I am a bit pressed for time today so I'll give some quick bullets and let you guys fill the rest in in the comments! I may be close to resolving my issues with grabbing screenshots, but I ran out of time this morning to actually get them done so I apologize once again! Let's head into the recap.
- Lots of fallout from the barn shootout. Shane is still amped up and frustrated with Rick. He admits to Carol that he didn't know Sophia was in the barn, but he thinks Hershel did. Or he's still just trying to cover up for he sacrifice of Otis. Hershel clears up what we were speculating. Otis was the one that rounded up the walkers from the farm's surroundings. He probably found Sophia and put her in the barn, and probably never got a chance to tell anyone before he shot Carl and then was trying to help save him. Enter Shane who sacrificed Otis to save Carl.
- Naturally, Dale even more frustrated with Shane's approach to life these days. Shane had a blow-up in front of Dale (who remained silent) justifying his actions. Dale has started going behind Shane's back and telling people his speculations of the Otis sacrifice. He told Lori that Shane all but flaunted it in his face. And he forshadowed a little that it won't be long before he offs someone else. At least, I would assume in the show's context that this might be a bit of foreshadowing!
- Carl has become a bit of a walking zombie himself. He is turning into a mini-Shane and told his mother that Rick made the right call in shooting Sophia. Creeeepy!! (even if he's right) This sets Lori off on trying to get Rick to set a good example for his son.
- Carol is off her rocker in this episode, rightfully so. She admits that her daughter has been long gone so refuses to attend the funeral for their "loved ones" (they burned those other suckers!). It'll be interesting to see what kind of character she becomes now that her family is all gone.
- Glenn and Maggie's love affair takes another advancement with Maggie's admission of "LOVE" and Glenn's lengthy over-thinking of it. If he ever gets back to her though, he'll probably reciprocate thanks to Rick's "love counseling" (because he's the guy to talk to when it comes to a healthy marriage!).
- For anyone who was missing the gore factor this week, we were treated to a stockpile of corpses from the barn being readied for burning. An arm fell off one of them and Andrea hopped off of the truck to get it. Fantastic little nonchalant addition to the episode.
- So then there's the interesting parts that could have long-term effects on the show. Hershel's daughter, Beth ran towards her zombified mother to mourn her. She touched the body...she was still "alive" (in the undead sense). She was not bitten and Andrea gave Mama Greene a nice sickel to the head. But, she all of a sudden collapsed later on and has come down with a fever. Hmmm, has the UNDEAD virus gone airborne? That certainly would be interesting. There are things I could speculate from the book here (which I have not read), and maybe I'll put them in a "possible spoiler" section below. But, there has to be a reason why she has come down with this fever and it's not SHOCK from seeing her mother that way.
- So Hershel needed time to reflect and process everything he has learned since episode 7 and everything he has seen unfold. He gave up alcohol back in the day but today seemed like a good day to pick it back up. He went to his favorite watering hole in town. Rick and Glenn (against Lori, Shane and Maggie's wishes) went to go retrieve him. Rick promised to bring Glenn back (always a scary thing to say in a show like this). Lori got impatient because of Beth's worsening condition. Daryl, after feeling he was so close to finding Sophia and then finding out she was in the barn that whole time, is pretty much refusing to help anyone and is really torn up inside. Lori asks him to go get Rick and Hershel and he refuses. He really wanted to save that girl from a broken family, probably to somehow make up for his rough childhood. Anyway, Lori decides she needs to take matters into her own hands, gets in a car, starts reading a map without paying attention and then BAM...hits a walker. (insert "Why did the Walker cross the road?" jokes here) Her car goes a bit out of control and flips off of the road. WHAAAT!?!? I'm sure Lori is still alive (for now), but might that have been a convenient way to get her "UNPREGNANT" again? I guess we'll find out. I also speculate that whatever group this Dave and Tony came from (we'll get to them), I think the rest of that group is going to find Lori which will be a great way for these 2 groups to confront each other!
- So, then there's Hershel and Rick and their battles with faith. Hershel tells Rick and Glenn that he has lost his faith. All of his efforts were for nothing. The moment that convinced him? When Shane put all of those bullets in his wife and she kept coming. He realized he was feeding corpses all of this time. He felt a semblance of hope when Rick and crew came to the farm. When they saved Carl. But it was all a sham. Otis died. It was a "bait n' switch." There is no hope anymore. Rick seemed to win him over with a "it doesn't matter how we feel, we need to give the rest of them hope" speech. Hey, he almost had me convinced with it. In another show, this is where the stars would align and they'd rush back home to safe Beth. Well, Walking Dead didn't get the memo. They decided to introduce more characters!
- Enter Dave (Rene from True Blood) and Tony. They hail from the great city of Philadelphia (yeaaah!!), Pennsylvania. These characters served multiple purposes. One was to give us news from the rest of the country on the apocalypse. DC has been overrun, so has Philly obviously. We also learn that Fort Benning is a lost cause too. Uh oh, that's where our crew was planning to go! There is mention of Nebraska being a safe haven and is also used as a nice diss by Rick a few moments from then. We learn that there are more people to their group (hence me mentioning maybe they'll find Lori above). Maybe they even have a samuri in that group! (speculation from what I've heard about the book) But the biggest thing we've learn is that just because we have found more humans doesn't mean we have found allies. Things got REAL once Dave starts asking about where these guys are making shelter. Rick and Hershel finally seemed aligned in protecting the farm from outsiders. Things got really intense but they would not yield. Eventually, Dave figured out that there was a farm and he wasn't going to quit until they were allowed to stay there too. (or run Rick and crew out of the farm and keep it for themselves) Tony got a little antsy and threatened to shoot them all right there. Dave went behind the bar putting his gun on the bar and getting a drink. Rick, being the cop that he is, sensed a shootout coming. Tony went for the gun but Rick was too quick! He took them both out!! Woaaaa.....some switch has definitely turned in his head since shooting Sophia. Of course, what he did was in self-defense. It still seems like he did it to protect the farm. Either way it was crazy, and I'm sure there will be reprecussions when we meet the rest of their crew. (seems inevitable, right?)
(i.e. knowledge from graphic novels)
So, before we get into the discussions below I do want to speculate about some things that might be considered "SPOILERISH" if you haven't read anything about the book plots. (if you want to discuss them in the comments too, just precursor them with a "potential spoiler" warning too)
- Okay, so I'm basing this off of things I know fromthe book and what we saw progress in this episode. Basically, in the books, eventually the readers learn that the Walker plague spreads more than just by direct bites. In fact, we learn that ALL people that die will come back as walkers. CRAZY, right!? There are some readers of this blog that speculate that this is what we may learn that Jenner whispered to Rick at the end of season 1. So, enter in the events from last night. Beth seems to maybe have contracted the walker virus from airborne activity. (something showrunner Glenn Mazzara mentioned on "talking dead" last night was a good question from a caller and that we'd learn in the next few epiodes the answer) So, we already know it might be more than just a bite. Now, let's think back to every episode that has aired from season 1. Have we seen any human die yet that has not been walker related? (besides the explosion at the CDC) I don't think we have, until last night. Rick shot those 2 guys in the bar. Tony may have received a headshot, but I don't think Dave did. Is there a chance that we may see these 2 people rise again? And what will the reprecussions be for the show?
- Maybe it will give everyone a reason to fight to live again? Because, if you die that's what you're going to become. All speculation at this point until something in the show happens to prove it. As we know, they're not following the books exactly!