BRING IN THE GIRL-POWER: In Its Most Desperate Moments, ‘The Walking Dead’ Relies On Girl Power

girl powerIf last week’s episode of The Walking Dead was all about Carl becoming a man—whatever that means in the post-apocalypse–then this week’s installment, “Inmates,” is all about girl power. And it gave us some of the most deeply moving moments in the series.  (Spoilers for The Walking Dead up to Episode 410)

From a housekeeping point-of-view, Episode 410 had a straightforward function: telling us who got out and where they ended up.

The guardedly good news is that things aren’t quite as grim as it might seem to our hearty band. The members of the core group who survived the battle all managed to escape largely uninjured and indeed seem to be in small groups wandering in the woods only yards from each other.

But this episode is far more than just exposition, and the credit has to go to the strong women at the heart of each of those groups.

We start out with the odd couple of Daryl and Beth. Daryl has the best combination of skills and attitude of anyone in the group, and he finds himself teamed up with Beth, arguably its most fragile member. But Beth has been down this road before. Back on the farm, she tried to kill herself, but found the strength—indeed, the hope—to try to turn the prison into a home. And in the wake of seeing her father beheaded, she’s still summons the strength to burn a page from her diary. But not the whole thing.

The action cuts quickly to Tyreese’s Day Care Center. He’s caring for Mika and Lizzie and, yes, Baby Judith, who’s missing her bloodied car seat, but is otherwise none the worse for the experience.

And Carol.

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