We’re currently in the middle of the wildest, most unpredictable season of ‘The Walking Dead.’ So before the action gets even crazier, let’s count down the moments that have stunned us the most so far. SPOILERS ahead!
In a world that’s overrun by zombies — in which everyone is infected with a zombie virus — shocking moments are pretty easy to come by. But The Walking Dead, deep into its fourth season, continues to find ways to surprise and render us into nothing more than a pile of mushy, delicious brains. It was hard to do, but we boiled down this shocking season of The Walking Dead into seven, often horrific moments. Keep reading and see if you agree with us.
‘Walking Dead’ Season Four: The 7 Most Shocking Moments
1. Carol Gets Banished/Carol Returns
To be fair, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) arguably had a reason to kick Carol (Melissa McBride) out of the group when she admitted to killing and burning two of their own. But we had a feeling Carol wouldn’t be gone for long, and she made a valiant return in the mid-season premiere, coming out of nowhere to save Lizzie, Mika, and baby Judith from being certain zombie food.
Speaking of certain zombie food, that’s exactly what Tyreese (Chad Coleman) was in “Isolation” when a massive herd surrounded him. Big T’s group kept moving, assuming that he was a goner for sure, but Tyreese kept literally hammering away, and the next thing we knew, he was stumbling back to the group, hammer in hand, doused in zombie guts.
3. The Governor Decapitates Hershel
Easily the saddest moment of season four so far. Hershel (Scott Wilson) was a good, peaceful man; a guy who still believed in a happy ending for humanity despite living in a zombie apocalypse. So we still haven’t recovered from when The Governor (David Morrissey) started Prison War II by chopping his head off with Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) katana. To make things even worse, the mid-season premiere began with the horrific image of Michonne stabbing Hershel’s zombified, decapitated head. We’ll never forget you, Hershel.
4. The Governor Shoots Meghan
In the same episode that The Gov ended Hershel, he brutally put a bullet through his adopted seven-year-old daughter’s head after she had been bitten. It was the final stop on The Governor’s trip towards full-blown psychopathy, and it showed just how unfeeling and dead inside he truly was. Thankfully he didn’t last too long after that.
5. Carl Eats An Entire Bucket Of Chocolate Pudding
I mean, come on, that was just ridiculous. 112 ounces of pudding! And then he just walked back to the safe house without a stomach ache!? Now that’s the definition of “shocking.”
6. Lizzie Tries To Smother Baby Judith
As this season has progressed, Lizzie has been revealed to be crazier and crazier. She has an odd relationship with zombies, she murders rodents, and she maybe killed the two members of the group and let Carol take the fall for her. But her most bone-chilling moment was when she and her sister Mika were being tracked down by zombies because baby Judith couldn’t stop crying. Lizzie, with her psychotic tendencies flaring, totally blacked out and tried to smother Judith to death. Thankfully, superhero Carol barged in and saved the day, and the baby’s life.
7. Eugene Hints At a Cure
Besides Carol returning, this has been the one positive, shocking moment of season four. But after months, maybe years, of operating with the basic goal of just staying alive, the new character Eugene (Josh McDermitt) hinted that there may be a way out of this horrible world after all. It’s revealed that two other new characters, Sergeant Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos), are transporting the “scientist” Eugene to Washington D.C., where there’s apparently some important people working on a plan to “save humanity.” It may all be a hoax, but the characters in The Walking Dead need an injection of hope once in a while.
So HollywoodLifers, did we miss any of your favorite moments? Let us know in the comments below. And as always, watch out for walkers.
— Andrew Gruttadaro