For a penultimate episode of the winter season, last night’s The Walking Dead could’ve hardly been more perfect, moving all the parts into place, highlighting what a despicable couple of villains we are dealing with, and establishing conflicts of loyalty. It was an insanely intense episode, another strong one in a series of strong episodes this season. There’s been no letdown.
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1. The Continuing Evolution of Carl, Bad Ass Mother Killer — The Michonne zombie perfume trick only lasted so long before even those brain-dead zombies caught on and lunged toward her.
Leave it to Carl to save Michonne, taking out a couple of zombies on her behalf and earning an elevation of his Uproxx badge for next year. Carl, in season four, you will now be placed above Axel (assuming Axel lives). You’ve earned it, kid. Three months ago, you and Lori were the least liked characters on the show, and now you’ve earned our respect.
2. Judith Grimes — Later on, Rick gives Carl a man of the house speech in one of those Leave It To Beaver moments. Then Carl decides to name Lil Ass Kicker the much less glamorous Judith, which sounds like an elementary school teacher or the Mom in Who’s the Boss. Damn, Carl. That’s the best you could come up with? Way to ruin all your good will. YOU’RE BADGE LEVEL IS BUSTED BACK DOWN. I’ll still put him ahead of Beth, Hershel’s other daughter, who I nearly forgot existed until last night.