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    The Walking Dead' Season 4 Finale Review: How Rick Got His Groove Back

     
    This is a pretty terrifying scene, actually. Rick and Michonne are both at gunpoint; Daryl, in an attempt to save them, offers himself up instead. He breaks one of the group’s rules by calling Rick, Michonne and Carl “good people” which, in the twisted logic of their captors, counts as a lie. As the badguys start beating Daryl to death, another drags Carl from the car.

    The bandit leader, Joe, tells Rick they’ll have their way with “the woman, then the boy” and then kill him. Carl’s captor starts acting this out, and Rick snaps. It’s a scary moment. I’m a little surprised The Walking Dead took it this far, though I was right there with Rick in his fury and helplessness.

    Rick snaps, grapples with his captor…and then proceeds to bite right through the guy’s jugular, zombie style. Spray of blood, Rick cool as a cucumber, everyone surprised into a moment of disbelieving inaction. Michonne acts quickly, shoots her captor with his own gun, and Rick takes a knife to the guy trying to rape Carl. We see him the next morning, drenched in blood.

    I complained a while back that Rick’s character had lost his way, that he’d lost that quality that made him such a badass in the earlier episodes of the show. His flirtation with insanity, his moping about, his inability to lead, these were all understandable up to a point, but I felt like we’d lost the character somewhere in the mix. What happened to Rick?

    This episode examines this question head-on. We’re privy to a number of flashbacks of the prison, wherein Hershel convinces Rick to set down his gun and become a farmer. And we recall the Rick laid low by his own acts of violence, the loss of friends and family, the shaken, broken man he’d become.

    But not anymore. Far from being traumatized, there’s a new glint in the sheriff’s eye, a new purpose to his step. There’s an acceptance, finally, to what he’s capable of and why it’s valuable in this brave new world. “Last night, that wasn’t you,” Daryl tells him, trying to lend a bit of comfort. But no, it really is Rick replies. That’s why he’s survived, why Carl is still alive. Finally Rick is accepting that this isn’t a world for farmers or democracies; it’s a live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword world, and only the fittest survive.
    This is a pretty terrifying scene, actually. Rick and Michonne are both at gunpoint; Daryl, in an attempt to save them, offers himself up instead. He breaks one of the group’s rules by calling Rick, Michonne and Carl “good people” which, in the twisted logic of their captors, counts as a lie. As the badguys start beating Daryl to death, another drags Carl from the car.

    The bandit leader, Joe, tells Rick they’ll have their way with “the woman, then the boy” and then kill him. Carl’s captor starts acting this out, and Rick snaps. It’s a scary moment. I’m a little surprised The Walking Dead took it this far, though I was right there with Rick in his fury and helplessness.

    Rick snaps, grapples with his captor…and then proceeds to bite right through the guy’s jugular, zombie style. Spray of blood, Rick cool as a cucumber, everyone surprised into a moment of disbelieving inaction. Michonne acts quickly, shoots her captor with his own gun, and Rick takes a knife to the guy trying to rape Carl. We see him the next morning, drenched in blood.

    I complained a while back that Rick’s character had lost his way, that he’d lost that quality that made him such a badass in the earlier episodes of the show. His flirtation with insanity, his moping about, his inability to lead, these were all understandable up to a point, but I felt like we’d lost the character somewhere in the mix. What happened to Rick?

    This episode examines this question head-on. We’re privy to a number of flashbacks of the prison, wherein Hershel convinces Rick to set down his gun and become a farmer. And we recall the Rick laid low by his own acts of violence, the loss of friends and family, the shaken, broken man he’d become.

    But not anymore. Far from being traumatized, there’s a new glint in the sheriff’s eye, a new purpose to his step. There’s an acceptance, finally, to what he’s capable of and why it’s valuable in this brave new world. “Last night, that wasn’t you,” Daryl tells him, trying to lend a bit of comfort. But no, it really is Rick replies. That’s why he’s survived, why Carl is still alive. Finally Rick is accepting that this isn’t a world for farmers or democracies; it’s a live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword world, and only the fittest survive.

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