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TV Review: The Walking Dead (Season 4, Episode 3, October 27, 2013)

Oct. 28, 2013by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 3: Isolation

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 open cold and hot, with Glen digging graves followed by Tyreese unleashing his rage on Rick and Daryl. He physically trades blows with Rick, which leads to an all-out beat down for Tyreese. Ricks the last guy you want to throw down with at this point. All the untapped rage that dudes carrying around could level a damn skyscraper. You dont want to wake that dragon. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have Hershel, the voice of reason in everyones ear tonight. I loved his falling off the wagon talk with Rick, but even better was Ricks response about the danger being always there. The wheels are turning in Ricks head whether he likes it or not, and its all pointed to him reclaiming his spot at the head of the table. And in light of tonights events, I think its time for another Ricktatorship. All in favor(raising my hand).

The flu is spreading like wildfire and damn is it brutal. I hope to god they get those meds, because if they dont, theres not going to be anyone left. Maybe thats not a bad thing though, reverting back to a small, tight knit group like before, but that said, they need to get the hell out of that grimy ass prison. That place is one big incubation chamber, and if they stick around much longer, its gonna cook the whole lot of them. I dont like seeing Glen get sick, but seeing as how hes one of our elite, it leads me to believe that someone will come back with the right medical supplies in time. Hershels miracle tea feels like it was written in there to buy our group some time, but even then, its looking grim for the most partshit, there was a damn walker in one of the cells for Christ sake and it didnt look like anyone killed it. Tyreeses sister should have been all over that. Im thinking shes not going to make it either.

Hershel makes his rounds with nearly everyone tonight, but his deciding to go into D and help everyone was powerful. I sincerely hope that all these speeches and extra screen time isnt because hes about to die (dude did cough blood in his face), and of courseSPOILERHershel does die at the prison in the comics, which of course doesnt exactly mean shit at this point, but its something to think about. Many things going on this season mimic the comics to a point, but its all different at the same time. Now as for the trip out of the prison, Tyreese is the last guy Id want with me, dudes clearly a loose cannon. Its bad enough Daryls playing with the radio while driving (cmon brother, really? Let Michonne do it), but once everything goes sideways, Tyreese almost doesnt get out of the damn car. And when he does, he loses it and barely makes it out alive. On a different note, it sounded like someone was trying to communicate over the airwaves. Thats interesting.

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4's third episode is pure adrenaline and elevates the tension to a disastrous level. I love seeing Rick go detective on the burn scene (I could almost see the BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM spectrum mode), putting everything together in his head. Carols behaviour was all over the place tonightwhile she was herding the sick into D, talking with the kid, Tyreese and then freaking out on the water barrels. I had no idea it was her, but as the story progressed and starting pointing fingers in her direction, it was cool to see Rick ahead of the game like the champion he truly is. Carols come a long way. Shes a true survivor now. For her to so nonchalantly admit to burning those bodies when Rick asks is pure brilliance. She feels justified, and I understand why, shes the den mother now, and shes looking out for her flock. Rick probably isnt going to see it that way, but Im sure deep down he knows it was the right call. And thats just it, its the call nobody wanted to make. Carol stepped up, and I like that she did. Where will Rick take this newfound discovery? I dont know, but I cant wait to find out.

ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: The zombie pile up underneath the back wheels of the car was nuts.

BLOOD AND GORE: The med gang encounter the biggest group of walkers seen yet on the show. Heads fly. Arrows fly. And Tyreese gives new meaning to the term hammer time. All he needed to say was cant touch this to make it complete.

WTF CHARACTER MOMENT: Carol. Like I said, she feels responsible for the group now. Shes willing to do whatever it takes, be it hard truths or tough calls. God knows someones got to, but its obviously eating her up a little inside.

COOLEST SCENE: Hershels speech about doing the right thing to Rick and Maggie. Hes not only the man, but the moral thread holding these guys together. Please dont die Hershel, we need you.

FINAL VERDICT:

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Extra Tidbit: In all this chaos, wouldnt it be downright poetic to see the Governor pop up to say hello?

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5:21PM on 10/28/2013
I am getting the sense as well that this season is taking the same route as the comic as far as the end of the prison arc, but in a much different way. I would guess we're still going to be seeing The Governor once again and be getting that grand finale, but I feel like the events here are tying into that. I honestly believe that The Governor is ultimately responsible here. I just feel like he is somehow ultimately responsible in some way for this sickness that is going around, as a way to thin
I am getting the sense as well that this season is taking the same route as the comic as far as the end of the prison arc, but in a much different way. I would guess we're still going to be seeing The Governor once again and be getting that grand finale, but I feel like the events here are tying into that. I honestly believe that The Governor is ultimately responsible here. I just feel like he is somehow ultimately responsible in some way for this sickness that is going around, as a way to thin the numbers. This season so far is moving fairly slowly, but I like it. I just really hope that there is a big pay off, at least half way through the season. While this season is ultimately enjoyable, even in it's prodding speed, it seems like it's building up to something big and I can only hope it is.
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4:23PM on 10/28/2013
I'm curious to see what they do with the Governor this season (it's already been confirmed he'll be around), and I couldn't agree more with them leaving the damn prison. It's time to move on. Hopefully the radio static is a push in that direction, or like you said, maybe they'll realize "hey, this place is a germ infested wasteland and we need to get the hell on".
I'm curious to see what they do with the Governor this season (it's already been confirmed he'll be around), and I couldn't agree more with them leaving the damn prison. It's time to move on. Hopefully the radio static is a push in that direction, or like you said, maybe they'll realize "hey, this place is a germ infested wasteland and we need to get the hell on".
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1:29PM on 10/28/2013
I know there were lots of complaints with how Season 3 ended, but I like how they've picked up the story in season 4. How the story is unfolding is great, and I appreciate how the show has switched from stories about literally fighting to survive (season 3) to how to make a life for ourselves in this world (season 4). Regarding Hershel and the concern over whether he's going to die, here is my theory on that. I think overall with this season it comes down to who will die, and that contest is
I know there were lots of complaints with how Season 3 ended, but I like how they've picked up the story in season 4. How the story is unfolding is great, and I appreciate how the show has switched from stories about literally fighting to survive (season 3) to how to make a life for ourselves in this world (season 4). Regarding Hershel and the concern over whether he's going to die, here is my theory on that. I think overall with this season it comes down to who will die, and that contest is between Hershel and Carol. Both characters have changed somewhat in their disposition and have taken centre stage on certain themes. Hershel obviously the voice reason and Carol the den mother who will sacrifice decency and the way of the world pre-zombie infestation to survive. From a thematic standpoint, whoever survives will show which direction this group is headed in - Hershel survives they move on using logic and reason. If Carol survives, the group will sacrifice whatever they need to in order to survive. Or maybe I'm reading too much into this.
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4:23PM on 10/28/2013
I don't think your reading into it too much at all, that's a solid assumption.
I don't think your reading into it too much at all, that's a solid assumption.
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1:19PM on 10/28/2013
One of the big things everyone keeps forgetting about is the voice on the radio. I'm pretty sure I know where this leads to (if you've read the comics, you do too).

Also, I think Bob is a plant from the Governor. In episode one he said he's only been there a week, and he's already hiding a few things, so this isn't stretch. Plus, I think he's the one feeding rats to Walkers at the fence.
One of the big things everyone keeps forgetting about is the voice on the radio. I'm pretty sure I know where this leads to (if you've read the comics, you do too).

Also, I think Bob is a plant from the Governor. In episode one he said he's only been there a week, and he's already hiding a few things, so this isn't stretch. Plus, I think he's the one feeding rats to Walkers at the fence.
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1:34PM on 10/28/2013
I've read the comics but can't think where this leads to. They've already explored the avenue of Rick going crazy and hearing voices on the radio/phone. So I'm guessing that's out. The only other thing I can think of is a certain place on a hilltop, but that's not how they end up there (through hearing voices on the radio).
I've read the comics but can't think where this leads to. They've already explored the avenue of Rick going crazy and hearing voices on the radio/phone. So I'm guessing that's out. The only other thing I can think of is a certain place on a hilltop, but that's not how they end up there (through hearing voices on the radio).
4:25PM on 10/28/2013
@Mickloud think of three people they met on the road, AND a place with government connections. They'll roll those two together.
@Mickloud think of three people they met on the road, AND a place with government connections. They'll roll those two together.
10:33AM on 10/28/2013
This is definitely building to something big, fast. You're right though, there isn't going to be many people left after the next couple episodes at this rate, but it's time to move on and meet new characters anyway. I hope we don't lose Hershel, but he does die in the prison in the comics and the blood getting coughed in his face may be a sign of that. Of course, if they come back with meds it won't matter if he catches the sickness anyway so it may just be for dramatic purposes. Loved the
This is definitely building to something big, fast. You're right though, there isn't going to be many people left after the next couple episodes at this rate, but it's time to move on and meet new characters anyway. I hope we don't lose Hershel, but he does die in the prison in the comics and the blood getting coughed in his face may be a sign of that. Of course, if they come back with meds it won't matter if he catches the sickness anyway so it may just be for dramatic purposes. Loved the episode, can't wait for more.
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7:57AM on 10/28/2013
A few good nods to the graphic novel here.. Tyreese with the hammer and Rick and Tyreese having it out in the jail. Great episode, really showed peoples places within the group here, especially how Carl is becoming kind of the watch dog of the group. Just one thing, please don't kill off Hershel, not now.
A few good nods to the graphic novel here.. Tyreese with the hammer and Rick and Tyreese having it out in the jail. Great episode, really showed peoples places within the group here, especially how Carl is becoming kind of the watch dog of the group. Just one thing, please don't kill off Hershel, not now.
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3:29AM on 10/28/2013
Tyreese showed signs of the comic with the hammer, made me think of the rec yard. Great episode, leading to something big. Tough scene with Hershel getting the blood coughed up in his face then removing the bandana, the herd is definetly thinning quickly.
Tyreese showed signs of the comic with the hammer, made me think of the rec yard. Great episode, leading to something big. Tough scene with Hershel getting the blood coughed up in his face then removing the bandana, the herd is definetly thinning quickly.
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