Episode 16: A
The finale of Season 4 of The Walking Dead may not offer fans quite the twist and turns that they were hoping for. What we do get, though, are subtle changes in dynamics throughout this episode.
As per the previous weeks’ episodes, we pick things up with arrival at Terminus being the mission for the day. Our prime focus this time out is Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Michonne (Danai Gurira). Remember how we were hoping that Daryl (Norman Reedus) and his new bunch of associates were going to throw down at Terminus? Well who said we had to wait for Terminus. Yes, our duelling groups end up having quite the tear-up before even getting to Terminus. It’s with this fight that we see some major changes in Rick Grimes.
Unexpectedly, we’re treated to flashbacks throughout A; flashbacks of a happier time when all was peaceful at the united prison camp. We even get treated to flashbacks of the since-beheaded Hershel (Scott Green), as we see him dishing out words of calm and sense to Rick. These flashbacks take us back to when Rick was trying to be the better man, to be the thinker, to be the rational head – this is when he lay down his gun so that he could focus on the little things, like gardening and the simpler things in life. Safe to say, as we’re brought back to the modern-day Rick, this is a very different man. Having been beaten down so much, it seems as it Rick is finally at one with having to become a savage to survive, be it by his actions or lack thereof. The kid gloves are off and Rick seems to have a renewed sense of focus.
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