‘The Walking Dead’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 11, “Claimed”

By February 24, 2014
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I’d just like to say up top that I’m actually a fan of  slower-paced, character study driven episodes of “The Walking Dead.” That being said, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Last night’s episode had some thrills, but I am definitely hankering for an action-packed episode that leaves me so freaked out I can’t sleep at night. Remember those? Anyway, on with the recap!

First, we catch up with Glenn, Tara and the newbies. Glenn wakes up in a panic when he realizes that they’ve been driving far, far away from his beloved, Maggie. Abraham takes the practical approach and tries to convince Glenn that it isn’t worth the risk to try and go save her. Oh Abraham. Don’t mess with Glenn and Maggie. It’s pretty much the show’s only love story and no one wants it to end. NO ONE! But Abraham lays out the plan for Glenn, Tara and us. He, Rosita and Eugene – who, despite his mullet, is a scientist – are on their way to D.C., because Eugene apparently knows what has caused the whole damn apocalypse and can fix it if he gets to D.C. Yeah….sounds vaguely familiar. *coughcoughCDC!*  They want as many people in their army as they can to make the trip. Besides, Maggie’s probably dead anyway, says Abraham. Oh boy.

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YES! I love this side of Glenn. But oh no! There’s no time to continue the in-fighting. Zombies of the corn are invading!  The walkers are killed and Eugene also manages to kill the truck in the battle. Oops.

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Once the D.C. plan goes bust, Rosita and Eugene agree to help find Maggie, because like I said before, Maggie and Glenn have to be together. Their relationship is pretty much the only hopeful thing on the show. When Abraham protests, Eugene gets a little snooty for someone who just killed a truck.

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We don’t 100% trust Eugene…am I right?

Meanwhile back in the happy home of Rick Grimes and company, things are almost looking kind of normal as the gang eats breakfasts and acts playful with one another. Rick tells Michonne that Carl needs her. Michonne is on board, a loner no more, and she accepts her place in their “family.” I love the Michonne/Carl relationship. It’s second only to the Glenn/Maggie relationship. Carl and Michonne go on another supply run together and leave Rick to rest. Can we just be happy about this moment again?

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But things take a somber turn again at the house they are searching. Michonne tells Carl about her son and then makes a game out of his desire for answers. “I’ll answer one question at a time, one room at a time, and only after we’ve cleared it.” It’s actually a really great scene.

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After they finish the run, their bond is tighter than ever. “Your secret’s safe with me,” Carl promises Michonne. “It’s not really a secret,” she replies. “It’s still safe with me,” he says. Awww…okay, Carl. I forgive you for all the times you left the damn house. He then suggests that Judith and Michonne’s son Andre are together somewhere. I cried. I admit it.

In the most intense scene of the night, Rick is confronted by some bad guys that aren’t undead for once. As he tries to relax (ha!) he hears the voices of some men downstairs. He quickly dives under the bed as one of the baddies enters the room.  Soon, another baddie enters the room and the two start arguing about who gets the good bed. I get it. I’ve gone on family vacations before. During the fight one of the baddies sees Rick under the bed! Luckily he’s being strangled to death so he can’t inform his friend/murderer.

How creepy was it to hear the bad guys talk about having their way with Michonne? Ugh.

Rick finally escapes the bedroom only to find another bad guy in the bathroom. He manages to kill him and jumps out the window. AH! There’s another bad guy on the porch, luckily for Rick he’s distracted by the zombie Rick just created in the bathroom. Very convenient.

Rick is able to intercept Michonne and Carl before they reach the house and the episode ends with the hope that they will soon meet up with Tyreese, Carol, Lizzie, Mika and Judith — as they also enter Terminus.

On a side note: Look at this cute thing I found:

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What did you think of this episode? Are you happy with the season so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.
  • Oy is right

  • William B Valencia

    We need to get back to the purpose. This show was at its best as we dealt with a group as the focus. It’s a world problem after all and the spinoffs into individual relationships gets tedious after a while.

    • Especially since there is an actual spinoff in the works!