The Walking Dead Episode 4: Probably the Most Harrowing Episode Ever
Last week's episode focused on Andrea and Michonne, and introduced us to Woodbury, but this week we're straight back in Prisonland where Rick and co. are still on organizational clean-up duty and Maggie and Glenn can't stop humping in the guard tower. Standard.
The two cons that Rick banished to a different part of the prison in
episode 2 re-emerge, whining about how gross it is over there and how
unpleasant it is trying to dispose of piles of your friends' rotting corpses, but
Rick won't waver -- even when the slightly pathetic-looking moustachioed
one (Axel) says they'll "do anything" to be part of Rick's group.
gang has a group discussion behind a conveniently turned over bus about what to do with the prisoners. T-Dog
tells Rick to "bring them into the fold."
degenerates, not psychos," says bad-guy-turned-good, Daryl.
"We've been through too much," Rick concludes. "Our deal with them stands."
Rick is still being a total hard-ass this season then ...
Back in Woodbury, Michonne is still prowling around, eyeing everyone and everything suspiciously. The Governor catches her looking at one of the army trucks he and his crew stole last week (after slaughtering a large group of soldiers for no justifiable reason whatsoever). Michonne questions the bullet holes in the truck (zombies don't shoot people -- weird small town overlords with head collections do), as well as the sudden death of Wells, the helicopter pilot last week (who, you may recall, was also murdered by the Gov).
The Governor tries to persuade Michonne to stay ("We could use a soldier like you"), but we suspect it's just so he can put her head in a tank in his study. Michonne goes to Andrea and expresses her desire to "keep moving." Her gut hates the Governor so she wants to find a boat and, ultimately, an island to go live on. Andrea doesn't want to go. Because she's turned into an idiot.
Meanwhile, the now one-legged Hershel has decided to get out of bed for the first time since The Axe Incident and go for a stroll, aided by Lori. Hershel is impressed with the progress made in the prison since he's been bed-ridden ("This is starting to look like a place we could really live," he says, thereby jinxing the whole place immediately). The rest of the gang are impressed with Hershel's tenacity and will to survive after having his leg hacked off by his buddy. Smiles are exchanged.
All of a sudden -- probably because everyone was happy for 0.2 seconds -- there's a massive zombie influx into the yard. We knew something of this nature was coming because tonight's episode opened with someone breaking a gate and luring the undead into the prison with rotting deer parts. We only saw feet and legs and a prison uniform, so we're not sure who's responsible yet.
Of course, faced with a big crowd of zombies yet again, the gang goes into kill mode ... slow-motion, blood-splatter kill mode. We're not complaining. Where else on television can you see preteen boys and heavily pregnant women shooting the undead, eh? Fabulous.
Then, in the chaos, T-Dog gets bitten on the shoulder. He's generally pretty useless as a character, but: noooooo! He was ... nice ... and stuff.
In Woodbury, Andrea's hanging out with Merle and showing him on maps where the gang lived on Hershel's farm. "How come we never hooked up?" Merle asks Andrea, apparently oblivious to how incredibly creepy and gross he is. "You called me a whore," Andrea replies (rather too cutely). "And a rug-muncher." Merle is grateful for the map and info because he wants to go search for Daryl. He thinks Andrea should help him. "We both got left behind by the same people," he notes.