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The Walking Dead Season 4 Premiere – “30 Days Without an Accident”

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 10:22 pm by Amanda Andonian

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When last we left our intrepid survivors of The Walking Dead, Rick and the gang had just welcomed the surviving members of Woodbury into the prison. With the Governor gone AWOL and the surrounding countryside seemingly at peace, it seemed that our favorite zombie-killers might actually get a brief respite from the flesh hungry hordes. Of course, we know that can’t last long.

Spoiler-Free Recap, “30 Days Without an Accident” – B+

Things are somewhat peaceful within the prison, but there are undercurrents of tension running beneath the facade of civilization. Many roles have been reversed, and some people are doing better than others in this new world. Like most episodes of The Walking Dead, the premiere shows us how well everyone is doing in preparation for much worse things to come.

Last Spoiler Warning

The Walking Dead season 4 picks up several months after the events of last season, showing us that a lot has changed at the prison in that time. All the walkers that had previously gotten through the fences are gone, and now the yard is dotted with garden plots and corrals for livestock. Rick toils away, hoeing at the fields and listening to country music, but his peaceful reverie is broken by the discovery of a buried handgun, reminding him that life’s not simple anymore.

the-walking-dead-season-4Operations at the prison are like a well-oiled machine, governed by a council led by Glenn, Daryl, Carol, Shasha, among others. Although there’s a clear hierarchy and a way of doing things within the community, it’s also clear that things are not as tranquil as they seem at first glance. Relationships are strained, nerves are frayed, and brief moments of levity are still punctuated by the presence of the walkers. One by one, we’re reintroduced to the people we know, as well as introduced to a number of the new Woodbury people and the couples that have sprung up.

Clearly Rick isn’t running the show anymore, and he’s just fine with that. No longer comfortable with the presence of a gun at his hip and in his hands, Rick is still dealing with everything he’s been through, and it seems as though he many never truly recover completely. His encounter with Clara in the woods demonstrates just how broken Rick still is. Even though she’s clearly gone crazy, he can’t bring himself to kill her and is traumatized by her own decision to kill herself. As evidenced by his conversation with Herschel later, Rick is still afraid that he could lose his mind at any moment.

the-walking-dead-season-4In addition to Rick doubting himself, what would an episode of The Walking Dead be without lots of zombie killing? We get our wish when Daryl, Glenn, Tyrese, Sasha, and the gang go out on a run to an abandoned military base/drug store. Due to the carelessness of newbie Bob (who apparently has an alcohol problem), walkers literally start raining down on everyone, causing them to lose one of their number (Beth’s new boyfriend). The death of Zach seems to hit everyone else harder than it does Beth, whose attitude towards is that it’s inevitable and she’s done crying over it. She’s become extremely tough, and her reaction to the news of Zach’s death also shows how much worse the others are at dealing with their present circumstances.

More key takeaways from the episode:

  • Carl doesn’t like being treated like a child, and he obviously doesn’t like how the other kids take the walkers too lightly. He should be happy that Carol is teaching the children how to protect themselves (apparently without Rick’s okay) and yet he seems extremely troubled by the discovery.
  • Michonne is consumed with the desire to find the Governor, willing to go as far away as Macon (70 miles from the prison) on the off chance that she can track him down. Clearly she hasn’t come to terms with Andrea’s death in the least.
  • A mysterious illness is sweeping through the prison, and it’s already claimed two lives: Violet the pig and Patrick. What’s causing it, and who else will fall victim to it before the gang has to abandon the prison?

Make no mistake, they’re going to have to abandon the prison at some point. There’s no way that this brief respite in the prison can last much longer, and its sole purpose is to show us just how much they have to lose. No doubt we’ll see the prison overrun in the next couple of episodes, and life will be a living nightmare for the survivors once again.

“30 Days Without an Accident” – B+

So what did you guys think of The Walking Dead tonight? What did you think of the three questions (How many walkers have you killed? How many people have you killed? Why?)? Leave us your comments below!

The Walking Dead: Season 4 Episode 1, “30 Days Without an Accident” aired October 13th, 2013 on AMC.

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