How many enemies can you face and still survive? What if one of those enemies is invisible, insidious and almost always deadly?
Most of the people in the prison are sick and likely to die. Our little group might end up with fewer people and more children to protect. That is, if the children don’t get sick and die. Two of my favourite characters are on the hit list and I am increasingly attached to and worried about Judith. At least she didn’t show any more signs of the flu. I guess all babies throw up carrots.
Although there continue to be some huge plot holes (Where did all the fence rocking zombies go? Why are they all so terrible at quarantine procedures?), I am intrigued by the impact this illness is having on our survivors. You need people to survive in this post-apocalyptic world but we are rapidly losing community members and the isolation is not just for those who are sick but for each of our main characters. Rick is struggling with his hold on reality. Carl is walking the halls of the administration building. Maggie and Beth are trying to comfort each other through a closed door. Hershel has just walked into what appears to be certain death and Glenn is already there, talking about dying. Carol has separated herself from everyone by her desperate act of killing Karen and David. She is a murderer and even if she did it for the good of the group many are not going to see it that way and it obviously wasn’t effective. Tyreese, who is proving to be the mad man I thought he might become, will not be understanding. Now that Rick knows the truth, what will he do? He has to know that telling Tyreese will mean that Carol will be in danger. It may also break apart whatever community is left.
The only people who don’t seem isolated are those who have taken the run to get antibiotics from a nearby veterinarian college. They are now isolated from the prison by a huge hoard of zombies but at least they are together. What will they do if any of them become sick? How will they escape the hoard, find the medication and get back to the prison with it before everyone dies? This could take a whole season to resolve or the next story arc could include whoever was broadcasting that radio signal.
This episode included a continued exploration of Rick and Carl. Rick is still very close to the edge. He has tried to step away from violence but it is, as he says, always there. It didn’t take much to throw him into a rage. Carl may seem more mature but it seems that he is not as far away from the cold, mad boy that we saw at the end of last season. He is playing the game for his father and the other adults but he seems to know that it is just make believe for those around him. They are not safe and it is not peaceful even if it seems so for a little while. It seems to me that it still won’t take much to push Carl into being a brutal man but I have more hope that he will see a way to remain human in this terrible world. He may be one of the few that does.
Bits and Pieces
Poor Dr. S., not only is he sick but he also has to run a knife through his patients when they die.
I do get sick of stupid macho boys beating each other up when they are upset. It really is a waste of valuable time and energy.
The scene with Glenn saying to himself, “It’s going to be okay” was heartbreaking. The scene with Hershel ministering to Glenn was very nicely lit and quite sweet.
Some people were wondering if Rick and Michonne had something going on. Now I think it might be Daryl and Michonne.
The quote on the picture in the office said, “Smooth seas do not make good sailors.” They aren’t so great if they drown, either.
I’m really not sure why everyone isn’t using a sword. It seems the most effective weapon, although Tyreese with an axe was pretty awesome.
I don’t like to be mean but the young actress who plays Lizzy – Brighton Sharbino is terrible.
Things I could live without – zombie in a bear trap. Who the hell was trapping bears? Also wormy non-moving guy was very well done but gross. Zombie snow – can’t rock your way out of that one.
Hershel: “Everything we worked so hard to keep out. It found its way in.”
Glenn: “If it’s walkers, if it’s people we can do something, we can fight but with this I’m just digging graves.”
Michonne: “He’s already given me fleas.”
Daryl: “When we’re out there, sooner or later, it’s always the same. We run.”
Beth: “We don’t get to be upset. We all got jobs to do.”
Hershel: “I think it’s done you good to step back.”
Carl: “Yeah, it’s all right. Can’t be like that all the time.”
Daryl: “What’s that word.”
Daryl: “Yup, we need ya.”
Hershel: “You step outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life and nowadays you breathe and you risk your life. Every moment now you don’t have a choice. The only thing you choose is what you’re risking it for.”
Glenn: “After everything, we just get taken out by a glorified cold.”
Rick: “Is there anything you wouldn’t do for the people here?”