'The Walking Dead' Premiere Recap: It's Raining Zombies
Walkers in "The Walking Dead"
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "30 Days Without an Accident" episode of "The Walking Dead" contains storyline and character spoilers.
The first lesson we learn in "The Walking Dead" Season 4: Don't get too attached to those new people. Farewell, Zach. You had a girlfriend (Beth Greene), and had even made a buddy in Daryl, but we hardly got the chance to know ye before ye was gobbled up by a walker.
And Patrick, sweet, enthusiastic Patrick, teen friend to Carl, dispenser of "ma'ams" and "sirs" (and referring to Daryl as "Mr. Dixon"). We would have liked to get to know you better, too, but your sudden illness, blood-covered face, and zombified eyes mean: 1) Goodbye, Patrick, and 2) Next week's episode is going to find the prison dwellers confronted with a whole new threat.
How we got there in this season premiere episode, which is full of foreboding of the new troubles the "TWD" survivors are going to face in Season 4…
Rick Grimes, Devoted Daddy
Carl's decent into sociopathy at the end of Season 3, and Rick's own mental breakdown, have led to a very different Rick Grimes when Season 4 opens. He's up before everyone, spending his morning working the prison's new garden; all those Woodbury transplants may provide more safety in numbers, but they also necessitate a bigger food supply, and Rick is on the job. But two ominous findings interject themselves into his otherwise zen (relatively speaking, of course) morning of getting his farmer on: He finds a gun buried in the garden (which he breaks apart and throws into the garbage), and he notices the rowdy walkers at the chain link fence are bleeding from their eyes.
Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in "The Walking Dead"
Rick's soon joined by Carl, who also seems calmer. Rick has removed himself as the prison group's leader — a committee, which includes Daryl, makes all the decisions now — and is focusing on fathering Carl and Judith and keeping the food supply replenished. Rick and Carl are eschewing activities like supply runs and anything violence-related, and instead focus on chores, reading comics, and raising pigs. Rick does remind Carl not to get too attached to Violet, the pig languishing in the pen. She's food, not a pet, Rick reminds him, before referring to the swine as Violet himself. Speaking of Violet, she seems to be sick…