The Walking Dead Season Four Episode Two: Not quite firing on all cylinders

Jordan Sweidan, TSV Staff Writer

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In the wake of last week’s season premier of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, this week’s episode doesn’t quite deliver in all the right areas.

This season’s most recent installment, entitled “Infected”, continues right where last week’s episode left off. For those who haven’t seen it, there will be no spoilers in this review, but it is safe to say that the final moments of the premier left audiences clamoring for more. The second episode of the fourth season did not disappoint in its opening moments.

In fact, the first 10-15 minutes of the show were packed with action and tense moments. We see the abandonment of new mindsets and goals in the face of returning issues. We’re shown glimpses of old characters new resolves in the face of mounting threats. We’re left wanting more as we see hints that someone on the inside of the prison, possibly in the very heart of the main group of survivors, has ulterior motives and is acting on their own. Are they possibly dolling out a personal brand of justice? Or are they simply trying to sabotage what Rick and the survivors have built in the past few months?

However, it was these questions that made the episode less enjoyable for me. I can handle a cliffhanger moment in a show; I can even handle two. It gets to a point, however, when you’re left with so many questions that need answering and there are no answers to be found, then it’s just not entertaining anymore. Not to take too much away from the episode as a whole, of course. It was still a very good addition to a season that, I’m sure, is going to blow audiences and ratings out of the water.

It’s amazing to watch the tension between the characters, especially Rick (Andrew Lincoln), as the severity of the episodes chaotic first minutes hit home. We get to see the transformation of the Rick from the first episode of this season to the Rick we’ve seen in seasons past. The transition makes you feel for the character, for the communal peace that has to be cast aside in order to take care of the threats in front of you.

One of the most interesting parts of the episode focuses on “Michonne”, played by Danai Gurira, as she breaks down into tears while holding “Rick’s” baby girl. Did she have a child of her own before the dead began to walk? Hopefully we’ll find out in future episodes.

Regardless of the numerous mounting questions that bog the episodes ending, “Infected” is a worthy addition to the fourth seasons story-line. I can’t wait to see where the story, and the chaos, goes from here.