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TV Review: The Walking Dead (Season 4, Episode 15, March 23, 2014)

Mar. 23, 2014by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 15: Us

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: With the emotional intensity of last weeks episode hitting an all-time high, I figured this week would end up being a filler-type setup for the finale, and for the most part, I wasnt wrong in this assumption. The episode bounces from one group to the next for the first half hour, with the exception of Carol and Tyreese (and still no sign of what happened to Beth). I didnt mind this too much as everyones en route to Terminus at this point. I was a little annoyed at how we only saw one quick flash of Rick, Michonne and CarlRicks looking healthy again, and the bond between Carl and Michonne is a heartwarming sightuntil we hit the end of the episode, where it all made sense, but Ill come back to that.

The most surprisingly intriguing aspect of tonights shuffle is the growing dynamic between Daryl and his newfound pack, specifically, the bromance between him and their leader, Joe. I like the simplistic nature of their arrangement. The whole claimed rule is a bit rough around the edges, but I suppose theres a certain brotherhood element present if youre willing to play the game. Now I get that Daryls a little jittery here, but damn son, you need to play the damn game! Clearly the one guy had a beef with him after the rabbit incident, which leads to him trying to frame Daryl for stealing, but as Joe pointed out, Daryl wasnt acting very nice. That said, maybe thats why Joe likes him so much. Either way, Daryl ends up on Joes good side, and the other dude ends up beaten to pulp with an arrow through his eye. Now things really heat up when the group of them get the tracks and Joe explains that theyre heading to Terminus to kill Rick. It was also interesting to hear him refer to the place as a lie (not that we were believing the hype about it in the first place).

The one fulfilling moment that made this episode noteworthy was the reunion of Glenn and Maggie. It was a beautiful thing, something were not used to with this series and a refreshing change of pace from last weeks gut shot. I hated the idea of Abraham and his crew parting ways with Glenn and Tara, and despite originally having a huge hate on for Eugene, he redeemed himself in my eyes tonight when he led them back to help Glenn. I wouldnt have wanted to go in that tunnel with all the gunmen and ammo in the world, and I really thought we were going to lose Tara when her foot got caught. I liked how Glenn made up a cover story for Tara, it was good of him, but itll be interesting to see what happens when Hershels name is finally brought up. Also, I felt the burning of that picture to be a little morbid on Maggies part. Way to kill the mood, baby.

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4's fifteenth episode is pushing the Terminus envelope. Our reunited group get there in the closing moments and I have to say it looked rather quiet, not to mention ill-guarded. There were fences, chains even, but they werent locked and all they had to do was push the damn gates open. And then theres Mary. Tell me she didnt creep the living hell out of you. I have an insanely bad feeling about Terminus, and thats before the madmen out for Ricks blood get there, so God knows how its all going to play out. Im thinking the Beth thing will carry over into next season as a cliffhanger, and Im hoping Tyreese and Carol make it into the fray (I actually hope Carol somehow saves Ricks ass, re-earning her place in the group, but of course, showing up with Judith will no doubt more than qualify). Add to all that, the fact that some of these people are bound to die too, so Im stoked for the finale.

ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: I dug the barbed wire fence kill.

BLOOD AND GORE: Lots of zombies filled with bullet holes, a dude gets beaten to death and arrowed, and that poor bunny...it never stood a chance.

WTF CHARACTER MOMENT: Daryl. I love the guy, and he wouldnt be who he is if he didnt have that gruff, f*ck you attitude, but when youre surrounded by stone cold killers who will quite literally kill you for the clothes on your back, you really should learn to pretend better.

COOLEST SCENE: Maggie coming to Glenns rescue. Im a sucker for a happy ending in the zombie apocalypse, even if its only a temporary one.

FINAL VERDICT:

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: Im not buying whatever Marys selling.

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5:58PM on 03/30/2014
everyone i know who watches this show all agree on one possibility for terminus: it's a cannibalist tribe.
everyone i know who watches this show all agree on one possibility for terminus: it's a cannibalist tribe.
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12:14PM on 03/24/2014
Ok Ok. I missed 2-3 episodes right when the Governor rolls up with a tank to the Prison.
I got one question. Who the fuck is this genius with the mullet that says he knows what's really going on and why hasn't he chosen to share this info with the other members? Is anyone else buying his bullshit?
Didn't it seem a little odd that there were no sentries at Terminus? They would atleast have them posted to prevent human scavangers considering how well they've advertised their position. I
Ok Ok. I missed 2-3 episodes right when the Governor rolls up with a tank to the Prison.
I got one question. Who the fuck is this genius with the mullet that says he knows what's really going on and why hasn't he chosen to share this info with the other members? Is anyone else buying his bullshit?
Didn't it seem a little odd that there were no sentries at Terminus? They would atleast have them posted to prevent human scavangers considering how well they've advertised their position. I really doubt it is some kind of hippy commune.
I suspect cannibalism.
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12:05PM on 03/24/2014
This season really turned itself around and I'm happy for it because it was looking like this show was running out of steam there for awhile. Happy to say I feel differently now. Curious to see who isn't going to make it out of Terminus.
This season really turned itself around and I'm happy for it because it was looking like this show was running out of steam there for awhile. Happy to say I feel differently now. Curious to see who isn't going to make it out of Terminus.
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11:47AM on 03/24/2014

Solid episode, but one problem.

I like the episode and in general I've been sort of enjoying this shift in focus from the silly prison politics to just worrying about survival. There's one nagging problem I have though: does Maggie remember that she has a sister or what? All she gives a shite about is Glenn but I don't think she's shed a single tear over Beth and no one knows where this girl is. For all we know this Mary person at Terminus was cooking Beth Burgers when the group walked in on her.
I like the episode and in general I've been sort of enjoying this shift in focus from the silly prison politics to just worrying about survival. There's one nagging problem I have though: does Maggie remember that she has a sister or what? All she gives a shite about is Glenn but I don't think she's shed a single tear over Beth and no one knows where this girl is. For all we know this Mary person at Terminus was cooking Beth Burgers when the group walked in on her.
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12:05PM on 03/24/2014
True that on the Beth burgers, and I agree, Maggie's got a one track mind these past few episodes.
True that on the Beth burgers, and I agree, Maggie's got a one track mind these past few episodes.
12:17PM on 03/24/2014
Good point.

She definitely has a one track mind when it comes to Glenn.
Good point.

She definitely has a one track mind when it comes to Glenn.
2:22PM on 03/24/2014
Good point! Maggie has become kind of an annoying character. Just in the sense that her whole storyline revolves around being with Glenn. When they're together, she kind of takes a back seat to everyone else. When shit goes down, her storyline becomes about being with Glenn. And vice versa for Glenn.
Good point! Maggie has become kind of an annoying character. Just in the sense that her whole storyline revolves around being with Glenn. When they're together, she kind of takes a back seat to everyone else. When shit goes down, her storyline becomes about being with Glenn. And vice versa for Glenn.
10:41AM on 03/24/2014

Bub was in the tunnel!!

Thank you Greg Nicotero! I love all these little winks to other movies. Ben Gardner from Jaw's head in the Governor's aquarium, Flyboy from Dawn of the Dead in the Woodbury gladiator ring and last night Bub from Day of the Dead was in the tunnel. Can't wait to see who pops up next!
Thank you Greg Nicotero! I love all these little winks to other movies. Ben Gardner from Jaw's head in the Governor's aquarium, Flyboy from Dawn of the Dead in the Woodbury gladiator ring and last night Bub from Day of the Dead was in the tunnel. Can't wait to see who pops up next!
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1:47AM on 03/24/2014

It's been a MUCH better season.....

....and I have liked virtually everything about it and the characters (both new and reborn). However, they are making a mistake with Eugene. The show has stayed away from mirroring the comics too closely, which is a good thing. However, they seem to be doing it with him, and it's a mistake. The character is stupid to begin with, he's poorly acted, and he makes everyone else on the show seem like idiots (seriously, who is going to take someone's word for the fact that they know what caused
....and I have liked virtually everything about it and the characters (both new and reborn). However, they are making a mistake with Eugene. The show has stayed away from mirroring the comics too closely, which is a good thing. However, they seem to be doing it with him, and it's a mistake. The character is stupid to begin with, he's poorly acted, and he makes everyone else on the show seem like idiots (seriously, who is going to take someone's word for the fact that they know what caused the outbreak and possibly how to stop it......well, only if you'll protect him, feed him, and get him dates. Seriously, WTF???).

There's no mystery with Terminus....it's right in the comics along with Daryl's group (of course it's been altered a bit for TV, but the timing of both events along with Eugene's arrival tells us exactly what's going to happen next). Let's just hope they continue with their trend of doing their own thing (and they stop with the idiotic Eugene arc).
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2:20PM on 03/24/2014
I think they did a pretty good job with the whole setup towards the Terminus storyline. That wasn't part of the comics at all, but it's still going to be used to introduce a bunch of C-words. I think the build up to the reveal was a good way of managing expectations of comic fans and show fans. For show fans they probably have no idea what's going to happen, whereas comic fans have been torn about whether it's leading to C-words or leading to the Community story arc from the comics. I think
I think they did a pretty good job with the whole setup towards the Terminus storyline. That wasn't part of the comics at all, but it's still going to be used to introduce a bunch of C-words. I think the build up to the reveal was a good way of managing expectations of comic fans and show fans. For show fans they probably have no idea what's going to happen, whereas comic fans have been torn about whether it's leading to C-words or leading to the Community story arc from the comics. I think it's clear where it's headed though.
6:01PM on 03/30/2014
I never read the comics but even I know its the c-word... Burgers? really? where are all these cows you used for burgers?
I never read the comics but even I know its the c-word... Burgers? really? where are all these cows you used for burgers?
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