The Walking Dead Episode Review: "Four Walls and a Roof"

by StevenHelmer

A review of the television episode that first aired October 26, 2014.

Synopsis: The Terminus survivors return Bob (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) to the church after discovering he has been “tainted” by a walker’s bite. Realizing an attack is imminent, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest of his group prepare to fight. However, there is dissention as Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) reveals he has fixed the church’s bus and wants to leave immediately for Washington, D.C. instead.

Guest Stars

Guest stars include Chris Burns, Andrew J. West, Travis Young and Benjamin Papac.

All About Rick and Bob

I’m not exactly sure why, but I honestly have never been a big fan of Bob on this show. As a result, his death really didn’t impact me nearly as much as it did the members of his group. However, I do have to admit I loved how he taunted the Terminus people by revealing his walker bite after they had consumed his leg (though I was also disappointed it didn’t have any sort of ill effect on them).

Overall, there were two things that really stood out for me when it came to this episode and both relate to Rick. The first was how he was so insistent on staying. While I’d like to believe it was only because he wanted to find out what happened to Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride), I’m not convinced he didn’t just want revenge. And, if that’s the case, it is the complete opposite of the normally cautious character we’re used to seeing.

The way he mutilated Gareth (West) was also something that really stood out. He’s been growing increasingly violent now that he no longer has Hershel (Scott Wilson) talking in his ear and I can’t help but think that will eventually spiral out of control, much like it did with Shane (John Bernthal) in the first couple of seasons.

Now that we know the truth about Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and that he isn’t a bad guy, just a coward, I am a little curious what will ultimately happen with that character. Part of me thinks he has the potential to become the group’s missing voice of morality (replacing Hershel in that capacity) but, at the same time, I also think there is plenty of reason to believe he won’t last past this season, either because he gets killed or because he ultimately decides to stay behind when Rick and his group finally leave.

The one thing I wasn’t a big fan of when it came to this episode was the group splitting up again, with Abraham taking half the group, including Glenn and Maggie (Steven Yuen and Loren Cohan) with him to D.C. while Rick and the others stayed behind. This is primarily because it will once again create multiple storylines, something I haven’t been a big fan of in the past because it makes it difficult to keep track of the timeline.

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Final Opinion

I’m a little worried how splitting up the group will ultimately affect the remainder of the season. However, this episode did manage to be entertaining and, even though I haven’t been a big fan of Bob, I thought it gave him a decent send-off.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 09/10/2015, StevenHelmer
 
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StevenHelmer on 10/28/2014

My biggest complaint about Bob is he never really settled into a role on the series. He started out as an alcoholic and that made him interesting. But, the show moved away from that and, afterwards, he just never really seemed to fit. I thought he would potentially become the group's voice of reason after Hershel died but that was never fully embraced so, at this point, making him a victim made the most sense.

WriterArtist on 10/28/2014

Fans will miss Bob. Although he wasn't really the protagonist, he had an important role to play.

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