The Walking Dead Episode (4×12) Review – “Still”

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“Welcome to the Dogtrot” in this episode of The Walking Dead

This week’s installment of The Walking Dead was essentially one huge snoozefest, but it was good to check in with Daryl and Beth. Last time we saw them Beth was struggling with her grief over Hershel’s death and losing her family. While she and Daryl searched for signs of the other survivors, viewers got to see a side of Daryl they’ve never seen as the roguish Redneck completely shut down and became an unfeeling bastard. Maybe he, like us, wondered how such awesome people could have died while useless Beth managed to survive. Now that you’re all caught up, let’s dive into this week’s episode and discuss “Still.”

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If You Like Piña Coladas…  The entire episode this week basically consisted of Beth and Daryl searching for some booze so Beth could have her first real drink. Apparently Beth had other opportunities before the world ended, but Hershel’s battle with alcohol turned the teen away from liquor. Until Hershel was beheaded. Now, Beth wants to be a boozehound, and we got treated to her fevered search and more of Daryl scowling. I have to say I was disappointed with the premise of this episode, because it felt as if the show was dragging its feet. Beth and Daryl searching a country club for booze should have been one scene, not half an episode. Though it was interesting to note the manner in which the zombies at the club were dealt with, and will undoubtedly return later as a plot point, not even the Rich Bitch Zombie could save these scenes.

Daryl: What’s the matter?

Beth: Nothing. It’s just my dad always said that bad moonshine could make you blind.

Daryl: Well, there’s nothing to see anyhow.

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“You’re going to miss me when I’m gone, Daryl Dixon.” While the first half of the episode showed the Dynamic Duo searching a country club, the second half took them to a moonshine distillery. Even though Daryl refused to speak to Beth the majority of the first 30 minutes, watching her drink peach schnapps was his breaking point. Daryl decided to give Beth, a virgin drinker, straight moonshine from an abandoned distillery which strangely led to the best scenes of the episode. Thanks to a game of “I Never…” with their newfound hootch, the mystery of Daryl’s previous occupation was solved. He wasn’t a mechanic, a prison guard, or any of the other things people have asked him. Nope! Daryl was just a drifter following Merle around and making bad choices. Now that we know, was anyone really surprised? Probably not considering who Daryl was when we first meet him in season1. I don’t know what was more frustrating: watching Daryl evade Beth’s attempts to get to know him better, or Beth’s irritating optimism. All of their bickering finally came to a head, and Daryl had the breakdown he needed in order to move on. For someone so young and useless, Beth really had some good words of wisdom to impart to Daryl that helped him deal with his grief, and I thought their torch party to burn down the moonshine shed was hilarious. Then again, it reminded me so much of the memorable gas station scene in Zoolander, that I halfway expected Alexander Skarsgård to pop up out of nowhere.

Beth: I know you look at me and just see another dead girl. I’m not Michonne. I’m not Carol. I’m not Maggie. I survived and you don’t get it, because I’m not like you or them. But I made it and you don’t get to treat me like crap because you’re afraid.”

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“Still” may not have been the best episode of The Walking Dead, but it allowed us to get to know these two characters we’ve watched for years. Not only that, but Beth’s claim that she will eventually die while Daryl outlasts us all sounds a bit like foreshadowing. Whether or not this comes to pass, one thing’s for sure. Not everyone will make it, and episode 4×11 may just be the calm before the storm we’ll face when another character we’ve come to love gets taken out. While I’m not a fan of Daryl’s temper tantrums or treating Beth like crap, it was great to see that even the tough people have trouble coping with death and loss, and that those who appear weak may actually be stronger, which was evident by the fact that Beth was trying the whole time to force Daryl to deal with what happened at the prison.

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Next week, we’ll meet back up with Maggie, Bob and Sasha as it appears their paths cross with Daryl and Beth. It’s about time, because I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of these separate storylines and can’t wait for the gang to be reunited once more. So be sure to tune in next week for episode 4×12 titled, Alone.”