We get some father/son bonding on this week’s The Walking Dead.
Hershel Has Been Taking Care Of The Sick Ward The Best He Could
But It Doesn’t End Well
Also, Rick And Carl Bond With Some Basic Father/Son Walker Killing
I hope I’m as badass as Carl when I grow up.
that kid has gotten a lot less weinery
Flu season is the worst.
I feel like this arc has really just been a sort of PSA about getting vaccinated. If only they’d end each episode with a character turning to the camera, mid-scene, and say “don’t forget to get vaccinated.”
Also “make sure to turn your head and cover your mouth when coughing up blood”
And “brush your teeth after eating sweets.”
Carl was all, “We’re not holding anything. Let the biter do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and when it falls off, we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like a dagger through a skull!”
They need to make a Zombie Army now.
I’m surprised Carl didn’t slap Rick across the face and say “I’m your father, now.”
Good episode. Ol Herschel really stepped up
He had the money quote as well. “I hereby declare we have Spaghetti Tuesday’s every Wednesday. First we have to find some spaghetti.”
Well he is a tough sumbitch.
When Hershel called for spaghetti Tuesdays every Wednesday I knew he was my kind of people.
And with that comment I got the Hershel badge. Hell yeah!
He did, but I still find it inexcusable that he saw a body bleeding from the eyes and didn’t take two seconds to close the door. I know he’s worried about Glenn, but be serious, he’s smarter than that.
I was thinking the same thing Leland. That was just sloppy. It would have taken him 5 extra seconds to stab the dead body in the ear hole right quick and then attend to Glenn. Instead, that little decision helped trigger a gigantic cluster fuck.
His first instincts are to help, he’s not geared toward having the strategic/military mindset of protection first. Maybe he’s learning now.
@Leland again, one of my main complaints with the show. Dire situations lose a lot of tension when they are created by the stupidity of the characters. That said, Carl was pretty bad ass this episode.
Herschel was awesome last night. Holding down the cell block, drawing walkers away from the kids, killing EVERYBODY… he was the man. And Carl stepped up to become “Bigger Lil’ Asskicker,” too.
It wasn’t Glenn, it was Sasha. Bitches makin you do stupid things.
Carl has become more of a man than Rick.
Which is a credit to Rick
I credit Lori. She turned into a walker and he had to put her down. I think that was a real learning experience for him. Plus, Lori was the best character on the show, so obviously he’s trying to emulate her.
Perhaps Shane deserves the edit
I think Shane was a better role model than both Lori and Rick. Between Lori’s stupidity and Rick’s indecision it’s a miracle Carl is still alive, despite all the times neither parent knew where their son was during the apocalypse.
I’m glad to have a real action episode, with plenty of zombie killing. But did they have to do that in the middle of a cliffhanger about Carol? Now I have to wait another week to see everyone’s reaction.
They weren’t really going to cover Carol leaving if Daryl isn’t around to react to it. He got back at the end of the episode (and we didn’t even get to see him).
Very good episode. It was a nice change of pace after these last couple slower, more introspective episodes.
True story. I can’t believe he’s changed so much, now that they finally allowed him to leave the house.
I’m still hoping a house falls on Carl.
I hummed this while Carl and Rick bonded over bullets
Also a better strategy than waiting for the herd to crush lines of defense.
Carl has gone from top 3 worst characters the show has had to knocking on the door of top 3 best. Daryl is the all-time number 1 unless he starts raping livestock, and then I’m not so sure that wouldn’t cement his status. Daryl can do no wrong in my book.
Can we all agree Herschel will be the next major cast member to die?
Only if we can agree he has a bangin’ mustache.
I don’t know about that. He had it coming this episode and managed to escape the Grim Walker a few different times. I can’t see them teasing us like that only to kill him off in the next couple episodes. If I had to guess, I’d say Maggie gets it. Her character is kind of played out and it would be out of left field enough that the shock value would be what the writers are looking for. Also, she disregarded what Herschel wanted and came into the sick ward part of the prison to save him. Maybe that will have some kind of repercussion we don’t see coming yet.
Glenn – he is sick. The gov may get someone else entirely
They can’t kill of Maggie. There are no other hotties on the show.
I almost thought Glenn was going to bite it. Literally. That would put Maggie in a hardcore spot to deal with the man she loves.
It’s clear they’ve kept him around because he’s, arguably, the best actor on the show. He overpowers anyone he’s in a scene with. Hopefully that means Herschel ain’t going anywhere…
Can we all at least agree that if he does die his new name will be Hershel Walker?
After this episode, definitely. Way too strong of an arc for him to survive. I just wonder if Beth will care or if she’s that incredibly closed off.
Herschel got JOKES. I’d watch “Half hour with the Hersch” on a weekly basis.
Just let him take over talking dead.
I don’t know, he needs to work on his Patch Adams routine.
I think/thought we are getting setup for the little girl to shank a “still alive”. It almost happened to Glenn in this episode, but it would be great TV if she does it to another kid.
It seems like they’re setting her up to take the “insane, murderous child” role from the comics.
So long as that leads to the same conclusion as it does in the comics, I am fucking IN.
You guys are killing me because I haven’t read the comics. Come on, just give me 1 teensy, weensy little spoiler about the psycho child!
How the fuck did they give Hershell so much screen time/such a strong episode without it ending in his death? I thought he’d be the first regular to die this season, but if they let him live through this, I don’t know what to expect. Maybe the Governor gets him in the opening of the next episode. Speaking of the Governor, am I the only one hoping that next week’s episode is solely focused on him, just so we can go one more week without having to watch Daryl break down over Carol leaving?
I don’t think they believe they can let Herschel die, he’s really the glue of this group.
But statistically, he should be zombie juice by now. He’s the oldest, he’s missing half a leg & he’s a doctor, which puts him on the front lines.
I’m calling it here: Herschel will die this season, but towards the end when the prison falls. The Governor will kill him.
What are they going to eat on Tuesdays now? I need that closure.
Then what’s left for the dogs?
Rick and Carl have the best father-and-son outings.
How come my dad never took me zombie-slaughterin’?
My first thought at the VERY end was “Dammit, Dustin….”
There’s still a 92% chance he didn’t realize that was the governor (because he “couldn’t stand the suspense” and was fast forwarding through the show) and will have a theory for us about Andrea’s return in the recap.
Or he was sleeping through the show itself, that’s my theory.
Maybe this will stop Rick from yelling “CARL???” every 5 minutes.
Does anyone else find it hilarious how the zombie effects on this show are so great and the gun effects are so horrible?
Gotta allocate that money and make hard choices.
I was thinking that as Rick and Carl were mowing down walkers. They had their rifles on 3-round burst (which made no sense), and it sounded terrible.
As the Walkers were trying to break through the second fence, I thought, “Damn, they could use Ice Cube’s AK.” and lo and behold . . .
Turn off your computer, you’ve earned a day off.
Was anyone else more annoyed that The Guv showed up? Still think he should have been killed last year and feels like there’s enough threats already this season.
I was more pissed that Dustin could be maybe correct about something.
all I could think when he appeared was “oh man, the comments are going to be PISSED”
at least he wasn’t holding a bucket of rats.
I was expecting them to show a bucket of rats and pan up to the Gov. At least that didn’t happen… yet
“at least he wasn’t holding a bucket of rats.” and the clogged hose.
ALSO….any self-respecting Georgian (I know that’s an oxymoron) knows that Macon is not in “Macon county” per the map. It’s in Bibb county. DUH fact checkers!
Woot! I unlocked The Beth Badge! Who’s Beth?
Hershel’s other daughter. She’s the one who takes care of the baby.
So dogs can eat zombie meat with no repercussions? What was the point of that shot?
Just one of the zombie randos floating around that have become background noise. At least the dogs are getting fed & aren’t going to turn aggressive….hopefully. The last thing we need is an infected dog bite or rabies.
Pretty tense episode. Glad Hershel didn’t die.
I’m thinking next week’s episode will be mostly about what the Governor’s been up to since his failed raid on the prison because aren’t we supposed to get a standalone episode about him in the first half of this season?
I’m hoping that before they bring Abraham and the other characters from the comic, they leave the fucking prison already.
I don’t know if this count as spoilery, but did anyone else got a Dale-Andrea vibe from Sasha and Hershel? No. Just me? Well I guess I’ll have to talk about this to my shrink.
And with that I got the Sasha badge. It’s a sign. I’m sticking to my “agedifferencedo’n’tmeanshitduringazombieuprising” story!
Um…..no. Sounds like you have a lot to discuss with the good doctor.
Somehow I skipped the Carol badge. Went straight from Carl to Sasha. WTF?
I did not get that vibe literally at all.
I did not.
Did it annoy anyone else that a 10 minute trip to assault rifle buffet like 2 weeks ago would have negated this entire problem. It didn’t seem all that difficult for carl and rick to kill every problem zombie there.
I concur. They could have shielded the weak fence areas (especially the inner fence) & taken turns mowing down some walkers every day.
My only thought is that mowing down a horde every week or two is a great way to pretty quickly deplete a valuable ammo supply.
That is literally my only thought. Oh God, please somebody talk to meEE!
Yes….BUT. What good is it to keep ammo if they bust down your fence & eat your entire group?
If you’re really trying to hunker down in the prison for some considerable length of time, it does make some sense to try to fortify the perimeter to keep the walker/biters out rather than simply shooting until you run dry. You’re going to be out of bullets long before you kill all the hordes so fortification seems to be a better long term plan.
They’ve run into this fence issue more than once. The first time, ok, I understand, but let’s actually LEARN from our mistakes & make sure it doesn’t happen again! They are not consistent with their prevention measures & then they get backed up again.
Oh yeah, no doubt their execution is consistently turrible, obvs. But I just won’t fault them for TRYING to do something that could extend the survivability shelf life of their adopted home.
Sorry for blowing up your phone, Jon_K.
Am I the only one who has noticed that the walkers are vanishing once they are killed, week to week? It’s like a video game kill, poof & it’s gone. Per the camera shots, it looked like they were still on the same side of the fence as last week, but there wasn’t a huge pile of dead bodies.
I’m pretty sure it is implied that the cast is somehow moving the walker bodies. I’m not sure how, but that is really the only possibility.
Ummm, did you miss the whole “Michonne loading them on a flatbed trailer” thing, and Herschel saying “we’ve been burning the bodies out back” part…?
I had two quick reactions to the episode last night.
1. The general ineptitude demonstrated by the walkers in the cell block makes me that much more confinement a zombie apocalypse would be relatively easy to survive.
2. The scene with Rick and Carl mowing down an army of walkers with machine guns was a great scene for farthing the father/son bonding story arc, but seriously, where the f*** was everyone? Are we supposed to believe that, with Daryl & Co. out on a run, the only uninflected people left in the prison were Rick, Carl, Hershel, Maggie and Beth? I know things were happening fast, but no one thought to say, “Hey, Woodbury Refugee #6, I realize nobody knows your name but do you think you could maybe pick up a shovel or something and help us out?”
And obviously, when I say “farthing”, I actually mean “furthering”.
Good point. Personally, I’d be hiding in a corner way deep in the prison so nobody could find me, human or walker.
The prison is now officially a Carligarchy
Carligarchy wins the internet today.
Smart move to bring on all the folks from the Governor’s town so they had some randos to kill off throughout this season.
OK, we’ve officially done the prison to death. Let’s wrap up the flu already. Not happy (story-wise) to see the Guv again. Once again, The Walking Dead is turning into The Spinning Wheels. How close are we to the mid-season break?
They should just leave the random sick people, GTFO of the prison and go somewhere else… Obviously this place is going to shit.
Zombie scalps should be pretty simple to get -you wouldn’t even have to kill them. They slide right off.
I hope they wrap up the Governor and the prison by mid season. Ready to move on.
Macklin, you brilliant son of a bitch…
WHY THE SHIT does Rick randomly crouch when shooting with Carl?
“Hey this is fun and all, but let’s change my vantage angle so I have to re-aim.”
THIS IS LIFE, RICK. NOT COD.
All I could think was, “Please, just kill Hershel already!”
I guess the Carl badge is kinda badass now.
My theory, the Governor orchestrated the two major threats facing the group this season.
1. He contaminated the water/food supply that caused the flu outbreak. (threat from inside.)
2. He’s been corralling/herding walkers to weaken fences. (threat from outside.)
Idk if this is a common theory, I’m sure everyone speculated the Governor was up to something. (After this season premiere, I thought he put a walker body part in the bathroom water supply and it caused the outbreak.) Now it’s pretty clear. The group was at their weakest, most vulnerable point thus far, but they overcame a few minor casualties/problems and it finally starts to feel like things are looking up. They now have a small glimmer of hope. They can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. Enter the Governor to ravage and pummel those slivers of hope, like he planned.
I would say one problem with that theory is that… everybody is sick and dying, while almost every badass in the crew is out on 2 different away teams. Would have been the perfect moment for Guv to strike…
Carl was such a bad ass this episode I’m liking him more and more with each episode of this season