It’s one thing to be faced with the walker world and have to deal with people, but this sickness has been something which makes it all feel so small in comparison. This was something new that not even the readers really saw coming when this season started and it has brought so much more fear than anticipated. Now whether this is the writers way of getting rid of all the extra people is unknown, but here we have major characters who could die off at any moment.
Internment has done what most scenarios fail to capture. That actual feel as though their lives really aren’t in their control, they have no way of ensuring anyone’s safety. What I liked most about this episode is that nothing but despair filled the air. Hershel has been such a strong character and it seems like this was that time where he was put to the test as such. Up to this point he is that one character that you wouldn’t imagine to break so easily under pressure. As anyone could say, part of this show is showing how they react to this new world, and trying to keep that fight going for them to hold on to what made them who they were. In Hershel’s case, he is a believer and there was no doubt in him that there wasn’t a way when their backs were against the wall. It was a risky move focusing so much on Hershel because at a few points you could have easily lost him seeing how he was trying too hard thinking of everyone else instead of himself. For a man with one leg, and a lot more humanity than most, it’s a bad combination when he has to make such rash decisions.
A lot of this season, and the past two episodes have shown that the focus here is to make the group question themselves. Hershel’s conversation with Dr. Caleb Subramanian proved this as he had already given up when Hershel would not admit that there wasn’t a chance to save him. They’ve reached a point where being themselves just isn’t enough. They have to do some things that they aren’t comfortable with and deal with it. This goes for Rick as well. Not only is he trying to find his way back into that role of leadership as everyone is pushing him to do, but he is trying to make sure Carl stays on a safe path. The bond between him and Carl was at it’s best this episode, for once both being able to depend on each other and Rick being able to see that Carl really can take care of himself.
Even Lizzie surprises you as a kid, wasn’t scared until her life was actually in peril. Those are the kind of character moments you want to see more often. Showing different sides to characters that have potential.
I have to say that this episode is a step up from the previous solely for the fact that there is more danger within those walls than outside the prison. Not to say that anything else means little, but clearly at this very moment it’s a more compelling part of this story that draws you in. Too many times it’s all about the zombies or fearing others, but here we have an outside force that they have little influence over. This super flu makes those who have a strong presence such as Sasha and Glenn have close calls. You do feel a lot of sympathy when you see them struggle to still do their part to help Hershel maintain order in that cell block.
Great episode that emphasized on both character development and putting the shock back into them. The prison is obviously not going to be their safe haven forever, that much should be known now before any more progress is made. Aside from the sickness, we still have everyone elses reaction to Rick sending Carol on her way, the walls torn down exposing them to walkers, then we also have the Governor who makes a surprise appearance at the very end. Confirming that it is him who is sabotaging the prison and seeing him now also means that he may be going for something big soon, or later considering he doesn’t rush into things. Many questions are opened up to be addressed and as always things are only going to get worse before they get any better.