Still (The Walking Dead)

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"Still"
The Walking Dead episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 12
Directed by Julius Ramsay
Written by Angela Kang
Original air date March 2, 2014 (2014-03-02)
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"Still" is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead; it aired on AMC on March 2, 2014. In this episode — written by Angela Kang and directed by Julius Ramsay — Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) explore the woods, coming across a country club and an old cabin Daryl had previously discovered, where they drink moonshine and learn more personal information about each other. It is the first episode of the series to feature only two of the main characters.

Plot[edit]

Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Beth (Emily Kinney) find an abandoned car on the side of a road. They climb in and spend the night inside it as a large herd of walkers pass. The next morning, they climb out of the car and scavenge it for supplies before moving out. Later, Daryl hunts for food while Beth makes a fire at a camp that they have set up. Daryl kills a large snake. He brings it back to the camp, where he and Beth cook and eat it. After she is finished, Beth tells Daryl she wants a drink of alcohol, explaining that Hershel had never let her have any. When Daryl does not respond, she angrily takes his knife and leaves. As Beth is walking, walkers appear and she is forced to hide. Daryl arrives and leads her back to the camp, much to her anger. She angrily tells Daryl that she can take care of herself, before the two of them leave camp.

They stumble onto a golf course as a group of walkers emerge from the woods. Beth decides to go to the country club at the edge of the golf course, believing that it will have alcohol. Once inside, they find dead bodies scattered all over the floor, while three people who supposedly committed suicide earlier hang from the ceiling by their necks and have now changed into walkers. As Beth looks for alcohol, Daryl begins collecting money that has been scattered across the floor, to Beth's bemusement. The walkers from the golf course attempt to enter the room, forcing Daryl and Beth to seek refuge deeper inside the clubhouse.

As they work their way deeper into the building, Beth finds an unopened bottle of wine. However, a walker attacks her from the shadows, and she is forced to smash the bottle to use as a makeshift weapon, before finally killing it with her knife. She sees Daryl watching and sarcastically thanks him for his help. Daryl reminds her that she had said she could take care of herself. Exploring further, Beth discovers writing on the wall saying "Welcome to the dogtrot", and more bodies.

They find a shop further inside the building. The pair discover the top half of a female corpse pinned onto some mannequin legs, with a sign reading "rich bitch" pinned to the chest. At Beth's insistence, Daryl covers the corpse with a tarp. As they continue searching, a grandfather clock they had passed earlier begins to chime, attracting the walkers left in the club house. Daryl and Beth attempt to run and, when faced with a dead end, Daryl begins dispatching the walkers using his crossbow, then a golf club and his knife, before finally savagely beating the last one with the golf club.

They then find the club house's bar, and Beth searches it for alcohol. Beth finds a half-empty bottle of peach schnapps, and asks Daryl if it is any good, to which he replies "no". After being unable to find a clean glass, Beth begins to break down in tears. Daryl angrily walks to where she is sitting and takes the bottle, smashing it on the floor, and telling her that her first drink will be something better.

He then takes her to a rundown house he says he found with Michonne. He enters a shack beside the house with Beth and retrieves a crate of moonshine. They take shelter in the house and Daryl pours Beth a glass of the moonshine. Beth offers Daryl a drink, but he refuses, saying that someone needs to have their wits about them. She nonetheless convinces Daryl to play Never have I ever, during which Daryl also becomes intoxicated. One of the questions Beth asks Daryl offends him and Daryl becomes upset and belligerent. He forcefully takes Beth outside to where a walker has been attracted to the house, supposedly to teach her how to use his crossbow. He shoots the walker in the chest, pinning it to a tree, and tries to force Beth to kill it with his crossbow. She refuses and instead stabs it in the head with her knife. They then begin arguing, during which Daryl yells at Beth for being lost on the road, having lost her whole family and only wanting to have a drink like a "dumb college girl", and Beth accuses Daryl of not caring about anyone. Daryl breaks down, revealing that he feels directly responsible for Hershel's death because he had failed to kill The Governor. Beth then embraces him as he continues to sob.

Later in the night, Daryl shares a story to Beth about Merle and him when they were kids. Beth tells Daryl that he will ultimately be the last person standing, that "he gets to stay who he is, not who he was". She then explains to Daryl that he has to put the bad things in his past away or they will kill him, and suggests that they burn down the house. Daryl smiles and tells her they will need more alcohol. They pour all of the moonshine all over the house, and prepare to light it. Daryl offers Beth the matches and the money that he collected earlier, which she lights and throws into the house. The house begins to burn and Beth and Daryl both flip off the house while watching it burn before turning away and leaving.

Production[edit]

Reedus (left) and Kinney (right) were the only regular actors to appear in the episode.

"Still" was written by producer Angela Kang and directed by series editor Julius Ramsay, marking his directorial debut.

This episode focuses entirely on the characters of Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney). This episode is the first to feature just two series regulars. Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Chandler Riggs (Carl), and Melissa McBride (Carol) are all credited but do not appear. Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (Bob) are also absent but are credited as "also starring".

The final scene in the episode features "Up the Wolves" by The Mountain Goats.

Reception[edit]

Viewership[edit]

Upon airing, the episode was watched by 12.61 million American viewers, receiving an 18–49 rating of 6.4.[1] This presented a slight decrease in ratings from the previous episode,[2] but still presented strong ratings airing against the 86th Academy Awards. The show placed first overall in cable television viewing.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Roth Cornet of IGN gave the episode a positive review, mainly praising the character development of Daryl and Beth, and gave the episode a score of 8.5 out of 10. She commented that the episode featured "some of the most grounded and engaging character moments of the season" and praised the horror elements, particularly the opening sequence, calling it "evocative" and "very satisfyingly, creepy."[3]

Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club rated the episode a "B". He noted the episode's slower pace, with no advancement of plot, but enjoyed the character development. He positively commented on the opening sequence, as well as the concluding scene. Overall, he wrote, the episode "has its moments, but the lack of forward progress, and the failure to turn authorly ambition into effective results, keeps it from being a success."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (March 4, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'The Walking Dead' Wins Night, 'Talking Dead', 'True Detective', Oscars Red Carpet, 'Girls' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 25, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'The Walking Dead' Wins Night, + 'Talking Dead', 'Real Housewives of Atlanta', 'True Detective' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Cornet, Roth (March 2, 2014). "The Walking Dead: "Still" Review". IGN. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ Handlen, Zack (March 2, 2014). "The Walking Dead: "Still"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 

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