The Walking Dead Review: Staying Together

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You know that new and fresh direction I was hoping for after the Governor’s defeat and the end of the prison in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8?

I don’t think we’re going to really get that until the finale, but realistically, probably not until the start of The Walking Dead Season 5.

In a lot of ways, I feel like The Walking Dead Season 4 is just a way to get us to next season. Sure, this back half of episodes are trying to build up some of the characters (sometimes decently, others not so much), but the continuous wandering through the woods and getting almost killed every time food is at hand (pudding, pigs feet, ice cream) is becoming a bit tiring.

And I appreciate that The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 13 tried to give us some personal moments for Sasha, Maggie and Bob; much like Beth and Daryl received in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 12.

However, the trio’s decision making skills were all over the place, much like the hour.

The whole concept of being alone was front and center, and it makes sense that the characters would want to stick together. Heck, even Michonne realized that joining up with others was the right way to go in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9.

But, unfortunately, a trio united ended up falling apart.

Maggie remained dead set on finding Glenn, even getting her fingers bloody so she could write her love some directions. And she ditched Bob and Sasha.

Bob, who I’ve grown to like even more with each passing episode, tried to instill the concept of sticking together with Sasha. He was the survivor of two groups and now on his third, he’s still alive. Life isn’t so hopeless anymore and having people around makes it even better.

Except Sasha acted depressing for a good portion of this episode and was reluctant to find Maggie or even Terminus. Bob kissed her in hopes of persuading her, but she decided it was better to let him go and find an apartment by herself.

Of course, that meant an obligatory zombie fight after Sasha found Maggie lying in the street. And by that time, Maggie had come to her senses, even persuading Sasha that staying together was a good thing. Really, that's how Sasha decided to rejoin the group?

So they all teamed back up because the theme of the hour was about being alone. Yes, it was a great bookend from Bob’s sad journey at the outset to the reunited trio at the end, but it was just a ridiculous way to get there. And I was happy they did end up together, but it didn't have the emotional impact the show wanted it to.

Beth and Daryl’s story continued, too, and I’m curious as to how the show is trying to portray their relationship. Is it pushing them towards something romantic or more like a  brother and sister?

It’s great to see Beth has had an effect on Daryl, but I couldn’t help but notice those obvious things like hand holding and dare I say, carrying across the threshold?

But at least with those two there was growth and expounding on their story.

Not to mention providing a heart stopping moment where party crashing walkers surrounded Daryl to the point where I kept thinking, “Is this it? Is this when they take out Daryl?”

Luckily, Daryl managed to maneuver his way out and kill a bunch of walkers along the way, but only to see a car drive off with Beth. Who took Beth?!

On top of that, Daryl wound up meeting the gang that Rick ran into on The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 11. I was expecting perhaps Bob, but this turn of events could prove to be interesting. Hopefully, Daryl doesn't get into any fights over sleeping arrangements.

I definitely give major credit for what the show is trying to do with its characters, and each hour never fails to provide some entertaining moments.

However, I'm ready for the show to reach Terminus, Washington D.C., or a place that gives the characters something different to try. I just wonder how many of our main cast will get the chance to do so by the end of the season...

Will Glenn and Maggie reunite by the end of the season?

Here is your first look at The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 14:

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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