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thoughts on the walking dead: beside the dying fire

Previously on The Walking Dead: Better Angels

  • A herd of walkers are attracted to the farm after Shane and Carl’s gunfire.
  • All the survivors are split up. Jimmy and Patricia are killed while Andrea is, inadvertently, left behind.
  • Everyone, minus Andrea, regroup at the road where the season started.
  • Andrea runs through the woods while fighting off waves of walkers.
  • The survivors make camp near the road for the night.
  • Rick tells Lori that he had to kill Shane.
  • Andrea has run out of ammo and is about to be attacked by a walker when a mysterious swords(wo)man saves her.
  • Rick tells the survivors that Jenner told him – while at the CDC – that everyone is already infected. He also seems to take more of a stern approach with the group after they – again – challenge his leadership role.
  • A nearby prison seems to foreshadow the next locale for season three.

Battle Royale at the Barn: The amount of walkers that stormed the barn was insane! Were they all really following that helicopter until they heard Shane and Carl’s gunshots? Why didn’t the survivors just camp out on the road for awhile then head back to the barn? It’s not like the walkers are going to take up residency. I doubt they care about thread counts and rooming arrangements.

Jenner Knows Best: Now that the survivors know they are inevitably doomed to be among the walking dead how will they react? Is all hope lost? I don’t think so. As far as we know the infection doesn’t affect life util after death so…party on dudes!

Samurais With Slaves? It doesn’t make any sense to me either but we all saw it. Who is Andrea’s hooded savior and where did they come from? Are they going to actually help Andrea or is she in more trouble than she was before? Why were those walkers in chains and why does the fact that their arms were cut off deter them from still biting..ya know…with their mouths? Someone better answers these questions for me…but without all those icky *spoilers*.

Zombie Baby?! Here’s looking at you Lori. I wouldn’t think that the infection would cause two living humans to create a dead…living…baby? But don’t quote me on that.

Rick, Finally! Was I the only one who almost leaped with joy when Rick told everyone to STFU? Maybe him killing Shane was exactly what he needed to push himself over the edge and I can’t wait to see how everyone reacts to it. They have been challenging his leadership role all season and, now that he is claiming it, I can’t wait to see who is the first to rebel against a more aggressive  Rick.

Salvation in Solitary? Maybe it sounds like an oxymoron – or just plain stupid – but prison could be the best thing to happen to our favorite group of vagabonds. I think it’s safe to assume that the prison is going to have a few inhabitants already nestled inside upon arrival though. I’m hoping for a pleasant mixture of living and dead – all about equal opportunity around these parts. Rick asked for a place to “fortify”, and when I think prison just guess what word comes to mind? Cell blocks unite!

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thoughts on the walking dead: better angels

Previously on The Walking Dead: Judge, Jury, Executioner

  • The survivors have a funeral service for Dale.
  • Carl tells Shane that he is the reason Dale was killed by the walker.
  • Hershel allows the survivors to move into the house after Dale’s attack.
  • Rick decides that he is going to let Randall free miles away from the farm.
  • Lori thanks Shane for keeping them alive and apologizes for her part in their relationship.
  • Shane frees Randall and heads to the woods where he snaps his neck.
  • Shane goes out with Daryl, Rick and Glenn to find Randall.
  • Daryl finds Randall but he is a walker. Daryl finds that Randall has no bite marks though.
  • Shane gets Rick alone, with intentions to kill him, but Rick ends up killing Shane instead.
  • Carl finds Rick near Shane’s body. Shane then comes back to life – in walker form – but Carl shoots him in the head.
  • A horde of walkers are headed straight for the farm after the gunfire.

Yes Carl, It Was Your Fault: I understand that Shane and Rick didn’t want to make Carl more emo than he already was but I can be honest: I blame you Carl. Had it not been for him playing arround with that walker in the woods then Dale would still be alive. Plain and simple.

No More Mr. Nice Guy: Shane has been pushing Rick’s limitations all season and it finally got him killed. Never did I think Rick would be the one to kill Shane but it made the scene 10x more awesome. I was actually prepared to see Shane try to branch out and make his way to Randall’s group. Even though the survivors are surrounded by walkers and rival groups Shane had managed to become the main antagonist of the season. I have no idea what to expect now.

Necessary Overkill: So you don’t need to be bitten to turn into a walker now?! We saw it with Randall but I assumed Daryl overlooked a bite. In the case with Shane, there was opportunity for a walker to bite him. We saw some random images of walkers…being walkers(?) but definitely no bites. I’m thinking that after extended exposure to walkers one doesn’t have to be bitten to transform, but if they die due to head trauma then the change does not occur. I’m no doctor but I am a pseudo-specialist in the field. You are welcome.

On the next The Walking Dead: Beside the Dying Fire

Will is a (not so) recovering TV and movie addict and TVDM only helps in feeding his vices. TVDM is the best outlet for him to spread his disease -without the use of airborne pathogens...

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thoughts on the walking dead: judge, jury, executioner

Previously on The Walking Dead: 18 Miles Out

  • Daryl beats Randall in an attempt to get information about his group.
  • Rick decides to kill Randall to eliminate him as a potential threat. Dale disagrees and tries to get other members on his side.
  • Carl finds a gun and heads into the woods where he finds a trapped walker. The walker manages to free himself as Carl escapes.
  • Dale finds that no one agrees with his effort to keep Randall alive.
  • Hershel gives Glenn a family heirloom. Maybe a sign that Hershel is accepting Glenn’s relevance in Maggie’s life.
  • The house rules that Randall be killed.
  • Carl walks into the barn as Rick is about to execute Randall but Rick can’t pull the trigger.
  • Rick decides to keep Randall in custody until they can come up with an alternate solution.
  • Out on the farm, Dale is fatally wounded by the walker that Carl encountered earlier. Daryl shoots Dale to end his suffering.

Dale’s Demise: I have had my opinions about Dale – most of them being of a less favorable nature – but I was actually saddened to see him go out the way he did. Yes, he can be annoying. Yes, he does pry in everyone else’s affairs. Yes, he has floral patterns on his shirt. As horrible as all those things are he was still the most solid moral compass left. No one else is going to be able to play his role. Shane is clearly a lost cause and Andrea is close to following suit. Rick is still being influenced by Shane’s opinions of him. Lori has settled into her role of being a homemaker. Daryl is a wild card but I don’t see him making the decision to save a life as opposed to eliminating a threat. I guess this is where T-Dog steps up? Nah…

Hardcore Carl: I don’t know what Carl experienced while in his coma but he has gradually been becoming mini-Shane. Even though he doesn’t dominate the screen as much as the elder characters he manages to be just as erratic in that compact time frame. Clearly his world has been drastically changed, as has everyone else’s, but I didn’t expect him to change so suddenly. Maybe his realization that he is, in part, responsible for Dale’s death will make him understand that he has to play by the rules before he causes more trouble for himself and the group.

Passive Aggression: Did anyone REALLY think Rick was going to follow through with executing Randall? Because if you did this may have been the first episode you’ve ever seen from this show. I knew as soon as I saw that Rick was to be in control of killing Randall that he would be gun shy. Carl’s sudden appearance is a good scapegoat for his reluctance but I can see through that smoke screen. Rick is still a decent man and he isn’t use to killing those who don’t deserve it. I’m not sure what has to happen for him to cross that line but it makes for good tension betweeh he and Shane at the moment so I’m good with it.

On the next The Walking Dead: Better Angels

Will is a (not so) recovering TV and movie addict and TVDM only helps in feeding his vices. TVDM is the best outlet for him to spread his disease -without the use of airborne pathogens...

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thoughts on the walking dead: 18 miles out

Previously on The Walking Dead: Triggerfinger

  • Shane and Rick head out to leave Randall (Michael Zegen) to fend for himself (at least) 18 miles away from the farm.
  • Rick tells Shane that he will do whatever it takes to protect his family.
  • Lori stops Beth from committing suicide.
  • After Rick and Shane get into a fight, the three road trippers are caught in a walker attack.
  • After being left alone with Andrea, Beth locks herself in the bathroom and…makes her decision?
  • Rick and Shane decide to take Randall back to the farm after they escape.
  • Maggie tells Andrea to “Never step foot in the house again” after putting her sister’s life in danger.

Rick Rules: I’ll translate Rick’s speech to Shane for you all: “Shane, stop trying to snatch up my family and rank because I’m not as soft as you think I am. You weren’t with me when I had an OK Corral-esque shootout last week. Quick Draw Rick is alive and well.” Whether Shane takes heed to Rick’s hidden warning is yet to be determined but now he knows he is on Rick’s radar moving forward.

Skipping out on Laundry Detail: It’s clear that Andrea has always been the “odd-woman out” when it comes to the group. The other women tend to favor household duties whereas she is comfortable going on dangerous excursions with the men. As long as she is doing her best to help the group survive then why are you so upset Lori? Weren’t you the one who just wrecked a car FOR NO REASON last week?! Talk about counter-productive. I don’t care if you prefer clothespins or headshots, just don’t be Dale.

Suicide Watch: I do hope that this story arc is over but it did do a great job in further pushing Andrea towards Shane. Everyone knows what Shane’s methods are when it comes to survival. They now know that Andrea isn’t afraid of some rather unconventional methods of self-preservation. I still don’t think Andrea is ready to branch out and completely sever their ties with the group but I think they are ready to shake-up the hierarchical structure before the season ends.

Randall Rides Again: Honestly, I thought Randall was going to be walker fodder last week. I thought the same thing this week until he said he went to school with Maggie – Rick wasn’t going to let that fall on deaf ears. Somehow he managed to keep himself alive again. I don’t trust that he is as innocent and upstanding as he says he is and I don’t want him to be. Shane might need a new recruit if he plans on a coup. Rick might need a new deputy. Daryl might need another brother. Glenn might need some competition – because no one else has come close.

On the next The Walking Dead: Judge, Jury, Executioner

Will is a (not so) recovering TV and movie addict and TVDM only helps in feeding his vices. TVDM is the best outlet for him to spread his disease -without the use of airborne pathogens...

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thoughts on the walking dead: cherokee rose

Shane’s Conscience

The episode begins with everyone at the farmhouse having a funeral-like ceremony for Otis who was left for dead by Shane in order to escape with medical supplies. Otis’ wife asks for Shane to share Otis’ “final moments” since he was the last one to see him alive. Shane is clearly being haunted about the decision he made as he tells a made-up account how Otis died. Later, Shane asks Lori if she meant it when she asked him to stay with the group. She tells him yes.

I like that Shane’s character is finally productive in the plot. I know he was having sex with Lori in the beginning of the first season but that issue has been, mostly, swept under the rug.

Daryl’s Dedication 

Daryl has never been one to divert from a plan he has set upon and that is still the case now. He continues to search for Sophia. He even goes off by himself to do so. It seems as though the other members are almost giving up on the chance that Sophia is still alive but Daryl.  Maybe it’s due to the fact that Daryl’s brother went missing and he has never had the chance to search for him so he is putting all the effort into finding Sophia. He even finds a “Cherokee rose” for Carol and tells her a comforting tale to help her deal with their current situation. Daryl is turning into just the right balance of anti-hero the group needs.

Rick’s Proposal

Hershel tells Rick that his group can’t stay at the farmhouse permanently. He says that after they find Sophia and Carl heals from surgery that they have to move on. Initially Rick says he understand but he changes his stance later on. Rick asks Hershel to reconsider. He says that Hershel doesn’t understand how difficult it is “on the road”. He also says that he just wants to be able to do what’s best for his son who he feels he lets down everyday. After a story about Hershel’s father being less than spectacular to him he tells Rick that if his group can obey Hershel’s rules then he might be willing to let them stay around.

Even though most of the “action” happens away from the farmhouse I think it’s a great hub for Rick’s group to plan and just take a safe break every now and again. I don’t feel as thought they’ll be calling Hershel’s farmhouse  home for too long but it’s what they need right now.

Side (Con)Quests

  • Lori may be pregnant. By who? My money is on Shane – but who trusts ONE self-pregnancy test, right? Right?!
  • The water supply on the farmhouse may be contaminated after a walker’s insides are spilled in a well.
  • Excuse my maturity but…”Glenn and Maggie sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G (and sexing).” Well played.
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