The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 5: Self Help

Michael Cudlitz stars as Abraham Ford in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Okay, so straight up I’m going to let you know this was not my favourite episode of The Walking Dead. I’m not entirely sure why either considering there was plenty of action going on. The only thing I can surmise is the fact that the whole episode revolves around a group of people who I am not yet personally invested in (even if they are among the most fun Walking Dead Twitter users). Sure Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) were there but their screen time was minimal – as it should be because this episode was Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) and Abraham’s (Michael Cudlitz) story.

Or maybe it’s just because I knew what was coming…

But, anyway, here’s what went down in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 ofAMC’s The Walking Dead:

So we start with a happy go lucky road trip. Everyone is chatting, Glenn is ribbing Eugene about his mullet and Rosita (Christian Serratos) actually gets to participate in this episode. So, of course, we know the shit is about to hit the fan – which it does via a bus explosion of sorts. No one is injured but the bus and the group successfully work their way through a group of hungry walkers.

Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Eugene is the only one who looks uncomfortable – especially when he has to kill a walker. After that small kerfuffle, Eugene wants to go back to the church. For someone intent on fixing the world, he sure isn’t keen on getting to DC in any great hurry. Gee… wonder what’s up with that?

So the group finds a bookstore to spend the night in until they can find another ride at first light. Having to stay over night in the town though, we get to witness Rosita and Abraham having sex while Eugene looks on. It’s not the first time he’s perved on them either. Ew, dude! Not cool at all! Certainly not doing anything for the fanbase over here either.

So Tara has a bit of a chat to Eugene until Eugene fesses up to sabotaging the bus. Apparently he is having an anxiety attack over being the zombie apocalypse messiah…

Abraham is getting decidedly unhinged in this episode and it helps that we get some flashbacks by way of his backstory. He won’t take no for an answer and they press on towards DC. Luckily they find a fire engine. Unfortunately it works only long enough to release a horde of walkers from the building it was parked up against. But that’s okay because Eugene was on top of the truck and hoses those fuckers down!

Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead 2

The truck seems mostly fucked but Abraham – once again – won’t take no for an answer and they get it running just long enough for it to break down out in the middle of nowhere. While Abraham tries to fix it, Maggie chats to Eugene about religion and life and shit, until a smell distracts them all…

Yeah, turns out all that noise Abraham was making fixing the truck didn’t attract the huge motherfucking horde of walkers just standing around in the middle of the road! There is a couple of paddocks full of them too, not really sure why either other than to cause a catalyst for emotions that have been bubbling to the surface for the entire episode… After all, how many illegal immigrants can you fit into a farm?

So, yeah, Abraham insists on going straight through the horde and everyone else cracks the shits with him.

This is when Eugene FINALLY confesses to not really being a scientist. *yawn* Yeah, didn’t see that coming… <insert sarcasm here>

Josh McDermitt stars as Eugene in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead


Then we get the conclusion of Abraham’s flashbacks. It turns out he had been overly zealous about protecting his family – to the point where they up and left him in the middle of the night rather than hang around with his aggressive form of crazy. Of course, that didn’t bode well for his wife and children and they quickly became walker snacks. In the process of Abraham deciding to blow his brains out, Eugene turns up with a trail of walkers and a mission…

And so Abraham found worth in his life again.

And now Eugene has gone and fucked it all up for him again.

So, what did you think of Episode 5 of The Walking Dead? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

(Photo Credits: AMC)


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