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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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the walking dead recapping: bloodletting

The episode starts with a flashback of the day Rick was shot. Lori is talking with another parent about her and Rick’s relationship when Shane drives up to tell her the news.

We then go to Rick sprinting through a field carrying a bleeding and unconscious Carl. Shane an unknown male with a hunting rifle (presumably the man who shot Carl) are behind him. The man yells that Rick keep heading to the farmhouse in the distance and “Herschel” will help. When Rick gets to the house Herschel lays Carl down and begins to treat the bullet wound. Herschel asks what Carl’s blood type is and Rick tells him that it’s A+ just like his. Herschel says that Carl will need some of Rick’s blood to survive and that he not go anywhere. The bullet broke into six fragments and he needs to remove each of them. Rick begins to breakdown and is concerned that Lori doesn’t know what happened.

As the rest of the group head back to the highway Lori is unsure why there was just one gunshot. But Daryl convinces her that they probably just took down a walker. The group still has found no sign of Sophia but they head back to the highway because it will be dark soon.

Back at the highway Dale finds out that T-Dog is in desperate need of some antibiotics. Dale and T-Dog begin searching the vehicles again to make sure they haven’t overlooked anything that can help.

At the farmhouse Herschel begins taking the first fragment from Carl. Carl is writhing in pain but passes out after the fragment is removed. Rick also begins to give his blood. Rick talks to Shane about going to get Lori but Shane tells him that he or Lori wouldn’t be able to live with themselves if Carl were to die while neither of them were around. Shane also tells Rick about Lori’s strength when Rick was comatose in the hospital. Herschel says he needs to “open (Carl) up” and stitch up some vessels but for it to happen he needs several medical supplies. He says a nearby FEMA shelter should have the supplies he needs. Shane says he will go and Otis (the man who shot Carl) volunteers to go along. He was a volunteer EMT so he knows what to get. Herschel’s daughter asks Rick what his wife’s name is. After Otis says goodbye to his wife, he and Shane drive off for the FEMA shelter.

T-Dog explains to Dale why they are the most likely candidates to be turned on by the group. Since he is black and Dale is 64 years old. He suggests that they just leave before the group return. Dale checks T-Dog’s temperature and feels that he is suffering from a fever.

Andrea gets momentarily separated from the rest of the group in the woods and gets attacked by a zombie. Herschel’s daughter rides up (on horseback) and knocks the zombie off of Andrea. She asks for Lori and tells what happened to Carl. Daryl is hesitant to let Lori go but the woman knows about them and Rick so that’s enough for Lori to trust her. The woman tells the rest of the group where to find the farm when they are ready and heads back with Lori.

Herschel tells Rick that they hope to stay at the farm and ride out the epidemic until a cure is found. Rick tells him that he and his group were at the CDC and “there is no cure”. Herschel says that he doesn’t believe it. Herschel says that ‘mankind has been fighting plagues from the start…it’s nature correcting herself. Restoring some balance”. Afterwards, Herschel’s daughter returns with Lori. Lori gets in bed next to her unconscious son while clutching Rick tightly. Lori asks about the procedure Herschel is to perform on Carl. She asks if he is a real doctor and if he has done the procedure before. Herschel says he is a veterinarian and Lori begins to doubt his ability to perform the procedure.

At the highway the group is deciding who goes to the farmhouse and who stays back in case Sophia comes back. Daryl, Dale, and Andrea say they will stay to rig up a sign for Sophia in case she returns. Glenn is told to get T-Dog to the farmhouse because he needs immediate medical attention. When Daryl hears that he goes to his motorcycle and gets a bag filled with painkillers and antibiotics he has been carrying around and gives them to T-Dog for temporary relief.

Shane and Otis arrive at the FEMA shelter to see that it is surrounded with “walkers”. Shane opens the trunk of an abandoned police cruiser and throws flares into the crowd of walkers to distract them long enough for he and Otis to get inside.

Herschel tells Carl’s parents that he needs to begin the procedure soon. Rick says that he will go to the FEMA shelter to help but Lori demands that he stay because she needs him there with her.

Shane and Otis find everything they need at the shelter. As they are leaving the walkers spot them and they run for it. They get surrounded and Shane shoots through a building window and closes the security fence behind them. It seems as though they are trapped feet away from the walkers with a single screw holding the security fence between them.

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the walking dead recapping: what lies ahead

Rick is still keeping his radio diary to Morgan as the season kicks off. Rick says that he and his group are done with Atlanta and are headed to Fort Bennett. The daily grind has clearly taken it’s toll on Rick and it’s made apparent during this one-way conversation.

The group heads out on the road in hopes of reaching Fort Bennett but they run into a roadblock made up of all abandoned vehicles. Glenn suggests they double back and take another route but Dale tells him they don’t have enough fuel for that. The radiator blows on Dale’s RV and the group is immobile. They begin to search the abandoned vehicles for much needed supplies. After finding clothes, car parts, and food Dale and Rick spot a “herd” of zombies walking towards them. Most of the group hides under vehicles – Dale stayed on top of the RV while Andrea is in the restroom. A wandering zombie finds her and begins to break down the door but Dale drops her a screwdriver and she gives us our first graphic kill of the season. Elsewhere, Darryl saves T-Dog from another attack. As the herd passes Sophia begins to leave her hiding spot under a car when two zombies spot her. She runs into the nearby woods to escape. Rick immediately gives chase.

Carl and Rick Grimes

When Rick catches up to Sophia he tells her to head back to the group so he can lead the zombies further into the woods. He tells her how to get back safely using the sun as her guide. Rick runs off and sets a perfectly primitive trap for the zombies – and by primitive I mean he hides behind a tree with a stone and bashes their heads in when they come near.

Rick, Shane, Darryl and Glenn are tracking for Sophia in the woods because she hasn’t returned to the group. Rick orders that Glenn and Shane go back with the group for damage control so no one worries too much. Rick and Darryl continue searching but find nothing. They even perform an awesome autopsy on a zombie to make sure he didn’t get to Sophia. They come back at dusk and tell the group that they have to continue searching for Sophia at daybreak. This obviously doesn’t come with much fanfare, especially from Sophia’s mother Carol.

When day comes the group heads out in search of Sophia leaving Dale and T-Dog back on the road. The group comes across a tent at a campsite and investigate. No evidence that Sophia was there. After that disappointment they hear church bells and run to find the source. Rick leads the charge towards the church. Inside they find a few zombies sitting in the pews – Christians to the core! – but easily eliminate them. Still no sign of Sophia.

Portion of the Zombie "herd"

Outside Andrea overhears Shane telling Lori that he is planning on leaving the group. She asks to go with him but he is hesitant because it would be “another ass to cover” but she insists she can cover him when he needs help.

Rick sends the group back to the highway while he, Shane, and Carl stay at the church to continue the search. Rick desperately prays that God give him a sign as “an indication that (he’s) doing the right thing”. As they leave the church to search the surrounding wooded area they spot a deer. The look on Rick’s face shows that he believes this was his “sign”. As Carl creeps closer to the deer a shot rings out, downing the deer and hitting Carl in the torso. Stunned, Shane and Rick rush to Carl’s aid.

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the walking dead: favorite characters

As Sunday draws closer so does the second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Even though the first season was – much to the chagrin of yours truly – only six episodes long, I took the entire season as the prologue…to the show…that had already started? It makes sense somehow. I know that the characters aren’t always going to be the same throughout the entirety of show’s run but I managed to get favorites from the glimpse that was season one. And besides, it’s a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, I don’t think we have that much time anyway…

My Top 3 (in a particular order)

Glenn

Of course it’s Glenn! The former pizza delivery boy just trying to make ends meet before the outbreak began. Maybe I’m a tad biased but when I envision the future zombie apocalypse – you know it’s inevitable – I see myself as the “scout”. Glenn is young, quick, and resourceful. Although he isn’t a leader per se he is usually on the front lines when the group needs him. His sarcastic insight is a must and his ability to lighten the extremely grave mood is, obviously, appreciated. Glenn is going to have to try REALLY hard for me not to idolize him during the season.

Daryl Dixon 

What a drastic change, right? I like a good antihero every now and again. Daryl is brash, brave and a slew of other “B” words – borderline bigot included. Every crew needs a wild card and Daryl plays the role well. He doesn’t mind challenging the authority of Rick or Shane when he feels there is another option and since he doesn’t know what has become of his brother he has that “nothing to lose” mojo going for him. I know that Daryl is going to make me hate him as a person several times this season but solidify his standing as one of my favorite characters. Cheers to hypocrisy?!

 

Rick Grimes

The adopted/accepted leader of the group. I mean the man is a Sheriff…who was presumed dead…left in a hospital with the dead…in an abandoned/infected town…then still managed to find his family and “friend”/partner Shane. I would follow that man. He made the practical decisions for the group in season one. He doesn’t have the “lone ranger” mentality that Daryl has which I feel is going to cause conflict going forward. I appreciate him as a main character, but for now I appreciate the conflict that he initiates just by being the leader. I hope to be able to like his character as an individual more this season.

For some pictures and insight on character development, plot lines, and ZOMBIES from the producers of The Walking Dead click here.

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