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The Walking Dead Review: Road Trip

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Just five more minutes?

The anticipation for the end of the line, reaching Terminus and the possible complete reuniting of the main survivors was palpable on The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 15.

Watching each smaller faction walk those train tracks, edging closer to possible hope - possible sanctuary - was exciting in its possibilities.

Carl, All Alone
Poor Carl. He's all alone here in a shot from The Walking Dead Season 4.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Rick, Carl and Michonne - but their brief scene provided some levity to the darkness that has befallen the survivors.

Once again, Michonne was joking, smiling and making fun bets with the game of trying not to fall off the train tracks. I liked that Rick was trying to get them to move along but realizing (and also smiling!) that a short moment of something lighthearted was OK.

And while the other groups were caught in their own dangerous predicaments, they ultimately echoed each other in finding that light at the end of the tunnel.

Glenn and Tara may have had that experience quite literally, but there were moments where I wasn’t so sure Tara was going to survive.

Glenn has been so focused on finding Maggie that he was willing to risk anything to get to her. That included going down the dark, creepy tunnel that had the sounds of walkers. Smart? No.

But he was also the guy that went into the well containing the bloated walker in The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4.

While it was frustrating he would move headlong into obvious danger, I was glad that at least Abraham was able to call him out on it. He knew it wasn’t the right move to make, but he wasn’t going to fight Glenn and was even willing to provide a few last minute supplies.

But it was also the chance for Tara to continue to try and pay her debt to Glenn, even if she knew death was pretty much right around the corner. I’m really liking what they are doing with her character, from her talks with Abraham, even Eugune. But especially in trying to make amends for joining the Governor.

She was duped by the Governor and the chaos that followed affected her. Helping Glenn was the cost that her character wanted to pay. And finally finding Maggie ended that part of her journey.

It still seemed pretty improbable that Maggie, Sasha and Glenn managed to get through that mess of walkers (why didn’t they choose to go around? Same reason as Glenn?), but it was a pleasant reuniting.

And there was plenty of tension in that tunnel beforehand with the clambering walkers and Tara looking ready to be the next character to meet her fate. There’s something about the dark and the undead that’s just creepy, even if you wish Glenn didn’t put himself and Tara at risk.

I really find Abraham, Eugene and Rosita intriguing and a positive addition to the show. While we haven’t quite gotten to the mission of Washington D.C., the trio is fitting in nicely.

Although, it seemed pretty suspect that Eugene kept finding ways to not continue on their mission. Sure, he helped save Glenn and Tara. Sure, a soccer mom minivan probably isn't the best transportation and Terminus might have that. But there was a nagging feeling that he also was avoiding D.C.? Why? What’s up with that?

At least Rosita got some lines so she’s not going to just be an army Barbie added to the group. Hopefully her character continues to get some more to do.

As for Daryl, his new crew was an unseemly bunch. You’d think he would have an easy time fitting in, but this gang of survivors isn’t making it seem like fun. They haven’t really done anything bad yet, but they also don’t seem like such good guys either.

I get following rules such as no lying and stealing, but when they beat the crap out of the guy and put an arrow through him? Not sure if that’s who you want to be hanging out with.

Let’s just hope Daryl gets back to his original group soon, but it’s probably not going to go well when they find Rick. Good luck getting out of that one, Daryl.

However, in the end, it was finally reaching Terminus, walking into that gated place that has me psyched for the season finale. And yet, strangely, very wary. It seems so peaceful and hopeful, but I can’t help but think it’s not going to be.

Was she the only person there? Where are the others? It all just seems too good to be true. If only we just got five more minutes to dive right in.

This was definitely more uplifting than the heavy turn of events Carol had to deal with in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 14, but in the zombie apocalypse, is there really such a thing as a happy ending? Either way, it was the perfect setup for what’s hopefully a riveting conclusion to The Walking Dead Season 4 that sends the series into an enthralling new direction.

Do you think Terminus is a safe haven?

 

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Yes, I believe it is the time now for them to show the cannibalism. I believe that is what is Terminus is, a group of cannibals. Especially with no guards around the perimeter when the group showed up at the end. We will see......

Terrie

I don't think Terminus will be a good thing. I think it will be another Woodbury and most viewers feel the same way............I have read several things about cannibalism?????????(I haven't read the comics or graphic novels) Andrew Lincoln will be on Talking Dead next week.............. Daryl will turn on the band of misfits when they get with Rick and they realize Rick killed one of their buddies....... I'm still guessing they are all in the same proximity to Terminus..........Daryl and his misfits are right behind Rick, Carl and MIchonne......But next week's preview shows Rick and crew in the woods ?????????????

Mrs-cleaver
@ Terrie

I think you are right Terrie, Joe is gonna realize that Rick is the "fecal matter" who killed his pal in the bathroom & Daryl will have to kill his new BFF Joe to save his old BFF Rick, least that is how I see it too.
Wonder where/if Beth turns up? And nice of her sister Maggie to care (not!).

Jtl

I thought it was another good episode this week. I like seeing Daryl deal with these band of misfits. He so used to being shown respect from team Rick and you know if it was his old group, they would of shared a car to sleep in and not let him sleep on the floor. I don't think Daryl will have any problem turning on these guys if they end up throwing down with Rick. I liked Glen and Tara's scenes. Eugene: your pretty hot Tara. Tara: dude I like girls. Eugene: I know. Lol but seriously seeing Tara open to glen about the terrible massacre she was of part of and seeing how bad she felt for Herschel really made me want to cheer for her survival even more. Plus Tara keeps hurting herself! Twisted her ankle first half of this season and then hurting her knee last night! Lol (Oh by the way Tara was grabbing her knee and moaning in pain like Peter from family guy would do! Lol) but it was great see Glen stick by her and was willing to die for her at the end. Even if it would coast him never to see Maggie ever again. I know I couldn't let myself live with myself leaving a good person like Tara to die like that and that having to look the people I care about in the eye. But then we finally see Terminus! A place where you can easily walk into? With a middle aged women cooking some meat on a grill. I'm just wondering why is so easy to walk in and why there's no security! I guess the more inviting the easier for people to lay down their guard. And I wonder if anyone else from the group is there already? Looking forward to a great season finale!

Jtl

I thought it was another good episode this week. I like seeing Daryl deal with these band of misfits. He so used to being shown respect from team Rick and you know if it was his old group, they would of shared a car to sleep in and not let him sleep on the floor. I don't think Daryl will have any problem turning on these guys if they end up throwing down with Rick. I liked Glen and Tara's scenes. Eugene: your pretty hot Tara. Tara: dude I like girls. Eugene: I know. Lol but seriously seeing Tara open to glen about the terrible massacre she was of part of and seeing how bad she felt for Herschel really made me want to cheer for her survival even more. Plus Tara keeps hurting herself! Twisted her ankle first half of this season and then hurting her knee last night! Lol but it was great see Glen stick by her and was willing to die for her at the end. Even if it would coast him never to see Maggie ever again. I know I couldn't let myself live with myself leaving a good person like Tara to die like that and that having to look the people I care about in the eye. But then we finally see Terminus! A place where you can easily walk into? With a middle aged women cooking some meat on a grill. I'm just wondering why is so easy to walk in and why there's no security! I guess the more inviting the easier for people to lay down their guard. And I wonder if anyone else from the group is there already? Looking forward to a great season finale!

Jtl
@ Vampbarbie

I thought it was another good episode this week. I like seeing Daryl deal with these band of misfits. He so used to being shown respect from team Rick and you know if it was his old group, they would of shared a car to sleep in and not let him sleep on the floor. I don't think Daryl will have any problem turning on these guys if they end up throwing down with Rick. I liked Glen and Tara's scenes. Eugene: your pretty hot Tara. Tara: dude I like girls. Eugene: I know. Lol but seriously seeing Tara open to glen about the terrible massacre she was of part of and seeing how bad she felt for Herschel really made me want to cheer for her survival even more. Plus Tara keeps hurting herself! Twisted her ankle first half of this season and then hurting her knee last night! Lol (Oh by the way Tara was grabbing her knee and moaning in pain like Peter from family guy would do! Lol) but it was great see Glen stick by her and was willing to die for her at the end. Even if it would coast him never to see Maggie ever again. I know I couldn't let myself live with myself leaving a good person like Tara to die like that and that having to look the people I care about in the eye. But then we finally see Terminus! A place where you can easily walk into? With a middle aged women cooking some meat on a grill. I'm just wondering why is so easy to walk in and why there's no security! I guess the more inviting the easier for people to lay down their guard. And I wonder if anyone else from the group is there already? Looking forward to a great season finale!

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Where's the meat? cannibails?

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@ michelle

I noticed the same thing...where did all the meat come from that was on the grill??! Hmmmm

Mrs-cleaver
@ canastia

Beth?
Ewww - only kidding!

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@ Mrs. Cleaver

I actually think you're right - I think Beth is on the grill.

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@ Mrs. Cleaver

Hopefully NOT Beth but I wouldn't be surprised if it was SOMEBODY...didn't see any animals and Mary had that creepy Hansel and Gretel feel about her...not looking good! Also, where are Tyrese and Carol...I thought they wouldve reached Terminus first!

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This episode was so dissapointing and anti- climatic. I've gone from being a die hard fan during seasons 1 and 2 to being stunned at how awful this show has gotten during seasons 3 and 4. How do you mess something so brilliant up so terribly? I'm afraid I give up. It's not worth watching anymore. There is no consistency or flow, it's just a nonsensical jumbled mess. The powers that be are going to have to pick a target audience and stick with it, the current method is so scitzo, it's unwatchable. Ah well, very sad. :(

Mrs-cleaver

I thought it was a good episode, was glad it went from group to group so we could catch up w/almost everyone.
Chemistry is building again between Rick and Michonne, like early in the season. I'm good with that, Rick needs a little happy time. As for Daryl, I think he's gonna have to kill most/all of the Sons of Anarchy at some point to save his BFF Rick. They pointed out that one guy knows what Rick looks like & they are mad he killed the Bathroom Guy so they'll meet up at some point.
The New Guys are growing on me too. Yay Glenn found Maggie but Maggie burning that picture made me nervous for her, bad omen I think. Be interesting to see the Carol/Tyreese relationship (or lack of) when they get to Terminus.
And Terminus has sketchy written all over it. Woodbury Part Deux for sure, with Creepy Mary welcoming them. Hope I'm wrong but WD doesn't usually go w/a "happy ending season finale". Sad next week is the end till October too.

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So happy Maggie and Glenn finally reunited! Terminus certainly does seem to be too good to be true...and what will happen when Rick crosses paths with the group Daryl's with? And what about Beth??

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This episode seemed a little slow to me, although any probably would after last week's deaths.