“The Walking Dead” season 4 continues Sunday with “Isolation,” an episode that leaves the group shaken after the outbreak of zombies last week. According to Comic Book.com on Oct. 27, 13.9 million people watched as Rick and the crew battled walkers from within the prison after the death of one of their group from the flu.
Sunday night’s “Isolation” may have something to do with the folks that have taken ill among the group. Comcast Xfinity menu said that half of the group leave the prison to get supplies this week and the other half stay behind to try to preserve what they have.
Viewers haven’t had enough time to get invested in the new crew that joined the prison group, so when a handful of them were killed and turned into zombies themselves last week, it didn’t pull on the heart strings like Andrea, Lori, Dale, Sophia and the others that left by way of walker bites. While Lori died during childbirth and wasn’t a victim of the zombies, most of the other deaths have all been via a zombie or two.
Who will fall ill and die with this new flu-like bug going around the prison? They started to isolate the ones that were sick last week, but “The Walking Dead” is about due to kill off one of the cast that viewers have come to know and love. This passes on a harsh reminder to those at home watching that each cast member is a small walker bite away from death.
Someone is feeding the walkers, but who is it? The rodents found tied to the fence is a good indication someone is offering up food to the very monsters that need to keep away from the prison.
Since about 50 or so folks recently joined the group at the prison from Woodbury, there’s bound to be one unstable rogue character in the bunch. The person offering up the rodents will eventually emerge. One of the things most noticeable about the characters this season is how desensitized they’ve become to the new world around them. Who burned the two people seen at the end of last week's episode? Life and death are not looked at in the same way before the world turned to walkers. People have become desensitized to death and having to kill.
They pluck off walkers at the fence with the same amount of emotion that you’d expect from someone swatting flies. Even Carol, who was the nurturer and mother symbol for the group, is teaching the little ones how to kill walkers. She might have gone overboard a bit too much when offering the two little girls the chance to punch a hole in their dead father’s skull to keep him from turning.
Carol’s philosophy of preparing the children to go for the kill if they are ever attacked by a walker is a good one for the world they live in. She has to show them how to survive. In the old world teaching them their school work, how to cook, and teaching them their chores was a good foundation for getting them prepared for the world.
Today that world could end for them if they come face to face with a walker. Carol’s right on the money with her “lessons,” she could be saving the kids’ lives one day by teaching them how to kill a walker.
The desensitizing of the cast when it comes to death and walkers played out as a consequence seen with Carl when he shot that young human boy trying to run away after the last invasion of the Governor’s group. He looked him in the eye, showed absolutely no emotion and put a bullet in the kid’s head. This is one of the dangers of this new world. People need to become hard, but in some cases the lines blur, like with Carl.
Will Carol and Daryl hook up before one of them is a casualty? Both of these characters went from push overs to the closest thing to super heroes that “The Walking Dead” has to offer, except maybe for Michonne! Michonne’s injury put a halt to her journey to find the Governor, but is this something she’ll give up for good, or is this just on the back burner for now.
This week “The Walking Dead” crew will fight this flu-like bug and it will be like a game of chance when it comes to who will come down with the flu and if they do, who will survive or die.