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Posted November 15, 2017 by David Ratcliffe in Comics
 
 

REVIEW: The Walking Dead S08E04- Some Guy

Episode: S08E04 – Some Guy

Air Date: November 12, 2017
Executive Producers: Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Robert Kirkman, Charles H. Eglee, Glen Mazzara, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, Denise Huth

Developed by: Frank Darabont

Written by: David Leslie Johnson

Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Khary Payton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Xander Berkeley, Austin Amelio, Steven Ogg, Josh McDermitt, Tom Payne, Seth Gilliam, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira.

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The Kingdom is our opening scene as King Ezekiel rouses his followers as only he can. Remember last week when he said they would lose “not one?” In the present day we follow on from the end of the previous episode ‘Monsters.’ Surprise Surprise.

The rousing emotional we are one from the past scene at the Kingdom as we move in to the present day where the very same people were massacred by the ambush is a particularly powerful start to what turns out to be an example of The Walking Dead at its best.  Ezekiel’s horror and terror as his former friends become walkers is well acted and is an emotional moment among several this episode. Ace! In the seemingly never ending War on Negan it helps that Ezekiel is one of the more charismatic and interesting people on the show.

“Do not injure yourself for me.” A humble sentiment; its easy to follow this guy Ezekiel. In an episode about King Ezekiel’s arc Gunther looks to get in to Negan’s good books by dragging him at gunpoint. His awfulness made his slicing in half by Jerry a great moment. That Axe!

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Carol being Carol where she uses her wits to gain the upper hand is always fun to watch and her scene where she gains two saviours trust before killing them and going to help Jerry and Ezekiel is Carol at her best.

This episode is about Ezekiel questioning his ability to lead and be deemed a ‘King.’ When Jerry tells him to get behind him Ezekiel says no. Jerry shows his awesomeness by thanking Ezekiel for “being such a cool dude.” Its a nice character moment that makes Ezekiel remember why people follow him.

 

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Still on the search to rob the Saviours of their gun supply Carol saves Jerry and Ezekiel. Just as they discuss this Carol hears Daryl’s bike and in a great moment Carol informs Ezekiel “They’re not getting them to the sanctuary” because Rick and Daryl are on their way and obviously will get the guns. In a fairly exciting action scene Rick boards the truck with the guns and flips it over. Still “We got the guns” Rick proclaims to Daryl. Daryl’s sassy “We got nothing” continues the bubbling of a definite future talking too between him and Rick.

Running out of ammo and with his injured leg bad Ezekiel tells Carol and Jerry they must leave him. In what is both an epiphany and meaningful moment Ezekiel realises his being a King is not real. The walkers are what is real. He is Some Guy. As this happens Shiva sacrifices herself.

The shock over Shiva and his shaken worldview leaves Ezekiel speechless. Unable to explain himself to the families of his slain soldiers waiting back at the Kingdom Ezekiel walks off as  ‘some guy.’

I hope they don’t have to deal with a zombie Shiva. That would be terrifying and emotional. Confusing.

Characters you care about with a focused story. Without a doubt the best episode of the series so far.

Walking Dead airs weekly every Sunday on AMC.

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David has an undergraduate degree in Drama and first showed symptoms of a mind blown by cinema after watching The Godfather too many years ago to remember. He enjoys binge watching TV shows because that is the only way to watch them, right? The West Wing, The Sopranos and The Wire rank among his favourites of all time; the list could go on but changes the more he watches. Books, comics and games are also enjoyed in different moods. Finishing that novel is a life ambition.