Rick attempts to rescue an imperiled member of the group, while a recent attack has left Woodbury in disarray. Later, concerns are raised at the prison after new guests arrive.
Suicide King was a solid mid-season premiere with lots of action, some character development, some great and bad things mixed in to keep me as a viewer interested and so involved I literary found myself sitting on the edge of my seat.
This episode expanded Carol's character a lot, and really made her grow on me. Her interaction with Carl and later with Beth were strong and shed a light on how much did she change since season 1, when she was just an abused wife.
Also we've got some insight on how much Glenn has changed coming out of Governor's captivity - fear is gone there, instead it is replaced with loads of anger. So far that anger gives him strength, but that can also lead to his self-destruction - and that's of a few hooks making me grind my teeth in vainly wishing for the next episode to air sooner.
What happens if one has to choose between blood family and family of friends and comrades? Daryl's answer to that was Blood is Thicker Than Water. Having in mind that Rick is mentally starting to fall apart, Daryl's choice to leave with Merle left the prison group much weaker. Hopefully something nasty stuff will happen to Merle in a near future, and Daryl will be back with the group where he belongs.
Rick is strong and weak at the same time. On the one hand, he still did well to get his people back from Governor's clutch. On the other, quite unfortunately, all those recent loses, and especially of Lori, unraveled many and many cracks of his mental state which probably were building on since Shane or even earlier. Anyway, hope he will come round pretty soon and be his strong and solid self again. Rick in denial is like quite a natural state to people who've come through much of stress and loss as him, but I'd prefer him not to be crazy.
The only two things that keeps me bugging are Michone and Andrea. I simply do not get Andrea. WFT is she still doing sticking with Governor and And Michone? Is she ever going to act like a somewhat normal person? Her skulking might be fun and all, but right now it kind of is ruining a potentially great character