By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
-The walker that they focused on at the end of the episode, that was the crazy woman from the woods in the season premiere. Nice way to bookend the beginning of the season with the midseason finale.
- Now that was one rough episode. The battle for the prison is over and everybody lost. The prison has essentially been wiped out, Hershel’s dead, the Governor’s dead, and the girls Carol had been looking after became certified badasses. They also abandoned baby Judith to the walkers, the group is separated, and the group has a psychopath among them. This episode wiped the slate clean of many things the survivors have used for structure in this crazy world and sets up a more chaotic second half of the season.
- Hershel, you wise old bastard. I didn’t really like him at first (he left walkers in a barn), but he grew on me as a character. Scott Wilson gave a marvelous performance. He was the heart of the group, kept them together when things went to hell, and he was their best doctor. The thing I’ll remember most about his final moments was the way he was smiling in the end. When Rick was giving his speech about how you can come back from the things you have done, Hershel got this look of pride, and some hope that someone might be able to carry on that hope in his absence. n honor of the life you led Hershel, I will be eating spaghetti on Tuesday (or Wednesday), and punch the first man I see wearing an eye patch.
- They kind of rushed through some of the stuff with the Governor. They spent two whole episodes building him up and trying to make him seem less like a completely psychotic bastard, but still the antagonist. But in the end, most of the encounters he had with Rick were essentially the same as they would have been in season 3. The Governor had some good bits in the beginning, but all the things that gave him better motivations for the final fight were almost non-existent once he showed up at the prison.
- MICHONNE KILLED THE GOVERNOR, YAAAAY! If anyone deserved to take him down, it was her. Rick may have gotten in a few punches, and Lilly finished the job. But it was Michonne who stopped him.
-I officially like Tara. She may have come on too hard when we first met her, but she has grown on me in the past couple of episodes. While others just went charging into the prison, she had enough sense to realize the guy leading them just sliced a man’s head of with a sword. I hope she comes back to join the regular group of survivors.
- Lizzie and her sister would have made Carol proud. They grabbed some guns and ended up saving Tyreese. Rob Siebert brought up the point that Carol, by virtue of teaching the girls to be strong, saved Tyreese’s life and that they are square. That has some merit, but Carol still probably killed Karen, and the kids apparently abandoned Judith.
- Coming into this week’s episode, I had a feeling Hershel was going to die, as well as baby Judith. I know she died in the comics, but it still hurt like hell. In the comics, she was shot by a sniper while being carried in Lori’s arms. That was terrible, but the idea she was snatched by zombies and eaten is a hundred times worse. We didn’t see a body, so there is a chance that Judith survived. But I’m not optimistic.
- On top of that, a walker that was buried in some nearby mud killed Meghan. She may have been in the Governor’s camp and thought of him as a father, but she was still an innocent kid caught up in a madman’s rampage.
-Daryl fans certainly got more to cheer about this week. He called out Rick on his decision to banish Carol, got everybody ready to fight the Governor, used a zombie as shield, blew up a tank, and then shot Mitch with his crossbow.
- In the middle of all this craziness, Tyreese stumbled upon a flayed rat. I guess this means the psycho who was feeding rats to the walkers is still around. Who could it be? Where is he/she now? Will he/she continue their crazy agenda? Some have said that it is one of the he girls that Carol adopted and she was covering for them, this would certainly put a kink in Rick’s banishment of Carol.
- “Zombie apocalypse really sucks” moment of the week: The zombie hiding out in the mud by the river. Sad fact about the zombie apocalypse, the living dead are just going to pop out of nowhere.
- Zombie kill of the week: Daryl killing the walker with a piece of rebar, and then using it as a shield.
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