The Walking Dead is an extraordinarily visual show, but the AMC hit also uses music strategically to convey and elicit various emotions as our OG group of survivors makes their way through the walker-ridden world.
So far we're half of the way through Season 4 of The Walking Dead, and we've been treated to quite a few songs — sappy or otherwise. The December 1 mid-season finale was surprisingly music-less, but with all the death and destruction we suppose it was for the best. Surely there will be more melancholy tracks in the final eight episodes. With Hershel's death, we gather Team Prison will be grieving for quite some time.
We weren't treated to any songs in Season 4, Episode 7:"Dead Weight" either, but with all the drama and tension rising we really didn't mind.
In the first of The Governor (David Morrissey) two standalone episodes — Season 4, Episode 6: "Live Bait" — we were treated to a particularly melancholy tune as The Gov. wandered the streets alone. What was the song used during the big bad's solo journey, you ask? The track was “The Last Pale Light in the West” by Ben Nichols. Take a listen to the whole song here!
In Season 4, Episode 5:"Internment" we heard “Oats in the Water” by Ben Howard as Hershel killed the third fallen quarantined cell block patient by stabbing him in the face. The song plays again later in the episode after Hershel and Maggie save Glenn. For more info on this song, click here.
At the end of Episode 4: "Indifference" — right before Rick sent Carol on her merry way and expelled her from Team Prison for killing Karen and David — we were treated to a haunting, melancholy tune called "Serpents" by Sharon Van Etten. For more info on this sad song that we'll always link with Carol's goodbye, click here.
Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) also sang Baby Judith a lullaby with slightly altered lyrics in Season 4, Episode 2: "Infected". Beth's soothing song of choice was Tom Waits’ “I Don’t Want to Grow Up”, an especially great treat given Emily's beautiful voice. For more info on the tune — including why we believe Beth may have altered the lyrics, check out our in-depth analysis below!
Walking Dead Music: What Song Did Beth Sing to Baby Judith in Season 4, Episode 2, “Infected”?
In Season 3 music was used as a tool to enhance some of the show’s most powerful moments. Take a look at our mini music roundup below, and be sure to check back here for info on any and every tune used in Season 4!
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