The Walking Dead Episode 5: Wildfire Recap and Review: First Time Zombie Transformation

We’re getting close to the season finale episode just one week away for AMC’s The Walking Dead series. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Glenn (Steven Yeun), T-Dog (IronE Singleton) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) come back to the camp just in time to stop the zombie attacks after retrieving some weapons in Atlanta. Andrea’s (Laurie Holden) sister, Amy (Emma Bell), gets her arm bitten and Ed (Adam Minarovich), women abuser, gets it in the face by a zombie.

Episode 5 starts with Rick contacting the father and son from episode 1 and Andrea next to her dead sister. This scene with Andrea and Amy pissed me off because she knows that her sister is going to turn, but decides to just sit there next to her sister and risk her own life, just so that she can shoot her later? That’s cutting it close and being reckless.

Daryl wants to burn all the dead bodies, including the one’s that were in the camp group, but Glenn is against it, saying that they deserve a proper burial. Later on, Daryl makes sure the zombies are dead by hitting all the zombies in the brain with a pick axe. He’s about to hit Ed, who’s now dead, but Ed’s wife intervenes and decides she wants to do it. She smashes his face with the pick axe, not once, but many times. That’s what he gets for abusing her for all these years.

Poor Jim (Andrew Rothenberg) as we find out he’s bitten. Of course Daryl gets all scared and wants to strike Jim dead before he turns. Good ol’ Rick stops him saying that we do not kill the living.

The camp group goes back and forth and decides that their best course of action is to head down to the CDC, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja) and his family decides to go elsewhere while Jim get’s left behind since he knows he’s going to turn.

Meanwhile, we cut to another scene with a scientist inside a lab doing some experiments with a fresh zombie tissue. He accidentally causes a hazard warning and goes into the quarantine zone while the lab gets flamed because of the accident. It’s after this moment when he sees through the surveillance camera the camp group walking towards the CDC, where he’s located in. Rick begs for whoever is inside to help them and the door shutters open. And that’s the end of our episode, with dramatic bright lights included.

This episode had a slower pace, which I’m starting to notice that the episodes alternate between more action-oriented to drama-oriented, with the last one being action-oriented. It’s been a slow progression, but we did get to see a glimpse of Shane’s evil desire as he wishes to kill Rick Grimes in the woods during a sweep. We think that Daryl’s the bad guy of the bunch, but Shane is truly scarier, since he poses as a nice guy.

Catch the season finale of The Walking Dead on December 5th as the group enters the CDC and encounters even more problems.

Grade: B

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