Hello fellow avid watchers of the Zombie Apocalypse. Welcome back to another discussion of The Walking Dead. I know this is a bold statement, but this may be the best or one of the best episodes they've ever done. I don't remember the imminent fear or suspense of everything going on being so strong in the recent past, and maybe not even this much in the first season. The focused plot and the pacing of the episode was near perfect. I can't tell you how many times I thought Hershel was going down! So, given my high praise, it would be hard for me not to reward this episode of The Walking Dead with my "WOW!!" seal of approval. Really liking this season, and can't wait to see what's next. But, until then we have an episode to dissect!
- We debated for awhile last week what Rick was going to tell everyone. I liked the solution of the show. Honesty. But, he only told Maggie and Hershel to start. He probably played the odds that they would support his cause. And with Hershel being the "humanitarian" of the cast for now, he definitely would not support Carol's approach to dealing with things. I like at the end of the episode how Daryl was looking for Carol, and Hershel told him to go see Rick. And also how Rick delayed having to tell Daryl by going for a stroll with his son. Rick did tell the story in a way that seemed to give Carol a positive outlook. He made it sound like he was doing Carol a favor, since Tyreese would be seeking revenge. He also provided her with a car and supplies, so that was a plus to his story too.
- So, I know we've been all thinking Hershel was going to kick it soon (well, a lot of us have been expecting it at least). But, then they had to go and make Hershel a badass! This episode made it worth all of the pontificating he's had to do for 2 years to lead up to it. He maintained his strength for the sick residents. When one died, he'd do what it took to ensure the dead did not return AWAY from everyone's line of sight. He was all about maintaining some semblance of humanity for everyone. Of course, Dr. S. warned him that it's going to get bad quickly. And it did. They did such a great setup with people dying in different sections of the quarantine and turning. Hershel was conflicted with trying to skewer one of the dead's brain while leaving another one dead in their cell. Then there was the guy that said his son was sleeping, but he really was dead. Then there was the guy that very sick Glenn was with who died and turned on him. Yikes, it was nuts! But, Hershel, Lizzie, Glenn and Sasha found a way to survive the whole mess, thanks to a sacrifice Rick made in letting Maggie break the quarantine and help out. Awesome setup, awesome execution. In Gimple we trust!
- Rick and Maggie were trying to brace the fence with sawed off logs, which according to the Mythbusters dude on Talking Dead was a bad strategy. I have to think that the Governor has been helping with luring these herds of walkers to the prison grounds. I'm sure the rats helped, and maybe someone on the inside was helping ol' Phillip. We'll find out I'm sure. But anyway, they heard the gunshots and Rick sent Maggie on her way. Rick recruited Carl to help with the rest. They had some great father/son bonding moments as one of the logs broke like a twig under the massive force of a LOT of walkers. The fence collapsed and it was time to run. They went through their options, but it ended up being time for Rick to teach Carl how to use their high tech automatic weaponry. So, they upped the ante on their father/son bonding to a new level as they took out 100s of walkers together and then pierced their heads with some crowbars or something like that for good measure afterwards. Temporary problem solved, but the fence is down! It's not safe anymore!
- No more safety, being a theme that Rick brought up to Hershel as well. They all lived under the illusion that they could make this new civilization work. But, they were kidding themselves. They got past the sickness, they stopped the onslaught at the fence, but things will not be the same. And Rick is probably starting to understand that he'll need to resume his leadership role. But, time will tell on that.
- So, was anyone else getting a creepy vibe every time Carl ran out of that corner of where the non sick children were being quarantined? He said he did not use his gun, and maybe we should believe that at face value. But the fact that we didn't see where he was coming from and the way he ran in from out of nowhere, it was a little creepy. My mind started wandering to some dark places thinking of what Carl is capable of and the limits that this show is not afraid to go to. So, I guess we'll see if there's any merit to that.
- There has to be a reason, also, why they keep building up this Lizzie character. I thought she was going to start using Carol's advice in this episode with Henry that turned walker. But, instead she thought the walker was still human and tried to lure him away from Glenn. She was successful in getting it away from Glenn, but she also almost got herself killed because of her beliefs in these walkers. At the end of the episode, we see her rubbing her boot in either Henry or Glenn's blood which was very bizarre. Not really sure where they're going with her character, but I'm sure we'll see!