The Walking Dead Episode 4 isn’t online, like all post-pilot outings. But finding The Walking Dead Episode 4 online may not be pertinent, since people are making it appointment television. Perhaps more viewers are watching this series than the average episodes of Mad Men and Breaking Bad combined. Even in hours where zombies are barely around, like last week, the audience has a lot to talk about. In the case of Episode 4, The Walking Dead found other means of action and suspense again, until it fully brought the hammer down.
Warning: Spoilers follow
The final image from last week was the severed hand of Merle Dixon on the Atlanta rooftop. Yet to finish their search, and to keep Darryl Dixon from going on the warpath, Rick and his search party had to find the rest of him. In between, they also had to recover Rick’s lost gun bag.
On this point, Episode 4 became tricky, as the search party ran into more human obstacles. Another gang of survivors staked a claim to the guns, and even to Glen when he got in their way. Therefore, the stage looked set for a noisy, walker-attracting showdown – but appearances turned out to be deceiving.
The same kind of lesson was learned back in Shane’s camp, when one of their own appeared to have snapped. Since Shane already destroyed a troublemaker’s face last week, he would have to tread more softly this time. But the grave-digging Jim had more of a reason to act up than the abusive end – which became suspiciously clear by the end.
For much of Episode 4, the title characters were once again absent, like in the previous outing. The big test for this series is whether it can stay gripping when the humans are at the center. So far, since we’re just getting to know these characters and their troubles, that hasn’t been too much of a problem.
The strategy for the show doesn’t seem to be all-zombies, all the time. Rather, they are spacing out their big attacks, so that when they do come, it becomes much more terrifying. Although the hour started with a calm, peaceful scene between sisters, it ended on a far different note.
Of course, The Walking Dead had to ramp things up quickly, since this season is ending just as it has begun. There are now only two weeks left before cable’s biggest new hit takes a break, so there’s little time for things to slow down now.
Television Without Hour- “Oldie But Goodie”
Hitfix- “The Walking Dead – Vatos: Gone fishin'”