Have we learned nothing? – The Walking Dead Season 4 finale – TV Show Review

I think it’s safe to say I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead. That being said I have never read the books, I know I probably should but I enjoy the show too much to jump into those quite yet. Plus I think it gives me a bit of “guessing” knowledge if I haven’t read along with the books.

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ImageOh The Walking Dead always has a way of making you not only want more but want to know exactly where this show is headed. That being said season 4 has been not only seeing the changes of those who are still alive but also how to make it through this world. We began season 4 a few months after Rick and the gang had taken down Woodbury and allowed those who didn’t fight back to join them at the prison. We saw that Rick had learned a few things from Hershel, like how to farm. He also had taken a step back in the leadership role. Meanwhile, Michonne has been searching for the Governor but also going on runs for supplies (like food and weapons). Carol has taken up teaching the younger kids and everyone seems to have their role.

We learn that the Governor is actually still alive (they teased this for a while before we were confirmed). He was abandoned by his men when he seemed to have lost all hope. He found a new group and was able to convince them that those at the prison would taken them all out unless they did it first. Meanwhile at the prison a sickness (that’s deadly) has broken out, with flu-like symptoms. Daryl and few go out in search of a cure at a local university but they hit a road-block (walkers). Hershel, Carol, Tyreese, Maggie, Carl, Rick and Beth with baby Judith are the only ones not infected. Tyreese has been trying to figure out who killed his girlfriend while the others are trying to wonder who would put rats near the walls, attracting the walkers and making the fence almost cave in a few times.

Rick is forced to make a decision about what to do, the farm is done. He learns that Carol was the one who killed Karen (Tyreese’s girlfriend). Carol is given a car and some food, never allowed to come back to the prison. Hershel is able to create a tea that seems to help those who are sick but the sickness does take over and walkers begin to walk inside of the prison. After a small battle, they are killed and the medicine arrives.

However, just when things seem to calm at the prison, The Governor and his gang show up for the final battle. Hershel is killed and thus the gun fire starts (with a tank too). In the end both sides face loses but the Governor is killed and many of those who are still alive are able to get out of the prison. And thus we have the mid-season finale.

We begin up again seeing people basically running around the woods, trying to get away from walkers and put as much space between them and the prison. Daryl is with Beth. Maggie, Sasha and Bob are a group. Rick is hurting battle after his fist fight with the Governnor and he is following Carl. Michonne is once again on her own. But what about baby Judith? Oh she’s alive, she is with Mika, Lizzie and Tyreese. Each of the characters take a different direction but in the end they all find their way to these signs:

ImageThe “Sanctuary” is called Terminus. This seems that all roads outside of the prison lead here. A safe place to live and survive, and they advertise? Anybody see a problem with this? I mean really, if we have learned anything in this walker filled world is that no-place is safe. Sure sometimes it seems like maybe but the walkers are always a threat and it times that people got back to remember that.

Rick, Carl and Michonne are heading to Terminus. Maggie and Glenn have been reunited and arrived there, greeted by Mary.

ImageAnd we are left wondering what is Terminus about, given that we can’t see what happens to them. Meanwhile, the biker-gang that Daryl has teamed up with after Beth is kidnapped (or taken) have been trailing Rick. They finally catch up with him and guns are pointed. At this point I am literally saying to the TV “Someone make a move”. It’s a stale mate, clearly the biker-gang has the upper hand in all of this. But we forget about Daryl? Please he’s the man for the rescue after all. In the end, Rick rips the throat out of Joe and the others go down in the gun fire and fists. And once again Daryl is back where he belongs.

“Your my brother.” – Rick Grimes

So we continue onto Terminus but the gang decides to be smart about it. Rick and Daryl both agree they need to stay off of the road and make sure they see this place before they see them. All sounds good and it’s a well though out plan. The gang watches from the woods for a bit but when they see nothing, they decide to jump the face and take the back way inside. Rick has taken precautions however and buried a bag full of weapons outside in the woods, “just in case”.

Rick, Daryl, Michonne and Carl go in through the doors to Terminus, following it through until they come to a room where an older woman sits on the radio mic. She is announcing the safety offer at Terminus and repeats it over and over again. They make themselves known to not only the woman but the other five people in the room. They are of course asked to lower their weapons and are patted down. The man who takes the lead in talking is Garret and then Alex. They are able to put their weapons back on and Alex leads them outside to our wonder woman Mary. She is once again cooking meat. But the thing that is weird is the clothing the others are wearing, things that Rick, Carl, Michonne and Daryl have seen before. Rick sees the watch chain in Alex’s pocket and instantly knows that something is wrong. Guns are drawn and when they demand answers to the things they know belong to Glenn and Maggie, another gun battle starts. They are able to get away, with only the death of Alex. However, as they make their way through rooms in hopes of escaping out of the back they come across a room full of candles.

ImageThe walls read: “NEVER AGAIN. NEVER TRUST. WE FIRST, ALWAYS.”

This is left you to wonder exactly what these people are about. I have once again stated before that Terminus isn’t what is seems. Nothing is safe and their always a catch. That being said many theories went wild and while I didn’t have one for myself, I knew that Terminus wasn’t safe. The main theory (and one that is from the books) is that those at Terminus are cannibals. And this leaves me to believe that for every candle we safe lit, that was the death of someone who had come looking for sanctuary.

In the end, Rick (The Ringleader), Darly (The Archer), Michonne (The Samurai) and Carl (TheKid) are trapped. They are locked inside of a train car, where they run into the others who have arrived (minus Carol, Judith and Tyreese). The group from the prison is once again back together but they are now prisoners. However, this episode has been about the gang getting back to the survival part of their personalities (thus the title “A”). When the others seems afraid of what is going on, RIck doesn’t.

“They’re going to feel pretty stupid when they find out…they’re screwing with the wrong people.”  – Rick Grimes

 

I have to say that this episode is probably one of my favorites of the entire series. There is a lot of difficult choices made but it’s about surviving just a little bit longer. Rick taking out Joe’s throat is about saving his son and getting back to his protective side. A lot of characters go through some of the changes and how it doesn’t mean they aren’t who they are. That is one important lesson. Another thing I like is that while we are left wondering how Rick and the others are going to escape, we know that they never go down without a fight. We also know that Terminus has some problems, anyone else notice all of the bullet holes around the building? I have to say I am not only interested to see how they escape but what these folks at Terminus are really about. I give this episode 10 out of 10 stars.

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