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Fear and “Isolation” – The Walking Dead Review [SPOILERS]

Posted on October 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm by Amanda Andonian

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Although last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Infected,” left us wondering whether the gang might have a traitor in their midst, tonight’s episode left us with a shocking revelation. Why is someone feeding the walkers? Who burned Karen and that other random guy to a crisp? Are Rick’s farming days over? All these burning questions and more are answered (mostly) in this week’s episode, “Isolation.”

Spoiler-Free Recap, “Isolation” – B-

Emotions are running high, and fear of the quickly-spreading infection has completely taken hold of the prison. While Daryl takes a team out to retrieve antibiotics for the sick, everyone else tries to keep it together long enough to survive through the quarantine. It’s one of the more slow burning episodes, but a terrible admission at the end makes the wait worth it. Also, Tyrese goes kind of insane.

Final Spoiler Warning!

Once again, we pick up exactly where we left off last week as the gang buries their dead and Tyrese stares uncomprehendingly at Karen’s burned body. Not one to keep a handle on his emotions, Tyrese quickly spirals into a mindless fury, lashing out at Daryl, Carol, and Rick, which only serves to unleash Rick’s inner rage demon. With peaceful relations within the prison quickly dissolving in the face of the infection and the specter of Karen’s murder, it seems like Rick might need to step up and take charge again.

The Council meets and decides that they need to institute a quarantine, as well as send out a party to try and find antibiotics in order to help the sick survive their symptoms long enough to recover from the flu. Unfortunately, it’s not soon enough as the flu has spread far beyond cell block D, claiming Sasha and Glenn as well. While Tyrese slowly begins to lose his mind and will to live, Rick still has trouble taking the reins again as a leader, leaving a lot of the people work to Carol. Meanwhile, Herschel decides he can’t just stand aside and wait for Daryl to come back with medication, instead going right into the quarantine zone to help the sick.

It’s a good thing he did, too, since it seems like Daryl and the gang won’t be back anytime soon. A herd of thousands of walkers quickly stops their trek outside the prison, forcing them to abandon the car and try to make it on foot. Who knows how long it’ll take for them to over 50 miles and back, but they’re probably going to come back to a vastly changed situation at the prison.

Finally, Carol’s shocking admission at the end of the episode puts a great deal of tonight’s events into sharp perspective. Her reckless behavior in going out to fix the water line, as well as her breakdown by the water tank, suddenly makes much more sense with the knowledge that she was the one who killed Karen and David. Not only is she feeling guilty over what she did, both because of how it’s affected Tyrese and because it was ultimately fruitless, but she’s trying to make up for it in the wrong ways. On the one hand, it seems completely out of character for mild-mannered Carol; but on the other hand, she’s frequently proven that she’s far more practical than many of the others. Unfortunately, her decision to take the spreading infection into her own hands was for naught.

More key takeaways from the episode:

  • A secret transmission on the radio! Are there more survivors out there, or did Daryl and the gang hear a pre-recorded message?
  • Dr. S coughed blood all over Herschel’s face, giving him the infection. Talk about a terrible doctor! Did no one ever tell him to cover his mouth when he coughs? What a way to repay Herschel for his kindness.
  • Carl’s level of annoying-ness seems to be exponentially proportional to how close he is to a gun. It’s kind of unsettling how fast he quickly he starts to take things into his own hands every time he carries a weapon.

So what did you guys think of tonight’s episode? Has Carol lost her way, or is she the only person who’s thinking clearly? What do you think Rick will do about her admission of guilt? And what about Tyrese?!? Leave us your comments below!

“Isolation” – B-

The Walking Dead: Season 4 Episode 3, “Isolation” aired October 27th, 2013 on AMC.

You can follow Amanda on Twitter at @reiko516.

    • Scott Kielty

      Better than last week! I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to Daryl and his posse in the weeks to come. I have to admit, I fell off TWD bandwagon for a while, but this one got me back.

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