It is season four of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead…can you believe it’s been four seasons already? We didn’t end off with a supreme cliffhanger in the season finale but that doesn’t mean we weren’t excited for last night’s premiere.
The episode starts off pretty normal, normal as it gets for TWD…the prison has a lot of new people, a pretty little garden, and little piggies. Everyone seems to be well adjusted to life behind bars…I feel like Carl (Chandler Riggs) needs a really husky deep voice and he’s just not there yet. Also, he’s a real debbie downer but I guess that comes with the territory when your childhood gets cut short because of a zombie apocalypse and you watch your mother die as she gives birth to your baby sister. It’s okay Carl, we understand. I don’t know what these people were up to in the summer but obviously everyone found love in a hopeless place because there are couples swarming!
Beth (Emily Kinney) is dating one of the new boys…Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) is shacking up with some white girl…Glenn and Maggie are still going strong…by the way Maggie isn’t pregnant. Carl totally has the hots for one of the new girls…or we’re just hoping so he can finally get a life and stop being a worry wort. Daryl and Carol have this really weird relationship…love them together…but by the end of the episode it looked like Daryl might have a new love interest.
Um okay, so a few people from the group (Michonne,Daryl,Glenn,Tyreese, Beth’s Man, new guy and token alcoholic Bob Stookey played by The Wire’s Lawrence Gilliard Jr) head out to the nearest department store to stock up on some things. This was my favourite and most thrilling scene of the episode…blenders and boom boxes!! There was an endless supply of brand new electronics and kitchen appliances…I was so excited the prison was going to get a bunch of shiny new toys. As the crew make their way through the exciting aisles…a swarm of zombies were hanging out on the roof of the building…a strategy Michonne created using a loud boombox.
Okay, so you just know something bad is about to happen when the new guy heads for the wine rack. I mean, it’s dark in the store, the lights are off, but somehow the dude finds himself in front of the bottled wine..and you can just see the torment on his face. He doesn’t know what to do, take the wine or leave it…just put it in the damn cart!!! I’m sure everyone would love a glass of wine…your four years into the zombie apocalypse you’re allowed to pop bottles. But nooo he’s a total drunk and he attemps to put the wine in his jacket…as if he has room in there…I don’t get these people. So he finds inner strength and puts the bottle back on the rack…except the entire shelf comes crashing down onto him…he’s okay…he’s just stuck under the shelving. The crashing noise wakes up all the zombies on the roof…and of course because there’s a zombie apocalypse…buildings aren’t stable anymore…I don’t get the connection? One by one zombies start falling through the ceiling…it’s raining zombies!
Now the shopping spree has come to an end…I’m super pissed…and everyone is in killing zombie mode. After a few minutes of fighting, Beth’s man goes to pull out Bob the drunk…and he does…Bob and the crew walk away to leave but Beth’s man is behind them…a zombie reaches out and bites his leg…the crew turn back and Beth’s man is already on the floor with a zombie chewing out his neck. It was disgusting but it serves them ALL right for turning their backs and walking away too early. Everyone knows the danger creeps up when you least expect it.
Meanwhile, Rick is out in the forest looking for animals to cook. He finds a dead hog? But then some weird zombie looking lady creeps up and starts smelling the animal. At first it looked like she was a walker, but Rick watches her from a distance and you can tell she’s human. She wants to join Rick’s crew, but first Rick demands he meet her husband and ask them three important questions. She leads him back to the camp…which is just a tent…and all of a sudden she turns around and tries to stab him. We see a bag of something…she’s talking to it like it’s her husband. Okay so lady in the woods is obviously crazy…and she proves it when she says goodbye and stabs herself. Her husband was in the bag but was a zombie? This whole scene was really weird. Rick watches and cries…and then walks away. Waste of time.
Carol is the ultimate multi-tasker, she’s the nurse and she’s the librarian/teacher. Love her. She’s reading a book to all the children in the library…one of the new boys asks if he can be excused because he feels sick. Oh you just know something bad is about to happen. Carol lets him leave…and then she stops reading and pulls out a case of knives. The real education begins now. Carl sneaks into the library to find out what they’re doing…Carol sees him and begs him not to tell his father about the new curriculum. Carl doesn’t say anything and storms off.
When the gang return, Daryl’s the one to tell Beth about her dead beau. She doesn’t shed a tear, Daryl waits for her to show some emotion but she doesn’t. All she says is she can’t cry anymore…and then she stands up to change the sign that said ’30 days without an accident’ Then she goes and hugs Daryl and he cradles her in his arms. Awww cute!
It’s the middle of the night, and the new kid is still feeling sick. Now he looks terrible, so he decides to go take a cold shower. He collapses and the camera pans down and he’s mid transformation. So what I’m thinking is he either attacks next episode..or he infects their entire water supply because he was totally coughing into the water tank. Or both? Either way this is really, really bad.
What do you guys think? And what was the whole point of Rick finding the crazy woman in the forest? And when is The Governor coming back? And does anyone else miss Andrea?