By Jeannie Chan
This episode was a doozy. I am holding onto the hope that this season is THE season for The Walking Dead. We keep digging a little deeper with each episode and this week seemed to be the most introspective of them all. I regret not being able to squee as much as I usually do, but let’s hear from you guys! We have a lot to talk about.
Who’s on Team Rick? First of all, this is going to be a huge point of contention. I am still on the fence about this myself, but did Rick make the right call in banishing Carol? His other options aren’t that great. It’s either tell Tyreese that Carol killed Karen and Tyreese will exact vengeance on her, or what, lie for her?
Who’s on Team Carol? I stand by my love for Carol. When she explained that she learned how to reset a dislocated shoulder by Googling it, or whatever, because she was tired (read: ashamed) of having to tell the ER nurses that she “fell down the stairs again,” we’re reminded of the quiet, timid, battered woman she used to be. No one can deny that she has made a huge transformation since Season 1. No one else on this show has changed as much as she has. Few other characters have earned our respect like she has either. And that’s what makes it so hard to see her be exiled like this.
Overall, this was a huge downer of an episode, right? But it was done so amazingly well. I am loving how utterly and devastatingly human these people are now. Or really, again, because, you know, they are. Or were before the world fell apart. And this theme of holding onto their humanity is taking an interesting turn with Lizzy’s obsession and confusion with the walkers. Children are always going to have a hard time understanding the permanency of death, the cycle of life, etc. etc. and I imagine that can only be more muddled when the cycle is never-ending now. And on the other end of this spectrum, we have that shot of the photo on the wall to show us that the walker that Bob just disposed of had, at one point, been a real person with friends and family and had hobbies, like hunting. The last time we were given this glimpse into a random walker was in the very first episodes of the season when we met Morgan Jones’s wife.
Also, I completely forgot about Sophia until Carol mentioned her again. And when I remembered, I felt like I was punched in the stomach. And when Carol just simply said, “No,” when she was asked if she lost her daughter to walkers, my heart broke for her. And for Rick. And then my heart broke again when Bob revealed that he snuck some booze during the medicine run and we learned that his motives for joining the group on these outings were compulsions to satisfy the alcohol dependency he is still clearly struggling with.
And Michonne finally was able to admit to herself that the Governor’s trail has gone completely cold. (Has it though?? I have no idea if David Morrissey has signed on for episode this season and I don’t even want to check because I want to be able to react appropriately if and when he shows up but his plotline can’t just dry up like this, right? There has to be an epic showdown, right?)
Anyway, I have a lot of questions. And a lot of feelings to process. I’m sure you all do too. Let’s rage it out together in the comments below!