‘Walker Independence’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 1 Premiere on The CW

The Wild West was a rough place, so it’s kind of fitting that the series premiered Walker’s independence begins with a fall in the sheets in a wagon heading west that ends in tragedy.

That walker The prequel spinoff introduces us to Bostonian Abigail Collins (played by Arrow‘s Katherine McNamara), who heads to the booming frontier town of Independence, Texas with her cop husband Liam. They are both looking for a fresh start away from Boston’s corruption. But Abby feels like Liam, who is set to be Independence’s new sheriff, is hiding something (“I love you more than you’ll ever know. That’s my only secret,” he says sweetly), and she might be up to something be on the trail because minutes later her car is ambushed. A mysterious man shoots and kills Abby’s husband, wounding her as well. Abby wanders off and collapses in a field, where an Apache tribe rescues her and gives her the nickname Walks in Tall Grass, paving the way for her to later adopt the name Abigail Walker.

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One of the Apaches, Calian (Justin Johnson Cortez), takes Abby into town, but holds off because he doesn’t think the locals will like seeing an Apache with a white woman. While Abby wanders around Independence, Hoyt Rawlins (walker‘s Matt Barr) literally nudges them. He’s just arrived after posing as a preacher and cheating on a bunch of people in another town, not to mention sleeping with a guy’s wife. (“If that makes you feel any better, she wasn’t the only one,” Hoyt replies to the man. It doesn’t make him feel any better.) To further insult the jury, Hoyt then took the man’s horse, whom he was naming Cordell.

Walker Independence Review

Needless to say, Hoyt doesn’t make the best first impression on Abby, who asks what kind of man drinks during the day. He also secretly steals her wedding ring, which Abby discovers when she meets friendly Deputy Augustus (Philemon Chambers) and new sheriff Tom Davidson (When hope calls‘ Greg Hovanessian), who took over when her husband didn’t show up for work. (That last name should also ring a bell walker fans.)

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Abby is shocked to realize that Davidson is the man who killed her husband. After seeing what kind of person Hoyt is during a ceasefire, she asks him to help her kill Davidson, but he isn’t willing to take the risk. So she grabs his gun and prepares to do the job herself at Davidson’s big welcome party that night. However, Hoyt stops them, causing the bullet to just graze Davidson’s jacket. Hoyt reveals that the sheriff is actually from Boston and has been buying up land and stealing cattle all over the city.

Abby takes Hoyt back to the scene of her husband’s murder, and with Calian’s help, the trio bury his body. Abby tells Hoyt and Calian that she is staying in Independence not for revenge, but for justice. Davidson needs to be stopped so he never does that again.

Walker Independence Review

Walker’s independence Cast and Executive Producer Jared Padalecki

Elsewhere in the pilot episode, Abby is also friends with Kate Carver (How to get away with murder‘s Katie Findlay) and Kai (Wu Assassin“Lawrence Kao). Kate is a rather talkative burlesque dancer who works for dance hall/hotel owner Hagan (supernatural‘s Mark Sheppard), while Kai is a Chinese immigrant starting his own laundry/restaurant business. It seems Kai has a crush on Kate – or maybe he’s just suspicious that she might be a spy? As viewers learn, Kate describes the events of the city via telegram for Allan Pinkerton.

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Rounding out the ensemble cast is Lucia Reyes (Gabriela Quezada), a rancher’s daughter who sleeps with Hoyt… but for how long now that Abby has arrived?

what were you thinking about Walker’s independence? did you catch them all walker Exclamations (The Side-Step Saloon!)?


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