Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is back, and so is the other supply group, but Rick only told Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Hershel what really happened to Carol. We still don’t know how Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) will handle the truth — and who has time to debate it when they have to fix the fence, bring out the dead and deal with The Governor, who is watching from nearby?
How did he know just when to show up? Did someone tell him? A spy on the inside, or did he run into Rick and Carol’s old buddy Sam from that house in the ‘burbs? Rick told Sam and Ana about the prison having a deadly flu. Maybe The Gov heard about it and decided it was a good time to return for revenge? Hmm...
As expected, a bunch of “redshirts” in the prison died — aka people we barely knew, including poor innocent Dr. S. who had to suffer our endless suspicions before dying. Sorry, buddy. Lizzie is strangely fine, though, just leading walkers along and not even coughing.
We have yet to have a “major” death this season, but it feels like it’s coming. More than one. And maybe soon. If it’s Hershel, at least he’s going out with some serious ownage. He had a great speech two episodes ago and he ran the prison like a boss tonight. Loved loved loved his scenes with badass daughter Maggie. Go Greene!
This episode picks up directly after last week. Carol’s watch is still in the backseat. Rick has Intense Face going on.
HERSHEL IS IN GAME MODE
Hershel, Glenn and Sasha are trying to help some sick guy breathe. He also tells them to drink the tea. Hershel holds an impromptu council meeting and declares they should have Spaghetti Tuesdays every Wednesday. Oh, you! “First we have to find some spaghetti.” Hershel’s air pump will keep that guy alive as long as it takes. He and Glenn go on “rounds” through the prison sick ward. How is Hershel not sick? Not saying we want him to be sick, but how has he managed to stay healthy? They find a guy who has succumbed to the sickness. Hershel stops Glenn from killing him right there. Instead, he wheels in a gurney to take the guy outside. Ooh that’s a lot of work. Lizzie, go look at the flowers or something! She stops by and asks Hershel what they’re doing. Hershel assigns her Tom Sawyer to read. They all have jobs to do and that one is hers. She said it’s going to get too dark. He wants her to try. And drink some tea. Hershel and The Governor could bond over their love for tea. Glenn puts down Mr. Jacobson.
MAGGIE TALKS TO BIG DADDY HERSHEL
Through the glass. She wanted to meet Glenn, but Glenn is “resting,” Hershel says. Maggie wants to help but Hershel is protecting his daughter by keeping her away. How’s “Bethie”? She’s OK. Hershel says it’s hard in there but they’re holding it together. “We’re gonna make it. Don’t you believe that?” He needs her to hold it together a little longer. “I love you, honey.” Don’t you dare die after that! Glenn thanks Hershel for stopping Maggie. He wasn’t really resting. He knew if Maggie saw him she’d insist on coming in. Why not, though? It doesn’t seem to be hurting Hershel?
MAGGIE LEARNS THE TRUTH ABOUT CAROL
She cannot keep the fence walkers back on her own. They used to have a whole team pushing them back and now it’s just Maggie. But Rick drives in just in time, in that car that is strangely still perfect. He asks if Carl and Judith are OK. She asks about Carol. He hesitates. “It was her. She killed Karen and David.” Maggie takes it in. “She was trying to stop it from spreading.” Rick said Tyreese will be back soon and he didn’t think Carol should be there. And he didn’t want her there. Maggie agreed not to tell Hershel yet. Would Maggie have brought her back? Carol said she did it. “Then you were right to send her away. I don’t know if I could’ve.” Rick says she could’ve - she’s done harder things. NO. Not true. Is it really that easy to leave Carol behind? That is cold on both of their accounts - as cold as Carol doing the initial killings.
CARL IS FINE
Of course. Judith is with Beth. Rick gives Carl some food, including some of the fruit. Carl wants to come out with him. Carl was around Patrick and the others. He didn’t get sick. He wants to help. Rick wants him to stay. Carl says Rick can’t keep him from it. “From what?” “From what always happens.” “Yeah. Maybe. But I think it’s my job to try.” True. True.
DR. S IS STILL ALIVE - BUT BARELY
Not everyone gets to live. He knows he’s at end stage, and it’s a point that no one comes back from. He tells Hershel he should focus on the ones who can make it. Hershel says they can hold on. Caleb (Dr. S.) shows Hershel his supply of ammunition. Hershel says they’re not that bad off. Dr. S. says when they are it will be too late. With Dr. S. on this one. Hershel still has his rose-colored glasses on. He doesn’t want to give up on anyone yet. Dr S. says just make sure the doors are shut. If only they found some tissues on this supply run. It’s so gross with all the coughing and phelm.
One guy falls out of his cell. Oh, he’s in bad shape. All of the sick people peek out of their cells to watch. It’s so dark in there. It’s worse than living in a regular prison in the non-zombie apocalypse. Hershel looks around at everyone. He tells them to get back in their cells. Instead, Sasha brings out the gurney. Hershel covers the guy’s face and stabs him before he turns. It’s his first time. Rick sees him. “Third one we’ve lost,” Hershel said. They’re burning them when it’s done. That’s what it’s come to. Hershel talked to that guy just yesterday about Steinbeck. “He told me a quote. ‘A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.’” (Profound. Point to ponder: A sad soul like The Gov?) Hershel didn’t want anyone to see the dead be put down. Rick said they see Hershel. They see him trying and fighting. Rick: “When we get past this thing, it’s not going to be like how it was. Is it.” Hershel: “No.” Rick had some denial. Hershel still believes there’s a plan and a reason. Rick: “You think it’s all a test.” Hershel says life is always a test. Rick needs to talk to him about Carol. We don’t see the discussion.
DON’T DIE, SASHA!
It’s her feet we see. She doesn’t appear to be dead yet. Hershel gives her fluids. We see a pool of blood from a dead girl. She’s about to wake up and her door is still open...
RICK AND MAGGIE AT THE FENCE
They are struggling to keep the walkers back. Maggie saves Rick when he falls. Go girl! She wonders if he’d go in the sick ward if Carl were sick. If he thought he could help, he would.
SASHA ISN’T DEAD!
She was dehydrated. Sasha thought Hershel was an idiot to go in there. She thought he was a dead foolish man. But he saved her just now, using Dr. S’s fluids. She doesn’t believe in magic or luck. She does the math and doesn’t gamble, but she doesn’t believe she’d be there if Hershel wasn’t so damn stupid. He takes it as a compliment. This sickness plot needs to end. It’s too dark and depressing.
RED-HEADED GUY IS DYING … SO IS GLENN?
Glenn gives him CPR. He tries to call for Hershel but he coughs himself silly. Oh things are bad for our Glenn.
WHO IS THIS GUY?
Some normal not sick looking guy locks himself in a cell with a sick guy. Who was that?
WALKERS ON THE LOOSE!
Lady walker goes after Hershel and has him pinned! Hottish new guy tries to help by aiming a gun but he takes too long and gets bit. We hear the gun go off. Rick tells Maggie to go inside. She says he can’t do the fence stuff alone. He knows, but she has to go. How does Hershel get free? Lizzie baits a walker to follow her. It’s red-haired guy. But she trips too. Girl, be careful as you walk backwards. Hershel saves her. He flips that guy over the railing like a rag doll. BEAST MODE!
Sorry, man. Hershel had to put him down, but at least his door was closed.
THE PRISON IS NOW OVERRUN WITH WALKERS
Rick needs Carl’s help. They work on propping up the fence. It’s night, though. Dark and scary. Ah, the Grimes boys bond. The logs don’t hold, though, and the place is overrun. Oh crap. Serious crap. The music is pulsing now, too. This episode is bad for your health. Check with your doctor before watching! Rick gives Carl some kind of machine gun and they shoot the heck out of the walkers. This will not help Carl stop seeming to view all of this as a video game. But hey, you know who could’ve helped right about now? CAROL.
MAGGIE SHOOTS HER WAY INTO THE SICK WARD
Hershel is inside shooting too. He’s really popping his kill cherry tonight. Glenn is extremely sick. Hershel fights with the guy he flipped to get the air bag. Maggie aims to kill the walker, avoiding her dad and the air bag, and she NAILS IT. BEAST MODE. They go to help Glenn. Poor Glenn is always being tortured every season. Have you noticed that? It is time for Glenn to not have to take all the crap from everyone. SAVE GLENN. Hershel gets the bag into his mouth to help him breathe. Hershel tells Maggie he didn’t want her in there. She had to, though. “Just like you.” Where is Beth right about now? Still singing to Judith. Lizzie came over too. This girl never stays put. “Is it over?” Lizzie doesn’t seem as sick as she was. Hmm.
THEY KILLED ALL OF THOSE WALKERS OUTSIDE THE FENCE?
Wow. But they made a crazy amount of noise that probably attracted more. Any passing herd would be drawn to that massacre.
OH, NOW THE SUPPLY CAR RETURNS
Good timing. After all the work is done. Tyreese immediately asks about Sasha. He goes to her and holds her. He’s not worried about getting sick either. It doesn’t matter when it’s someone you love, you just go in there. Like Carol should’ve for Lizzie, instead of just shoving her in there two weeks ago.
Since the supply people are back, they start doling out the meds. Bob helps. See? He is helpful. Maggie tells Hershel to go rest. He’s earned it. He goes to read his Bible in his cell. And cries. He's changed now.
Michonne drags out a body. Rick cleans himself. “Do your thing.” Team Richonne with them. She’s better with him than Daryl. Carl runs out to help Rick. Rick wants to go talk to Daryl but Carl basically stops him. They have to talk about Carol, though. Glenn seems stable, Hershel said. "He’s a tough sonofabitch." So is Hershel, Daryl said. “I am.” Daryl asks about Carol and Hershel just tells him to ask Rick. She’s fine, but ask Rick. That will be an awkward talk. Hershel is out and about, though, and goes with Michonne. Rick and Carl go into their garden and eat pea pods. Calm before the storm?
THE GOVERNOR IS WATCHING YOU
Like Big Brother. That creepy bastard. There he is. Just staring.
Flashbacks? Be careful. He's a sick man! They don't give anything away... except one sneak peek (below) picks up after the Season 3 finale, and shows Martinez and Shumpert are apparently still with The Gov. Is that right after the massacre? Are they still with him during the Season 4 timeframe, which is many months later?