This week’s title, Isolated is such an apt one. In AMC’s The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 3 we find a strange sort of isolation happening. It is an eerie episode and I really love how the depth of the level of isolation between people who have defied the walking dead yet have succumbed to a mostly (in the pre-apocalypse world) curable disease is met in the scenes between Maggie (Lauren Cohen) and her sister Beth (Emily Kinney). Their conversations to each other through a shut door are gut-wrenching.
So what else went down?
Well, we get our first infections of the prison crew, Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green)and Glenn (Steven Yeun) succumb and viewers feel for the first time since this infection took hold, a sense of urgency and fear. Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) decide to do a drug run to a veterinary college to see if they can rustle up some antibiotics. Eventually Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard, Jr.) and Tyreese (Chad Coleman) join them, but more on that little disaster later…
Speaking of Tyreese, man is he PISSED at Karen (Melissa Ponzio) and David (Brandon Carroll) being burned. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl try to talk reason with him, but in typical boy style, it all ends in biffo. Both Tyreese and Rick get their borderline crazy on after that.
So the water pipes are clogged and Carol (Melissa McBride) wants to clear them – but that involves going outside the prison, a task Rick thinks should be left until tomorrow. Carol, of course, ends up doing her own thing and nearly gets herself killed because she wants to clear the pipes before running from the approaching walkers. Luckily Rick is there to save the day. It seems Carol is becoming more and more the loose canon, a survivor who is perhaps a little over confident in her survival ability…
Carl (Chandler Riggs) is on kid watching duty – not that he’s happy with it, but Rick lets him take his gun AND use it if necessary. Carl is also a law unto himself and helpsHershel (Scott Wilson) when he decides to go picking berries (after staring at a coffee mug for a while). It turns out the berries he’s after are Elderberries – an old herbal flu remedy. I guess anything is worth a shot, especially since Daryl, Michonne, Bob and Tyreese might be gone a while. On this little outing we get to see just how bad it is for an amputee – imagine not being able to run with walkers behind you?! For once it is reassuring that Carl has a gun.
It’s a good thing Hershel has a folk remedy on the go though, since the drug run doesn’t go strictly to plan. Firstly, they are distracted by a voice on the radio and then this:
Fuck yeah, the swarms are back!
Daryl, Michonne and Bob end up having to make a run for it. Tyreese takes his time thinking about it, and has to battle his way out of a swarm of them. Fans of the comics though, weren’t concerned he’d make it out alive, and sure enough, he did. Not sure how they’re going to get into the veterinary college now! And is the horde headed straight for the prison?
Beth is her new rock hard self and, surprisingly, helps Maggie through Glenn being sick and her dad, Hershel, exposing himself to the illness in an attempt to remedy some of the isolated with his herbal tea.
Rick finally remembers he’s a cop and starts to investigate who killed Karen and David – and finds it’s not at the hand of a sinister traitor or a break in by the Governor (David Morrissey), but of Carol!
So what did you think of The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 3? Were you surprised Carol was the killer? Let me know in the comments below!
Just on a side note; there were a few mentions of the veterinary college and of Hershel being a vet – shouldn’t he have at least suspected or alerted the prison to the fact that keeping pigs may lead to disease cross over?
(Photo Credits: AMC)