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The Walking Dead, 18 Miles Out - Shane and Rick have it out, mano e mano.
The Walking Dead: Season 2, episode 10, ’18 MILES OUT‘ is an AMC, critically acclaimed original series based on the popular comic book series written by Robert Kirkman. The Walking Dead series from AMC is created by three-time Oscar nominee® Frank Darabont and stars Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sara Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Dale Horvath, Steven Yeun, IronE Singleton, Norman Reedus, and Melissa Suzanne McBride. The series is about a police officer named Rick Grimes (Lincoln) who leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies. In this episode, Rick and Shane FIGHT IT OUT! Were there any wins or losers? Read on. *Spoilers below.*
This was the MOST impressive episode of The Walking Dead EVER! Talk about head on, blow by delicious blow of excitement, fists flying, zombie stomping! Lori was deliciously put in her place! *sniff* I loved this episode.
Last night, it was all about you Rick.
And I thought that ’18 Miles Out’ would be just another road trip. I was wrong. We already knew that the tension between Shane and Rick would eventually come to a head and after last night, it’s been a long time coming. The focus of last nights episode was the eventful road-trip, where Rick and Shane agreed to take Randall (Michael Zegen), their captive–18 miles away from the farm and dump him.
Before they made it to their destination they had come to a crossroad–Rick had to say a few things to Shane first. Remember, his head is filled with all the bullshit his wife Lori put in there: Shane is out of control; Shane is a threat to the group; and you my baby daddy nonsense. What made this confrontation effective? They were at a crossroad in their friendship. See Rick knows now that Shane and Lori slept together; Rick knows that Shane is challenging his leadership; and Rick now knows that Shane shot Otis. But what he did understand after a few exchanges–was that he may have done the same to save his son.
The issue about Shane and Otis wasn’t the nagging thought on Rick’s consciousnesses–this meeting was all about Shane and Lori. “You don’t love her,” Rick insisted, “You think you do. But you don’t.” I had to admit I was a bit sad to see Shane humbled this way, and truth be told he had to hear it.
My son, my son…what have ye done?
A confrontation between Rick and Shane was inevitable. Even though Shane admitted that he never once eyed Lori as a hook-up until after everything went to shit, fisticuffs were bound to happen. The show got away from passive aggressive re-bouts and went straight into conflict. It was about time. I don’t know about you all, but I simply could not stand it any longer, if no one did anything. All the going behind backs with snide remarks did not make the show terrifically entertaining.
I have to admit–I gained a tremendous amount of respect for Rick. He told Shane what he needed to tell him and to reinforce he meant business. Shane, realized that mentally and emotionally he’d been defeated. He did everything he could in that fight to put Rick down–threw a motorcycle on top of him–Shane fought dirty. When he threw a an enormous wrench at Rick, it missed and smashed the window the nearby building. Have you ever stepped on a fire ant pile? Well, the wrench had the same effect as a deluge of ants escaping a mound–only it was zombies!
Push it real good there, Shane!
Poor old Randal there on the ground, squirming and dodging the bullet Shane so aptly assigned him and how convenient it was for the zombies to show up when they did. When the zombies came pouring out of the window, Rick covered himself with one of them and they made a b-line for Shane and all his angered glory, fled to a nearby bus to save his ass. But did Rick bail on him? Nope. That’s just the kind of leader Rick is.
Not only did Rick take out a pile of zombies in one of the most brutal methods all season–he shot through the mouth of one to kill the others that clamored over the top of him–freaking hole in the back of that zombie’s head was massive! I have to say, the make-up effects are extremely choice–disturbing to witness and yet satisfying in a truly visceral sort of way.
Rick saved Shane and Randal tactfully. This episode was the most surrealistic episode, I’ve seen all season of The Walking Dead.
Oh yes, bring on the drama!
The conflict was inevitable between Rick and Shane, and wasn’t the only impactive events of the episode. There was a lot going on at the farm involving Maggie, Lori, and Andrea having to deal with the suicidal tendencies of Maggie’s younger sister, Beth. Beth doesn’t want to wind up as a meal for the zombies, she’d much rather meet her own end of things and in a way, I don’t blame her for thinking this way–then again, what a cop out!
Each had their turn in trying to convince Beth that there is always something to look forward to, however, Beth does have a point. Considering the circumstances–there truly isn’t much there for consideration.
— I was overjoyed when Andrea told Lori off and just like Shane, was due a much needed dose of reality. See Lori has her family–her man, Carl, and a new baby on the way. Andrea also told Lori about her “boyfriend.” Andrea knew about Lori and Shane and wasn’t afraid to throw her off her high and mighty.
— It was amusing to see the show focus more on the more weighty issues of the season between the show’s centralized characters. It was necessary. It was also good to see Shane be humbled after Rick ‘teaching’ him that his way isn’t always the best way to solve problems. Shane is also forced to accept that Lori, Carl, and the un-born child is Rick’s family and not his. It will truly be entertaining to see just how Shane will progress from this point on in the show.
What was also great about this episode that there wasn’t a need to show every character on the show. It focused only on resolving conflicts and and bringing repressed issues to light. This was indeed the first episode of The Walking Dead that did what was necessary–remedying us of the painful, underlying tension that existed when Sophia went missing. I honestly think viewers would not have stood for another season like that.
Here’s a sneak peek of the next episode 11 of The Walking Dead “Judge, Jury, Executioner” from AMC!
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