The Walking Dead Awards: Here isn’t that bad

Season 5, Episode 13: WTB one pasta maker
Photograph by Gene Page/AMC

(Spoilers ahead)

Each week, we comb through the guts of The Walking Dead, much like a horde of hungry walkers, to bring you the episode’s best moments, surprises, and other post-apocalyptic curiosities. This week: Food, glorious food, crafting expository arguments at a middle school level, and Carol is the one who knocks.

Season 5, Episode 13: “Forget”

What to serve at your next dinner party: Believe it or not, AMC published the recipe for Carol’s Cookies, perfect for the next time you need a last minute dessert (or need to strike fear in to the hearts of your enemies). Look at the recipe . . . just, look at the recipe.

What not to serve at your next dinner party: Mashed lima beans with cocoa powder? Not even in the apocalypse.

Best Easter egg: One of the streets in the Safe-Zone is named for our favorite tracker/widower/crazy person, Morgan. We’d say it’s just a coincidence, but considering this is the show that always sets the time on clocks to the current episode number, we doubt it.

Most obvious literary reference: Stamping giant red As on Jessie and Rick’s hands. For a show that loves its symbolism, this one is just lazy.

Best new outfit: Michonne’s snazzy new cop jacket, complete with a lace-up back circa 2002. We’re sure she’s thrilled.

Biggest mystery: We already know that Judith is the only baby in Alexandria. The real question is why? There seems to be a glut of happy couples oblivious to the dangers outside the wall, and this ain’t the island from “Lost.”

Best potential foreshadowing The W carved into that walker’s head–could this be the work of the Wolves?

Least favorite animal: Let it be known that this is the third horse to be eaten on the show, and we’ve never even seen an IKEA. R.I.P Buttons: Ashes to ashes, horse to glue.

Best kill: Rick’s subtle assassination of Jessie’s marriage. Sure, he may have elected for the quasi-acceptable drunk cheek kiss, but he’s planted a seed that will only end in trading the doc for the cop.

Best exchange: Deanna: “People will listen to you”
Michonne: “Because we’re wearing windbreakers.”

Most disturbing image: Carol’s nightmare-inducing warning to Sam, yet again proving that she should never be allowed around children. Ever.

Episode MVP: Aaron, for taking a chance on Daryl and finding him a spot in the community. We honestly thought Daryl was going to get the boot, so we’re glad to see he’s safe . . . for now.

And once again, where exactly does Rick fall this week on the calm/crazy scale?

Illustration by Matt Walljasper; photographs courtesy AMC
Illustration by Matt Walljasper; photographs courtesy AMC