So what can I say about last Sunday’s The Walking Dead. There’s really not a lot. For all the zombie smashing and shooting fun that took place, the big highlights were Carl & Rick killing walkers, Maggie & Herschel saving humans, and the Governor “Perving out the prison” as stated on Talking Dead after the show.
The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 5, Internment
Other than that it was a fairly uneventful episode. So lets start with what we’ve got. The opening drama in the quarantined area of the prison was so-so, I feel bad for Glenn, but I really don’t think that if the writers kill him off that it’ll be with the flu. What was nice out of these scenes though was the moment between Herschel and Maggie. Their acting as he tried to keep her at a distance to keep her safe was beautiful. Maybe I’ve watched “Meet Joe Black” too many times, but Father-Daughter scenes always get to me, and it was also nice to see that Maggie (unlike other members of the group, like Tyrese, or even little Lizzie… don’t get me started on that stupid girl) is channeling her emotions in a way that is both healthy and productive.
When Rick returned and Maggie let him in, I really thought that for half a second he was going to lie and say that Carol didn’t make it, but I’m sure Rick knew, that 1st of all he didn’t want to deceive others, because he wants to stand by his decision. And I respect him for that (even if I still don’t agree with how he executed it, but I addressed that in last week’s blog). I also think deep down he knew how incredibly awkward, and hypocritical it would be to “Pull A Shane”, say she didn’t make it, only to have her pop up again in the future.
As Rick was getting back, watching Herschel try and not just keep people alive, but optimistic by shielding them from the dead, was admirable, but maybe this show has made me callused, because I felt like it was a waste of energy. Also, while I’m happy that this show (minus season two) does well at not wasting time, I would have liked to see Rick tell Herschel about the choice he made with Carol. But Herschel’s reaction will have to suffice, and most of the episode continued to focus on his struggles and pains, as he fought to try and save as many lives as possible. But really… we got to waste time on Rick telling Carl to make sure the kids brush their teeth after having the fruit leathers… I wish they’d spent that time on Rick telling Herschel… but I digress.
Moving on, Maggie breaking in to rescue Glenn and her father was awesome to watch… except when it wasn’t, like when she uselessly broke the axe. But other than that, sure it was awesome, and I’m happy that Glenn survived, even though I wasn’t that worried. Also, I guess I do have to address Lizzie ( I still don’t like her though), it was admirable when she lured the walker away from Glenn, but the fact that she thought she could lure it away, and it wouldn’t try to eat her was silly. I think it was equally silly that Herschel shielded the children from seeing him shoot the walkers. Maybe if Lizzie were a little more exposed to “What always happens” as Carl so wisely put it, she would be a bit more like Carl.
Speaking of which, I don’t think anyone was disappointed when we saw Rick opt to toss Carl a gun, instead of telling him to run inside and tuck the kids in for the night. There’s not much to say though other than “Yay, bonding AND killing zombies!” so that’s all I’ll say. I’ll add that it did almost feel cheesy that the next morning as the medicine arrived, Rick and Carl had that “one last happy farmer moment”, before you know… “What always happens”.
I am so stoked to see the Governor by the way. After all now that they’ve conquered the boring aspect of the season ( I know a lot of people liked the whole “danger within” aspect of the flu and not being able to trust people at the prison… hey what about those rats?!?!?!), yeah I thought the flu plot was boring, and now we can finally get the villain I never saw the Governor as in Season 3… reread those blogs I would have happily moved into Woodbury. Anyway, YAY for next Sunday!
Thanks for reading, and happy watching! Leave your thoughts about this past episode in the comments below!