Time to take inventory!
The first half of The Walking Dead Season 4 has come and gone, and it was like its own mini season. The entirety of Season 1 was actually shorter than what we just saw, since it only had six episodes. The final eight eps of Season 4 can’t really bear any resemblance to the first eight since we don’t have a prison anymore and the groups are scattered.
A while ago, Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) told Yahoo: the mid-season finale would be the biggest thing they’d ever attempted, “And then in the [final eight of the season], it's like we're spinning out into orbit, and it's a completely new show. It's really, really exciting."
Just about anything could happen from here, but what do you think about what happened up until this point?
We started with an idyllic life at the prison, complete with dozens of newbies we didn’t recognize since so much time had passed since Season 3. Beth Greene’s (Emily Kinney) boyfriend died in a Big Spot supply run. Then Patrick/Harry Potter got sick, launching the deadly flu storyline. Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) took things into her own hands when she killed sick Karen and David. Someone fed rats to the walkers at the fence. Two supply groups went out for help — with Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) revealing a serious alcohol problem, Tyreese (Chad Coleman) battling major grief/rage issues, and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) deciding to dump Carol in a suburban development. Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) was the hero of the sick ward, and things seemed to be setting down a bit … until The Governor (David Morrissey) returned.
Two of the eight first-half episodes were focused just on The Governor and his journey after the Season 3 massacre, to try and start anew as “Brian.” It didn’t last, but before being taken down by Michonne (Danai Gurira), he dragged a new family and a new camp into his drama. His war destroyed the prison and led to many deaths — including Hershel, Mitch, Alisha, Meghan and The Governor himself.
Were you happy with the pacing and stories of the first half? Did you enjoy The Gov. standalones or wish they hadn’t taken time away from Team Prison? He got two full hours and managed to convince a group of strangers to risk their lives — and the lives of others — to live in a prison. And then he just died himself. It gave us tons of drama and huge opportunities for the second half, but so many loose ends are still dangling, and we lost “home” due to this guy and his band of inexplicably impressionable new friends. Plus, David Morrissey is gone after appearing in only three episodes! We can’t even love to hate him anymore.
And where’s Carol? Her storyline was so extreme this year and she disappeared after Rick ditched her. We were first shocked by what she did, then by what Rick did. The Powers That Be just won’t be satisfied until we’re mad at everyone for one decision or another. (Except Daryl, since he’s apparently not allowed to have any flaws at all.)
What did you think of the first half? Best eight episodes yet? Great in parts, not so great in others? Amazing start and you can’t wait to see more? Frustrating or disappointing? Vote in the poll below — you can pick multiple options, or explain your feelings in the comments.
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.