No worries, Daryl’s got your back!
The Walking Dead (3:2) SPOILERS – This is one of those episodes you just have to sit back and contemplate on. A lot of emotional momentum going on–the mental heavies surrounding Hershel’s (Wilson) leg, the waning relationship between Rick (Lincoln) and Lori (Callies), Rick slowly becoming less of a democratic leader we’d seen in season two, and on top of all that the group has a gang of prisoners to worry about–and then there’s Carl (Chandler Riggs) who refuses to keep put; however, he is becoming more of his “Carl” character personality from the comics. Although this episode wasn’t as strong as the premiere, a lot was sorted out, most of it has to do with Tomas (Nick Gomez) and a machete to the head.
Normal society rules no longer apply in a zombie apocalypse, especially when it comes to messing with Rick and Daryl (Reedus). Tomas, who seemed to have an issue with Rick from the outset, made the deadly mistake of overreaching kill swipe for Rick’s head when they were clearing zombies. I mean, after what Tomas did to Big Tiny, beat his head in like it was nothing, then eyeballing Rick, he had it coming. In a world being more about “us” versus the rest of the population, Rick did what he had to do. For the greater good.
Hershel LIVES! Thanks to Lori. For once she did something that didn’t mess things up for the rest of the group. When Hershel stop breathing, Lori administered CPR to get him going again, if only that worked with her distant relationship with her husband. I really liked that she now realizes that she had been a “shitty wife” to Rick and, for damn sure, her parenting skills during a zombie outbreak ain’t winning her any awards–at least she’s been humbled by her actions. I am all for letting her fester in the error of her ways, especially where Rick is concerned.
Carol (Melissa McBride) practicing a c-section on a walker was the what the f*ck moment of the episode. While I understood why she wanted to be primed and ready to deliver Lori’s–I mean Shane’s–baby, practicing surgical procedure on an already dead and decaying walker came off completely unrealistic. I wonder who was watching her in the distance? It may be one of the men from the Governor’s camp–or rouge bandits we haven’t been introduced to yet. We know in the comics there are many rouge groups in the world. So here’s a thought–it may be that band of cannibals that took Dale; the comic book Dale and Rick had to go out and find him?
At this point:
— It was good to see Rick reach out and speak to Lori for helping Hershel. They still have a lot to work out between them. His “we appreciate what you done” statement was just short of him saying that he appreciates her for what she has done. You may want to highlight over this block of spoiler info [My prediction, they will start getting close again, after the baby is born--then Lori and the baby are brutally killed. Just like in the comic.]
— The prisoners were underplayed in this episode. They had a more prominent role in the comics. Rick tossing that one guy out in a yard filled with zombies may seem cruel–but we are seeing just how personal conflicts–the drama with Lori and Shane–and how the world has changed Rick, he is quickly assuming the anti-hero persona.
— Disappointed that we didn’t get any Michonne (Gurira) and Andrea (Holden) screen time. No worries, we will get time to see much of them soon enough.
Overall, a really good episode.
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