Beth has been out of sight but not of mind since last season, when she was kidnapped not quite under Daryl's nose but close enough. We still don't know how exactly she got from the kidnapping car to the hospital in Atlanta, but there she is, in a place populated with the requisite mixture of people who prey on the weak, people struggling to maintain some sense of order, and those with a few shreds of humanity still intact.
Actually, on that last point, those shreds are pretty thin. The doc who befriends Beth has her kill a bed-ridden patient, simply because, as we learn at the end, the patient was himself a doctor, and the doctor in the hospital of horrors didn't want any competition.
This hospital comes replete with a pit - literally - making this an episode of The Walking Dead meets Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum. But there are a few glimmers of hope, for Beth, maybe. The orderly who helps her escape does make it to freedom, himself, even if Beth does not. When I saw this, I was thinking, good, he's the way Daryl and Rick will now be able to find out where Beth is.
But the ending held another nice surprise - Carol wheeled in on a stretcher. Not that seeing Carol on a stretcher is nice. But she's still alive, and if anyone can get Beth sprung from this quiet madhouse, it's Carol.
Another good standalone story, which wraps up nicely with a splash of the reality - in the person of Carol - we've come to know and look forward to.
See also: The Walking Dead 5.1: The Redemption of Carole ... The Walking Dead 5.3: Meets Alfred Hitchcock and The Twilight Zone
And see also The Walking Dead 4.1: The New Plague ... The Walking Dead 4.2: The Baby and the Flu ... The Walking Dead 4.3: Death in Every Corner ...The Walking Dead 4.4: Hershel, Carl, and Maggie ... The Walking Dead 4.6: The Good Governor ... The Walking Dead 4.7: The Governor's Other Foot ... The Walking Dead 4.8: Vintage Fall Finale ... The Walking Dead 4.9: A Nightmare on Walking Dead Street ... The Walking Dead 4:14: Too Far ... The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale: From the Gunfire into the Frying Pan
And see also The Walking Dead Back on AMC ... The Walking Dead 2.2: The Nature of Vet ... The Walking Dead 2.3: Shane and Otis ... The Walking Dead 2.4: What Happened at the Pharmacy ... The Walking Dead 2.6: Secrets Told ... The Walking Dead 2.7: Rick's Way vs. Shane's Way ... The Walking Dead 2.8: The Farm, the Road, and the Town ... The Walking Dead 2.9: Worse than Walkers ... The Walking Dead 2.11: Young Calling the Shots ... The Walking Dead 2.12: Walkers Without Bites ... The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale