|The Walking Dead episode|
Hershel prepares to save the lives of the quarantined infected inmates.
|Directed by||David Boyd|
|Written by||Channing Powell|
|Featured music||"Oats in the Water" by Ben Howard|
|Original air date||November 10, 2013|
"Internment" is the fifth episode of the fourth season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead, which aired on AMC on November 10, 2013. The episode was written by Channing Powell and directed by David Boyd.
Multiple threats pressure the prison inhabitants: the increase of walkers outside the prison gates, and the deteriorating conditions of the people infected by the deadly virus. It marks the return of The Governor (David Morrissey), who has been absent since the season three finale, "Welcome to the Tombs".
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) returns to the prison and informs Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), who had been clearing a large herd of walkers at the fence, about banishing Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) for killing two of their own. Inside the quarantined A Block, conditions continue to worsen for those infected by the deadly virus. Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) tends to the patients, with the aid of Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun). Hershel starts closing everyone's cell doors, following the advice of the dying Dr. Caleb Subramanian (Sunkrish Bala), and kills those who succumb to the virus away from the others' view.
After being told of Carol's exile, Hershel returns to the cell block, where he discovers an unconscious Sasha, whom he revives, leaving a cell with a female walker open. When the man who Glenn is manually ventilating dies; Glenn attempts to call for help, he starts choking on his own blood and passes out. Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) finds Glenn as the intubated man reanimates as a walker, and calls out for Hershel. This alerts the female walker, who attacks Hershel. Chaos erupts as the walkers proliferate within the cellblock; Hershel kills the zombified Dr. Subramanian to retrieve his weapons to kill the walkers, while Lizzie lures the intubated walker away from Glenn. Rick and Maggie hear gunshots from the prison, and Rick tells Maggie to help her father, while he enlists his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) to help with the fence.
Returning to the side of an unconscious Glenn, Hershel realizes he needs the bag valve mask still strapped to the intubated walker, and wrestles it for the bag. Maggie heads to the visitation room, kills remaining undead and shoots the intubated walker, allowing Hershel to retrieve the bag for Glenn. Outside, the fence gives way and a horde of walkers get in. Rick and Carl arm themselves with assault rifles and gun them down. Right after they finish, the van with Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) and Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) arrives with the medicine needed for the remaining sick, and Carl reassures his father that they would be all right. Tyreese goes and cradles his sister in his arms, while Bob goes to administer drugs to Glenn. Hershel returns to the cell of Dr. Subramanian, opens his Bible and breaks down into tears for his fallen friend.
The next morning, Michonne loads the walkers' corpses in a truck, and she and Hershel leave the prison to dispose of them. As Rick and Carl tend to their crops, a man is observing the prison from beyond the gates: The Governor (David Morrissey).
The episode was written by co-producer Channing Powell, her first writing credit for the series after joining the writing staff this season. It was directed by David Boyd, who previously directed the season 3 episode "Arrow on the Doorpost" and served as the director of photography on the series during the first two seasons.
This episode marks the return of The Governor (David Morrissey), who appears at the end of the episode. He was taken out of the opening credits of the episode to keep his return a surprise for the fans. Some critics were impressed with the way The Governor was brought back into the story. Other critics, less so. Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall enjoyed the episode until it "close(d) on the cartoonishly menacing return of the cartoonishly menacing Governor."
Upon its original airing, "Internment" earned 12.20 million viewers and a 6.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. This was down from last week's 13.31 million viewers, and even with last week's 18-49 demographic rating.
Terri Schwartz of Zap2it called the episode "one of the most stressful episodes of The Walking Dead in Season 4, but also one of its best. With Hershel at the episode's center and the virus at its peak, the stakes were never higher for the survivors at the Prison."
Roth Cornet of IGN gave it a very positive review, scoring it 9 out of 10, stating that it "was filled with some great walker and machine gun action, but ultimately served as a moment to demonstrate the importance of a balanced approach to both leadership and parenting."
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- Terri, Schwartz (November 15, 2013). "'New Girl,' 'Parenthood' and more November sweeps best & worst". Zap2it. http://www.zap2it.com/news/pictures/zap-new-girl-parenthood-and-more-november-sweeps-best-worst-20131115,0,5089135.photogallery?index=47. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
- Cornet, Roth (November 10, 2013). "The Walking Dead: "Internment" Review". IGN. http://ign.com/articles/2013/11/11/the-walking-dead-internment-review. Retrieved November 18, 2013.