“Four Walls and a Roof”
The Walking Dead Season 5 episode 3
Directed by Jeffrey F. January
Written by Angela Kang & Corey Reed
“Four Walls and a Roof” is the third episode of the fifth season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead, which aired on AMC on October 26, 2014.
Gareth (Andrew J. West) taunts Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) after his group eats Bob’s left leg, and expresses his anger over Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) killing his mother. He points out his group saw her and “the archer” (Daryl, Norman Reedus) drive away.
Gareth vows to kill Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group. Bob begins to cry, but then hysterically laughs and shows the group that he was previously bitten by a walker. Those who ate his leg begin to spit out what is in their mouths and panic. Gareth angrily knocks Bob out All while the glass is starting to crack on the school window. Massive School Walkers inside
Review: Many fans of the comics have been waiting for this moment!! It was carried out brilliantly and very effective although in the comic book version it was Dale who had been bitten and kidnapped by the “hunters” for food. I feel like the writers did a stellar job in re-creating that scene!!
At the church, Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) confronts Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) over the disappearance of several of the group members. Rick then asks what Gabriel did before that he is so ashamed of: he admits that when the outbreak occurred, he locked his entire congregation outside of the church, leaving them to die. He shows remorse over his actions and says that he is damned to Hell. The group then notices Bob lying outside the church unconscious.
Review: I think Seth Gilliam is a brilliant actor and Sonequa Martin-Green gave a very powerful performance during their confrontation. When Father Gabriel told the group his sin I felt sickened by his cowardice and felt bad for him all at the same time.
Once inside, Bob warns the group about Gareth and that Daryl and Carol drove off, before showing everyone his bite mark. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) begins to argue to Rick that they have to leave for Washington as soon as possible, but Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) convinces him to stay and help them retaliate against The Hunters. Before Sasha leaves to join Rick and the others, she tells her brother Tyreese (Chad Coleman) to stab Bob immediately once he stops breathing; Tyreese reluctantly promises. Later that night, Rick and part of the group leave to search for Gareth and The Hunters; however, they’ve been hiding outside the church and break in.
As The Hunters make their way through the church, Rick’s group returns and kills two of them, then shoots two of Gareth’s fingers off, forcing them to surrender. Gareth tries to explain to Rick that they were once good people, but changed after other people and the environment changed. Rick has none of it, and his group mutilates The Hunters. Rick justifies their actions by saying “It could’ve been us.”
Review: I had been watching the opening credits and kept noticing the machete with the red handle. I made that as a prediction here on this site for a possible scenario of the episode and I must say it was so clever, defining of the man Rick has become and so effective I really think that was my favorite part of the whole episode. When Gareth is pleading for his life comic book fans got another slice of heaven.
I also could not help but notice how brutal the group has become. I understand it but I kinda felt that Glenn and Maggie watching them in the killing frenzy. The Gre was awesome but I think the characters are walking a thin line between what is left f humanity and the monster that hides within all of us. 2nd Best part was Michonne got her katana back!!!
The following morning, everyone says their goodbyes to Bob as he lies dying. Bob thanks Rick for taking him into the prison and giving him a home, and later dies in Sasha’s arms. As Sasha is about to stab Bob in the head, Tyreese offers to do it to spare his sister’s emotions. The group buries Bob beside the church.
Review : I don’t know when Bob became important to me but last night watching him die was hard it reminded me of life events I didn’t want to relive with a smile and a whole lot of tears and some how his death touched me like Dale, Sophia, & Andrea. If fact I can’t say whose death has affected me more. My favorite line from this episode is Nightmares end but they shouldn’t end who you are. Rip Bob On a brighter note It looks like Tyresse might be coming out of his anti kill mode. I know that he feels like caring for Mika and Lizzie and Losing Karen and them killed him but when his little sister needed him he was there.
Review : I do not understand why Maggie and Glenn would go and I totally hate the group being spit up again it is way to soon! We just spent 7 of the most agonizing months wafting for them to reunite so I was not a fan of this part at all. Yes I want them to find Beth. I want Eugene to fess up so we can get past this whle DC trip. I just think that they could do a better job with more numbers.
Abraham shows Rick the route to Washington, and expresses hope that they will follow. Abraham, Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt), and Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos) drive off in a repaired bus. Rick then reads a message from Abraham on the map, saying “Sorry, I was an asshole. Come to Washington. The new world is gonna need Rick Grimes.”
That night, Gabriel talks to Michonne, expressing his discomfort over the horror he has seen recently. Michonne hears a noise in the bushes and walks over. She finds Daryl, and asks where Carol is. Daryl then says “Come on out.”
Review: Great Cliff Hanger!!! So many people buzzing over who is with Daryl. Michonne giving the father a pep talk makes me think that Father Gabriel is going o be with the group a while maybe they can grow him a pair of Kahonnies while they are at it. I cannot stand a weak man!!
Reception from the Critics:
Matt Fowler of IGN gave the episode an 8.6 out of 10, saying the episode “once again showed us what a powerful force Rick’s group can be by having them pretty much annihilate Gareth’s posse on one fell swoop. Everyone’s on the same page, morality wise, and their fighting skills are, for far, unrivaled. Which is why it’s frustrating to see them get cut in half and split off into two separate storylines at the end. I do understand that the show can’t realistically handled such a giant ensemble always being together in one spot, but I just wish I’d bought more into the reasons for the split.”
Alan Sepinwall of HitFix said “this was another effective, pulpy episode, and a good illustration of the ways “The Walking Dead” has improved itself over time.” In regards to the church massacre, he said “I appreciated both that the writers didn’t keep the cannibals around as a long-term threat — and excuse for wallowing in the sadism of what they do (even if Gareth doesn’t see it that way) — and that Rick didn’t turn out to be nearly as stupid as they wanted him to seem when he led most of the good fighters away from the church when that was so obviously what Gareth wanted him to do. The massacre of the remaining Termites was brutal, and illustrated how cold and rough Rick can be when you push him to this point.”