The Walking Dead: A Review (Mania.com)

By:Hanso
Review Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Source: Mania.com

 As we saw in the finale, Rick’s only motivation in the zombie world is his son.  We’re treated to flashbacks back in the prison days where Hershel (nice seeing him back) urges Rick to put the gun down and pick up farming tools for the sake of Carl.  The war was over, now it was time to farm and spend quality time with his son. While Rick didn’t agree, somewhere along the way, probably around the time he saw the kid playing with Legos and Carl working on his gun, Rick knew Hershel was right and he became Farmer Rick in order to raise his son.  

 

Unfortunately, Farmer Rick is the hero that The Walking Dead deserves but not the one it needs right now.  Right now it needs I’ll Bite Your Throat Off Rick.  The safe haven of the Prison is no more, Rick and his crew are out in the real world where people like Joe’s group exists and that means kill or be killed.

 

Joe’s group still looking for revenge over the guy Rick killed finally catch up to Rick, Michonne & Carl.  Joe is about to kill Rick when Daryl steps in to vouch for them saying they are good people and if its blood they want to take it from him.  Problem is Daryl according to Joe is lying which breaks one of Joe’s rules so he is sentenced to death by beatdown.  Meanwhile one of Joe’s men grabs Carl and it seemed like he had a “I want to rape you” look which was creepy to say the least.  Rick ain’t going to stand for that so he fights back.  This entire scene was pretty awesome, especially right after Joe shoots next to Rick’s ear and the sounds goes out for a bit.  The look on Rick’s face it seemed like he was turning into the Hulk but what we were watching was the death of Farmer Rick and the rise of a Rick who will chew Joe’s neck in order to survive and protect his friends & family.  Yeah, Rick just bit a guy’s jugular off like it was nothing, and then the rest of the group finishes off the remaining of Joe’s men except for therapey guy holding Carl.  That one was Rick’s to finish off.  The whole sequence was pretty brutal, and it was made a little more disturbing after the fact when we see Rick ain’teven broken up about it.  It seems Rick has come to peace with what must be done in the zombie world to survive, which is good for us but bad for any one that tries to mess with Rick and his crew moving forward.  

 

The next morning Rick, Carl, Michonne, and Daryl head out to Terminus and finally someone shows some common sense on this show.  Unlike Glenn, Maggie and the rest of them who walk in through Terminus front door, Rick and the gang hide a stash of weapons outside Terminus and scope the place out, entering through the back door where they meet Terminus’ leader, Gareth.  After some introductions, Gareth sends them for some barbecue.

 

Rick notices a watch, poncho and riot gear and knows something ain’t right so he pulls his gun out and a shooting happens with the Terminus residents shooting at the floor instead of Rick and the gang in order to guide them thru Terminus to exactly where they want them to go.  Here’s the interesting thing, as Rick and them were running they went thru a creepy room with names on the floor, lit candles and the words “Never Again, Never Trust, We Always First” written on the wall.  What’s that about?  Also, as they were running through another area you could see fresh human bones lying on the ground.  Is that were the Terminus residents get their meat?

 

Anyway, once Rick, Carl, Michonne and Daryl reach the end of the line, Gareth sends them all into a train car.  Inside was also Glenn, Maggie, Sasha, Bob, etc.  Looks like they didn’t get the greatest welcome to Terminus either.  So there is everyone locked inside a train car, with armed people waiting on the outside and Rick not a care in the world.  I would’ve loved if Rick pulled a Walter White and just turned to the group and said “We’re not in the danger, WE ARE THE DANGER.” Instead he goes with “They are going to feel pretty stupid when they findout……they are screwing with the wrong people.”  BOOM,the season ends with badass Rick ready to lay thesmackdown next season.

 

So, what did you think of the episode?  Disappointed that we didn’t get a major death, no signs of Beth or Tyrese& Carol?  Leave your thoughts on the comments below and see you next season.



Mania Grade: B
Episode: A (Season 4, Episode 16)
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira
Written By: Based on characters by Robert Kirkman
Directed By: Michelle MacLaren
Network: AMC
Studio: American Movie Classics (AMC), Circle of Confusion, Valhalla Motion Pictures
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