Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 5 Review

Richard Haas

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.


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      1. Jeanette Lucero November 11, 2013 at 4:25 am

        He’s back!!!!!!!!!!!!

      2. Johnny November 11, 2013 at 11:10 am

        Jesus you really fail to look beyond what is looking at you, read between the lines man. You do not understand that episode at all…

      3. Heidi November 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        I thought episode 5 was the best episode so far this season.

      4. Steve November 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        Can we review your review? 1 star. Very lacking in my opinion. Not sure what you expect survivors to be doing in the zombie world, other than killing them repeatedly and trying to survive. Do you want them to play twister or something?

      5. Lugh November 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        I hope this isn’t what you do for a living because you’re not very good at it. You frequently fail to look beyond the obvious and make no comments whatsoever with regards to the meta-narrative that is going on both in this episode and in this season as a whole. You frequently complain about a lack of a plot, but judging from this review, you don’t really know what a plot is, which certainly complicates your review.

      6. keri November 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        I liked your review and don’t get what these trolls problem is lol.

      7. scott November 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm

        best episode so far. wtf is wrong with you, oh… ur a troll. my bad

      8. Diane Rogers November 12, 2013 at 4:55 am

        I felt exactly the same way. I posted a comment on the facebook Walking Dead website. I stated that I felt that there was no plot to the episode. I even asked for peoples comments so I could understand what they had gotten out of the episode. Instead I got “Don’t watch it then” I thought we were allowed to our own opinions. What a boring world it would be if we all thought alike.
        They did have the funniest looking zombie so far on this episode.
        So all you judgemental people remember you are not the only one that has an opinion and a right to one.

      9. Diane Rogers November 12, 2013 at 5:11 am

        I’m sorry. I found the episode to repetitive and lacking a plot. They really did not include any new storyline. Although it did show a lot of Hershel’s battles with religion and life itself. The episode had more of Hershel’s insight than scenario drama.
        I really would have liked to see what Daryl’s thoughts were also. Carol’s leaving was one of the most important points of the last show. I really was anticipating how Daryl would react.
        The episode had extensive Zombie killing action and Rick finally trusted Carl to help him like an equal. I guess Rick has figured out that Carl has finally came to the conclusion that you cannot just shoot and kill people. That there is a difference between protection and murder.
        There was a very humorous segment when Rick and Carl were finished killing the Zombie invasion. There was one Zombie left moving. I really found it to be the funniest looking Zombie they had created thus far. I was really impressed by their makeup.
        The most significant moment was when the showed the Gov. at the very end. I wonder how Carol is going to pop up again and if it will be with him.
        The Governor has been one of the most thought-provoking characters. You never know what is going to happen when he is around. Such a strange person. I am sure he has a lot of tricks up his sleeve.
        I actually think the second half of the season it going to be extraordinarily exceptional. I think the second half of the season it going to make this season one of the very best seasons thus far. I am really excited to find out what happens.

      10. SKJ November 12, 2013 at 6:28 am

        One of the best things I find in this Season is how they are finally taking the time to let us know about these characters. This is my favorite episode of this season by far. From the time where Rick asks Maggie if it was a good call, to “Finally” having an episode where so many things are building and none of the first round or second round of characters parish; I don’t know what you expect when you say something “not too satisfying”.

      11. damaddog27 November 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        People seem to be missing the whole point of what this season has been about. It’s about the hopelessness about the situation they are in. People complain that this episode seemed to be just a repeat of what has already happened. That’s exactly what it is because that’s the life they are living. Walkers attack the fence, you defend then it happens again. The flu is killing people, then they turn and attack and you defend again. The flu has also been a frustrating villian since Walkers you can kill, bad people you can kill but this is a whole different ball game. This is also showing that nowhere in this new world can really be safe.It is also starting to ask the question, is staying in the prison really much safer than living on the road. With Governor back they will now have another enemy to fight. There is one thing that does bug me is why hasn’t there been more discussion/investigation to find out who is feeding the rats to the Walkers.