27th Oct2013

‘The Walking Dead 4×03: Isolation’ Review [Spoiler Free]

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Emily Kinney, Chandler Riggs, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun | Written by Robert Kirkman | Directed by Daniel Sackheim

TWD-4x03

The following review will contain some spoilers from last week’s episode.

A lot has happened already since Season 4 began, with a lot of new faces being introduced and old faces finding new storylines within the growing group of survivors. I was curious as to where this season would take place, before it premiered, feeling like the setting of the prison had run its course, but so far this has proven me wrong, breathing new life into a setting that has many interesting possibilities.

Last week we saw the death of a survivor lead to an attack on a cell block and a flu break out within the walls of the prison in which many victims were claimed. Carl told Rick about Carol showing the kids how to physically defend themselves. Rick decided to get more involved again, and carry his gun, and the whole group attempted to make a decision on how to confront the outbreak that was taking the lives of some of the survivors. The show, last week, ended with two bodies of flu victims being discovered by Tyreese.

This week’s episode picks up where last week’s left off, and we see that the group is now being divided into those infected with the virus and those who haven’t come into contact with it yet. The troubles and sadness that comes with this division is explored and leads to some very interesting scenes.

We follow some of the group as they go on a run to find medicine, a last resort at curing the sick back at the prison. Rick attempts to find out who was responsible for the burnt bodies that ended the show last week after Tyreese demands answers.

This is another really strong and memorable episode, and has plenty of big storyline developments that are making this season one of the most action-packed yet. The threat of the outbreak is also very fresh and brings a new element of concern and impending doom upon the group, rather than the zombies or a physical human threat, the outbreak provides the group with something entirely different to fight against.

Compared to last week, this is a more story and character based episode, with gore and action sequences kept at a minimum, but still there enough to please. The doors to new questions have been opened and answers to other big questions answered, making this a must-see instalment of The Walking Dead tale. Here’s hoping the quality continues as this season progresses, and, while I’m thinking aloud, I can’t help but wonder where “The Governor” is right now.

Until next week.

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