Hello all and welcome back to our discussion of The Walking Dead! We've been begging for years for it and it finally happened. I remember thinking back in season 2, "that girl that attempted suicide has some real acting potential. She needs her own centric episode where practically none of the main cast are in the episode!" We got close last year with the Daryl/Beth in the woods episode, but nothing compares to this one. It happened. We got our Beth-a-sode! Obviously, I kid. If we ever thought there was a weak link in the cast, it certainly has been Beth. That said, this was a really good episode and Beth wasn't too bad herself! I liked that they went the route of showing what happened to Beth from the moment of abduction and slowly catching us back up to where Daryl arrived back to the church with someone or someones still unknown to us. It think it's pretty clear that we're potentially learning about some new characters to join team Rick or possibly antagonize team Rick in the future. Let's dive into the discussion.
- So we learn who Beth's captors were from season 4. There are a group of survivors that have set up home base in a hospital in Atlanta. Some of them have been there since the outbreak, and others have been reluctantly recruited over time. The place is being run by Officer Dawn Lerner (you may recognize her from the 1-season show, FlashForward). She runs a pretty strict operation and requires people to work off what they owe. Misguided as they might be, Dawn seems to have a goal of keeping as much of the human race alive as possible until someone comes for them and saves them. But some of the hospital residents feel imprisoned.
- The guy that brought Beth in turns out to be this creep, Officer Gorman. Seems to have a friendly face on the exterior, but has an interest in taking advantage of Beth in exchange for his silence on what she's been up to (whether it be getting secret food/candy or stealing keys from Dawn's office). Of course, once we saw the dead Amber on the ground, I think we knew how that scene would end up. Didn't make it any less enjoyable to watch Gorman get eaten alive! (Still confused how Amber died unless she took her own life. I'm sure that's the case.)
- Beth befriended 2 individuals during this episode. There is the Doctor Steven Edwards who shares a love for music and art and tries to hold on to the enjoyable things from their past life. But he shows his dark side when he has Beth kill off his competition with one of the patients. Beth gave medicine (clonopine) as instructed to a patient which ended up killing him. Edwards cleared his name by stating to Beth that he actually asked her to administer clonazepam, not clonopine. It turns out that this patient just happened to be another doctor which would have made Dr. Edwards expendable.
- The other man Beth befriended was Noah who had been looking out for Beth since she arrived. Long story short, they worked out an escape plan to get out of that hospital. It just happened to be down the laundry shoot where they have been sending dead bodies (disposal plan and also something to keep the walkers/"rotters" at bay). They climbed their way down using tied up linens as a rope. It certainly was a pretty gruesome scene seeing them fall on top of devoured bodies. And I just had to shake my head at Beth shooting that unsilenced gun in the dark and then out in the open city of Atlanta where we last saw Rick mobbed by a hoard of walkers. Noah was able to make it which gave Beth a glimpse of satisfaction, but Dawn and her officers saved/re-captured Beth. Did anyone else think Daryl and Carol would be there to rescue them from the walkers?
- While they weren't exactly there to rescue them we did find out at least where Carol is. She was brought in on a stretcher into the hospital. It looks like Beth will have another ally in there soon! How did Carol end up there and where is Daryl? Looks like we may have to wait a few episodes to find that out. But for now, until we know more, it would seem like maybe Noah will be the guy with Daryl. Between Daryl and Noah, they can probably put a story together to Rick and crew of where Beth and Carol are. And then stories collide! I know what you're thinking, why am I not writing television shows!! (joking!! They're doing just fine without me.)
- A couple things to note of the setting. We got a bigger glimpse of Atlanta which seems to have been destroyed in this post-outbreak world. I'm sure we're meant to think the destroyed skyline was due to military strikes on the city. I don't think the walkers could've done that!
- Also, the hospital had electricity! We did see in one scene they had a guy hooked up to life support by power generators. I guess we're meant to assume that's how they're getting all of their power. I definitely got a similar feeling to when the LOSTies found the hatch and had some semblance of pre-island life with electricity, food, and of course a record player! It will be interesting to see what type of role this hospital setting will play for the rest of the season (half season). Will it be a location that they're trying to rescue Carol/Beth or do they want to infiltrate and set up camp there?
- Also, surely the doctor will end up joining team Rick, right? They have been without a doctor type since Hershel . I can't imagine they'd introduce one with a short-term plan in mind. But we'll see!