It’s raining men . . . dead ones!
On the fourth season opener of AMC’s The Walking Dead, the gang really got themselves into a pickle when a ceiling collapsed sending walkers falling down on their heads from the sky.
But first, it’s important that we talk about how Rick Grimes has apparently taken up farming.
That’s right, Grimes has a new passion for pigs and crops, pitch forks, and hay bails. Michonne is even riding around on a horse now, which is super badass. Hershel suggests Grimes start wearing overalls. Grimes has gone back into his quiet reserved mode, but still has an authoritative attitude over Carl. One can only assume this is his reaction to an incident last season in which Carl shot another teenager point blank.
The survivors of Woodbury respect Daryl and admire him for finding food. Grimes screens newcomers and welcomes them with open arms. There are children living there now. Carol holds story time everyday in the prison library, but it later turns out that she is secretly teaching the children zombie survival skills. She asks Carl not to tell his dad.
There is also a council now and Daryl seems to be in charge of raids. The crew packs for a specific one. Tyreese isn’t cool with killing loads of walkers at the fence line, a duty that seems to rotate around to everyone, much to his chagrin. He goes with Sasha and a newcomer medic Bob to the raid. A young kid named Zach is dating Beth and asks her to wait for him. She plays hard to get and never says goodbye.
The group enters a department chain store that was once a medical camp in the initial days of the outbreak. Now there is no living souls to be found. The crew enters to gather supplies. Bob is apparently an alcoholic and wishes to take a few bottles for the road, but opts out. He notices water dripping from the ceiling onto the wine shelves and when he sets the bottle back it makes the shelving collapse from warped wood. This catches the attention of a hundred walkers who have made their way to the roof near an abandoned helicopter that is weighing down the structure.
When all of them approach the hole in the structure, the entire roof starts to collapse and walkers fall from the ceiling on top of the crew. They manage to save Bob who is stuck under the wine shelving, but young Zach is bitten and they have to abandon him. When they get back to the compound Daryl breaks the news to Beth who barely batts an eyelash. They all seem desensitized to death completely.
Rick is out in the woods when he comes upon a woman who looks half walker. In reality she hasn’t showered in ages and needs help getting herself and her husband back to Rick’s camp. He tells her that they both must answer three screening questions first. She tells him about their journey to America, their flights being canceled, and their woe of being held up in the airport. Eventually they got out, but now her husband is ill. When they reach her camp her husband is merely a walker whose head resides in a bag which the woman is feeding live animals. She springs on Rick hoping to feed him to her corpse hubby, but he pulls his gun on her (something Hershel advised him to carry despite his recent refusal).
She tells him she can’t live without her husband and she knows it was wrong to keep him as a walker. She stabs herself before Rick has a chance to stop her. She asks him not to kill once she turns. She asks what the three questions are to which Rick responds, “How many walkers have you killed?”, “How many humans have you killed?”, and “Why?”. She replies that she has only killed herself because she couldn’t face what she has done.
When Glen gets back from the raid Maggie informs him that she isn’t pregnant as she previously suspected. He is relieved, but she is somewhat hurt as she wants to start a family someday. Glen isn’t ready for that and thinks the world is too terrible to bring a child into.
A young kid and friend of Carl’s stumbles to the bathroom in the middle of the night. It is clear that he is very ill and takes a shower to feel better. He collapses and then turns into a walker. Somehow he has contracted the virus and is now loose inside the compound while the others sleep. The pig outside on the farm has also died of some unknown disease. End episode.
What did you think of this season’s opener? How did the disease spread? How is Rick coping with the world around him?