The Walking Dead - Season 5, Episode 3: “Four Walls and a Roof" TV Episode Review
Written by Steve Pattee and Daniel Benson
Directed by Jeffrey F. January
Written by Angela Kang and Corey Reed
2014, Rated TV-14
Episode premiered on October 25th, 2014
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Michael Cudlitz as Sgt. Abraham Ford
Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese Williams
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey
Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa
Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler
Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes
Andrew J. West as Gareth
In this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, relationships are put to the test as emotions run high. Some people leave, some people return, and some people get a dose of Rick’s anger medication.
Warning! There are spoilers for the show found within!
Steve: I need to know right now: What show have I been watching the past three weeks? Because this is not The Walking Dead that has been wallowing in mediocrity for two seasons. Including this episode, this show has been consistently good for three straight weeks! Granted, there are some minor issues that still I’m having with it, but I’m going to give credit where credit is due. The writers have stepped up their game, starting with Rick.
Dan: While last week’s episode was solid enough, I was slightly concerned that it was going to set the standard for the rest of this half-season; not a great deal of advancement in the story, but a few things to keep the viewer reasonably interested. If this season was to run the same way as its predecessors, we shouldn’t have got an episode like this and the ferocity that was delivered during the church scene. I was really hoping the scene would play out the way it did, with Rick and the others pulling a double-bluff on Gareth’s group, but damn if that wasn’t so superbly written that the tension was unbearable right up to the point the first shots were fired.
Steve: I have to admit, I was holding my breath during that scene and, like you, I figured it was a double-bluff. But my knowing was irrelevant since, as you said, the whole thing was brilliantly executed. And while I’m ecstatic that the whole Terminus storyline has been unequivocally put to bed (and done with sweet justice!), once again I was annoyed with how they are handling Tyreese. Is he going to do anything this season besides spend his time earning five bucks an hour babysitting someone?
Dan: I think we’ve done the Tyrese discussion to death. He’s wasted as a character, let’s hope the writers find a use for him before they have to kill him off. Anyway, what about dat Grimes? Holy shit, if you wanted a darker, more decisive Rick, you certainly got it in the church. I loved the shot from his hip where Gareth was begging for his life and you could see the red handle of the machete on his belt – the one he swore to kill Gareth with in episode one. That whole scene was brutal. Gloriously brutal. The look on the others’ faces after the Terminus crew had basically been mashed to death was perfect too; it was like they didn’t know who these people were anymore, almost as if they were starting to fear them. Probably made Glenn and Maggie’s decision to go with Ford that much easier.
Steve: The look on Rick’s face when Gareth was just talking to hear himself speak was damning. Nothing he said was going to save his life, and everyone knew it. I have to admit, I thought Rick was just going to shoot him, and I was stunned when Rick brutally slaughtered Gareth. Shocked, even. New Rick, indeed. Listen, I’m close to getting on Team Rick. Really, I am. But he’s like that hot ex-girlfriend who has cheated on you multiple times. She has a lot of good qualities, but she always burns you in the end. I’m sensitive, Dan, and I don’t want Rick to hurt me again.
Dan: Did you notice in the disagreement between Ford and Rick over leaving Carol and Daryl behind that Glenn seems to have stepped into the role of Old Rick? The way he tried to mediate between the two was just like Old Rick would have done in the past. New Rick ain’t got time for that, he’s done level-headed and it only got him so far. I think he’s really starting to see that the hard line is the best way.
Steve: I’m glad you brought that up. Here’s my thoughts on the whole thing: Glenn was the only person in the room who could mediate that because he has history with both, and I really do think Ford has a lot of respect for Glenn (thus the reason for demanding he and Maggie join him on the trip to DC). Kind of related, but is Maggie not the worst sister ever? Beth is still missing and Mags decides to jump on the bus and ride off into the sunset with her beau. Has she even asked about Beth since the tunnel collapse at the end of season four? Anyway, I’m thinking it’s irrelevant what role Glenn is taking in this case, because I think he’s gone from the show. You know that Walking Dead spinoff that has been green lit? I think we just saw some of the characters get on the bus and head to DC. I could be wrong, but it feels right.
Steve: Also, I think this is where Gabriel comes into play. With Glenn gone, the Father will fill the voice of reason hole that is effectively gone (something missing even more so since the demise of Herschel and – especially – Dale). Plus, in Christianity, the angel Gabriel is God’s messenger. I can’t think that this is just a coincidence that the preacher is named Gabriel.
Dan: I understand they need something to draw viewers to the spinoff series, but if those characters are effectively gone from the show then it’s a real anti climax. I’m not convinced it’s the last we’ll see of them, it just seems too low-key to have them written out with a wave and their dust trail on the short bus. Gabriel is going to be a useful moral compass, especially now New Rick is going full Governor. I’m not sure if the puritanical nature of a priest will be too much for Rick to handle, so maybe he’ll only be there for advice that falls on deaf ears. Hell, I wouldn’t put it past Rick to machete the priest if he pisses him off.
Steve: You make a good point about the lack of climax for Maggie and Glenn. You very well may be right, but it wouldn’t surprise me either way as the showrunners don’t do a terrible amount with the two. I’m definitely with you on Gabriel at this point. It really seems like New Rick has no time for discussing things anymore.
Dan: And poor old Bob went out as we’d predicted. The idea of his tainted flesh causing problems with the Terminus crew was an interesting one and I’m almost half disappointed it wasn’t explored further. If it was though, we wouldn’t have got that scene in the church, so it’s a more than fair trade.
Steve: I had the same thoughts watching the show. I’m very curious on what the eating of tainted meat would do to a non-zombie. Since the disease is already in everyone, what is the trigger outside of a bite? Unfortunately, it looks like that question won’t be answered this go around.
Dan: We still haven’t seen anything of Morgan after that post-credits teaser in episode one. I’m looking forward to seeing how that story plays out.
Steve: Screw that. I’m more interested in what’s going on with Beth, and if Rick will continue to his path on the anger train. I will say this, though, so far I’m glad I didn’t give up on this show yet. These first three episodes have exceeded my expectations. Here’s to hoping it continues to deliver.
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