Today we’ll be looking at last Sunday’s episode, “Internment.” Spoilers abound from here on in, so if you aren't up to date with all things TWD, I suggest you stop reading, go and watch the episode and come back.
Germs on the Water
TWD has a history of dropping haunting tunes to accentuate the death, despair and general hopelessness that runs through the show and "Internment" was no different. As Hershel stoically stuck to his mission to defeat the plague almost single-handedly, the beautifully atmospheric "Oats in the Water" by Ben Howard could be heard. Fittingly written when Howard was delirious with fever, the first verse encapsulates Hershel's selflessness perfectly:
Go your way,
I'll take the long way 'round,
I'll find my own way down,
As I should.
Is there a show currently on TV that so perfectly marries music and action?
On a literary side note, Hershel's line "A sad soul can kill faster than a germ" is from John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley in Search of America. Knowledge.
There's a storm coming... and it wants to eat your face
There's something about father and son working in tandem like a well-oiled death-bringing machine that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside
Hands in the air if, like me, you got a tingle of excitement when Carl and Rick teamed up to take down the zombie herd? There's something about a father and son working in tandem like a well-oiled death-bringing machine that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. The relationship between the two has been tense of late so I guess gunning down a bunch of undead flesh eaters with your old man is the post-apocalyptic version of playing catch. Bonding in the Time of Pestilence if you will.
But there's trouble on the way.
Remember that mega-herd Daryl and his scavenger group encountered on the road? All that shooting at the prison is guaranteed to have grabbed their attention and they will now be on a one-way journey to the all day breakfast on offer at the prison. If the group thought that a few hundred walkers were a threat, shit is about to get very real when 10,000 of the bitey bastards turn up soon. The days of of living in relative security at the prison are surely numbered.
"Internment" was most definitely Hershel's episode. The white-haired wizard was a one man plague-killing machine that channeled the spirit of Florence Nightingale to help the sick and stab the reanimated.
But it was also the first time that he had to kill a person before they turned.
Hershel has always acted as the group's moral compass, offering pearls of wisdom like an articulate PEZ dispenser, but this was the first time that he's had to take a life that wasn't a walker. It was a beautifully crafted scene that saw Hershel wheel the dead man into a dark corner of the cell block, put a sheet over his face to protect their dignity and skewer a knife into his brain. Kudos to Scott Wilson for bringing a vulnerability and stoicism to the performance, which was probably the best one-episode character arc the show has produced.
Points for discussion
Has the plague finally broken Hershel's belief in God's plan?
The pandemic at the prison might have passed, but there's a new threat standing at the gate and he wears an eye patch.
Where do I sign up for Spaghetti Tuesday every Wednesday?
Both Hershel and Maggie accepted Rick's handling of Carol-gate. Will Tyreese and Daryl be so understanding?
What do you think Daryl will do when he finds out what happened to Carol? Drop your theories in the comment section below.