It sure was a long hard wait for the Season 4 return of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The ending was such a cliffhanger that I have been eagerly anticipating this episode to see how and then characters would join up again.
Of course AMC proved, yet again, that what it does best is dragging shit out for way longer than we want them to! Not that there’s anything wrong with that, the added anticipation as well as the character development along the way makes it more than worth it.
So, in Episode 9, entitled After, we get Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) story, as well as, to a lesser degree, Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) and Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) story.
We start off with a very pissed off Michonne. It’s at this point we realise just how much this group of people have become her family – but first she has to dispatch with a zombifiedHershel (Scott Wilson). Yeah, we were too busy hoping the Governor (David Morrissey) would become a zombie so we could see him get slaughtered all over again, that we forgot about dear old Hershel.
We get a large chunk of Michonne’s backstory after that thanks to her adopting a couple of new zombie-repellent zombies and dreaming about her original two (which turn out to be her lover and his friend). So we suspected Michonne had lost a child thanks to the interaction between her and Judith in the first part of Season 4, and that is confirmed with this bizarre dream/flashback.
And, really, that’s all we have on Michonne for a while in this episode. Now onto Carl…
Yeah, we all love to hate this little psychopath in the making, but in this episode AMC succinctly makes us care about this child. Rick is deathly ill from the beating the Gov. inflicted on him and at one point we even wonder if Rick will die. But Carl is just pissed. Pissed at his father mostly, but also pissed at the world, we discover, after he finds a boy’s room filled with a TV, DVDs and video games. This is when we start to remember that Carl is still only a child. One that has been thrust into this horrible world, lost his father, found his father, lost his surrogate father (Shane, played by Jon Bernthal), then his mother and now his little sister.
For sure there are times during this episode when we still want to kick Carl up the arse, and other moments when we wish the zombies he is taunting to ‘prove’ himself to himself would just bite him already. But then we see him sitting on the roof eating chocolate pudding out of a can and, well, our heart just melts for him – well mine did anyway!
So Carl kills some zombies, nearly gets bitten several times and yells at his father a lot. Rick, at this point seems to be in some sort of coma-like state and we are all preparing for that moment when Rick goes all undead on us. So, of course, AMC gives us what we want. Right when Carl is realising he is in need of a father still. But, wait a minute, just back the fuck up: Rick isn’t dead, just coming out of him weird coma thingy and Carl can finally admit that he still needs his daddy.
Now we’re back to Michonne and she is tracking the shit out of Rick and Carl, only she doesn’t really know it’s them yet. But when she comes to the house where they are staying and knocks on the door, we get this rare moment of AMC’s golden humour.
So what did you think of this episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Which characters do you think they will concentrate on next week? How long do you think it will be before they all meet up again?
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