All hell is breaking loose at the prison. What else is new, right? SPOILER ALERT. If you have not watched this episode, you may want to stop reading now.
“Internment” premiered on November 10 and is the fifth episode in Season 4 of the wildly popular TV show The Walking Dead on AMC. This was the first episode in a long time that I literally had my hands over my mouth and nose as I watched……and held my breath….and shed a few tears. The characters have been developed so well that I truly care for them. Yes, yes I know it’s fiction – but I’ve watched each episode from day one and it’s hard to not get wrapped up. And no, I have not read the comics and do not plan to until the TV version is complete.
Rick and Carol
The episode opens with Rick driving back to the prison after leaving Carol to her own devices in the middle of a zombie infested world. Personally, I do not agree with Rick’s decision to banish Carol from the group. She was trying to protect them all from an epidemic. She has done too much for the group to just be discarded like she never mattered. Looking back to the second season, you could argue that Rick was partly responsible for the death of Carol’s daughter, Sophia. He was after all the person who told her to hide in the woods and ultimately lost track of her. For that alone, I think he owes Carol some grace and understanding. When Rick arrives back at the prison, Maggie immediately notices that Carol is missing. She seems to easily accept Rick’s decision. We’ll see if that holds true for the rest of the group.
Hershel Kicks Butt
The hero of this episode is Hershel – hands down. Hershel has had some of the best delivered lines all season. His empathy and compassion for those who have fallen ill is palpable. His conversation with Maggie toward the beginning of this episode brought a few tears to my eyes. Their ease between one another is heartwarming and I feel like I am watching an actual conversation between a father and his daughter.
Those infected with this respiratory illness are fading fast. Several are close to death, including the physician who came over from Newberry, Caleb. Hershel is doing his best to keep them all hydrated, and even going as far as intubating patients when they are no longer to breathe on their own.
As Hershel is busy caring for Tyreese’s sister, Sasha, he is not aware that a young woman in the cell next door has died and “turned”. The cell block quickly turns chaotic as those who are ill try to fight off walkers to no avail. The woman walker falls on Hershel. A man is attacked by his son who has turned and he accidentally shoots an innocent woman in the process. The gunshots get the attention of Rick and Maggie who are trying to keep the chain link fence from collapsing outside with the 50 or so walkers that are currently pushing against it. Maggie runs toward the prison and is hell bent on gaining access to help Hershel.
Meanwhile, the man that Hershel intubated has died. Glenn, who is gravely ill himself, was keeping watch on him. He tries to call out to Hershel but collapses in a blood-filled coughing attack. One of the youngest in the makeshift hospital/cell block is Lizzie. Lizzie, who for some reason has this odd fascination that walkers are still people, tries to lure the intubated walker like he was some kind of puppy dog. She ends up tripping and the walker falls on her. Hershel saves the day though and knocks him off her. Geez Louise – I hope this is the end of Lizzie’s fascination with walkers and she now realizes they are NO longer human.
Hershel, who has never had to kill a walker up until now, lures the three walkers in the cell block away from children so they won’t have to watch him put them down. He also has to put down the doctor, Caleb. Maggie shoots her way in to the cell block to find Glenn taking his last gasps of air. I thought for sure he was a goner (this being one of the moments I was holding my breath). Hershel again saves the day by getting the intubation mask from the walker and using it on Glenn (can I hear a collective “ewwwww”?). It works though and Glenn is still hanging on barely. Daryl and his gang finally show up with meds, Hershel doles out doses and then goes to his cell and weeps into his hands. He really broke my heart this episode.
Rick and Carl’s Shooting Gallery
While all the hell was breaking loose inside, let’s not forget about outside. Rick recruits Carl to help him support the fence once Maggie runs to help those inside. And as you could guess, the fence collapses. In come dozens of walkers. Can this episode be any more stressful?!? Rick and Carl grab automatic rifles and begin to mow down the walkers. Good thing he taught that kid of his how to shoot.
The Governor – gads, really?
At the end of the episode, the camera pans out to the woods and we see (queue the bad guy music) – the Governor. He’s watching Rick and Carl walking back up to the prison. We all knew he was coming, and here he is. One can only imagine what psychotic schemes he has up his sleeve.
Best quotes of the episode:
Daryl to Hershel (speaking about Glenn): He’s a tough sum’b**ch
Hershel: Yes he is.
Daryl: YOU’RE a tough sum’b**ch
Hershel: I am.
Next up is episode 6, Live Bait. Could that be Michonne? We shall see soon enough.