The Walking Dead Review: What's in the Barn?

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I'll control my people, you control yours.

As much as the "leaders" Rick and Hershel might agree to keep their respective groups in line, neither of them are doing a very good job. Everyone seems eager to create their own agenda, refusing to listen to others. Remember that saying there is no "I" in team? Someone better figure it out and quick.

Daryl hunted for Sophia on his own, which unfortunately meant that he had to fall a tremendous height and get stabbed by an arrow. He needs to work on his buddy system and that doesn't include using long lost brother Merle.

Making a Discovery

The return of Merle was certainly a tease, as it was merely a hallucination, but it did show further insight about Daryl. If anything, Daryl has managed to prove himself capable and caring, but living under his brother's shadow had originally squashed any level of concern for others. I disagree that the group won't support or would disregard Daryl in the future, and Merle's speech was merely the underlying subconscious poking through.

Carol's reassurance to Daryl that he's every bit as good as Rick or Shane was perfect because it was the truth. He's proven himself countless times. Sure, he can be a bit of an ass, filled with smart alec comments, but he has a heart. The only problem is that Merle's controlling and overbearing demeanor has negatively affected his self-confidence.

And how many times are Carol and Daryl going to have these quiet moments? Are these set ups for a possible relationship between the two?

Of course, I did love that he managed to get himself up and back to the group, but what was up with the zombie ears? I hope Daryl isn't going to revert himself back to his old racist, selfish ways after nearly getting killed. Oh, and then getting shot by Andrea? It was not his day.

I'm so pleased that Daryl managed to only get grazed by Andrea because on this show, anyone can be killed off. On the other hand, I'm tired of Andrea and her whiny, independent attitude. She needs to get over herself and stop moaning to everyone about not getting to take charge or carry a gun. Clearly, this should be the wake up call that shooting first and refusing to listen to Rick or Dale was not the right answer. If she doesn't change? A fatal zombie attack wouldn't have me shedding a tear because shooting Daryl was the last straw for me.

Even Shane isn't on the same thought process as Rick. He's already set to count his losses and move on. Rick refuses to do so, but when will that time come when he has to accept the fact that Sophia might not be alive? I mean, come on, it's been more than just days. At least their conversation managed to hit a few lighthearted moments about past hookups, mixing up bases and getting it on with a gym teacher. Too bad the "good old days" are over.

Hershel's people aren't off the hook, as they have been rather disobedient as well and Hershel is slowly watching everything unravel. Not only did Jimmy lie to Rick and join in Sophia's search, but he also failed to mention it to Hershel. Plus, Maggie refuses to follow her father's orders to stay away from Glenn. I'm simply waiting for Hershel to forget his kind manner and force the new group off his land. It's obvious he's losing control.

And that should become evident next episode now that Glenn has finally discovered the farm's secret. Hershel has been keeping a group of zombies penned up inside the barn. Why? It remains to be seen, but it's a dangerous choice considering what would happen if the lock on the barn door ever broke. He better have a good explanation.

"Chupacabra" continued to feel like a calm before the storm. I'm looking forward to returning back to those high tension and exciting moments that existed throughout the first few episodes. And while it doesn't always have to be gratuitous zombie scenes, I'm glad it appears the group will have more to discuss and deal with than just missing Sophia.

And let's just hope everyone comes up with some good ideas because I'm starting to agree with Hershel: after some of the choices they've made, it's a wonder the group has survived this long.

Is it time to give up on the search? What's Hershel's reasons for keeping zombies locked up? Will the group ever leave the farm? As always, sound off below!


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Sophia going missing is not the main storyline, it is just a plot device to keep the crew at the farm. Now that they've found "peace" and "paradise" at the farm, everything is going to go to shit when they find out about the walkers in the barn. Hershel mentioned that humanity has been battling epidemics throughout history and this is just another one. He is waiting for a cure. But now we see the purpose of the CDC storyline last season. There is no cure. We, the audience, know that. So does Rick and his group, but Hershel is not going to believe them. Hershel is going to get violent and throw them out. I can see a violent confrontation between Hershel and Shane where Shane just blows his cap off. I can also see Maggie join the group and speed off with them into the sunset. Season 2 has actually been really great, but I can feel that Season 3 is going to be even better.


Daryl must have competely sterized his arrows because if he is reusing them then the one he landed on should have turned him into a zombie. I think the zombies in the barn are that old dudes family that he doesn't want to kill. I'm starting to get annoyed by Rick. He's needs to start doing stuff more like Shane does.


Daryl should go back to him old self he reminds me of someone from Sons of Anarchy just a BA.


I cared for Sophie being found too early on but now it just annoys me. They better do something great with her character now if she isn't dead in some plot moving twist. Either she is dead and in barn or Herschel fed her to the dead in barn or the only way I care if she's alive is if she is completely changed somehow. She better come back a major freaking character or this show is going down the lame and predictable tract fast. Why do all this and then bring back a kid who is just going to be background noise? She dead in dramatic way is only hope I see. What are you going to do with her character now? Also, how the heck do they napalm Atlanta but that nursing home and all those residents survives?! Would that be possible? What am I missing with that because it looks like to me the writers completely forgot what they wrote last season?


So here is my list of the main characters of TWD who I would most like to see thrown into that nest of walkers in the barn down to the least I want to be tossed (didn't include the farm folks). Just food for thought - no pun intended. 1. SHANE - Easy choice for #1 and the sooner the better. 2. Lori - A close second to Shane. 3. T-Dog - Just don't care that much about what happens to this guy. 4. Andrea - Needs to dial down the whining and trying to act like a bad***
all the time. 5. Carol - care about her more than T-Dog, but not a lot more. 6. Dale - This is is where it starts to get tough. Like Dale but would
prefer him to be a little tougher in some ways. His apparent showdown with
Shane as seen in the previews will probably increase his likability
considerably. 7. Glenn - really starting to like this character more, but he has been a
non-factor in so many episodes, I put him here on the list. 8. Carl - Hey, he's just a kid and has already been through a lot. So he
deserves to be around for awhile. 9. Rick - The heart and soul of the group, I can't wait for him to find out
what kind of low-lifes his wife and best "friend" have been. 10. Daryl - the popularity of this character has grown by leaps and bounds
this season and I think Norman Reedus steals just about every scene he's
in. Actually, if he were thrown into the walkers in the barn, he
probably would kill them all before they laid a scratch on him.


My guess is also friends and family in the barn. Maybe Sophia is going to be part of that happy group?


>>Mrs. C. K. Dexter Haven Yeah that ear necklace is BA alright but did you see where he fell down and ended up with an ear in his mouth? :D


Daryl's is so awesome! That's why he is my favorite character on the show, because he's not in the comics. Such a wild card. His trophy necklace was so freaking BA! Between him pulling an arrow through his body and his squirrel sushi it was amazing. Plus the fact that his character, being a survivalist, is the one person truly cares about finding Sophia (which at this point has simply become annoying to the rest of us) is touching. Such a tender heart for someone who eats raw squirrel. I won't go too much into detail about the other characters, because let's face it, there wasn't much going on this week. Yes, Andrea went commando on Darryl (she is my fave in the comics but on the show I find her horribly stale) and Lori's whoa as me routine was blah. Yes she messed up big time (we all know whose child it is based on the story timeline) so let's play it out and let the fleas bite. I do think Rick & Shane's conversation in the woods was a bit of foreshadowing. The barn. Finally the dirty secret is out. Yes, Herschel doesn't like weapons on his farm, doesn't like killing zombies and now we know why. He keeps them locked up until the day comes (at least he hopes) where a cure will be administered. Yes (those of us who've read the comics) already know why but they did give a few good reasons why he'd do such a thing. He's a man a faith and believes in the good book. His scenes with Rick set up that scenario well. Hopefully before the hiatus (which is unlikely) they will resolve the Sophia nonsense (we know about her) and get into the nitty gritty. I hope the show doesn't stray too much from the comics. Yes, there has to be some liberties but hopefully Kirkman won't let them destroy everything we love about the story.


Mostafa, it's all up in the air. I believe, because they let this go on so long, she has to be alive. Others believe that the length of time means she's dead. Thematically, it's dumb either way. They put Sophia in the flashback this week SOLELY because we've all forgotten what this girl looks like. I can only guess she's in the barn. Next week is the Mid season break, and if they don't clear this completely uninteresting plot thread up by then, then they are shitty story tellers. I already suspect that the network has decided to focus on Daryl (because of testing), rather than Rick, the supposed hero. I am beginning to suspect that Darabont's departure was related to this decision. Whether true or not, I am guessing that the show will divurge from the source material more and more after we find out the deal in the barn....(which I, and every other comic reader know already.)


All in all it was a good episode, i still think this season is lacking compared to the first though. But at least they didn't have any zombies appear out of thin air in this one.

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

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Rick: So, you believe in a blood sucking dog?
Daryl: You believe dead people walking around?