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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4 Episode 12 "Still"

Dan O'Halloran | 4 Mar 2014 12:00
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After a few episodes that were structured to follow multiple stories at once, we get one quiet one that follows just two of survivors for the entire hour. Was it successful? I think it was. I'll explain why.

First, the recap portion of the program. Beth, reeling from the death of her father, is tired of barely surviving off the land with Daryl. She decides she needs to drown her grief in alcohol. She drags Daryl to a nearby country club in search of her first shot of booze. Here they are both attracted to items that show who they used to be. She is drawn to the nice clothes in the club's gift store while Daryl grabs cash, jewelry and other shiny bits that he may have lusted after his entire life, but are worthless now. Beth points out that cash and gems have no value. Daryl accidentally sprays her creamy white sweater with gore and blood by using a golf club to take his anger out on a walker. Nobody gets the satisfaction of having things they wanted so much before the Turn made it impossible.

They end up abandoning the zombie-infested golf club ground and head to a cabin in the woods with a home distillery shed. Daryl has decided that if Beth is going to get drunk for the first time, it shouldn't be with the cheap Peach Schnapps at the club, but with some honest-to-goodness moonshine. She convinces him to drink as well and, surprise, he's an angry drunk with daddy issues. He turns from quiet protector to abusive husband, physically forcing her to use his crossbow to make sport of a nearby walker despite her protests. But then he breaks down and we see what is tormenting him: he blames himself for letting the Governor take down the prison. He was supposed to protect his friends and he failed and now he doesn't know if any of them made it out alive.

Later that night, Daryl talks of his life before the Turn, how he was nobody, spending his days following his brother on the road to nowhere. Beth points out that now he is not only somebody, but the one most qualified to survive this new world. That is someone she thinks she'll never be, though she has shown a lot of survival skills in this episode. In fact, Beth blossoms in this story.

Away from her overprotective father and sister, she does what anybody with new found freedom does, abuses it. Not just in her quest for her first drink either, but in her defiance of Daryl and in her final act, suggesting they burn down the cabin, which they do while she gives it the middle finger and giggles in her new found power to do as she pleases.

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