[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only of you have already watched Sunday’s “Try” episode of The Walking Dead.]
Tonight’s season 5 penultimate episode of The Walking Dead ended with an explosive fight between Rick and Pete (and you can read Andrew Lincoln’s thoughts about it right here) after Rick stepped in to put a stop to Pete beating wife Jessie and son Sam. Pete told Rick to leave, Rick told Pete to leave with him, and you can pretty much guess where it all progressed from there. The two went at it, crashing through windows, off porches, and spilling into the streets of Alexandria before horrified onlookers.
But the scene went to a whole other level beyond just mere personal feud when a bloodied Rick pulled a gun on an intervening Deanna and other Alexandrians. “You still don’t get it,” he yelled. “None of you do. We know what needs to be done and we do it. We’re the ones who live. You, you just sit and plan and hesitate. You pretend like you know when you don’t. You wish things weren’t what they are. Well, you want to live? You want this place to stay standing? Your way of doing things is done. Things don’t get better because you want them to. Starting right now we have to live in the real world. We have to control who lives here.”
Deanna’s response was almost chilling: “That’s never been more clear to me than it is right now.” Then Michonne knocked Rick out old, leaving us to wonder how this conflict will be resolved in next week’s season finale. Will Rick be exiled? Or Pete? Or both? Things also left hanging for the finale: How will Nicholas react to Glenn’s ultimatum to stay within the walls? Will Daryl and Aaron discover who is responsible for carving the letter W into walkers’ foreheads? Will Sasha chill the hell out? And does Carl have a girlfriend?
But the main question every character on the show will now have to ask themselves is: Did Rick go too far? How they answer may determine on which side they fall should an Alexandria civil war about to be ignited. And you can answer as well in our poll below. What do you think? Is Rick justified in his zero tolerance attitude or does he need to adapt to life within the walls? Vote in our poll below, and also make sure to read our Q&A with Andrew Lincoln on the big fight scene. And for more Walking Dead intel, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.