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Season 5, Episode 15

Try

The group realizes that sheltered life might not be possible as life within the walls starts to mimic life outside. Will these setbacks break Rick?

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Deanna, Reg and Spencer mourn the loss of Aiden while listening to his metal music mix in their living room. Carol drops off a casserole and condolence note at Deanna’s front door. Deanna leaves the casserole on the stoop and burns the note.

Afterwards, Deanna watches a video recording of her interview with Nicholas as he recounts Aiden’s death. Nicholas accuses Glenn of causing the warehouse explosion by distracting Aiden, and adds that he himself was almost left to die by Glenn’s group. In the video, Deanna forbids him and Glenn from leaving the community.

Meanwhile, Glenn recounts his version of events to Rick, who seethes over the fact that no one in the community knows how to survive. Glenn insists they can be taught. “We’ve got to make this work,” he says.

Carol meets with Rick and revisits her proposal to kill Pete. She says Sam once found Jessie on the floor after Pete had knocked her unconscious. Carol adds that if walkers hadn’t killed her husband Ed, she would not be standing here. “Yeah, you would,” Rick counters.

Rick walks to the lake and stares out at the water, gripping his stolen revolver. Pete sees Rick and asks if he’s okay. “Keep walking,” Rick warns.

The next morning, Rosita tells Michonne that Sasha spent the night in the guard tower and hasn’t returned. As they search for Sasha in the woods, they realize it’s the first time they’ve been outside the walls since they arrived at Alexandria. Michonne says she feels like she’s been “asleep.”

Rick tells Deanna about Pete and is shocked to learn that Deanna has been protecting Pete because his medical skills are an asset. Rick suggests they separate Jessie and Pete — and if Pete doesn’t cooperate, they kill him. “We don’t kill people, this is civilization,” Deanna says. Rick presses, but Deanna shuts him down: “I wouldn’t kill you,” she says. “I’d just send you away.”

Michonne and Rosita find dead walkers in the woods, all killed by shots to the back of the head. “She’s hunting them,” Michonne realizes.

Carl secretly follows Enid into the woods. “You’re very loud,” she finally says, calling him out. They playfully run through the trees and stop short when they spot a walker. Enid takes a timer out of her backpack and chucks it at the walker. The buzzer goes off, luring the walker away. Enid smiles.

Glenn finds Nicholas cleaning the blood-soaked van and takes him to task for letting five people die during supply runs. "You're just a coward," Glenn says. "People like you are supposed to be dead." He forbids Nicholas from leaving the community by himself or with anyone else. “That’s how you’re going to survive,” he says.

“Are you threatening me?” Nicholas asks.

“No,” Glenn replies. “I'm saving you."

Back in the woods, Carl and Enid hear a herd of walkers approach. They hide in a hollow tree trunk and wait for the walkers to go past. “It’s their world, we’re just living in it,” she whispers. Carl touches her hand as they lock eyes.

Ignoring Glenn's instructions, Nicholas sneaks into the woods and digs something up from a hiding spot: it’s the gun that Rick had stashed prior to entering Alexandria.

Elsewhere in the woods, Michonne and Rosita find Sasha slaughtering a large cluster of walkers. Michonne and Rosita join Sasha’s side and kill the walkers together. Afterwards, Sasha screams at them to leave her alone. She then breaks down and admits her guilt over having once told Noah he wouldn’t survive.

In the woods on their recruiting mission, Daryl and Aaron spot a campfire in the distance. They follow the trail and come across a pile of freshly hacked limbs. They find a woman’s naked and disemboweled body tied to a tree, a “W” carved into her forehead. “This just happened,” Aaron notes grimly.

Rick finds Jessie in her garage and tells her that he knows about Pete. “I can take care of myself,” she says. Undeterred, Rick barges into Jessie’s living room. “If you don’t fight, you die,” he says. “And I don’t want you to die. I can help you.” Jessie wonders if Rick would do the same for anyone else and he admits he wouldn't. Jessie whispers, “yes,” just as Pete gets home.

Pete demands that Rick leave, but Rick refuses and instead orders Pete to leave with him. Pete explodes with anger and takes a swing at Rick. The two begin brawling, eventually crashing through the front window and out into the street.

The community gathers around Rick and Pete as they pummel each other. Pete punches Jessie as she tries to intervene. Deanna orders them to stop. “Or what?” Rick yells, brandishing his gun. “You’re gonna kick me out?”

Meanwhile, in the guard tower, Sasha snipes at walkers that have congregated at the wall. One of them has a “W” carved into its forehead.

In front of Jessie’s house, a bloodied Rick insists that the community’s ignorance of the real world is going to get people killed. “I’m not going to stand by and just let it happen,” he vows. But before he can continue, Michonne suddenly strikes Rick in the head from behind, knocking him unconscious.