OK, now it’s a party! The Walking Dead Season 4 returned with a relatively quiet Episode 9, but it just packed a couple of episodes worth of action in Episode 10. The busy post-prison “Inmates” have taken over the zombie apocalypse asylum — and for once The Powers That Be weren’t just misleading us when they said we’d get major answers this week. Here’s a quick rundown of the big February 16 developments:
Warning: Spoilers from the comic books sprinkled through a lot of this:
1. Judith is alive! Yeah, we kinda figured Shane’s Rick Grimes’s (Andrew Lincoln) daughter would make it, and when fans pointed out that blink-and-you-missed-it shot of Tyreese holding something as he ran out of the prison on Episode 8, it looked like Tyreese (Chad Coleman) might be with all the girls. Rick and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) will be so happy to see Little Ass-Kicker is alive, but when will they be reunited?
2. Carol is back! And wouldn’t you know it, she’s with Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino), Mika (Kyla Kenedy) and Tyreese. Ty still doesn’t know that Pookie’s best girl confessed to killing Karen and David, but Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) also taught Lizzie how to fight, and super-scary Lizzie’s kill shot to Alisha's head saved Tyreese’s life on Episode 8. And Carol just saved the girls from walkers. Killer or savior … or both? This storyline has so much potential, especially if Rick hears the story about Carol helping to save the girls. How will he react?
3. Sanctuary — do we trust it?: Remember that tease on the radio from earlier in the season? Ty, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) were in the car and they heard something about “sanctuary” and how those who arrive survive. This week, Tyreese, Carol and the girls saw a sign to follow the tracks to sanctuary. Terminus! Is this is a good plan? We’re a little suspicious, but heck maybe someone finally catches a break in this world. After all, the synopsis for Episode 13, “ Alone” (March 9) reads, "One group finds a shelter; a group has a realization about protection." What if it’s this group that finds shelter? Maybe, maybe not. It could be bad sanctuary — like The Hunters, a cannibal group featured in the comics. Producer Gale Anne Hurd did recently say there are people maybe just as evil as The Governor out there, so maybe that was a hint to The Hunters coming. Or maybe they just follow these tracks to the Alexandria Safe-Zone in Alexandria, VA. It seems like a helluva long walk from Georgia, but … perhaps? The season finale is labeled “A” and it’s supposed to end on a more hopeful note than our somber second half start, so we’re still expecting the core group to find a prison-ish spot by the end of the season.
4. Tara is still with us: So we aren’t leaving behind all of the Team Governor people. Lilly’s sister Tara (Alanna Masterson) is now with Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), and he now knows the truth about Hershel’s death and her role in the Governor takeover. Are you glad to see her? There are already so many people to follow. Just saying.
5. Three newbies are here! At the end of the episode, Glenn and Tara ran into three characters from the comics: Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos), and Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt). The TV characters are supposed to be “somewhat similar” to the people in the books, and the page peeps were on their way to Washington, D.C. Scientist Eugene has a mission to connect with others with possible answers on how this whole walker outbreak started. The synopsis for Episode 12, “Still” (March 2) reads, "An enlightening mission springs from a request from one of the group members." Maybe that’s with these three? In the books, Abraham and Rosita had a romantic relationship and that might carry over on screen. Just in case you were wondering if she’d end up hooking up with one of the hot single guys. Probably not. We do have a lot of characters packed into the second half, but keep an eye on these three. We'd be shocked if Abraham, at least, didn't become a fan favorite ... provided he actually gets screen time.
• And all that is without even mentioning that Daryl is back — although, is he? Depressed Debbie Downer Daryl is having a tough time living without his true love Rick new family at the prison. He’ll snap out of it eventually, right? What if Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) sings to him, would that just make it worse? Were you upset that there were only maybe 10 minutes of Daryl footage or did you like how they split up the hour?
• We also haven’t talked about Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) being distraught because she assumes Glenn is dead, and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Bob (romance ahead, maybe?) doing whatever they’re doing. What happened to the people on the bus? Does it feel a little convenient to you that all those “redshirts” are already gone or are you just glad to not have to waste time pretending to care about them? (Is that mean?)
That’s way too long an intro, but we haven’t even gotten into the details yet. It was that epic an episode. Read on for a full play-by-play recap:
HEY, REMEMBER BETH’S JOURNAL?
The episode starts with her message to someone. She tells them about the prison. Daddy thinks we can make it into a home. Is this her version of Rick’s walkie-talkie chats with Morgan, who never replied? As we hear Bethie’s voice-over, we see her and Daryl in the woods, fighting walkers. Obviously this is post-prison life we’re seeing as we hear new prison words. We see Beth and Daryl running through a field as Beth tells whoever that she got to sleep in her own bed last night. She quotes her own father, Hershel: “If you don’t have hope, what’s the point of living?” Oh, she’s writing to her diary, which she just found at this point. “We can live here for the rest of our lives.” She thinks she can live in the prison forever. Well. Maybe, if they try to retake it, but that’s not likely. Then again, on the upside, she’s getting alone time with Daryl Dixon. So many people would love to be in that position, dangerous or not.
It’s not as fun being with Daryl as you might expect. Beth wants them to do something. We can’t be the only survivors. She believes they are not alone. Daryl’s silence suggests he feels otherwise. Beth gets up, says Daryl is a tracker, he can track. It’s true. Michonne did it, and found Rick and Carl with relative ease. Beth basically forces him to get up by storming away to do some tracking on her own. Obviously that’s not going to work and he won’t let his little sister soldier go it alone.
Daryl finds small shoe prints. Beth thinks it could be Luke’s or Molly’s. She says it means they are alive. Daryl says it just means they were alive a few hours ago. He’s raining on all the parades. Daryl tracks things going bad. Beth wants to have faith, but Daryl said it didn’t do sh-t for them, including her father. Awkward silence. Beth grabs some berries, saying “they” will be hungry when they find them. Daryl gives her his bandana to carry the food. At least he’s trying. And dang does he look good. They come upon two dead bodies. Daryl finds blood. “That ain’t walker blood.” Beth thinks they found them off. Daryl says no, there are walker tracks all around. They hear a noise and Beth breaks out her knife. It’s a walker, who attacks Beth. Daryl can’t get a shot with his crossbow so he pulls the guy away. Beth takes him down with her knife. Tag team!
Everyone eventually ends up at these tracks. They see walkers eating human remains. Daryl takes them down with his arrows. They also see a shoe. What is it with lost shoes this season? Something about the shoe breaks Beth. She bursts into tears. Daryl just looks back in sadness. How depressing. Poor Beth. Poor everyone. Was that one of the kids's shoes? Luke? Molly?
We hear more from her diary, although she burned a page in the fire. “If this doesn’t work,” we hear her voice-over say, “I don’t know how I could keep going.” How about if you’re stuck with Daryl? He’s good motivation to keep going.
NOW IT’S TIME FOR TY AND THE GIRLS
Mika is the one crying now. She wants Carol. Remember when Mika had to tell Lizzie to look at the flowers? Poor Ty is already being nagged by the kids. He has Judith! So he has a baby and two little girls to take care of. And Beth thought her life sucked. Lizzie breaks out her knife to try and, what, kill a rabbit? Did Lizzie dissect that thing in the prison? Judith starts crying and the kids are worried “they” will hear her. Ty says they will find a safe place soon. Poor Little Ass-Kicker. What a crappy way to grow up. Good for Ty, though, for taking care of the kids, or trying anyway.
THEY FIND GRAPES
And apparently Ty knows they are OK. Poor Judith is still crying. She needs to be changed. Are we going to have to deal with this every week? The lungs on this kid — definitely Shane’s baby.
Mika yells that walkers are there and Ty says he knows. Ty goes off to try and find them, leaving the girls behind. Mika runs from a bird and Ty and Lizzie follow after her. Ty says if you hear or see a waker, you run. Mika did the right thing. Lizzie doesn’t seem to agree. (Carol would not agree either.) Lizzie drops a nasty line about Sasha. Ty said Lizzie and Mika do their own things and get it done. Mika said it’s like Ty and his sister Sasha, but Lizzie said no because Sasha isn’t around anymore. Ty, for whatever reason, runs off and leaves the girls alone. Because he heard screaming and thought it might be Team Prison people? Bad idea. Oh are we seeing the past now? The people who died at the train tracks and how?
THE GIRLS ARE ALONE, WALKERS ATTACK
Lizzie covers Judith’s mouth to keep her quiet. Is she going to try to kill her? Lizzie is scary as hell, y’all. Lizzie may indeed be the new Ben. Walkers come 'round while Ty is still away. Mika shoots at one while Lizzie is busy being insane. Did Lizzie feed the rats at the fence too? Did Lizzie kill Karen and David? Is Lizzie to blame for all things? Is Lizzie the new Carl or are all children this crazy, since it's the zombie apocalypse? Judith has no chance.
CAROL SAVES THE DAY
She found and saved the kids and brought them to Ty by the tracks. So did Daryl just miss them when he came upon this scene?
THERE’S A PLACE ON THE TRACKS
It’s safe. You can take the kids there. Some guy tells them. “Stay on the tracks. That was my mistake.” Carol says the woods have more cover. He says they don’t understand. “There’s a place, up the tracks. … Trust me. Please. Follow the tracks.”
TY & CAROL TALK
He didn’t see her get out of the prison. She said she hadn't gotten back yet. She realizes he doesn’t know Rick banished her and she keeps up the fiction that she was still with Rick. She said she saw “the end” of what happened at the prison. She saw them running into the woods. They don’t have her car anymore.
Terminus! There was a spoiler about someone playing a Terminus character on the season finale, and “those who arrive, survive” was part of the radio tease from the first half of the season. Ty should remember that car trip. Is the sanctuary the Alexandria Safe-Zone or a trap? Neither?
MAGGIE, BOB & SASHA
So we’re spending a little bit of time with each group. Sasha and Bob may be flirting a bit. Romance ahead? Bob said Tyreese could’ve made it. Sasha said they don’t know if anybody got out. “No,” Bob said. “We do.” They got out. Bob and Beth are on Team Hope. Sasha wants to camp there. Maggie is going to search for Glenn. She wants to follow the bus’s tracks. “I couldn’t find Beth. I know Glenn got out and I know which way he went.” She wants to get him and come back for both of them. Sasha does not want to split up, but Maggie is going. Bob follows her, telling Sasha she said it, they can’t split up. Sasha is very Daryl-ish today.
THEY FIND THE BUS
Maggie runs for it. There are walkers on the bus. Dang, that was fast. What happened? All those redshirts are already gone. How … convenient? Maggie gets pissed and wants to fight to get in the bus, to see if Glenn is there. Bob said OK, but they have to do it together. Sasha hates this idea. The walkers come out one at a time, so Maggie can see their faces. Brutal. She eventually breaks down on the bus, assuming Glenn is dead. Poor Maggie.
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH, GLENN IS ALIVE
But he doesn’t look much better than Rick. He’s bloody and you can hear walkers around him. He’s back at the prison. Walkers have taken up residence. Glenn shouts for “Maggie.” He’s like a rock star with walkers reaching up for him. Poor Glenn. Poor everyone this week. He can’t even get to the other side of the catwalk. At least he has his gun, though. How did that come about? When did he leave the bus? Guess he was never on it when it drove away. Weirdly enough, he manages to get in the cell block (clear of walkers) and lay down in his cell. So … Beth could’ve actually lived out her diary entry about sleeping in her own bed. Why can’t they just retake the prison, though, honestly? He finds his photo of Maggie and cries. He rounds up some supplies to hit the road. He also puts on the prison riot gear and fights his way through a giant herd of walkers. If he can do this, the group could retake the prison. But maybe that’s not good enough TV. We have to move forward!
GLENN FINDS TARA
She’s just sitting there, even more depressed than Daryl. He pushes her to get up and go. She admits “I was part of this.” He says “I know.” So why is he doing this? He needs her help. Molotov cocktail time! Glenn would be a good leader for the group. You can tell who has that ability when the ish hits the fan like this. Glenn or Michonne might be the best bets. It’s impressive that Glenn could get them out of the prison like that.
GLENN & TARA ON THE ROAD
They see a sign that hitchhikers may be escaping inmates. Ha. Tara saw her sister Lilly swarmed. She wasn’t supposed to be there. Tara trusted him/The Governor. Oh that’s right. Glenn didn’t even know that The Governor killed “that old man.” Brian told them the prison group were bad people, but she sees now that it isn’t true. “I’m a piece of sh-t. Why would you want my help?” “I don’t want it, I need it. I have to find Maggie.” Maggie is his wife. Glenn doesn’t know that Maggie made it. Maggie’s father, Hershel, was a great man. He told them all they have to do is believe. Walkers attack them and Tara is pretty dang slow to step in. Glenn is still recovering from the flu, you know. Tara does get a nice walker kill in, though.
TRUCK PULLS UP
Tara finishes killing the walker and sees the newbies show up. "Hope you enjoyed the show, a**holes!" It’s Abraham, Rosita and Eugene. Abraham: “You got a damn mouth on you, you know that? What else you got?” Yesssss.
“We need each other, partner.” Abraham tries to convince Glenn that Maggie is gone? Interesting twist on the comics. We see the three newbies, Michonne, Carl, Rick, and Glenn. Are those the groups for next week? No one else?
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