Pivotal Episodes of The Walking Dead, Part 2: Seasons Three & Four
It’s #tbt, so as we get closer to The Walking Dead season 7 finale, let’s continue to reflect back to the most pivotal episodes of seasons three and four. You can catch up with the episodes that were chosen for seasons one and two here.
5. Season Three, Episode 6: Hounded
Written by Scott M Gimple
This is the post-Lori period when Rick starts ‘wandering in Crazy Town’ (quote Glenn), his period of mental instability that lasts through most of the series. The conflict between Merle and Michonne steps up several notches, as he’s sent by The Governor to kill her after she leaves Woodbury ~ who can forget the ‘Bite-o-gram’?! Hounded features the kidnapping of Glenn and Maggie by Merle, sparking off the chain of events that will have repercussions well into Season Four. But it’s also where pigeons come home to roost from the second episode, Guts ~ the main reason Merle treats Glenn so brutally is a reaction to him having been left handcuffed to that roof, a year before.
The Governor and Andrea’s relationship moves from flirtation to sex. Meanwhile, back at the prison, Daryl makes a wonderful discovery ~ Carol was not killed along with T-Dog, after all; he finds her flaked out and dehydrated, hiding in a darkened room.
And… this episode shows the first meeting of Richonne! Having seen Maggie and Glenn abducted, she takes the basket of Judith’s powdered formula and turns up at the prison fence…..
6. Season Three, Episode 15: This Sorrowful Life
Written by Scott M Gimple
I think this is a massively important episode because it shows the potential for good and evil within key members of the cast. The Governor has asked for the sacrifice of Michonne, in exchange for which he will leave Rick’s group alone. Rick fights with his conscience, Hershel and Daryl tell him it’s wrong; even Merle, essentially a ‘baddie’, points out what The Governor will do to her, that he won’t just kill her. But Rick is set to go ahead.
Outside the prison, Rick prepares for what he must do—then, to the backdrop of Hershel’s voice praying, he sees the ghost of Lori, as if she’s telling him he must not do this terrible thing. When he goes inside to undo his mistake, though, he discovers that he’s too late; Merle has already left for the prison with Michonne. But on the way, Merle has a crisis of conscience and lets Michonne go. Instead, he does a great and brave deed: he goes to the meeting place on his own, to kill The Governor for the good of all.
Earlier, he’d told Carol she was a ‘late bloomer’, and she replied that perhaps he was, too…
Later, Rick comes clean to the rest of the group about the Michonne deal and tells them they have to work as a democracy, as opposed to what he said in Beside the Dying Fire, months before. And Daryl goes to find Merle … only to find the Walker that used to be his brother. A turning point for Daryl; now, his only family is the group.
Oh ~ and Glenn and Maggie ‘get married’!
7. Season Four, Episode 8: Too Far Gone
Written by Seth Hoffman
In which The Governor arrives at the prison, tanked up and making demands, and Hershel has his head chopped off…. The title looms large in this episode, as Rick insists that they are not too far gone put the past behind them and live in prison together, without anyone having to die, but The Governor thinks otherwise. One of his army sees sense ~ Tara realises she’s been tricked into thinking he’s a good guy. But she hides and survives, which leads, in future episodes, to her saving Glenn’s life, and making friends with three other key members….
It’s a red letter day for Rick, who will wonder if his decisions caused the death of dear Hershel, and the loss of Judith (though of course, we know better!). But the prison is gone, sending the group scattered this way and that, on the road…
Also notable is that Michonne gets her final revenge on The Governor (sticking her sword through him – pretty decisive!), and, as a nice little touch, we see a certain Walker at the end, as the herd storms the broken prison. Remember the woman in Episode 1 of this series, who tried to lure Rick back to feed her Walker-husband?
8. Season Four, Episode 15: US
Written by Nichole Beattie and Seth Hoffman
I loved Season 4, especially the second half when the group wander their separate, dangerous paths. Having watched them all again, I thought this one was the most important.
Daryl almost reverts to ‘little-brother-of-Merle’ mode when he joins up with Joe and his ‘Claimed’ gang and could have become one of those ‘guys like us’ ~ but he’s soon to find out how much his experiences have changed him.
This is where Abraham, Eugene and Rosita become a part of the group ~ after Eugene insists that they curtail their trip to Washington to help Glenn and Tara in the tunnel, they agree that they will go with them (and Maggie, Sasha and Bob), to Terminus, before heading north. It’s also the scene of Glenn and Maggie’s reunion after six episodes apart! There’s a lovely scene on the rail tracks with Carl and Michonne, the two of them laughing, with Rick ~ it’s the first time we see the three of them as a possible ‘family’.
Stay tuned for Part III of the most pivotal episodes of The Walking Dead!
Do you have your own favorite episodes from TWD season three or season four? Which episodes do you think are the most important to the series from those seasons? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to follow contributor and author Terry Tyler on twitter.