You will not want to miss a minute of tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Internment,” written by Channing Powell and directed by David Boyd. In fact, be prepared to spend the entire hour perched on the edge of your seat because it’s an hour of almost non-stop action.
Powell is new to the writers’ room this season and her only other writing credit is for White Collar, but she delivers an action packed episode and demonstrates that she really knows these characters and their voices. Boyd previously directed in season two. If you think the episode is particularly beautifully shot, that could be because Boyd is a seasoned director of photography, having filled that role on The Walking Dead and that other comic-based show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as Sons of Anarchy, Without a Trace, and Firefly to name a few.
I’m not sure how the actors do it week in and week out, but this is another powerful episode with strong performances by Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Chandler Riggs (Carl), and Steven Yeun (Glenn). This may be Lauren Cohen’s (Maggie) strongest performance yet. But the episode is a master acting class from Scott Wilson (Hershel).
I can’t possibly say enough about Wilson’s performance in this episode. Come back to read my review for a detailed explanation of every scene he knocks out of the park – and there are a lot of them! Clearly, the episode brings us back inside the prison and back inside the epidemic. The episode also revisits some of the themes we’ve already seen this season. What does it take in this world to maintain your humanity and what is its cost?
Rick does return to the prison, but I’m not going to speculate on what he says to anyone – or doesn’t say – about the events of last week’s episode – you’re going to have to tune in to find out! People will die from the disease – but again, you’ll have to tune it to find that answer! And finally, two final teases. Two things will happen in the final minutes of the episode that will have you shouting – or possibly screaming – at your television screen.
“Internment” airs tonight at 9pm on AMC and Friday, November 15 at 10pm on Fox in the UK. Excited for tonight? Speculations on those two events? Let me know what you are most worried about or looking forward to in the comments below!