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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SPOILERS Walking Dead Season 4 Finale ReviewSPOILERS

I really enjoyed the finale.  Many have critiqued this season saying not enough happened but I actually think a lot of things happened.  I enjoyed not having a full season build up of the Governor and just having strong self contained stories that move the overall story along.  That said the finale definetly ended on a major cliff hanger.

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Synopsis:
After a flashback sequence it  begins by Rick explaining how a snare trap works to Carl, which is of course is foreshadowing of what Terminus is. A trap.  Where is Admiral Ackbar when you need him.

The first half deals with Rick and the Claimed Men.  Rick manages to escape their brutality by becoming equally brutal.

This action packed first half ends with Rick ,Michonne,Daryl and Carl going to Terminus. 

Unlike the others Rick will not just walk in.  He buries a set of guns and weapons which I think may hold importance later in next season.   They then scout out Terminus trying to see what it is about.  Unfortunately, Terminus is fairly well walled, and the view inside is blocked.  Rick leads the group into the Terminus back door where they are quickly met by Gareth.  Gareth has been character that has been rumored about appearing all season long.

We still do not know about who Gareth is yet.  He does not have an exact comic equivalent.  I think many assume he is a version of Chris who is a leader of the cannibalistic Hunters in the comics.  This maybe close but Gareth seems to be a larger than life version of that character, just like Terminus is a much larger operation than the hunters were in the comics.  He comes across smooth and amiable, and quickly reassures the group that the termites are good.  He seems well educated, strong speaker, though he comes off as bit of weeny.  The type of guy who gets manicures and has a white collar job.  He certainly is not meant to be Negan.   His voice reminds me of playing pesky trash talking nine year old at Halo.  None the less throughout the episode he is clearly the person in charge.  Without having any additional information on Terminus's power structure I would say he seems to be the Termite leader.

They take each of the weapons from of each person, then search them for additional weapons.  Interestingly enough, they then give these weapons back.  Which I assume was a sign of good faith.  Much of Terminus's design seems to be lower the guard of guests.  By searching though they did learn what each person had on them as to make the final disarming more easy.

The group is brought out to the front where first group was met. The hackles of viewer are beginning to rise because none of the first group seem to be around.  Where are they?

Rick and crew generally seem to be lowering their guard as Mary who we met in the previous episode offers to get the guests a plate.  As the Termites begin getting the food, Rick notices that one person has a back pack he has seen before, another is wearing a poncho from the prison, another is wearing prison riot gear, and finally one is wearing Herschel's watch.  The watch Herschel gave to Glenn.

Rick brings a gun to the nearest guys head, and demands to know where he got the watch from.  That is when the curtain of Terminus falls.   Terminus is bad!    Where are their defenses?  There are other people all around Mary and some are snipers up on the roofs.  Also Mary and her cohorts around her are all well armed.

Rick and company are quickly funneled through a maze.  The termites don't shoot them.  They shoot at their feet pushing them deeper and deeper.  Eventually, the group is led directly into a kill field where a large group of armed men protected behind cover of a fence force the group to stop.  Gareth reemerges and has each group member one at a time drop their weapons and enter a rail road car.

We are given a final flash back to when Rick is learning to be a farmer from Hershel.  The whole Prison group is there and times are good.  This is nice, trying to overcome the crazy, by being a farmer Rick.  I think that Rick is still capable of being good, but he now has a better handle on when to unleash the brutal, and when to be a farmer.  It is also I think drawing upon the theme of what all these characters want, which is sanctuary.  There is this hope in all their minds of what Terminus offers.   That hope is of course what leads them into the trap.

Inside the rail car Rick, Michoone, Carl and Daryl are met by the first group. They are all still alive and in one piece. Glenn asks "Is that you Rick."  The last scene is pretty awesome with acting.  This is the first time Abraham Ford (Type A Leader personality meets Rick)  and you would think there would be a battle for leadership.  This is not old Rick though, this is bad ass I chewed through a man's neck Rick.  This is driven home brilliantly through the writing and acting in a few short moments.  The final scene may have actually been my favorite of the entire series.

Abraham makes a comment downplaying the importance of the reunion because it may not be for long.
To which Rick instantly and almost gutterally replies "No".  If you watch Abraham's head snaps up and his eyes zero in on Rick.  Abraham's face just screams "Who the heck is this guy?"    It was brilliant acting.  Then Rick says:
"They're gonna feel pretty stupid when they find out"
"Find out what?" Abraham asks?
"They screwed with the wrong people,"  and Rick almost smiles when he says it.  The rest of the group is in awe.  If Rick was a Pokemon he would have just evolved into his final version SuperBadAss Rick.  He seems to be in an impossible situation but we can't but help have confidence that he is going to find a way out.  This is the Rick that will stand against Negan.

“They’re gonna feel pretty stupid when they find out…” starts Rick, as we quickly flash forwards to the current predicament. “Find out what?” asks Abraham. “… They screwed with the wrong people.” And that’s the end!

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“They’re gonna feel pretty stupid when they find out…” starts Rick, as we quickly flash forwards to the current predicament. “Find out what?” asks Abraham. “… They screwed with the wrong people.” And that’s the end!

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Rick also notices Tara and recognizes her.  He of course plead with her when she attacked the prison to not go through with it.  This means that Glenn's lie that he met Tara on the road will at some point will unravel.


Loose Ends:
Where are Tyrese, Carol, Judith?  The spoiler I read had Tyrese breaking the gate with a hammer and this did not happen in the episode.  Was this simply wrong or a scene that will happen next season?

Where is Beth?  I don't think Beth is at Terminus I think she was kidnapped by a different party.

Does the group realize that the Termites are cannibals?

Why did Chris the survivor of the attack on the rail line tell Tyrese to take the kids to Terminus?  Did he not really know what Terminus was and was just following the signs/ radio broadcasts?  Was he a leader of Terminus who wanted to see Tyrese end up trapped as well.
Also was Chris headed away from or toward Terminus?  Chris is the name of the cannibalistic hunters in the comics, so that name may have been chosen for a reason.

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