“The Walking Dead” is finally back on primetime television. The highly anticipated mid-season finale left many cliffhangers, so fans were hungry for the return of the season. The episode from Sunday brought many of the show’s lauded zombie slayings, but it definitely focused more on character development. Read on for a spoiler-free review of the ninth episode of “The Walking Dead” season four.
For anyone who has not seen the show before, it centers on a group of survivors in a post-zombie-apocalyptic world in the southern U.S. Rather than focusing on the zombie slaying, however, the show’s main draw is the characters and deep, involved storytelling. It has been very exciting to watch the characters grow, and Sunday was no exception.
This week’s episode was primarily about boy- turned-man Carl, failed leader Rick, and katana-wielding Michonne. We saw Carl continue his path to manhood and turn away from the grip of his father, Rick, who still struggles to find a full sense of self in this tumultuous world. Michonne had the most development in the series so far, as explored in a particularly interesting dream sequence. The use of camera filters brought the dream to life in a very vivid way. This is a must-see scene for any fan of the show.
The only drawbacks to this week’s episode were a lack of breadth of characters and a dearth of answered questions. Rick, Carl and Michonne were the only characters who were given any level of depth. It also did not pick up any cliffhangers from the mid-season finale. I will avoid spoilers once again, but as anyone who watched it knows, there were quite a few unanswered questions.
If you are looking for the answers, they are not hidden here. Overall, though, it was a good episode as always, and I am looking forward to next week’s installment.
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