Speaking of infected, I’m filling in for Oz this week.
Previously on The Walking Dead, Patrick went zombie in the shower. We were left wondering what was going on. Did somebody poison the watering hole? Was it the pigs? Is everyone sick?
This episode started out with a mind fuck. Someone has been feeding the zombies at the fence. Who? Why? We never got an answer because shit went down with Cell Block D(ead)*. After the reaction of the older blonde Village of the Damned girl when she finds out her zombie BFF Nick had been killed, Iâ€™m thinking sheâ€™s the culprit. Bitch be crazy, as evidenced by her Zombie Nick drawing.
Next we see Tyreese and Karen foreshadowing events at the end of the episode. Blahblahblah, we just have each other. So Tyreese wants Karen to come back to his place; she turns him down. Instead, Karen hits the showers and draws Zombie Patrick back to a sleeping cell block. In my opinion, Zombie Patrick is unlike the other zombies weâ€™ve seen; he pretty quiet when heâ€™s walking and eviscerating his fellow prison mates. This means Patrick and others were able to move fairly easily through D collecting victims. By the end of this episode 14 of our prison team had died.
As D Block is being eaten alive, Maggie and Glenn are bonding in the watch tower, Carl and Rick are bonding over chores, and Michonne is PMSing and heads out to find some M&Mâ€™s. Honey, weâ€™ve all been there.
Shots ring out and sends everyone running to D to see the carnage. The gang quickly converges; theyâ€™ve got their shit locked down. This one is coming from INSIDE THE PRISON. Rick grabs his side for his missing gun before running to the action with a knife. Michonne, who also heard the shots and is returning on horseback, is met with a two-on-one Walker fight. Carl and Maggie are there to help, but not before Michonne injures her ankle. Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevate, Michonne. This is also the first time Carl has fired a gun since shooting a guy in the woods and getting his piece taken away.
When we get back to D, hell is breaking loose. Friends are eating friends. Daryl and Rick are saving children and itâ€™s adorable. Glenn is there. Soâ€™s Carol, who is with the Village of the Damnedâ€™s father. Heâ€™s been bit and he canâ€™t be saved with a backyard amputation. Carol brings the blonde girls in to see their dad one last time before she delivers the fatal blow. But hold the phone! Village girl wants to be the one who kills her dad. That went about as well as you thought it was going to. Needless to say Carol ended up killing Dad. When did Carol become so nonchalant about knives and killing? She stabbed the guy in the ear right after promising to take care of his two girls.
In the meantime, Daryl, Glenn, and Rick put the remaining semi-dead D Blockers out of their misery. Rick has a knife. Daryl has a bow and arrow. We see Rick pull out his knife and walk into the cell of an unknown. You donâ€™t see who he kills, or how he kills them, but itâ€™s startling. Itâ€™s personal. Rick has killed a member of a group he has sworn to protect. You donâ€™t get to come back after this is over, Rick. You could see the turmoil all over Rickâ€™s face and in his body language.
After the slaughter, the brain trust convenes over a corps; there are no wounds or bites to be found. Dr. S notes pleurisy and aspiration, meaning he choked to death on his own blood. Rick has seen this before, and soon the crew decides thereâ€™s a sickness in the prison not caused by the rotting zombies. Itâ€™s the flu, itâ€™s aggressive, and itâ€™s affecting the pigs and wild boars. I expect a discount on pork products in the prison grocery shortly.
Everyone who has been in D Block is now exposed.
The Counsel comes together to plan a quarantine. People with symptoms are going to be moved to a different part of the prison. Like magic, Karen walks by coughing. OH SHIT. She then throws David from Decatur under the bus, and they end up being separated from the group until someone knows what the hell to do about this flu.
As Daryl and Rick are outside burying the dead, Maggie screams for help. The walkers are overrunning the gates. Rick has been the happy farmer for a while now. In one day heâ€™s been shoved back into a killer. You canâ€™t come back, remember? Everything heâ€™s been trying to get away from is still there. Heâ€™s killing Walkers face to face at the gate.
In a break from the second slaughter of the day, we possibly get a glimpse into Michonneâ€™s past. She freaks out when she hears Judithâ€™s cries and then cries after finally being forced to hold the chubby baby.
Back at the gate, they discover someone has been feeding the Walkers. And someoneâ€™s face gets made into French fries. Fear not! Rick has a plan, which leads us to the third slaughter of the day. Daryl takes Rick and the piglets out to lead the Walkers away from the gates. Rick cuts the pigs and throws them off the trailer. He is covered in blood. Itâ€™s hard to watch. He has to do it to save his family, right? Thus we had the First Annual Bacon Tuesday at the prison.
Carl and Carol also talk about whether or not Carl told Rick about Knife Skillz 101. Carl promptly runs and tells Rick, but Rick gives no fucks. Carl has proven himself enough to get his gun back. Rick slips his holster back on, too, and my drop my spankies. You canâ€™t come back, Rick. You have everyoneâ€™s blood on your hands. Itâ€™s time to protect them again.
Finally, Tyreese brings Karen some flowers, only to find two blood trails leading out of the prison. Following the trail, Tyreese discovers two burning bodies; Karen and David from Decatur. Tyreese is pissed. He wants answers. So do I.
This episode was dark, bloody, and left my heart racing. I canâ€™t wait to see what happened to the quarantined survivors. Who burned the bodies? Were they already dead, or did they have help? Where did Doc S come from? Heâ€™s no Dr. Asshole. Tune in next week, FKers.