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THE INFECTION IS GETTING STRONGERWe've known since the end of season two (though many probably figured it out before then anyways) that every living human in the show is one failed heart, bleed out, gunshot wound, or any other non-brain destroying death away from joining the legions of the walking dead. That was always the case - the infection, so long as one wasn't bitten or scratched, wasn't fatal on its own. The host had to die of something, anything, else before they would turn.
It seems that is no longer the case this season. As shown in the final moments of the episode, Carl's pal Patrick is shown becoming progressively sicker during the course of the episode before eventually collapsing in the shower and becoming a walker.
As of yet, we don't know if there was something else wrong with Patrick (perhaps an auto-immune disorder of some sort) that may have given the infection an extra boost to actually finish him off and turn him. So for now, let's assume that every single person in that prison is a ticking time-bomb that just began ticking a bit louder.
RICK'S GOT HIS HEAD ON STRAIGHT AGAINThis was something that was pretty much set at the end of season three, but it seems that Rick finally has his head on straight again after very nearly losing it shortly after losing Lori four episodes into last season. The beginning of the episode shows him more or less perfectly adapted to the "new" life within the prison, minus the few missing essentials that Hershel notes that Rick is missing.
By the way, why is Hershel checking out Rick's bum anyways?
MICHONNE IS FEELING BETTER, TOOMichonne didn't exactly have it easy last season, what with being stuck in Woodbury with the Governor and all (and yes, he's still MIA at the start of the season, but I'm sure we'll get to him soon). Even though she's still off doing her own thing, she seems a lot happier this season even than she did when she was with Andrea before finding Woodbury last season. She still wants the Governor's head on a pike (and really, it's a long list of characters who want that) but she seems to be somewhat more at ease with life now. Again, time will tell what's really going on.
CAROL CALLED DARYL "POOKIE." THAT IS ALLIt's hard to say what the season's overall plot arc will be yet. This episode was largely just establishing the status quo for the group, but it's safe to say that the walkers are definitely going to be a credible threat to the group again. The real wildcard is the Governor, however, and only time will tell what the story there is.
Until next time!