THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Pretty Much Dead Already”

     November 27, 2011

Here we are, folks:  the midway point for The Walking Dead’s second season.  Over the past month-and-a-half, we’ve had highs (last week’s “Secrets”, which was beloved in my household but complained about in other, darker corners of the internet) and we’ve had lows (the part where the survivors decided—seemingly without much provocation—to dangle one of their own down a zombie-occupied well), but for the most part, we’ve enjoyed the second season of AMC’s only zombie-centric series.  This week, we’ll be offering up a diagnosis of the season-thus-far in addition to the standard recap, so you should probably prepare yourself for a lengthy bit of reading material.  Once you’ve steeled yourself, meet me on the other side of the jump for this year’s final Walking Dead recap.

“Pretty Much Dead Already” marks the halfway point for The Walking Dead’s second season, a bit of information that’s as surprising as it is depressing:  surprising because, wow, time flies;  depressing because, well, no more boom-headshots until February.  That’s a bummer, but there’s no use bitching about it:  this is the way that TV works, and we are at its mercy.  Anyone who’s really bent out of shape about The Walking Dead’s mid-season hiatus should think back to the mid 00’s, when David Chase and HBO would routinely make fans of The Sopranos wait for years in between seasons (OK, maybe that only happened once or twice, but still).  That was painful.  Waiting until February?  Cakewalk.

Before we get to the mid-season diagnosis, let’s talk about what happened tonight.

Last week, things wrapped with a whole bunch of secrets coming to light:  Lori revealed the truth about her and Shane—as well as her pregnancy—to Rick;  Dale learned about the pregnancy, as well;  Shane learned that Dale’s onto him about the whole “banging his best friend’s wife” thing, and possibly about the death of Otis;  and all of us learned that Herschel’s daughter, Maggie, is a bit of an emotionally unstable sex-fiend (joking, kind of).  As it turned out, tonight’s episode began with the survivors all learning one more secret at the same time:  Herschel’s barn is full of zombies.  Glenn was all too happy to spill his guts, and once he did, the survivors sprang into action.

And—as you know— for this group of survivors, “springing into action” means standing around yelling at one another about what to do next.  Upon checking out Glenn’s story and finding the barn to be, yep, definitely filled with zombies, the group immediately went into argue-mode, trying to determine the best course of action for dealing with them:  on the one hand, those walkers have to die.  On the other hand, this isn’t their land, and Herschel will straight-up boot ‘em from the property if they start killing off the dude’s (undead) former associates.  Decisions, decisions.

This, of course, led to the long-awaited showdown between Rick and Herschel.  I was really hoping that the show’s writers would use this confrontation as a way to show Rick acting like the damn-good leader we’re meant to believe he is.  I wanted them to show us a decisive, strong, resilient dude who’s got every right to be in charge of this motley crew of survivors.  Instead, we got two back-to-back scenes where Rick whined, begged, and played the “pregnancy card”.  As an added non-bonus, one of these scenes featured Shane demonstrating—for the hundredth time– the sort of decisiveness and reasoning that the group really needs.  This opening segment represented Rick at his worst, and was flat-out depressing to see unfold.  Little did I know, the writers were building up to a moment.

These scenes—and the characters in them—deserve specific attention, so let’s delve a bit deeper.  First, Rick goes to Herschel and tells him that he and the rest of his group know about the walkers in the barn.  When Herschel tells him that he “doesn’t want to debate” the issue, Rick gets whiny, asking for a “discussion” and trying to convince Herschel to let him and his pals stick around on the farm.  He also tells Herschel that the barn-zombies are his to do with as he sees fit, that he wouldn’t do anything to or with them without Herschel’s permission.  The entire time this scene’s unfolding, I’m thinking, “First of all, if you’re not going to kill those walkers, why would you want your pregnant wife and her kid—not to mention the rest of the survivors—to hang around the farm?  It’s unsafe.  Secondly, why this farm?  Aren’t there, like, a million other farms in the countryside you could take over?”  Rick does everything but get on his knees during this scene, but Herschel remains firm, even when Rick (pathetically) tosses out the pregnancy card in sheer desperation.

Next, Rick heads across the yard for a chat with Shane, who says…well, precisely what I was thinking during the previous scene:  if he doesn’t want to kill the zombies in the barn, then the farm will be unsafe.  And if that’s the case, why does he want to hang around?  Secondly, why not just move on to another, nearby farm?  Surely the countryside’s full of ‘em.  Through all of this, Rick whines, and then—in a last ditch effort to plead his case—he tosses down that good ol’ pregnancy card again.

For those keeping score at home, these scenes gave us multiple reasons to question Rick’s leadership.  We were also given more reasons to stay right where we are, on “Team Shane”.  After these scenes, the people I was watching the show with discussed the following question during the commercial break:  “Are the show’s writers actively trying to make us dislike Rick?  Because this seems even more weak-willed than normal.”  If so, we decided, they were doing a bang-up job.  Little did we know…

From there, Shane had it out with Lori again—and, yes, she again told him to screw off—while Rick went on a zombie-trappin’ adventure with Herschel.  Dale, meanwhile, was manipulating Andrea again (telling her to stay away from Shane and claiming it’s because he doesn’t trust him, but really it’s because he’s mad that Shane and Andrea were hittin’ that during last week’s episode), and after getting into a brief argument with her, he marches off into the woods with all the guns (all three of these situations are important, but in the interest of saving time, I’ve glanced through ‘em here; besides, it’s where these three situations led that’s of primary concern).

Shane confronts Dale in the woods, snatching the guns away from him in order to wipe out the barn-zombies.  As for Rick on the zombie-trappin’ adventure, well, the entire sequence was miserable to watch—here’s our hero, basically broken by the demands of an out-of-touch farmer—and only furthered the anti-Rick sentiments in my household as it unfolded.  People yelled, “How can he do that?!” and “What is he thinking?!” during this scene, and I couldn’t help but agree.  By the time that Herschel, Rick, and Herschel’s son emerged from the woods with a bunch of zombies on leashes (headed, of course, for the barn), I was ready to declare the show’s writers insane.  How much are we supposed to take?  How could anyone still consider Rick a leader after this, particularly after Shane’s meltdown in the frontyard (where he demands action from the survivors and passes out guns to everybody)?  Sure, it’s rash, but at least Shane’s bottom line makes sense.

As it turns out, all of this—the argument between Herschel and Rick, the fight between Rick and Shane, the interminable sequence wherein Rick played zombie-catcher in the woods…hell, even the “Where is Sofia?” storyline—was building up to something.  It was, in fact, building up to this episode’s dramatic reveal, and I’d be lying if I said that I saw it coming completely.  In this moment, The Walking Dead’s writers managed to tie up a lot of loose ends:  they resolved the “Where is Sofia?” storyline, they redeemed Rick—not completely, but a good bit—and they made Shane’s hotheadedness genuinely frightening for the first time.  Up until the final five minutes of tonight’s episode, I was furious with the way the show’s writers handled the end of the “Greene Farm” storyline, but once the credits rolled, I was more than satisfied, as were my viewing-buddies.  I wouldn’t go so far as to call this bait-and-switch “masterful”, but it was certainly well-done, effective, and beautifully executed.

I’ve been vague in the details thus far, but from here on out, spoilers abound.

After passing out guns to the survivors and demanding that they sweep the barn, Shane looks up to see Rick emerging from the woods with Herschel and his son.  Each is holding a zombie-catcher (one of those loops-on-rods that dog-catchers use), each with a zombie attached.  In this moment, Rick looks weaker than ever.  Shane runs directly at Herschel and Rick, screaming for the others to follow, and when he meets up with them he goes into full-on rage mode:  the world is different now, he tells them (well, shouts at them, but whatever), and the idea that zombies should be kept “safe” is absurd.  They must protect themselves, and this means wiping out the zombies.  If it pisses off Herschel, well, so be it.

And so, Shane begins unloading on the zombies.  He kills the one that Herschel’s dragging, and then he opens up the barn and mows his way through the rest of the barn-zombies.  Shane’s joined by Andrea, T-Dog, and Daryl, and the implication—for the time being, anyway—was that the group was splitting up the middle, with those willing to defy Herschel on one side…and those willing to kotow to Herschel’s bizarre, ill-informed demands on the other (with Rick).  The entire scene was presented as a slaughter, with dramatic, operatic music playing over the mass-kill and those firing guns shot to look like madmen.  For a minute there, I really thought that the writers were implying that the people firing upon the zombies were the “bad guys”, and in that moment I thought all was lost.

And then…oh, and then.  It was glorious:  Sofia—the little girl lost, the season-two MacGuffin that would not end, the source for so much misery and tedium over the past six weeks—emerged from the barn, zombified.  Yes, it turned out that Sofia was right under the survivors’ noses all along…and that she had long-since become one of the undead.  The look on the survivors’ faces said it all, really, but in my living room, there was a whole bunch of consternation as to how this scene was going to play out:  would the writers bungle this, and have Shane kill her, presenting him as a “bad guy”?  Would Dale shoot Shane, stopping him from killing Sofia and ending Shane’s run on the show?  Would the episode end before we’d find out how the situation would resolve itself?  A lot was on our minds during this scene.

Then, the Walking Dead did something I found to be enormously satisfying:  they had Rick shoot Sofia, right in the face.

Finally, here was Rick stepping up and doing something effective, logical, and meaningful as the leader of the group.  Finally, here was Rick showing some balls.  He didn’t get all rowdy about it—as Shane had—and he didn’t apologize to Sofia’s mother (which would’ve undercut the moment).  He just stepped up, hoisted the gun, and fired.  In that moment, much of the ill-will I’ve felt towards Rick receded, and I finally started thinking that I might be brought around on considering him a “leader”.  That a TV show was able to provoke this response by having its hero shoot a little girl in the face is something worth examining, but we’ll save that for my next psyche eval.

This was a brilliant, satisfying, perfect ending to the “Where is Sofia?” storyline, as well as an enormously satisfying way to end the show’s mid-season finale.  Bravo, really.  I’m impressed.

Look, I’ve been critical of The Walking Dead’s second season, and though I’ve repeatedly gone out of my way to explain how it’s possible to be critical of a TV series (and, from time to time, to flat-out dislike an episode of said series) while also considering yourself a fan of that series, the angry emails I’ve received over the past six weeks tell me that this explanation hasn’t satisfied everyone.  Eh, whatcanyado?

In case you’re wondering, here’s what I think about the show following tonight’s finale:  The Walking Dead is still not as great as it should be– they’ve got the ingredients for something amazing here, not the least of which is a truly talented cast—but the show’s made some notable improvements over the course of the past half-season, and tonight’s episode contained a biggie.  Overall, the writing’s been sharper, some of the characters’ rougher edges seem sanded down (Lori, for instance, who’s gone from “mega-bitch” to “sometimes-bitchy” over the course of the past six episodes), and the makeup effects only seem to be getting more impressive.  For the first time in a long time, I’m feeling confident that the show’s going to overcome the quibbles I’ve had sooner rather than later.

Tonight’s episode gave us the Rick that “Team Shane” members have been asking for for a long time now, and while that doesn’t solve the whole “Jon Bernthal’s a more compelling actor than Andrew Lincoln” problem, it does help set things right on a narrative level.  My prediction is this:  Shane will be out of the picture by the end of season two, and season three will introduce a character named Michonne.  This character—a badass, samurai-sword-wielding chick in a leopard-print miniskirt—will be the show’s way of filling in the “charisma gap” that will show up the moment Bernthal’s off the series.  That’s my best guess, and I think it’d help.

I don’t like slapping letter-grades on things, but I’m going to make an exception for tonight’s ep.  I’ll just be doing it in a ridiculous fashion:

For the first 40 minutes of tonight’s episode:  C-, for being so frustrating.

For the last 10 minutes of tonight’s episode:  A+, for resolution and for making Rick awesome.

For the season thus far:  B+, verging on A-

And that, my friends, is that for The Walking Dead, season two, part one.  We’ll be back in February when the show hits the airwaves again.  As always, you—the readers—can feel free to sound off with your predictions for the rest of season two in the comments section below, along with your thoughts on how tonight’s ep played out:  Happy to see Rick step up and take charge?  Not so much?  Still on “Team Shane”?  We wanna hear about it, so hit the comments section and let us know.  By the way:  thanks to everyone who’s been keeping up with these recaps, as well as everyone involved with the show:  I might not always agree with the way you guys do business, but I wouldn’t ever miss an episode, and that’s really the yardstick you’ve gotta judge success by.

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  • Scurvy

    This would have been a great episode if people hadn’t started posting spoilers for the episode 5 days before it aired.

    Apparently some guy who worked on the show has a beef and has been posting them and they’ve been spreading around the internet.

    • Leo

      I agree with you, I was so pissed off when I simply searched for the walking dead in the google, and in the news section the title of an article was “Pictures of zombiefied Sophia surface on the web”. It completely ruined it for m. I was half expecting it but to just see it comfirmed was the worst. I got a hunch after last week when that prick said hey go to IMDB and you can see major spoilers and pictures. I new better to go and read it, but even that gave it away to an extent. But just knowing that Sophia had to show up by the end of the episode and the episode was running out of time at the barn scene then it became pretty obvious Sophia was going to walk out completely ruining the shock value of the scene.

      • David

        hehe, lucky for me that I didn’t search any news on walking dead on the web, the end was glorius and totally unexpected

  • Leo

    I can see Rick really blaming himself for Sophia’s death. He tried to save her, but he will only remember that he left her behind. I am willing to bet that it will eat at him, and it putting the undead Sophia was his way of apologizing.

    But for the past week, I have been thinking how truly aweful it must have been for Sophia, a little girl, lost and alone in the middle of the woods, being chased by monsters trying to eat her. Just to think of the horror that she felt as she died alone is trulely saddening.

  • excpired

    I’m sorry but this review has no sense. Dale doesn’t “hate” Shaine, he KNOWS that shaine killed Otis. You really aren’t following this show very well now are you?

    He warns Andrea to stay away from Shaine, and its pretty obvious why. He even comes out and says to Shaine that he knows what really happened to Otis.

    I don’t know if Rick’s way is right, but to me it is pretty obvious that Shaine is all about survival, while Rick is trying to maintain his humanity. And there are all sorts of people in the spectrum.

    It is pretty obvious that Shaine is willing to do anything and everything in order to survive, and that includes killing another human being.

  • Dave Trumbore

    Shane went a bit off the reservation on this one. I’d rather follow Rick and know that he’ll do what needs to be done at the end of the day than risk having Shane stab me in the back. His threatening interactions with Dale, manipulation of Lori and continuing undercutting of Rick’s leadership tells me that Shane’s fall is going to be amazing to watch. But how long will the writers keep him around?

  • Meg

    Personally, I can’t wait for someone to slap Shane silly (possibly literally). Dale was almost there, but what’s an old man gonna do to a crazed testosterone heap? I also keep waiting for Lori to do something that shows why Shane and Rick are so in love with her. I’m beginning to think it’s really just Carl.

    Team Daryl.

  • junierizzle

    I liked the episode, The ending was cool and Sophia coming out of the barn was a surprise. Mainly because I just didn’t care anymore about them finding her.

    Overall I give the season so far a C+. I almost didn’t watch tonight’s episode because I just couldn’t take another boring episode in which the characters do stupid things. It was really nice to see Rick take charge. But I never saw him as weak, I saw him as a think-first-shoot last kind of person. I blame the weak writing for making him look weak.

    And I’ll never be Team Shane, dude is nuts. I was actually hoping Dale would shoot him. Yes, Bernthal is good in the role but he is clearly a villain in this show. Lets be real.

  • Daniel

    I’ve liked the entire season so far, though this was easily the best of all the episodes. Without the build up over the past several episodes, I don’t think the payoff would have been nearly as effective. See, Scott? It pays to be patient.

  • michelle

    I agree with the last person here, I was seriously hoping someone, anyone would shoot Shane. That guy is suffering Post traumatic stress or something. He is crazy! But wow it must be fun to play that character. I was completely surprised when Sofia came out of the barn and glad that it was Rick who did the deed.

  • michael scott

    IMO The Walking Dead is finally back. This entire season has been a snorefest with the writing not being up to par. Last week’s episode was a bit better, but this week’s has me convinced that the show is back on track. Hopefully the rest of the season goes on the same way.

    I agree that the first 40 minutes were a bit “more of the same,” but I felt everything shown this episode had to lead to something crazy and boy was I right. I gotta say, once Shane let loose on the barn zombies, I predicted that we’ll finally get to see a zombified Sophia, and I knew Rick would put her down. Despite seeing this from a mile away, though, I still enjoyed the episode.

    I didn’t know this was the mid-season finale. I’m actually a bit sad that I won’t be able to watch nay more until February, but hopefully the show uses this time to make sure they bring this type of energy to the series every episode for now on or risk turning into another “Heroes”.

  • Strong Enough

    OH YEA YOU SAW THAT SH*T? Shane is a boss!! ha!

    dude shot that walker in the head in slo mo LMAOO

    shane the man

  • dogg

    Best episode yet. Shane finally puts an end to all that foolishness.

  • LEM

    I never read any spoilers and don’t read the comic but I saw this coming from many episodes ago. The fact that they stretched this out this long was ridiculous and taking a break for 2 months isn’t the smartest thing especially when people tend to write shows off so easily now.

    • Scurvy

      I agree with people writing off TV shows so easily now.

      Just this year I have stopped watching House, Bones, White Collar and Justified. Not because they were bad, I just lost track of them and didn’t care enough to catch up.

      I’m moving next month and when I replace my DVR, all my auto records are going out the window. I’ll have to remember to reset all of them and I’m sure there will be a few more shows on hiatus at the time that will get left behind.

      I doubt Walking Dead will be one of them as long as it still has the same buzz it has now.

  • Jay-Me-Dee

    I’m at a loss as to why Scott Wampler is so polarised on Shane vs Rick. Don’t you see that you need a yin/yang for this type of show? Otherwise, you just have a bunch of people shooting zombies with no story.

    Dale said it best….Shane represents embracing the new world with open arms, while Rick is clinging on to what is left of humanity. How hard is that to comprehend?

    It makes it INTERESTING that not everybody is alike….that Hershel has a messed up view on the undead…that Rick is trying to respect “rules” because he wants to stay civil.

    Don’t worry, Scott. In time, Rick will become morally ambiguous and inventing his own set of rules….then breaking those too.

    Its called STORYTELLING.

  • /tv/

    I posted the photo of Sophia on as many The Walking Dead places as possible at least 2 weeks ago.

    u mad?

  • Teinen

    I’m sick of the complaints about Rick being weak, and Rick not being a strong leader. The show is about Ricks journey, it wouldn’t be very compelling if Rick was a badass from the get go. And anybody who thinks they would actually kill off Rick and continue the show is insane. “Let’s just toss out all the awesome story lines and characters that Kirkman came up with and trust our weak writing staff to come up with their own story.” No thanks. Plenty of great characters will take up the spot of fan favorite, Michonne for sure, and Bryan Cranston as the Govenor will surely make us forget all about Shane.

    • Jay-Me-Dee

      Wow. Somebody who actually understands the show! I agree 100%

  • d.c.

    Bernthal is a haircut, Lincoln is an actor.

  • hugo

    ha ha! All the kids playing tough saying Shane ‘s the man or Shane finally stopped the nonsense are very cute!

    I’ve been saying Sophia was in the barn since we first saw the zombies kept there!

    Nah, i didn’t , but don’t you hate that of smart ass comments? Now that every thing’s been revealed?

  • The Observer

    In Rick’s defense – he really was the only one that stepped up to take out Sofia. The rest of the group became “Herschelized”. What if it was one of your own? Great ending. Just Perfect…

  • hugo

    “That a TV show was able to provoke this response by having its hero shoot a little girl in the face is something worth examining”

    See it’s kind of bullshit putting it like that. The fact that she was a walking dead is the main element.
    Even the thought of keeping her as a zombie (the only other choice) would have been preposterous and laughable. So there is really no dilemma in shooting her on the face.

  • Robert

    Funny to see that while Scott moves more towards Rick this episode I as a team Rick kind of guy get some more sympathy for Shane this episode. When Shane went looking for the guns after finding out Tori was pregnant I thought he had finally snapped and was going to take Rick in his sights again, leading to a mexican standoff between rick and shane as the great midseason ending in which Shane would pay the piper. This amongst other things between the spoiler posted last week about the images on imdb led me to believe that Shane was going to die (so glad I didn’t follow up on the link and saw what the spoiler was really about). When it turns out Shane is going to kill the zombies he went up in my book. I figured, here is a guy that thinks he’s going to be a father soon. He realises he can’t get the mother of his offspring-to-be away from the farm because for some reason all his dumb ass companions want to stay near a zombie infested barn without any weapons nearby, so he gets desperate and decides to force the issue by eliminating the zombies. The fact that he’d had have an easier time just crawling up into the attic and popping them off from there didn’t cross my mind at the time I must admit, so I can’t blame him for that either. For a moment I was afraid that Dale would shoot him in the swamp, again because of the misinterpeted spoiler, but thankfully that didnt happen.

    The last scenes were briliant. Shane didn’t get eaten by the zombies, which I totally expected as soon as he spotted Rick arriving with Hershel, whats his face, and the zombies because of the misinterpreted spoiler, again… This made the scene all the more exciting. The survivors shooting all zombies and then suddenly unable to shoot sofia, making them see Hershells point of view, was masterfully done. While the zombies were pouring out I thought I knew for sure that sofia would walk out last. But after the last zombie fell nothing happend… and nothing happened… and nothing happened… And just when I had decided; “damn… this is the episode ending, it’s going to fade to black now and we are going to be stuck searching sofia for the second half all over again, out she comes. The time between was perfectly timed for me to discard the obvious and be suprised besides myself. Tops of to what ever guy was in charge of that. Then, as the shooting survivors are overwhelmed and unable to shoot and having a Hershallbar of their own (damn, I deserve to be lunched for that pun), in comes Rick, doing what must be done when no one else can.”

    I really loved this last episode. And it does what it was meant for… making me dread waiting for februari. If only all episodes could do that.

    As a final note, to really piss of that guy thats been posting spoilers all over the internet, thanks! Your bad spoiler made me enjoy this episode even more than it would have otherwise!

  • Pat

    I was more than pleased with this season. Good writing, storytelling, acting, effects, drama, action, everything i like in a show. The Rick and Shane debate is pointless, its adds dimensions, storylines, for the show to continue to have Shane become more nutter-ish. The Sophia storyline was slow, but the finale made up for it, while relieving the show of the zombielessness that now is coming, thanks to nutter boy.

    Anyone complaining about the show, watch one of the way too many cop/csi shows that are always on and are always massively inferior to anything amc produces.

    Cant wait until feb, more zombies. More little girls playing bullet catch with their face.

  • emil

    I really enjoyed your review up till this:

    “My prediction is this: Shane will be out of the picture by the end of season two, and season three will introduce a character named Michonne. This character—a badass, samurai-sword-wielding chick in a leopard-print miniskirt—will be the show’s way of filling in the “charisma gap” that will show up the moment Bernthal’s off the series.”

    uhhh, no.

    I stopped reading the comic because I hate this character so much. When she went down on T-Dog it killed whatever cred the writers tried to build for her. And last time I checked, they won’t kill her, so I’m done.

    Michonne is to the Walking Dead what 13 was to House. character wise. A Blatent attempt to make a cooler than cool character for mass appeal.

    House was ruined when 13 appeared. And they pushed her as edgy and hip and all those other stupid buzzwords old guys in suits still use. She was bi, she screwed a black guy. She’s so progressive!

    The whole of the character, with the swords(who gets and uses REAL ninja swords in Atlanta?) the dead boyfriends chained together s&m style, and the Kill Bill fighting skills, oh and she was a laywer too, just suck. It’s like somebodys wet dream of Michelle Obama, reeks of political correctness, and playing it safe and sloppy writing. She’s white collar smart, doesn’t use a gun cause she’s some master fighter, and wears skimpy clothes and is open sexually. She has no flaws.

    It’ll be like columbiana but they won’t be able to afford the avatar chick. And if your right and she shows up, and they make her and how “cool” she is the focus, Ill be done with the show too.

    Although, and here’s my contribution, I think introducing her as supreme cool at the beginning of season 3, then shoving it down our throats for half a season like they did with Sophia, will be all worth it when at the half way point, they throw in a twist.

    Michonne gets her head blown off by a triumphly returning Merle!

  • Sean

    The ending with Sofia being in the barn is about the only way they could have ever closed that loop. It was getting to be so long since they began searching for her, she had to have been in that barn or just never seen again. My question is, and I wonder if the storyline will ever address it, how did she get in the barn? Was she collected from the sticky swamp like all the other walkers and put in the barn? And if so….why did no one from the ranch house ever mention a little girl in the barn when they knew the whole group was there for the express purpose of looking for her? Perhaps Hershel ‘caught’ the little girl while still alive and in an effort to work out a cure for the walkers in the barn, she turned, and then her put her in? Seems prudent that someone from the group would ask these questions after Sofia walked dead out of the barn. Rick has a tough call trying to lead this group in this world, while looking out for his wife and child. His reactions seem perfectly reasonable to me. Shane has no dependents and can afford to take a strictly survive approach. That coupled with the fact he is a slight borderpath and you have his attitude. I am a little surprised the chubby black guy just seems to flit in the shadows and never do anything.

  • Stephens

    Does anyone else seem to hate Andrea more and more each episode? I really don’t know what it is, maybe it’s her thinking that she’s f’ing Rambo now that she knows how to shoot a gun and playing the part of the “badass chick that doesn’t take shit from anyone”. I found myself wanting her to be ripped apart by walkers almost every time she was on the screen.

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  • Cypher

    I guess having Sophia being in the barn sort of makes sense.

    Hershel thinks the Walkers are just sick. So they’re being kept in “quarantine” in the barn. If she’d already been turned and found by Hershel’s people instead of Rick’s, he would have rescued the sick little girl and kept her in quarantine with his folks. But since he was hiding all the Walkers, that had to include Sophia.

    But I guess that begs the question, once Hershel knew the cat was out of the bag why not confess that Sophia “might” be the little sick girl in the barn? Was he afraid they’d kill her because they just see her as a monster?

    Interesting… :)

    • Nanochic

      Hershel told Rick that in his best guess Otis must have found the girl and put her in the barn – implying that it was done before the group showed up with no living witness. It might come up again, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they left it at that.

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