‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Season 4, Episode 10, ‘Inmates’

Walkingdead
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.

New characters!


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.