Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Paradise is quickly falling apart as the survivors living in the West Georgia Correctional Facility find themselves falling ill to this fast acting and nasty flu. But there may be hope since Hershel knows where the team can find antibiotics and it is now a race against time for the team dispatched to bring back the much needed medicines for those in "Isolation"!
The Good: This was a surprisingly dark episode. I mean wow, I did not expect it to have such a heavy cloud hanging over it. With Glenn coming down with the flu to the most desperate move ever to stave off a plague (more on that in a moment) this episode left me with little hope. In fact I'm trying to remember the last time the show left me without any silver lining and as of right now, can't remember. Truth is, I loved that they did this. I love that the prison has become its own terrifying death trap and it has created some incredible horror elements without having walkers hiding around every single corner. But let's be honest, we are all left in awe of this week's mega shocker...the fact that Carol waxed Karen and David and burned their bodies. It was an incredible turn for her character and a scary one at that. I'm not saying I miss mousey Carol that hid in the shadows...but wow, just wow. This is a decision that will have lasting implications for the remainder of the show when it comes to Carol and the group and oh man, what happens when Tyreese finds out? Kudos to the show for pulling out another surprising stop.
The Bad: Oddly enough this episode's most incredible moment was also its weakest in many ways because they made it obvious that Carol had become Carol the Ripper. Her angry tirade before Tyreese left, her staying in the shadows in silence in the first scene and her inability to discuss it kind of gave it away. It was still powerful but would have been more powerful had she done a great job of hiding it. It is a tad conflicting for her to give Rick a guiltless confession yet cry about it before. It didn't ruin the episode for me but it did stick in my mind.
The Verdict: Solid and scary episode. The prison is quickly changing this group for the worse and I love where the story is going. These poor people are quickly becoming desperate and Carol's decision is evidence of that. Next week should kick plenty of ass, can't wait!