Ask and you shall receive.
My wish for having more focus on Carol was finally granted on The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 4. I had expressed my disappointment during my review of "Monsters," with how Carol had seemingly taken a back seat thus far, but good things come to those who wait.
And during this installment, the character was given her time to shine and reminded us all why Carol is a fan favorite.
There was a lot of anticipation going into this episode after the cliffhanger of Ezekial's people being mowed down during a surprise attack from the Saviors on The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 3. Actually, "mowed down" is putting it lightly, they were literally torn to pieces.
All the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't be put back together again.
And yet, I smile.Ezekial
After the Saviors had their asses handed to them for the better part of three episodes, it came time for them to bust out the big guns -- literally.
The Saviors unleashed a new toy in their arsenal with the unveiling of their anti-aircraft weaponry, and those .50 caliber beasts cut through the Kingdommers like a hot knife through butter.
Since Carol doesn't take crap from anybody, she quickly sprung into action and tracked down the Saviors that were holed up nearby and doing what she does best.
I'm not quite sure how Carol got out of that initial onslaught unscathed. Heck, Ezekial was in pretty bad shape and he had numerous people shield him from the gunfire. Perhaps Carol got lucky and was able to get out of the line of fire before it was too late.
Ezekial eventually emerged from the dog pile. It was a good thing to because it wasn't long before for his fallen comrades began to turn and come looking for a meal.
Luckily, he was saved in the nick of time by Alvaro, who also happened to survive the massacre. Although, it was short lived when a hidden Savior and Jeffrey Dahmer look-alike shot Alvaro.
You got em' all killed and they're still following you.Savior
Something was very off about Savior "Jeffrey." That guy seemed like he would feel more at home with the Sawyer family on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre than as a member of Negan's crew. He was incredibly hammy, and at times even more theatrical than Negan himself.
He just felt completely out of place both in the episode and within the world of The Walking Dead.
Jerry showing up with his trusty ax and cutting the Savior down to size was utterly awesome!
The possibility that Jerry could have been killed during the attack from the Saviors never entered my mind. Especially since he was nowhere to be found when Ezekial was checking on the killed Kingdommers earlier in the episode.
So, it was obvious that Jerry would make an appearance again at some point, and he showed up at the right moment. Jerry is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of him as the season progresses.
The guy has an intimidating presence and can definitely hold his own, but he's a big teddy bear at heart.
Carol continued to try and prevent the Saviors from leaving the compound and getting the guns to the Sanctuary. Watching Melissa McBride effortlessly switch between the relentless killer and innocent little Suzy Homemaker is always fun to watch.
It's become second nature to Carol and is as easy flipping a switch to work in her favor at any given time.
Her ploy provided enough of a distraction for her to open the gate, allowing the herd of walkers to pour in. Carol had the remaining Saviors pinned down, but when she noticed Ezekial and Jerry in trouble, she was put in quite a tough spot.
Does she help her friends and potentially allow the Saviors to leave with the guns, or does she prevent the guns from leaving and risk her friends lives in the process?
It was quite the predicament, but Carol's eventual decision was a no brainer.
Jerry: Thank you your majesty.
Ezekial: For what?
Jerry: For being such a cool dude.
The Saviors may have fled with the guns, but Daryl and Rick were hot on their tail.
The sound of Daryl's bike fading in followed by the visual of him zooming into frame was comparable to a swoop-in superhero moment.
The Savior assembling the M2 on the back of the truck and taking shots at Daryl and Rick made for an exciting chase.
Although based on the damage those guns did to the Kingdommers at the top of the hour, one would think that Rick's little jeep should have taken a much more significant amount of damage than just a few dings in the windshield and fender. Even if it was an armored vehicle, that was some heavy artillery being fired.
Maybe that's nitpicking, but it was a glaring issue for me.
All was forgiven though when Rick went all "Indiana Jones" and leaped from the jeep into the truck, fought off the Savior, and ran the vehicle off the road.
Without a doubt, that scene officially takes over as my favorite Rick Grimes moment. A position previously held by Rick viciously butchering Gareth in the church on The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3.
Now that Rick's group is in possession of the guns, it definitely puts them in a strong position and will give them a significant edge in continuing to carry out their plan against Negan.
Since those guns were intended to head to the Sanctuary, I say that's where they should still go so Rick can give Negan another nice surprise.
The Kingdommers weren't the only loss to hit the King hard during the hour, as we also lost Shiva. Ezekial's feisty feline went out heroically by saving her friend and providing a distraction so that Carol, Jerry, and Ezekial could escape the pit of walkers.
Perhaps what's most interesting are the circumstances surrounding Shiva's demise.
Ezekial explained to Carol on The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 2 that he saved Shiva during the onset of the apocalypse when her leg was injured. With Ezekial now in an eerily similar situation, Shiva returned the favor but at the cost of her own life.
It's a huge loss to Ezekial. Shiva was the last remnant of his life before the world went to hell, and now it's gone. It's going to be interesting to see how the loss of both Shiva and his people will affect him going forward.
Ezekial returning to the Kingdom and seeing all of the families come to the realization their loved ones did not return as well was a tough pill to swallow. He had no words to say to the young boy as he walked past. What can you say in that situation?
Men and women left their families behind to fight with Ezekial who instilled in them the idea to expect every one of them to return.
It's an unrealistic expectation with any war, and now he's going to have to face reality.
The loss of his people will no doubt weigh heavily on Ezekial and perhaps even bring on some survivors guilt. I just hope he doesn't fall into a bottomless pit of despair.
Ezekial relinquished his crown, but the Kingdom will need their leader now more than ever.
Now it's over to you TV Fanatics!
What did you think of "Just Some Guy"? Where you just as happy as I was to see Carol kicking some serious ass again? How do you think the immense loss he's suffered will effect Ezekial going forward?
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