Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Well after stunning us last week on The Walking Dead I think we were all left wondering exactly how the show would top itself with its incredible brutality. Turns out, they made it easy by bringing this story of Gareth and the Hunters to a head in brutal fashion. So let's waste no more time and get right down to our recap of "Four Walls and a Roof".
The Good: This was a dark and amazing episode through and through. We finally found out what Gabriel had done to haunt him day in and day out and it turns out it was leaving his congregation outside his church to be devoured by the dead. But most importantly, Gareth finally got what he deserved. Yes, Rick served up a hot plate of vengeance and whup ass to Gareth and his merry band of cannibals and it was...just so amazing and horrific all at once. We all wanted this moment, we wanted to see Gareth get what he deserved, but the end result was just so incredibly visceral and raw that immediately after Rick brought the pain, I felt a little dirty, but at least Michonne got her sword back, plus we need to talk about how hardcore Rick has become. I mean seriously, the crazy look he gets in his eyes now when it's time to get down to business, not to mention how quick he is to drop the hammer. It's incredible and scary all at once. Not to mention he had the best badass line of the night when Gareth asked why Rick didn't finish him off and Rick replied in the coldest of fashion with "We didn't want to waste the bullets." It was also a sad and unjust farewell to Bob. This was a character who had come so far, overcome so much, only to find himself bitten and well...served for dinner. However, Bob at least got a classy send off. It was one that made me mist up, but at the very least, Bob found redemption in his heart before the end.
The Bad: Honestly only one complaint. I had a feeling Daryl would magically show up at the end of the show and I was right. I am glad it didn't turn into a rushed "come on you guys, we gotta save Beth" moment, but even still...it felt tacked onto an otherwise perfect episode.
The Verdict: I love the direction the show has taken. It's almost as if Scott Gimple sat in the writer's room and said "if you think we've gone too far, then we haven't gone far enough" to the staff and I thank him for it. They just keep pushing the envelope and they most certainly have my attention. Another fine episode and it looks like the hunt for Beth will take us back to Atlanta, that should prove interesting...until next week...