So we open up Season 4, Episode 13 (entitled Alone) of AMC’s The Walking Deadwith Bob Stookey’s (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) backstory. Really thought that would be the death of him…
It turns out it wasn’t, and this was one of those episodes where I was convinced someone would be a goner by the end. However, AMC decided to keep people mostly safe and that has, as a result, made me even MORE uneasy :-/
Once we discover how Bob was found by the regular crew (and asked Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) three most important questions), we are back in the present time with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Bob stuck in the fog and surrounded by walkers.
Is it just me or does anyone else wonder why no one goes all Katniss-style and climb a tree to escape the zombies? Surely shimmying up a tree would keep them safe as well as giving them the opportunity to poke unruly walkers in the eye?
Once they are (relatively) safe, Sasha spends a lot of time trying to convince Bob that Maggie’s hunt for Glenn (Steven Yeun) is a lost cause – even after the find theTerminus sign.
And, speaking of Terminus, is anyone else wondering why the sign is so oddly worded? Wouldn’t they just say something like: “Terminus is safe. If you arrive alive, we won’t hurt you.”? The whole wording puts me on edge. It almost feels like one of those grammar memes where if you add a comma in just the right spot, it changes the whole meaning of it…
Anyway, so we are not just following one storyline in Episode 13. Alternatively, we get to see what Beth (Emily Kinney) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) are up to. Things start well, Daryl is teaching Beth how to track and use a crossbow. If she didn’t go getting her foot stuck in a trap though, they would have had more luck…
Which means Daryl has to piggyback her to ‘safety’. Except we all know this place isn’t going to be safe. Anyone who makes up finally dead walkers to look like humans and lay them out in a funeral home is bound to be a little crazy. Although Beth errs on the side of‘everyone is good’ and convinces Daryl to stay.
*cough* *bullshit* *cough*
Yeah, we all knew it was going to go pear-shaped AMC.
As a result, Daryl nearly loses his life defending off a crap-load of walkers while Beth makes a run for it. Daryl beats off all the walkers but soon discovers that Beth has dropped her bag and is (probably, although no one actually saw her) being abducted by someone in a car.
To me, this episode felt like a personal threat from Robert Kirkman to the Daryl Dixon fangirls. Besides this scene, we also get to see Daryl in a coffin and then there is another scene at the end where his life is threatened once more. It makes me wonder how often Daryl will get out of trouble just in the knick of time before it just becomes ridiculous and AMC kill him off for good!
But until then, Maggie has ditched Bob and Sasha and decided to head to Terminus alone. She also leaves walker-blood messages for Glenn along the way. Bob wants to follow Maggie, Sasha doesn’t, so Bob tries to change Sasha’s mind by kissing her (and how cringe-worthy is it watching people kiss on The Walking Dead? All I keep thinking about is how they have been out in the wilderness with no toothbrushes or showers and here they are locking tongues *shudders*). When this doesn’t work, they part ways…
Sasha, very briefly, finds a place to live and has a bit of a sook about the fact that Bob was right and she doesn’t want to go to Terminus because she might find out her brotherTyreese (Chad L. Coleman) is dead. So, to distract herself from crying, she checks out the view from her new home and discovers:
It turns out Sasha really doesn’t want to be alone any more and finding out about her brother is not as scary as living alone. So she steps in to rescue Maggie, who isn’t really dead, just pretending to be so the walkers don’t eat her (because this totally works so long as you believe it…) and they become all besties again.
Now they just have to find Bob and their circle is complete.
Next we come to the final threat on Daryl’s life for this episode. After coming to a crossroads and not being able to track the car that may, or may not contain Beth, he sits down to have a sook about it. This is when a band of guys step in and go all ‘look at me, I’m pointing my crossbow at you’ on Daryl Dixon. After some argy-bargy Daryl takes a chance on Joe (the new group’s ringleader) and they become tentative friends. It seems all Beth’s talk of trusting people has not fallen on deaf ears. And this is kind of ironic because while Daryl is finally trusting random strangers, Beth has been abducted by one…
In the last few scenes of this episode, we see Sasha and Maggie meet up with Bob and then one final shot of Glenn as checks out a Terminus sign and we are introduced to howEpisode 14 of AMC’s The Walking Dead may proceed.
Or not, checking out the previews makes it look like Glenn was a teaser and we are going to FINALLY find out how Tyreese and Carol (Melissa McBride) are faring.
What did you think of Season 4, Episode 13 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let me know in the comments below!
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