The group continues to reel from the deaths of Beth and Tyreese, with Maggie, Sasha, and Daryl taking the losses the hardest. 60 miles away from Washington, D.C., the survivors' van runs out of gas, forcing them to travel on foot. With almost no water or food, they question their chances of survival. Gabriel attempts to console Maggie, but she chastises him for abandoning his flock when the outbreak occurred. Carl gifts Maggie a broken music box, but she remains detached.
Despite comfort from Carol, a grieving Daryl begins to self-harm and when alone breaks down in tears. Dehydrated, the survivors find jugs and ten bottles of water waiting for them in the middle of the road with a note reading, \"from a friend\". Eugene volunteers to drink the water himself to see if it is a trap but Abraham knocks the bottle out of his hand.
Later, Rick muses that this life may be easier for children, since growing up is getting used to the world. Michonne insists that this is not the world, and accepting it is giving up. Rick relates a story of his grandfather, who fought in World War II and survived by convincing himself that he was already a dead man. Rick says that like his grandfather, they have to \"do what we need to do\" in this reality until the situation changes and they are able to live, and tell themselves they \"are the walking dead.\" Daryl rejects this notion, insisting that they aren't \"them\". A herd of walkers approaches the barn; Daryl, Maggie, and Sasha, who are not sleeping, work together to barricade the door, and are joined by the rest of the group.
The episode received generally positive reviews, with many praising aspects such as the theme of grief, the introduction of Aaron at the end and the sequences involving the barn and Sasha fuelling her rage on the zombies. Laura Prudom for Variety commented positively on the episode calling it \"contemplative but emotionally satisfying.\" On his review for the episode, Ron Hogan for Den of Geek commented positively on the episode's themes and felt that Sonequa Martin-Green delivered the best performance of the episode.
The episode begins with Maggie sitting in the woods. She is crying, apparently in mourning for Beth. A walker slowly makes its way through the bushes towards her. It gets dangerously close, but becomes stuck between two trees. Maggie promptly dispatches it with her knife. Meanwhile, Daryl digs up a worm and eats it, implying the group is on the road without supplies. Sasha walks along a dried-up creek, in search of water. She notices several dead frogs, which suggests there is little available. The three of them make their way back to the others, who are waiting on the road. Maggie notes the unlikelihood that the rest of the group has had better luck. They've gone a day and a half without food or water, and the entire group is weak and exhausted. \"How much longer we got\" Maggie wonders aloud. \"Sixty miles,\" Sasha replies numbly, referring to the distance to Washington, D.C. \"I wasn't talkin' about that,\" Maggie says gloomily.
After driving a little further, the group's car runs out of fuel. They abandon it on the road, and proceed on foot. They eventually attract a small pack of walkers, who follow them at a distance. Rick tells Daryl that he thinks they should try to find a position on higher ground before dealing with the walkers. Carl gives Maggie a music box as a reminder of Beth, which she appreciates. Father Gabriel offers his consolation to Maggie, but she rejects it. She says that he didn't know Hershel or Beth, so he can't understand the pain she feels. She then reminds Gabriel of his own sins, particularly when he saved himself at the expense of his parishioners. The group keeps moving down the road, starving and dehydrated.
The procession eventually reaches an overpass with a steep ravine on either side. Rick, together with Glenn, Maggie, Michonne, Sasha and Abraham, attempts to dispatch the group of walkers by luring them toward either side of the road, then pushing them into the ravine. This method requires less effort than using weapons, and helps to conserve what little energy they have. However, Sasha begins stabbing the walkers with her knife, which forces the group to do the same. During the struggle, Sasha becomes so single-minded that she nearly stabs Michonne, and accidentally cuts Abraham on the upper arm. Rick is nearly bitten by a walker when Daryl returns and saves him. After the walkers are dead, Michonne reprimands Sasha, who stares back at her with angry defiance.
The group rests up on the side of the road. Abraham starts drinking liquor from a bottle, as the others look on. Tara points out to Rosita that he is just making it (the dehydration) worse. Rosita says that Abraham is aware of that. Eugene then says that Abraham knows what he is doing, and the situation can't be worse than it is now. Rosita disagrees. Their conversation is interrupted as a group of wild dogs appears from the woods. They see the group, and start growling and barking in a threatening manner. The whole group tenses for a fight, but Sasha quickly dispatches the dogs with her rifle. Everyone sits still, clearly surprised by her actions. Rick quietly stands up, and picks up a branch. After snapping it in two, he uses it to skewer chunks of meat from the dogs, cook them over an open fire. Noah refuses to eat the hounds' meat, visibly overwhelmed as he stares at one of the dogs' collar. Sasha approaches him, and he tells her that Tyreese tried to help him and that he isn't sure if he'll make it. \"Then you won't,\" Sasha says sternly. \"Don't think, just eat,\" she adds before walking away. Meanwhile, Gabriel is seen pulling off his clerical collar and tosses it into the fire-pit, watching it burn as he eats. Maggie notices this, but says nothing.
The group finds a stack of bottled water in the middle of the road. Daryl rejoins them and Rick shows him a note that says, \"From A Friend\". The whole group is wary that it might be a trap. Eugene disagrees and says that he believes it is indeed from a friend, and volunteers to be an assurance. He snatches one of the bottles and is about to drink it before Abraham slaps it away. Not long after that, rain begins pouring down from the sky. The whole group cheers except Daryl, Maggie, and Sasha, who are still devastated by the death of their loved ones and emotionally numb, and Gabriel, who apologizes to God for doubting Him. The gleeful celebration is interrupted when the group sees a severe thunderstorm approaching quickly. Daryl tells the others that he found a barn not far from where they are, and he then leads them to the barn for shelter.
When they are clearing the barn, Maggie finds a walker, who was a girl who died. After Maggie stabs the walker, Carol joins her, and Maggie observes that the girl had a gun and says that she could've just shot herself. Carol tells Maggie that some people can't give up, like them.
Night comes and the group is resting in the barn, while the storm rages outside. Maggie is lying by a campfire, Sasha is sitting with Abraham looking after her with his liquor in his hand, while Rick tells the group about a story of his childhood with his grandpa, who had served in World War II. Rick used to ask him whether he had to kill any Germans during his time at war but he wouldn't answer. Then when he asked him whether the Germans tried to kill him, his grandpa got real quiet. Rick's grandpa told him that \"he was dead the minute he entered enemy territory,\" and that every day when he woke up, he always told himself, \"Rest in peace, now get up and go to war.\" And then, after a few years of pretending he was dead, he made it out alive. \"I think that's the trick,\" Rick concludes. \"We tell ourselves, that we are the walking dead.\" Daryl disagrees, saying \"We ain't them.\" Rick tries to reassure him that they are indeed not.
Getting to his feet, Daryl repeats \"We ain't them,\" and walks away from the campfire. As Daryl is pacing by the entrance of the barn a short time later, he hears a noise from outside. He peeks outside and sees a herd of walkers approaching the barn, through the rain. Daryl instinctively blocks the door; Maggie notices, realizes what is happening and helps him. The walkers begin trying to push the door open. Rick and the others then realize what is happening and everyone rushes to help Daryl and Maggie. As the herd keeps pushing to reach the group, the group themselves keep fighting to keep the doors shut for their own survival. Carl lays a crying Judith on the ground and helps. As the storm rages outside, the group and the herd fight each other through the barn door. Everyone is giving it their all not to let the herd in, as the storm gets worse. The screen then goes black as the roar of the storm and the herd grows louder while the group struggles to hold the doors shut.
The next morning, all is peaceful, and Maggie wakes up to see Daryl still awake. She sits by his side and talks with him, telling him he should get some sleep, and that it's okay to rest now. They look over at Sasha, who is sleeping along the far wall. \"He was tough,\" Daryl remarks, referring to Tyreese. Maggie agrees. \"So was she,\" Daryl adds, talking about Beth. \"She didn't know it... but she was.\" Daryl hands Maggie the music box Carl gave to her, saying that he fixed it. Maggie thanks him. She then wakes Sasha and the two leave the cabin. They discover that, due to the storm's power, all of the walkers were either killed or incapacitated, having been crushed by or impaled on trees. The scale of the destruction is such that Sasha is amazed the barn wasn't destroyed as well; it looks as though a small tornado passed through the area, narrowly missing the structure. Maggie and Sasha then sit down on a downed tree and watch the sunrise together. As they sit, Sasha tells Maggie what Noah said about himself, that he doesn't know if he can make it. Sasha admits that she feels the same way too. Maggie reassures her that she will survive. Maggie tries to play the music box, but finds that the box is still broken. The women laugh at it, but their conversation is interrupted by a man named Aaron, who asks them if he can speak to the man in charge and mentions Rick by name. The women are confused as they draw their guns and ask how he knows about Rick. The episode ends as Aaron tells them he has good news, and the music box suddenly plays its music. 59ce067264