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Slow-burning and suspenseful, "Claimed" also further develops the deepening friendship between Michonne and Carl.
Forget hockey showdowns rife with political undertones; The Walking Dead has offered up a big-ticket item of its own: Sergeant. Abraham.
Well, this was one long hour of drawn-out tension, wasn't it?
We wanted reasons to keep coming back each week because for the life of us, we couldn't come up with any ourselves. Well. We got all of that with this episode.
Until we're given some idea of what to expect from it, the main narrative for the back half of season 4 has quickly run out of steam.
Let me start by saying that "Claimed" was my favorite episode of the Season Four, part two, and the best one since we went on an emotional odyssey with the Governor in "Live Bait."
It is nice to see some stories that feel like they are ripped from the pages of a comic every now and then. "Claimed" manages to feel that way, as we get to deal with three new characters that feel a bit larger-than-life.
It was another significant stride by the show's writers to make Michonne a more rounded character. Her attempts to make Carl laugh were great to watch, and I'm sure there's already dozens of gifs online of her eating 'crazy cheese' for his amusement.
It's good to have Michonne around to, as Rick said, be a best friend for Carl.
Tonally... "Claimed" suffers from pronounced lopsidedness in the efficacy of how these ideas are expressed.
For all of the moral debates and inquiries into the nature of humanity at the heart of show, it's still meant to be scary - and few episodes are as white-knuckle petrifying as "Claimed."
Where the episode really generates some excitement is when Rick is recovering further at the house he and Carl found when a group of scavengers comes traipsing through. It's one of the more suspenseful scenes that the show hasn't had in a while.
The dynamic between Carl and Michonne first began to blossom in the early part of season four and their makeshift mother-son rapport has now become one of this show's most compelling relationships.