CF: And Rick knows about that world of shit—
Here’s what went down in Episode 4 (titled “Some Guy”) of The Walking Dead Season 8.
The Most Excellent Plan
Episode 4 of The Walking Dead Season 8 is, once again, a continuation of Rick most excellent plan. For those of you wondering where Heath is, or if the Garbage Pail Kids are ever going to make another appearance, this is not the episode for you. If you are a fan of Maggie (Laurie Cohan) and Hilltop, then put on your big girl panties, because they don’t get a mention this week either.
Ezekiel Is Smug And It Totally Backfires Part 2
The last couple of episodes of The Walking Dead has shown the mighty Ezekiel (Khary Payton) doing what he does best, and that is being smug and rallying people to his cause. The end of Episode 3 of The Walking Dead Season 8, however, blew that smug look right off his face thanks to a lone sniper.
CF: A lone sniper with a belt-fed .50 machinegun. That tends to fuck up your day pretty fast.Episode 4 sees Ezekiel’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day turn completely to the shit when he appears to be the only survivor in his group. To make matters worse, he has injured himself and has to limp around until the lone sniper (AKA Jeffrey Dahmer) captures him and tells Ezekiel is about to go on a very long walking trip back to the Sanctuary. This takes a very long time so that the audience can see how defeated Ezekiel is and how, even though everything has gone to the crapper and he is totally owning his responsibility in the matter, shit just keeps getting worse.
Even when Jerry (Cooper Andrews) lops Jeffrey Dahmer in half with his motherfucking axe and Carol (Melissa McBride) shows up, Ezekiel’s day is still getting worse. Yet, there is more heartache in store for the King, but that can wait for a moment while we catch up on everyone else.
CF: First, do not any of these Saviors have cars? Why walk when you can drive. Oh right: we gotta drag this shit out so we can see how broken Ezekiel gets. Got it.
And second: I love Jerry the Ax Man. I want him on my side.
Carol is an Awesome Motherfucker (As Usual)
Carol is stuck in a building full of Saviours and nowhere to hide. So what does Carol do? She hides in the roof, goddammit! Then, she clears the room by shooting the Saviours dead, THROUGH THE ROOF. Seriously, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) should have had Carol at the gates when they were wanting to take out Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) back in the start of the season. I’m betting Ezekiel is with me on this one too.
CF: Carol’s using an AK-47 and they will bring the pain quick as fuck. Also, the round they use has fantastic penetration properties, so shooting through a wall/roof and taking out assholes on the other side isn’t a problem. As said in the movie Jackie Brown, “When you absolutely, positively, got to kill every motherfucker in the room; accept no substitutes.” And Carol shows how it’s done.
Carol also manages to single-handedly take out another group of Saviours, using one of them as a human shield in the process.
Even though Carol is supremely awesome, the guns she is trying to get her hands on and the guys who have them, manage to escape before she can kill them all too. It’s the one downside to Carol’s day.
She then goes on to save Jerry and Ezekiel from a group of walkers at the gate.
The Rick And Daryl Show
In the midst of all Carol’s kickassedness, Rick and Daryl (Norman Reedus) manage to retrieve a pile of guns. So, when they all regroup, this will be great news.
Shiva vs. the Toxic Hazard Walkers
After all of Ezekiel’s woes, he is wondering where his tiger, Shiva, is. As he escapes with Jerry and Carol through a creek filed with walkers and toxic waste, Shiva turns up to save the day.
By getting killed.
And then the internet blew up because AMC made people fall in love with a make-believe CGI tiger. And then killed it.
CF: I’ve had a couple of people tell me they don’t know if they can continue with the show because Shiva is dead. Rick murders fuckers left and right: we keep watching. Michonne beheads zombies like it’s no big deal: we keep watching. Carol sets people on fire, blows shit up, and shoots psycho kids in the head: we keep watching.
But a CGI tiger buys it–YOU’VE CROSSED THE FUCKING LINE, AMC! I’M OUTTA HERE!
But as I will point out–as I have done at other times–Shiva didn’t die because a CGI tiger eats up a good chunk of your SFX budget, but because she died in the comic doing the exact same thing: Ezekiel is about to be killed by walkers and she jumps in to save him, with predicable results:
If we have to blame anyone, blame Kirkman, because he killed her years ago. YEARS, I tell ya! Which means he must have something against tigers…
What did you think of Episode 4 of Season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let us know by commenting below!
“With war raging all around him, we get a close look at Negan and the lives of the Saviors during the conflict through a familiar set of eyes.”
[Featured image via Gene Page/AMC]