- So it looks a good portion of the remainder of this season will have different episodes focused on one or two survivors trying to live outside the prison. This could be a good chance to explore the characters some more without having to deal with a crisis. To start off, we focus on Rick and Carl trying to find a shelter, while Michonne is wandering through the zombie wasteland.
- Zombie Hershel head! Showrunners, you have put the fans through a lot and you do this; that is just cold-blooded.
- Michonne’s arc in this episode was the one I found most compelling. She made this effort to open herself up and reclaim her humanity, only to have it taken away again. She gets some new zombie pets and is willing to go out in to world to probably die. We got some great development to her backstory with the dream sequence. We were able to see Michonne before she met the group, and she essentially wanders the world just like one of the zombies. The difference being instead of some outside force bringing her back, she resolves to live and find those that she has come to care about. She is still one of the most badass zombie slayers in the land, but she got that little bit of that humanity back that she lost long ago
- Kudos to Danai Gurira and director Greg Nicotero. Michonne’s story was filled with long stretches where she didn’t say a word. Gurira’s acting and Nicotero’s direction carry these scenes and they both do a spectacular job. It also helps that her story climaxes with one the most incredible pieces of zombie killing I have ever seen on this show.
- While I loved Michonne’s arc the most, I also enjoyed Carl’s story throughout the episode. He starts of as petulant kid, and he still is to an extent. But what makes it not only tolerable, but also interesting, is that it comes from the tragedy of seeing his home destroyed, his family killed, and seeing Rick fail. He is trying to grapple with this idea that he will have to step up and survive on his own. He ends up finding the strength to survive for a short time. But in the end, he realizes he still needs his father, or at least that he would miss him. It was kind of a reset from the Carl at the end of season 3, who straight up murdered a kid and was brought back from the brink.
- Did anyone else find it hilarious that after Carl’s big speech about how he didn’t need Rick anymore, he got knocked down trying to smash a door? Don’t lead with your shoulder, kick the door the in!
- Zombie Apocalypse really sucks moment: The whole dream sequence that showed what happened in Michonne’s real life. Seeing this abridged version of her life before the zombie apocalypse really drives home that loss she felt and currently feels.
- Zombie Kill of the Week: Michonne’s slaughtering a whole zombie horde. I loved it, and really hope that someone out there is combining that scene with a Sterling Archer screaming rampage.
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