Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) shocked us all — not to mention Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) — when he made the decision to serve elderflower tea to all the prison's flu-stricken patients. He went in with only a bandana over his face to protect him from the fatal disease in last week’s Season 4, Episode 3, "Isolation." (And we’re still perplexed that he didn’t address the pig situation as the prison team’s resident veterinarian!) This could be a super-noble sacrifice — but do we want to lose Hershel and his medical know-how?
Bob Stookey and Dr. S are both medical professionals — with backgrounds in humans, not animals — so it's possible they can meet the many medical demands of the Prison if Hershel doesn't make it. We're not sure if we trust those dudes yet, though, so Hershel may still be necessary to the survival of the group.
One could say that Hershel has such faith in his flu treatment that he's not worried about dying — if Hershel weren't an elderly man. Study after study points to the flu having a higher fatality rate amongst the elderly, with 90% of flu-related deaths claiming patients over the age of 65 as well as an increased rate of flu-related complications. And that's with all our fancy pre-apocalypse facilities and treatments! Hershel, with his medical acumen, should know that.
And maybe Hershel just knows that at some point, he has to fold. Maybe he thought it'd be better if he went out helping the sick considering that tomorrow he could die of tainted food or a Walker bite without helping anybody. “Listen, dammit: You step outside, you risk your life. you take a drink of water, you risk your life. And nowadays you breathe and you risk your life," he told Maggie in an impassioned speech. "Every moment now, you don’t have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you’re risking it for.”
Besides, Hershel has been a ticking time bomb since he lost his leg last season, so many feel he's the next obvious series death. How the eff could they kill off flu-ridden Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) before Hershel, anyway?!
Do you agree with Hershel's choice, or is he taking a risk that could sink the whole group? Vote below, and elaborate in the comments!