WASHINGTON, March 23, 2014–Oh what a difference one season makes. At the beginning of season four of “The Walking Dead” our survivors were comfortably ensconced in the protective embrace of an abandoned prison. In a bid to recapture the humanity they had sacrificed, swords were swapped for plowshares and the population was focused on creating a sustainable existence instead of a never ending quest to slay zombies.
They overcame a deadly virus only to have their efforts deemed futile when the Governor showed up to kill off or evacuate the prison population and establish it as his new Woodury. Despite a plea from Rick that they could all live together, the governor responded to the idea by executing Hershel and opening fire on the prison. This set about an epic battle that included Michonne’s long awaited slaying of the Governor. But it also separated the prison population, which is where the second half of the season started.
For the last six episodes we have seen each survivor of the original prison population dealing with the uncertain fate of his or her companions while uncovering hints of a place that might offer refuge to all survivors of the apocalypse.
Each of our heroes has encountered signposts about a place called “Terminus” where “those who arrive, survive.” The appealing notion of finding a place of safety and rejoining their friends is more than enough to send them all in search of this mythical safe harbor. But if this show’s stalwart fans have learned anything, we have learned there is no lasting safety for survivors. And must I remind you that we have not seen Rick or Carl for many episodes.
Tonight is Episode lucky 13 titled “Alone” and you really should not watch it … alone. Comic book co-creator and TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman has made it very clear that the season four finale will be savage and that no character, no matter how central to the story will be safe. According to Kirkman;
“[P]eople are going to be talking about this one,” he wrote. “The cliffhanger at the end of season 4 will make the wait between seasons 4 and 5 the hardest wait we’ve ever had. ENJOY!”
Since last week’s episode, “The Grove,” featured Lizzie’s romp through crazy town that included killing her sister followed by Carol’s decision to execute, one can only imagine who will die in the final two episodes of the current season. That episode left many shaken even as they knew to idyllic happiness of The Grove meant someone was going to die. And Carol showed us very clearly she will do whatever it takes.
The Monday morning water cooler chatter about the demise of the two children was rampant with speculation about who would die next. If the writers were willing to kill off two gorgeous (even with one more than a little crazy) cherubs, it became obvious that no one is safe from elimination.
There is only one thing better than watching the last two episodes of “The Walking Dead” – Watching it with other friends and fans. Rather than watch it alone, enhance the experience by adding the collective insight of fans from around the world. Tonight’s episode is the final set up for the final show of the season. And what a set up it’s been. So tonight, Communities Digital News will host a live online chat at 9 p.m. right here – and we go right through The Talking Dead.
Please feel free to join us. But if someone tells you “just look at the flowers” during the broadcast, it may be a good time to replenish your hot wings supply instead.