Written by John Edward Betancourt
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There are always consequences for our actions, whether we like it or not. Such was the case on The Walking Dead, where Carol's decision to commit murder has finally come full circle as Rick made a bold decision of his own. The show continues to walk down a darker road under Scott Gimple and it shows no signs up letting up. So join us as we head back out on the road with Rick, Carol, Daryl on the gang as we recap last night's heavy dose of "Indifference."
The Good: I have to admit that I sat through most of this episode stunned. It was the first time in this series where it seems the past came back to haunt so many characters in so many ways and the first time that I really saw the weight of the end of the world begin to wear down these survivors. From Bob's need to drink over helping others and Tyreese's momentary death wish, we are seeing something once again that is rarely covered in post apocalyptic fiction...the psychological effects of the end of the world. But of course the biggest story of the night was Rick resurrecting the plan from "18 Miles Out" from season two and taking Carol away from the prison for what looked like a supply run in order to send her on her merry way for committing murder. The whole decision was in a word...heartbreaking. To see Carol go from a little mouse that hid in the corner to a warrior to the person she is now is a tragedy through and through and where we go from here with Carol...who knows. But damn, this was one compelling storyline regardless.
The Bad: The pair of dumbasses that Rick and Carol found while out and about on their travels really served no purpose than for them to become the "meat buffet of the week" and I just found them unnecessary. The Rick and Carol storyline would have gone on just fine with or without them. I mean I get the fact that they were in a weird way Carol's redemption for waxing two human beings but there could have been other ways to handle that.
The Verdict: The show is definitely getting darker as we move along and well...I like it. I've always praised The Walking Dead for its realism when it comes to survival and now we get into aspects of the human psyche that quite frankly, I am eating up. Solid episode and likely there will be consequences for Rick's actions as well. I wonder if the next time we see Carol she will be standing next to a man that wears an eyepatch...