The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 14 – “The Grove”

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The Walking Dead: The Grove

Who would have thought when this show started that Carol would turn out to be the strongest character?  She was this meek, mild scared woman when we first saw her and now she knows what needs to be done and makes the hard decisions that others can’t.

I had thought all along that Lizzie was the one feeding the rats to the walkers.  I had also (maybe not in print but definitely in my head) said that she needed to die.  A person like that, child or adult, that has no concept of the difference between a walker and a human, is dangerous to everyone around them.  If she’d been an adult, the choice would have been obvious.  I never in a million years thought the show would go there with a child.  I thought that her obsession with walkers would get her bitten and she would die that way.

Did they make the right decision?  Hard to say.  Could Lizzie be rehabilitated after killing her sister?  Put that together with the fact that she was pretty obviously mentally disturbed to start with.  I could see how a child could be confused about walkers but if they have any bit of sanity, they should be able to understand when it’s explained to them over and over again.  Not to mention the fact that she’s watched them kill people she knows.  Judith could never be safe with Lizzie around.  Without tying her up at night, no one could ever sleep soundly around her.

Having Carol tell Tyreese about Karen and having him forgive her was unexpected.  I don’t think he could have forgiven her so easily if she had confessed before everything went down with Lizzie.  I don’t think Tyreese could have killed Lizzie.  Even though he thought it was the right decision, I don’t think he had the stomach for it.  Seeing Carol be able to do what needs to be done, no matter how hard or how it affects her, I think helped him see why she killed Karen.

Photo Credit:  tvtag.com and AMC

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The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 13 – “Alone”

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The Walking Dead: Alone

I almost didn’t get this posted this week but I have a couple of questions/predictions I wanted to get up before the next episode.

Why they got to keep taking stuff away from my Daryl?  It’s like, because he’s a fan favorite, let’s see how miserable we can make him.

The scene where Daryl was escaping from the mortuary was awesome.  I thought for sure that Daryl was a goner or Beth was going to come back and save him.

I knew we’d see “Joe” again.  Like I said, you don’t bring Jeff Kober in for an episode and not give him anything to do.  I know the show has cast fairly well known actors (Aldis Hodge, Michael Raymond-James) for one episode but they had big parts in those episodes.  I already don’t like Joe’s group.

I still can’t get a handle on Bob.  I understand that he’s glad not to be alone again, but he’s too damn happy.  Also, he was so adamant about going after Maggie so she wouldn’t be alone but he was perfectly willing to leave Sasha alone.  Did he think his kiss was so good that she’d tag along eventually?

So a couple of questions/predictions:

  • I don’t think a bad person took Beth.  I think someone rolled up in the car and told her to get in but she tried to go back for Daryl and they just forced her in to save her.  That would explain her dropped bag.  Keeping my fingers crossed.
  • I figure Joe’s group is the one who killed the people in that camp earlier in the season.  Why hasn’t anyone run across them before?
  • I think Daryl will go with Joe’s group initially because a) he wants to live and b) he suspects they took Beth.  I also think he’ll take the first chance he gets to escape.
  • How did a one-eyed dog survive this long?
  • How far away is Terminus?

Photo Credit:  tvtag.com and AMC

The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 12 – “Still”

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The Walking Dead: Still

Wow!  The actors on this show are knocking it out of the park this season.  This was Norman Reedus’ best episode since “This Sorrowful Life.”  I actually think he was better in this episode.

We finally got to see Daryl and Beth deal with their grief over what just happened.  As I said before, Daryl was shutting down.  Better not to care than to have feelings.  It never occurred to me that he blamed himself for Hershel’s death and the loss of the prison.  If he’d kept looking for The Governor though, and something happened while he was away, he would have blamed himself for that too.

Beth’s feelings, on the other hand, manifested themselves in her needing to do something she’d never done before.  I think she’s decided that she’s going to die and she wants to make sure she experiences everything before she does.  She’s always been Daddy’s good little girl, rebelling against that is a way for her not to feel the grief of his death.

I read in another review that Daryl is a mean drunk.  I don’t think that’s true at all.  First, I doubt he would have been drunk off of few sips of moonshine.  Second, I think all of the feelings he’d been tamping down just came to a head when he thought Beth thought he was a loser before the walkers came along.  Daryl seems to have a pretty low opinion of himself and it always seems to surprise him when anyone else values him.  Playing that game just brought back all those feelings and bad memories. Beth led a sheltered, happy life before so I think there’s a bit of jealousy there as well.

Setting fire to the shack didn’t make much sense from a safety standpoint but I see why the characters did it.  They had both come to terms with the past and are moving forward from it.  I just don’t understand why they couldn’t have waited until morning.

Photo Credit:  tvtag.com and AMC

Related:

http://piecesofdarkness.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/tidbits-of-the-dead-still/

The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 11 – “Claimed”

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The Walking Dead: Claimed

This was a pretty tense episode.  I think Andrew Lincoln did some of his best acting in the scenes while trying to escape from the house.  No dialogue at all, just using his body.  Laying under the bed, shaking in fear.  I don’t know about you, that’s not something I can do without feeling that fear.  Obviously, we’re going to see that group of marauders again.  You don’t have Jeff Kober (China Beach, BTVS, Sons of Anarchy) come in to play the leader for one episode with no dialogue.

Now that Michonne has made a conscious decision to truly live in this world, it’s nice to see her open up.  When she told Carl that her child wasn’t a secret, she meant it.  Up until now, she just couldn’t talk about him.  I like the relationship that’s developing between Michonne and Carl.  They seem to be softening each other up.  Sometimes having a friend will do that.

I’m glad to see that Glenn isn’t giving up on finding Maggie.  Abraham gave a pretty convincing speech about saving the world but Glenn is determined.

How can that Eugene guy have made it this far without knowing how to operate a gun?  Frankly, the way he handled that situation was odd to me.  Why wouldn’t he have just yelled “Walkers!” to get everyone’s attention?  Maybe he purposely disabled the truck, but why?  I got a slightly detached vibe off of him as well.  Possibly he has Asperger’s?  Not that I think that’s something that would be addressed on the show.

Photo Credit:  tvtag.com and AMC

Related:

http://tomandlorenzo.com/2014/02/the-walking-dead-claimed/

The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 10 – “Inmates”

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The Walking Dead: Inmates

I totally called it.  Tyreese didn’t know about Carol and, of course, that’s who he meets up with.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens with this.  As far as I remember, Daryl, Maggie and Rick are the only ones who know what Carol did.  Depending on how long it takes for the rest of the group to catch up with them, Tyreese may become pretty attached to Carol.  That “Oh, shit!” look on Carol’s face when Tyreese ran up to hug her was priceless.

Lizzie is a psycho!  She killed those bunnies for no reason.  If she’d told Tyreese, that would have been different because they could have eaten them.  She also would have killed Judith if Carol hadn’t shown up.  I still think she might have been the one feeding rats to the walkers.

If Beth hadn’t been with him, I think Daryl would have completely reverted back to pre-family Daryl.  Beth had been the one who said she couldn’t take any more death but I think it’s Daryl.  I can see him cracking.  Hope they find the others soon.

Bob seems pretty happy.  I think it’s because he’s an addict.  He’s an alcoholic and had been sober but when things were relatively calm at the prison, he wanted to start drinking again.  I think the adrenalin rush he gets when things are chaotic takes the place of the alcohol for him.

Poor Maggie and Glenn!  I didn’t see Glenn get off the bus I guess.  He’s just lucky.  What killed everyone on the bus?  Did one of them succumb to the illness?  I thought that they were all better, Glenn seemed to be the worst one and he’s fine now.  Did one of them get bit?  Even so, you’d think some of them would have been able to get off the bus.  Maggie thinks she’s lost everyone.

I haven’t read the comics yet but know enough about them to know who the new people are.  Can’t wait to see what the show does with them.

Photo Credit:  tvtag.com and AMC

Related:

http://allthingshorror666.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/the-walking-dead-inmates/

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

 

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

Related:

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

http://tomandlorenzo.com/2013/12/the-walking-dead-too-far-gone.html

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