This weeks episode, entitled Inmates, served as a status check on all your favorite characters since the fall of the prison. And it was done in a very unique way. The Director of the episode took a page out of Takeshi Shimizu‘s playbook and used alternating timelines within the story. Shimizu-san was most noted for this in The Grudge (Ju-On) film series. So if you have already watched episode 10 go back and watch it from end to beginning and you will see that it takes on a more sequential and traditional feel.
Another notable and possible influence for this episode would be the last episode of M*A*S*H “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen“. While we learn that Judith is alive and well there is a very intense scene where Walkers are on the move and Tyreese leaves the sisters to protect the baby. Sounds attract the Walkers and Judith is crying very loud. In the last M*A*S*H episode there is a very similar scene where Hawkeye is on a stalled medical/transport bus and enemy soldiers are coming in. On the bus is a baby crying very loud and could possibly attract the soldiers. Both iterations were very well done and very intense.
We see the return of a much beloved character Carol and an introduction of a new characters Abraham. Also a map along the train tracks show Terminus as a possible safe haven. Terminus was the original real life name for Atlanta. But way back in Season 01 we all know that Atlanta is not the place to be so this angle will get interesting. Now that all the chess pieces are back on the board, the story for the rest of Season 04 should pick up steam and possibly shock us in the end.