Well this was a pretty action packed episode yes? Oddly despite the previous episodes featuring a daring extraction of antibiotics from a zombie infested animal hospital this one felt more fraught. Perhaps it’s because the action took place mainly on home turf? In any event my disjointed ramblings follow below.
Lizzie (aka creepy zombie loving kid) has been getting some serious face time, is the show setting her up to be a new regular or something else? Commentators theories have placed the responsibility for everything from the walker baiting to murdering the sickies at Lizzie’s little feet. Still that little lass was rather helpful this episode when she wasn’t annoying the adults or swirling her shoes in pools of plague blood (eeew). “Go away hun, Uncle Hershel needs to stab a man in the head.”
Hershel is undeniably the star of the episode which is nice. He’s been the generally admirable if somewhat naive at times social backbone of the group. The role of courageous healer suits him well; even the super flue seems impressed since it courteously stays out of him. That said he sure isn’t good at taking advice from Doc Caleb about keeping people in their cells. Not a good call there Hersh.
Then as if to contrast we have ol’ Rick who, having unilaterally exiled Carol, arrives back at the prison with less manpower (so to speak) to offer than he should have. Oh and Rick doesn’t feel comfortable having Carl’s tender teenage brain exposed to zombies or violence so he can guard the babies while Rick and Maggie shore up the fence by themselves. Yeah, great call there Rick. Kids don’t need green yards anyhow.
It also bears noting that we saw at least three able bodies adults this episode who, prior to this episode, apparently did not a lick of work about the prison. What the hell!? The idiotic unforced continuity problems are grating, couldn’t the show shell out for elderly extras? It’s not like old people make especially infirm walkers.
On the subject of the Walkers I remain mystified by their continued clustering at the fence. Is the mysterious mousketeer (or should I say ratketeer?) still feeding the things? Why are they bunching up like that? It’s oddly strategic for a bunch of mindless dead. If Lizzy is the ratketeer she’s quite epic since she’d have to be sneaking out of the cell block to clandestinely feed her pets. Maybe the ratkateer has greater freedom of movement now that Glenn and Maggie aren’t vigilantly watching the perimeter (aka making a prison tower into their own private love shack) every night.
On a similar subject it was brought up in previous discussions that the prison fence shouldn’t be buckling as easily as it is, being designed to stand up to the pressures of large groups far more energized than walkers are. I was somewhat agnostic on the subject until this episode until the fence literally fell apart under the press of Walker bodies AND the inner fence (remember there are two layers) fell apart like chicken wire. I’m sorry but that’s complete bull so to rescue the narrative I have an alternative theory: aluminum fences are vulnerable to the super flue. If Rick and Co had any sense they’d have had Hershel out in the dog run administering his elderberry tea to the ailing hard working aluminum links instead of those slackers in the prison wing.
Frankly the machine gun solution to the walker incursion struck me as idiotic. The entire US army with these weapons and better is overwhelmed by walkers but a Sherrif and a teenage kid can put a whole herd of them down with two automatic weapons? North does not approve, not even a little bit. Also the scene of them walking around finishing the walkers off afterwards made equally little sense. If you shoot them in the head they die, if you don’t shoot them in the head they keep coming after you so why would Walkers being laying around waiting to be finished off? Maybe they were stunned by the huge plot holes or caught the super flue from the fence and needed a lie down. Poor walkers.
Rick shamelessly avoids telling Darrel about Carol and Hershel blatantly punts that same question right back to him. Good for Hershel, Rick’s going to have to own up to this and I don’t think Darrel is going to be mollified with the taste of some fresh lima beans. Also on the list of men who likely won’t be mollified by some fresh lima beans is the Governor who is lurking outside! Welcome back gov, you wouldn’t happen to know who the prison’s ratkateer might be would you?
I would note that setting aside the fence collapse and the Governor’s reappearing the prison also lost several people including their only full fledged doctor. That puts this episode as one of the most devastating blows the community has absorbed pretty much all season. It looks to me like the deviation from comic cannon that occurred at the end of last season is gradually working itself out and gur cevfba vf qbbzrq gb snyy nebhaq gur fnzr gvzr gur Tbireabe qvrf sbe tbbq V nffhzr.