Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead (Mid-Season Premiere)

The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 9 “After” (B)

There’s no way this episode could have topped the incredible and devastating drama of the fall finale, in which the Governor was finally killed after wreaking irreversible havoc on the tranquil life at the prison and killing one of the show’s most sentimental characters, Hershel. In typical fashion, this episode didn’t feature most of the show’s token players, leaving their fates up in the air as three of the most hardened survivors fought for their lives in the miserable aftermath of the prison standoff. Rick is in really bad shape, and this episode went to great lengths to showcase Carl as a bona fide adult, obsessed with beating his father and the walkers, triumphantly carving into the door a message about how the walker got his shoe but didn’t get him. That kind of mentality isn’t always present on this show, and while Carl continues to be a nuisance and Rick has become truly decrepit, it is useful to see them in this dynamic. It was jarring, however, to see Michonne immersed in seemingly idyllic life, holding her young son and chatting casually with two men. When that wonderful memory turned into a nightmare, it felt far more real, and things quickly got back to Michonne leading new jawless, armless walkers around and practicing her decapitation skills on a handful of walkers. Without the Governor, this season might not be as exciting, but the wandering nature of all its characters might just make it compelling and infinitely thrilling and tense again.

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