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- Episode: Internment (Season 4, Episode 5)
- Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Danai Gurira
- Written By: Channing Powell
- Directed By: David Boyd
- Network: AMC
- Studio: American Movie Classics (AMC), Circle of Confusion, Valhalla Motion Pictures
The Walking Dead: Internment Review
November 11, 2013
This week on The Walking Dead
This week in The Walking Dead, the coughing continues! That’s right folks, with the zombie flu still running around wild in the prison and no medicine in sight, we get the first 30 minutes of this episode (we timed it) dedicated to seeing characters that absolutely no one cares about do tons of coughing and drop dead for our viewing pleasures. In the midst of all the coughing is Hershel running around trying to help them out which he does by dispensing the same advice over, and over again. Hershel has one thing in his mind, getting the sick to rest and we know this because he’s all over the place saying “You need rest.”, “Did you get rest?”, “You should get some rest yourself.” Damn it Hershel at least mix it up with drink plenty of fluids.
The remaining half hour picks up a bit when all the people that dropped dead earlier turn. Now because there are no zombie rules in this show, the zombies can turn as quickly or as slowly as the writers need them to be which works out perfectly with the action sequence we are treated to when all hell breaks loose inside the cell block. Hershel and Maggie put a quick end to all the zombies and we see Hershel lose a little hope afterwards when he puts his bible down. We know Hershel is really conflicted because the music starts up.
Meanwhile we get Rick, his awesome immaculate zombie apocalypse beard, and Carl have a beautiful father son moment as they lay waste to all the walkers that finally brought the outer prison fence down. You can tell Rick realizes Carl is a badass, but the jury is still out if he thinks Carl is a psychopath.
Sprinkled throughout the episodes are moments of Rick talking about what happened to Carol but he only tells Maggie and Hershel. Maggie doesn’t give a shit about Carol so she’s ok with Rick’s decision. Hershel we don’t know how he feels because he was told off screen and Daryl doesn’t get to hear the news because he was late with the medicine and now has to wait until the next episode to find out.
Sadly, another episode goes by and mention of who was feeding rat heads to the fence zombies although it starting to look more and more as if it was the little blonde girl. This storyline seems to have been forgotten, probably because we needed more coughing. At least the medicine finally gets to the prison so hopefully the coughing will end now. The medicine arrives just in the nick of time too as we were about to lose Glen if they took a second longer.
Overall a weak episode with the most exciting thing happening in the last scene where we get a glimpse of The Governor! He should definitely make things more interesting next week.