The battle for the prison begins.

Title: “Home”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Seith Mann
Written by Nicole Beattie

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Laurie Holden as Andrea
David Morrissey as the Governor
Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Norman Reedus as Darryl Dixon
Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon
Scott Wilson as Herschel Greene
Melissa Suzanne McBride as Carol Peletier
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
Lew Temple as Axel
Dallas Roberts as Milton
Jose Pablo Cantillo as Martinez
Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes

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Premise

Divisions grow within all groups—and the Governor launches a strike against the prison.

High Point

The story begins well, with writing and direction by people who understand that TV is a visual medium. Some may find episode’s conclusion a little brief— we’ve awaited this battle for more than a year— but it is only a battle, and well handled, even if the arrival of reinforcements seemed a little too convenient.

Low Point

I know we’ll see much more of the Dixon brothers, but this wee’s script feels like a lost opportunity. We get too little and too forced a sense of how their time apart has affected them, before they return, cavalry-like, in the nick of time.

The Scores

Originality: 4/6

Effects: 6/6

Story: 5/6 The story builds to the expected battle, in which the Governor unleashes an unexpected but perfectly logical weapon. The script cheats the Dixon brothers, and the Woodbury scenes still feel a bit uneven.

Acting: 5/6

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6

  • I hope we’ll get an explanation for where Chase Tyreese and his group were during the final scenes of this episode.
  • Michonne finally offers some helpful information.
  • Can a corpse really work that well as a shield against high-powered weapons? It looks cool, but it strikes me (and I admit I lack experience with weapons of that caliber) that it comes from the same theory of weapons physics that allows Carl to kill with precision across great distances with his pistol….
  • …Except in this ep, where everyone in the battle proves a pretty poor shot.

In total, “Home” receives 36/42

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