Death Row, The Walking Dead S4e3

Hi Readers,

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.

The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1422Tyrese 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 The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0113“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 The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0457to 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…

The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0491Regarding 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 The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0326creating 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). The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0544Anyway 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.

Beth and MaggieBriefly 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.

The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1327Anyway, 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_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0847The 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 The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1036that 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…

The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0121So 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 The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1034fitting 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 The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0736asked 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.

The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1175What 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.

The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1565And 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?

The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1301I 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.

The_Walking_Dead_S04E03_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1195And 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!

4 thoughts on “Death Row, The Walking Dead S4e3

  1. I thought this was one of the better episodes of the bunch. Lots of psychological movement, more than actual movement. Why do I sense the “farm” or the “lake” or the “building in Atlanta” is at work again. Seems like set pieces per season is the MO for the Walking Dead. That being said, they seem to be prepping pretty well for this season’s finale where the leave the Prison (I’m guessing)…Especially with that Horde about what 15 miles away?

    At any rate, It would seem the horror that has elevated beyond the walking stiffs is that of the flu (Ala War of the Worlds) which does make for a scarier premise. i mean, you can hit a zombie in the head and it’s done…but an airborne virus. The plague has always been a bigger threat to mankind than any “monster”…and I think the bringing that element into the show (finally…) is a good sign. of course, they’ll probably move into taxation without representation next as allegorical stuff tends to get political swiftly. I hope not, what with Marylin Mason showing up on The Talking Dead, PC doesn’t seem to be too much on the radar (oh, the beautiful people).

    I want Glenn to survive, but I also want him to die. I think if he were to pass that would make Maggie a terror on wheels and less of a “girl” character all cute and stuff, that they’ve made her into. Now, Darryl on the other hand, is going to take much more work to move away from the “turned into a cute girl” status the producers seemed to have deployed for him as well…

    Darryl is a Cute Girl and Stuff

    I said it – and I sure you were thinking it. The effeminate Darryl’s character undoing that’s going on this season is no bueno; producers have mistaken emotions or “weak” statements for a full response to his popularity. I don’t buy it. They are diluting the punch you all drink with softness and “oh, he has feelings”. The only reason Darryl became “viral” so to speak was because he was hard nosed and on task. His nose is now emotional and feeling. It’s lessened who he is while trying to placate the masses…and by masses, I mean women.

    I think it’s a mistake. Just as woman stereotypically long after the “bad boy” and ultimately marry the nerd, I think trying to make him that nerd will lose the strong attraction that drew the female audience in the first place. The nerd is everywhere. He doesn’t need to be in The Walking Dead too. Unless, of course as proven by last weeks episode, that nerd dies in a bloody mess.

    Here’s what I wish for the future: They man Daryl up again. Glenn get’s offed. Maggie becomes a strong female lead instead of eye candy. Michone tears up some Zombies. Rick becomes Rick again. And they leave that prison and go to New York where the “radio voice one” comes from to battle 18 million zombies in one place. Now that is a story with some bite to it.

    P.S. Water has always been a literary device for writing. Deux Ex Machina for driving the story. With Carol, her desire for finding water (and exasperation at not doing so) is clearly an allusion to the guilt she feels for murdering while trying to help others. THIS IS SO CLEAR. As in Macbeth, “with a little water we can clean your hands” (or something like that) water won’t solve any problems similar to an imaginary blood stain; (Carol: I’m talking to you) the dirtiness is well beyond a physical cleaning.

    • Well, while I agree about Maggie needing some purpose to become anything but eye candy, I really hope that it doesn’t take Glenn’s death to make that happen. When it comes to Daryl I’m sure we’ll see him “man up” plenty getting the meds and getting back to the prison. I don’t think that they’ve made him effeminate though, just less surly. I think it goes to show that for better or worse, Daryl is a follower, not a leader. When we first met him he was a younger brother following his older brother, even when he knew about his brother’s flaws. Now he’s following the leaders in the group, and taking care of others, because those are the jobs that need to be done. As far as Carol goes, I’m not surprised at her outlook, I am very surprised that she did what she did so independently, in that she never even suggested to the others that they burn the bodies, but I guess over the course of her life she learned not to depend on others.

  2. Hey, great recap!

    I’ll just say that I would not be surprised if someone helped Carol. I’m sure she could handle it herself, but it seemed like a two person job.

    Also, Beth is getting very very tightly wound. You can only sit on your emotions so long, and I’m getting worried for that big-eyed elf-girl.

    • I think that Carol did it on her own. She never even suggested to the council that perhaps they should burn the bodies (which isn’t a bad idea… so long as you don’t murder the flu victims first). To me this shows that she knew they wouldn’t agree or approve and went ahead on her own. It may just be that with her abusive husband, and then losing Sophia that she’s sick of depending on others and just wanted to feel in control and do things her way. A lot of people think that maybe she’s covering for the girls, but I don’t think that they could do that, but if the writers make it so… well then so be it I guess. Looking forward to tonight’s ep :)

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