Rick pours gasoline on the pallets he piled inside the pen, thanks Carl for telling him, and then says he isn't going to do anything to stop it, including saying anything to anyone. Of course, it won't be the first time Rick kept something to himself. He puts a match to the wreckage of the hog pen, then goes to his toolbox and takes something out: Carl's gun, wrapped in a cloth. Obviously the silencer's not attached because that's a toolbox, not a steamer trunk. After handing Carl his weapon back, Rick gets out his own gunbelt, checks his service revolver, and drops it into the holster. Which would be a much more dramatic moment if he hadn't been wearing it for most of last week's episode, under duress or not. Carl leaves Rick alone, and Rick takes off his hog-bloody shirt and throws it into the fire, glancing around at the walkers outside the fences. Unfortunately for him, most of their shirts seem pretty far gone as well.
Tyreese carries a bouquet of flowers to A block, but when he arrives at what's supposed to be Karen's cell, he looks through the grate in the door and sees blood everywhere, including on her pillow and in a trail to the door, amid other signs of a struggle. The trail leads all the way down the corridor, where it's joined by another. This leads to an outer door, which Tyreese throws open and finds, in the tiny paved exercise yard beyond, two smoldering corpses next to a plastic gasoline can. Tyreese falls to his knees in grief and stares at the one on the right, which is wearing Karen's Rock Paper Scissors bracelet. As for the other crispy critter, I assume it's David From The Decatur Group, but it's hard to be totally sure without actually smelling the smoke.
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