Hello fellow Walkers, and welcome back to the back half of season 4 of The Walking Dead! And wow, what a return! The first half pretty much blew up any sense of order that the characters had found for themselves in this post apocalyptic mess of a world and scattered them all over the Atlanta suburbs, forests and what not. While they're obligated to do so, everyone involved with season 4 is very excited about these 8 episodes coming our way. They have gone so far to claim that it's the best work that they've done yet. Considering I thought very highly of the first 8 of this season, I'm pretty exited. If the next episodes follow a similar format to this one, which I hear they will, I think it may just be the jolt of introspection that this show needs. Let's dive into some thoughts from the episode.
- We finally got some scoop on Michonne's backstory. It came in the form of a dream, but a very realistic dream. Now, I won't pretend to have understood everything we saw but it was clear that she had a significant other, possibly a husband and a son with this man. (they referred to each other as "lover". At least they had the decency to make fun of themselves as they did it) I believe the guy's name was Michael, and I'm not sure we got the son's name. There was also a friend of theirs that was part of their crew. We saw these 2 men devolve into her 2 walker pets from last season. This would probably explain why she got a little emotional when she lost them last season. It would seem that they followed some bad advice from Michael that caused Michonne to lose all of them. She was getting good with a sword, so maybe they thought they could "hack it" (sorry) out in zombieland. For the record, I'm typing this immediately after I watched the episode and did not watch Talking Dead or rewatch that scene to pick up what I missed. So, there's a chance I totally got that wrong! But, that's why we have a comments section.
- In present day, Michonne created some new walker pets to walk amongst the dead. But, the noise got too loud after awhile and she beheaded many many walkers in one mutilatingly awesome scene.
- I think we should note that many (I'll say it: Me) theorized that Michonne probably had baby Judith. But, this episode clearly showed that she did not get her. I don't think it's taking a giant leap to suggest that she's still alive. We saw an empty car seat. That means there's more story to tell there!
- Michonne was tracking footprints in the mud during the whole trip and it became clear eventually that she was following Rick and Carl's trail.
- Meanwhile, Rick was in pretty bad shape the whole episode. He was still trying to be a dad to Carl who was tired of listening to his leader turned farmer father. Carl felt that he was ready to take on the world on his own and his dad was only making things more difficult. Though, it was clear Rick has a few more pieces of advice that Carl needs to listen to. We knew the minute Carl wasted that bullet on Joe Sr. or Joe Jr. that it was going to come back to "bite him" (sorry again) later.
- Carl was at his bravest when his father was very very unconscious. He let his teenage hormones rage off the rails and spoke his mind about everything that's been pissing him off. The whole farmer thing came up. And of course, they're under the assumption that everyone that were with them at the prison are dead. And Carl blames Rick for all of it. He was their leader and he let them down. He also said that he hoped Rick was dead.
- Carl went on a few supply runs in the town they were cooped up in. He wasted many more bullets trying to down his foes. He got cocky when he succeeded in surviving both times. Of course, he's also down a shoe. I think the funniest moment of the show ever was when Carl tried to ram that door down and fell flat on his rear. They played that for laughs and it totally worked. Eating the giant canister of pudding was pretty hysterical too. Can't blame the kid for that one!
- While there were a few scares earlier in the episode, the eeriest moment came near the end when Carl really thought Rick was dead and rising as walker dad. Carl had the gun ready and was going to shoot, but then broke down and was just going to let his zombified father eat him. His tough exterior was finally broken down and we saw that Carl really is just a scared boy and still needs his father. Meanwhile, Rick when he finally woke up acknowledged that Carl was a man and apologized to him. (Yeah Rick, you didn't see the incident with the door!) In any case, the 2 of them did some much needed growing up in this episode and have earned a mutual respect for each other.
- The episode couldn't have ended any more perfectly than when Michonne showed up at the door and found a new sense of hope by seeing Rick and Carl through the window. She knocked, it freaked them out. But Rick looking through the peep hole and breaking down in laughter and telling Carl "it's for you" was all we needed to see.