And the 'Walking Dead' Body-Burner Is...
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in 'The Walking Dead' Season 4 episode, 'Isolation.'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Isolation" episode of "The Walking Dead" contains storyline and character spoilers.
It’s fitting that such a powerful episode would have been written by “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman (the first episode he’s penned since the midseason finale of Season 3), who delivered a few potential game-changers early in this fourth season.
First: We know who killed Karen and David, and she doesn’t appear to be remorseful about it. Yes, she; it was Carol! How far into the episode did it take you to figure it out? Had you guessed before the episode? Or when she urged Rick to go off on his own to talk to a grief-stricken, rage-filled Tyreese? Or when she broke down after Tyreese asked her to look after his quarantined sister?
Or were you blindsided by her admission — a simple, non-apologetic “yes”— when Rick asked her if she had killed the quarantined duo, burning them alive in hopes of keeping the illness from spreading? Clearly, this is the event the cast has been hinting at in interviews, the event that will turn friends into enemies and add to an already volatile situation at the prison.
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Second, the prison community lost 12 people in the attack when Patrick got sick and turned, and Karen and David make it 14… now Glenn, Sasha, little Lizzie, and Dr. S are all infected, and Dr. S has just coughed blood into Hershel’s face. Will medicine, if they get it in time, save them?
Third, and speaking of medicine: Daryl, Michonne, Bob, and Tyreese are off on an urgent mission to see if they can find antibiotics at the West Peachtree Tech vet school. Along the way, they run into (and over) a swarm of thousands of walkers that's revealed when the camera pans out in a very cool, startling shot. The foursome is forced to flee the car on foot and scramble into the woods, but just before that, the car radio had spit out something just as shocking: what sounded like a human voice saying words that sounded like “government,” “survive,” and “alive.”
Among the other highlights in “Infected”:
Rick vs. Tyreese
Rick and Tyreese have so much in common, especially the fact that they’re both terrified of losing their humanity as they do the things they need to do to keep themselves and their loved ones alive. So it was crushing, but completely understandable, that they lost it on each other when Rick met Tyreese’s urgent demand for justice for Karen and David’s deaths with a calm and rational desire to figure things out slowly. In short, they beat the hell out of each other, both releasing grief, anger, shock, and months and months of frustration. As continues to be a major theme of the show, theirs is a violent world at every turn, even for those who make a commitment to keep it in check as much as possible.