As the Walking Dead goes on, the growing theme is that the biggest danger isn’t coming from the shuffling walkers, but from those left alive, and that continued in Inmates.
With characters scattered out into the wilderness in small groups, the threat from walkers is actually more than it’s been for a while, but there’s only so much you can do that’s interesting in terms of those storylines.
So this episode, like last week’s, was all about moving things along post-Governor and presenting new dangers for our heroes. And one of the most sinister seems to be coming from within.
Happily for us all, baby Judith did not get snatched out of her car seat and devoured by the undead. Unhappily for her, we find her in the care of Tyreese, Lizzi and Mika.
While Tyreese does his best to look after her, carrying a screaming baby around a woodland infested with walkers is suicidal, while giving her to the increasingly creepy Lizzie is even more perilous.
The scene where she and Mika were (ludicrously) left alone in the woods with her was hugely chilling, with Lizzie initially putting her hand over Judith’s mouth to drown out the screams, only to seemingly enjoy the feeling of suffocating her.
Thankfully (and bewilderingly) Carol showed up to save the day and bring some maternal positivity to the small group, helped by Tyreese not knowing that she killed Karen. Which, of course, she almost certainly didn’t do anyway. Surely it was Lizzie.
In terms of other new threats, the ‘Terminus’ this group seem to be heading towards on the train tracks sounds pretty ominous.
Elsewhere, Daryl and Beth ran through the woods a lot (after the other group chronologically, even though it was shown first) without much real plot or character development), while Maggie, D’Angelo Barksdale and Sasha found that getting on the bus at the prison would not have been a good idea.
Thankfully (and bewilderingly), Glenn wasn’t on the bus when it left, he’d gone back into the prison to find Maggie. So he woke up there, grabbed a lot of stuff and the riot gear, and headed out to the woods with Tara to find out that Hershel has been killed and to collapse because he’s barely recovered from nearly being dead.
AND THEN SOME PEOPLE TURNED UP WITH GUNS AND IT’S ALL STARTING AGAIN.
Still hard to see what direction (probably multiple) the remainder of this season is heading in, and some of the revelations in this episode were a bit ‘convenient’, but I’ll still give it the benefit of the doubt for now.