by rem25, follow him on Twitter @msurerus
The Governor is dead, the prison is overrun with walkers, and Rick & company are separated. Things are not looking good for anyone. Michonne is seen going to the prison and collects a couple of walkers after disarming them (literally) and cutting off their jaws. We then get to see Hershel one last time, though his decapitated head is now a zombie. Michonne stabs him in the brain then walks off into the forest with walkers in tow.
Rick and Carl are walking down a dirt road, with Carl well ahead of Rick. Rick is still badly injured from his fight with the Governor and can barely keep up. Carl is clearly annoyed he has to wait around for his father, and this is more evident when they arrive at a restaurant and find a lone walker. Rick tries to kill it with an axe he finds but doesn't quite hit through the skull. Carl shoots the walker though Rick is none too pleased Carl wasted ammunition.
They find a neighborhood and enter a house. Carl again starts to go off on his own which annoys Rick. When Rick confronts him, Carl starts yelling & cursing to see if it attracts any walkers, which it doesn't. Carl, more agitated than ever, goes off searching for supplies. He comes across a room that would've been great before the dead turned; it has a TV, video games, and other items a teenage boy would love to have. Carl grabs a cord from the TV to tie a knot to the front door of the house to help secure it. When Rick suggests they use the couch to help support the door, Carl again tests Rick saying he has a strong knot and that Shane taught it to him. He further suggests that Rick doesn't remember who Shane is among others who have died along the way. Rick informs Carl he thinks about Shane everyday.
In a dream, Michonne is in an upscale apartment with her boyfriend and his brother. They are discussing the best place to go. We see Michonne has a son and is holding him while discussing plans. The further the dream goes on, we see Michonne's boyfriend and his brother eventually armless as they were her pets and her son is gone too. Michonne starts to scream and wakes up in a startle. One of the interesting parts of this scene is where Michonne is shown cutting items in the kitchen and the normal knife eventually turns into the katana she uses. She puts it back in the wood block as if it were a normal tool for her to use. Her boyfriend also remarks at how good she's become at using it. An interesting juxtaposition for things to come.
Carl wakes up the next morning to find Rick still sleeping. He makes himself breakfast and tries to pass the time before going to see if Rick is up. Rick is still asleep and after Carl yells at and shakes him trying to wake him, he hears some walkers at the door. He leads the walkers away from the house but is ambushed by a third when he's not paying attention. Carl manages to kill all three, though he has to use more bullets than necessary.
Carl heads back to the house and Ric8k is still out. Carl goes on a rant telling Rick that he doesn't need him anymore and that he never forgot his training when Rick "tried to play farmer." Carl says Rick will only slow him down and that everyone would still be alive if Rick had stayed in charge. Carl leaves to explore another house in the neighborhood. He encounters a walker who almost overpowers him. Carl runs out of ammo trying to kill it, but manages to trap it in a room after losing a shoe. He writes on the door "Walker inside. Got my shoe. Didn't get me." He eats a giant container of pudding he finds in the house as a reward.
Michonne is walking among a group of walkers and seems unnerved that one of them looks like her. She finally stops and starts massacring the entire group, including the pets she just got. She then falls to her knees and breaks down in tears. Was the sight of a walker that looked like her make her think of her own mortality and she lashed out the only way she knows how in order to survive? Perhaps the endless moans of the walkers finally got her and she finally wanted some peace and quiet. Either way, it is a side of Michonne we rarely see and I'm enjoying we're getting some back story on her in this episode.
Carl wakes up and it's night out. Rick starts to moan, groan, and move very slow. Carl backs away and picks up the gun to get ready and shoot his father if he's turned. He soon breaks down crying, saying he can't do it and to just get it over with. He is relieved when Rick speaks before collapsing again. Rick wakes up in the morning and Carl fills him in on what happened. Rick tells Carl he's sorry he wasn't there to help, though Carl tells him not to be. Michonne tracks Rick and Carl down and finds them in the house and breaks down again, happy to have found someone human and familiar. She wipes her tears and knocks on the door. Rick, appearing startled, looks through the keyhole then smiles and tells Carl it's for him.
This is a better start to the second half of this season. I'm really excited for a lot of different character-driven episodes coming up, especially for those whom we haven't had a chance to learn much on their past. Though I'm still not the biggest fan of Carl, it was nice to see that he can handle himself for the most part. Chandler Riggs is still not a great actor, but I think this is the best we're going to get from him at this point. I actually wish Michonne didn't catch up with Rick and Carl so quickly. Even though it was brief, I'd like to see more of her past or her early days living alone after her boyfriend and his brother died. I'm guessing the entire group will somehow be reunited by the end of this season, but only time will tell.
What did you think of the mid-season premiere? Are you enjoying the character story, or are you still wanting more zombie carnage?