- If there was one major theme of this season it would have to be Rick's journey from peaceful farmer back to brutal survivor. The finale attempted to mirror the 2 sides of Rick through flashbacks to the timeframe at the beginning of this season. We were back at the prison and under the guidance of Hershel (great to see him again!), Rick hung up his guns in a Yoda/Luke at the Dagobah cave moment (your weapons, you will not need them) and tried to be a good example for Carl. It worked for a little, but nothing lasts forever in this world. It would seem that the dream of a peaceful existence is now a very far fetched dream. All of our major characters are on their guard at all times.
- The episode focused on Rick's trio with a chance encounter with Daryl early on. As we learned last week, Joe was out for blood after Rick left a walker bomb in the house with Team Joe's friend in the bathroom. It set up a pretty intense standoff with Rick, Michonne and Carl all in peril. Granted, if we watched The Walking Dead: Joe edition. Rick certainly WOULD BE the enemy here. Everybody is out for themselves in this world. And Rick certainly did kill one of their people to survive. But, they also seemed to be pretty despicable human beings at the same time. I mean, I'm pretty sure that one guy was planning on raping Carl. I barely wanted to type that sentence! Daryl almost abandoned the group, but stuck around and found out that it was Rick that they were going after. He tried to stop it but only got himself in trouble in the process. A bloody encounter followed with Rick doing a backwards headbutt into Joe and getting a loud deafening gunshot by his ear. The 2 came to blows end ended with Rick in a rough position. His solution? Bite Joe's neck and let him bleed to death. This caused enough of a distraction to give Daryl and Michonne the upper hand with their captors. All that was left was creepy rapist dude with a knife to Carl's neck. But he pretty much freaked out when Rick started marching towards him with the death stare. And then he got what was coming to him, again....and again....and again...and again....you get the point. Rick delivered many more than needed stab wounds to that dude. Of course, it's hard to rationalize in defense for the other guy in this situation!
- Lots of bonding moments followed. Rick and Daryl caught up on what has been happening. Rick called Daryl his brother and he was glad to have him back. Everyone knows that Beth is missing now (and she'll continue to be missing into season 5). Michonne and Carl did some more bonding yet again. Carl explained that he can never be the man that Rick wants him to be. He knows that he has a cold heart and a "dark passenger" (I think that expression/term has become a punchline after the way Dexter ended!). Meanwhile, Michonne talked about what happened to her family. I think I may have missed what happened to her son Andre in this whole scenario but it had something to do with her boyfriend and his friend being all high or drunk and having been turned. Michonne became angry and forced them to live on as walkers. It was pure dumb luck that they ended up protecting her from being sensed by walkers. She told Carl that she had become a monster and it wasn't until Andrea and then eventually Rick that she was brought back. Maybe there's still hope for Carl. But with bada$$ daddy back, it's certainly not going to be easy!
- Our 4-some arrive at Terminus, but do not go in the front gates. They bury some weapons, just in case, and then hop the fence. We get a brief glimpse at some of the bizarre sights of Terminus. We saw a lady operating a microphone (perhaps broadcasting the radio transmission they heard in the 1st half of the season?). It would appear they have some kind of electrical power here. We met Gareth who "seemed" like a decent dude at first. They applauded Rick and crew's efforts on the entrance but then frisked them before giving them a tour of the place. We see Mary again grilling up some fresh, well that might be spoilerish to the comics to say what it might be. I didn't mean to read a spoiler but they appear to be everywhere! Rick sensed that things were a bit of when he saw Hershel's pocket watch that he gave to Glenn. Rick grabbed Alex and everyone's guns went up, including the snipers on the roof. Ohhhh boy. Gareth promised answers but only if they put the guns down. Of course, that was a lie as he gave a hand signal to unleash hell on them. The gun shots were strategically close but not hitting any of them. The 4 ended up being led through some crazy maze. I never saw the movie Saw, but it seemed like some kind of game that would've been in one of those! (Cue anyone who has seen the movies to say, "What the hell is he talking about?") Eventually, they were cornered by guns all around them. And things got intense. Rick was made to "take the A train" first and escorted to a train cabin, labeled A. Followed by the Archer, Daryl. Then by Michonne. And much much later, Carl. I had a horrible feeling that Carl was going to get taken out and that it was going to be Rick's fault. But alas, they all made it into the train. And, not surprisingly, our gang was mostly reunited! Glenn, Maggie, Sasha, Tara, Abraham, Eugene, Rosita. Everyone got acquainted and Daryl insisted that the newbies are all friends of theirs now since they helped save our people. Abraham suggested they wouldn't be friends for too long. And Rick, back to his old self or into his newly formed bad a$$ier self, implied this will not be short lived. He said they're going to feel pretty stupid when they find out who they decided to mess with.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
You go Rick! So, pretty intense episode. Pretty awesome season overall. And a very decent cliffhanger. Who are the folks of Terminus? Well, they're not friendly it would seem. And we really didn't expect them to be. One shot that stands out to me was a gated in area of bones??? It seemed like bodies were mutilated or torn apart and possibly burned. I'm sure we won't get through a whole summer (or even a day) without discussing what scenario from the comics this most likely is going to be. But, I'll try to hold out for a bit! We should also note that we didn't get an update on Tyreese, Carol and Judith. I would think it's a safe bet that they'll be coming in for the assist as we start the new season! Well, it's been fun recapping yet another season. And I'm sure I'll be back in some capacity next season as well. Hope you enjoyed my ramblings and I'll see you in the fall!