So what did you think of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 5, entitledInternment? Were you as pissed off as I was to see they’d dragged the Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) confrontation through to Episode 6? And did anyone else think that this episode was bought to you by the letter M (for Moral Highground)?
So here’s what went down in Episode 5:
Basically we are dealing entirely with the flu outbreak in Old MacPrison’s farm. Hershel (Scott Wilson) spends the entire episode dragging bodies away for their final head shot rather than let the rest of the infected see what they already know is going down. AMC, I guess, is trying to show us the moral side of the apocalypse, the anti-Carol version of it. It’s nice, but I just kept getting pissy at Hershel for making Glenn (Steven Yeun) andSasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) drag the bodies around when they are both so horribly sick.
Rick finally returns and chats to Maggie (Lauren Cohan) about Carol’s (Melissa McBride) redundancy, once more asking for some sort of acceptance for what he’s done. Maggie agrees with him, but I guess that’s because Glenn is sick and she doesn’t want Carol around killing him off. Maggie is desperate to get inside the prison but Rick convinces her otherwise and they reinforce the fences surrounding the prison.
Carl (Chandler Riggs) is turning out to be less of a shit this season, instead growing up a little and trying to fit more comfortably into the adult world. Rick, of course, is having a hard time dealing with that and keeps trying to push his back into the kiddie corner. This episode, however, shows Rick that it’s time to let his little boy grow up. And, later on, down the track, Carl thanks his father by saving his life when the fence is compromised and their machine guns aren’t the unlimited ammo variety they normally stock up on in the show.
With the fence compromised, it is a perfect time for it all to go to hell in a hand basket inside the prison as well (and did anyone notice how quickly it got dark? Rick and Maggie are fixing the fence in daylight. The shit hits the fan and then Carl and Rick are gunning down walkers in the dark).
So Sasha is so exhausted from keeping a guy alive with a resuscitation bag that she passes out. Glenn – exhausted from dragging and stabbing bodies – then falls asleep. When he wakes up, oopsies, resusc. guy is now dead. Glenn performs CPR on him (which makes me wonder – can you bring someone back after the zombie apocalypse? I wouldn’t think so, however Glenn tries anyway) to no good use. He tries to call Hershel but has a coughing fit instead. Things are looking REAL bad for Glenn right about now.
This is the moment when the flu walkers take their chances and rise up in the prison. Hershel nearly gets himself killed by a walker, ditto Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino), but they are saved by others. Maggie finally breaks into the prison, kills reanimated resusc. guy and helps her dad get Glenn breathing safely again. Not so sure Glenn should be breathing in resusc. walkers bad air, but I guess that’s an opportunity for another episode.
So things are finally sorted in the prison, the dead are completely dead and the living are hanging on – which is when Daryl and his crew finally arrive home with their life-saving medicine.
And life-saving it appears to be, since the next morning Hershel announces that Glenn made it through the night and is now breathing independently again.
Rick is now spending time with his son rather than search out Daryl.
Daryl is looking for Carol, at which point Hershel directs him to find Rick – after reassuring him she’s okay.
Hershel decides to take a road trip with Michonne (Danai Gurira).
And then, fuck me, there’s the Governor (David Morrissey) outside the prison.
Cue end of Episode 5.
So, what did you think of this episode of The Walking Dead? Now that the Gov. is back, do you think we’ll get a look in at Carol any time soon? Let me know in the comments below!
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