The Walking Dead – Four Walls and A Roof (Season 5 / Episode 3 Review)

The Walking Dead – Four Walls and A Roof (Season 5 / Episode 3 Review)

As fans sink their teeth into another episode of The Walking Dead, they are led to the end of the line for the cannibals from Terminus, gearing up to embark on a new path in Four Walls and A Roof.  The episode picks up directly after the conclusion of the previous week’s nail-biting ending, with an up close look at the remains of Bob’s leg being devoured, Gareth giving life lessons on survival, and how none of the current events are personal. Bob, who is in tears, all of a sudden breaks into a maniacal laughter and reveals he was in fact bitten.  Interjecting an interesting concept, if one was to eat infected meat, would it in fact act if they were bitten themselves?  With this rage rushing through the Termites heads, they erupt in a panic and decide to bring Bob back to Rick and company, in a ploy to destroy them.

Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey and Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey and Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene – The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Learning of Gareth’s whereabouts, Rick determines to stick to his promise, that none of them get to live. The stronger half of the group head out for revenge, however, upon their leave, the Termites make their move into the church. Just when the other half are feeling cornered, Rick and the rest were apparently never too far behind and rather quickly return.  This raises the question, did Rick know what Gareth and his followers were up to and planned to counteract his move by pretending to leave merely to catch them off guard?  It seems this is very possibly the case as they quickly slaughter the group like the animals they are.  A rough scene to watch for viewers and the beloved characters, it seemed the detached butchering took everyone back, even after all they have seen thus far.  With Bob on his death bed, still looking at things positively, he confesses his love for Sasha and leaves Rick with an amazing quote that will resonate perhaps for the rest of the series saying “Nightmares end, but they shouldn’t end who you are.”

Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha and Chad Coleman as Tyreese - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha and Chad Coleman as Tyreese – The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Hell-bent on Washington, Abraham takes some of the crew with him the next morning while the rest await Carol and Daryl’s arrival.  Still unsure if they will return, Rick is faithful and determined to wait for them.  Later that night, Michonne keeps watch and after hearing a rustling in the woods, she heads over to discover Daryl returning. He tells a mystery guest to come on out, which leaves more questions than answers. So the Termites are gone, which seemed somewhat fast, but perhaps that is better than dragging the whole thing out, as the mere idea of their home was the entire previous season. Never steering too far away from goriness, it was a delicious revenge indeed for the main characters, with Gareth and crew getting their much deserving fate. Now with one enemy out of the way, the story will seemingly focus on Beth’s story, which has barely broken the surface yet this season.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Andrew J. West as Gareth, Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Andrew J. West as Gareth, Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha – The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The details on the journey to Washington are still much to ponder, as it has taken up a lot of storyline thus far, with little effect. Even with Bob dropped off, disoriented and one leg missing, Abraham’s only thought is the mission at hand. Even Eugene, the genius who is meant to change the world, does not seem in a rush. Perhaps it will eventually lead to bigger and better things, much to fans’ dismay, as the show would officially be over. For now, viewers will take their danger in whatever form it comes, for the main stars have proved just how dangerous they can be.  CrypticRock give Four Walls and A Roof 4 out of 5.

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Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey and Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

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A former marketing representative of Koch Entertainment, Shannon Montalbano worked on a multitude of album releases in her time with the company. With an irresistible passion for music and Horror cinema, Shannon pours her thoughts into each piece she writes.

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