WARNING: The following article includes spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 10, Episode 5, "What Is Always Is," which aired Sunday on AMC.
On last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, a tree fell that caused one of the housing structures at Hilltop to collapse and catch fire. Eventually that led to part of the wall surrounding the community to fall, letting in a massive herd of hungry walkers. When we catch up with Hilltop in the latest episode, “What Is Always Is,” the last of the walkers has been vanquished -- at least for now -- and the residents, including Eugene who’s stuck around to help and nurse his heartbreak over Rosita, are working on fixing the wall.
Yumiko took on a leadership role during the crisis last week, and in the aftermath, it’s clear that she’s now completely in charge. The other community members are consulting with her about everything. They’re also reporting the latest news about missing supplies -- apparently something that’s become an ongoing problem.
The one person who doesn’t seem at all on board with Yumiko’s new position is her girlfriend, Magna, who’s still angry with her, although it’s not entirely clear why. So when Yumiko goes to ask Magna about the theft, Magna is less than receptive. Still, she makes it clear she had nothing to do with it.
Meanwhile, when Kelly doesn’t return with the hunting party she went out with, Connie is worried. This is a reasonable response, especially since Kelly’s been losing her hearing. As we saw in the episode's opening sequence, that loss is becoming extremely dangerous. It allowed walkers to sneak up on her and led to her getting badly injured.
Connie and Daryl, who’s visiting Hilltop for the day, go out to search for Kelly. Magna joins them, too, but none of them are having much luck.
Meanwhile, Yumiko is still leading the reconstruction effort at Hilltop but also expresses regret that she didn’t go to look for Kelly with the people she cares about the most. Clearly her loyalties are torn by her new leadership role.
In the woods, Dog eventually finds an unconscious Kelly lying against a tree trunk. Connie, Daryl and Magna come running and Kelly wakes up startled. She’s hurt but alive. Magna notes they have to get her back to Hilltop, but given the extent of her injuries, Daryl says they need to find some place closer to treat her first. Kelly instructs Magna to tell them.
So, Magna leads Connie and Daryl to the stash of supplies she and Kelly have been amassing, including medical supplies. Yes, Magna and Kelly are the thieves that have been stealing from Hilltop. Magna claims she doesn’t trust Daryl -- or the people of Hilltop in general, apparently. Daryl’s amazed. Hilltop took them in and that’s the way she thanks the community?
Connie is angry about what the pair did, but also relieved to find Kelly. She reassures Daryl they’ll return the supplies. When the four arrive back at Hilltop, Yumiko runs towards them in relief and helps Connie walk Kelly in.
Later, in their room, Yumiko comments to Magna that Kelly might not have made it if they hadn’t found the stolen medical supplies. Magna knows what she’s implying -- Yumiko’s accusing her of stealing and hiding supplies. Yumiko reminds her that it wouldn’t be the first time Magna’s done that sort of thing.
Magna claims that doing so would be smart but declares that Yumiko thinks it would be stupid and selfish. She believes that’s the way Yumiko’s seen her for 13 years, ever since the day Yumiko became her lawyer before the zombie apocalypse happened. Yumiko interrupts to tell Magna what she was really thinking the day they met: She believed Magna was locked up for a crime she didn’t commit. She was sympathetic to her plight and thought Magna had trust issues because of the way she'd been treated.
Magna stops her. She implies that a man did something to her young cousin and the man wasn’t brought to justice. So Magna took matters into her own hands and killed him for what he did. In other words, despite what Yumiko has thought for the past 13 years, Magna was guilty of the crime she was accused of. Yumiko looks astonished, but Magna points out they’ve both killed now. Yumiko tells Magna to find somewhere else to sleep.
That night, as Daryl prepares to leave to return to Alexandria, Connie thanks him for keeping Magna and Kelly’s theft secret. Daryl says he understands -- they’re family. Connie tells him he’s family too as he drives off.
The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, Cooper Andrews, Avi Nash, and Samantha Morton. It airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.