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Will the Sick Survive “Internment”? – The Walking Dead Review [SPOILERS]

Posted on November 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm by Amanda Andonian

It’s time for The Walking Dead once again! As always, the following review is full of spoilers, but here’s a quick recap of “Internment,” absent of major plot points:

Spoiler-Free Recap, “Internment” – A+
The super-flu is cutting a swath through the prison survivors, and Herschel is working around the clock to keep everyone’s spirits high. Whether he succeeds, though, is another matter altogether. Meanwhile, Rick has to take charge again, as well as admit that Carl is no longer a child he can continue to protect.

Final Spoiler Warning!

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After last week’s episode on the outside, we now return to the prison to catch up with the infected members of the group. It seems like everyone except for Maggie and the children are sick, and it’s all she can do to keep things under control by herself. Usually in The Walking Dead, the threat comes from outside. With the disease sweeping through the prison, though, our survivors now have to face an enemy they can’t see or kill.

The strain of trying to keep everyone positive in the face of almost certain death is taking its toll on Herschel, but he still tries with every ounce of energy he has left. Quoting from John Steinbeck, he says, “A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ,” and it’s clear from all the dejected and hopeless faces in the cell block that pretty much everyone has already given up. Despite Herschel’s efforts to keep their minds off their impending doom, Sasha says it well when she tell him that she can do the math. Time is their enemy, and there’s nothing they can do to keep it at bay.

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While this is going on, Rick continues to come to terms with his decision to leave Carol behind. Driving back to the prison, he’s obviously still struggling with it, questioning himself and possibly regretting it. He tells Maggie first, asking her whether she would have brought Carol back, almost as though seeking her validation. She agrees with Rick’s decision, though questions whether she would’ve been strong enough to make that call herself. Judging by Maggie and Herschel’s reactions to Rick’s news, it’s time for him to step back up and become a leader again, despite the fact that he’s been running from it.

When the outbreak finally results in the mass deaths that Herschel was trying to prevent, all hell breaks lose and forces him to face the terrible reality of their situation. In a matter of minutes, he takes out three walkers back to back, then has to perform a field intubation on Glenn in order to save him from choking on his own blood. I thought the intubation scene at the beginning of the episode was intense, but that was before Herschel intubated Glenn. With his bare hands!

More key takeaways:

  • Daryl and the gang finally gets back with the medicine, so everyone else can look forward to recovering from their illness. Unfortunately, we still don’t get to see Rick break the news to Daryl that Carol is no longer part of the group.
  • Carl is an adult, but Rick still can’t admit it to himself. Every time he looks at his son, it’s hard to tell whether he’s surprised by his son’s composure, or thinking that he doesn’t recognize who this young man is.
  • WTF with Lizzie leading that walker like a dog?!? Even after everything she saw, Lizzie still tries to treat the walkers like pets. That has to be one of the creepiest things that’s happened on The Walking Dead in a while.

So what did you guys think of tonight’s episode? How about that reveal of the Governor at the very last second? It only took five episodes to bring him back! Do you think he’s the one who’s been leading the walkers to the prison? Share your comments below!

“Internment” – A+

The Walking Dead: Season 4 Episode 5, “Internment” aired November 10th, 2013 on AMC.

You can follow Amanda on Twitter at @reiko516.

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