THE WALKING DEAD “Four Walls and a Roof” Review


How will Rick and the group handle the disappearance of several of their members? Read on to find out.

The official description from AMC:

Rick and the group find themselves pitted against some very nasty people, but our group might just have a plan to gain the upper hand.

The Walking Dead has kept their word when it comes to staying closer to the source material than ever before, with the series benefiting with it. Though there are still the much needed tweaks that keep the show fresh, they have allowed fans of the comics to embrace the show like never before, with the show itself also receiving much more intensity with it. The introduction of new characters, and much needed change of setting has also allowed a more engaging tempo, with there already being some teasers that have stirred conversation.

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The big development of the last episode came right near the end, as Gareth (Andrew J. West) and the other Terminans kidnapped Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) and ate his left leg. Gruesome I know. As fans of the comics will know this very much mirrors the event of Fear the Hunters, the eleventh volume of the comic series. The small difference is that instead of Dale (who is already dead in the TV series), Bob suffers this fate. Following on from that we get a very compelling series of events, with Angela Kang and Corey Reed delivering a script that once again resonates areas of the comic, whilst also feeling so much deeper. If an emotional driven tale isn’t enough, director Jeffrey F. January delivers some chillingly captivating scenes, with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the groups search for the Terminans being thoroughly suspenseful.

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One thing that has made The Walking Dead what it is today is the great talent within, with there yet to be an episode to sport a terrible performance from a main cast member. This however has to be one of the best yet, with every cast member giving a compelling performance. Between Lawrence Gilliard Jr.‘s chilling performance of a dying man, and Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) emotional response to the imminent death of the man she loves, there are plenty to enthrall, with the other cast showing the despair of this situation brilliantly. Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) also gave his strongest performance to date, finally showing the strength of Abraham as he stands up to Rick. Additionally Andrew J. West gave yet another thrilling performance, with Gareth quite possibly being more maniacal than the Governor himself.

If “No Sanctuary” was one of the most exciting episodes of The Walking Dead, then “Four Walls and a Roof” is definitely one of the most emotional, as though there’s plenty of tension and excitement to please the gore lovers, the episode is very much focused on the motions of the group. Highly recommended.

OUR RATING
9.5
  • + Best performances yet.
  • + Emotionally driven tale.
  • + Abraham is no pushover.
  • - Sudden end to a great development.