Written by John Edward Betancourt
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It's been a wild season for The Walking Dead and we have witnessed some incredible stories. We watched a flu bring the prison to its knees. We watched the Governor make a feeble attempt at redemption before reverting to his old ways and hacking Hershel to pieces. We saw the group split, we watched Lizzie look at the flowers and we witnessed what appeared to be salvation in Terminus. But always, nothing is what it seems, and last night we saw Rick like never before and we sort of found out what Terminus was all about. So on that note, let's get down to our recap of the Season Four Finale, "A".
The Good: This was...one powerful episode. Not only was it pretty much non stop action, but man, did it once again push the envelope and oh man, I was glued to my television. But before we get to the biggest shocker of the night, let's take a moment to talk about the nightmare that is Terminus. Tonight we finally saw some of the truth behind this whole "sanctuary", and it turned out exactly like we expected...awful. We discovered that the fine folks of Terminus are well...boxing people up and keeping them for who knows what. In fact, Terminus managed to be even creepier than we thought. From the people that Rick and his crew first meet, to the strange little shrine room, there is something horribly wrong with Terminus and it looks like these crazy folks chose poorly ticking off Rick Grimes. Speaking of the Sheriff, the highlight of the night...Rick Grimes is a super badass. With his son threatened and his surrogate family in Michonne and Daryl possibly losing their lives, Rick took matters into his own hands and wow...this was brutal. Can't say I've ever seen a man tear out the throat of another man on television with his bare teeth, but guess what? It happened on this show! It's an incredible turn of events for the character and well...I don't think we'll ever look at Rick Grimes the same way ever again, for all the right reasons.
The Bad: The fact that this ended in a cliffhanger. Damnit I want more.
The Verdict: This was a great season. One filled with trickery and incredible stories and while I am sad to see it end, I'm happy with the cliffhanger ending because well...it looks like we open Season Five with an Escape from Terminus. See you all in the fall!