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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Daryl is my favorite character. I need more episodes like this one. Also, the missing girl storyline is boring me. Find her already! I no longer care that she's missing.


Was this suppose to be the Merle centric episode everyone was talking about?


i enjoyed last nights episode. Im a big fan of norman reedus(daryll) after i saw him in boondock saints and i would believe the character of daryll could survive a zombie invasion. I will admit there was a moment of saying i would quit watching the show if they killed him off and he makes his way back only for that stupid gunhappy wanch to shoot at him. Why cant she just listen and quit acting like a pissed off teenager who is rebelling and not want wanting to listen to the adults.she hasnt even came in to check on daryll and far as rick and shane i think shanes giult is getting to him and he is ready to move on and leave his memories on the farm. I feel like maybe they should have done a better story than sophia running off but then we woouldnt have the season where its at i agree the women are all annoying except hershels daughter. betting all the zombies are all the people in the pictures on the fridge but why they would want to just keep them in the barn and poor glen having to keep secret


So there's a barn full of zombies and no one hears them?!?!?
Also, Daryl is beasting EVERYONE. He has officially become the reason I watch now.


So there's a barn full of zombies and no one hears them?!?!?
Also, Daryl >>>> EVERYONE. He has officially become the reason I watch now.


Honestly, I hope the little girl comes back as a zombie and they have to bash in her skull in front of the women and children. That would totally redeem the wimpy story lines.


Am I the only one who thought the cowgirl was going to lock Glenn in the barn? So glad to see him in next weeks coming attraction. And Im a huge Darryl fan after this week's episode.


Boy I was sooooo mad when I thought that Andrea shot Daryl after all he when though to get back to the group, I didn't think he deserved that...I know that he can be an ass sometimes but he has come along way and I actually like him now. Sofia either bring her back or kill her off let's keep it moving. What's with all the Zombies in the barn and what are they feeding them,


I actually thought it may have been his wife and step-son in the barn, but not an entire pack of zombies.
I'm sick of hearing about Sophia! It's honestly crazy and a pointless storyline. I also find it unrealistic that her mother isn't sobbing more. It's the only thing she has to live for in that world and off she goes to fold laundry and make dinner. Fair enough you wanna get your mind off something, but I highly doubt the fact that your daughter could go missing in a world full of zombies and you're being nonchalant about it.
As for Lori, she's a total whore. I honestly cannot stand her. This show feels like a soap opera right now. Seriously; a missing child, a love affair between Hershel's daughter and Glenn, a "who my baby daddy?" storyline and kidnapped zombies in a barn.
Don't get me wrong, I like the show, but if this is all happening in a span of 4 episodes, I'd hate to see what could consist of an entire season.


Hershel is such a jerk, this guy has been hiding in a country house the whole time not having to deal with the zombie hordes the group did in the city, and he judges them with comments like "it's a wonder you guys have survived this long"! And I would LOVE to see him try to kick them off his property- what is his plan, call the police on them? Use his handful of people to try and force Rick and his armed posse to leave? Yeah, let's see how that work out, haha!! I hope somebody shuts that old man Hershel right up.

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

People in hell want slurpees.


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