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Innocence to “Indifference” – The Walking Dead Review [SPOILERS]

Posted on November 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm by Amanda Andonian

We’re back for another episode of The Walking Dead! As always, the following review is full of spoilers, but here’s a quick recap of “Indifference,” absent of major plot points:

Spoiler-Free Recap, “Indifference” – A

This week seemed to be full of confessions as the gang splits off to gather resources and supplies. Rick and Daryl both decide to take charge and be a leader in their own ways, and several difficult decisions mean huge changes for life at the prison.

Final Spoiler Warning!

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It seems as though everyone’s become rather accustomed to their danger-filled existence, and they’re starting to question the morality of their choices more and more. Although Carol insists that killing Karen and David was a kindness, both to them and in an effort to save the prison from infection, it almost seems as though she’s trying to convince herself of it too. Her conversation with Lizzy could have been a pep talk for her past self, trying to bolster her strength enough to withstand the enormity of what she’s done.

Rick, on the other hand, isn’t buying what Carol’s trying to sell. She bluntly points out that Rick doesn’t trust her anymore, and he does nothing to disabuse her of the notion. In fact, it seems like the entire purpose of the run was just for Rick to get Carol out of the prison and have that conversation with her. Despite the fact that he avoids talking about it initially, their argument slowly reveals more about how both of them have changed. Her intentions might have been good, but Rick cannot accept Carol’s justifications, instead sending her away to make it on her own.

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Meanwhile, Daryl, Michonne, Tyrese, and Bob are still on their mission for antibiotics. Tyrese is rapidly losing control of himself, putting his life and the lives of the others in danger. When Michonne calls him out for purposefully trying to get himself killed, he shoots back at her with her own obsession with finding the Governor. He’s not the only one who’s noticed, of course, as Daryl also makes no bones about the fact that he doesn’t quite trust Michonne because of her frequent field trips. Unfortunately, Michonne doesn’t even seem to know why she’s obsessed. Perhaps it’s because her hate for the Governor has kept her going, and she’s too afraid to stick around long enough to grow close with the rest of the prison crew.

Bob’s also struggling with his past, confessing his part in Zach’s death at the beginning of the season. In an interesting change of character, Daryl is the one who’s there reassuring Bob, telling him that he doesn’t have to walk alone anymore. Of course, Bob’s revelation wasn’t for nothing—his alcoholism rears its ugly head and nearly gets him killed as they try to escape from the veterinary hospital. His terrible decision making skills costs him Daryl’s respect, showing us Daryl’s darker side for the first time in a long time.

It’s interesting how far Daryl has come in the past couple of seasons, now taking on a leadership role effortlessly where once he was content to be completely alone. He’s no longer the angry redneck itching for a fight, but instead he’s part of the glue that keeps the group together. Rather than writing other people off, he’s determined that they stick together and form bonds with each other because it’s impossible to survive alone in this world. I can’t wait until he gets back to the prison and realizes that Rick kicked Carol out. I anticipate that it will drive a huge wedge between the two men.

Do you think that Rick made the right choice in exiling Carol? Is he going to take charge again? Will Daryl actually kick Bob to the curb once they get back to the prison? Leave your comments below!

“Indifference” – A

The Walking Dead: Season 4 Episode 4, “Indifference” aired November 3rd, 2013 on AMC.

You can follow Amanda on Twitter at @reiko516.

    • So many feels about this episode!

      I think Carol did the right thing, but I think letting her stay in the prison would cause a huge rift.

      Carol and people think Rick no longer has what it takes to make the hard decisions, but I think he made a really tough one in cutting her loose.

      This season is sooooo good!

      • Absolutely! I think he also kind of took her on that run with the intention of exiling her in the back of his mind. Then, once he heard her reasons, he knew for sure that he couldn’t let her come back to the prison.

    • DarthShiva

      I think that a huge part of Rick’s decision is a kindness for Carol. He doesn’t trust her anymore, and he shouldn’t, because she has shown that she will take drastic action without confiding in anyone, which is a liability, but he knows that Tyrese will kill Carol once he finds out. I think part of Rick’s decision was to save Carol’s life or at least give her a chance. I am so happy Daryl’s character arc is so rich, he’s great all the time! I hope we see Carol again, because she was starting to get really interesting. Her comment to Lizzy to never call her Mom showed very clearly how much she has changed from what she started as.

    • Trish Barnes

      I’m wondering if Carol is going to be a major character on the upcoming spin off.

    • Snackbar

      I sure hope not Trish. I am sure we will encounter her in a season or so.

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