The Walking Review: After
Forty minutes or so before the show…
And we’re back, after months of waiting and mourning, to The Walking Dead! Last time, Hershel and the Governor were dead after the Governor and his crew attacked the prison with a tank. Now, everyone is separated, the prison is now unlivable, and things are looking to get much, much worse. Which says something. Hold me.
Enjoy this neat cover of Bad Moon Rising while we sob in anticipation.
After the show…
That was… not insanely epic, but I didn’t expect it to be. The episode revolves around Rick and Carl, who are fleeing the prison together and are facing some serious issues, and Michonne, who is on her own and having a bit of a nervous breakdown. Rick and Carl continue moving through the apparently infinite apocalyptic Georgia wilderness, and things have gotten tense between the two. Rick thinks Carl is growing up too fast, Carl thinks Rick is becoming obsolete (given the extent of his injuries), and both are reeling from Judith’s disappearance. When Rick goes into a bit of a semi-coma, Carl leaves him for dead and strikes out on his own, which goes about as well as you’d think. Carl nearly dies twice, and eats a massive thing of chocolate pudding, because you might as well.
It’s the apocalypse. Live a little.
Meanwhile, Michonne has gotten her hands on a couple of new pet walkers. She kills Hershel’s walker head, and leaves the prison, haunted by the ghosts of those she’s left behind and those who she’s loved who she’s lost, and eventually she snaps and kills a bunch of walkers in the aforementioned wilderness, and she’s a bit better. Then, she follows Rick and Carl’s trail to the suburban house where they’re hanging out (Rick lives!) and the three reunite, with Rick simply saying to Carl “It’s for you.” Mic drop.
This episode wasn’t exactly what I expected. I mean, I didn’t think it would be gunning down whole herds with a railgun, but I wasn’t expecting this much malaise. Still, it hit all the right notes pretty well. The scenes where Carl nearly dies are insanely intense, a weird dream sequence involving Michonne is interesting, and it’s arguably one of the most realistic (in terms of how I’d be in the zombie apocalypse) episodes in the series so far. Carl’s rage is understandable but uncomfortable to watch, while it’s just plain sad to watch Rick go from confident leader to a real wreck of a man. It’s a great episode, just not a masterpiece. I give it an 8/10. Not much to say as of yet, just that this is a great show and I can’t wait to see what this half of the season holds.