Well, my friends, another season of our collective zombie nightmares has come to an end. It was filled with a lot of fun surprises, and I myself, enjoyed it quite a bit. SPOILERS AHEAD!
Top Five Favorite Moments
1. The Governor finally gets it – We all needed to see it. Their hasn’t been a villain’s demise quite so satisfying since Dolores Umbridge was left to the centaurs in the Forbidden Forest. We all needed to so badly to see The Governor/Phillip/Brian/Who-cares-he’s-a-total-monster-no-matter-what-you-call-him taken out, and though I would have liked to see him fed piece-by-piece to the undead, it was still satisfying. (Note: I didn’t include a picture for this first point because I thought if it appeared up above it might spoil things before anyone even got to read “Spoilers Ahead!” So if you want to relive the awesome moment, youtube it.)
2. Carol kills Lizzie – Another character that just had to go. I had been saying out loud all season, “This kid is going to have to die,” but it wasn’t until they found her with Mika’s lifeless body all hopeful and demented, until I was REALLY like yup, this is it. Dunzo. There are some people who simply cannot exist in the new world after the old one falls away, and she was one of them. I actually liked that they used her to illustrate that point.
3. Daryl and Beth connect – Okay, so their relationship was a bit forced. I get that. It was an odd pairing post-prison war fallout, but so was Tyreese and the girls. It was all for a reason though. It was really great to flesh out Beth’s character a bit from flighty blonde singing girl who isn’t Maggie, to an actual human being with heart and hopes and hidden strength. Likewise, Daryl is unarguably the most bad ass character on the show, so it is great to see brief moments of vulnerability and tenderness. We know from the whole Sophia saga and his love of Carl and Judith (aka Ass-Kicker) that he has a whole lot of love to give.
Side note here: When is Daryl going to get some? He really deserves some tail whether it is from Beth, Carol, or just some rando. This guy is riding around on a motorcycle, killing zombies with arrows, while wearing a FUCKING PONCHO and somehow looking good in it. Hi, yeah, he needs to get laid right now. Continuing with that thought–do you ever think about how much
sobbing masturbation time must occur in the zombie apocalypse? No? Just me. Okay then, moving on.
4. Tyreese kills a horde of zombies with a hammer – This was a great nod to the comics. The show and the comics at this point have separate canon, so when the show gives nods here and there to specific scenes within the books, it feels really great for readers. Also, I would really love a GIF of this with some MC Hammer’s “Hammer Time” playing in the background. Thank you in advance.
5. The gang reunites FINALLY at Terminus even though that wasn’t a great thing really – The finale is always a big deal on The Walking Dead no matter how boring you think the season has been. This one was no exception. When I saw the riot gear and the poncho and starting connecting the dots, I screamed at the TV, “WHERE ARE THEY?! THAT’S THEIR STUFF!” just as Rick grabbed his Terminus hostage. Heart-pounding stuff!
I love that despite the horrible situation they’re all now in, they’re in it together. Like Rick said, I hope they feel pretty stupid when they realize they’ve screwed with the wrong group of people. The only bummer was not having Tyreese, Carol, and Beth there too. Well…I guess that’s actually a good thing.
Top Five Least Favorite Moments
1. Carl being an asshole – I’m trying to like Carl. I really am. Sometimes it’s easy, but other times it is sooooooo hard. After the episode with the chocolate pudding, I was just thinking good thing you didn’t get eaten by your zombie dad after thinking you could make it on your own, huh pussy? Then after the finale, Rick had to gut that rapist hog and go all Mike Tyson on that other guy—that actor plays a creepy, horrible guy in everything, by the way. He’s like the Willem Defoe of character actors.—and Carl’s reaction was so irksome.
I know that teen angst is very real and when you feel like your mom, your sister, and essentially everyone and everything around you has been taken because of your father’s lack of bad assery (or just grip on reality in some cases), you’re bound to get moody. Hey, seeing your dad eat a guy’s throat is traumatic as well. I once saw my dad eat a particularly rare steak too enthusiastically, and I’m still shaking. Your dad said he was proud of you and he thinks you’re a good man. Blah blah blah.
Carl is just the worst. He went from precocious to annoying to total d-bag in four seasons flat, and I’m over it. SO THERE!
2. Hershel dying - What a painful moment. If you read the comics, you know that this grand decapitation was actually meant for Tyrese, but in the show’s world, who else could incite rage and heartbreak quicker than the prison’s wise old patriarch? His death was felt so thoroughly that it took a toll on the actors as well. At least we got to see him in some finale flashback moments.
3. Sympathy for the
devil Governor – Didn’t you hate starting to sort-of-maybe-kind-of sympathize with the Governor for like 0.2 seconds? I know I did. Even though I knew where it would all end up, seeing him stagger around with his weird Brian beard allowed me a moment to really understand the character of Phillip or “The Governor.”
4. Artificial, inorganic romances set up just to watch ‘em die – The cast is limited. Can we all just understand that? People who watch the show demand violence and death on the side of the dead AND the living. How else are you going to do that without introducing characters really for the sole purpose of killing them off and hoping that it resonates with the audience somewhere in between? Whether it was Zack, Karen, or that one lesbian army chick I won’t even bother looking up, characters are forced together and apart so quickly that sometimes it feels random and meaningless. That’s right, I want some REAL love to end in life-shattering pain. Maggie and Glenn, I’m looking at you. Jk jk jk jk jk jk.
5. Carol kills – The entire time Carol was banished, I was sticking to a theory—Lizzie, the child psychopath, had murdered David and Karen just to see what it would feel like, Carol then found them, and she covered up the whole thing to save Lizzie from the groups’ collective wrath. When it was finalized, however, that she did in fact kill David and Karen, I kind of felt…well…meh about the whole thing. I love that Carol has grown as a character and she’s not taking anyone’s abuse anymore and she’s really strong, but a double murder seemed like a big leap for me no matter the motive. Couldn’t we have stopped at her having to off walkers or people that may turn any second? Did they have to still be human? I don’t know. I guess that if we were going there, I would have like a slow burn.
All in all, I felt like this season was pretty great. I really liked seeing other characters’ perspectives by having whole episodes be completely Rick-free. Everyone is bound to experience traumatic events differently, so seeing all of these characters going through their own drama was really interesting for me. I love gore—that guy in the last episode getting his face bitten off? come on!—but it is the human moments that are always the best in my opinion. That’s the heart of the show. Scott M. Gimple even said that the show’s ultimate goal for this season was, “To give every character a story, to have those stories crash together, and to have them count.” I think they definitely achieved that goal.
Well, I can’t wait for season five in the fall, and to get some of my burning questions from this season answered. Until then, I’ll be dreaming about it. Andrew Lincoln said on The Talking Dead season finale that this show fuels him and I couldn’t agree more as an avid watcher and reader of The Walking Dead. I hope you’ll all be watching with me when it comes back.
Thank you for reading, and be sure to check back for my top ten zombie movie list coming shortly! If you have any comments, I would love to read them below.