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TV Review: The Walking Dead (Season 4, Episode 16, March 30, 2014)

Mar. 30, 2014by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 16: A

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: Tonight we come full circle back to Rick. Theres no more room for second guessing, Rick finally opens his eyes and accepts who he is, and its the bloodiest of awakenings. This episode feels like a front seat view from inside Ricks psychewhere his conscience is being tormented by Hershels voice of reason. We see small clips from the prisons early days as Hershel slowly pulls Rick back from the abyss. Its brilliant. Watching Ricks mind swim through the past as he tries to deal with right now. Thats what we see as the episode opensRick drenched in blood. How he got there is a scene Andrew Lincoln actually questioned showrunner Scott Gimple about upon reading the script. I now see why.

Rick, Michonne and Carl are nearly at Terminus door, camping for the night, when a gun pushes against Ricks temple. Daryls crew find them, and it aint pretty. Joes ready to kill Rick right there, and he should have, rather than pull the classic villain no,no of telling Rick his fiendish plotwhich consisted of raping both Michonne and Carl (gross), beating Daryl to death after he decided to step in on their behalf, and then shoot Rick in the face. Well, Rick aint having that shit, but before I get to that, I want to address the one Carl complaint I had. As this is happening, the short fat dude goes and grabs Carl out of the car, but my question is, where the f*ck was Carls gun? This didnt happen suddenly, and Carl had more than enough time to pull his gun, or at least conceal it in his pants. I didnt get that part. Instead of either of those things happening, hes thrown on the ground as dude prepares to park the car around back. I get everything else that was going on, but that part bugged me.

The good news is Rick took charge like the madman badass motherf*cker he is and handled Joe like a supreme boss (Patrick Swayze would have been proud). The tables quickly turn and Joes group get stomped like turtles in a Mario game. Rick takes it to the next level with Carls rapist though, gutting that SOB like a Thanksgiving turkey, and has a blast doing it too. The sound effects are awesome. Theres also a fantastic scene that follows with Carl and Michonne, where she finally tells him the rest of the story with her son, boyfriend and his buddy. Its quite a tale. Ricks back on his A-game, and good thing too, cause (surprise, surprise) Terminus isnt the quaint little refuge theyd have us believe. A sick, pack of cannibalistic monsters. Watching the whole thing unfold via the look in Ricks eyes and expression on his face is pure gold. He knows something stinks, and hes ready to throw down at the drop of a dime. Thats the Rick Grimes I love to see.

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4's finale is everything I hoped it would be and more. I loved this episodefrom the setup, to Ricks character progression, the tension, and the way it wraps (most) things up perfectly with a proper cliff-hanger. This series has grown, learned from its mistakes and is trying very hard to be the best experience it can be. This season, the second half especially, proves that THE WALKING DEAD is here to stay and I for one am stoked to see where it goes from here. Sure, we have a couple loose ends carrying over, the Beth mystery, and of course, theres no signs of Carol and Tyreese just yet, which is a good thing, because like I said last week, Id love to see Carol come to everyones rescue. So yeah, train car A, a clever episode title. The gangs all back together, captured, but alive for the moment. Ricks final words put a big smile on my face, Terminus IS screwing with the wrong people, and I cant wait to see Rick unleash hell next season.

ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: Michonne slices and dices. I could watch her work her magic all day long.

BLOOD AND GORE: Theres a few walker deaths, but mainly people deaths and the sick shit that comes with it (Ricks throat ripping was fantastic). It wasnt particularly bloody or gory, but it was definitely disturbing.

WTF CHARACTER MOMENT: Carl. He actually gets a double whammy tonight. First, he just runs off into the woods when he hears a random scream for help, which could have been easily been a trap (it wasnt, but it could have been). Then, again, I just dont understand why he suddenly turned into a helpless little wimp when the chips were down and he needed to be strong. I get that it was an impossible situation, but that doesnt explain what happened to his gun and his usual nerves of steel.

COOLEST SCENE: For my money, it was when Daryl sits down beside a bloodied Rick to help him justify the shit that just went down. Rick turns to him and says, Youre my brother. That almost made me tear up. A solid, cool moment.

FINAL VERDICT:

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Extra Tidbit: It's Carol time baby!

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12:53AM on 04/01/2014
I'm starting to think Terminus is a bunch of Cannibal. When Rick and friends were trying to get away, there's a shot that showed a pile of meats and bones. I don't see any livestock. They could be eating people Soylent Green style!
I'm starting to think Terminus is a bunch of Cannibal. When Rick and friends were trying to get away, there's a shot that showed a pile of meats and bones. I don't see any livestock. They could be eating people Soylent Green style!
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11:09PM on 03/31/2014
This was a great episode. The issue that was brought up about Carl's gun I think can be explained by the fact that these people were able to sneak up on them and Carl was actually sleeping and didn't wake up until the gun was already to Rick's head. At that point I think his decision not to draw shows a lot about how his character has grown. He realized that it could get them all killed if he tried.
This was a great episode. The issue that was brought up about Carl's gun I think can be explained by the fact that these people were able to sneak up on them and Carl was actually sleeping and didn't wake up until the gun was already to Rick's head. At that point I think his decision not to draw shows a lot about how his character has grown. He realized that it could get them all killed if he tried.
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5:31PM on 03/31/2014

Termites are Cannibals

At the beginning of the episode Rick asks Carl and Michonne to rate their hunger, Carl picks 15 and Michonne picks 28 giving us the year 1528. If you search 1528 cannibal on the interent there is a lot of referencing cannibalism, (John White's "Cannibal Feast").
At the beginning of the episode Rick asks Carl and Michonne to rate their hunger, Carl picks 15 and Michonne picks 28 giving us the year 1528. If you search 1528 cannibal on the interent there is a lot of referencing cannibalism, (John White's "Cannibal Feast").
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2:48PM on 03/31/2014

Season 4

I remember the creators claim it was the best script they ever done. About season 4. Well I though that it was nearly as dull as season 2. The entire first 6 pisodes where slow as shit. We have to kill everyone we saved last years. Yeah right good script! The second half of the season was disjointed. I only like the last episode. At least it has a direction!
I remember the creators claim it was the best script they ever done. About season 4. Well I though that it was nearly as dull as season 2. The entire first 6 pisodes where slow as shit. We have to kill everyone we saved last years. Yeah right good script! The second half of the season was disjointed. I only like the last episode. At least it has a direction!
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1:12PM on 03/31/2014

Another hint about canniblism...

When Rick asks the tour guide why they let people in and the guide replies "The more people we let in....the stronger WE get". This was deffinatly hinting that they are getting strenght from eating people.
When Rick asks the tour guide why they let people in and the guide replies "The more people we let in....the stronger WE get". This was deffinatly hinting that they are getting strenght from eating people.
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12:38PM on 03/31/2014
Wicked Episode. I also loved the bit where Rick tell's Daryl he is his brother.
Wicked Episode. I also loved the bit where Rick tell's Daryl he is his brother.
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12:16PM on 03/31/2014
Do we have any actual proof that the people of Terminus are cannibals?
All I see is they have the groups' stuff and are serving some mystery meat.
Do we have any actual proof that the people of Terminus are cannibals?
All I see is they have the groups' stuff and are serving some mystery meat.
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12:36PM on 03/31/2014
The meat served up on the plate, plus the human remains that they run by when trying to get out of the compund.
The meat served up on the plate, plus the human remains that they run by when trying to get out of the compund.
12:44PM on 03/31/2014
I think the hints were there. The pile of bones and guts in that cage, with the weird candle lit room with names on the floor. I thought I saw empty containers of dry milk in the train car as well to fatten people up, could be wrong. If these are the cannibals, then were getting a more structured and sophisticated group than the novel.
I think the hints were there. The pile of bones and guts in that cage, with the weird candle lit room with names on the floor. I thought I saw empty containers of dry milk in the train car as well to fatten people up, could be wrong. If these are the cannibals, then were getting a more structured and sophisticated group than the novel.
1:13PM on 03/31/2014
Forshadowingand word play. When Rick asks the tour guide why they let people in and the guide replies "The more people we let in....the stronger WE get". This was deffinatly hinting that they are getting strenght from eating the poor unsusspecting people.
Forshadowingand word play. When Rick asks the tour guide why they let people in and the guide replies "The more people we let in....the stronger WE get". This was deffinatly hinting that they are getting strenght from eating the poor unsusspecting people.
1:56PM on 03/31/2014
Yeah I think the human remains is all the proof we need, Lol
Yeah I think the human remains is all the proof we need, Lol
8:55AM on 03/31/2014
As much as I lost interest this this entire disjointed season, it was very good, and if the show has a faster pace, like season 3, next year, I'm interested again.
As much as I lost interest this this entire disjointed season, it was very good, and if the show has a faster pace, like season 3, next year, I'm interested again.
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8:15AM on 03/31/2014
Good call, this was a perfect finale for a show that's found it's footing once again. Can't wait for next season.
Good call, this was a perfect finale for a show that's found it's footing once again. Can't wait for next season.
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7:41AM on 03/31/2014
Decent finale, much better than last years. I was looking for a little more of a punch in the gut to fade to black on, I was expecting them to find Maggie and then strung up like cattle with bits of meat cut off them. I hope they deal with Terminus quickly and start heading to DC.

P.S. For the idiots dissing the episode, around the web, for the residents of Terminus being horrible shots? They were missing on purpose, they we're being herded like cattle to the train car. It's
Decent finale, much better than last years. I was looking for a little more of a punch in the gut to fade to black on, I was expecting them to find Maggie and then strung up like cattle with bits of meat cut off them. I hope they deal with Terminus quickly and start heading to DC.

P.S. For the idiots dissing the episode, around the web, for the residents of Terminus being horrible shots? They were missing on purpose, they we're being herded like cattle to the train car. It's amazing how clueless some people can be.
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6:39AM on 03/31/2014
Awesome episode, great ending to a great season!! Only thing that sucks is waiting for October. Another positive thing that they learned from last year was not putting the finale up against the season premiere of GOT. Well at least I can transition to the next great show with ease. Oh and I would have given Rick kill of the week doing his best walker impression.
Awesome episode, great ending to a great season!! Only thing that sucks is waiting for October. Another positive thing that they learned from last year was not putting the finale up against the season premiere of GOT. Well at least I can transition to the next great show with ease. Oh and I would have given Rick kill of the week doing his best walker impression.
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8:44AM on 03/31/2014
To be fair, HBO didn't release the GoT airdate until January of this year, so the time is more HBO's doing. However, good planning on their part as I'm sure many are fans of both programs. However, there's always dvr. :)
To be fair, HBO didn't release the GoT airdate until January of this year, so the time is more HBO's doing. However, good planning on their part as I'm sure many are fans of both programs. However, there's always dvr. :)
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