Now THIS is what The Walking Dead is all about. It is finally moving into territory that the audience actually wants to see and we are dying (pun intended) to see more. For the first time since the Pilot episode, “Internment” made me cringe with joy as I felt like no one in this episode was truly safe. Though I fully expect characters like Rick, Daryl, Michonne, Carl and several other relevant characters to make it all the way to the show’s finale of the series, they will be walking on very thin ice. At this point, it seems as if it will be impossible to have a Season 5 with this infection spreading pretty rapidly. I am finally feeling remorse and pity for these characters who are trapped in this world, hence the title, “Internment.” Though the overall story is still going at a slow and steady pace, this particular episode stepped its game up and delivered an action-packed, bloody episode.
Let’s pay attention to the elephant in the room. The Governor is finally back! Well, only for a few brief moment towards the end but for some reason it felt refreshing. Our heroes have been dealing with a new enemy as of late and to add the Governor back in the mix will create interesting confrontations. I look forward to next week’s episode because the promo made it seem as if it will be mainly about him. But seriously, though. What has he been doing since the prison war back from Season 3? No way was he just chillin’ and hanging out by himself. No, this man wants sweet revenge. He had a town that was absolutely perfect and Rick’s group destroyed what he had worked hard to create. Though the Governor is no where near being a victim, I am extremely interested to see what he has up his sleeves. He planted the rats at the prison. You heard it here.
The majority of this episode was Hershel’s. With each passing episode, he has become more and more likable for all the best reasons. He has lost his farm, some of his family members, got his leg amputated and is now doing his absolute best to hold down the fort for everyone. He puts others before him while risking getting the infection himself. The way he helps everyone by giving them medicine, going from cell to cell makes him seem like a Santa Claus type of character. Aside from the beard and white hair, he has the mentality that it is better to give than to receive. While Carol failed to be the mother of the group, Hershel excels at being the caring grandfather. Then when he has done everything that he possibly could have done, he goes back to his cell and weeps. He has officially put the group on his back and the stress is starting to show. It makes me sad to think that he may not survive Season 4 but he will go out as a martyr before that happens.
Though we may not see it next week, I am worried about the inevitable confrontation between Rick and Daryl over Carol and why she had to leave. I can already see that Daryl isn’t going to listen to reason, even after he learns that she killed Karen and David. Carol and Daryl have a very interesting connection but it’s hard to put a finger on it. I don’t think it’s a love interest nor do I think it’s a friendly connection either. They both care for each other and we will see just how much he does care for her once he realizes that she’s gone for good. Also, I have been enjoying seeing the relationship between Rick and Carl grow and prosper. After dealing with the loss of Lori, the two have become a lot stronger. Carl is barely a teenager and has to immediately cope with this new world. I’m glad to see that him and Rick do not fight and bicker because they both know that there are more pressing issues. Watching Rick teach Carl how to use a machine gun was tense and great to see. There’s nothing like a great Father-Son moment like shooting walkers in the head.
We knew that holding everyone in a prison would eventually cause some kind of chaos. What kind of prison would it be without it? For a show called The Walking Dead, I want the main antagonist to be zombies! Not fighting over who has more power or who has more say in the matter. It seems like the show is heading back to its roots where the non-infected should be fighting against the infected. Aside from the Governor intervening, this is what I want from the show. Maybe he’s the one who’s been sending off the walkers to the prison and forming a new army against the group. All in all, the main enemy for everyone is the infection and that’s what it boils down to. Regardless, the prison was never safe to begin with and this episode proves that. The fences were falling down while people within the walls were turning as well. It is absolutely time to leave this prison and start over again before it’s too late.
“Internment” was a fantastic episode and I look forward to seeing what more the show has to offer. Almost everything that I wanted and didn’t like from Season 3 has been addressed so for this year. It is very clear that the writers knew where to take the story beginning with the Season 4 premiere. Though many people think that The Walking Dead is the best show on television, I still beg to differ. However, I can’t criticize something if it remains consistent. And so far, Season 4 has been nothing but. Only one episode so far took a side step (“Isolation“) but even that one didn’t feel like a step back. With 5 episodes down, I feel that the best is yet to come.