Where did this Walker herd come from?
Well, we opened the season with a walker herd, it makes sense that we'd close the season with one too, right? We flash back to who knows when and see the masses of walkers that were still roaming around Atlanta. Then, remember back in season 1 when Rick saw a helicopter? Well it was back in this episode! The Walkers heard the sound and started moving towards wherever it was going, in large masses. I mean, we know there were tons of walkers in that city and a lot of them could have seen that helicopter (surely, we haven't seen the last of this chopper).
So, then the herd starts walking down the highway. We see them pass the cars that I can only assume was the same traffic jam of cars we saw in the season premiere. Then they wandered off into the forest, and onto farmland. Probably Hershel's farm property, but not sure. The sheer force of thousands of walkers broke through the wooden fence. And they were continuing to move through another forest when they heard a gunshot. (Shane's gunshot or Carl's Gunshot or both) And then they all began to move towards the farm.
RIP Hershel's Farm
This was just absolute mayhem. How do I sum this up? Carl was questioning how Shane died and became a walker. Rick didn't have time to explain because they noticed the herd coming their way. Everyone at the farm barely have time to catch up and wonder where Rick and Shane are because they spot the walkers too. They start arming for battle. Maggie gets a great line when she tosses some shotguns around about being a southern girl and picking up a thing or two. Lori realizes Carl is missing, adding a bit of drama to their potential escape as she doesn't want to leave without him.
Rick and Carl make their way to the barn and it's glorious. Rick does the whole "human bait trick" and lures a bunch of them into the barn. He climbs the ladder and Carl drops a lighter into the gasoline drenched barn. Awesome!! (and yes, they actually set that barn on fire for this final act! fantastic)
Hershel is prepared to go down with his ship (farm) and he starts popping walkers one by one with his shotgun. Everyone else has gotten in vehicles and are driving in circles and dropping geeks at every turn. The barn being set on fire alerts them that Rick may have set that up. They send Jimmy (Hershel's barely seen son) in the RV to ride around back and check it out. The RV provides a platform for Rick and Carl to jump on, but Jimmy isn't so lucky. This is why they cast a few extra people each season folks! May as well have been wearing a red shirt all season. Lori is finally convinced to leave the farm house without Carl but can't convince Hershel to go. He doesn't even hear her yelling. She is with Beth and Patricia (Hershel's daughters, the first one being the one that attempted suicide). Patricia gets taken away by the walkers and Lori is forced to break Beth away from her. Red shirt #2 down. (well seriously, we already lost Dale and Shane, chances were we weren't going to lose another major character last night, right?!)
Daryl's affection for Carol was not dead, he was able to ride his bike over and save her from the walkers surrounding her. Andrea was in that area too, but T-Dog thought she was bitten and taken down so they leave her!! WHAAT?! Lots of confusion surrounding this farm escape!
Glenn and Maggie have no choice but to just take off too leaving Maggie an absolute wreck.
Hershel looks like he's going to go down as a walker creeps up behind him. But Rick comes to the rescue and takes that guy out! Whew. I'll be honest. I didn't think Hershel would escape season 2, and apparently the writers didn't either. They confirmed that they had planned on taking him out in last week's episode. Randall was going to kill him or something. But they didn't like how it was coming together and they loved Hershel's character. So, they kept him alive! (for now, right?) Anyway, Hershel was devastated having to leave the farm, but Rick convinces him.
And so our group is all separated, but at least they had the smarts to return to a common rendezvous point. The highway traffic jam where they waited for Sophia to come back. It didn't look likely for awhile. Carl was refusing to go anywhere without his mother. Hershel was telling Rick to get his son to safety. T-Dog was planning to head to the east coast with Lori and Beth, but Lori was able to convince him otherwise. (way to have a big stand there T-Dog! You had maybe 5 lines this episode. I guess that counts as significant.)
And so, they all meet up and all is happy for a bit until they realize Shane is gone and Andrea is missing. Daryl volunteers to go back for her, but Rick wants to keep everyone together from now on. He's convinced she's either dead or long gone from there. So, they plan to head out East. But not before Daryl gets one more kill under his belt with "Preppy Walker" (named on Talking Dead's "in Memoriam". Hysterical montage last night, by the way)
|Daryl: "Saw tailights zig zagging all over the road. Figured he had to be Asian." Glenn: "good one!"|
So, apparently in the comics Andrea becomes this bad-ass sharp shooter/walker killer. We saw that transformation starting earlier this season with her target practice and sniper skills. But we saw Andrea: Action Hero tonight. She had no choice but to fend for herself. She was running for what seemed like forever and shooting walkers in every direction. She even slammed one against a tree and then snapped its neck. NICE! But eventually, she was running out of gas. And a walker got her on the ground and was about to take a nice bite.
But then someone came to her rescue. And that disgusting sound was the sound of every comic-book nerd in the galaxy simultaneously wetting themselves when they saw a hooded figure on screen with 2 armless walkers chained to it (her), and yes, a samuri sword! She sliced off the head of Andrea's foe and left Andrea in a thankful and very confused state.
Ladies and gentelemen, meet Michonne, one of the most infamous characters from The Walking Dead's comic book franchise. Fans have been dying for her to show up. I figured it was going to happen at the start of this 2nd half, but they saved it for a cliffhanger in the finale. Apparently, we're in for some fun stuff with her. And Robert Kirkman announced the casting of some girl from Treme to play her. Kirkman or Mazarra, I forget who, said that this is someone who has figured out a way to live in this new world without fear or trying to survive. So, season 3 we'll be taking a new approach from this girl's point of view. Should be fun!
Live Together Die Alone
So enroute towards the East, Rick's car is running on fumes. All 3 vehicles stop and they discuss setting camp here for the night and looking for gas in the morning. People start questioning the safety of this idea. And they start questioning further the fact that Randall came back as a walker even At this point, Rick connects the dots of what Jenner told him in the CDC. He tells everyone "We're all infected. Whatever it is, we all carry it." We kinda figured that out last night or even before, but it was still chilling to hear him say it. The group is confused and angry at this revelation that Rick has been sitting on. Rick defends his decision to keep it secret. He didn't want to cause a false alarm. Jenner was a little nuts, so he had no way of knowing for sure. Until, he saw Shane come back. Of course, he knew something was up when he saw those 2 dead cops with no bites. Obviously, this changes everything now. The way they think. No more talk of suicide, unless you're going to pop yourself in the head.
So Rick walks away from the group and Lori follows saying she's sure he had his reasons from keeping it from the group. Rick comes clean about Shane too. How Shane set him up with the Randall situation to take him out. Rick was convinced he could have talked Shane down, but he was tired. It was just easier to kill him. Lori looked absolutely shocked, but she shouldn't have. She was the one that tried to convince Rick to kill him in the first place! So, I've convinced myself that it was the fact that Carl gave Shane the "final death" that put her over the edge. Anyway, Lori wouldn't let Rick touch her by the end of the episode. She's furious. And once again, our group is broken!
Carol wants to take their chances without Rick. She wants a man of honor. Hershel has Rick's back, as does Daryl. But they're all just bickering about what to do next. And then Rick just loses it. He again repeats how he killed his best friend for them. They're all just shocked. He explains the same thing he did to Lori. Shane was egging him on and he was a liability. And Shane attacked HIM. He had talked all season, and earlier this episode about having hope that there is some place out there where they can "hunker down". A safe haven where they can "live" again. He doesn't want to lose that hope. But now, he says maybe he's fooling himself and maybe they're all better off without him. He did the whole reluctant leader thing with the "I didn't ask for this" speech. But, instead of Jack Shephard's inspiring "if we can't live together, we're going to die alone" speech, he said this. "There's the door. Let's see how far you get. Send me a post card." When no one leaves. He said, "Let's get one thing straight. This isn't a democracy anymore." WOAAAAAAA Rick has come into his own and he's PISSED!! But, did anyone see Hershel's nod of approval? He likes this new bad-ass Rick! And that's where we leave things folks!
Well, not quite yet. The camera zooms out, and pans up to reveal the # 2 thing that got all of the book fans excited. THE PRISON!!!!
TO BE CONTINUED!!
Yes, the prison will be a big setting in #3. But judging how "the farm" got on people's nerves being the setting for ALL of season 2, something tells me it might be a little more fast paced than what we have become accustomed to. But, I have no idea what even happens at the prison, but just seeing that shot of it got me excited too! Plus, another famed character from the books that I know little about: The Governor was recently cast for season 3! (and no, it's not Merle Dixon as previously speculated)
Anyway, what a way to wrap up the season, folks! I'm giddy with excitement for season 3. But, also glad that we can set this show aside for a little bit too. Lots of good shows coming to take its place on AMC with Mad Men returning next week. And then Breaking Bad to resume once Mad Men ends. Whew, lots of good TV! And of course, Game of Thrones starts April 1st! All of these shows are excellent shows to discuss, but I will not be taking up a blogging venture for them. So, if you want to discuss, bring them up in comments of any recap and I'll be happy to discuss them!!
And with that said, I'll sign off on Walking Dead blogging until season 3! Hope you enjoyed my ramblings and I'll see you next season!