Wow, that just happened, didn't it?
Seeing as this is a spoiler-free review, the specifics of this episode's conclusion won't be addressed in detail, but there's simply no denying "Indifference" is an episode which is sure to stem plenty of conversations and make you reflect on the fictional world. Is Rick the kind of leader this group needs right now? How much humanity does one really need to shed in this scenario? Did Carol truly make the right call? Did Rick make the right call? Without giving anything away, I will say the episode ends on extended shots of characters reflecting, and odds are you'll be doing the exact same thing at that moment, too.
As Michonne, Tyreese, Daryl and Bob search for medical necessities, Rick and Carol go on a run for more food and supplies. While the larger party has some solid moments of character development as different characters interact along their journey, the core of this episode is absolutely with Rick and Carol. The tension between the two over Carol's actions is wonderfully complex compared to much of what we've seen in the show and eventually spawns some great moments from both characters. It's a debate where both sides can make legitimate points and because of that the topic is far more engrossing. It's not black and white in this case -- not by any measure.
While the bigger group has a handful of engrossing and even exciting moments which dig into what's occupying their mind in this terrible world, there were some scenes which came off as a bit dull, redundant, or dragged on a tad too long. None were necessarily terrible and it's great to see Bob finally expanded and more reflection with Tyreese/Michonne, but it wasn't nearly as absorbing as what's going on between Rick and Carol. Although, it does produce a "come at me, bro" moment from Daryl, so that's awesome, right?
"Indifference" generates tons of potential for what's to come. What it lacks in action it makes up for in fleshing out the survivors. You can't help but wonder how a couple of key characters will react to this huge decision. This is sure to bring some really interesting interactions front and center as they hear the news. Anger, confusion, depression... we're sure to see it all as they'e hit with the development.
Regardless, the big moment here strikes us abruptly but is completely logical and leaves one hell of an impact. The creative team then makes the smart decision to let it all sink in before the credits begin. In fact, it's such a big deal that it totally overshadows the question of whether or not the ill people will be cured (sorry, Glenn).
Viners, what do you think of "Indifference?" Speak your mind below.