The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 4 Review: Slabtown

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So just who exactly did Daryl tell to come out at the very end of The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3? Beth? Carol? Someone else completely?

Unfortunately that revelation is going to have to wait, because The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 4 transitioned focus away from Rick and the survivors and zeroed in on the “kidnapped” Beth saga.

Turns out, Beth is alive… just not quite so well. But hey, at least we know she wasn’t just another Terminus meal, right?

Beth in Trouble - The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 4

Instead, we learned that Beth was “rescued” and brought to a hospital in Atlanta, which of course had my immediate thoughts go to Rick’s initial hospital wake-up in The Walking Dead Season 1 Episode 1.

Lucky for Beth, she’s seeing more people than walkers. Unlucky for Beth, a good majority of the people are not quite ones you’d want to be buddies with. There’s this weird power hierarchy that has just the right touch of creepy that makes you feel like a character claiming everything done for the greater good is probably not for the greater good.

And I’ll pass on having any lollipops ever again. That cop was just gross.

But that was kind of integral to the story at hand, having the leader of the group, Dawn, willing to allow a cop claim certain women in the hospital and then presumably rape them. She needed her crew to do their jobs, so to her, turning a blind eye was all for the greater good.

The “strong” ruled the roost in the hospital, while the saved weak ones earned their keep in the hopes of leaving. Except, leaving wasn’t really an option.

It was even interesting to see that a character that seemed like a good guy, the doctor — he helped out Beth, was nice to her — turned out to do some questionable things. Killing another doctor because he feared not being worth something was wrong, but to him, it was survival.

At least Noah seemed rather decent throughout, even willing to get a beating for Beth. Plus, I liked seeing Everybody Hates Chris actor Tyler James Williams and hope we get to see more of him in the future.

I am surprised he got away, or seemed to get away, near the end of the hour. I kept expecting the show to sacrifice him to the walkers to get Beth back on track with her group.

And I think on some level, having that sense of uncertainty surrounding a character's fate raised the stakes a bit.

I knew I at least wanted Beth and Noah to get beyond one episode for The Walking Dead Season 5, but I wasn't quite so sure that would be the case.

To get a sequence of escape from climbing down the bed sheets to being in the dark tunnel to even the shootout outside held a level of tension for me. I liked feeling like I didn't know what was going to happen, along with getting some scares again from the walkers.

So did I need a whole hour on Beth? Probably not, but I was curious to see where this new group, this new location was going to take us. Beth just happened to be the window into that world, and I was willing to follow along.

Beth has certainly grown on me as a character, so it wasn't a painful departure from the core group. You could argue the hour lagged in places, but it was really spending its time on establishing that new world we were seeing. And I was interested to know more.

But was anyone prepared for Carol to be rolled in at the end? That's certainly going to change things up, and that just added to my enthusiasm for what's coming up next.

What did you think? Did you like seeing the episode just on Beth? What happened to Carol? Sound off below and make sure you get you walker fill when you watch The Walking Dead online.

And here's your look at The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 5, "Self Help."

Slabtown Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 (63 Votes)

Sean McKenna was a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. He retired in May of 2017. Follow him on Twitter.

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