Welcome Dead Heads! So, was that episode a little better for everyone? The intensity most certainly picked up. The gore factor was at a level that we've come to expect on the show. (There was at least one sequence where I almost turned my head) Yet still, all of the story-building that happened in the first half of the season continued to play out in a way that, to me, was more meaningful due to the time they took in setting it up. I'm sure season 3 will do a better job with pacing to keep all of the fans more satisfied, but I have no issues with the journey we have been taken on this season. The crazy thing is, this show must be one that fans LOVE to be frustrated with. The ratings keep growing at an exponential rate! It's nuts! Okay, let's get into a quick dissection of the episode.
So, we last left off Lori in a terribly contrived car accident where we just assumed this would terminate her pregnancy. NOPE! Lori was just fine in that flipped over car. Except for one thing.
- That walker she hit wasn't too happy about it. He was working his face through the windshield of the car. Lori, doing something other than whining about Rick and Shane and Carl for once, took matters into her own hands. Now, it would appear that there was just a screwdriver hanging out in the car that she was able to gouge into the walker's eye. It may have been a window handle on the door. But, I guess in these dark times you may not leave the house without a screwdriver!
- The fun wasn't done though. There were a couple more Walkers out for some human meat. Luckily, Lori found a gun lying around too and used it! I guess we're getting past the point of being scared of using guns!
It didn't take long for everyone to put the pieces together and realize Lori went after Rick. This set Shane off. It didn't take him too long to track her down.
- Shane lied to Lori to get her back to the farm. He told her that Rick and crew were already back. He probably made the right call there, but of course, there was something else going on with his intentions.
- Shane expressed his love for Lori and Carl to Lori. He talked about the time when they thought Rick was dead. They had something special and it was a long time coming. While Lori disagreed with Shane, I thought there might be a hint of her agreeing with him. Shane also found out that Lori told Rick everything. His reaction seemed to be out of concern for his friend, Rick. They thought he was dead and it was a mistake. But, clearly, he has some mixed feelings on the matter.
- Elsewhere, Daryl still does not want anything to do with the rest of the group. He is grieving for his efforts of trying to find Sophia. And the show is doing their best to make him the 2nd coming of Sawyer. Carol was doing her best to let him vent and pleading with him to not beat himself up about Sophia. Daryl went on a rant blaming Carol for losing Sophia in the first place. And he refused to take onus on the bond that formed between the two of them. So, for now, Daryl will remain a loner. But, I'm sure something will come up that will force him to work with the group again.
The Bar Escape
So, after Rick had shot Philly Dave and Tony in pure self defense, they planned on returning to the farm. But, it would seem that Dave and Tony were not alone. Their people came looking for them. And the drama ensued!
- All we heard were voices outside the bar looking for their "Friends". I loved the line, "Dave and Tony are missing and no one thought to check the bar?" Good times, of course not for our heroes!
- Lots of suspense and intensity led to Rick finally yelling out at their rivals. He said that they were drawn upon by Dave and Tony, and they had no choice but to shoot them down. It's just a sign of the times.
- Obviously, this answer was not sufficient for the outsiders. We ended up being in an all-out gun fight! As always, Rick gave Glenn the toughest task of going to get the car while Hershel covered.
- We learned that Hershel knows how to handle a weapon as well, even if he doesn't like to.
- Glenn ran for the car and got shot at. He then froze, forcing Hershel to shoot a dude and Rick to come to Glenn's rescue. Why did he freeze? We'll get there.
- So, the guy that got shot, ended up being a bunch of Walkers' dinner. Due to the influx of walkers to town, the "bad guys" rounded up the troops and were getting ready to leave. There was one guy on top of the pharmacy. They told him to jump and he actually did. WHAaT!?! He was in a lot of pain based on how he fell, and his friends left him there for dead. It is clear we're dealing with a bunch of SHANES in this new crew. Survival of the fittest and all. (which many would argue is the mentality you need to survive this zombie apocalypse)
- This led to Rick showing his humane side. He refused to just leave this abandoned guy there. The guy plead for his life. Oh yeah, and his leg? It was pierced by a pointy gate. OUCH!!! Hershel discussed removing the leg and even was going to start working on that very thing. (Hello Jack and Boone!) But the walkers concentrated on the area was getting out of control. When they were running out of time, Rick followed his instincts and just did a quick yank of his leg off of the gate. (Thereby leading me to scream "HOLY SH#$#!" and turn my head too late and just start laughing at the TV and saying "this show is awesome!" Ahh, it's the little things in life, kids.)
Just as the Farm crew was assembling to go get Hershel, Rick and Glenn they rolled up introducing a new conflict for everyone to chatter about!
- We learned that this newbie's name is Randall. After a quick Google search, I can tell you that Randall is not a character from the graphic novels. Randall was blindfolded on his trip to the farm. Rick's argument is that his friends left him for dead and they couldn't just leave him there. They were planning to fix him up and then set him off on the road with a canteen.
- Shane and a few others were vehemently against this idea. They are just begging for a war with these guys if they set him free. Or they're just setting up up as Walker bait. Hershel finally got a chance to tell Shane to shove it. Basically saying that it's his farm and if it wasn't for Rick, Shane would be outta here.
- This led to an infamous Shane/Andrea discussion about what's right for the group. Andrea is totally on Shane's side saying that he has done more for the group's survival than anyone else including Rick. But she told Shane it's in his presentation that needs work. She said that they need the two of them since they're the only ones that see what's coming. I wouldn't agree with that. We heard Dale hinting at this whole "Needs of the Many outweighing the needs of the few or the one" Star Trek argument back in the season premiere. He knows the mindset that Shane has and he just doesn't agree with it. He believes they need to hold onto their humanity, right or wrong!
- Had to love when the group rolled in. We just assumed Maggie was going to hug her father before Glenn, but she ran right past him to Glenn. Good stuff! Later Maggie expressed her anger at Hershel for leaving to get a drink. She said she didn't know what to do when he was gone.
- But Glenn was actually mad at Maggie for her expression of love before he left. He said that he froze out there because he was afraid of abandoning her. Now, he most definitely loves her too but is mad that he let himself get attached. So, he stormed off for now but I'm sure there's more to come there!
- Andrea and Maggie also shared a moment with Maggie's dehydrated and in shock sister. Maggie told a story about siblings having fun with birth control pills while Hershel had no idea what was going on. Clearly, Andrea was identifying with the story since she had a sister too who was recently taken from her.
- It would appear that Beth is not in any danger of becoming a Walker or anything just yet. But, we'll keep tabs on this story. It still seems weird that she would touch a walker and then just all of a sudden be unconscious with a fever and dehydrated. But whatever!
- Oh yeah, and I totally forgot to mention above that Shane accidentally let Carl know that Lori was pregnant. Carl was initially shocked but came around on it being excited to be a big brother. Lori was more concerned about having "THE TALK" with Carl. Loved Dale's "don't look at me, that's the dad's job!"
- The big cliffhanging moment happened when Lori and Rick were alone in their tent. Lori decided it was time to reopen the awkward story of her and Shane. She thinks Shane has become a danger to the group. Why? Because he's still in love with Lori. She brought up how she's pretty sure Shane killed Otis. And while it may have partially been to save Carl, it was also because he's in love with Lori. He thinks that Lori is his and that the baby is his and he doesn't think Rick can protect them. Rick identified with Shane as he killed people today because he loved Lori. Killed the living to protect what's his. So, we all see where Lori is going with this right? Shane is a liability and WILL kill Rick if it means saving Lori and Carl all for himself. So what is she implying? Yep, it's time to off Shane! WHAAT!?!?!?!