Previously on The Walking Dead, ‘Four Walls and a Roof’
I wasn’t really looking forward to this episode, and it’s not because I’m opposed to standalone episodes – I loved Clear, Live Bait, Dead Weight, Alone, etc. – but I am opposed to the character of Beth Greene. Or, rather, I’m opposed to what they’re doing with this character. I’m having a really hard time caring about what happens to her. Given that, I was hoping that the reveal of where Beth was being held, and why, would make up for an hour without characters I actually like. No such luck.
Beth was rescued (?) from rotters and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. When she awakens, she gets her first real look at the devastation in Atlanta (Remember: She was always on the farm or on the run in the country.), and meets her saviors/captors: doctor Edwards and police office Dawn Lerner.
It’s not really clear how many people are staying in the hospital, but the ones who are there adhere to a very strict structure: the place is kept clean, everyone works to pay back for their rescue, the food they’re given, the clothes (scrubs for everyone except the cops) they’re given, etc. When patients are beyond saving, or when they’ll take up too many resources to be saved, they’re tossed down an elevator shaft where walkers wait at the bottom to maybe eat their corpses. Apparently, walkers are finicky and prefer warm or somewhat warm food.
It doesn’t take long for Beth to realize shit ain’t right – although, the way this episode played, it suggests that she’s been there a lot longer than the time elapsed between when she was snatched and where our group is now. When an injured man is brought in, Edwards claims he can’t save him. This doesn’t please Dawn, who takes out her frustration on Beth by slapping her in the face. The friendly janitor, Noah, warns that they only rescue people who will be useful and not fight back. One police officer, Gorman, is a straight up rapist. Joan, another saved tenant, escapes but is caught and returned. During her attempt to break out, she was bitten by a walker and Dawn insists that her arm is amputated even though Joan clearly wants to die.
Noah and Beth finally have enough and try to escape. Of course, this doesn’t go smoothly: Beth is almost raped by Gorman, but she uses a newly-turned Joan to take him out, and they’re both injured trying to shimmy down the elevator shaft. They make it outside with Beth unlocking the headshot achievement on walkers as they break for the fence. Unfortunately for Beth, Noah can limp faster and more effectively than Beth can run and he makes it out while she’s tackled and brought back in.
Dawn thinks she’s providing protection and order, and that they’ll be rescued one day. Beth tells her she’s about ten kinds of crazy and gets hit again for her honesty. Later, Beth figures out Edwards purposely made her kill the patient (by instructing her to dispense the wrong meds) he claimed couldn’t be saved because the man was a doctor, and he didn’t want two doctors in attendance. Why would Dawn need him if there was another doctor in their group? Oh, and did I forget to mention that Dawn would look the other way when her officers raped women group members? Yeah. She needs to go.
Just when I thought maybe this was the show’s way of writing Beth off – kidding; I knew I wouldn’t be so lucky – Carol is wheeled into Grady. They done fucked around and let the wrong one in. Carol is going to fuck.Dawn.up.
- I love getting glimpses of how other small societies are functioning in the ZA. We’ve seen Morgan, Woodbury, Terminus, Gabriel, and peek at the awful guys Randall rode with. But this seems so pointless. Grady is like a notch below Terminus and MAYBE somewhat better than Woodbury. No. I take that back. There wasn’t any rape at Woodbury. It does feel like they’re setting up Dawn to be on the Governor’s level of crazy.
- Do we think Noah is with Daryl? Could be. It would depend on how far he and Carol were able to follow the car.
- When Noah and Beth first made it outside, it reminded me of the Shane and Otis scene at the school. At first, I was side-eye’ing the fuck out of him for leaving Beth, but that’s what you got to do. She wasn’t as injured as he was and she had the gun. It was nice to see that she was happy he made it out.