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“The Walking Dead” is Coming to an Infectious Climax


It would seem that life in the survivor’s camp has never been so difficult. Carol was cast off, disease is ravaging the camp, the fence is about to come down. Yes, the fence that serves as the main barrier between the walkers and the camp. Obviously, this is a big problem.

walkingdeadWhile the fence collapsing and scenes of a wave of walkers being fought off builds some drama, it’s hard to feel anything but underwhelmed at this episode. Last week’s episode was amazing, full of suspense, and a major character got sent away. This week, we expected more about that and some serious drama to go down. Instead, we got only more walkers being bashed in the face, shot at, and so on.

Rick returns to camp and tells Maggie what happened with Carol. This scene is particularly unsatisfying, and she merely remarks that he did the right thing. That was it. He did also tell Hershel, but the reaction wasn’t shown. I’m extremely curious about his take on it, being a man of medicine and a typical level-headed, good soul.

Hershel was, by far, the star of this episode. He was calm as the infected became walkers and did what he had to do. More profound quotes came out of this episode, as he explains that “a sad soul can kill quicker than a germ”. This is amazing. The quote was borrowed from Steinbeck, and it’s a nice way the show highlights Hershel’s inner thoughts. What is the link between emotion, the will to live, and actually surviving? This is a question viewers are asking more each week, as the camp has to endure more and more hardship with little relief in sight. He also says there is a plan, a reason for this all happening to them. Maybe. The episode concludes his part of the episode with a shot of him sobbing in his cell. He’s a hero, and even heroes cry sometimes.

Lizzy’s attempt to lure walker Henry away from Glenn as she would a dog was a little strange. Viewers thought she’d fight with Carol’s trusty knife, but it was a no-go. She somehow just happens to trip over her own shoes and Hershel must come to her rescue. While brave, it begs the question about Lizzy’s ability to have that ‘killer instinct’ if she needs it. It seems like the answer may be no, but we hope to be proven wrong if worse comes to worse. Maggie’s attempt to break into the prison after she hears the news of trouble is just laughably stupid. Her axe breaks on the door and she’s useless. It would seem everybody except Hershel was just kind of useless in this episode, and it’s not looking to good for the camp. Lizzy also swirls her shoe in a bloody puddle,  which was honestly vomit-inducing. If you’re feeling confused after this episode, you’re far from alone.

Oh, and did we mention The Governor is standing right outside the camp, eye-patch and all? Looks like things are about to get even more intense for our survivors.