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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4 Episode 15 "Us"

Dan O'Halloran | 26 Mar 2014 05:47
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The season finale

There has been an undeniable streak of hope and bonding in the recent stories. Michonne, Carl and Rick form a strong family unit that they all desperately needed. Glenn and Maggie are reunited due to their unwavering devotion to each other. Daryl discovers through Beth that he might be a better man than he was brought up to believe. And all roads lead to the oasis of peacefulness that is Terminus where newcomers are met by a smiling Tasha Yar, um, Denise Crosby.

This all can only mean one thing. We are being set up to get our hearts ripped out Joss Whedon-style in the final episode of season 4.

The writers have spent the last handful of episodes telling small, intimate stories about each character, drawing us into their lives and their hopes and their pain. Who doesn't love the already lovable Daryl now that he has fallen for the out-of-his-league Beth? Who doesn't feel the pain of Carol's decision to put down the dangerous Lizzie whom she hoped would replace her own tragically-killed daughter? What unfeeling wretch didn't get misty eyed when Maggie told Glenn he doesn't need a picture of her anymore because she will never leave again?

Now that you have the warm fuzzies seeing Michonne laugh playfully with Carl, hearing Eugene declare he has to live with his decisions in a rare flash of self-awareness and seeing Bob slowly draw Sasha out of her shell, the show is going to use that to break your heart horribly on Sunday night.

Mark my words. Joss Whedon showed the way and I'd bet the rent that the Walking Dead creative team is skipping merrily down that path. Bring the tissues and be prepared to rage on the Twitters Sunday night. It's going to be a bloodbath.

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