So last night’s Walking Dead seemed to show what’s been under the surface for a few characters, and I feel like while last week’s episode is still the best so far this season, this one was one of those where I suddenly looked up realized I only had 9 minutes left and thought… where did the time go, so without wasting anymore time here…
The Walking Dead, Season 4 Episode 3: Isolation
Because there’s a TON to discuss regarding Carol, I’ll leave it to the last topic of the blog, so let’s address a few things first.
Tyrese is unstoppable, by zombies anyway, but not by Rick. And while by the end of the episode I was wondering how Rick was able to channel Rorschach from Watchmen, when he told fellow prisoners “None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with *ME*!”… Now if you’ve never read or seen Watchmen, then that whole point I made really comes down to this, Tyrese is like a tank, and Rick, enraged, knocked him down and kept him down, reminding viewers that as much as “Farmer Rick” wanted life to begin becoming normal, none of that went any deeper than the roots of his veggies. The fact that he and Tyrese can now get along to some degree is a good thing, but I’m not sure about how long it’ll last. Rick tried to reassure him that murder there isn’t okay, but his lack of immediate action seemed to show that that Rick might have already been thinking that he knew where the arsonist was coming from, in terms of trying to contain the bug… but more on that in the Carol section…
Regarding the bug that’s wiping out survivors, I have a few thoughts on it, the first is in a way it’s a good thing, considering having all the people from Woodbury meant that there’d be very little concern of our favorites dying… but the odds are never in our favorites’ favor, as people dying of a flu reduces numbers, indirectly creating fear for viewers, and then one of our own got ill, directly making us all worry. The moment my viewing party saw Glenn begin to show symptoms, the entire room was filled with gasps, sighs, and a few people going “no… not Glenn?!?!” (this is why watching Walking Dead in a group is so much fun). Anyway the only thing I wasn’t all that sympathetic to regarding Glenn, was when he told Maggie to stay back because he definitely knew that he had the bug by that point, simply because he and Maggie have been closer than anyone else, and if Glenn has it, keeping Maggie away because his symptoms are showing seems pretty pointless. It really seems to be a matter of how good someone’s immune system is at this point.
Briefly regarding Maggie, and her sister Beth, Beth’s practical attitudes were really showing as she kept telling Maggie “We don’t get to get upset” and “we all have jobs to do”, however I wonder how long she’ll hold up. I think that in the long run, even though she may be more emotional, because she’s letting herself feel her emotions, that Maggie will do better.
Anyway, because there was always a chance that the group going out and getting antibiotics at the vet school would run in the mess that they ran into (though I don’t think anyone anticipated the sheer size of said mess… aka zombie horde). It wasn’t shocking that Hershel, not one to enjoy sitting around, took the steps he did.
The scenes with Hershel and Carl, letting him know that it was okay NOT to shoot show that he wants to help Carl become the man that cares about living, not just surviving, which was a sentiment he articulated well when he was confronted, first by Maggie, who in my opinion said everything that I would have said to my own father if in the same situation, and then also Rick, telling them that the question that matters isn’t IF they risk their lives is what are they risking them for, and he hit the nail on the head saying about his potential flu remedy “I can save lives, that’s reason enough to risk mine”. Now I wonder how things with the counsel play out once they know about Carol…
So on to Carol! It wasn’t too terribly surprising that she was the one that burned the bodies, but reflecting on the episode, it certainly made everyone of her statements and expressions seem like puzzle pieces fitting perfectly into place. I’m sure part of her shock when Rick and Tyrese started fighting, was knowing that in a way that she had caused it. It also explains why she broke down after Tyrese asked her to watch over Sascha AND it definitely became UNsurprising that she put little Lizzie into quarantine. I really thought during that sad scene that Carol would break down and play favorites, telling Lizzie that it would be okay to wait before going in there with the others, or that she would give in, and compromise herself to tuck Lizzie in.
What was fully surprising though was that the evidence Rick uncovered (i.e. the bloody hand print, and where it was on the door) indicated that Karen and/or David were alive, though probably very weak when Carol dragged them to their demise. I can understand Carol trying to contain the bug, but actually murdering people to do so, took things to a new level.
And the way that she answered the question so matter-of-fact, like she had no reason to defend what she had done was pretty cold, and the only question at this point is what is Rick going to do with this information? I assume he’ll tell the counsel. Carol teaching children to kill walkers is one thing, Carol killing people is another. After that it’s a matter of what the counsel will do, they don’t really have any laws, and so will they simply tell Carol that she can’t go around killing dying people… or would they send her out of the prison?
I guess that was two questions… and here’s actually one… or a few more, who did Daryl and the others hear on the radio? Was it a live person, was it a recording on a loop? How close is it broadcasting from? Producer Gale Anne Hurd stated on last night’s Talking Dead that if you read the comics you may now what it might or might not be… but having not read the comics I’m left wondering.
And one final thought, this season there’s been A LOT of focus on water. From shots of water sources, like the shower head, buckets poured, buckets filled, discussions of clogged pumps, and then Carol at the stream trying to unclog the line for said pump. I’m not saying water wouldn’t be discussed or an important resource, but it’s getting a lot of attention, and I’m wondering if the initial source of the bug was tainted water.
Anyway, thanks for reading, happy watching, and leave comments below!