New Show Recap: The Walking Dead, 4×14, “The Grove”

First, trigger warning for child death.

Whoa. Damn.

The Walking Dead has always tried to be too many things to too many people. It’s a good old-fashioned zombie gorefest. It’s a post-apocalyptic drama. It’s a soap opera at times. And finally, every once in a while, it is a study of the human character and how people respond to unimaginable horrors. That’s what we saw this week. Read More New Show Recap: The Walking Dead, 4×14, “The Grove”

New Show Recap: The Walking Dead, 4×13, “Alone”

Well, we all know we’re not getting to Terminus until the last episode, right? Terminus will obviously be next year’s plotline, so Walking Dead can’t get too close to it. Remember the prison didn’t come into view until the very last moments of season 2’s finale. I’m guessing we won’t get that exact same set up. I’ll go with “some groups converging on the town at the end” and pick Glenn/Tara/Trio, Maggie/Bob/Sasha, and Rick/Michonne/Carl. They’ve got to reunite someone and having both Glenn and Maggie back together and Rick and Carl finding out Judith is alive seems a bit too much happiness for the show. So, that’s my bet, friends. Make your own in the comment. Read More New Show Recap: The Walking Dead, 4×13, “Alone”

New Show Recap: The Walking Dead 4×12, “Still”

Is there a main character on the show we have spent less time with than Beth? I’d like to say it’s a surprise that WD could go almost three years without a single episode focused on one of their main characters, but to be fair, they’ve been really shit about developing their women until this season. It’s obvious that season 4 has largely been about redressing the issues that fans and critics have loudly complained about and many of those issues involve just how shafted the women have been. Look at both Carol and Michonne, two characters who have grown leaps and bounds in the twelve episodes that have aired. As soon as Beth was paired off with Daryl, it was clear that we were finally going to get some time with Beth. Read More New Show Recap: The Walking Dead 4×12, “Still”

New Show Recap: The Walking Dead 4×11, “Claimed”

Tara: You smiled. You were smiling.

Sgt. Abraham Ford: Well, I’m the luckiest guy in the world.

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New Show Recap: The Walking Dead S4.E8 — “Too Far Gone”

Hershel: You say you want to take this prison as peacefully as possible. That means you’d be willing to hurt people to get it. My daughters would be there. That’s who you’d be hurting. If you understand what it’s like to have a daughter, then how could you threaten to kill someone else’s?

The Governor: Because they aren’t mine. Read More New Show Recap: The Walking Dead S4.E8 — “Too Far Gone”

New Show Recap, The Walking Dead S4.E7 — “Live Bait”

As I predicted last week, “Dead Weight” was a Governor focused episode, giving us the second half of the story about things we pretty much already knew but needed to be repeated in order to set up the mid-season finale. And there was no Carol. And little chance of Carol next week. I am being deprived of the satisfaction of my Carol story arc. By the time next February rolls around, I probably will forgotten why I was so mad about her getting kicked out by Rick, which may be what the writers are counting on, so that no one will riot when Daryl shrugs his shoulders and tells Rick he did the right thing. Read More New Show Recap, The Walking Dead S4.E7 — “Live Bait”

New Show Recap: The Walking Dead, S4.E6 — “Live Bait”

“Live Bait” isn’t a bad episode, but much like last week’s “Internment,” it can’t help but feel a little bit like filler. Everyone wants to know what the fallout of Rick’s decision to oust Carol is. Spending an episode exploring Hershel was nice. Spending an episode (and from the previews, stretching it out to two) looking at what happened after Woodbury for The Governor is nice. They’re interesting character studies that highlight something the show is very good at — tightening in focus on one person and really exploring what their lives are like at various points during the apocalypse. Usually that person is Rick, so seeing the scope broadened to Hershel and The Gov is a welcome change of pace. Last year we had a strong Merle-centered episode as well. (It does not escape my notice that many of the characters who could have used more audience sympathy, like Andrea or Lori, did not get a slavishly crafted 45 minutes of story time.) Read More New Show Recap: The Walking Dead, S4.E6 — “Live Bait”