The Walking Dead
Episode 4.02: “Infected”
Director: Guy Ferland
Writer: Angela Kang
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Scott Wilson
Air date: October 13, 2013
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
The latest episode of “The Walking Dead” entitled “Infected” has the crew facing something that could be deadlier than the dead themselves – a virus that they are not equipped to fight. As the prison deals with the threat internal threat, lives are taken, and out of those lost lives, Carol is left to be a surrogate mother.
There were many subplots exposed in this episode as well as many questions left unanswered including a major cliffhanger to lead us into the next episode. The reason for the virus is undetermined as of yet, but the gang is left wondering if Rick’s pigs are the start of this disease, or if the crew infected Rick’s pigs. Rick also falls back into the reluctant leadership role throughout the madness.
As the cast figures out what to do, they are left with the only option of segregating people in contact with anyone who could have been infected. This leads to Karen and Tyreese having to be separated and leaves us with a very powerful final scene. Tyreese is a character that the fans have come to love and he was hit hard in this episode.
We also have another subplot brewing with Michonne as the war machine finds herself in need of help just outside of the entrance to the prison. We also get a surprising reaction when Michonne holds Rick’s baby girl. We have never really thought about why she has been emotionally closed off to everyone up to this point, but her reaction may be alluding to the loss of a daughter of hew own.
We also have the subplot of who has been feeding rats to the zombies that are overcrowding the front gate, which almost leads to bringing the fence down. The crew find the rat remains near the fence, so they know that someone is responsible for it now. The question is who.
Overall, “Infected” was a pretty solid episode that had its weak moments, but made up for it with the cliffhanger. It will be exciting to find out who is behind the murders and the feeding of the zombies.