The Walking Dead: Inmates

Who have been feeding the walkers with rats? This is the question that’s been itching viewers since the start of season four. From the episode ‘Inmates,’ I want to point the finger to Lizzie. “OMG, not that sweet, innocent girl Lizzie!” you may say, but all evidence leads to her. We see corpses of rabbits and most shocking, we witness Judith who is being suffocated by Lizzie’s hand to keep her from crying in the middle of walker forest. Good thing Tyreese was there to prevent Judith from dying. Oops, he was helping stragglers fend off against walkers. Thank Carol she arrived just in time to rescue the three girls!

Obviously she just watched the Gov and Rick’s battle in the sidelines as she told Tyreese. The five arrive at a sign that offers sanctuary to the survivors. They are happy and travel onwards.

Now that Carol is here, how will things play out between her and Tyreese? Afterall, wasn’t it Carol who killed T’s love? –Or was it Lizzie? T is bleeding on his arm like T-Dog did in season two. Will T be in a more grave state than his predecessor? Will Carol kill T? Will Lizzie kill T? Will Judith kill T?

 

Maggie is in Rambo state as she is preparing to head out searching for her love. Sasha bandages Bob’s wound up and objects to Maggie’s rescue efforts. Bob insists that they—he and Sasha—will both help Maggie. When the bus is found, the living inside have all turned to walkers. Sasha and Bob opens the door one-by-one so Maggie can check if Glenn is not inside. After successful knife-in-the-head sequences, Maggie enters the bus and is attacked by a walker appearing to be Glenn. She puts him down and turns the body. To everyone’s amazement—both Sasha and Bob and the viewers—Glenn it is NOT!

Will Sasha and Bob be a couple?

Daryl and Beth are running. All they do is run and Beth has had enough. She demands that they go looking for the others. Daryl has lost hope by his now recluse nature. Beth heads out alone, knife in hand, and Daryl has no other option than to join her. They come across their group who have escaped the prison—all mauled by walkers.

Beth sobs. Daryl is turning slowly into the season one Daryl.

Meantime, poor Glenn is still at the prison. He has been at the prison this whole time—exactly at the bridge that connects to two prison buildings which was blown up by the tank. I can say that Glenn became unconscious from the blow. He wakes up with an army of walkers below him. He sees he has the whole prison to himself. He gathers his belongings including the watch he received from Hershel and the photo he took of Maggie in ‘Infected,’ and his SWAT armor. He pretends to be in the NFL as he tackles and rams through the clusters of walkers! On his way out he sees Tara sitting alone behind a fence enclosure in a depressing stature. I don’t think she knows what had happened to her niece, and her sister, Lily, was surrounded by walkers the last moment she saw her. He learns that Hershel had died. Glenn doesn’t care that Tara took part in the raid. All he wants is to reunite with his wife and he demands Tara’s help as a way to make up for all the misfortunes. Walkers approach the two and Glenn beams off to take care of business. He succumbs to his wounds in the middle of the fight and faints until Tara joins.

WFL Walker Football League
A heavy army vehicle arrives. Tara shouts “I hope you enjoyed the show, assholes.” The three exit the vehicle and the leader says “You got a damn mouth on you, you know that? What else you got?”
The apocalypse has never looked this ’80s stylish!

Glenn displayed his valuable assests to these strangers. Will Glenn be seen as a “warrior” to them and be given a spot to join their “army” unlike in Rick’s group where he was seen more of a valuable tool rather than the fighting type? If so, how will Rick, even his wife, react to this news?

The Walking Dead: After

The opening scene of ‘After’ has a striking resemblance of the opening scene in ‘Guts.’ Both episodes have a tank being surrounded by walkers, the camera overlooking down will bring some nostalgia for longtime viewers. However in this time and place there is zero sign of any optimism unlike in ‘Guts.’ The safe haven has been utterly destroyed by the Governor’s doing. Destiny was already innately chosen for him and fate—both of the Governor’s and Rick’s—were inevitably layed out for them like a deck of cards. In a way the Governor did get his way even though he died at the end—Hershel died and the rest of the group are all scattered, and Rick takes a hell of a beating that even Shane couldn’t do in season two. Bravo Gov!

Michonne does a favor for Hershel and pins her katana to his animated skull. She is alone once again so she cuts of the arms and jaws of two lucky walkers and leashes them with a rope. Season three nostalgia! Remember in season three when Rick, Carl, and Michonne raided a compound—Morgan’s compound, to be specific—and Michonne confided in Rick that she also used to talk to her dead boyfriends? Keyword is ‘used to.’ She relapses and sees her boyfriends, with one named Mike whom she has a child with. An argument occurs, a bizarre one, and the scene flashes to her boyfriends’ arms and jaws sliced off. Now I know the significance of those two walkers leashed in chains in season three—they were none other than Michonne’s boyfriends. And why did she cry when left in charge of baby Judith in season three? She reminded her of her own child whom she called ‘peanut.’ Supposedly they were all in a military camp or refugee camp but something happened.

Carl is rightly furious over his dad’s actions and the negative consequences. They take refuge in a nice house and the son is more agitated by his helicopter dad. Carl happens to see a room any kid his age would drool over—guitars, posters, a big screen HDTV, and an XBOX 360 with a stack of games. All is wonderful until he sees his reflection on the screen: he’s not the Carl he used to be. Carl brings up Shane again and Rick states he remembers him every day. I heard a walker snarling within the house, but it turned out to be Rick wheezing! Carl lures away two walkers pounding on the front door since Rick is drowned in a million Zs. Carl manages to kill three walkers but this happens not as Carl expects. He tells his sleeping dad that he would do fine if he were dead and everything that has happened happened because of farmer Rick.

Carl leaves and enters another nice house where he finds more food and, more vital, 112-ounces of chocolate pudding. He goes up stairs and scans each room. The last room a walker lurches towards Carl. Shots are fired with only one making contact, but it’s not enough for the bulky walker. Carl manages to set himself free from his leg grappled by the walker at the expense of losing his shoe. He locks the intruder in and writes “WALKER INSIDE GOT MY SHOE DIDN’T GET ME” on the door with white chalk. Carl’s reward is joyously eating the whole pudding on the roof, the locked-in walker extending his arms out of the window in the background.

Carl wins again three times.

Carl returns home and confides to his sleeping dad that he needs him. Rick’s hand twitches. He growls and Carl quickly moves away from the couch and grabs his dad’s python pistol, the barrel aiming at Rick. Carl cries and drops the weapon as he gives up as Rick is crawling towards him. “Don’t go outside. Stay safe inside, Carl.”

Rick is still human.

The next morning Rick tells Carl that he is all grown up and he only kept on clinging onto the present because of his son and Judith. He apologizes but according to Carl there is nothing to apologize over. Michonne manages to track them down by muddy footprints and the empty pudding can. She sighs and lets out smiles as she views them behind the window.

Rick and Carl are alarmed by the knock. Both draw their weapons. Rick peeps through the peephole and looks back at Carl, laughing.

It’s for you.”

What happened at the camp Michonne and her family were at? What is the ‘answer’ Michonne knows when she said “I know the answer. I know why.”? Does she hold the knowledge of the outbreak and perhaps a cure, if any?

The Walking Dead: Too Far Gone

Too Far Gone.

The episode’s name pairs up consistently with Brian’s persona as strawberry jam is with peanut butter. The Governor no longer likes to be called The Governor as it’s shown when he rejects Hershel addressing him by that name. Why? Maybe it’s because he failed to look after the very people who looked up to him in Woodbury, or perhaps he wants to start a fresh, new meaningful life beginning with a new name. In either way, one can see that he is still the same psychopath from season three. Brian convinces and persuades his followers to help him overtake the prison. Rick gives a monumental speech of how he did evil things, but that he changed. That we can all come back. Brian appears to become sentimental. Hershel looks on with content at how much Rick has evolved as a character. Alas, Brian whispers “Liar” due to the fact that he is too far gone and strikes Hershel’s neck with Michonne’s katana. Rick unleashes a screaming “NOOOO!” and shoots Brian’s arm with, understandably, his left hand since his shooting hand is still healing. A fierce firefight ripples between Brian’s group and Rick’s group, and Rick gets shot in the leg while he runs toward the bus for cover. Hershel manages to crawl away from the line of fire until Brian catches up to him and deliver blows to his neck with the katana. A horrifying Lily carrying Meghan’s corpse stands numb in front of Brian and his victim. Brian holds Meghan and shoots her in the head–no expression of remorse or sadness on his face. Maggie and Beth, on the other hand, are sobbing harder and harder with each trigger they pull.

Good man–still has his wedding ring on.

Maggie rescues her sick Glenn and puts him on the prison bus along with the others who cannot fight. The bus flees unannounced while the gang is fighting at the prison. Bob survives a shot to his torso and he flees with Sasha and Maggie. Daryl kills a bunch of S.O.B.s and even takes out Brian’s right-hand man point-blank with an arrow. He and Beth flee together. Tyreese is taking heavy fire from some guy and Alisha, Tara’s girlfriend. All out of luck until the sisters, Lizzie and Mika, rescue him by shooting Alisha in the head. All three of them flee together.

Rick dies–almost–if it weren’t for Michonne plunging her katana (now filled with Hershel’s spirit) into Brian’s chest. Does Michonne finish the job? No. That’s for Lily to execute her once lover with a pistol. Michonne, for some odd reason, leaves a very vulnerable bruised and bloody Rick and goes off to somewhere. Possibly a ‘Michonne in Wonderland’ spinoff is in the works.

Judith’s carriage is empty with blood stains. Rick and Carl, who saved his dad’s butt from two walkers, cry at the sight. Nothing can be done. They flee the burning prison.

“Don’t look back, Carl. Just keep walking, or you’ll turn into sand.”

Midseason of season four begins tomorrow!