So, basically the whole episode dealt with a common theme for the season. Being civilized in the wake of a zombie apocalypse vs. survival of the fittest. Dale, as always, took up the argument of keeping some form of humanity going in this new world. Everyone else, basically wanted to turn their head and let be done what needs to be done. Meanwhile, Carl plays the catalyst for events taking some detours along the way.
So Daryl played Sayid to Randall’s Henry Gale (Ben Linus) and interrogated him via torture. We find out that Randall is from a group of 30 people. These 30 people aren’t interested in making more friends. Randall told a story of them coming up in the woods on a father and his 2 daughters. The “unspeakable” acts were “not spoken” but Randall’s face said it all and the father was forced to watch. This reminded me of the walker guy that hung himself outside a tent that Daryl . Perhaps this was the same guy? And if it was the same guy, it would be an interesting question to know if he was infected before he died, wouldn’t it? Hmmmm
Rick was pretty determined to side with Shane on the whole “killing Randall” issue. He’s a threat to keep alive. If they kept him alive they’d have to babysit him and make sure he didn’t turn on them or run to get his friends. But, Dale brought up his case and was given until sundown to talk to everyone. And every single one of them shot him down. Andrea, Hershel, Glenn, Daryl, everyone! Well, actually Daryl didn’t care either way. He thinks the group is broken and is out for himself. But what was nice was that Shane and Dale had a pretty civilized conversation. Even Andrea was being nice to Dale. We should have known then that Dale was facing his expiration. But yeah Shane and Dale agreed that they would never see eye to eye but Shane agreed to keep his mouth shut of everyone sided with him. They didn’t.
So while Dale’s pursuit of righteousness was going on, Carl was feeling a bit unimportant and wanting to get in on the action. We see him going behind Shane and Andrea’s back to taunt their prisoner. “Poking the bear” as Greg Nicotero (director of episode and zombie make-up guy) referred to it on TALKING DEAD last night. Shane flipped out on Carl. Then Carl started telling Caroline there was no God and Sophia is just gone. So Caroline starts flipping out about Carl. Rick has a talking to Carl but it does no good. Then he goes to try and ride Daryl’s motorcycle but he finds something much more interesting. A nice gun. Sweeet. He goes wandering in the woods and finds a walker whose feet are stuck in the mud. OH BOY. What does he do? He starts “poking the bear” again. Throwing rocks at the thing. And then he gets closer with the gun…and of course the walker breaks free and goes after him. SERIOUSLY CARL!?!?! I mean, we spent episodes and episodes invested on Hershel, Shane, whoever doing whatever they can to save him. And now he’s being this daredevil kid? Sure, he can’t be all to blame. He is growing up in this world without rules, and he is surrounded by men and some women killing to protect the group. I guess he’s feeling left out. But, he certainly can’t be forgiven for the incidents he set up at the end of the episode. And something tells me he won’t forgive himself.
In the midst of all this stuff, Hershel and Glenn have a nice discussion. Hershel asked about Glenn’s origins and seemed to come to terms with the fact that he and Maggie love each other. He passed down the family heirloom pocket watch to the first man he ever thought deserved his daughter. Awwww!
And then the vote happen. Dale put up a good case but he was extremely outnumbered. Who knows if it was Andrea’s sympathy for Dale or if she was serious, but she ended up agreeing with Dale in the end that they should find another way. Dale was worried what it would do to the group when they become cold blooded killers. Rick was as close as he could have gotten to finding out, but of course crazy Carl shows up egging his father on. “Do it Dad! Do it!” DAMMIT CARL!!! So anyway, Shane flips out again, and Rick loses his edge and decides they’re going to keep him alive for now. Now, I didn’t see it but apparently, Daryl was going to take matters into his own hands. He had a knife and was just going to kill Randall when everyone else was gone. But then something else happened.
Dale was so frustrated with the vote, he didn’t want to be a part of things. He went for a walk. And of course, he stumbled upon a mangled cow. A walker had gotten to it. And when Dale turned around? Yep, there’s Carl’s walker!!! DAMMIT CARL!!!!! Dale screamed, everyone heard and ran for him. But it was too late. The walker had sliced open Dale’s stomach and guts were exiting all over the place. Hershel knew it was a lost cause right when he saw him. But, he was suffering and suffering badly. Carl, witnessed the scene and saw the walker that caused it and knew immediately what he had done. So we returned to classic Carl crying face.
Anyway, solid episode last night! Looking forward to the final 2 of the season! A note on Alcatraz tonight. Apparently, they’re skipping the episode that was meant to air last week to air the 2 hour episode that was meant to air together tonight. Next week, they’ll return to the episode that was supposed to air previously. Hopefully, that won’t mess up the mythology reveals too much!
Anyway, hope you enjoyed my ramblings and I’ll see you next week!