The Walking Dead
Original Air Date: Feb 12, 2012
Rachel – Sr. Managing Editor
Episode 8 picks up right after one of the most devastating events in television history. I am not exaggerating. I have nightmares of Sophia staggering out of that barn. And if we have learned anything from the Scream franchise, that quiet after the chaos is very dangerous. Double-tap, people, double-tap. Beth, Hershel’s second daughter goes to her mother’s body… but that walker wasn’t quite dead. The group comes together to save Beth, and I have a feeling it’s the last time they work as a team.
As the family heads back to the farmhouse, Hershel declares that Rick’s group is to be off the property post-haste. Everyone deals with the grief and shock in their own ways. Rick and Shane have a few heated words (“You’re just as delusional as Hershel!’), Andrea starts making preparations for a funeral service (“We bury the ones we love and burn the rest.”), Carl turns into an unfeeling robot (“I’d have shot her, too.”), and Glenn tests his relationship with Maggie (“Maybe it’s for the best… now we can move on”).
Carol doesn’t really feel like going to the funeral. That’s not her little girl out there. Her little girl died a long time ago. As a mother myself, I can understand her need to think that Sophia didn’t starve or cry herself to sleep or desperately search for her mother when all hope was lost. Carol has decided to believe that Sophia didn’t suffer through all of that. In a strange way, it is comforting.
Hershel, on the other hand, is not at peace with anything. He goes to his room to pack his wife’s things. He truly thought she would be cured and that they would pick up right where they left off. He had hope, but now all he has is a yard full of bodies. He finds an flask in a drawer and gets an idea. After the funeral, he disappears… which is horrible timing because soon thereafter, Beth collapses in shock and is in dire need of a doctor (or veterinarian, as the case may be).
Putting the pieces together, Rick (of course, because he has to fix everything) and Glenn head to town to the local bar. (I might add that Lori is completely against Rick going, letting him in on the fact that Carl is turning cold and needs a father around that shows compassion.) They find Hershel just this side of drunk and try to get him to come home and help Beth. Hershel talks about how she just needs to mourn for her mother, something he wouldn’t let her do before because he was selfish. Hope doesn’t exist anymore for him. Rick tells him that nothing has changed. Death has always been a part of life. It is not about their belief, it is about the belief of those they are trying to protect.
Meanwhile, Dale tells Lori that he thinks Shane killed Otis. He can’t prove it of course, but Shane all but said it. His logic follows, too. Otis knew how to handle walkers, he was the one putting them in the barn after all. Dale thinks that it is only a matter of time before Shane kills someone else. Lori is very disturbed but says that Shane is not a murderer. When Beth takes a turn for the worse, Lori decides to go out after Rick and Glenn to help them get Hershel back (not before asking a very pissed-off Daryl for help… he declined). Looking at a map while driving, she plows into a walker and flips the car. That can’t be good.
Back at the bar, two strangers show up. You know what is the scariest thing in a zombie narrative? It’s not the zombies. It’s the humans… especially the unknown ones. Dave and Tony from Philly seem cordial enough, until they start asking about where our group is holed up. They are just following “one pipe dream to the next” and tell Rick, Hershel, and Glenn that the last rumor of a safe haven was Nebraska. Fort Benning, where the group was heading before Sophia got lost, has been overrun by walkers. Tension builds and builds with Dave trying to get intel and weasel in on the good circumstances of the farm. Knowing this isn’t going to end well, Rick keeps his hand on his gun. When Dave draws, Rick is faster and shoots Dave in the head. He puts a few extra bullets into Tony for good measure, perhaps to make certain they don’t become walkers, but more likely because he was angry.
What do YOU think? I know this was a very Readers Digest version of the episode, but so freakin’ much happened! What do you think about Rick killing the strangers? Is he turning ‘Shane’ or was is a simple question of protecting his people. I bet it says something to Hershel that Rick was willing to kill to protect his farm. What do YOU think? Give us your Two Cents on the episode in the comment section below!
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