New Characters in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 10

In The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 10 (Inmates) we get to meet some new characters. If you’re a fan of the The Walking Dead comics you probably know them well. How do you feel about their introduction?

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Home Alone 6: The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9

Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes in Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9

Warning: This Walking Dead Season 4 post contains spoilers. 

Since everyone was just forced to run away, you wouldn’t expect The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9 (After) to resume at the prison. But episode director Ernest R. Dickerson takes you back again to remind you about the carnage that transpired there as he moves his camera that through thick smoky clouds, past The Governor’s corpse, before settling on Michonne.

It becomes clear in this opening scene that our solitary heroine will be a focus of this episode, which is great because we still haven’t learned much about her. Unfortunately our payment for spending time with her is witnessing her somber task of destroying Hershel’s zombie head and making new walker pets.

Michonne is a lonely soul, so tortured by her inner demons that she pushes everyone else away. But in this episode she realizes that isolation just leaves her with mindless shambling corpses for company, a discovery that comes when she angrily massacres a group of walkers. Although the outburst is satisfying on a visceral level, it also represents and important emotional turning point for Michonne. She needs humans to give her life meaning, particularly Rick and Carl. I’m happy that she decides to track them down.

Another gratifying part of The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9 is finding out more of Michonne’s back story. I’m thrilled that the show’s writers made her an upper-class person like Robert Kirkman implied that she was in his Walking Dead comics. The only thing that I think sucked about this section of the episode though, is that Michonne’s tale takes the form of dreamed hallucinations,  so it’s difficult to tell what actually happened in her life.

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9 also focuses on another character who is on his own: Carl. After Rick’s injuries leave him incapacitated, Carl must fend for himself, as he stars in an annoying film I like to call, Home Alone 6: Lost in Zombieland.

Understandably Carl harbors a lot of hatred toward his father for what he perceives as Rick’s failures as a leader. Carl gets pretty sassy while Rick’s still conscious and even tells him off once Rick is out cold. Yet as much as Carl wants to think he’s an adult and try to act like it, he still needs Rick. You want to smack the boy as he carelessly walks around looking for food and nearly gets bitten several times due to his lack of caution. The dumbass even loses his shoe.

As stupid as I feel that segment is, I think the episode wraps up nicely once Rick regains consciousness and reconciles with his son. The icing on the cake is a charming moment where Michonne finds them and knocks on the door. It’s cute and funny when Rick laughs and says to his son “It’s for you.”

What do you think Michonne was doing on the other side of the door? Holding comic books? Holding Carl’s shoe? Or just waving? And finally, this week’s poll: Did you hate Carl seeing on his own as much as I did?

Carl’s Alone Time in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9

In The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9 (After), Carl spends some time on his own. How did you feel about that part of the episode?

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Showdown at the Prison: Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8 (Too Far Gone)

Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8

Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8

Warning: This Walking Dead Season 4 post contains spoilers. Please wait until after watching, before reading further.

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8 (Too Far Gone) will make you want to yell at your screen for lots of reasons. In the episode’s opening you’ll want to scream because The Governor feeds his troops the infuriating baloney that people from the prison are murderers who destroyed his old camp. The Governor also claims that he can take the prison without killing anyone. No effing way, you manipulative prick! You want to holler again during this speech, since the scene flashes back to him knocking Michonne unconscious and capturing Hershel at gunpoint.

A couple of people try to talk The Governor out of attacking the prison, including Lilly, and poor Hershel who makes a heartbreaking appeal for his daughters’ lives. However Hershel’s words only elicit a shitty consolation, “You’re a better man than Rick, Hershel.” Even though you know that The Governor won’t listen to reason, you still hope desperately that he’ll change his mind. Because he won’t, you feel like shouting at him.

Back at the prison, Daryl finally finds out what Carol did, although he doesn’t believe Rick at first. The two of them track down Tyreese to break the news, but before they can tell him, they discover a dissected rat. Is it Lizzy’s? We don’t get a chance to find out because a tank blast announces The Governor’s arrival with his army. After that you’ll make a ton of noise due to all the insane events that occur.

First, you’ll struggle not to chastise Lilly for awful parenting while her lazy supervision allows Meghan to get bitten by a buried walker. Then you’ll want to smack The Governor for insisting that Rick negotiates with him, even though Rick has stepped down from his leadership role. Tears will come to your eyes when The Governor decapitates Hershel with Michonne’s sword and when Rick discovers that his baby could be dead. I made the most noise though when Daryl gets pinned down by shooting. Because the scene cuts away from Daryl while a zombie’s attacking, you’re worried that he has bought the farm. Thankfully he continues his badass streak by shielding himself with a biter, before he tosses a hand grenade into the tank’s barrel.

As much as you’ll cheer for Daryl, you will probably applaud even louder after Michonne stabs The Governor and Lilly shoots him. Michonne is much nicer to The Governor in the show than in the Walking Dead comics. She shows him no mercy there, but then again, he does more horrific things to her in the comics. Miraculously, most of the people make out of the prison alive, including Tyreese who is rescued by children?! Unfortunately everyone gets scattered to the wind, including a very injured Rick and his son Carl, who stumble away without looking back.

What do you think is next for our heroes? Were you satisfied by the end of The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8? And this week’s poll: Do you think The Governor got off too easy?

The Governor’s Fate in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8

David Morrissey as The Governor in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8

David Morrissey as The Governor in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8

Warning: This Walking Dead Season 4 post contains spoilers. Please wait until after watching, before reading further.

In The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8, The Governor attacks the prison and forces a showdown with Rick’s group. During the battle, he finally meets his maker. Do you think he got his just deserts?

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One-Eyed Bri: The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 7 (Dead Weight)

Jose Pablo Cantillo and David Morrissey in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 7

Jose Pablo Cantillo and David Morrissey in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 7

Just in case you didn’t get enough of him in the previous episode, The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 7 (Dead Weight) delivers another healthy dose of The Governor. Rescued from the walker pit by Martinez, The Governor aka Brian, has settled into playing house with Lilly and her daughter Meghan. He’s gotten frighteningly comfortable with Meghan, calling her “Pumpkin” and teaching her how to play chess.

Not-so-shockingly, The Governor’s methods of parental supervision match his zombie apocalypse leadership style. He shows Meghan no mercy even though she’s just learning the game, and he doesn’t let her take too long to decide on her maneuvers, “You can’t wait forever. You’ve got to make a move.”

With the rest of his new group, The Governor seems like he has turned over a new leaf. He allows Martinez to lead and acts like a team player during the supply run he makes with his new pals. I love that his crew includes Charlie Francis from Fringe (aka Kirk Acevedo) and Victor from Dollhouse (aka Enver Gjokaj). These guys are great. How can we get them more work? I got the sinking feeling as I was watching them however, that their characters wouldn’t last very long hanging out with The Governor. He earns himself a terrible new nickname during this scene: One-Eyed Bri. Yuck.

Sure enough, my intuition was right, because The Governor kills Martinez shortly after by feeding him to walkers in the pit. All the while he bizarrely repeats “I don’t want to…” over and over. What a nut. Then he takes out Pete (Enver Gjokaj) and intimidates Mitch (Kirk Acevedo) into falling in line. I mean Mitch has to be left alive since he’s the only one who can drive the tank they’ve got.  Poor zombie Pete is chained to the bottom of a pond, unable to escape his watery tomb.

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 7 heads to the next logical spot near its close, as The Governor assumes leadership of his new camp and plots to attack Rick’s group at the prison. I was pretty disappointed in the show’s writers for pushing the mid-season finale toward the spot they should have ended with in Season 3. I don’t understand why they decided to drag everything out just to have The Governor attack the prison again, especially since he’ll probably meet the same fate he does in the Walking Dead comics.

Based on that, I offer up this week’s poll: Do you think the show’s writers should have done the epic showdown at the prison last year? Or do you feel that the additional time they gave was necessary for character development?

The Story’s Direction in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 7

Warning: This Walking Dead Season 4 post contains spoilers. Please wait until after watching, before reading further.

Toward the end of The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 7, the show’s writers take us back to almost the same place they set up at the end of Season 3. The Governor is poised to attack the prison AGAIN, with another epic showdown on the horizon that could push Rick’s group from their stronghold.

To talk more with me about The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 7, check out my full post on the episode, to let me know what you think.