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The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 4 Review – Beth Returns

The Walking Dead Season 5 awakens in episode 3 with Beth standing in a hospital unable to understand how she was received. Officer Dawn and the doctor walk into the room. After getting her bearings, she talks with officer stating she is unable to leave until she pays back her time for her being saved.

She is taken under the care of the doctor, but things seem sinister as it seems many people are being held against their will. Moreover, she is getting very sexual behavior by one of the male officers.  Beth just wants to leave and find Daryl but is stuck in the dystopia where everything seems to be fake and forceful. A prison within a hospital she goes about her business, but whatever she takes requires more time spent working it off. As part of her discipline, she is forced to work with the doctor doing things she rather not do such as cutting off arms of infected flee’rs and tending to the sick with prescriptions.
 




 
While it seems on the very faint that people have roles, it really is the wild west. Everyone is ready to make their own moves and no one really trusts anyone else. The doctor uses Beth to kill the only other doctor (doctor was suffering from something and Beth unknowingly gave him the wrong drug). The individuals that play this fake role use new underlings to do their dirty work for them. Beth sees right through what is going on. They hold onto this false notion that someone is coming for them and they must do their part.  She meets someone she can actually relate to, Noah.

Noah has been at the hospital for over a year. It seems that although he is a helpful and strong minded individual, he also is very sinister and is willing to use others to his advantage. Making a plan with Beth to get themselves out of the hospital, they devise a plan that requires getting a hidden key in Officer Dawns room. During this time, she gets caught by her sexual harassment officer friend. Beside her for some reason is a turned patient that ends up getting the best of the officer ripping at his flesh. From there the two make a dash for freedom as Beth is required to shoot her way through walkers. Noah, injured from the escape from the shaft of a service elevator saves himself as Beth lays there in the midst of all the walkers. Behind her the group of officers to save her.

While being brought back into the hospital, she turns and notices Carol on a cart being brought into ER. How does she get there if she was with Daryl and the group? I would like to say the group knows where she is and is coming to get her, but we saw them on that bus. But wait, there were a few people missing…. It seems someone has found the car with the cross on it. We are in for a surprise!

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 10 – In the Woods They Walk

Episode 10 starts with a pan onto Tyreese and the girls. In the woods and in the open, Tyreese must snap out of himself and protect the children that is with him. In his arms, the child so many long to know what happened to. It’s a fight of sanity and the girls try to be tough. One of the girls is slowly numbing her emotion, cut off from reality and numb to fear and pain. Hints within the show such as her killing the rabbits and her about to smother Rick’s daughter. She should be watched and council-ed. Her younger sister tries to be tough, but it’s not within her to be that numb. This aspect of the show explains the two polar opposites and what can occur when traumatic events or life and death situations can change your behavioral response.
 
Tyreese hears something in the distance and is forced to go check it out. He is a knight and shining armor. To do this, he must leave the girls alone. Tyreese runs off to find to gentlemen getting attacked by walkers, to which both of them get bitten. As he helps, the girls are in trouble as walkers slowly creep in. Right before all is lost, Carol steps in to save their lives. Carol gets reunited with Tyreese, but you can tell she has a lot on her mind.
 



 
Maggie and Bob are in a creek trying to figure out where to go. Bob gets shot and is getting recovered with some bandages. Maggie must continue on to find Glenn. As the group walks, they come upon the bus, to which, Maggie must find out if Glenn is among the dead. One by one, they release walkers only to find at the end, with increase anxiety, Glenn is not among the dead.
 
We pan to Glenn lying on a street above a mass of walkers. He is broken inside and is trying to keep himself together as he is unable to know whether Maggie is still alive or not. He finds his way back to the prison where he stumbles into his bunk. A picture lays in front of him after laying on the bed in the prison, giving him some solace and comfort. He quickly starts to gather supplies, a knife under one of the bunks in one of the prison cells. He is getting ready to survive. We understand that through this hard time of not knowing what has happened to Maggie, he is determined to survive.
 
With armor on he runs out into the prison courtyard where he is consumed by walkers. Along his escape, he sees someone with his or her head down behind a wall. Who is this? Should he stay and find out?
 
Glenn understand the that she was apart of what happened, but Glenn knew the humanity. She explains to Glenn that he trusted the Governor until he shot Herschel. Words are exchanged about not forgetting and always believing. Why they go into a killing spree is beyond me but it leads to Glenn getting hurt and losing consciousness. A truck pulls up and a new mystery group pulls up…. Sergeant Abraham Ford and they are looking for more people.

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9 – The Midseason Return

The mid-season return was last night. People were charged to find out what happened to the group as they were all forced to split up. The season has become a little more grimier and emotional. When one expected the emotion to dust off, everyone got flipped upside down. Although it wasn’t shocking to me what happened with Carl, it evoked a lot of anger out of me in how someone who thinks he is so old, could say the things that he did.
 
But that was the defining moment in the episode, it emphasized Carl’s inability, his lack of maturity to understand that he is still too young to take care of himself. Every teen goes through those years where they think they are invincible, they lack respect and understanding of the rigors of life and the consequences that follow. Time and time again we see Carl trying to handle himself only coming up short. He finds that every time he gets in a very bad scenario, he must remind himself that he is in control and is strong, when we all know that the more one tries to convince himself of that, the more they are in need of help and aren’t ready for the harshness of life (to walk alone through).
 



 
I think for all the teens out there that watched the show and are reading this blog, even for me, it reminds me of the childhood and the empowering feeling I once had. Yet, I lacked the maturity and understanding of what the world really was about and my place sort of in it. Even though we all continually try to understand our part in this world. Chandler Riggs has solidified himself as a mature actor to me. His acting was unlike anything I had seen from a young actor, actor, or leading actor. I think this was an immense growing experience for him as an actor and spoke to him on several different levels.
 
This episode was very important to teens that watched. Take away the fact that although you are strong, and you need independence, you aren’t strong enough yet. Don’t rush to be an adult… trust me, you will regret it years later. I know I do.
 
Michonne is a deeply complex character. She literally and symbolically is on a double edged sword. The Katana to me represents to paths she is walking and we heard in the talking dead afterwards. She is fighting this urge to feel. This was seen at the very first episode we meet her. It emphasized this pain she didn’t want to feel nor the weakness she wanted others to see. Last nights episode teeter tottered on this path that she didn’t to go down and led her to decide once and for all who she wanted to be.
 
I think the key to this entire episode for Michonne, the defining moment in the story last night was the Katana to her double. She had been lost for sometime now and this action told all watching that there are things in this life that you won’t agree with, that will tear at your being in the worst of ways, but hiding those emotions and bottling up who you really are is a recipe for disaster. A debilitating crash will occur sometime down the road. Humans are social creatures by nature. We can’t go this alone. Don’t go at it alone. If there is one thing you come away with from this article, that is number one.
 
Lastly, the writers of this show amaze me every day. They take psychology and emotion and physicality to a whole new level and I am amazed to see how these roles have developed.