Decision Maker, The Walking Dead S4e8

Hi there readers,

Last night’s Walking Dead was depressing, for a few reasons.  There seems like there’s so much to blog about it after though, that I almost feel like I don’t know where to start, so bear with me and we’ll get through this.

Also, just in case you haven’t seen the episode, everything from here on out is full of depressing SPOILERS consider yourself warned.

The Walking Dead, Season 4 Episode 8: Too Far Gone

normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0627My first complaint is that to some degree this episode felt a bit rushed, which felt like the pacing of this first half of the season as some how off.  I probably would have left out at least one of the flu related episodes, or (and it may have made things feel like normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0745they were dragging) spent much more time focused on the prison during this half, including the (if any) fallout regarding Rick’s decision with Carol, which could them tie into Rick settling into how much of a leader that he wants to be.

normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0488That brings me to my next complaint ( I feel like I’ve been doing that a lot lately.. .and yet I know that the show isn’t too far gone) is that Rick was put in the position of decision maker, and that personal struggle he’s dealt with ever since losing Lori, and his self-confidence to lead was overshadowed by… well everything else in the episode. It was somewhat normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0907disappointing to see how quick things went with Rick and Daryl.  However I did appreciate the exchange between Daryl and Carl, with Carl ready to take a shot, and Daryl telling him to trust his father.  It shows that no matter how much Daryl may not like what Rick did about Carol, that he still trusts him.

normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0559Speaking of Carol, and the whole rats issue, we still seem to have a few questions about things. First, who left that skinned rat? There are a few theories, and two specifically stand out as plausible. First up is Bob, he’s troubled, and obviously trying to work through some stuff.  What supports this theory is he has medical experience, and that rodent normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0496was very finely flayed, that’s not exactly easy (trust me I’ve gone squirrel hunting, and have had to skin squirrels).  What also supports this is he’s tall enough to have easily fed the rats to the walkers.  The other possible theory is that the skinned rat normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1346and the individual who was feeding them to the walkers was Lizzie.  I’d previously said that I didn’t think it was her, BUT I believe that Carol would want to protect her, and while she had an affinity for walkers, the shot taken at Alesha shows that she’s not afraid to kill a normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1355human to protect others.  Finally she did have that really nice knife that Carol gave her.  Not to mention that the two girls ended up with Tyrese when everyone scattered… how would he deal with things if he figured out that Karen’s killer was a little girl?

normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0237On to theories that I was right about, out of all that I thought might perish, with people like Glenn or Herschel as options, I had put all my money on Herschel.  His last couple of eps were just a bit too warm and fuzzy, in terms of building audience love for him, and when Glenn didn’t kick the bucket with that flu I figured he’d be sticking around , after all they never would have killed off Daryl.  Though to be fair in my character-death predictions I never thought that they would normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1372have killed off the Governor, but maybe they thought that they’d done all the could with his character, and I appreciate the way that they did it.  I will say one thing for sure, when he shot Meghan in the head, it was a confirmation that in some ways he’d normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1146definitely changed, because he’d never been able to do that to/for Penny.  Also, maybe I’m heartless, but I only felt so much sympathy for Lilly, her negligence is 90% of what killed Meghan, just saying.

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Where did Lilly end up by the way (happy she finished off the Governor), did she find Tara, and what about everyone else? We can assume that Glenn was on that bus, which went to a preset location one of those In Case of Emergency plans, but how long would the bus wait at a preset place, normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_0920and how would the others get there? Where’s Judith? I’m going with the “she’s not dead” theory for two reasons, I don’t think The Walking Dead would be that brutal… though if they werenormal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1487 they’d be nice enough to the audience not to show her demise. The second reason is, it looked like someone with bloody hands picked her up, and I’d figure that it’d be messier if a walker got her.  Still hats of to Chandler Riggs’ acting (that kid is growing up right before our eyes).

normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1070Speaking of good acting, I’m really going to miss Scott Wilson as Herschel.  Herschel was a great character, a little misguided at the beginning (lest we forget those walkers, including Sofia, in the barn), but still her was the main presence of morality in a world of people that now survive best without them.

If this half-season had one common theme (regardless of the inconsistent pacing), it was that surviving isn’t enough, you have to live as well, and Herschel was able to pass that on, so he’ll never really be gone.

normal_The_Walking_Dead_S04E08_1080p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_1180What is really gone though, and this is what I think I’ll miss the most is the prison itself.  Perhaps I’m terribly naive (or perhaps I should read the comics so that I’m better prepared), but I had really hoped that they’d be able to enjoy the security and stability of that place for a while. Ugh that stupid tank, the Governor was so spiteful.  Oh well on to more scariness later next half.

Anyway, that’s all I got.  Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for reading and happy watching!

 

One thought on “Decision Maker, The Walking Dead S4e8

  1. There’s a lot to think about with how the episode ended. The group is all scattered, but like you said, you hope they had a disaster plan to try to re-hook up. And the good news is that there isn’t an armed militia hunting them, like would have happened last season if the Governor had taken the prison.

    My hope is that Lilly took Judith, her hands were certainly bloody after carrying Meghan.

    I don’t know if I would have reduced the amount of flu-screen time at the prison, but I kind of agree that it would have been good to invest some more time about the other camp.

    Speaking of the other camp, I was thinking about who wiped out the camp of survivors that the Governor, Pete, and Mitch had come across.

    You know, I really hated Mitch the tank driver. I’m glad Daryl killed him.

    Thanks for the recap!

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