carol covers herself in walker gore so she can simply join the herd and sneak in. When she reaches the fence, she sees Rick, Glenn, and the others being dragged inside, bound and gagged. As it turns out, the stuff happening with Carol is happening concurrently with what we saw at the beginning. Through the scope of her gun, she spies a propane tank. She starts firing at it (the gunshots Rick, Glenn, Daryl and Bob heard while waiting to be smashed and slashed). Once she puts a hole in the take, she fires a rocket at it and the tank explodes (the bomb/explosion that saved our guys' lives). Carol = Badass!

Gareth runs outside to figure out what's going on. Meanwhile, Rick has managed to smuggle a wooden shard into the room and saws away at the zip tie binding him. Once he's free, he kills the two guards and frees the others. They scavenge for weapons, moving around some really nasty-looking torsos hanging from the rafters. Rick admonishes them to kill any Termite they come upon.

Before they go outside, they see another train car that has people inside. Glenn suggests they release the captives. "That's still who we are," he says. They run out, killing walkers, and open the train car. A crazy dude with tattoos, reminiscent of the Duck Dynasty guys, comes out, shouting about them all being the same. He's promptly killed by a walker. The guys sneak around, waiting for part of the herd to pass, followed by Termites. Rick sneaks up behind them and kills them all with one of their own guns. This is a great contrast to season 1, when Rick put a gun to Daryl's head declaring, "We don't kill the living." Obviously, his beliefs have changed a bit. Oh, and Rick = Badass!

Meanwhile, Carol is making her way through Terminus. She finds a room full of possessions that have obviously been taken from those the Termites have taken captive. She finds Daryl's bow and slings it over her shoulder. Eventually, she makes her way into the seance room, where she's confronted by Mary. The barbecue-r. Mary reveals that once Terminus was what it claims to be--a place offering sanctuary--but then bad people came and attacked, taking over. They raped and killed until the people of Terminus took their home back. Now they live by the mantre: You're either the butcher, or the cattle.

Carol and Mary then engage in a 50-year-old-woman catfight. Carol, of course, gets the upper hand and shoots Mary in the leg. Mary tells her to shoot her in the head next, but Carol refuses, instead letting in a group of walkers, who trudge right past her (she's still covered in gore) and chow down on Mary.

Poor Judith! Source
Back in the cabin in the woods, Ty's prisoner lunges for Judith and threatens to snap her neck. He tells Ty to put down his weapons and go outside, which Ty does. (That would never happen.) The guy listens to Ty struggle with the walkers outside, and smiles when things go quiet, thinking Ty is dead. That is until Ty bursts in and tackles him. Outside, it turns out that Ty has not only killed all the walkers, but staked one of them through the neck. Yeah, Ty= Badass.

Ew! Source
Meanwhile, Rick and the others run for the fence that encloses Terminus. There is plenty of gore here as well, including a walker biting off someone's face, and Daryl killing walkers with a length of pipe. (Stating the obvious, I know, but Daryl = Badass.) Eventually they make it to the fence, shooting Gareth along the way, and go over. 

Terminus, the entire compound, is burning. (Yea, they really were screwing with the wrong people.)

In the woods, they dig up the bag they buried outside that has their weapons in it. Rick wants to go back and finish off the Termites, but everyone else is just happy to be out and doesn't want to go back. 

Then Carol walks up behind them in the woods. When Daryl sees her, he runs at her and hugs her. This was probably one of the sweetest moments of the entire series! They did such a good job with reunions in this episode. Understand that I am NOT a Daryl/Carol shipper. I'm all about Daryl and Beth (see my fan videos for proof) but I loved this part! Nothing about this hug was romantic. They're just besties and were genuinely happy to see one another. Such a sweet moment! (Gif Source)

And then Rick and Carol have to hug, too. Rick kicked Carol out last season, but given that she single-handedly saved everyone's bacon, I think she's earned some forgiveness. This hug was sweet, too. Then she tells Rick to come with her.

The group arrives at the little cabin in the woods just as Tyrese is exiting it with Judith in his arms. Rick runs to his baby girl and hugs her, with Carl, and cries. All the characters are crying. All the viewers are crying. Such a great moment! So beautiful. 


In the end, we see one more flashback of the Termites. (Meh) Although, the crazy tattoo guy from the train car is seen as one of those murderer/rapists who attacked Terminus. Don't know why he was left alive, but...

Then Rick and the group head off into the woods. Abraham and Rosita talk, and Abraham says he'll talk to them about it, but not yet. We don't learn what "it" is. Rick paints over one of the "Sanctuary for All" signs, changing it to "No Sanctuary." The group leaves the tracks and heads into the woods. 

After the previews for next week, we get another clip. A man in a mask comes and looks at the "No Sanctuary" sign, compliments of Rick. He takes off his mask...and he's Morgan! From seasons 1 and 3! Dah! He follows the group into the woods, after examining a weird symbol on a tree which was NOT put there by Rick's group. (Weird!)



  • Will we see more of Terminus's background, or was this episode all we'll get of them?
  • Did Gareth and Mary really die? (I'm thinking Mary did, but while we saw Gareth get shot and go down, nothing suggests that he actually died. Personally, I think we'll see more of him.
  • What's up with Morgan?
  • What does Abraham want to talk to the group about?
  • Where the heck is Beth? The writers said ALL our questions about where everyone is would be answered in episode 1. That seems to include Beth, but she was nowhere in this episode. Not a clue. Not a single frame! (Grhhh! Liars!)

What did everyone else think of the season 5 premier of The Walking Dead? What did you think of our party food?


  1. I'm a bit behind on them, so skimmed.
    But your party treats are wild! You went all out.

    1. Yeah, we did. Halloween food is always fun. Thanks Alex! :D

  2. Looks like you had a great time. The treats looked amazing. The episode was way better then last years premier that's for sure. I'm a little sad Carol didn't find Michonne sword. Though her dual end polearm like weapon she made in the train car was pretty cool. Plus it was kind of weird to see the penguin die on Sunday then watch him on Gotham on Monday :D He was the Guy Rick and Carol new from last season that got bashed first then had his neck slashed.
    great review with awesome treats, thanks for sharing. Matt @ JC's Book Haven.

    1. Yeah, Michonne needs her sword. But Daryl also needs his motorcycle. Wonder if they'll ever get them back. I need to get back to Gotham. I watched the first episode and liked it, but haven't watched any more. I'll have to now--to see that guy if nothing else. LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Matt. :D

  3. Wish I could have a party like that no one I know likes the show! So fun!

    1. Bummer! I know lots of people that like it. If you're ever in Utah, you can come watch it with us! :D