The Walking Dead: Season 2, episode 5 ‘Chupacabra’ is an episode from the critically acclaimed original series from AMC, based on the popular comic book series written by Robert Kirkman. The Walking Dead series from AMC was 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, Daryl is having a close encounter of the ‘Merle’ kind and Glenn finds out that a “tumble in the hay” brings unexpected company. *Warning: Spoilers*
Nope. No Sophia this episode. For a moment there, I thought that we were going to lose my favorite character of season 2; Daryl (Reedus). The survivors are still camped out at Hershel’s farm, and he is growing increasingly annoyed with his house guests. Lori is still trying to hide the fact that she is pregnant and it seems that things just aren’t getting better for anyone.
Rick and Shane are at it again–this time over wasting time and energy trying to find Sophia. I have to say that I’m with Shane on this one. Shane tries to convince Rick to call the search off and Rick wants to continue risking lives by searching the nearby woods for the girl. With that said, we follow Daryl into the woods on horse back to see if he could find any sign that Sophia may still be alive. He finds Sophia’s doll caught on a log in the stream and retrieves it. When he gets back on the horse he stole from Hershel to look for Sophia, he is bucked off when the horse gets spooked by a snake. Daryl is thrown off and begins to tumble down a hill, impaling himself with one of his arrows. He struggles to get back up the hill, several time, and becomes disoriented. He then ‘visions’ his brother Merle heckling obscenities at him–which serves as a great motivator for Daryl to tackle the hill again. Only to have him fall down again, and after killing two zombies, our hero made it up that damned hill just in time to be shot in the head by Andrea (Laurie Holden). Well, she nicked him pretty good after mistaking him for a walker emerging from the woods.
Hershel (Scott Wilson) is making it hard for everyone. The women are preparing a meal to thank Hershel and his family for allowing them to stay on the farm to look for Sophia. Think he would appreciate the meal? No. After finding out that Daryl stole one of his horses and having to use just about all his antibiotics on Carl and Daryl–he pretty much is ready to show our team the door. What more, he warns his daughter Maggie (Lauren Cohan) not to get to close to Glenn.
Talking of which. During the tense dinner gathering, Maggie and Glenn were passing notes to one another. Maggie, obviously wants to “meet-up” with Glenn again–which was written on the note she passed to him. Her father, Hershel, gave them the stink eye, so she wasn’t able to read the message Glenn wrote back to her. Well, he wanted to know if she would meet him at the barn–where over a dozen or so zombies were being kept inside.
The Walking Dead continues to aggravate, mystify, and disappoint us with each episode. That’s a good thing. What happens is this: with each episode the mounting conflicts between the survivors and Hershel build–and I am enjoying this new intensity that he is bringing to each episode. The fog is beginning to clear all around him and soon everyone will know what he is hiding. My only complaint is the ever obvious to many of the shows fans is the achingly slow effort to find Sophia. Guess this gives the survivors a common goal that unifies them. This delicious meld of annoyances and aggravations is what makes waiting for each episode worthwhile.
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