The Walking Dead: Isolation

Glenn is digging graves, possibly Patrick’s grave from the Harry Potter glasses that is beside Glenn. Maggie is off at a short distance also digging and they both make eye-contact of uncertainty and feared speculation. Carol, Rick, and Daryl surround a panicked Tyreese who is devastated and lost in translation standing before the burnt corpses of David and the love of his life, Karen. Tyreese, full of grief and anger, protests “Somebody dragged them out here and set them on fire. They killed them and set them on fire!” Rick’s eye is fixed down on the charred figures when suddenly his reflexes make him look up to the victim’s advance towards him and Daryl reacting the same. “You’re a cop.” blurts out Tyreese standing between Rick and a protective Daryl. He continues “You find out who did this and you bring ’em to me. You understand? You bring ’em to me.” Rick says that he knows what it feels like losing a loved one and tries to calm a hulking Tyreese. If Tyreese had been with the rest of the group from season one, he would absolutely know one-on-one the enormous losses of Rick. This time, however, nothing can calm him and he gives a beating to Rick and escapes Daryl’s grasp. Proactive as Rick wants to remain, he pins Tyreese down to the floor and punches him like a punching bag. We see Glenn is beginning to show symptoms so he is placed in quarantine along with Beth and Judith, Sasha, Lizzy and Mica, Dr. S, and Hershel. You can only imagine how Maggie is dealing with her entire family being quarantined.

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Tyreese, realizing his sister will not be turned, finally agrees to join Daryl’s group, consisting of Michonne and Bob, to head to West Peachtree Tech’s veterinarian building 50 miles away to retrieve antibiotics–if there are any. Daryl turns on the radio and a voice transmits seeking for survivors to find refuge at his camp. As quickly the sudden man’s voice appeared and disappeared by static, the group’s car gets surrounded by walkers. Since the rear tires are stuck on top of walkers, all fight their way towards the college. Tyreese somehow manages to pound his hammer into every walker closing in on him from every side ( “This is for you Karen!” ) and meets the rest, albeit exhausted. What they don’t know is there are tens of thousands of walkers in their headed direction. Rick is now investigating clues around the grim crime scene; he discovers a bloodied hand mark on the door jamb. “Getting close.”

Carol disregards Rick’s suggestion by going out alone to fix the water hose connecting to the well. She barely survives and we see she needs to lift weights since she had quite the trouble getting the machete from the walker’s skull. Good thing Rick found Carol, but he had to use his left hand to shoot ( right hand is sprained and bandaged up from beating Tyreese ). Carl is quarantined as well and is told to remain there. He packs his belongings including the family portrait Michonne had rescued in season three, and heads out not before telling his dad that if the need comes, he will kill if anyone would turn in quarantine. Hershel sets out into the woods with Carl as bodyguard to collect berries to make his late wife’s tea as a flu reliever because he is compelled to help ( Daryl earlier said there is always running involved outside of the prison when Hershel wanted to go with them to gather antibiotics ). Two walkers meet them and they leave with their collection as Hershel deemed them not as a threat ( One walker had a leg brace. Foreshadowing of Hershel meeting the same fate? NOOOO ). Dr. S coughs and blood is covered on Hershel’s face.

The million dollar question: “Who killed David and Karen?”

The answer:

C-

A-

R-

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L.

If there are any antibiotics left, how much is actually left? Who will decide who gets treatment or not with only a handful of pills? Who exactly is that guy behind the radio so willing to help survivors? Could it be the Governor? Could the Governor have heard the same broadcasting and be on his way there to either indoctrinate them or murder them? Perhaps Rick and the rest may travel there after the prison’s been compromised only to be ambushed? Or Glenn, once he is himself again, will volunteer to scout the area only to be caught and held hostage? If Carol can kill David and Karen, can she kill the others who were with her since season one if they were to start constantly coughing? What will Rick do next? Will Carol be Rick’s one of many new enemies? If so, who’s side will Daryl take? When will Rick step up? I personally prefer the “This is not a democracy!” Rick we saw in season two.

The Walking Dead: Infected

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Episode “Infected” of The Walking Dead opens up under a full moon. A flashlight is hovered over the walker’s rotten face by an unidentified person and a rat is its dinner.16

While that particular walker has won the “lottery”, Karen and Tyreese are snuggling. Tyreese is still unbalanced from the recent death of Zack who saved Bob’s life at Big Spot! “What are you thinking about?” asks Karen. “Yesterday. Zack. I can’t stop. It used to be we all had acquaintances. Just people moving in and out of your life. No big. See them down the road sometime. Now, a handful of people you know, and that’s it. They might as well be the only people left in the world,” answers Tyreese. He starts singing a romantic song and they call it a good night. As Karen walks toward her cell, she sees a drawing of Lizzie and Mika behind the fence sheltered away from the walkers on the opposite side–one is named Nick. Karen heads to the boiler room for a quick face wash and notices some noise. She fails at finding the source and brushes it off as she enters Block D and into her cell falling asleep.

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A dark shadow stands behind the sheet door with an unaware Karen. The cell’s resident next door lets out a cough and resumes snoring. The unlucky fellow helplessly widens his tense eyes. Only if he can exhale with a scream can this torture be minimized as others would come to his rescue! It’s too late; his throat is silently ripped apart by Patrick.

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 The sun has woken up. Rick commits his fatherly time with Judith. Ding DING DIINNNGGG it’s 6 o’clock sharp. Rick wakes Carl so they can start the day tending the pigs. “Carl must’ve read his comic books Michonne brought up all night,” reflects Rick.

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Glenn takes a picture of a sleeping Maggie. “Oh my god, throw that away,” objects Maggie. Glenn snatches back the photo, “Yeah. Not gonna happen.” It’s his turn to patrol the perimeter and gets his gear prepared.

Michonne is on her way out catching the father and son together. She’s on another run to gather necessities and comic books for the survivors. She wonders why Rick is rude. “I’m out there like pork chop finding useful things we can all use. At least have the decent courtesy to shave with the Philips Norelco PT730 Powertouch Electric Razor I gave you.” The day before Hershel suggested that Rick should outfit himself with blue jean overalls and a straw hat to better conform with farm life.

In another time and place, Rick and Carl would have been talking about sports, cars, and what crazy bum Rick and Shane had encountered. Digging up rich protein worms to feed to the pigs and being growled at by walkers is the present. “Dad, when can I have my gun back?” A long silence befalls between the two until BAM! a shot is fired within the prison with Lizzie and Mika storming out. “Walkers in D!” yells Glenn. “What about C?” reciprocates Rick. Sasha answers “Clear. We locked the gates to the tombs. We followed the plan.” All three with Carol, Tyreese, and Daryl dash for Block D. Rick reaches down his waist only to see there’s no revolver. Michonne hears the echo of the shot and races back to the headquarter.

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As the thick metal double doors are opened by Carl, it is breached by two walkers who make their way on top of Michonne. She manages to get them off with Maggie’s help and Carl’s rifle shot–a long time of not using a weapon until now must have reawakened and resurrected a hibernating Carl.

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At least 6 walkers were killed in Block D.

After the onslaught, they examine a walker’s dead corpse closely. “It’s a sickness from the walkers?” asks Bob to Dr. Caleb Subramanian. “Could be pneumococcal,” the doctor confidently responds. He continues that it is “most likely an aggressive flu strain.” The Council decides what to do next. Carol is surprised how sudden Patrick turned. Daryl cautions that everyone in Block D are already exposed to the flu. “That’s all of us. Maybe more,” announces Rick’s right-hand man. Because of Hershel’s standing and wisdom, he gives a speech that because this sickness is lethal and nothing is known about how quick it spreads, they must be moved.  Carol proposes Block A. Glenn rhetorically asks “Death row? I’m not sure that’s much of an upgrade.”

“It’s clean. That’s an upgrade,” states Daryl.

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The sun’s ray is focused on Glenn. He’s the chosen one!

As the meeting is disbanded, they all hear coughing near. Karen has been exposed. “She’s going to be okay. Now that we know what Patrick died from we can treat it, right?” asks Tyreese. Hershel says “Don’t panic. We’re going to figure this out. But we should keep you separated in the meantime.” They recommend she should be with the others and transfer with an uneasy Tyreese beside her. Karen tells that David from the Decatur group has been coughing. Glenn volunteers to get him and meet the rest at the tombs.

Lizzie and Mika lost their dad in the onslaught. Carol reiterates what happened and they would meet the same fate if they do not defend themselves. Carol comforts Lizzie as they gaze upon the walkers behind the fence when Lizzie takes the knife from Carol’s hand and puts it in her pocket.

Daryl tells Rick he’s the spine of the group and informs him that he is needed in the front line. “You gonna help us figure this out?” says Daryl as he’s digging graves. Rick defends, “I screwed up too many times. Those calls you got to make, I start down that road…I almost lost my boy–who he was.” Daryl is disappointed from what he hears. “Whatever else this place needs, I’m here for it,” concludes Rick. Nothing more Daryl can do except “I see when the shit hits, you’re standing there with a shovel.”

Maggie yells for Daryl and Rick because the fence is on its way to meet the earth. Nothing helps. Rick’s last resort is to lure the walkers away from the fence by using the pigs as bait. Daryl drives the truck with Rick sacrificing the pigs as the rest tries to add supports to the fence. It works. Now they just need to know who has been feeding rats to the walkers.

Beth tends to Michonne’s sprain foot while Judith is playing with red plastic cups beside them. Michonne regrets leaving and says it would have been better if Carl and Maggie had let her die. Beth objects. Judith is coughing too much that Michonne takes notice.

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Later on Judith spits out carrots onto Beth, and Michonne hesitantly babysits. Judith reminds her of Andrea and she embraces the moment. Carol speaks to Carl not to tell his dad that she’s training the children how to use knives. Carl does not want to lie so he comes straight with Rick. Rick says he won’t do anything to stop Carol. As the pig barn is burning, Rick hands the once buried gun back to Carl. The revolver is holstered and wrapped around Rick’s waist.

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Tyreese heads to Karen with flowers in his hand. He instead finds a trail of blood and follows it. Outside, there are two burnt corpses–one, who perhaps is David, and the other, Karen. Only her Rock-Paper-Scissors bracelet remains intact.

Is Judith infected? How will Tyreese hold up after Karen’s death? Who’s feeding the walkers? Did some of that baby carrot get into Beth’s mouth? Is the photo the last thing Glenn will see before he dies?

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The Walking Dead in its highly anticipated fourth season opens up with a serene scene of plant life decorating the prison safe-haven.

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The scene now changes to show how much has changed and improved. The headquarter now has a dining area with which it looks like a source of grown vegetables as its food supply where Rick is walking towards.

Rick is shown digging with shovel in hand a pile of dirt. At first it appears he is prepping to plant some watermelon seeds or something, but he finds a pistol instead. I don’t think he stumbled across this accidentally because judging from his behavior and facial expressions, he planted the pistol exactly at the spot. But why and what significance is there to go hiding a much needed weapon in this day and age? Going on a whim here, I can only think that that pistol was the exact pistol Carl used to kill that innocent kid–no more than three or five years older than Carl–in the finale of season three. I can only speculate that Rick was trying to retain his son’s innocence by hiding what broke it. If that’s the case, why is the pistol seeing the light of day?

A symbol of Carl's "coming of self-destruction"?
A symbol of Carl’s “coming of self-destruction”?
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The prison is a Walker magnet! How much can the fences withstand?

Aside from seeing the new guests now adopted by Rick and the so called “council”–making up of Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, Carol, and pretty much the rest of the folks you’d expect. The former Woodburyisidents are now helping with chores and duties. We meet Bob, an Army medic, who wants to contribute by joining scouts. We also get to see Tyreese and Karen and Beth and Zack are a couple. Glenn and Maggie are just… Glenn and Maggie. Nothing has changed except their love has exponentially skyrocketed and expect interesting things to come soon.

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We see the scouting party led by Daryl going on a trip to a department store to gather daily necessities. All seems clear of walkers but unbeknownst to them the roof is cluttered with walkers and a crashed helicopter. Prior the Army were stationed at the store until Sasha hooked up a radio that attracted unwanted noise.

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Zack is in middle; Bob is in far right.

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The shopping goes well, and even Glenn is caught attention by the baby photo marketing ( baby on the way? ) when all of a sudden as Bob is putting the wine back on the shelf ( Bob fought the temptation to tuck it in his jacket ) the shelf collapses on him, pinning his leg and causing a lot of broken bottle noise.

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Evidently Bob is no Bob the Builder.

The gym class of walkers on the roof are aroused and here I’m thinking “how will they go down? It’s cool, everyone is safe,” the weight of the walkers and not to mention the crashed helicopter results in the walkers falling from the roof. After a frenzy fight and Glenn almost getting bit since the walkers are chasing them and they have no way to know where the next walker will land, they free Bob. Unfortunately, Zack gets torn to pieces.

While all this is going on, Rick leaves the prison to go catch animals for dinner. He hesitantly takes his signature revolver by the request of Hershel in behalf of the Council. He stumbles upon an injured boar and as he approaches from a distance, a figure appears and he quickly goes stealth mode. He tries to turn back and leave until the noise of a twig is broken. The walker speaks, “Please. Wait. Please. Please. Please help me.” Obviously this is not a walker as I had first thought, but to my credit I would have been rewarded at least a star for being vigilant.

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She asks Rick if he has a camp and he replies yes. To her second question of possibly joining the camp, Rick needs to ask three questions to her and her husband, Eddie, who is awaiting her return at their own little camp. Rick does a body search and finds a blade buckled on her belt; he warns her that she will lose if she does anything–not him. Both give an affirmation of good faith and she gets to keep her blade. While on their way to Eddie, there are some small talk and her elaborating about how she and Eddie survived. Rick recites “This is not charity. You have to have numbers. People are the best defense against walkers or people. We help each other.” She rolls her eyes: “You call them ‘walkers’?”

They arrive. Rick quickly observes the woman’s camp with his eye. As a sudden thrash of a machete being unsheathed awakens his senses, Rick barely dodges the blade’s direction. She sobs lying on the grass dirt with the revolver aimed at her. “I wanted to take the boar,” she defends, “I just knew–I knew I’d get you here quicker. He’s starving. He’s slowing. He needs something alive.” Rick scans the camp once again and sees a bag moving and growling. Clara pleads with Rick to not kill her animated corpse because she can’t live without her one and only love. “No!” screams Rick. She stabs her self in front of a crying Rick. As her breathing gradually fades, she asks what the three questions are.

“How many walkers have you killed?

“Eddie. Eddie. Killed. Killed them all. Until…”

“How many people have you killed?”

“Just me. Just me.”

“Why?”

“You don’t. You don’t get to come back. You don’t get to come back from things. You don’t…”

Rick leaves behind the wife and husband without ending them.

Carl sees that Reading Time is actually disguised as Training Time for children. Is he going to tell Carol’s secret to daddy? Carol must see Sophia in all of them. Daryl tells Beth her boyfriend Zack is gone. Beth replaces the “30 days without an accident” poster with a zero: “0 days without an accident.” Beth comes on to Daryl. Maggie tells Glenn she’s not pregnant and he is relieved. However, she states she doesn’t want to live in fear and could have brought a child into the world and that breathing is what kept them alive, not fear as Glenn believes. Violet the pig Carl raised since a piglet has died. Time for Violet bacon? Michonne is thinking about traveling to Macon. Patrick’s coughing brings back post traumatic stress to Bob before Patrick turns into a walker instantly with wild eyes…from coming in contact with the water.

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How time flies by so quickly!

It was as if it was only yesterday The Walking Dead premiered for the first time. Now, The Walking Dead is in its fourth season and premiering tonight to its magnificent audience!

No cable here so I will have to wait a day before I can watch it gleefully on iTunes. Not necessarily a terrible thing, and here’s why. I can pause and rewind and watch it as many times as I want–and trust me, you do not want to watch any show with me because I literally rewind a scene a lot to soak in the dialogue and see the things happening in the background. Know how the camera only focuses on a particular character when something dramatic occurs? I pause and rewind not only to study the focused character, but also the other characters–however major or minor they may be–behind the F.C. I analyze their body movements, facial expressions, and what comes out of their mouth. What takes an hour to watch takes an extra half-hour at the least for me. I would drive you nuts and you would drive me nuts with your screaming “Just watch the bloody episode!”

Remember the WWJD? fad bracelet back in the late ’90s? Great shows like Game of Thrones, Luther, and, yours truly, The Walking Dead have donned a WWID?