08th Dec2013

‘The Walking Dead 4×08: Too Far Gone’ 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 Seth Hoffman | Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson

TWD-4x08

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

So, here we are already, at the mid-season finale of season four of The Walking Dead

This season, so far, has been, in this writer’s view, a brilliantly written and addictively fascinating moment in the lore known as The Walking Dead. The prison, a surrounding that felt under utilised in season three, has found itself as a character unto itself in this season and allowed a variety of things to be explored that hadn’t previously. The characters are explored even more and new alliances and feuds are born as each week passes and life in the prison becomes harder to deal with.

Last week, for the second week in a row, we found ourselves watching an episode devoted to the re-instalment of the former Governor, Brian, and his new found group of people, including the two women and the young girl who he now felt responsible for keeping safe. We also saw Brian eliminate his former ally and his successor in a campsite in order to gain a hold on the new group of survivors he now found himself living with. The episode ended with Brian watching Michonne and Hershel as they stood near the entrance to the prison grounds.

This week, the mid-season finale, we begin with Brian rounding up his troops and telling them of the prison and his plan to take it over. We meet back up with the main group and the episode covers the confrontation of Brian and his group, and our cast of survivors who occupy the prison.

It is near impossible to go into any details on this episode without spoiling things. This is an action filled entry and really keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat throughout. The zombies, or walkers, or biters, or whatever it is that you choose to call them, are secondary once again here, and it makes for compelling viewing.

After such fantastic episodes, this mid-season finale does justice to those hours that preceded it in 2013. Action, gore, suspense, great writing and cliff-hangers galore, this ticks the boxes that many fans of this show look for when the mid-season break arrives.

The Walking Dead returns in early 2014, and I, for one, cannot wait. Until next time.

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