Its that time of year again where AMC grabs our minds and turns them into putty, as we spend our last hour with the cast of The Walking Dead and wrap up season 4. With a midseason finale that saw the return and demise of the Governor, the separation of the postapocalyptic group we've grown to love, and the loss of the beloved Hershel, the finale has a tough act to follow.
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4, EPISODE 16: "A"
We kick off our last hour of zombie fix this season with a flashback to the prison. Rick, Maggie, and Glenn return from a run and are greeted by Hershel. Yay, Hershel cameo!! We then cut to a bloody Rick who looks to be in the future, he also appears to be rattled a bit. Close-up on his eye and then we roll into the main commercial break!
Back from the first commercial break, we see Rick at a camp with Michonne and Carl in the present. Rick says they'll stay at their campsite for another day or two, and they discuss what they will do upon arrival at Terminus. Carl questions who they are and what they will tell the Terminus inhabitants about their long storied pasts. In the distance they hear a man screaming for help whom they find is surrounded by at least a dozen walkers. The heroic Carl tries to save the man, but Rick stops him from running into the herd. The three take off and find another, smaller group of walkers as the larger one follows them. We cut back to another flashback of Hershel and Rick in the prison and Hershel asking a favor of Rick and to come with him. We cut back to the present and Rick, Michonne, and Carl continue fleeing until they find a truck to camp in and call it a night. The truck appears to be the same vehicle we saw Rick sitting by at the beginning of the episode. They hear a rustling in the woods, and after some more discussions, suddenly Joe has finally caught up to Rick and as we roll into commercial Joe has a gun to Rick's head. GASP!
Back with a calmer voice of reason, Hershel starts planning with Rick about taming wild animals. Hershel says to Rick "The war is over." We now see what brought Rick back from the aggressive edge. Hershel's words of wisdom convinced Rick to give up the war mentality and take up the farming life. Back to the original scene we kicked off the show with, a bloody Rick is sitting by a truck, and the group is silent. Daryl returns and begins talking to Rick about the group and how he met them and also explains that Beth is gone. Rick tells Daryl them reuniting is huge for the group and that he's his brother. They talk about Rick's anger and his uncontrollable rage when it comes to Carl's safety. We cut to a new scene of the four heading to Terminus once again. Instead of sticking to the tracks, the group diverts into the woods and approaches Terminus. They decide to spread out and do some recon, and Carl decides to stick with Michonne. Michonne asks Carl why he didn't stick with Rick, but he ignores the question. Michonne then explains to Carl how she lost her child. She explains the two she left her child with were high and were bit after the camp was overrun while she was on a run. She explains she became a monster because of her anger and that what brought her back was the group. She explains that there is no need for him to be afraid of Rick or her. Carl explains he still has these thoughts that would make Rick disappointed in him because he's a monster too. Rick saw and overheard the whole thing and then decided to bury the guns.
We cut back to another prison scene with Rick interacting with Carl. After seeing Carl being stone cold he gives the same speech Hershel gave him. Back to the standoff and Rick is demanding answers. They engage into a gunfight with the group. The snipers on the roof seem to be directing them to a location. They're directed to the back where they are outnumbered. We cut to our last commercial break of the night! Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we have just been introduced to The Hunters!
We're back for our last few minutes of Walking Dead this season. The group is being directed into a rail car, and we are very close to the biggest cliffhanger ever. They are reunited with Glenn's group, and we get a prison flashback and close ups on all their faces. With the last dialogue of the season between Rick and Abraham about their situations, Rick delivers the final line: "They're messing with the wrong people."
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