The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 12 'Still' Recap

Synopsis (Air Date: March 2, 2014)

Faced with the day-to-day survival of life outside shelter, a simple request by someone in the group leads to a bizarre but enlightening mission. Written by: Angela Kang and Directed by: Julius Ramsay.

Full Recap (spoilers)

 Daryl and Beth hide in the trunk of a car while a herd of walkers passes by. Afterwards, they strip the car of glass and metal parts and continue on their way.

As Daryl hunts for food, Beth builds a fire and strings a hubcap alarm system around their camp. Later, while dining on snake, Beth declares that she wants a drink. "I've never had one, because of my dad," she says, asking Daryl to help her find liquor. Daryl ignores the request. Beth stomps off.

Alone in the forest, Beth encounters a group of walkers and hides behind a tree. A walker finds her but is killed by Daryl, who was quietly tailing Beth. Daryl tries to stop Beth from embarking on her alcohol mission, but she shrugs him off. "What the hell is wrong with you? Do you feel anything?" she says, accusing him of apathy.

They come across a country club golf course. Inside the clubhouse, the reanimated bodies of club members hang from the ceiling. Daryl and Beth flee the room as walkers begin banging on the door.

In the kitchen, Beth spots a bottle of wine on a shelf. As she snags it, a walker attacks her from behind. She smashes the bottle and stabs the walker's head with the broken glass.

Later, in the pro shop, Beth finds a handwritten sign nailed to a corpse: "Rich Bitch," it reads. She asks Daryl to help her drape a blanket over the body. "It doesn't matter," Daryl says.

"It does matter," Beth insists.

A grandfather clock chimes. The noise prompts walkers to emerge from all directions. Daryl brutally slays them as he and Beth flee the shop and wind up in the locker room.

Finally, they find the club bar. "Beat up on walkers if that makes you feel better," Beth says, reacting to Daryl's lack of enthusiasm. "I need to do this."

The only alcohol left is a half-empty bottle of peach schnapps. Beth stares despondently at the bottle and breaks down in tears. Daryl breaks the bottle on the ground. "Ain't gonna have your first drink be no damn peach schnapps," he says, leading her away.

As they walk through the forest, Beth unsuccessfully tries to guess what Daryl's line of work was before the world fell. They come across a cabin that Daryl and Michonne had previously discovered, inside which is a moonshine still.

Daryl pours Beth a glass of moonshine — "a real first drink." She takes a sip and winces at the taste, but downs the rest anyway. She pours a glass for Daryl. He declines, saying someone should stay vigilant.

Beth finds a tacky ashtray and wonders what kind of person would buy the sort of junk littered throughout the cabin. Daryl says his father had a place just like it. Beth again offers him moonshine, and he relents.

Later, Beth explains the rules of a drinking game: She names something she's never done. If he's done it, he drinks. If he hasn't done it, she drinks. Daryl admits he's never been out of Georgia or on vacation. Beth, in an attempt to coax more personal details out of him, says she's never been a prisoner in jail.

"That's what you think of me?" he asks angrily. He then accuses her of treating everything like a game and drags her outside, where a walker is attempting to get at them. He forces the crossbow in her arms and begins pinning the walker to the wall with arrows.

Horrified, Beth breaks free and stabs the walker in the brain. She then screams at him for his lack of emotion at the loss of the prison and the others. Daryl softens, bemoaning the Governor's attack and eventually breaking down into tears. "Maybe if I wouldn't have stopped looking" (for the Governor), he says. Beth hugs Daryl.

That night, Beth and Daryl talk tipsily on the cabin porch. Daryl admits that before the fall, he and Merle were just drifters. "I was nobody, nothing," he says. "Just some redneck asshole with an even bigger asshole for a brother."

Beth shares her vision of her father living a full life and Maggie and Glenn having a baby. "That's how unbelievably stupid I am," she says. "That's how it's supposed to be," Daryl reassures her.

Beth tells Daryl he was made for the world as it is now. "You're gonna be the last man standing," she predicts. He wonders if he'll ever be able to leave his past behind him. Grinning, she suggests they burn down the cabin.

Daryl and Beth douse the shack in moonshine and light it on fire. They give the structure the middle finger as they watch it go up in flames.

(SPOILERS) Making of Episode 412: The Walking Dead: Still

Next Episode 13: Alone

As one group finds what may be an ideal shelter, another group comes to realize that the best protection comes from those around them.

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