Walkers were prominently featured in this episode in their biggest spots of the season. Our cast had a tall order this week to survive the attacks, but they made it out for the moment. A big character return at the end also highlighted this week’s installment.
So we've seen that the overall arc this year has been how far you can go for survival without losing who you are. Carol, in the eyes of Rick, went too far and was not allowed to come back with him to the prison. What I was surprised with was how easily Maggie accepted this. Herschel on the other hand almost passed out from the news. He was having a hard week to begin with, but we'll get back to that. Rick brooded, as he always does, on the ride back to the prison and that it is pretty much what we come to expect from him. The angry have I made the right decision face is Rick’s go to for anything. I wish they would change this, but it seems they have come to like it.
Herschel this week was in rough shape. He was trying to keep everyone alive in the contaminated area, while also trying to keep spirits up. This is a tall order in the world that they live in. Herschel refused to let Maggie in to help, even though he clearly needed it considering how sick Sasha and Glenn both are. Neither of these two would have made it through the episode were it not for some amazing medical skills and walker fighting from Herschel. This week’s MVP by far, saw Herschel finally break down and not only stab, but also shoot walkers to help everyone else. By episode’s end, he was trying to read from the bible only to breakdown in tears. I believe Herschel has lost faith completely that walkers can be turned back into humans, something he has been holding on since the beginning. Herschel stepped up big time though and I’m happy to see that when needed, he can be a complete badass.
On the other side of the prison walls, Rick and Carl were having some father-son time reinforcing the outer fence. It was nice to see them working together, but then all hell broke loose with the fence coming down and walkers coming right up to the prison walls. Rick took Carl to get some high power gun and the two of them mowed down all the walkers as the Herschel was taking out the ones inside the prison. These two scenes were very powerful in showing just how dangerous the walker threat has been this season. It could easily have gone much worse for everyone, but they all lived to tell the tale to Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese, and Bob, who all came back at the tail end of the episode.
Maggie made a great save for her father and Glenn this week, while Lizzie also risked her life to save Glenn. Good job on the writers to let this flu or whatever they are calling it take Glenn out. This would have been such a lame way for a great character to go out. Glenn has an epic arc throughout the comics, and I’m hoping he gets a chance to do at least some of the things on the show. Next week looks to be fun with Daryl and Tyreese most likely at odds with Rick and each other once they find out about Carol, and then the return of a missed character should add some wonderful fun for our group. Keep on rolling season 4, you’re doing alright.