Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 5 Review
Episode 4.5: Internment
Flu Is Deadly, bro
A lot of things died this episode. First, a number of the prison population died. It makes me wonder how many total are in there. At least a half-dozen prison members had to be killed by Hershel and the group. Speaking of Hershel, this is probably the best episode with him since episodes on his farm. I really felt for the guy and cared about what happened to his character. Because this series has real consequences for the characters, I thought at one point, Hershel was done for. I’m glad he made it! Are you? There was a lot of tension in this episode and it really made for a dramatic time.
At the end of his time helping people, Hershel breaks down over the death of Caleb and the overall stress of the situation. You can see Hershel still trying to care for people like a father, even carting off the dead so others won’t have to watch him stab the dead. Hershel hangs on to his hope in this episode and has told people on numerous occassions that things will be okay. You can see his faith wavering when he is by himself, but he never shows it to others.
I’m still not sure what Daryl’s reaction to Carol’s banishment is going to be. It could be that Daryl and Rick are really going to disagree over that decision, because they sure build it up enough. Rick did tell a few of the group, but it is still a closely guarded secret at this point. They didn’t have time for a discussion in this episode, but plan on seeing it next time.
Rick and Carl had a machine-gun father-son bonding moment. Both of them gunned down the walkers who broke the fence. During the fighting, Rick had a look on his face like he was wondering how Carl grew up so fast. I don’t think Rick will be so protective after this. You’ve got to trust your son after he tosses you a machine-gun clip.
Maggie Breaks Into Prison
You could see Maggie stay strong in this episode, although I’m not sure how. She seems to really care for her father and Glenn. I think it is somewhat amusing (and scary) that someone is trying to break into prison, not out of it. Maggie has a hard time doing that for a while there, busting her axe at one point as she tries to help Hershel. Speaking of caring for someone, Tyreese comforts the sick and pale Sasha, but we can see that some of the others are still scared of him. Maybe it would have been better if Rick kept the group small, but what can you do when people need your help. Do you turn them away? I suppose he could have told those Woodbury folks to bug off, but it just shows you what kind of guy Rick really is.
The Governor Returns, Sort Of
There is a prologue that fooled me in this episode because I thought everything was okay. The Governor is standing outside the prison, probably having been there for a while. In the preview for the next episode, The Governor is shown at a campfire brooding like a supervillain. It might be that someone is communicating what is going on in the prison to the Governor because I see no reason he should be so close. Maybe someone is a traitor. Maybe Carol gave him directions on her way out. Nah, maybe not. In the Talking Dead recap, The Governor’s camp is set up with three tents. Who is The Governor going after first? Michonne could be in danger.
Conclusion = 8/10
All in all, this episode was a tense, fun time. I can’t wait to see what happens with The Governor. And Daryl’s reaction to Carol. Those scenes alone could make next week’s episode the best yet. Yes, the “Internment” of the group in the prison is going poorly, but I see it getting a whole lot worse soon.
For spoilers, here is a summary of this week’s episode:
The story begins with Rick driving and it is obvious he is contemplating his decision to banish Carol from last week. Back at the prison, Hershel tries to keep the sick alive, but they seem to be dropping like flies now. Rick returns to the prison and Maggie is there to greet him. Rick tells Maggie that he sent Carol away, but it should be kept a secret for now. While we follow Hershel, Caleb tries to convince him to help others, but Hershel demands to examine him. When he does, Caleb is bleeding from the eyes. We continue to follow Hershel as he kills one of the cell block who dies, but he meets up with Rick and learns about Carol. Sasha then passes out from her sickness, but Hershel helps her out. Meanwhile, Glenn doubles over coughing and things get out of hand as more people keep coming back as zombies. Soon, Lizzy and Hershel are surrounded by several dead all at once. Caleb dies, Glenn is barely alive, and the whole fence breaks, letting in hundreds of zombies. The horde chase Carl and Rick. The zombie horde gets to the second line of fencing and they break it, while Carl and Rick try to shoot them all. Maggie breaks into the cell block and helps Hershel keep Glenn breathing. Outside, Carl and Rick finish killing the large group of zombies who broke the fence and welcome Daryl’s group back. They use the medicine to help people. In the aftermath, The Governor looks on outside the prison, plotting like a badass.