The latest episode of Robert Kirkman’s, The Walking Dead’s, ‘Consumed’ was an exciting and zombie filled episode that helped make the whole ‘Slabtown’ storyline, which I did not care for; much better to swallow when taken as a whole and in conjunction with Sunday nights ‘Consumed’, I am definitely looking forward to the resolution. I cannot help but wonder just who it is that will be surviving this story arc and ultimately emerge from the bushes with Darryl near Father Gabriel’s church.
First and foremost, there is nothing better than seeing the remnants of a dead city! Visiting Atlanta post the zombie apocalypse was a lot of fun to watch, as was the scene in which Darryl and Carol are driving down I-75 into the heart of downtown Atlanta.
While I will say that I thought Darryl and Carol were following the hospital vehicle way too closely, I got over it as the episode really delivered on a zombie survival level. While ‘Consumed’ gave the viewer great insights into who Carol has become after her baptism in the waters of the zombie apocalypse, I will say that I think there should have been dozens if not hundreds more zombies roaming the burnt out remnants of a large dead city.
I also enjoyed one of the newest members of the show’s cast ‘Noah’ as played by Tyler James Williams, and the ways in which he was made out to be the antagonist in this episode. We also get a continued taste regarding what counts as morality in a post-apocalyptic world where on the one hand we see Carol killing infected people in the prison because it needed to be done for the greater good; while on the other Carol saves Noah’s life even after he almost cost Carol and Darryl their own lives. By the same token, as Noah was running away after having just stolen Carol and Darryl’s weapons, Darryl stops Carol from shooting him in the back saying, “He’s just a kid.” Then just a short while later Darryl was about to leave him to die while pinned under a large book shelf at the mercy of a zombie with little to no remorse at all. Clearly the zombie apocalypse is a harsh world to live in where life and death are decided from moment to moment!
But I think the most significant aspects of ‘Consumed’ were the many flashbacks of Carol’s shrouded and recent past after having been banished by Rick in season four. Most revealing was how Carol knew a place where she and Darryl could find shelter within the outskirts of zombie infested Atlanta. The place of course turns out to be a Woman’s shelter where she and Sophia briefly sought refuge from the domestic abuse that had become a normal way of life for Carol.
Equally telling were the shadow figures of zombified domestic violence survivors clawing at the glass doors of the shelter, which Darryl mercifully stops Carol from having to deal with. An act which fully supports Carol’s description of the ways in which Darryl has matured from a boy to man since they began their survivor’s journey together.
It would seem that the best thing that ever happened to Darryl was in fact the end of the world, as it enabled him to become the man he was capable of becoming, albeit in the ashes of the old world. While ‘Consumed’ was knee deep in zombie guts and action, it also continued to deliver great character development and insight into Carol and Darryl, while even building on Noah’s character as a nice guy forced to become a savage in order to survive.
Likewise, this episode illustrates the kinds of choices the zombie world offers its survivors between life, death and day to day survival, as Carol and Darryl strap themselves into a van hanging off the edge of a bridge, allowing it to plummet to the ground below and escape the zombie horde. Hearing the loud and numerous thuds of the zombies falling on to the van was a nice creative and believable touch.
We also see just how it is that Carol was brought in to the hospital Beth is a prisoner in, as Carol is struck by one of their vehicles at the end of ‘Consumed’. Noah and Darryl having now become allies then drive off together in pursuit of Carol and Beth, with the promise of more zombie action to follow next week on AMC’s The Walking Dead.
‘Consumed’ was a good Walking Dead episode which stuck to the great zombie stories and unique character development we have all come to both love and fear alike.
Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County and also has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine and you can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com. You can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.