Today I realized that 1 week between two 40 minutes episodes is too much but making a TV Show like The Walking Dead. It’s so easy to find yourself immersed in The Walking Dead universe, minutes after the show starts … and that feeling stays with you minutes after the show ends.
The team behind the show managed to create more than a Zombie TV Show, they created a universe that we are drawn into and some characters we identify with.
Enough with the chit-chat, let’s get back to episode 4 of season 4 of The Walking Dead.
Carol and the evolution of characters in The Walking Dead
As we learned in the last episode, Carol was the one that killed 2 sick people. It was her way of trying to protect the other survivors in the prison. She thought that by killing them she will stop the spread of the disease and everybody will be fine. She was wrong … in so many ways. Not only she did not stop the disease but she also did the mistake to take a decision that was not hers to take. Taking the life of another human in a world where there are so few left is not something you do so easily.
The problem goes even deeper and you ask yourself: why go to so much trouble to save lives if you take that easily a decision to end one.
Things are not simple. Carol is not anymore the abused wife from season 1, she is a strong individual now and she can do what has to be done to ensure the safety of her loved ones.
The episode is about the conflict between Carol’s humanity and her survival instinct.
Rick is faced with a very hard decision if we think about what Carol did.
If he let’s her unpunished Tyreese will probably kill her and he will loose some of his authority with the other survivors.
Despite the fact that he’s a man of the law, he can’t punish her because, deep inside him, he understands how Carol’s mind works now.
He takes a very hard decision by letting her go and banning her from ever coming back to the prison but, somehow, I’m sure that this is not the last time we see Carol.
It will be interesting to see what Daryl has to say about Rick’s decision when they get back to the prison 🙂
Discovering more about Bob Stookey
Bob Stookey is a former army medic that was found by Daryl wandering on the streets one week before the start of season 4. He’s a man haunted by his past, before and after the zombie apocalypse, and that can be seen in his every action.
Remember him from the first episode, in the supermarket, when he wants to take a bottle of something, he puts it back and the shelf goes down on him and that starts a nightmarish scene.
In this episode he almost gets killed by the zombies for a bottle of Whiskey.
It’s not about the alcohol, it’s about his inability to evolve and accept what has already happened.