Glenn makes a run for it after waking up and finding that he's trapped in the prison. Credit: AMC Network
After the muted tones of last week’s father/son episode, “The Walking Dead” returns to action-packed form with the harrowing tale of what happened to the other survivors after the fall of the prison.
Hope and survival are the keywords as the splintered groups make their way across the zombie-infested landscape.
First up are Daryl and Beth. Everyone’s favorite motorcycle-riding crossbow expert is on the lam with Maggie’s younger sister, a squeaky-voiced teen, who symbolically feeds her diary from happier times to a fire. “Dear Diary, we totally got attacked by walkers today.”
I think I speak for a lot of fans (my wife told me to write this) when I say it’s time for an episode where Daryl has more of a starring role. He’s been pushed to the side the majority of this season and there is only so long you can brood before your face freezes that way.
Two of the season’s biggest OMG! moments occur as we switch vantage points to follow Tyreese and two little girls, Mika and Lizzie, as they traipse the Georgia woods looking for shelter. In a game of Gotcha!, you don’t realize until Tyreese turns around that he is holding baby Judith! They saved her when the prison was overrun. She wasn’t zombie chow after all. Whew.
The other “shocker” happens after Tyreese hammers some walkers in the head and Carol reappears. Rick banished her from the group after he found out that she was the one who killed Tyreese’s flu-plagued girlfriend and another survivor. The prison was attacked before Rick could spill the beans about what she had done.
Poor Tyreese. The guy is traveling with the woman who murdered his girlfriend as well as future serial killer Lizzie, who in all probability is the person who was killing the rats and feeding them to the zombies back at the prison. Just who you want to hit the road with!
By the way, the most disturbing scene of the episode had to be when Lizzie put her hand over baby Judith’s mouth and started suffocating her to make her be quiet. Dear “Waking Dead” creators, stopping torturing babies, it’s so not cool.
Their story ends with them heading to a place called Terminus, which is some kind of safe haven for survivors.
This was also the closest the “Walking Dead” has come to a Valentine’s Day story. Maggie hearts Glenn and Glenn hearts Maggie. Like some Shakespearean couple (if Shakespeare had written a play about zombies), the two star-crossed lovers are trying to find each other in the aftermath of the attack.
Maggie is on the road with Sasha, Tyreese’s spunky sister, and Bob the medic. (Why is he the only person who’s referred to by his profession?) Taking pouting cues from Daryl, Maggie won’t rest until she finds her husband. They track down the bus that escaped from the prison, only to find that there are no survivors. (All together now: “The zombies on the bus go, 'Grrr, Grrr, Grrr,' all through the town.”)
Cut to the prison and Glenn waking up; turns out he got off the bus and is trapped at their old homestead, which is even more overrun with the undead than before. How’s he going to get out? Smart idea. Glenn puts on police riot gear and a helmet (“makes it hard for those pesky walkers to sink their choppers into you.”) and runs the gauntlet of undead, until out of his goop-sopped visor he sees Tara, one of the people who came with the Governor to attack the prison. She sits in a fenced-in cage riddled with self-remorse and waiting to die.
Not yet though. Glenn grabs her and they blast their way through the prison and to the woods. “I need you to help me find my wife,” he says when they are in the clear.
Glenn still hasn’t completely kicked the effects of the flu and collapses, leaving Tara to fight a particularly gnarly looking walker. She turns the walker’s head into jam with the butt of a rifle, only to discover a military truck with a couple of ex-soldiers have been watching the whole time.