Last week, we got to see how Michonne and Carl and Rick were faring after the assault on the prison. This week, we get a glimpse of some of the other survivors. Things start off with a voice over by Beth (Emily Kinney), describing the hope of the prison as a possible permanent home. She talks of how her father Hershel talked over planting crops and raising livestock. All this is played out in stark contrast to her and Daryl (Norman Reedus) fleeing a group of walkers. Beth remains hopeful that others have survived from the prison, but Daryl isn’t so sure. She wants to search, and tries to motivate Daryl: “You’re a tracker! We can track!” Daryl is reluctant, but does so anyway. They find remains along railroad tracks, but still Beth tries her best to remain hopeful.
Turns out Beth had a little something to be hopeful about. We already knew from “After” that Michonne, Carl, and Rick made it out, and in “Inmates” we learn that, besides Beth and Daryl, the other survivors were Glen, Maggie, Sasha, Bob Stookey, Tyreese, Myka, Lizzie, and, in a pleasant turn of events, baby Judith. Yes, little Ass-kicker made it out, courtesy of Tyreese and the girls. Plus we get the return of Carol, who shows up in time to rescue the girls and the baby from some walkers. And Tara also survived, found by Glen locked in a cage. The survivors are all in their own little groups, but it’s probably just a matter of time before they all get reunited.
Lots of interesting things happened in this episode, another fantastic entry since the midseason finale. While not as focused as “After”, “Inmates” did give the actors each their own little moment. Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) had his confronting a group of walkers and reuniting with Carol. Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) proved that she is more than capable of dealing with the zombie apocalypse, though there was a tense moment when she covered up baby Judith’s mouth to keep her quiet and you had to wonder for a minute if she would go too far (thankfully she did not). Even Myka (Kyla Kenedy) picked up some of her sister’s courage, as she took a shot at a walker. Glen (Steven Yuen) had his moment as we found he was still alive but back at the prison, and he nearly had a breakdown but finding Maggie’s picture sparks him to pull it together and gather supplies. And Maggie (Lauren Cohan) had her moment when her, Sasha, and Bob found the bus from the prison full of walkers, and after dispatching them she goes into the bus alone to verify if Glen was in there or not. When she finds he’s not there, we feel her relief coming through her near breakdown.
How things proceed from here will be quite interesting. Tyreese, Carol, and the girls are pointed towards safety by a survivor of a group that was attacked by walkers. They follow the railroad tracks and come across a sign: “Sanctuary for all. Community for all. Those who arrive, survive.” Underneath this rather hopeful and cryptic message was written the word “Terminus”, which historically was the original name for the city of Atlanta. It also refers to the end of the line in relation to a railroad. But what is Terminus in the show? Is it Sanctuary? Are there other survivors there? Or are our characters headed into another Woodbury? Those who have read the comics know that Rick eventually finds another town. Could this be it? We shall see.
Glen and Tara’s (Alanna Masterson) was nicely staged, with Glen using a Molotov cocktail to set a car on fire to distract the walkers so they could make a break for it. Glen was decked out in his riot gear, which proved a bit helpful in barreling through a horde of undead. Another question gets raised at the end of the episode, when after Glen and Tara fight off a group of walkers, Glen collapses, and Tara gets to bash a zombie’s head in with the butt of Glen’s gun, only to find they’re being watched by a group in a vehicle. The three people get out, and Tara rails at them, to which their leader tells her, “You got a big mouth. What else you got?” The episode ends before we’re told who these people are, but those who have read the comics may recognize the character as former soldier Abraham Ford (confirmed by next week’s previews, by the way). Some interesting things are definitely in store for the future episodes.
“Inmates” was another excellent episode, filled with both nice character moments and some tense horror scenes of zombie carnage. It’s a relief to see baby Judith survived, and it’s great that Carol is back, though you have to wonder if it will come out to Tyreese what she did to Karen. For now, they’re all good, and seemed to have found a safe haven in whatever Terminus turns out to be. The show also had a nice touch of humor in the form of a road sign: “Hitchhikers may be escaping inmates.” On the roads of the world of The Walking Dead, one had best beware of hitchhikers. They generally mean you a bit of harm.
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