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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4 Episode 16 "A"

Dan O'Halloran | 2 Apr 2014 05:00
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The season 4 finale brings us a new Rick, a survivor reunion and a creepy new settlement to kick of season 5.

That was, uh, yeah. And, wow. And WTF??? Well, let's get right to it.

Rick goes zombie, in a good way

We got some surprise flashbacks to the beginning of the season as Hershel (poor, beheaded Hershel) sells Rick on the idea that their life is about more than killing and basic survival. That Rick has to think about the lessons he is teaching Carl through is actions. Maybe learning to rebuild a civilized existence by farming and not killing is what is more important. Thus, we got boring, Pacifist Farmer Rick for the first half of the season.

But once the protection of the prison fence is gone in the second half of the season, Rick does a 180 and not only turns into Feral Warrior Rick, he has absolutely no remorse about it. A few hours after he viciously bites out the throat of gang leader Joe to save his son Carl from being raped, he calmly tells Daryl that he is like a brother to him, forgiving him for whatever he has done. There is no trauma or angst over his brutal actions. He is comfortable enough to express deep affection for Daryl a short time later.

This is further confirmed by his statement that closed the season. When Rick is stripped of his weapons, locked in the boxcar and surrounded by snipers his only response is: "They're screwing with the wrong people." Not only is ready to rip out the throat of every person at Terminus, his statement of vengeance is worded to include his extended family in the boxcar in the vendetta, not just himself and his son.

This was all touched on by not only the Hershel flashbacks where the old man asked Rick what lessons he wanted to teach his son, but in Rick and Carl's discussion at the beginning of the episode as they tromped through the woods:

Carl: "When we get [to Terminus] are we gonna tell them everything that's happened to us. Are we going to tell them the truth?"
Rick: "We're gonna tell them who we are."
Carl: "Who are we?"

We now know who Rick is, but as for the rest of the crew trapped in the boxcar, we'll have to wait until next season to see how far they are willing to go to survive and protect each other.

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