The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode Guide brings us back to a peaceful prison where Rick and the remaining survivors have fortress-ed down. A mysterious disease infects the camp and those who die quickly turn to walkers. Someone in the camp becomes a vigilante and begins murdering those who seem ill in an attempt to stop the spread of disease. The camp continues to struggle hunting for supplies and medicine. The Governor makes a climatic return to the series.
Supplies are running low and a group assembles to clear out a superstore in an area overrun by walkers. Leaving a possibly pregnant Maggie behind, Daryl, Michonne, Glenn, Beth’s boyfriend Zach and a newcomer Bob, find themselves surrounded by walkers who descend upon them. Meanwhile, Rick comes across an Irish woman in the woods who claims to be lost in the woods with her husband but tries to kill Rick in order to feed him to her walker husband, but later takes her own life due to grief. Michonne continues her search for the Governor and Rick finds his pigs dying. While on the run, Zach is killed by a walker. Another newcomer and teenager Patrick is infected and slowly succumbs to the illness, finally turning into a walker.
Patrick is reanimated and proceeds to devour several people in his cell block turning them into walkers as well. Rick and Daryl discover that Patrick had been killed by a flu strain that causes the infected individual to hemorrhage and choke on his own blood, upon which the survivors decide to quarantine those who might be infected to prevent it from spreading. Rick manages to lure them away by feeding them his pigs, which Hershel theorizes might be the hosts for the virus. Rick gives back Carl his gun, disappointed that his attempt at a quiet life has failed and straps on his own. Tyreese visits his girlfriend Karen, who was suspected to be infected, and is mortified to discover two burnt bodies, of which one of them was undoubtedly Karen’s.
The virus continues to run unchecked through the prison, with Sasha, Glenn, Lizzie and Dr. S falling sick as well. The Council holds a meeting and decides to quarantine those deemed most vulnerable to the plague, that is the young and the elderly, as well as send a team out to retrieve medication from a veterinary college some distance away.Meanwhile Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese and Bob are on their way to the veterinary college, when they hear a voice on the car radio. However Tyreese manages to miraculously escape and catches up with the rest of the crew. Back at the prison, Rick accuses Carol of Karen and David’s murder, which after a brief pause, she admits to committing.
The Med Crew find a new car, and while repairing it, Bob confesses about his alcoholism and guilt about Zach’s death with Daryl telling him not to take it harshly. They manage to make it to the college and collect a reasonable supply of medication, but during Bob is nearly killed when walkers grab onto his bag which is revealed to contain only a single bottle of alcohol. In the meantime, Carol and Rick go on a supply run in a nearby residential neighborhood, where they find a couple, Sam and Ana who ask to join their band of survivors. Rick agrees, and on Carol’s insistence allows them to go scavenge the nearby area for supplies although they seem ill-suited for the task. Later they discover Ava being eaten by walkers, and Sam nowhere to be found. They debate Carol’s actions while exploring the town and in the end, Rick tells Carol that she will not return to the prison with him. They pack a car with supplies for Carol and they part ways.
After the shocking revelation that Carol killed Karen and David, Rick leaves her stranded and returns back to the prison where Hershel, Glen and Sasha are trying to hold their own against the overwhelming number of sick and dying. Hershel is fighting his own battle as Glenn lies at the brink of death and the dead roam uncontained inside the prison when in his efforts to save Glenn, he leaves the cell doors of the dead open. With Maggie’s arrival, they manage to save Glenn and kill the walkers. When Daryl and the others arrive in the nick of time, the situation is slowly brought under control but just as everything seems to fall in place, a new threat by the name of The Governor rears its ugly head.
The Governor becomes withdrawn after the massacre of the Woodbury Army and finds himself abandoned. Traveling alone for months, he comes across a family consisting of two sisters Tara and Lilly, Lilly’s daughter Meghan and their sick father David, who take him in for the night. Settling in and bonding with Lilly’s daughter who bears an uncanny resemblance to the Governor’s deceased daughter Penny, the sudden death of the David shakes their little family. When David reanimates, the Governor is forced to kill him in front of the family which strains his relationship with young Meghan. When faced by a band of walkers, the Governor flees carrying Meghan with the sisters following him. When the Governor falls into a pit, he has to protect Meghan from the walkers who attack them. Just when the danger has passed, Martinez, the Governor’s old henchman who abandoned him appears once again.
Lilly, Meghan and Tara settle quickly into their new life, but as the Governor becomes concerned as the supply runs and forays into the woods with Martinez and his right hand men Pete and Mitch become increasingly dangerous. When it becomes evident that Martinez is inadequate as a leader and cannot keep the sisters and Meghan safe, the Governor feeds him to the walkers gathered in the pit, making it look like an accident. After Martinez’s demise, Pete takes over temporarily as leader of the group but foregoes a rare opportunity to acquire much-needed supplies due to his insistence on morals and integrity. Frustrated by Pete’s poor leadership, the Governor strangles him to death. As the new leader of the camp, the Governor makes plans to secure their camp but plans to move to a safer area. The Governor drives back to the prison to survey the inmates, but his anger returns when he sees Michonne, and he raises his gun and points in her direction.
In search of revenge and a safer place to house Lilly and Meghan, the Governor plans to capture the prison. He abducts Michonne and Hershel and holds them as collateral, demanding that Rick and the others move out of the prison so that they can take over in a peaceful manner. Rick suggests that there is enough room for both groups to share the prison but the Governor stubbornly refuses his suggestions and kills Hershel in his anger. A battle ensues as the tank that the Governor brought with him breaks through the fences and lays the prison to waste. Back at camp, Meghan is bitten by a walker and the Governor cold heartedly shoots her dead. Daryl destroys the tank and shoots Mitch. Michonne stabs the Governor who tries to strangle Rick. Rick goes in search of Carl and finds him safe, but cannot find baby Judith who they assume were eaten by walkers. Lilly returns with her gun and shoots the dying Governor.
The start of the 2nd half season of The Walking Dead Season 4! The concept of this episode was to show the audience about the events after the great shootout at the prison. We were able only to see a part of the group that survived the attack. We saw how Michonne found her way back to Rick and Carl after finding a few lucky clues, while Rick and Carl were trying to stay alive and find shelter and food.
Daryl and Beth try to find the remaining survivors and are chased into a field. Tyreese tries his best to take care of Lizzie and her sister which are ultimately reunited with Carol. Maggie searches desperately for Glenn. Glenn is found woken up at the prison still and meets up with a distraught Tara. They run into three new characters which have not been identified as good or evil.
Michonne and Carl connect on a supply run as she reveals parts of her past. In another arc, Glenn meets a group of survivors who have promise of a “cure” for the virus. He is persuaded by these new faces to stay together as all story arcs begin to converge in “Terminus”. Will they be lead to safe sanctuary or yet another trap?
This episode takes a break from the constant fighting and running of the survivors to focus in on Beth and Daryl. Tired of living in fear, Beth is set on having her first alcoholic drink ever. As they search for adequate liquor, Daryl shares his past and how he was (and wasn’t) before the zombie outbreak.
I hope you are happy today.