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
My 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 they 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.
That 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 disappointing 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.
Speaking 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 was 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 and 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 human 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?
On 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 have 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 definitely 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.
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, and 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 were 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).
Speaking 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.
What 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!