The season 4 midseason premiere episode of The Walking Dead, “After,” aired on Feb. 9, 2014. This episode begins where the midseason finale left off, in the aftermath of the prison’s fall. As the episode opens, bodies are strewn throughout the jail yard, including that of the Governor (David Morrissey). Fires burn, and walkers have taken over the prison yard.
Viewers see Michonne (Danai Gurira), katana in hand, ready to take down the walkers drawn to the scene by the burning fires. Once again, she acquires two pets to camouflage her escape. The state of the prison was a sad sight, but none could compare to what was seen next.
The decapitated head of Hershel (Scott Wilson) lays on the ground chomping at the air. He was killed in the previous episode by the Governor. Michonne reluctantly stabs the head, her eyes full of emotion.
Que the theme song.
The Walking Dead – After
This episode follows the journey of Michonne on her own and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl (Chandler Riggs). They don’t know who else has survived, and emotions are high. Rick is seriously injured after his fight with the Governor, and both Rick & Carl are devastated as they believe Judith perished.
This episode focuses on Carl and his resentment and anger toward his father. He believes his father has let everyone down, which resulted in the prison’s fall. Carl heads out alone on scavenging trips and more than once regrets this decision as he is set upon by walkers more than once. He does win the battle with a 112 oz. can of chocolate pudding.
Michonne decided to follow a set of footprints, hoping to locate some survivors. Unknown to her, they are Carl and Rick’s steps. She sleeps in a car where she dreams of her son Andre, her boyfriend Mike (Aldis Hodge), and his friend Terry (Brandon Fobbs) before the outbreak.
The dream quickly turns into a nightmare when Mike and Terry, her former walker pets, appear this way in the dream. She awakes and sees a walker who looks similar to herself, which shocks her into a new lease on life. She would eventually catch up to Rick and Carl and sheds tears of joy as she knocks on the door of the house they took shelter in. Rick views her through the peephole and tells Carl, “It’s for you.”