The Season 4 finale of “The Walking Dead” was set up to be a doozy – and it didn’t disappoint. In fact what it did do was get back to the show’s roots while setting itself up for one entertaining fifth season.
All throughout the episode, we saw flashbacks from the prison with Herschel advising Rick to set down the pistol and pick up a rake, to trade in his “shoot first, ask later” mentality for one of a wise, sustainable leader. Fittingly, Rick’s character was rather “meh” this season because of this adopted change in attitude. But as we saw in the season finale, the much more interesting, “do whatever it takes to protect your friends and family” Rick returned – and it’s something “Walking Dead” fans should be psyched about, as Rick’s character from earlier seasons was as complex as he was interesting.
The inevitable confrontation with the bad guy gang was where it started, when Rick bit the leader’s carotid artery apart so he bled to death in a human-on-human death act that was as grotesque as it was awesome. And it continued up until the last spoken words of the episode, as he confidently told the together-again group that their captors were “screwing with the wrong people.”
So as season four ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, we’re really excited for what season five has in store. The Rick we all loved from Season 2 is back, that’s for sure. And we’re assuming that the group is being held captive at a cannibal society (think about it – why would there by advertisements welcoming survivors in this clear dog-eat-dog post-apocalyptic world?). It certainly has the makings for an interesting struggle that’s unlike what the show has given viewers before.
There will be more deaths and bloodshed to come of course, but another great thing about the Season 4 finale is that it was interesting, suspenseful and exciting without killing off one of the main characters, as has been the norm with episodes of great stature.
In a show where zombies have been the catalyst to dictate how humans survive in a post-apocalyptic world, Season 5 is setting up to be not just one man vs. another, as it was for Seasons 3 and 4 with The Governor, but for one group vs. a society.