By Seth Miller
Staff Writer, Part-Time Ninja
- Unlike last week when we just focused Rick, Carl and Michonne, this week we got caught up with everyone else. I would have preferred for them to just focus on one of the groups we saw in tonight’s episode and spotlight the various teams over the course of the season. I hope they do that more in the future, as there is no way the show can focus on all these isolated groups every episode and not suffer.
- We open with a very depressing narration by Beth, depicting a journal entry set during her time in the prison. Now her father is dead and she is far from the place she called home. It serves as a theme for the episode, in terms of what the characters are hoping for now that their home is destroyed. Glenn and Maggie are holding on to hope to honor Hershel and searching for each other, Beth and Daryl have lost all hope, Tyreese and Carol have a new destination to call home for themselves and the children, and Sasha just wants to survive.
- Right now, I’m not as interested in Beth and Daryl’s journey compared to the others. I can see it becoming a sort of master & apprentice scenario. But right now I’m not as invested.
- Baby Judith is alive, hooray! Although it appeared there was a moment when that was going to change…
- Carol’s back too, yaaayy! It seemed awfully convenient for her to show up right at the moment when Tyreese and the girls needed her, but I’m just glad she’s back. Tyreese still has no idea what she might have done, and Carol has to deal with that. With Carol being involved, this is the group I want to see more of. Carol’s approach of always fighting the zombies versus Tyreese’s approach of avoiding conflict unless you have no choice is definitely going to clash, with the girls taking opposing sides. I am looking forward to see how this will turn out.
- That about covers Tyreese, Carol, and the girls, unless I missed something. Oh right, I almost forgot…Lizzie tried to kill Judith. Let me say that again, A 10 YEAR OLD KID TRIED TO SUFFOCATE A BABY!!! On a show known for gruesome deaths, favorite characters being killed horribly, and an overall sense that these characters are screwed, this was the darkest moment so far.
- I believe Lizzie is responsible for all the murders at the prison. She couldn’t kill her dad, she lost her “favorite” walker, and then Carol called her weak. She snapped, saw the infected as a threat, and killed them. Carol found out and took the fall because in her mind it was either her fault for pushing Lizzie, or she felt she had to take the fall because she was responsible for all the kids. Now, Lizzie is shaping up to be the Dexter of the zombie apocalypse. She killed the rabbits (and not even for food), doesn’t really have a grasp of how to act around people, and almost killed Judith. I am hoping Carol will train her to strictly kill those who are attacking the group. Hopefully she doesn’t end up as a post apocalyptic lumberjack. Ugh, Dexter…
- Glenn has become the show’s new Hershel. He showed appropriate badassery getting through the zombie horde, showed compassion to someone he had every reason to hate, and he has hope in his heart even when things could not be worse. I wonder if he is going to start growing out a Santa Claus beard…
- I think we are all in agreement that Sanctuary is either not all it’s cracked up to be, or a death trap waiting to happen.
- Maggie’s journey is also filled with some great potential. I’m thinking she’ll go the opposite direction from Glenn and become a hardened survivor like Carol.
- Tara’s alive as well, which makes me happy cause I like her character (not at first, but she grew on me). She seems to be set up for a redemption quest for however long she is around. This is good for the show because it gives them a character that isn’t just trying to survive, but actually struggling on her own personal journey.
- Fire apparently works as a distraction for walkers. Have I missed something, or was that something that writers threw in as a convenient way for Glenn and Tara to get away from the walkers?
- We finally got to see Abraham and his crew appearing on the show. I wonder if he and the others are working for Sanctuary, or if their quest is more in line with the comic books…
- “Zombie apocalypse really sucks” moment of the week: Lizzie nearly suffocating Judith.
- Zombie kill of the week: Tara bashing in a zombie skull and then calling out Abraham for doing nothing.
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