It seems that this season like to present problems and resolve them within the next couple episodes, as now proven with the virus source from the pigs, the walker infiltration via Patrick, Carol burning people to death, and of course now, the return of The Governor. Too many things happen then get solved. That being said, I have no doubt that Glenn’s potential fatal sickness will be solved in the next episode, where he either survives or dies. But, of course, only time will tell.
Rick comes back to camp and the question everyone has on their mind is: where’s Carol? The funny thing is, last time when had a question like this was with the governor in the beginning of the season. That being said the question arises on whether or whether not Carol would ever team up with the Governor, as it appears that that have similarities in their morals. While I was considering this, of course they would tease him at the very end of the episode.
We already know the Hershel has the strongest faith out of everyone at the prison, but he must also have the strongest immune system for an elderly man. The man had already gotten his leg cut off, lost most his family, lost his faith and then restored it; and now he appears to be to be completely virus-free in a quarantine zone full of sickness— even after having his face coughed on and sprayed with blood in the previous episode. Out of all the things that he could have been spared, this is the break he catches? In this episode Hershel basically travels from person to person attempting to help them and he is completely safe. He tells Rick that they are lucky and that “life is a test”; if that is true, Hershel must have an automatic A+ on it, but see that is the point.
So an episode heavy on Hershel’s point-of-view must mean something was going to happen and of course the walker explosion in the quarantine zone happened… Again. Watching the walker outbreak felt very repetitive, like we saw it a couple episodes ago with Patrick, Carl’s friend with the glasses. All this event is doing is reinforcing the idea that Carol was potentially right and that they all should probably find a new home other than the prison.
However if you look at it from Maggie’s point of view, things get a bit different. A Hershel heavy episode may foreshadow his near and future death. If you think about it, Maggie already has too much going for her: a boyfriend, a father, a sister (although one can argue that Beth has been loosing her innocence, at that’s a loss all to itself), etc. Something has to happen to her and right now it seems like it’s going to be Glenn, but given this Hershel-centric episode, I can foresee him sacrificing himself some way shape or form and Glenn surviving.
When the walkers begin to over run the prison camp, it cuts back and forth to Hershel’s little zombie adventure in the quarantine zone and saving Glenn. The action is high-octane and the stakes are high, but it wasn’t too satisfying. Everything in this episode felt very repetitive and the only thing that was new is the potential of saving Glenn and even Sasha and a deeper character study of Hershel. It’s starting to feel like the third season of Lost— a majority of character insight and captivating drama with a lack of an overall plot.
While some people may have liked this episode, I personally see it as an episode that proves the lack of plot this season. Every season of The Walking Dead has had a driving force the progresses the seasonal arc along; this season has a loose notion of a sickness to it’s name and even that hasn’t done too much except kill off most everyone at the prison. This is why I was extremely enthralled to see The Governor standing outside the prison. What that ultimately meant to me is hope that the show could straighten and thicken its plot in time for the next few episodes before the mid-season finale. I predict that the second half of the season will focus more on a thicker plot and that essentially this half of the season is all to set-up each character’s states of mind for when they encounter The Governor once again. All I can say is that I am extremely excited; The Governor has to be one of the best and interesting characters from the series thus far.