‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: “Internment”

By November 11, 2013
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Okay, so things are picking up again this episode. And the ending was a real YOWZA…am I right!

We start this week’s episode with a brief moment of a brooding Rick (is there any other kind?) before we are back at the prison, where it’s pretty much my nightmare situation. That opening intubation scene had me more disturbed than half of the things I’ve seen on this show and that’s saying a lot. I have a thing about not being able to breath. Plus, I have a cold right now, so watching these infected people at the prison has me in a constant state of worry that I might be stabbed in the head soon. Speaking of stabbing, Herschel takes out Mr. Jacobson with Glenn. Ironically, Herschel is one of the healthiest people, both mentally and physically, at the prison. And boy does he keep things together this episode! He is the best, and if he dies, I will be weeping like a baby. Don’t do me like that, writers of “The Walking Dead”!

Maggie begs Herschel to let her in to see Glenn, but he convinces her of her value as a non-sicky. I totally want Herschel to be my dad. Maggie goes out on Walker patrol and discovers a total Walker invasion once again at the fence. That fence is totally going down soon…right? Rick arrives back at the prison sans Carol. He confides what he’s done to Maggie and she agrees that he’s done the right thing. Then Rick goes into the prison to check on his kids and make sure Carl isn’t a full on sociopath yet. No one seems as scared about the Walkers at the fence as I am. Like, I think about that fence all week. For real.

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Meanwhile, Herschel is with Dr. S who is clearly about to die and instructs Herschel to lock him in his cell. Things are getting pretty scary in the quarantined area, but Herschel remains undaunted by the risks. He is truly a good soul, who recognizes the importance of making those infected feel cared for and important, something he reveals in his heart-to-heart with Rick, even quoting Steinbeck “A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.” Sweetest. Man. Alive.

But never forget, Herschel is also a complete badass, as he proves in the next scenes.  Three women die and turn into Walkers and Glenn is in danger! Ugh. Herschel quickly dispatches of the lady Walkers saving everyone yet again. He’s like Grandpa Rambo. Grambo.

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And finally Rick helps Maggie reinforce the fence! Phew!  Maggie then rushes back to Cellblock A and shatters her way in just in time to save her father struggling to save a breathing mask that her fiance desperately needs to survive. Maggie needs to think fast and shoots the Walker. Then she and Herschel rush over to incubate Glenn. And everything seems to have worked out perfectly (I hope) because all three of these characters must survive or I can’t handle it. It don’t even know how I would deal with the stress of a Zombie-pocalypse, I can’t even deal with the stress of worrying about a favorite fictional character’s survival!

And then holy crap…MY NIGHTMARE COMES TRUE! As Carl and Rick attempt to further fortify the fence, the fence finally goes down and Walkers pour in causing my stomach go into full-on nervous churning and lurching mode. Oy. Carl and Rick fight them off and it’s pretty crazy. I’m betting Rick was pretty grateful in that moment that Carl is pretty much an emotionless killing machine. The invasion is thwarted!

And in other good news, the meds posse returns! They pass out the meds and relieve Herschel of his duties. Herschel takes a much needed cry break and Daryl calls it like it is, declaring Herschel a tough son of a bitch. Well said. YAY! Rick doesn’t tell Daryl about Carol yet, so all is well. And they lived happily ever after.

BUT WAIT! OH SNAP! The Governor is back!

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What did you think of this episode? Are you excited to see the return of The Governor? Let us know 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.