The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 4: Slabtown

2 Emily Kinney stars as Beth in Episode 4 entitled Slabtown of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5


Another cliffhanger AMC? Not happy… But, anyway, here’s what went down in Episode 4 (entitled Slabtown) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Beth (Emily Kinney) gets her episode of glory when she wakes up in a hospital. One quick look out the window and we discover she’s in Atlanta. This is really cool actually, as we get another peek into a place we haven’t seen for a while. But any excitement is quickly quelled when Dr. Stephen Edward (Erik Jensen) and Lady Governor Officer Dawn Lerner (Christine Woods) enter the room. It seems along with a broken wrist, Beth also has a debt to pay off…

So this hospital is one Carol (Melissa McBride) would approve of, since if you don’t show an immediate display of recovery, you are stabbed in the brain and thrown down the human garbage disposal unit lift shaft to the walkers below. Beth, on the other hand, is quickly trying to work out how to escape her newest level of hell.

Just when you think it can’t get any worse for Beth, enter Officer McRapey Gorman (Cullen Moss). Thank you AMC, I will never be able to eat a lollipop without my stomach turning now. And it seems his lady friend, Joan (Keisha Castle-Hughes), agrees and will do ANYTHING to escape his gropey clutches.

3 Emily Kinney stars as Beth in Episode 4 entitled Slabtown of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

However, not all is shit in this bleak new world. Beth meets Noah (Tyler James Williams). While Noah seems cool, we soon discover the hospital is even worse than we all suspected when he lets us in on some of the back story to this place.

Doctor Edward seems nice too … that is until a new doctor is bought in and he is asked to save his life. Of course no one knows he is a doctor yet, it isn’t until Noah and Beth plan their escape that this becomes apparent – and the lengths at which the current Doc will go to in order to remain the one true doctor. It seems telling Beth one drug but meaning another in order to kill the guy (which he totally knew before all the shit hit the fan) is okay in his book…

So, Beth and Noah finally decide to blow the joint, and the only way to escape is via the life shaft. Thanks to Noah being the main laundry bitch, he makes a rope out of sheets and Beth steals the key.

This is when it goes to hell in a hand basket.

Firstly, Beth discovers Joan lying dead on the floor of Lady Governor’s office. Dead, but not brain dead. So Beth has to hurry in order to find that key and escape before Joan turns. This is when she discovers the truth about doctor #2. But there’s no time to dwell on that because Officer McRapey is coming through the door and offering to shut his mouth so long as Beth puts out. Beth is totally okay with this, but that’s only because Joan is waking up and ready to feast on some Gorman brains! After this, Beth, conveniently, steals his gun.

Now it’s time for Beth and Noah to escape. It all goes well until (predictably) Noah falls down the lift shaft and twists his ankle. It’s up to Beth to do the shooting to clear the walkers as they escape the hospital from hell. Of course, this being The Walking Dead universe, the escape does not proceed as expected. Even though Noah has a twisted ankle, he manages to beat Beth to the gap in the fence. Which makes Beth smile – even as she is being cuffed and dragged back inside.

4 Emily Kinney stars as Beth in Episode 4 entitled Slabtown of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

This is when Beth fesses up to Doctor Edward and lets him know she knows he screwed her over in relation to making her kill doctor #2. The doctor tries to justify his position but to no avail. Beth keeps quiet as she steals a pair of scissors.

Just when you think she is going to stab that doctor, a stretcher arrives and we discover an injured Carol being wheeled in.

Oh. Shit.

Melissa McBride stars as Carol in Episode 4 entitled Slabtown of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

Just some randoms:

  • I honestly think Carol is injured (as opposed to the theory that she is a Trojan horse sent in to bring down the hospital). It plays in well with the fact they kept referring to patients as having to recover quickly in order to be saved. I think Beth will have to fight for Carol’s life as a result. Plus, at the end of last week’s episode, Daryl (Norman Reedus) looked really distraught – just the way he would look if he had seen Carol injured and dragged away.
  • Did anyone else wonder what would have happened if Shane (Jon Bernthal) had have come across this group? He would have totally fit in with this crowd!
  • Actually, could you imagine if Rick had come across them at the start too? How would he have turned out if he had have stayed with this group?
  • Being back in Atlanta got me wondering about the gang Rick had a run in with in Season 2 – the one’s looking after the nursing home residents. I wonder if we will get to see a conclusion to this story as a result?
  • In fact, I really want to go back to Season 2 and watch it all over again to see if I can find any references to this new group
  • Oh, and as for finding out the fate of Carol or who Daryl returned with? Doesn’t seem like we will find out in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) of The Walking Dead either since this is the promo video for next week:


Let me know what you thought of Episode 4 (entitled Slabtown) of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 5 by commenting below!

Source: YouTube – The Walking Dead 5×05 Promo “Self Help”

You can read my Episode 5 recap here.

(Photo Credits: AMC)

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13 Responses to The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 4: Slabtown

  1. A waste of Keisha Castle-Hughes save for going zombie and eating Officer McRapey.

    One of the rumors I’ve seen is that, in two episodes, we see her get hit by a car. So she is hurts. I’ve heard that The Ricktatorship shows up with LOTS of guns to come and get their people, and . . . someone dies.

    And, frankly, they better hope Carol is hurt, ’cause she’d burn that joint to the ground in no time.

    A little bit of trivia: “Slabtown” was the name of a famous red-light district in Atlanta during the late 1800’s. That area of town is where Grady Memorial–the hospital where Beth is “staying”–is located.

  2. marctom1 says:

    After all that Beth has gone through, the farm, the prison, the escape? You would have thought she’d have grown a pair by now.
    I almost fell asleep and simply couldn’t connect with this storyline.
    Bah humbug!

  3. marctom1 says:

    The last thing we want to see is TWD turning into a soap, which is what I was thinking about this episode…soapy!
    Off topic, but have you seen In The Flesh? Similar but not so lavish in the gore dept.

    • mrszoomby says:

      They sure have to watch out for that indeed Marc! 🙂 As for In the Flesh, I have seen the first two eps. It’s a really interesting concept for sure! I must sit down and catch with it 🙂

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