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The Walking Dead #411 - Claimed Review

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Rick encounters some unfriendly survivors as Michonne and Carl search for supplies. Plus, Abraham reveals his mission.

Seeing as all of the survivors are now scattered (thanks, Governor), the latest episodes are alternating between the different groups. Tonight's episode, Claimed, juggles two of them. Half of the story focuses on what's going on with Rick, Michonne and Carl. The other half chimes in on Glenn and Tara as they team-up with the three new characters that appeared in last week's cliffhanger.

Introducing Abraham, Rosita and Eugene is definitely an exciting development for fans of the comic. Eugene and Rosita don't get much attention, though. Eugene's mission is revealed (without much of a bang, honestly) and we get a sample of his personality. And Rosita... well, it's just quickly established that she's in love with Abraham and she isn't a pushover. And speaking of Abraham, the big dude gets a lot of the spotlight in this episode. A more than fair amount of tonight's installment gives us a look at both his mentality and formidability. Right off the bat the show makes it clear we're dealing with a new badass and he dished out some legitimately brutal zombie action. I can't help but wonder how the show will handle the dynamic between Daryl and Abraham... you know, assuming they ever meet.

Claimed has a crazy amount of tension. Despite how well detailed the zombies and various sets are, the show has never really felt too creepy or tense to me. Claimed, however, nailed it with the suspense and actually kept me guessing how things would unfold. I mean, we all know characters like Michonne, Carl and Rick won't die so soon (or at all), but I still found myself on the edge of my seat as Rick tried to elude some bad people and Michonne wandered the house. There's a lot of gripping moments to be found in this one and the show did a stellar job creating an honestly haunting set piece. It's just too bad a little bit of product placement for one of Robert Kirkman's other comics, Super Dinosaur, took me out of the moment for a second.

Forming a stronger bond between Michonne and Carl is a logical move and shows us another side of them -- a side that isn't in "kill or be killed mode." It's a drastic change from how they usually act and it's nice to get a bit of levity from Michonne, but Carl still managed to annoy just a little bit. There's a moment where he's surprised and curious to find something out about Michonne's past, but the way he reacts feels somewhat abrasive. Then again, he is just a kid who's growing up in this messed up world, so the lack of finesse while asking about a delicate subject is sort of understandable. It's an emotional subject they're discussing, yet the conversation itself never felt impactful and came off as surprisingly lighthearted. Instead, they had the weight of the topic kick in through a set piece.

Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira and Steven Yeun all give especially engaging performances. Lincoln's able to convey the sheer amount of fear he's experiencing during the "home invasion" and, even though it isn't as moving as her "flashback" scenes, Danai Gurira continues to do a great job showing us Michonne isn't simply a silent killer in the series. Meanwhile, Steven Yeun is able to deliver on the huge conflict his character is facing -- you can really get a sense of his determination and anger.

Sure, Rick's big scene has a bunch of tropes, but despite them being something we've seen plenty of times in other shows and movies, this episode still managed to handle them pretty well. However, despite the good amount of attention-grabbing moments, there was still an instance or two which were a bit frustrating. To dive into details would be spoilery, so instead I'll just say it revolves around the bathroom scene. Also, Eugene's decision was facepalm worthy. I understand why he'd be terrible with a firearm (Abraham has been protecting him, after all), but as an intelligent guy, wouldn't running to the others be the more pragmatic option? It's not like he's new to this zombie infested world. Maybe they should have saved the "I'm smarter than you" line for a scene before that slip-up. But hey, we're all human, right?

Claimed's pacing is solid, it's loaded with suspense, and it does a thorough job establishing Abraham while also giving Michonne a little more depth. Yes, there's a frustrating moment or two along the way, but overall, it's a very entertaining episode and ends on a note that means we'll hopefully see the groups reunite sooner rather than later.

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Edited by scouts1998

Might need to start watching this again, I stopped halfway through season 2 but I am up to date in trades of the series.

Posted by AWeekInGeekdom

Loved the episode but I hope the whole gang doesn't stay too far off each other. By the way, I also had to double check with that Super Dinosaur easter egg :P lol of all the comics to read in a zombie apocalypse.

Posted by The_Tree

I liked this episode a lot more than the previous ones. It's nice to see Michonne act like a human being rather than just an unhappy zombie killing machine. I also enjoyed seeing Rick having to struggle with something unrelated to leadership or being overprotective of Carl.

It was a real treat to see Abraham at work, though. I love the character in the books, and he's getting good treatment so far. I really hope we get to see him meet Tyreese. The reference to Eugene's conversations with Washington really got me excited, too, and it made me snicker.

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Posted by judasnixon

The whole episode I was thinking is Abraham John Dimaggio? (Jake the Dog, Bender)

Edited by judasnixon

What was with the girl with the piggy tails, short shorts, belly shirt, castro hat, and combat boots? Don't get me wrong I like hot girls, but there is a time and a place......

Edited by JediXMan

Pretty good episode. I agree: the scene with the gun was ridiculous.

Also, inconsistent:

If the girl was supposed to be so loyal to him, and that's why she was following him to Washington, why did she instantly side with and begin to leave with Glenn? This was before he conceded that they needed to pause their trip.

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Edited by The Stegman

Eugene and the gun was just plain stupid. Okay, yeah, I get that he's not the manliest fellow, but the world has been like this for AT LEAST a year, and you're telling me he /still/ can't at least aim a gun?? Children put him to shame, even if he has been protected by Abraham, you think he'd try to learn firearm safety.

What was with the girl with the piggy tails, short shorts, belly shirt, castro hat, and combat boots? Don't get me wrong I like hot girls, but there is a time and a place......

That's exactly how she looks in the comic though...plus, they're down south, it gets hot there, lol

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Posted by ARMIV2

Shoot, I dug it.

Posted by NightFang

@judasnixon said:

The whole episode I was thinking is Abraham John Dimaggio? (Jake the Dog, Bender)

They look just alike.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice.

Posted by judasnixon

@the_stegman: You are right.... She does look like that in the comics, and I live in New Orleans and Holy $#!% it's hot down here, and we do wear Castro hats, and shorts, like right now as we speak. Suck it north! My dumb opinion was she looked out of place with the rest of the cast.....

Posted by Transformers1024

Let's se, we now have Abraham, Tyreese AND Daryl....yep they're unstoppable now.

Kind of hope Daryl gets killed off. Don't get me wrong, he's a great character, but I think his time has come. It's time to let the spotlight down on Tyreese and Abraham to show there are some serious other badasses out there besides Daryl.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

This episode was just okay imo, it wasn't great, wasn't bad, no cringeworthy stuff. Carl wasn't "that" bad, and getting some development from Michonne is nice.

Let's se, we now have Abraham, Tyreese AND Daryl....yep they're unstoppable now.

Kind of hope Daryl gets killed off. Don't get me wrong, he's a great character, but I think his time has come. It's time to let the spotlight down on Tyreese and Abraham to show there are some serious other badasses out there besides Daryl.

I don't agree with you at all. Kill off Tyreese or Abraham, not Daryl. They butchered Andrea for the show, they can make up for it with Daryl.

Posted by SSJDarthPlagueis

A scientist with a mullet.....

Posted by Vitality

Let's se, we now have Abraham, Tyreese AND Daryl....yep they're unstoppable now.

Kind of hope Daryl gets killed off. Don't get me wrong, he's a great character, but I think his time has come. It's time to let the spotlight down on Tyreese and Abraham to show there are some serious other badasses out there besides Daryl.

That is just crazy talk.

Beside the fact that Daryl is such a great character...it would be terrible writing if the only way for them to show that there are other badasses was too kill off Daryl.

I'm pretty sure those characters can, and will, get their spotlight.

Killing off Daryl would drastically reduce the quality of the, there from the beginning, characters remaining.

Posted by Xanthos

@jedixman said:

Pretty good episode. I agree: the scene with the gun was ridiculous.

Also, inconsistent:

If the girl was supposed to be so loyal to him, and that's why she was following him to Washington, why did she instantly side with and begin to leave with Glenn? This was before he conceded that they needed to pause their trip.

That really isn't much of an inconsistency. They don't have a vehicle anymore, they passed many vehicles a few hours back. Walk back and get a new car. PS Eugene is a creep e_e and spoiler: he's a **** I decided not to spoil it for non comic readers, but the show is getting good again after the flu season.

Posted by Dud317

I feel like some of the issues people have with this show is the time it takes to tell the story. However, this IMO, is why it's so good. The pacing and beats of the show, and this episode, is exactly why I love it. There are times when just leaving it on simmer is very effective. They certainly could have cut this show in half in terms of duration, but why? Less is more in this case, and it worked for me.

Posted by danhimself

Abraham's debut at the end od the last episode seemed really cheesey...I'm glad that there was less if that this episode

Posted by mak13131313

Loved it!

Posted by XxHeavyRainxX

Like the episode too. I think they're nailing Abraham pretty well so far (and Eugene too it seems), and I like how Abraham's actor seemed like he had a good feel for who Comic Abraham was (lol @ the joke that his name is like a mix between someone who used to be the president and who killed the president). BUT, did anyone else think that Rick's bathroom kill was so loud (slamming dude up against the wall, etc) that it should have alerted the other invaders from the room next door?

Posted by k4tzm4n

Like the episode too. I think they're nailing Abraham pretty well so far (and Eugene too it seems), and I like how Abraham's actor seemed like he had a good feel for who Comic Abraham was (lol @ the joke that his name is like a mix between someone who used to be the president and who killed the president). BUT, did anyone else think that Rick's bathroom kill was so loud (slamming dude up against the wall, etc) that it should have alerted the other invaders from the room next door?

RE: your spoiler. Yuuuuuuuup! That's one of the frustrating moments I was talking about in the review. Also, the dude is sitting on the toilet with his pants on? Is he just chilling there despite there being multiple rooms? If the implication is he was using the toilet, they could have at least had him in his boxers.

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Posted by viin

Pretty good episode...the casting for Abraham seems a little weird but when I watched him on Talking Dead it seemed to fit...he just seems ridiculous with the red hair. With his natural hair color and the handlebar mustache he would pull of Abraham very well but to me it looks very bright and corny and makes him seem very redneck. Ricks part of the story I thought was the best in this episode...it made me mad everytime they cut back to glenn and abrahams story.

Edited by turoksonofstone

Another great episode. Best show on tv. Consistent thrills. Other shows should try and learn a thing or two while they can.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

SOMEONE! KILL! CARL!

Posted by Bee_Happy

I loved this episode.

Did anyone catch "kill her", shouted by one of the guys in the house when Michonne and Carl were coming back? I thought the zombie in the house would have been a guy? What "her" is he talking about?

Posted by bloggerboy

Did anyone catch "kill her", shouted by one of the guys in the house when Michonne and Carl were coming back? I thought the zombie in the house would have been a guy? What "her" is he talking about?

Moments before the dudes found the washed shirt Michonne had used. They shot the zombie assuming the woman who owned that shirt was the killer.

Edited by GodOfMischief

I still can't get over the bathroom scene... Why was he just sat there? And were all the guys deaf? Apart from those little things, I think it was a good episode. Cool to see Abraham being introduced.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

SOMEONE! KILL! CARL!

Carl has evolved a lot, he's come a long from being the annoying kid.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

SOMEONE! KILL! CARL!

Carl has evolved a lot, he's come a long from being the annoying kid.

I wish he would evolve into a brown stain on the floor

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

SOMEONE! KILL! CARL!

Carl has evolved a lot, he's come a long from being the annoying kid.

I wish he would evolve into a brown stain on the floor

What does he do that annoys you so much?

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@theacidskull said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

@theacidskull said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

SOMEONE! KILL! CARL!

Carl has evolved a lot, he's come a long from being the annoying kid.

I wish he would evolve into a brown stain on the floor

What does he do that annoys you so much?

Acts like a douche pretty much all the time. Never does what he's told. Blames his father even though he's the only reason he's still alive. Got Dale killed.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

@theacidskull said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

SOMEONE! KILL! CARL!

Carl has evolved a lot, he's come a long from being the annoying kid.

I wish he would evolve into a brown stain on the floor

What does he do that annoys you so much?

Acts like a douche pretty much all the time. Never does what he's told. Blames his father even though he's the only reason he's still alive. Got Dale killed.

Well it's not like he could foresee dales death, and he's just a kid, the fact that he's not gone bonkers is nothing short of a miracle. I agree on the Blaming rick part, but he kinda learned his lesson.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

@theacidskull said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

@theacidskull said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

SOMEONE! KILL! CARL!

Carl has evolved a lot, he's come a long from being the annoying kid.

I wish he would evolve into a brown stain on the floor

What does he do that annoys you so much?

Acts like a douche pretty much all the time. Never does what he's told. Blames his father even though he's the only reason he's still alive. Got Dale killed.

Well it's not like he could foresee dales death, and he's just a kid, the fact that he's not gone bonkers is nothing short of a miracle. I agree on the Blaming rick part, but he kinda learned his lesson.

Yea but he was told to stay put and he went roaming around anyway, then he seen the zombie and didn't kill it THEN he went back to the farm and didn't even tell anybody there was a zombie.

Also: Has Carl become too annoying for 'The Walking Dead'?

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@jonny_anonymous: I honestly do not mind him. I find it to be kinda natural for a teenage boy to be like that now.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@theacidskull: I disagree, the douche teenager that listens to no one is a bad stereotype IMO especially in that environment, he should no better than wasting all the bullets and eating most of the food on his own when they should be rationing.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull: I disagree, the douche teenager that listens to no one is a bad stereotype IMO especially in that environment, he should no better than wasting all the bullets and eating most of the food on his own when they should be rationing.

Considering that his father was the leader, and that both lori and little ass kicker died( Carl doesn't know she's a live), I can partially see why he's angry, and acts like an idiot. It's understandable at the very least, he was good in this episode tho.