After finishing her tears, Ruth explains to the group that she had told her children about the strange marks they saw on Elijah’s followers. They were “hex signs,” a kind of country backwoods magic that Ruth’s grandmother had told her about when she was little. It was just a superstition to her, like throwing salt over your shoulder after spilling it, but Elijah had apparently found something deeper in it.
Rasheed promised that they wouldn’t kill Elijah, and Ruth told them that there was only one place her children would go to hide: an abandoned library building in town. The survivors snuck out of the compound without telling Father Zachariah where they were going and made their way into town in Brad’s humvee. On the way, they found a dog with a wounded leg, and Doris couldn’t bear to leave it be; Rosalie freaked out when Doris dragged it into the car, and the subsequent scuffle drew zombies. The group barely managed to escape, and Rosalie was quite unhappy about sharing the car with a big dog.
The group stopped the car a few blocks from the library and went in on foot. Rasheed noticed that the clock face on top of the library had sprouted a rifle barrel. Elijah’s group had a sniper watching the approach. Checking the back, they found two farmhands with rifles standing watch, and a gaggle of zombies wandering around the loading dock. Governor Byrne decided to scale the building to get to the sniper, but his stealth abilities left something to the imagination.
Rosalie rushed across the street to a toy store, looking for something to use as a distraction to keep the governor’s head from getting blown off, but Doris couldn’t wait any longer and broke cover as a decoy. The sniper took a couple of shots at her and missed, and she got up to the enemy group’s pickup truck and started hotwiring it. Rosalie finally settled on throwing a bouncy ball across the parking lot, which got the sniper’s attention for just a moment. Brad and Rasheed rushed for the front doors while the sniper was distracted, and Governor Byrne scaled the wall just in time to avoid the two farmhands who came rushing around to see what was going on.
Brad chopped a hole in the door to let himself and Rasheed in, then took cover inside the library. Outside, the farmhands started shooting at Doris, who took a bullet in the shoulder for her troubles. Rosalie started sneaking around back, avoiding the agitated zombies and scaling up to the second story. Governor Byrne finished off the sniper by throwing him off the roof, breaking his neck. Inside, another farmhand took a shot at Rasheed, who rushed the man and cold-cocked him with the flat of his axe.
Doris was getting mighty tired of being shot at, so she turned the truck around and drove straight at the shooters, less to hit them and more to scare them. Unfortunately, her usually amazing driving failed at the worst possible time, and she rolled the truck into the back—with a group of zombies waiting right there. Doris scrambled out of the truck and made a run for it, but one of the farmhands recovered enough to take a shot at her. Governor Byrne couldn’t get to Doris in time to help, and for his efforts wound up getting severely shot in the gut.
No longer able to worry about the consequences, Doris pulled her gun and shot the gas tank of the flipped truck before diving out of the way. To her horror, the exploding truck killed both of the farmhands and set the zombies on fire—flaming zombies! Rosalie dashed inside ahead of the explosion and found herself looking at Elijah’s back—as Brad was sneaking up on him.
Rasheed had gone deeper into the library and confronted Elijah, who stood above a crucifix with a zombie tied to it and dressed as Jesus. Brad was sneaking up on the would-be prophet while Elijah began chanting in the strange glossolalia he had been using at the riverside. Rasheed ducked back into the stacks to hide, but Mary Mathis was waiting for him with a farming sickle. The two of them dueled for long moments before Rasheed realized that the girl was gaining the upper hand and fell back to the main room to join his allies.
Governor Byrne had finally managed to get inside the library, though he was still bleeding profusely. Brad failed to sneak up on Elijah and almost had his windpipe crushed by a strangely powerful grip from the boy, but their struggles luckily knocked Elijah back and off the second story balcony to the ground below. Rosalie snuck down and tasered the boy, which only made him angrier. Doris finally caught up to the others too, a herd of burning zombies chasing her down.
A hideous zombie Jesus appeared from the dark, tackling Brad—who threw himself off the balcony rather than stay face-to-face with such a monster. Down below, Rasheed and Mary continued to duke it out while Rosalie, Doris, and Governor Byrne pounded on the indefatigable Elijah. Zombie Jesus pursued Brad to the first floor, and Doris gutted him with her machete. Governor Byrne knocked down the fleeing Elijah and started stomping him brutally, all of the older man’s patience spent.
Within moments, the tide turned. Elijah was unconscious, Zombie Jesus was beheaded, and Mary was surrendering rather than see her brother hurt anymore. With the psychotic Mathis siblings defeated, it was time to go back to Quakertown.