"Claimed" is the eleventh episode of the fourth season of AMC's The Walking Dead. It is the forty-sixth episode of the series overall. It premiered on February 23, 2014 at 9/8c on AMC, and on February 24, 2014 at 9pm on Fox. It was written by Nichole Beattie and Seth Hoffman, and directed by Seith Mann.
Just when Rick thinks he's going to be able to relax, he's faced with multiple immediate threats. Other members of the group deal with their past.
Tara sits at the back of Abraham's military truck, writing the street names on her hand as the truck drives past them. They stop in a car wreckage, three walkers nearby start to beat at the back of the truck, when Tara is about to shoot them with a rifle, Abraham orders her to stop, and proceeds to attack them with a crowbar, one by one they all fall down. Tara notices one thing, saying it's the first time she sees him smiling, he then says that is because "He's the luckiest guy in the world".
Michonne and Carl sit down for a bowl of cereal for breakfast. Michonne remarks that she'd love to have soy milk for breakfast, which Carl remarks of how nasty it is and that he'd rather drink Judith's formula than soy milk, which upsets him and he leaves from the table. Michonne tells Rick they are going on a supply run. Rick offers his services, but Michonne tells him that he needs to rest. Rick gives Carl his Colt Python, giving him and Michonne until Midday to return. Rick then goes upstairs and falls asleep.
After clearing their first house, Michonne tries to cheer Carl up by eating a copious amount of Crazy Cheese and acting like a walker. When this fails to make Carl laugh, she remarks that she is good at making toddlers laugh. This prompts Carl to ask when she was around toddlers. Michonne replies that she had a child before the apocalypse, which surprises Carl.
Rick awakes from his sleep to the sound of strangers in the lower level of the house. After hearing approaching footsteps, he dives under the bed after retrieving signs of another living human being there; a bottle of water and a book. A survivor named Tony who entered the house jumps on top of the bed after circling it a few times, and soon falls asleep.
Michonne and Carl are continuing cleaning out the house. Carl convinces Michonne to reveal that her child's name was Andre Anthony. Michonne finds a baby's room, with an entire deceased family inside. Shaken, Michonne slams the door shut and sees Carl standing outside, and lies to him that there was a dead animal inside. Carl seems to see through the lie, but doesn't press the issue and they stand together in the room. "Maybe Andre and Judith are together somewhere" Carl tells Michonne.
Len enters the room with Rick, who is still hiding underneath the bed. After arguing about who gets to sleep in the bed Rick is hiding underneath, Len violently throws Tony off of the bed, and a fight occurs. Tony sees Rick while he is being choked on the floor by Len, but falls into unconsciousness before he can say anything. The second survivor, satisfied, leaves his friend on the floor and goes to sleep in the bed.
On the back of Abraham's truck, Glenn wakes up. He frantically bashes on the back window until Abraham angrily stops the truck and gets out. Glenn tries to leave, but Abraham tells him that he is causing disruptions to 'The Mission.' After Glenn enquirers about the mission, Abraham reveals that Eugene knows exactly what caused the beginning of the apocalypse, and that government officials are to meet with him in Washington. Glenn tries to leave anyway, and after Abraham tries to force him to stay, he punches him. Abraham jumps on top of Glenn, and the two fight. Meanwhile, Eugene sees approaching walkers and takes it upon himself to try and kill them. His bad aim (on account of firing from the hip) causes him to rupture the fuel tank. Abraham and the others kill the walkers, and Glenn sets off with Tara for the bus. Abraham, after a moment's hesitation, follows them.
While Len sleeps and Tony is knocked out, Rick leaves the room and attempts to leave the house, but he is spotted by Lou, who is brutally attacked by Rick. After a short scuffle, Rick chokes Lou to death and acquires his submachine gun. After leaving the bathroom door slightly open (presumably so his reanimated corpse can attack the others), he then leaves through a window and walks around the edge of the house. He sees the leader of group Joe sitting outside and is about to kill him when he hears screams coming from Harley (supposedly). The man Rick strangled earlier had died and reanimated. Joe sitting outside runs off to assist. Rick sees Michonne and Carl approaching the house. He sprints towards them and directs them away from the house. As they walk, Carl offers Michonne some Crazy Cheese and she laughs, while Rick gives them a bewildered look. They walk down the train tracks and spot a sign. After a short discussion, the trio decide to head towards where the sign is directing them. The sign is then revealed to say: '"Sanctuary for all. Community for all. Those who arrive, survive. Terminus."'
- Lou (Alive and Zombified)
- First appearance of Joe.
- First appearance of Tony.
- First appearance of Len.
- First appearance of Harley. (Voice Only)
- First (and last) appearance of Lou.
- Michonne revealed that her son's name was Andre Anthony and that he was three years old.
- The title of the episode comes from Tony, who argues with Len over the bed that Rick Grimes is hiding under, saying that it is "claimed". This is the phrase commonly used by Joe's group.
- When Michonne is in the bedroom with the dead family, one of the dead bodies is holding a Super Dinosaur comic book, another comic book written by Robert Kirkman.
- The scenes where Abraham introduces his group and where he kills the three walkers are adapted from Issue 54 of the Comic Series.
- The bedroom scene is similar to what Morgan discovers in Issue 60 of the comic book.
- The jacket that Rick took and later puts on towards the end of the episode, strikingly resembles the one worn by his comic series counterpart.
- There is a 'Boondock Saints' poster somewhere in the episode, (Norman Reedus portrays one of the main characters in both 'The Boondock Saints' and it's sequel, 'The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day'. Reedus had no idea the poster was there).
- This episode marks Michonne's 25th episode on The Walking Dead.
- In this episode, Rick's bandage is removed, after receiving it from his fight with Tyreese in "Isolation".
- When clearly a house, Michonne sees a picture with an eye crossed out, possibly referring to what happens to Carl in "No Way Out".
- When Abraham stops the military truck to takeout the walkers with a crowbar. The crowbar is covered in both blood and walker flesh. When he finishes killing all walkers, he proceeds to pull the crowbar out of the final walker. The crowbar, however, is completely clean and unused with no traces of blood or flesh on it.
- When Rick is strangling Lou in the bathroom, Lou knocks over most objects on the counter-top, except a lint roller, which is seen rolling on the counter. In the next shot, when Lou is reaching for the pair of scissors, the lint roller is seen standing up. Then, in the next shot, it has been replaced with a hairbrush.
- Once again, the lawns outside some of the houses are mowed, this is most notably seen when Michonne tries to entertain Carl with Crazy Cheese and the grass verge of the side of the cornfields has been recently cut.
- The road when Eugene saw the walkers coming out from the fields was wet, but later on the road was seen dry.
- When Glenn demands that Abraham stop the truck so he and Tara can get off. Eugene is seen in the background standing next to the truck facing right of the camera. But when the camera cuts back to Eugene by himself, he's now facing the opposite direction. Also the items in the back of the truck move from left to right.