The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 9 – “After”

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The Walking Dead: After

I was glad that my question about what happened to Hershel’s head was answered, but I was sad to see him as a walker.

I understand that Michonne’s first pets were docile because she’d had them for a while and they were weak from hunger (I doubt she fed them) but what about her new pets?  Even though she cut off their arms and jaws, they wouldn’t know the difference.  Why didn’t they keep lunging for her?  Also, if just having the two walkers on leashes kept her masked from the other walkers, couldn’t a person quietly walk amongst a herd?

Carl’s a little shit.  I realized he was really mad at Rick but he was walking way too far ahead of him.  Rick could barely stand, if a walker came up from behind, Rick could have been bitten or dead before Carl got to him.  I think it was good for Carl to get all his anger and frustration out, he seemed to come to a realization about the fact that he still needs his father.

I half expected Rick to die.  While I know it wouldn’t have gone along with the comics, it wouldn’t be the first time the show has deviated from them.  It could have been really interesting to see what Carl would do without Rick.  I’m glad he didn’t though.

If I had eaten that much pudding (especially chocolate) on an empty stomach, I would have been throwing up everywhere.  Yuck!

Michonne totally has Carl’s shoe, right?  Why else would her appearance be so funny?  Or the door for Carl?

Can’t wait to see what everyone else is up to next week.

Photo Credit:  tvtag.com and AMC

 

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The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 8 – “Too Far Gone”

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The Walking Dead Animated

I didn’t write about last week’s episode because there wasn’t a lot to say about another Governor show.  I realize that those two episodes were standalone to give the rest of the cast time to attend ComicCon, but I feel like they had a missed opportunity with them.  I think the story could have been a lot more interesting if Phillip realized he couldn’t keep his new family safe where they were and went and begged Rick to take them in.  I think it could have been interesting to see a character try and come back from the horrific things they’ve done.  Instead, we just got reinforcement about how insane The Governor is.

The Walking Dead: Too Far Gone

I think we all knew when The Governor captured Hershel and Michonne that something bad was going to happen to one of them.  The sad thing is, I think The Governor thought he really had changed.  In his mind, he was just doing what needed to be done to keep people safe.  He killed people he thought were bad leaders that were going to get people killed.  He’s insane so of course he didn’t realize the flaw in that logic.  I thought for a second that Rick’s speech was getting to him.  I guess it did but not in the way Rick was hoping.  The Governor called Rick a liar because, in that moment, he realized that he couldn’t come back from the things he’d done.  He may not have originally planned on actually killing Hershel but that realization sent him over the edge.

I find it really hard to believe that no one from The Governor’s camp (except Tara) was the least bit squeamish about killing a bunch of sick people and children to get the prison.  Yes, “Brian” had told them that bad people were living there, but they could see with their own eyes that Rick was willing to make compromises to keep everyone safe while their leader was willing to kill people to get what he wanted.  Other than Mitch, they all seemed like decent people yet no one objected.

I know some people were surprised that The Governor didn’t kill Michonne.  He probably had plans for her later (I don’t think it occurred to him that he might lose) but he chose Hershel for the emotional impact.  If he had threatened Michonne, he knew Rick wouldn’t cave.  It was a tactical error on both of their parts.  I don’t think Rick thought The Governor would actually kill Hershel either.  They underestimated each other which seems pretty stupid on Rick’s part.

Where did all the walkers go?  Last week, there were so many they took the fence down and this week there were none?  They started coming after the noise from the fight started but before that…nothing.

Intially, I thought (and even tweeted) that Michonne should have put her sword through The Governor’s other eye.  I see her reasoning for not killing him though.  She was subjecting him to the same fate that he’d given Andrea.  By leaving him there, she hoped that he would suffer being eaten alive.

Did anyone go back and kill Hershel’s head?

At the end of the episode, everyone is scattered.  I’ve tried to figure out where everyone is/who they’re with.

  • Glenn was on the bus.
  • Sasha, Maggie and Bob were together.
  • Tyreese went after the girls. (Where did the other kids go?  They ran the other direction but the bus was gone.)  Rick didn’t have time to tell him about Carol.  Wouldn’t it be ironic if Ty and the girls met up with her somewhere?
  • Daryl and Beth were together.
  • Rick and Carl went off into the woods.
  • Michonne?  Didn’t see her after The Governor.  I hope that she took Judith.
  • Where did Tara and Lilly go?

Photo Credit:  Get Glue and AMC

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http://allthingshorror666.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/the-walking-dead-too-far-gone/

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http://acollectivemind.com/2013/12/04/the-walking-dead-fear-the-living/

The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 5 – “Internment”

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The Walking Dead: Internment

Hershel is a bad ass.  That is all.  I could have written just those five words and it would have been enough for this episode.

I see a lot of speculation online that Hershel will die this season.  It seems that whenever an episode focuses on a character, that character meets their end.  Last week’s episode was Carol heavy and she was banished.  Given that, I was worried for Hershel this whole episode.  This was a great heart-thumping, fingers-crossed, jumping up and down in my seat episode.  It definitely kept me on edge and every time things seemed safe, I expected something bad to happen.

I feel like this week’s episode should have had last week’s title, “Indifference.”  There were so many instances of hesitation and mistakes being made.  The walker threat for these people is greater than ever since anyone inside the prison could die and turn and they still don’t seem to take it that seriously.  Do the cells even lock?  I’m pretty sure I saw Hershel close the door on the same person at least twice.  If they can open the door when they are alive, what’s to stop them after they turn?  All they would have to do is accidentally push it the right way and it would open.  Hershel was in such a rush to help Sasha, he didn’t close the door on the dead girl.  They hear a gunshot and Maggie doesn’t immediately go to help?  Rick had to convince her?

Just when I think Lizzie may be making progress in her thinking toward the walkers, she goes and does something weird like play with the puddle of blood.  Where’s her sister, by the way?

Carl is one the best shots they have and Rick still doesn’t want him to help with the walkers.  He only did this week because he had no other choice.  This is the world you live in now, Rick.  Everyone needs to learn how to protect themselves and others.

The Governor!!!  I bet he’s been watching the prison for a while and  leading the walkers to the fence.  He’s not exactly hiding, why hasn’t anyone seen him standing there?

I’m glad Rick and Daryl didn’t have the Carol conversation this episode.  It was already so full, there really wasn’t time to devote to it.  But, I can see a scenario where The Governor attacks before they talk about it and the group gets split up in the chaos.  Maybe they will meet up with Carol without anyone besides Rick, Maggie and Hershel knowing.

I may have more to add to this later, I fell asleep during my second watch while I was taking notes last night.

Favorite Lines:

  • “I propose we have Spaghetti Tuesdays every Wednesdays.  First, we have to find spaghetti.” — Hershel

 

Photo Credit:  Get Glue and AMC

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