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  • Episode: Alone (Season 4, Episode 13)
  • Starring: Sonequa Martin-Green, Chad L. Coleman, Emily Kinney, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan
  • Written By: Based on characters by Robert Kirkman
  • Created By: Frank Darabont
  • Network: AMC
  • Studio: American Movie Classics (AMC), Circle of Confusion, Valhalla Motion Pictures
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The Walking Dead: Alone Review

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By Hanso     March 11, 2014
Source: Mania.com


The Walking Dead: Alone Review
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We gonna keep it light this week because The Walking Dead continues to bore and waste time.

Bob, Sasha, and Maggie started the episode on their way to find Glenn.  They ended the episode on their way to find Glenn.  So basically everything that happened in between was a waste of time, except for Bob getting some screen time and a cool sequence with all three of them fighting zombies in the fog.  Was anything that happened here really necessary?  No.  All three of them are now on their way to Terminus hoping to find Glenn.  Yay!

Daryl & Beth’s part of the episode was pretty good though cause at least something happened there.  It gets even better if you follow the comics since you might have a clue as to who were the people scavenging through Rick’s house a few episodes ago.

Daryl is bonding with Beth, showing her how to use the crossbow and track.  While they are out they find a funeral home with a little stash of fresh food meaning someone still lives in that funeral home but who?  Everything was going fine until the infected from World War Z show up.  The zombies in the funeral were fast as hell, those suckers were running which proves there are no zombie rules in this show.

Daryl & Beth split up, with Daryl sending her outside while he remained to lay waste to the World War Z zombies.  When Daryl finally makes it out of the funeral home to look for Beth he sees she’s been kidnapped and a car is driving away with her.  He goes all T-1000 and just starts running after the car.  He runs all day and night until he finally stops due to exhaustion.  While on the floor he’s approached by the same group of guys that Rick ran into.  Who are these guys?  Are they from Terminus? Why do they kill/choke each other out over sleeping beds?  

After that we get a Glenn sighting.  Guess what, he’s on his way to Terminus too. Yay!  Next week we follow Tyrese and Carol on their way to Terminus.  Hopefully something interesting happens.  

What did you guys think?  Leave comments below and please put up a spoiler alert if you’re going to talk about the comic book.

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samson 3/11/2014 2:47:39 AM

 I remember Nicotero stating in an interview that walkers would never flat out run. But, they will move faster or slower depending upon the needs of script. I think he said that during an episode of Talking Dead. 

I didn't mind this week's EP. We got to learn more about Bob and see some growth out of his character. Of course, that means he'll be biting it ( or in this case getting bit ) sooner than later. It'll either be him or Tyrese (TWD is like Highlander in that regard ; there can be only one). And since there's no AA meetings in the zombie Apocolypse, I'm thinking Bob is not long for that world.

SinisterPryde 3/11/2014 3:55:08 AM

The back half of this season seems to be more about the characters dealing with loss and finding what they need to keep to going.  Putting to words the obvious metaphor here, its about the journey, not the destination.  It seems likely that all the characters will end up at Terminus at the closing moments of the season, which I figure means we won't see what Terminus really is until next season.

Eldogg42 3/11/2014 6:02:31 AM

I read the comics, but I'm not sure I remember this group from the comics.  Shed some light on which group these guys are.

xJokersxWildx 3/11/2014 6:03:11 AM

Joe's group is not the Hunters if that's what your getting at. They are def something else.

Glad they came back tho Jeff Kober rules and is a great bad ass.

The beginning on how they found Bobby " Glenn and Daryl" was cool. Nice lil back story there to him. Esp since he's been changed up a bit from the comics.

 

Eldogg42 3/11/2014 6:59:18 AM

Dammit,  I think I forgot every character from the comics who isn't in the current issues.  Bob was in the comics? I'm gonna have to go back and read the old issues.

monkeyfoot 3/11/2014 7:07:32 AM

I like all these "boring and time wasting" episodes alot. It's called Character Development! I knew after the prison break-up and saw the first teaser for this part of the season that it was going to be the story of the small individual groups struggling to survive on their own with some quiet moments and I like it. It's these times when they are alittle quiet and only two or three are together you get to know more of what the characters are like and you care more about them. At least I do.

I like and care about Bob a whole lot more after seeing what he had gone through. All I'd know before is that he had a bad drinking problem. Now I know why. Plus, I now have a huge respect for him after he decided to leave Sasha, a woman he was falling in love with, to go alone to follow Maggie. He knew the horrors of living alone but he had grown enough that he would do it for what he considered the right thing. The confrontation between the Governor and Rick at the prison wouldn't have been nearly as good if we didn't have the slow episodes of him pulling himself together, becoming part of a family, then becoming leader of a new group.

redhairs99 3/11/2014 8:14:49 AM

Parts of this episode were good character building moments.  The opening scene with Bob's journey, I felt wasn't one of those moments.  We already knew that Bob had a drinking problem (I don't think it was because of the zombie apocalypse) and we already knew that he had been with 2 groups and was the lone survivor from both groups.  It was a waste of 5 minutes of the episode.  Now what would have been great in those 5 minutes with Bob, would have been to have seen him with these other groups and see what really went down.  That would have been some good storytelling rather than having him walk around aimlessly drinking for however long only to cut back to present day and he's still wondering around.  I guess this time around at least he's not drunk and has a purpose.  I suppose that counts as character growth.

I did like that the gang lead by Jeff Kober is back.  I knew when I saw him on the porch of the house where Rick was hiding that these guys would be back.  Jeff is too recognizable an actor to be in one scene with absolutely nothing to do.  Sure, he's not a household name but his face is recognizable to, I'd say, more than half of this show's target demo.  

violator14 3/11/2014 8:14:50 AM

 Lame, stupid and boring. You guys wanna see some REAL deep character development from some real writers, watch True Detective. Now THERE'S a really slow burning show, but the writing and characters are so good that it is still interesting as hell to watch them sit around and talk.

The whole sasha/maggie/bob arc was as Hanso said, the most pointless, boring and most annoying story arc of all the Walking Dead episodes so far. Sasha just needs to shut the fukk up and stop being so lazy. I know she wants to find a safe cozy place to relax, but damn, just fukking follow and help your friends!! How many friends do u think you have u stupid lazy b*tch!?  What else do u have to do do!?!  After all that bi*ching and moaning, they ended up right where they started. Hence, Nothing happened besides us finding out about that they love to b*tch and moan. 

And the Ninja zombies strike again. HOW THE HELL did Darryl not know or HEAR there were like 20 zombies out your front door mistaking them for a little dog?!?!! The logic of this show really baffles me sometimes. 

 

hanso 3/11/2014 9:12:47 AM

I'm all for character development, I really am.  I think the episode with Michonne's back story was really good.  The last few eps not so much.  Like redhairs mentioned, Bob story with the other group would be better, although I'm guessing his backstory will tie into Termius somehow.  I mean, we know nothing of Bob except that he's doing rather well in the zombie apocalypse for a raging alcoholic.

Really nothing has happened for these 3 characters since we saw them when the second half of the season started and Maggie was like "Let's find Glen" and everyone followed.

Beth & Daryl had some quierter moments this episode but at least with them the story moved forward.

I don't know maybe I'm just getting tired of the show in general.

 

**COMICBOOK SPOILER***

I think the group are the The Hunters.  At first I wasn't sure but when they said something about hurting people, I figured this was them.  Guess we'll see.

redhairs99 3/11/2014 9:49:40 AM

violator, I have to agree with you on Daryl opening the door for the hord of zombies.  I shouted at the TV, "Daryl, look through the boards first you idoit!"  It seemed a very "un-Daryl" thing to just causally open the door when heard his booby-trap being triggered.

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