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The Walking Dead #402 - Infected Review

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A new threat is spreading and more and more zombies are pressing against the fence. Rick and everyone else just can't catch a break, can they?

*WARNING! Contains spoilers!*

As implied by the title, "Infected" dives right into the mystery presented in last week's cliffhanger. The group is able to figure out what this new threat does -- and explains so in delightfully graphic detail -- but the how will clearly serve as one of this season's biggest storylines and, as of right now, is a fairly interesting mystery.

For a moment, I was concerned this season would spend too much time on farmer Rick and really stretch out his new path. Thankfully, that wasn't the case and we get just enough spotlight on the character and his son before matters return back to "normal." His actions and his treatment of Carl are totally understandable given what went down in the previous season, but to drag that out another episode or so would have become really tiresome. Instead, we're treated to just the right amount of drama and it makes the conclusion feel organic and satisfying instead of overdue.

For a lack of better words, the handling of Michonne was a double-edged sword here. What happens to her outside seemed to go against everything we've seen from her. She's been a badass time and time again and endured some horrific scenarios. Yet here her actions are -- just like she said -- really, really stupid. We all slip up from time to time, but seeing her in trouble there didn't rub me the right way. It definitely seemed like a scenario she would have handled better. On the flip side, the result produces the potential for some more character depth and that's always appreciated. We've seen her as the strong and relatively silent type for so long, so having her more emotionally open is welcome.

This was an incredibly graphic episode. From the horror cliche of having blood trails to all kinds of kills (seriously, there's stomping, stabbing, throat bites, etc.), the gore was most certainly not on short supply this time around. It was clear not every new character from last season's cliffhanger would be treated to some development and, at this pace, it seems like 95% of them are just there to serve as fodder. Don't get me wrong, chaos is always entertaining, but it's odd feeling more compelled by a pig's death than an actual person's.

Just like the premiere, "Infected" also teases a brand new mystery. Seeing as this issue went full speed ahead with last week's tease, I can only imagine next week will provide even more hints as well. With all that's going on, having an additional internal problem could develop into a potentially solid element. Not to mention it's also subject to some great discussions an debate. Let's just hope it doesn't turn out to be some character we barely even know.

Man, Tyreese is such a great character in Robert Kirkman's comic. Here? Not so much. Maybe the latest developments will allow him to take center stage, but at the moment, there's just nothing engrossing about the scenes focused around him. Just like the last episode's death in the store, there was no real pull with this one despite them clearly trying to accomplish otherwise with that early scene. If anything, this now deceased character's existence was just to further the mystery and hopefully turn Tyreese into a character worth watching.

On one hand, it's clear Carol's focus on preparing kids for this world is driven from what occurred with Sophia. It's nice to see that course of events have a positive impact on her instead of dragging her down. But on the other hand, it felt like the scenes with her were trying too hard to pull on my heartstrings and the emotional connection just wasn't there. These instances left me waiting for the next scene instead of making feel engrossed in the drama. It's not like I'm cold-hearted, either -- Morgan's sniper scene and Merle's end had the feels on overdrive.

"Infected" amuses with an excessive amount of violence and gives some nice character driven moments to Michonne, Carol and Rick. However, a fair amount of the drama and emotional aspects weren't gripping and the horror tropes didn't have me on the edge of my seat. Overall, it was a mixed episode yet still pretty enjoyable. Here's to hoping Michonne and Tyreese steal our attention in the coming episodes!

Viners, what did you think of "Infected?" Speak your mind below!

34 Comments
Posted by turoksonofstone

It was good. Enjoyed it.

Edited by patrat18

This show is really starting to bore the hell out of me.

Edited by CheeseSticks

it was average

Edited by NightFang

This episode was pretty good.

Posted by DjBest02

I loved it! Yes it had it's WTF moments (like the game of Pig-Toss) But that Michonne scene with Lil'-Ass-Kicker... It was so emotional

Edited by Fallschirmjager
@patrat18 said:

This show is really starting to bore the hell out of me.

qfft. Last season was a campfest. I was willing to see if Season 4 fixes it but if it doesn't pick it up soon I'm probably going to stop watching it.

Posted by IndieComicsFTW

This episode was pretty good.

I agree, This one was helluvalot better than the first episode.

Edited by Dabee

I really thought Judith was going to die. The whole episode was really intense. For those who read the comic, did the two burned up bodies at the end of the episode remind anyone of Hershel finding his two beheaded daughters in the comic?

I'm curious if anyone else is noticing it, or if it's just me nitpicking trying to find parallels that aren't even really there.

Posted by MisterNefarious

It wasn't one of the strongest, partially because Rick was all mopey...

But it was still good. I've always enjoyed to show. It always did the trick for me, but never quite hit the highs that Breaking Bad did.

It's just good entertainment. This episode is hopefully just the beginning to some crazy stuff hitting the fan

Posted by ComicStooge

I gave up halfway through Season 3 and haven't looked back.

Posted by tparks

They're never going to get back to the charm (even if the charm was gore and hopelessness) of the first season if they don't ever return to a major city like they spent most of their time in in the first season. Zombies barely pose a threat to the main group any more because they are so established and protected behind a fence. It really takes away from the sense of danger to have all these zombies a few feet away, but no one is afraid or even startled by them anymore.

Posted by Michael_Moran

Tired of the mellow drama

Posted by sasquatch888

much of the mystery is gone after 3 seasons ...the jail as they're home base is getting boring and rick has to snap out of it already ...but its still one of the best shows on tv if not the best

Posted by Frobin

Better, but still not good. Too much show & soap effects just because of show and cheap emotions, but without real need for storytelling (the supermarket scene was just for the walkers rain show, the sacrifice of all pigs was just to make Ricks way back to his gun belt more than clear, ...).

This episode and the last episode put together in one episode would have been a good one (still not a great one).

The flu is a blind alley! It's just a cheap trick to keep the threat level in the prison high and to stretch the show to not go on and leave the prison. It's not about the zombie threat, the characters learned to handle them ... the success of the comic book as well as the show is in my opinion the survival of the biggest badass while keeping up humanity in a post-apocalyptic world (with men not on the top on the food chain anymore ... like back then ... very looong back then).

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Here is my review on the episode:

Edited by shackle

@michael_moran said:

Tired of the mellow drama

That's "melodrama." I swear you people just parrot crap you hear elsewhere in order to sound like you have an informed or viable opinion. I'm willing to bet you have only a cursory understanding of what melodrama is, if that much.

Posted by hyiena

How long it took them to deal with the fence pissed me off.

Posted by ComicBookCoby
Edited by CommanderShiro

Really enjoyed this episode.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

3? I would give it 8.8/10. It was hella better than the 1st episode and kept my attention through out.

Posted by The Stegman

I liked it.

Posted by dcfox

I liked this episode much better than the premiere. It was the right mix of action and drama and it felt like the plot was moving forward. As happy as I am to see Sheriff Rick back, it was kind of sad to see him give up on the life he so desperately wanted for him and his son. And I do agree that it was weird seeing Michonne tripped up so easily considering how much of a badass she is 99% of the time.

Edited by sanityisoverrated

I really liked this episode and I like this show. I want to know why there is so much bashing for this show, that always has good to great acting and yet Agents of SHIELD gets praise? It really just baffles me.

Edited by ripcurl

It was boring.

They killed a few walkers, then a few random Woodbury no-names that had been bitten, and rambled about the flu for the remainder of the show.

This season better ramp up soon...

Posted by IceColdMalik

Jebus Christopher, some of the complaints on here are really bitter if I felt a bit like some of the commenters I would just quit watching. It's like you guys act like you are qualified to rip a show apart because it's the cool thing to do. It's a Television series, they aren't going to throw everything out in the first two shows, it's only the first act of the season. I like where they are going with the characters this season. So far they are going much more aggressive Walkers than was showed on the entire season on the farm and in Woodbury combined. Not only will our "heroes" likely be faced with the threat of walkers outside of their gates but they face an internal threat that they are not capable of managing. The period of time where they felt relatively safe is far gone. No longer will you see Rick just lounging around with earbuds and ignoring the fact that at any moment a walker could pounce on him. Carl will not be forced to hide his inner killer and just obey his dad he will be able to handle his business. Michone will have to step her game up again, and become the badass that she has always been instead of searching for comics and stale M&Ms. Daryl will revert from his leadership role and fall back in line being the go to guy to get sh*** done. Glenn may have to start to go out on dangerous walker-bait missions again to help them deal with this new internal threat. Tyrese will have to put away his whiney in love bit and bring back hammer-time. I think we are setup for a good season - who cares about one or two episodes not wrapping up neatly like a movie. I'm in it for the long haul not going to whine about this or that minor thing I want to and will watch the entire season. Regardless of downtime here and there. Oh and ummm sorry for the extremely long post...

Posted by GeekBait

I thought this was a great episode. I'm loving this season so far, especially when compared to season 3's awful second half ("Clear" and "Home" are the only exceptions; I loved "Clear" and thought "Home" was pretty good due to the end prison battle homage).

Posted by Birthright

So instead of killing all the walkers they just leave them by the fence? This is why I always hated this show. You see a walker kill it. I bet those walkers accumulated over times and obviously walkers attract other walkers so the prison got overwhelmed. They don't seem like in a rush to kill the hundreds of walkers that could potentially destroy their home. On the other hand in the comics the walkers served as protection for when the governor attacked so they might play that off.

Posted by KomicKev

Am I stating the obvious? They are burying dead zombie bodies in the ground. The worms eat the bodies and the decomposition starts to ooze into the ground water. Rick feeds the pigs plants and worms and I don't know what else. People eat the pigs and get sick and die and turn into zombies. Then they bury these people back into the soil. The Circle of Death!

I , for one, loved this episode and I am always anxiously awaiting each new one. I don't try to pick things apart and criticize. If I end up not liking a show any longer, I often give it up. Not going to happen with The Walking Dead I am thinking.

Posted by ThomasElliot

The real obvious part is:

Episode 1: Carl, don't name the pigs. Don't get attached. i.e., they aren't 'pets'

Episode 2: Someone feeding zombies like pets. Later, girl gets all mad about the zombie she named 'Nick' was killed.

So whose been feeding the zombies? The girl.

If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but I think that piece is pretty apparent.

As far as burning the sick and the flu itself... I got nothing. I think maybe borderline alcoholic guy might be a little on the edge and may have burned the bodies.

Liking this season so much more than previous seasons, because I can finally let go of the comparisons to the books since they are moving into 100% new stories. Also, in a different article I read, they mentioned that its only 2 or 3 episodes before they move on from the prison? I hope so.

Hey, why do some of you use spoiler blackouts when this article already has a spoiler warning? :P

Posted by ForeverMan

I liked it, it was better than the premiere.

Edited by Renchamp

@dabee said:

I really thought Judith was going to die. The whole episode was really intense. For those who read the comic, did the two burned up bodies at the end of the episode remind anyone of Hershel finding his two beheaded daughters in the comic?

I'm curious if anyone else is noticing it, or if it's just me nitpicking trying to find parallels that aren't even really there.

I have been anticipating the serial killer storyline in this new season.

@komickev said:

Am I stating the obvious? They are burying dead zombie bodies in the ground. The worms eat the bodies and the decomposition starts to ooze into the ground water. Rick feeds the pigs plants and worms and I don't know what else. People eat the pigs and get sick and die and turn into zombies. Then they bury these people back into the soil. The Circle of Death!

I , for one, loved this episode and I am always anxiously awaiting each new one. I don't try to pick things apart and criticize. If I end up not liking a show any longer, I often give it up. Not going to happen with The Walking Dead I am thinking.

This is very likely and a reason they may have to leave the prison. Nice work.

The real obvious part is:

Episode 1: Carl, don't name the pigs. Don't get attached. i.e., they aren't 'pets'

Episode 2: Someone feeding zombies like pets. Later, girl gets all mad about the zombie she named 'Nick' was killed.

So whose been feeding the zombies? The girl.

If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but I think that piece is pretty apparent.

As far as burning the sick and the flu itself... I got nothing. I think maybe borderline alcoholic guy might be a little on the edge and may have burned the bodies.

Liking this season so much more than previous seasons, because I can finally let go of the comparisons to the books since they are moving into 100% new stories. Also, in a different article I read, they mentioned that its only 2 or 3 episodes before they move on from the prison? I hope so.

Hey, why do some of you use spoiler blackouts when this article already has a spoiler warning? :P

And I had not thought of this. I thought the zombie feeder was the same as the body burner as some kind of single-entity bad decision maker, but they could be separate people. Nice.

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Posted by Dabee

Hey, why do some of you use spoiler blackouts when this article already has a spoiler warning? :P

I was also spoiling the comic, and wasn't sure if that counted... I guess you have a point, though. :P