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Knots Untie 

Jesus takes Rick and the group to the Hilltop Colony, a peaceful community overshadowed by the power of the Saviors.


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 4 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Rhee
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier (credit only)
Michael Cudlitz ... Abraham Ford
Lennie James ... Morgan Jones (credit only)
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Sasha Williams
Josh McDermitt ... Eugene Porter (credit only)
Christian Serratos ... Rosita Espinosa
Alanna Masterson ... Tara Chambler (credit only)
Seth Gilliam ... Gabriel Stokes (credit only)
Ross Marquand ... Aaron (credit only)


Jesus takes Rick and some others to the Hilltop Colony in hopes of establishing trade relations. During that meeting, a community member named Ethan reveals that Negan has killed a few residents on a supply run and has captured his brother. Written by nholler

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

28 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Michael Cudlitz's character, Abraham Ford, asks Glenn, "When you were pouring the Bisquick, were you trying to make pancakes?" He is referring to whether or not Glenn and Maggie were intentionally trying to get pregnant. That phrase trended very quickly on Twitter. A few days after that episode aired, there was a The Walking Dead convention in which Michael Cudlitz attended. Many fans brought Bisquick packs to him, which according to Cudlitz, totally overwhelmed him. Shortly after that, Cudlitz decided to donate all of it to charity. See more »


[first lines]
Sgt. Abraham Ford: [Abraham talks to Sasha about one of his military stories] So there we were, scraping our sacks in the sandbox. Open targets in the dunes. All of us sweating and swearing. Sure as hell beat sitting on our asses 30 clicks to nowhere waiting for our humpbacked friend to defecate the keys to our transport.
Sasha Williams: Camels don't eat keys.
Sgt. Abraham Ford: They do, it did. And it shit it out. I shit you not.
Sasha Williams: [Sasha smiles] You're an idiot.
Sgt. Abraham Ford: I've never denied it.
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Referenced in The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far (2016) See more »


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Written by Bear McCreary
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Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Bigger
29 February 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

One of the beautiful things about the Walking Dead and perhaps for some frustrating thing, is that they like to take their time setting plot points and characters up. 'Knots Untie' was a perfect example of that. The story was furthered as we ventured into the new territory known as Hilltop, and we got some small tidbits about Negan and the direction we are headed this season. With only 5 episodes left, I don't think we will see the full arc come to fruition, but I do expect to see Negan himself by the final 2 episodes.

It was a big Abraham episode as he is now struggling with his true desires and feelings towards Rosita and Sasha. While I don't ultimately care who he decides to spend his time with, I like seeing this other side to Abraham that we don't normally get to see. It was all the more interesting watching him go around the group asking about relationships and "settling down". This show has been on for a long time, so anything that gives each character something new to do is always welcome.

Speaking of something new, Rick and Michonne dealt with the repercussions of them sleeping together, except that there were no real repercussions, and rightfully so. I liked that everyone on the show was just okay with it. Nobody was jealous. Nobody was saying "well that doesn't make sense". Even Carl said it was cool. I think that's the way we as an audience are supposed to feel as well. After a week of thinking about it, I totally accept it.

So as Jesus brought the group to Hilltop, they came across a small group who nearly died in a car accident. One of them being a doctor, which significantly helps everyone's cause. Then you have to wonder, which doctor's days are numbered? The show has always been seemingly keen on only having one capable doctor at arms length. Should we worry about the new guy or Denise?

We were then introduced to Gregory, the leader of Hilltop. As with pretty much every surviving leader on the show, he's kind of a jerk. It was great seeing Maggie take on the leadership role and negotiate deals with Gregory for Alexandria and Hilltop. Especially as Maggie pulled nearly the exact same deal Negan apparently did as well. But before all of this could happen, we got the big fight of the episode. Of course, a fight couldn't break out without Dark Rick throwing a few blows. I always love seeing that. His line "What?" after he stabbed a Hilltop man in the throat couldn't have been more perfect.

All of this led to the final deal that Rick and his gang proposed to kill Negan and rescue a man from Hilltop in exchange for supplies and crops that Alexandria desperately needed. It does worry me just how nonchalantly the crew agreed to go kill Negan. Of course, they don't really know how badas* Negan is. They don't read the comics. But it's still something to keep an eye on. Especially because Daryl was the first one to propose it. Hmmm…. However, we did end on a sweet note as the crew passed around the picture of Maggie and Glenn's baby.

+Abraham gets something new to do

+Carl is cool with Richonne

+Furthered the plot

+Brief Dark Rick moment

+Sweet ending


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