The Walking Dead: Season 4 – Episode Four

The fourth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is moving along at a decent pace, but has the show sacrificed shock and awe for complacent storytelling?

This week’s installment, entitled “Indifference,” is separated into two story lines, much like the final moments of last week’s episode “Isolation.” One half of the show’s running time focuses on “Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) while the remainder of the show follows the team of Daryl, Michonne, Tyrese and Bob (Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Chad L. Coleman and Lawrence Gilliard Jr.)

The story line that focuses on Rick is, for all intents and purposes, a character study of Lincoln’s interpretation of the character. We get to see an internal conflict playing across the characters face throughout the majority of his story, weighing options and dealing with the aftermath of the second episode that has come to define the past two weeks.

Without giving anything away for those who haven’t had a chance to see it yet, it is safe to say that this climactic plot point does conclude. Sadly, it came at the cost of entertaining television.

This is one of those moments when I sit back and wonder if the show is its own worst enemy. Have we seen so many exciting moments in previous seasons that we’ve become desensitized to actual story telling? Have we become numb to character development without the presence of “walkers” losing their heads amidst stressful moments of tense chaos?

The rest of the episode was more enjoyable, possibly due to the presence of numerous “walkers” as well as the development of some serious implications regarding one of the newest members of the group. Serious moments involving Reedus as well as Gurira made the final moments of the episode much more enjoyable than the beginning. Is that because there was a more action filled setting for this section of the episode? Possibly. Most likely. Works for me.

In the end it makes for an episode that I will remember as opposed to one that gets lost in the grey areas because it didn’t have enough “meat” for us to enjoy. One thing is for sure: the next few episodes are going to be very interesting.

Will Daryl’s group make it back to the prison in one piece, with all members physically and mentally intact? How will the rest of the group handle Rick’s decision in the final moments of the episode? Did he make the right decision for the group, or the right decision for himself?

While it was lacking in action, “Indifference” obviously posed some very interesting questions that will have to be answered in following episodes.