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

11.04.2013by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 4: Indifference

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’s episode opened with an eerie conversation between Carol and Lizzie. Carol gets a little spooked when Lizzie slips up and calls her “mom”, but what’s scary is the kid’s way of thinking when it comes to walkers. From what she’s saying, I’m pretty sure she’s the one feeding them. That kid’s messed up, and given Carol’s new way of thinking, I don’t think she’s the one to set her straight. And speaking of messed up, we have Tyreese. I would stay as far away from him as possible. And is it me, or did he and Michonne almost share a “moment”? It’s a little too early for him to react or move on it, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen down the road as they do hook up in the comics. I know, I know, she and Daryl are flirting pretty hard too, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

The recon gang seemingly have good luck tonight, and I enjoyed the side chat between Bob and Daryl. I thought poor Bob was making real headway until they found the booze. I knew he found some, the way they played it out was obvious, but why take it after giving Daryl that speech? I’m sure he didn’t plan on anyone seeing, but still, dick move, and almost as ridiculously stupid as threatening to throw down on Daryl. Seriously, bro, how dumb are you? He’s lucky “old Daryl” didn’t take over and toss his ass off the roof. Merle probably would have cut his balls off first—I miss Merle. Not to get ahead of myself, but I’m thinking he’ll be hitting the road here soon as well. Maybe Bob and Carol will meet up with the Governor and opt for some revenge action. Stranger things have happened.

There was a lot of opening up tonight, something we haven’t seen much of lately, and as much as people whine about character development in this show, I like it. If these characters don’t talk to one another and throw their emotions on the table from time to time, they’re just meat for the zombies or victims for the predators. I can’t help but wonder—looking back now—if Rick was planning on banishing Carol from the start, making this the reason he chose her to go on the run with him. Granted, there wasn’t a hell of a lot of options, and Carol (or C-1000 as I like to call her) is exactly the kind of person I’d want having my back. I like to think he wanted to take this time to feel her out, and that he was secretly hoping her point of view was redeeming. I think it could have been if bitch wasn’t so damn cold. I had no problem with her getting those kids to help out, that said, I wouldn’t have split them up, they seemed a little too flighty and way too inexperienced for that—they hid from one walker in a bathroom for two days for Christ sake. But her reaction to seeing the chick become walker food was enough to make Rick James roll over in his grave and scream “that was, cooold blooded”. I guess Rick’s reaction (our Rick) could be summed up with “F yo couch, Carol.”

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4's fourth episode was a bit of a slow burn, and looks like a step in the direction of civil war. Okay, so maybe that’s a little dramatic, but it will come down to what Rick tells the group. I don’t think he’ll lie about it. This may lead to a getting back on the horse as leader speech, or he may just throw it on the table like Carol did when she admitted to burning the bodies. He’ll no doubt go to what’s left of the council first, which in itself will be interesting, mostly because of Daryl’s relationship with Carol. He’ll be pissed for sure. Hershel may side with Rick, but it’s hard to tell. I think Rick made the wrong call. I’m not going to say that Carol was right, but let’s be honest here, the moral road should come down to the individual circumstance. Carol was looking out for the greater good, even though it should have been obvious that containment was out of the question. Regardless, it was a council decision, and that’s what I feel the main consensus of the group will be. It’ll be quite the conversation I’m sure.

ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: Michonne deals out a double beheading. I love when she does that.

BLOOD AND GORE: The gang fight a small group of walkers. Michonne slices and dices, Tyreese gives us more hammer time, there’s a lot of knifing to the head, and a chick gets eaten.

WTF CHARACTER MOMENT: Rick. Here’s the thing, Rick took Carol out on that run to assess the situation, and other than her talking about her husband, she was cold as ice. I get his way of thinking, but given the 180 Carol has taken, I felt that he should have waited and given that speech to her in front of the council (or at least someone else). If that situation were real (obviously nothing was going to happen to Rick tonight), I think there was a good chance she’d have killed him. However, she took the news surprisingly well.

COOLEST SCENE: A lot of cool stuff happened, but I kinda dug when Bob defended the group of people that died together, and then gave the trapped walker on the floor a merciful death after looking at the pictures on the wall. Another reason why I hated him getting sidetracked by booze.

FINAL VERDICT:

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Extra Tidbit: This feels like the perfect setup for Michonne and Tyreese to take off and get caught by the Governor like they did in the comics.

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