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.

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The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 4 – “Indifference”

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The Walking Dead: Indifference

Carol‘s just gone?  At least she’s not dead.  She can (and I suspect will) come back.  I don’t think we’ll see her again at the prison.  I do think that something is going to happen to make the group have to leave the prison eventually and we’ll see Carol then.  Rick told her to find a new group and I bet that’s where we will see Carol again.

I wonder if exiling Carol is what Rick had in mind from the start of the trip or if spending the day with her is what prompted it?  She kept wanting to talk about what she did when Rick clearly didn’t, like picking at a scab that won’t heal.  It was clear from the look on Rick’s face that several of the things she said during the day disturbed him.  Rick, if anyone, should understand where she is now.  For a time, he was hard and cold, making difficult decisions.  Realizing he needed to rein it in for the sake of his kids brought back his humanity.  Carol doesn’t have a child anymore.  She’s not completely cold (she fixed Sams’ arm), she just does what she thinks is in the best interest of the group.  I think her blase attitude about Ana and Sam may have been what clinched it for Rick.

I also can’t believe Rick went off and left the sick people in the prison with only Maggie and Carl for protection.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction of the group is if Rick tells them the truth.  Tyreese will probably be mad because Rick let Carol go.  He very obviously wanted to deal out justice to the killer himself.  What qualifies as justice in times like that, though?  The rules of what’s right and wrong are so very different.  Carol did the wrong thing for all the right reasons.  She thought she was ending their suffering and protecting everyone else.  Does that mean she deserves to die?  Daryl was closest to Carol of anyone and he’s taken the time to get to know everyone else.  He’s tired of losing people and he wasn’t okay with the deaths of Karen and David when he didn’t know who did it.  How will he feel when he finds out it was Carol?  I feel like more people than Rick thinks will be okay with what Carol did.  They may not have the stomach to do it themselves but could see that it maybe needed to be done.

Bob and Tyreese are dangerous.  They are too unstable to go on runs.  Tyreese is volatile and unpredictable.  He lets his feelings get the better of him and endangers everyone else.  Like I said before, Bob is an alcoholic and the need for a drink gets in the way of his better sense.  I was so sure there was medicine in that bag he was so desperate to hang on to.  He could have gotten himself or someone else killed and then he threatened to pull a gun on Daryl.

Daryl staring Bob down like the alpha dog in a pack was great.  Bob cowed down to him just like a submissive dog would.  I’ll say again how far Daryl has come.  Before, he was content to follow along and help but he’s definitely stepped into the role of a leader.  He may even be a better leader than Rick.

Why did Sam and Ana split up?  What happened to Sam?

Someone said the veterinary school was about 50 miles from the prison.  Under normal circumstances, that would take 1 – 1 1/2 hours to drive.  Why did Michonne say it would take them seven hours to get home?

Favorite Lines:

  • “You can be a farmer, Rick, you can’t just be a farmer.” — Carol
  • “You take one sip before those meds get in our people, I will beat your ass into the ground.” — Daryl

Photo Credit:  Get Glue and AMC

 

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The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 3 – “Isolation”

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The Walking Dead: Isolation

Rick and Tyreese got over their anti-violence problem pretty quickly.  I know Rick figured it out later but why was Tyreese so convinced that someone had killed Karen and David then set them on fire? Why couldn’t they have died from the disease and then been burned?

This season is really more about the characters and their development than past seasons.  Daryl has become the wise man, a voice of reason in the madness.  He was the one trying to diffuse the situation and calm everyone.  A lot has been said about how far Carol has come (I’ll get to that in a minute) but Daryl has come almost as far.  He was hot-headed and a little impulsive in the first season and didn’t seem to give a shit about anyone else.  Now, he handles situations and I think he takes the losses harder than anyone else, he just doesn’t show his emotions as much.

These people still don’t learn.  They are making sound decisions separating the sick people from everyone else but they are still making stupid mistakes.  This disease works fast, killing people in less than a day.  There is a whole cell block of people in various stages of the disease and they don’t lock the individual cell doors?  Glenn wasn’t even in a cell, he was just hanging out in a hallway.

Carl is a little too happy about getting his gun back.  He’s not overtly bouncing up and down but he’s a little too eager to want to use it. Reminding Rick that he might have to shoot someone and insisting that he go with Herschel.  Why didn’t Herschel let Carl kill the walkers in the woods?  Yes, Carl needs to be taught when it’s the right or wrong time to use his gun, but that seemed like a perfect time to use it. That bear trap walker probably followed them back to the prison so that’s just one more for them to deal with later.

Carol is a killer.  She has definitely come the farthest of any character.  Remember back in the first season when she was a shrinking violet? Now, she’s killing people.  Yes, she did it to try and protect everyone else but that wasn’t her place.  That’s definitely something that should have been discussed with the council.  There’s also a possibility one of them wasn’t dead when she burned them (hand print Rick found on the door).  She still has heart but she’s learned to be cold when it’s necessary. She’s also very smart.  That was a pretty good idea she had about distracting the walkers so she could work on the water line.

Anybody else find it a little far-fetched that Tyreese made it through that horde of walkers with just a hammer without getting bit?  Looks like he had a lot of anger to work out.  There’s a few thousand walkers between the group and the vet school.  Even if they get in, how are they going to get back? The car is stuck in walker mud.

Favorite Lines:

  • “I wouldn’t plan on much typing the next few days.” — Herschel
  • “What’s that word?”  “Zanamivir.”  “Yep, we need you.” — Daryl and Bob

Photo Credit:  Get Glue and AMC