It’s going to take a little time for me to recover from this third episode of Season 4. First off, a round of applause for Mr. Robert Kirkman. Thank you for writing such an exceptional episode. I’m sure that I am not alone in feeling like I was on some sort of crazy train watching the show last night. A crazy train on an emotional roller coaster track. Let’s get down to business, shall we?
For a complete recap of E03 (chock full of spoilers) click here.
All caught up? Good.
There are certain moments each season that stand out for me, as being truly horrifying. I would like to add the “Mega Horde” to that list. Though, it wasn’t as upsetting as it could have been, given that we have seen previews and still shots of the living actors involved in this scene, appearing in episodes as of yet un-aired. So, my panic was not for them. No, my panic was in the shot that panned out from the college campus, where it seems that half of Georgia has congregated. Sweet holy hell…so many walkers! Immediately, my mind started trying to do the square footage math presented on a recent episode of Myth Busters, with special guest Michael Rooker. Could I survive busting through that crowded mess? Yeah….probably not. As of now, I’m not sure what to be more afraid of: Walkers, the impending arrival of the Governor, or Germs. Moving right along….
Let’s be clear on one thing, shall we? Four of our favorite characters–six, if you’ve seen the ads for E04–are on a deadly mission to find antibiotics at the request of Hershel. They are hoping it will cure the Flu that is plaguing the prison residents. Again, to be clear…they have a Veterinarian, an Army Medic, and an actual Doctor in “Dr. S.” and all of them see antibiotics as a solution. Now, we all know that Influenza is a virus, or at least we should all know that. Especially those with medical backgrounds; they should know that the flu is caused by a virus. Antibiotics DO NOT work on viruses. We attempt to inoculate a virus by injecting (or sniffing) a form of said virus in an attempt to build up an immunity within the body. We then have to “ride it out” by getting plenty of rest, consuming plenty of fluids, and keeping your fever under control. That’s it. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. Side Note: If you take antibiotics that you don’t need, or improperly take the ones that were prescribed to you, there is actually a risk of building up a resistance to them, rendering them useless against certain bacteria. Case in point, MRSA.
In knowing that, our favorite characters should be out looking for aspirin, ibuprofen, and any medications that will offer relief of flu symptoms to make them more comfortable. Getting a hold of some fabric to make face masks would be a fantastic idea, as well as collecting every single bottle of Germex and Purell they can find. And, what’s always in Kerri’s bug out bag? Vicks Vaporub. Boom.
Clearly, in one of Hershel’s best ever moments, he has come to realize this. Hence, his quest to gather elderberries. Elderberries have natural medicinal qualities. Taking an holistic approach to the flu is a much wiser choice. I know that it is hard to practice Universal Precautions while living in such tight quarters, but do the best you can, people. Hershel having to accept Daryl’s comments in the council meeting really hit home with me. As a person living with a disability, I know how hard it is to accept your own limitations and to want to feel valuable and needed. Seeing how he handled himself….sigh. Again, terrific work, Mr. Kirkman, well done.
Now…about those burned up bodies…
I understand how Occam’s Razor works. I get that it is going to be Carol–not because she confessed to it, but because it makes for good writing. Besides, how long have I been saying that Carol and/or Daryl will not make it through S4? However, being the hopeless romantic that I am–TeamCaryl for life–I will admit that I have run the gamut of theories as to who else could have murdered the two of them.
We saw Rick finally get off of his duff and begin investigating the crime scene. We saw him examine a bloody handprint on the door. He then stands and extends his hand alongside of it. Most of the internet claims that he was discovering that the handprint was smaller than his own, denoting that a woman must have done it. Others have said that they feel, based on the position of his hand, he was judging the height of the culprit (based on where their bloody hand landed on the door). This could denote a woman…or a child.
At first, my money was on Sasha. Granted, she was out fighting on the fence line when the sickies were being murdered. But, I wouldn’t hold it past her to want to protect her brother. Second, there’s Glenn. He’s been awfully shifty lately. And suddenly, he’s sick? Did he and Sasha get exposed during operation clean-up aisle D? Maybe, he was so desperate to protect Maggie, especially now that she’s all baby happy? Then there’s Beth. Sweet, cold, shriveled little, black-hearted Beth. She said in the last episode that she was tired of saying good bye to people. She and Daryl both said they were tired of losing people. Could she have done it? And while we’re blaming young girls, how about Lizzy? This kid is batshit crazy, okay? Carol taught her first hand how to shank someone in the head while they lay in bed. I also believe that she’s the one who has been feeding the walkers. It’s as though the writers are applying what was written about Carol in the comics and slapping it all over this kid, Lizzy. And as Carol confirmed with Rick, there isn’t anything she wouldn’t do to protect them all. But what does that mean?
Was Carol protecting her new “family” by taking the blame for them? Perhaps she caught someone doing it and decided that the evidence needed to be burned, so she dragged them outside and killed them. Or, was she just outright protecting them by committing 2 acts of murder? I want to believe that it is too obvious to blame her, that some rational resolution will arise. But, deep in the darkest corners of my heart, I know that I am wrong. I am wrong and the others will soon learn what she did. Daryl will soon learn what she did. They judged Rick for wanting to sacrifice Michonne to protect the group. How will they feel upon learning Carol killed 2 others to do the same? And failed? As the children say, obnoxiously, oh the feels!
Until next time, remember what you learned as a child: Cover your coughs and sneezes; Use the ‘Buddy System’; Always tell the truth; and Wash your hands, Mr. Bungle!