The Walking Dead S4x4 Indifference

The Walking Dead Indifference review
Photo Credit: The Walking Dead / Gene Page
Once upon a time on this blog I used to recap the episodes of my favorite shows like The Walking Dead and Once Upon A Time. However the week to week grind of describing what I favored about the characters and the stories proved to take too much time for me to just sit back and relax during my evenings off when I'm not working on school projects or work. It basically took away from my time of just being brainless.

However, this particular evening with The Walking Dead I felt the strongest motivation to write about a certain turn of events that couldn't be ignored. Behind the cut is just my short little blurb on that irrevocable moment that would divide the group up.

As the course of the episodes move along this season, a flu epidemic or severe illness has breached the prison. Two people who had succumbed to the unknown disease, and proved signs to be turning into walkers, were brutally killed; stabbed and then dragged outside the prison to be burned. It was revealed in Episode 3 that Carol was the attacker, though there were a lot of questions that left us wandering.

In tonight's episode, Rick journeys with Carol outside the prison to a local town in search of medical supplies for Herschel. Daryl in another group with Michonne, Tyrese and Bob are working their stranded away through the forest to a town of their own doing the same.

First let me say, that I really liked the dynamic between Rick and Carol. There were a lot of opportunities throughout the episode where they seemed to be testing each other. Their attitudes between them were awkward; they didn't know if either one was doing to pull something over the other's eyes.

By the end of the episode, we arrived to Rick's reconciliation and conclusion over what to do with Carol. Even though he had given up his reigns as a single leader, and even participating in council meetings to decide what happens to their community, Rick made the ultimate choice; banish Carol from the Prison.

The question rightfully on everyone's minds is whether it was right or not.

Everyone is making solid points questioning how Rick could banish Carol when he and Carl both killed innocent people…but I think the matter of the episode goes back to a person’s choice of dying being stripped away from them.

In Season 3, Daryl, Rick, and Michonne witnessed Andrea make the choice to kill herself before she turned. And I think that’s one of the reasons why Rick struggles to kill Walkers and interact with situations of the living being sick; he doesn’t want to make the decision over their death.

Every character has in some way made the choice on their final moments. Even Dale lying in the field, pressed his head to Daryl’s gun; nobody should’ve ended up like Amy, Karen, the innocent kid in the woods, or David, having their choice taken away. Or as Rick said earlier in the series, “We don’t kill the living.”

My problem with Carol’s metamorphosis is that her anger and survival instincts sprang up from nowhere; respectively she had to deal with her abusive husband and Sofia, but there wasn’t a hardness with her last season. Carol kept showing heart, forgiveness, giving choices of survival tonight but she kept matching it with that unforgiveness and survival instincts.

If Carol had been there to witness Andrea’s death, I could understand why Rick would banish her from the group; you can’t choose how the living die. But she wasn’t, and she killed those two people, and that’s what makes it almost intolerable for her to stay.

The entire episode reminded me of Minority Report; where future-telling orphans see future crimes and the government stops them before they even might happen. In one scene, Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell talk about stopping something before it’s going to happen just because the odds look favorable towards one option or another.

John Anderton: Why’d you catch that?
Danny Witwer: Because it was going to fall.
John Anderton: You’re certain?
Danny Witwer: Yeah.
John Anderton: But it didn’t fall. You caught it. The fact that you prevented it from happening doesnt change the fact that it was *going* to happen.

I’m apathetic about Carol leaving; I didn’t want her to go but I can see the point behind it - if there is one. I just hope Daryl shows some sort of emotion next week. To me the other characters can’t salvage the void of what she left behind. Mr. Anger Management Issues, Mr. Boozer, and Creepy Little Blond Girl aren’t cutting it for me. Perhaps not threaten Rick to pound his ass into the ground or a sob fest like when killed Merle, but share a little tear for Team Pookie please.

Existence and mortality serves up a lot of maybes. Maybe Rick saved Carol from Tyrese - even though she swore she could handle herself. Maybe we'll see Carol again, or maybe we won't.

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