Walking Dead Recap: 30 Days Without an AccidentOctober 14, 2013
We’ve all waited patiently for months and now AMC‘s The Walking Dead is finally back on television. WARNING: There are full spoilers for this episode, if you haven’t watched yet, please proceed with caution!
After the heartache that was the end of season three and the agonizing anticipation to see what our survivors are up to now, season four episode “30 Days Without an Accident” came in more like a lamb than a lion—until death started raining from the sky…
We visit the prison some months later (about six or seven) and we see that the survivors seem to be doing quite well. They have pigs and are growing vegetables for food and have formed a ‘council’ with the original members of the survivors. Daryl is even the local celebrity with former citizens of Woodbury all shouting their hellos to him as he walks by. Rick seems to be doing much better, focusing on his farming duties and being a father instead of pining over his lost wife and hallucinating all the time. Even Carl seems much more well adjusted–for now, anyway.
The community seems to be thriving and the ex-residents of Woodbury fit in well with the survivors–even Carol, whose character I’ve loved to watch grow and develop over the past three seasons–seems to have adapted well and is now teaching the children of the prison to defend themselves with knives. Secretly, of course, and during storytime.
We’re introduced briefly to some new characters; Zack, Beth’s new beau and Bob Stookey, an army medic. Stookey is also present in the comic books and is introduced in issue 29 as a man in his late 50s; he’s a Woodbury resident and a local town drunk, something the show seems to be keeping with when we see Bob in a store fighting with the decision of whether or not to take a bottle of wine.
Up until the supply run at the store, there’s a rather pretty picture being painted of our survivors. The supply runners led by Daryl and comprised of Tyreese, Zack, Glenn, Michonne, Sasha and Bob, head to “Big Spot”, a supermarket near the prison. Now an abandoned military base, the team sweeps the area and moves in for supplies.
When Bob, seemingly a man who struggles with alcohol, puts a bottle of wine back on a shelf, it buckles and sends the entire shelf crashing down on him. His foot is trapped, and unbeknownst to the group, there is a downed helicopter on the roof with dozens of roaming dead. They’re attracted by the loud noise and begin to wander towards a weak patch in the roof… of course you can all just imagine what happens next.
In carnage I don’t think I’ve seen out of this series since Daryl killed a walker by smashing its head with a trunk door, bodies begin falling from the roof. They explode in bloody messes, hang from their intestines and peel themselves off the floor while leaving pieces of their scalps behind. If you’re a fan of blood and guts, this scene was made for you! If you have a weak stomach… well, I hope you turned away.
In the rescue attempt of Bob, Daryl shows off his walker-killing skills and swoops in to save the day with the help of Zack, who should have probably been wearing a red shirt for this mission (or at least some sensible high boots) because a walker comes by to chomp on his ankle and his neck… oh and then the helicopter falls through the roof too and presumably crushes him. So goodbye Zack, we hardly knew you.
During the course of the episode Rick also meets a mysterious woman who begs for his help (and she definitely needs a shower). He goes with her to her camp but soon realizes he was being baited and the woman intended to kill him and feed him to her husband, who at this point is a head in a bag. Instead though, she commits suicide and as she’s dying tells Rick these haunting words, “You can’t come back from the things you’ve done”. This seems to strike him deeply and he wipes a tear away.
Back at the prison Carol’s ‘storytime’ with the children actually turns out to be more of a weapons lesson for them. I think it’s a great idea, you are never too young to learn how to protect yourself during the zombie apocalypse, right? Still, when Carl finds out that storytime is actually ‘play with knives time’, Carol begs him not to say anything to Rick. Meanwhile, Patrick, a young kid about Carl’s age excuses himself from the group, and he’s looking a little worse for wear.
We don’t know exactly why Patrick feels ill but we revisit his worsening condition that evening as he steps into the showers and, conveniently, coughs into the supply of water before passing out cold on the floor. Some time passes and we see him reanimate; a member of the dead is now in the prison while people are sleeping.
This leaves me curious to wonder if the disease has become airborne. Remember we still know very little of how the disease is spread other than by bites; is it possible we’ll see zombie animals too?
Wherever the season is going, I’m excited to see how it pans out (or doesn’t) for our team of survivors. I’d like to see them relocate by the end of the season and kick start the Alexandria safe zone arc from the comic book. Did you watch the season premiere? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!