#TheWalkingDead S04E01 – “30 Days without an Accident”
Coming back to the Walking Dead, the first 10 minutes felt like a teen angst drama on the CW, with everyone seemingly paired up with someone else – but it eventually went back to normality – well as normal as you can get in a zombie apocalypse – Rick is trying to keep Carl a kid, which is a good thing after last season – he does this by making him do chores, and getting Michonne to get him comics.
The council made up of most of the original prison gang, are worried about Rick, who is seemingly not in the council, he’s just a farmer, or at least trying to be a farmer – it wouldn’t be until the next episode where you find out he is taking some time off – again, like Carl – Rick needs time.
With the new prison gang in, we find more new character who we will get to know (and not care when they die), especially children, and we see their world view, they seem to, for the most part, treat the zombies as animals, giving them name – its that childhood innocence which is something Carl doesn’t have, and to be honest, is good. Carl is a child of the new world, whereas the others seem to be still of the old world, until you see Carol is “training” them
Rick takes a journey in this episode, with a girl who he finds outside the compound – its almost a mirror image of him if he had carried on down the road he found himself on last year with Lori – a woman, still believing her husband to be alive (and whom I believe kept his head in a bag) and both of them wondering if they can come back from the bad things they have done – its something that hasn’t really been talked about – maybe a little bit with Merle, but the whole redemption of it all. In this new world, can you ever be “forgiven” for the choices you make or is it all now just part of the new world?
An interesting point is brought up between Glenn/Maggie – Maggie seems to want a child, and of course Glenn is scared of that, but Maggie doesn’t want to be afraid of living her life in the new world – whereas Glenn knows that the fear is what has kept them alive.
#TheWalkingDead S04E01 – “Infected”
Carrying on from last week, we find that people have been infected, well, an infection on top of the infection they already have – with what we suspect is a new strain of flu – which kills you quickly – a day in fact, and that leads to the prison, their safe house, being turned into a death trap. Its funny how something can quickly go from one thing to another in a zombie apocalypse
Rick is still trying to take “time off” but after making some decisions during one of the walls nearly falling down, he knows that he can’t do it anymore, he has to protect his people, and in turn, allow Carl to stop being a kid, and be a man – he finishes the episode coming back into the fold – we see how Carl could be, in the two girls who can’t manage to kill their father – one of them acts a big game, but ulimtately cant do it, again, showing us how they are still part of the old world in naming the zombies etc. Carol tells them they are weak, and they have to be strong – and we can believe her, knowing what she has gone through.
The episode makes us question the other people in prison, and whether they have a “mole”, with someone feeding the zombies, and people who are suspected as having the new virus being killed. But that’s something I’m sure we will be seeing in the future.