The good news, we know what happened to Beth Greene. The better news is that she’s not dead. The best-est news that even though fans stated the episode was boring…It still beat Sunday Night Football in the ratings. I also hate to be repetitive, but the theme is being rational in an irrational world. We got a whole new slew of characters. As well as another suspenseful cliffhanger. All and all, the episode may have been filler…but it was still a chiller.
First of all we’ve transitioned from Shane – Governor – Gareth – Dawn. Dawn and The Atlanta Police Dept. (or what’s left of them). Having sought shelter in an run down hospital. The justification is, they shanghai people, convince them to work off being saved from walkers, given shelter/ food…and they can leave. Yet the audience knows, that the captors can never leave. Beth wakes up (Al la Rick from Season One). Where she meets the only Doctor and “control freak,” Officer Dawn.
Not to say this wasn’t and intense episode. Because it was, we also get an great performance from the only Doctor. Who will make sure he’s the only one on staff per say. The Altanta P.D. is rounding up survivors. The only functioning Doctor knows who some of the “new admits are.” He’s allowing Beth to administer medicine. Only he’s giving her the wrong amounts/medicine. So it looks like Beth doesn’t know what she’s doing.
We also get Noah, another captive “savior,” who does his best to help Beth escape. There’s also officer Gorman, a sadistic stereotypical Bully. Who tries to rape Beth, only to be torn apart by a walker. Yeah a lot happened on tonights episode. Problem is we’ve been down this road before. Dawn is a female version of The Governor. Gorman is a Merril Dixon knockoff. And so on and so forth.
We also get the idea, what someone will do to survive. What measures the person will take. Still it was nice to see Beth not turn into Barbara from George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. She still believes that there is good in this world. She’s also able to hold up in a fight. She’s gets a beaten here and there by Dawn. Yet, she’s gotten a lot stronger since the episode Still from season four.
The performances from all the actors were rock solid. I’m not going to take anything away from the actors. The hospital came off as a Haunted Hose attraction. Beth doing her best to go with the flow. Trying to stay sweet and innocent, but no longer being the victim. I have to shave off points for several reasons. One because the hospital reminded me of Woodbury from season three. Two Beth reminded me of Andrea here and there. Not all the time, just sometimes. Three Dawn and Gorman were/are Governor/Merril knockoff’s. Finally, you still can’t trust anyone is this “new world.” We also got another cliffhanger, Carol made an appearance . Is Carol dead? Is she playing possum? All I’m going to say is…Dawn better look at the flowers.