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TV Review: The Walking Dead (Season 4, Episode 10, February 16, 2014)

02.16.2014by: J.A. Hamilton
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EPISODE 10: Inmates

THE HOOK: In the wake of war with Woodbury, Rick and his group have turned the prison into a working community, but danger continues to stir on the outside as well as from within.

The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode

THE LOWDOWN: Now THAT was an episode! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed last week’s walkabout, but tonight we got thrown directly into the fire. Opening up with Beth and Daryl got me hopeful that we’d be with them for most of the night. We were not. It was still a powerful performance, mostly due to Beth’s solemn monologue from a time earlier on (loved the sinister imagery with the birds circling over their heads). Daryl doesn’t seem overly optimistic, though I can’t say I blame him, but let’s hope he has a lot of patience because Beth seems a little too hotheaded at the moment. Watching her crumple up the pages of her journal and toss them into the fire spoke volumes for the severity of their situation. I can’t blame Beth for losing hope, finding those walkers eating people on the train tracks would be mortifying to say to least.

Of all the survivor combos tonight, the Tyreese, Lizzie, Mika and Judith combo is by the far the most nuts. Firstly, I almost teared up when Tyreese turned around and was holding Judith. I didn’t think she was dead, but then again, you never know with this show. Having a baby crying is probably one of the worst things you can have going for in that world, but worse still is giving her over to that ridiculous nutbag Lizzie. Are you f*cking kidding me?! I can’t stand that kid, and to see her slowly suffocating Judith? That’s downright unforgivable. I know she’s a kid, but I hope she dies a horrible, horrible death. And then, out of nowhere, Carol 2.0 is back in the house bitches! Yes, I wanted to see her cross paths with Daryl (which will obviously happen), but damn was I happy to see her. Of course, the irony is, of all the groups she could stumble across, it would have to the one with Tyreese in it. Thankfully he has no idea what she did. And the plot thickens. Oh, and it’s also worth mentioning that they stumble onto a new place up the tracks. Terminus. Sounds like a Terminator basecamp. Carol should fit in nicely.

The Maggie, Bob and Sasha group is no less hard watch. Maggie is near broken, and beyond reckless. I still haven’t figured Bob out completely, but his overly chipper mood gives me the creeps. I like Sasha, but her and Bob are feeling a little expendable. I expected one of them to not survive the bus attack, but they did. Maggie’s unstable, but after watching her father get beheaded, and losing Glenn, I’m willing to give her a pass. That said, not sure I’d be following her lead.

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4's tenth episode is a powder keg of excitement, thrills and surprises. Of all of them, I felt the worst for Glenn. Dude just barely survived a run-in with death, only to be thrown into the prison debacle and now wakes up alone like he’s just snapped out of a bad acid trip. I’d love to know how he ended up back in the prison, but I’m sure we’ll find out later. Good on him though for snapping the hell out of it (no time for a nap Glenn) and not only scoring some riot gear (sweet), but snagging a hell of a supply score as well. It was odd seeing Tara just sitting there ready to die. But hey, Glenn is still Glenn so he grabs her and makes use of her. Sure, he says he’s only doing it because he needs her, but after seeing him help with Rick in S1 we all know he can’t leave someone behind. I cringed when she told him about Hershel, and then out of nowhere he collapses, but that wasn’t even the craziest part. Tara starts bitching someone out, and when the camera turns we see, none other than, Abraham Ford, one of my favorite characters from the comics. I’m now officially excited.

ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: Tara destroys a walkers head until its mush. I guess she’s not ready to die after all.

BLOOD AND GORE: There’s lots of death and mayhem to go around. Walkers get knifed, shot and beaten to a pulp, but they also gorge on a few dummies in the process. Red is the official color of the night.

WTF CHARACTER MOMENT: Lizzie. Okay, I knew this kid was psycho, but killing a damn baby!? You just freaked at Tyreese for yelling at Mika because she doesn’t understand the situation, yet you turn around ready to kill Judith because she’s crying—she clearly doesn’t understand what’s going on. There’s a special place in hell waiting for you Lizzie.

COOLEST SCENE: There were lots of cool things going on tonight, but seeing Glenn man up and go full tilt into a herd of walkers to fight his way out of the prison was all kinds of badass.

FINAL VERDICT:

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: Do you think Carol will break down and tell Tyreese the truth before he hears it from someone else?

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8:05AM on 02/17/2014
Carol is a welcome sight, and just at the right time it seems. I agree with your assessment of Lizzie. She's one messed up little bitch.
Carol is a welcome sight, and just at the right time it seems. I agree with your assessment of Lizzie. She's one messed up little bitch.
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9:11AM on 02/17/2014

LOVED IT!

But, I have a question that I still haven't heard addressed. When we first saw the zombies eating the people by the train tracks (Daryl and Beth) - she saw a "kid's shoe". But, when we saw the only kids in the area, they didn't lose the shoe. Who's shoe was it?
But, I have a question that I still haven't heard addressed. When we first saw the zombies eating the people by the train tracks (Daryl and Beth) - she saw a "kid's shoe". But, when we saw the only kids in the area, they didn't lose the shoe. Who's shoe was it?
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12:06PM on 02/17/2014
I don't think we're meant to know at this point, but judging by the appearance of other people not with the prison crew (the ones Tyreese tried to help), those poor saps could have been anyone. Unless Beth recognized the shoe, in which case, she'll no doubt say something about it later.
I don't think we're meant to know at this point, but judging by the appearance of other people not with the prison crew (the ones Tyreese tried to help), those poor saps could have been anyone. Unless Beth recognized the shoe, in which case, she'll no doubt say something about it later.
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12:04PM on 02/17/2014
Awesome episode! This second half is looking to be a game changer for sure. Abraham is a welcome addition, I just hope that when he said, "what else have you got?" he wasn't talking in terms of robbing them.
Awesome episode! This second half is looking to be a game changer for sure. Abraham is a welcome addition, I just hope that when he said, "what else have you got?" he wasn't talking in terms of robbing them.
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2:40PM on 02/17/2014
Awesome episode have to say the Liz and Judith scene had me cringing, but never had I been so happy to see Carol. So far I have enjoyed the second half of the season
Awesome episode have to say the Liz and Judith scene had me cringing, but never had I been so happy to see Carol. So far I have enjoyed the second half of the season
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4:37PM on 02/17/2014
ABRAHAM! That just about covers level of enthusiasm.
ABRAHAM! That just about covers level of enthusiasm.
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6:19PM on 02/17/2014
Awesome episode have to say the Liz and Judith scene had me cringing, but never had I been so happy to see Carol. So far I have enjoyed the second half of the season
Awesome episode have to say the Liz and Judith scene had me cringing, but never had I been so happy to see Carol. So far I have enjoyed the second half of the season
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8:23PM on 02/17/2014

Whoa, easy.

Some of you are so quick to condemn Lizzie, when she was the one who saved both Glenn and Tyreese before. Sure, she's a nutjob, but there's still potential in this kid. Cut her some slack. She screwed up tonight, but don't count her out yet.
Some of you are so quick to condemn Lizzie, when she was the one who saved both Glenn and Tyreese before. Sure, she's a nutjob, but there's still potential in this kid. Cut her some slack. She screwed up tonight, but don't count her out yet.
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1:27AM on 02/20/2014
Been waiting on Michael Cudlitz ... and finally! HE IS HERE!
Been waiting on Michael Cudlitz ... and finally! HE IS HERE!
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