The Walking Dead

Season 4 Episode 16

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75
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2014 on AMC
8.2
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As multiple paths collide, Rick comes face to face with sheer brutality. Will he and the group have what it takes to survive?

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  • Hiiiiiii

    9.5
    Fantstico !!!!
  • Just another

    2.0
    Slightly better than the rest of this half of the season. But just slightly, + is that they finally made a couple of scenes of the Comic book. The minus was more and more walking, a semi cliffhanger. This show is so predictable they are going to be saved by the ones that hasnt arrived yet. Hopefully they will get more Close to Comic so we get to see Carl lose his eye, but we are probably going to see them walk to Washington NeXT season.moreless
  • This whole season has been quite pointless and uninteresting

    3.0
    Season 1 was the only truly solid season. Since then, this show has been pretty poor. 50% of the episodes contribute little to the plot or character development, and as such, are basically fillers.

    The whole "disease" plot line which took up most of the start of this season was both ridiculous and boring, and added absolutely nothing to the overall story. You may argue that that this is a Zombie series and logic doesn't really work in that setting, but the shoe thing was poorly executed and basically rubbish!

    The second half of the season was basically a load of independent road trips towards the Sanctuary, and none were particularly interesting.

    The Sanctuary inhabitants are interesting, simply because we don't yet know much about them and their motivation.

    So many shows have long, drawn out natives which are usually pretty boring, and this show is the same. Time will tell if Season 5 will help to redeem the it... I have my doubts!moreless
  • Terminus (Spoilers Ahead)

    7.0
    There was quite a bit that happened and didn't happen in the closing episode of Season 4 of the Walking Dead this week. For a season that's first half was so strong it's a shame to see it fall under the same traps that Season 3 fell prey to and seemingly spent a lot of time retconning the Season 3 finale and making us spend time with the characters (all of them) no matter how they know we may feel about them. What worked about this episode was the confrontation between Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and Carl all being ambushed by Joe and his posse of merry men who threaten to rape Carl. They are used as a stand-in for an encounter that happens in the comics that goes to a similar tune. The anti-climactic part comes when the tables are turned and all of them are killed off by the group and Rick brutally stabs the one who threatened to sexually assault Carl off screen (you still hear it and see Carl's reaction). When the group reaches Terminus and they receive a semi-warm greeting all we as the audience wonder is if this is before or after Glen and the others (excluding Tyrese and Carol) have reached there which is quickly answered by seeing various objects belonging to the others in the Terminus population's hands. When asked to put down their weapons they refuse after seeing the objects that had belonged to their friends and a gun fight ensues which leads them to a room that states that none will be ahead of Terminus basically. They are pinned down at the back of the warehouse and forced to surrender and then walk into a train car containing Bob, Sacha, Glen, Maggie, Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene (pretty sure I didn't leave any out). Rick says "they don't know who they're screwing with" and that's it. I know, pretty lame. What is so frustrating about the Walking Dead is that the first half of the season is always so solid (typically in terms of action and character beats) and then when the writers realize they have to cover 16 episodes they start pulling their punches (as evidenced in Season 4B). The same was the case with Season 3, great first half lame second. It's like they feel that they can't trust themselves to keep the action going or the character material for that long which is why I feel AMC should shorten the order down to 13. With Season 2 being the weakest, and the only one that has been that long thus far, I know it doesn't seem that way but imagine if all of this post-prison material could've been covered over the course of 5 episodes or even 6 (if we cut out an episode or two of the Governor's interlude and have the prison assault midseason finale as episode 7). I just think it would serve the story, characters, and action much better. That being said I do thoroughly appreciate what Scott Gimple is bringing to the show in terms of trying to trust the audience ti finally get to know characters that have often served as ciphers for us watching the show. While there have been an awful lot of frustrating installments of the latter part of Season 4 it feels like a lot of rebuilding is being done to undo a lot of what Season 3 only teased us of in regards to the prison and having a newfound focus on character. This season finale reminds me very much of the Season 2 finale of Lost and Fringe in terms of having characters stuck in a seemingly powerless state but in this case I hope they get the most out of however many episodes they are at odds in Terminus. I know the ringleader of the Terminus crew was upped to series regular for Season 5 so if they ever decide to get peaceful on us at least we'll have a bit of an established community. I actually enjoy that they leave the implied cannibalism as something for us to look forward to as that is a heavy thematic element that would be better served being dropped over the course of a few episodes and not just as a shocker for "tune in this Fall" teasing plan. But this season finale is definitely a lot better than Season 3's was. It was action packed enough to wrap up loose ends and saving us from the obvious reunion and potentially having to wait till Season 5 to see that (although Carol and Tyrese are exempt and I really hope they are alerted and do something useful from the outside to assist our heroes). For Season 5 I'd like to see much more Bob (my new favorite character I've written about before who is 3 dimensions after only one season which is way further than a lot of other characters who have been aroudn longer), find out what happened to Beth, and see if Terminus is a stand in for a certain place in the comics. Needless to say it was a bit of a teaser episode for Season 5 than a great standalone bit of storytelling but with the amount of work they've done to elevate the show by and large this season it makes me hopeful that Season 4 can only improve and stay consistently good throughout which hasn't been the case for the past two seasons of this show. Till next time!moreless
  • Please lighten up people!

    8.5
    As the title suggests I'm getting a bit sick of the negativity on these message boards. The guy who does the site reviews tends to pan about 75% of the episodes and I'm wondering whether that is bleeding into these user reviews as well.



    As a reader of the comics I'm actually pretty glad that the series is doing it's own thing. The prison has been the best storyline to date in the comics IMO and they've already got past that in the show so I'm happy for them to do something different.



    I've always thought that this show in particular draws in a wide spectrum of viewers. Whether it is the hardcore gore hounds who are craving inventive zombie kills or bloody vengeance; the casual viewer who is interested in the drama and the acting; the viewer who likes the moral dilemma's the show throws up (much less than it used to do sadly) or people who just want to be entertained while they play on their iPad at the same time. My point is, the fanbase is a broad church and it's hard to give everyone what they want.



    What I don't think is helpful or constructive is people coming on here every week and rating an episode as 2 out of 10. You guys know who you are. My opinion would be that if you don't like something as much as you claim then why are you still watching it? Furthermore why are you telling everyone else how much you dislike it? Don't you have anything better to do?



    Regarding the episode I thought it was well acted and for the most part well written. I liked the flashbacks to the farm as this juxtaposed the relative civilisation they were living in then with the savagery of the fight with Joe's group. Thinking back to the farm was what made Rick realise that he wasn't "too far gone". He still has the capacity for a normal life in a normal world. It's just that the world isn't too normal these days.



    As for Terminus, I'm intrigued to find out what is going on there. It almost seems too obvious to say they are cannibals but we shall see. I like the idea I saw elsewhere that it may be a research facility trying to investigate the infection. That would feed nicely into Eugene's storyline as well.



    Let's hope that we all enjoy season 5, but for the reasons I listed above I doubt we will. We're all looking for different things from the show after all.moreless
Michael Cudlitz

Michael Cudlitz

Sgt. Abraham Ford

Guest Star

Josh McDermitt

Josh McDermitt

Dr. Eugene Porter

Guest Star

Christian Serratos

Christian Serratos

Rosita Espinosa

Guest Star

Emily Kinney

Emily Kinney

Beth Greene

Recurring Role

Chad L. Coleman

Chad L. Coleman

Tyreese

Recurring Role

Sonequa Martin-Green

Sonequa Martin-Green

Sasha

Recurring Role

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