Episode three of The Walking Dead’s fifth season, ‘Four walls and a roof’, was a fantastic action filled episode that did a good job of also following the comic storyline entitled, ‘The Hunters’ in large part and also saw the demise of a regular character who became a fan-favorite, Bob Stookey, as played by Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
After having been bit by a walker in last episode’s food pantry scene, poor Bob was then captured by the Terminite hunters and ultimately carved up for an old fashioned cannibalistic barbeque. But at least we get to see Bob have the pleasure of a little payback by mockingly revealing to those consuming him that they are eating ‘tainted meat.’
We also see Father Gabriel reveal just why he is indeed damned, for having been to cowardly to let his congregation into his church before allowing them to be torn apart by the dead and yet again we see the episode following the comic series nicely where Father Gabriel is concerned.
While this episode shows some of the depths which humans can sink to when the end of the world is upon them, we also got to see how in even in our final moments, as in Bob’s case; humans are able to not simply wallow in the despair which is so easy to succumb to, but rather Bob is able to rise above despair and see the good in the world, in Rick and especially in the hope that is ultimately represented by baby Judith.
This episode also had some amazing other gems that helped bring aspects of our favorite apocalyptic characters into just a little more focus, as when we see Michonne reunited with her katanna blade once again. Interestingly however, while it was exciting to see Michonne yield her deadly weapon once again, it was also rather sad to realize that along with her kick ass sword comes a very dark side of Michonne that goes hand in hand with her samurai-like apocalyptic capabilities.
And still a reoccurring and common theme in The Walking Dead is indeed just how inhuman even the most compassionate human among us can become as we saw Rick, Sasha and Abraham turn brutally and sadistically vicious in their vengeful retribution of Bob’s torturers. Yet still, soon thereafter we see Rick being a nurturing Father as he holds Judith while comforting Bob in his last moments just as we also see the stoic Abraham admit to being an ass as he lets Rick know just how much he really is needed in Washington.
But what may be the most eventful aspect of the latest episode of The Walking Dead is where the episode ends with a surprise character waiting to be revealed from the shadows emerging with Daryl in time for Rick to attempt the march to Washington. But first it seems that we will be seeing just what happened to Beth and likewise the question becomes whether or not Beth and Carol will survive into the depths of the fifth season, but by the same token I can’t help but wonder if we may not get to see the return of another fan favorite character next episode in the form of Lennie James’ alter ego, Morgan Jones.
But only time will tell and we will all just have to wait until the next episode!
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 TBourdony@scifipulse.net.