the walking dead recapping: sick

Previously on The Walking Dead: Seed

Time is running out; Hershel is bleeding out and has lost consciousness after his attack and amputation. The surviving prisoners that were revealed in the season premiere could either be an asset or a threat to the group, and Rick must continue to make his lone judgments for the group as he continues his reign as leader.

The five surviving prisoners–a mixed group of threatening looking hoodlums–follow Rick and the group out of the cafeteria after their revelation. They are initially hostile towards the group, and vice versa, as they make their arguments over who claims ownership of the prison. After a brief standoff, the prisoners begin to tell their story. For the past 294 days, they have been locked inside the cafeteria after a riot broke out on the prison yard that left a majority of inmates and guards dead or zombified. They are oblivious to the true devastation of the outbreak and are shocked when Rick enlightens them by taking them outside of the prison and into the yard where they are immediately confronted by zombies. After another heated argument over the ownership of the prison, Rick and the leader, Tomas (played by Nick Gomez) come to an agreement: Rick and his group will remain in their current cell block, and Tomas and his crew will reside in a cleared out cell block under the condition that they will stay away from Rick’s group.

Hershel’s life is hanging by a thread. Carol and Lori have managed to stop the bleeding and no fever has appeared, but they remain worried over his slowing pulse and labored breathing. Glen and Beth manage to keep hopeful thoughts of his recovery–with Beth even cutting Hershel’s pant leg so he can move around comfortably–while Maggie keeps a realistic perspective on her father’s condition. Maggie tells her father that she does not want him to fight for his life anymore and that she wants him to be at peace.  Carol, who has become the second in command caregiver, realizes that in the event of Hershel’s death, she will need more medical practice for when Lori’s baby is ready to be birthed. She ultimately sets out to practice on Zombie cadavers so she will be ready for when the time comes.

Rick is conflicted over the prisoners. However, he, along with Daryl, and T-Dawg, sets out to teach the prisoners how to kill zombies. When confronted, the prisoners ambush the zombies with such brutal violence and ferocity that it is almost comical. After some time, they teach them to kill zombies in a clean manner without the “prison riot crap”–going for the brains (an obvious homage to every classic zombie movie). However one prisoner, Oscar, is scratched by a zombie. Rick debates putting Oscar into quarantine when Tomas immediately murders Oscar in what can only be described as “prison riot crap.”

Rick finds a cell to clear out for the prisoners. During the skirmish with the zombies, Tomas makes the sketchy decision to throw a zombie on top of Rick. Daryl manages to (always) kill the zombie just in time. Tomas claims the zombie was “coming at me, bro”. Of Course, Rick doesn’t take crap from anyone, and in all rationality, makes his decision about the prisoners. Rick throws a machete at Tomas’ head and locks Andrew outside with a hoard of zombies. After talking with the two surviving members, Axel (played by Lew Temple) and Oscar (played by Vincent M. Ward), Rick decides to let them live in the cell block from the original agreement.

Hershel stops breathing! But, with the quick thinking of Lori (who finally did something useful), is revived with CPR. Herhsel finally wakes up and we are left relieved and wondering how this will impact the group.

  • Okay, so this was the first time Lori actually did something that wasn’t a complete disaster. Although she is still trying to be a helicopter parent by yelling at Carl after he bravely finds medical supplies for Hershel’s benefit. I did not like Carl much in season two because he caused so much of the chaos and the ultimate death of Dale, he’s already proving himself as a valuable member of the group.
  • Was Rick provoked to kill Tomas and Andrew based on Tomas’ split second decision to throw the zombie on him, or did he make the decision before hand and was waiting for the opportune moment? Rick has already proved to viewers that he does not trust outsiders, and a group of inmate outsiders are less than ideal for any type of survival group. Further more, Rick suggested that he had reasons to want to kill the inmates. Personally, I think Rick was waiting for the perfect moment to kill Tomas and his gang so their murder would seem rational and necessary for the group’s survival. Rick is slightly evolving into the person Shane told him to be–a man without morals who uses all means necessary to protect the group.
  • Hershel pretty much died and then came back a living human being. Is he going to slowly evolve into a zombie? Or is there something more to the death that brings about the zombification?



“It’s your lucky day, boys. State of Georgia has pardoned you.”-Daryl

“You got a cell phone so I can call my family?”-Oscar
“You really don’t get it, do you?”-Rick

“Aint no way that Robin Hood cat is responsible for killing all these bodies.”- Tomas

“You’ve got to be worried sick about delivering the baby.”-Carol
“Look at me, do I look worried?”- Lori
“You look disgusting.”-Carol

“Remember to go for the brain.”-Rick

When not obsessively catching up with current and ’90′s television shows, aliciawrites19 enjoys nerding out to her favorite books and learning survival skills from horror films.

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