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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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God I hope Carol lets that hair grow out soon. It may be practical but she may as well have "victim" tattooed on her face. Not that I don't sympathize but it's making it hard to take any sort of interest in her character. Really getting to like Daryl, he's the most unlikely hero I've seen in a while. In almost any other story he'd be the one who gets killed while making a cowardly escape so this is really refreshing. Just hope he doesn't take the whole "shot in the head" thing personally and turn against the group again. The Sophia story line is bogus. They may as well be looking for Glenn's hat for all the emotional resonance this is going to have. They'd almost HAVE to make her a walker or else it's going to be like "Oh thank God Sophia you're back! I missed how we used to...uh...I mean why don't I brush your hair and have a mother/daughter...um....well you just go in the camper sweetie...talk to ya later....maybe" :P If they really want her to matter at all they should do some of the story from her perspective as she tries to find her way back.

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I am also kind of tired of the Sophia storyline. However, it has been the impetus for some of the better moments this season, mostly involving Daryl. It is only because she is missing that the others are out in the woods looking for her. This led to the tension-filled scene when Daryl searches the abandoned house (I thought there'd be a walker around one of those corners!) and the scene last night with Daryl getting hurt and hallucinating about Merle. I think Carol's kiss was more "motherly" and was a nice answer to Merle's comments about how the group doesn't care about Daryl and "kin" is all that matters. The group is his "kin" now. They're all he has. I thought the episode was a good one - some funny moments (Glen talking about women's cycles and Dale saying "I'd keep that theory to myself!), some touching moments, and some creepy moments. Daryl is one of my favorite characters and I'm glad they didn't kill him off. One more thing - I don't think Rick is being "soft" or "whiny". He has always been portrayed as a caring family man with a strong moral center. He is also a father, and knows what it is like to almost lose a child. He doesn't want to give up on Sophia for that reason. And also because he feels guilty she is missing in the first place. I still love this show and hope it keeps going strong!

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Hopefully The Walking Dead doesn't become the walking " Lost"....with numerous confusing flashbacks and drug out story lines.The story has to keep moving at a reasonable pace to sustain interest. If it means losing characters and unforeseen plot twists( such as sophia returning to the farm as a " Zombilescent")so be it. The WD also needs some fresh and interesting locations.If they shoot the whole, or almost the whole, second season at the farm, it'll get stale(like a rotting walker) very quickly. And last, the show has to start providing more (GZA) Gross Zombie Action...the human interest stuff is ok to a point but I'm sure the audience would love more (BBB)....Blood,Brains and bowels. All the best to the Walking Dead may it reak for many years to come.

Piecar

Nice to see Merle...But a complete cheat that doesn't tell anything. I can't say I'm completely on side with it. It was a good Daryl storyline though...and DAMN! Wake up to see a zombie chewing your shoe? Bullet Burn! (and he got another one later) I love Daryl's character...but I don't understand the choice the show is making. He's clearly the only clear thinking one now. They've made Rick a zealot, Shane a murderer, Dale an addled codger, and Glenn a horndog. The full run of the characters from the source material are turned into 'tards while they give all the pure altruism to Crossbow Boy. Also, they are not serving the women very well. Every woman on the show, at this point, serves no useful function. This is okay in a real crisis situation. Not everyone has a skill set for this. But all the women are basically there to cook and clean...and the one who doesn't want to? A dangerously death obsessed bitch on wheels. Andrea is one of the most vitally important parts of the comic(er....Graphic Novel, weiners), why are they making her so stupid here? Ditto, Rick....By this time in the comic, Rick has become a character who will do what it takes to keep his group alive. Funny that they've given Shane Rick's attributes, but made Shane the villain. The title for this episode? Er, what? Why? Nowhere near where you'd "see" a chupacabra and in no way related other than they said it twice. I already knew about the barn...I am not against this. They had to count on the comic readers watching, and they had to deliver. It is one of the major linchpins to the story. Next week should be pretty graphic, if they hold to the story. Sophia clearly isn't dead...But what the hell? The story has gone on far too long. Thematically, the only thing I can see working now, after SIX FRAKKING EPISODES is that they put her in the barn. They better tie it up, next week...Because it is the world's worst plot line at this point.

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i am wondering how no one has heard all the walkers in the barn? I agree that they are probably family or something but at this point i don't think they can come back. Or does Hershel have some weird vet doctor frankenstein idea's for them??? The whole Sophia part i am torn on. On one had i am ultra realistic and would probably give up after a few days. Then on the other i would hope someone would look for me until they were positive i was either alive or otherwise.

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Funky little barn (B52s)!

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Seems that the zombies that Hershel is keeping in the barn are friends/family members who have turned to zombies and he is hoping for a cure to bring them back. Sophia needs to stop wasting time in the season.