45 min., 2013
Written by Channing Powell
Directed by David Boyd
My rating: ★★★★★
A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.
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The following review is rated FM (Fresh Meat) for kickass walker related goodness and strong story lines featuring men with revolvers and crossbows. The views here do not reflect the thoughts of a completely sane person. They are being presented by a person that has grown up in a rather unseemly portion of town, taken recreational narcotics, and has been molested by a clown. Don’t feel compelled to read it all, hell I know I don’t. Albino, Mormon, and Republican reader discretion is advised.
What up pimps and playas we are back for another dip in the infected waters of zombie infested Atlanta to look in on our favorite post-apocalyptic survivors over at camp Rick. When we last left our fearless leader he had just kicked Carol to the curb and was driving back to a prison full of flu infested residents. There are walkers amassing outside the gates now in hoards and Herschel has decided he can’t sit idle and watch everyone die so he goes to get elderberries from outside the prison gates and enters the quarantine zone to try to save who he can. This of course isn’t without Maggie protesting. He is assisting the only doctor they have who is infected too. They lose a few which he gives the dignity of a quiet second death away from prying eyes but ultimately the dead the sick and the dying can’t be kept separate as a few of them rise and start chomping on his other patients. After taking one out Rick of course has to drop the bomb shell about Carol getting left behind like a dog whose owner couldn’t get it to behave. He takes it pretty hard but like Beth has been saying everyone has a job to do so he gets on his.
Even the doctor joins the ranks of the undead army but somehow all hell breaks loose before he can contain it. People die as usual and even Glen is coughing up blood and has a close call but thanks to Maggie breaking in to save the day and Hershel’s fast thinking he and the others pull through. Carol’s little protégé Lizzie is almost munched on when those knife or run lessons are ignored in favor of herding a walker away from glen just to be cornered by another. Herschel being a bad ass has to save her life in the end though.
Meanwhile the reinforcements for the gate don’t hold and the yard is flooded with walkers. Luckily rich broke down moments before and let Carl whom he’s been trying to shelter help him and they both go all terminator 2 on that ass with automatic weapons until all the zombies are a twitching pile of rotting flesh and bones. Just as this father and son bonding moment ends Daryl and the away team return with the medications they’ve found. Looks like the following morning the bodies are being collected and disposed of so all is peaceful again. Well until of course you see the Governor in the bushes right outside of the prison watching them all.
This episode had the perfect mix of drama, action, heart and conflict not to mention a father & son shoot out and a marvel movie style Easter egg at the end! It earned a 4 rating and sets up the next episode with a hell of a lot of questions and anticipation. So as we move forward I’d just like to say as a fan I love what I’ve seen so far and am dying to see what else they have in store! The Governor is back in episode 6: Live Bait so I’ll see you for that review in 2 weeks but until then may all your films bring fright!Have You Read...?