There's walkers in the barn and Lori's pregnant!
Glenn, you blabbermouth You really are the worst secret keeper ever. How many surprise birthday parties do you think he's ruined?
At least he remains helpful, kind and understanding (although the women make it difficult for him sometimes), so I forgive Glenn for spilling the beans. Plus, that simple and straightforward statement led the way for plenty of action and drama.
I guess I should have known that dealing with the barn walkers would have to wait until next week's midseason finale, but we did learn why Hershel is so against killing them. Hershel believes they are still people; people who just happen to be sick.
While he does make some valid points about not killing schizophrenics or someone with a disease, it's hard to compare his scenario to flesh eating monsters with a single goal: to eat and kill. And while Maggie seemed rather intent to follow in her father's beliefs, a close encounter with a snarling un-dead looked like enough to change her mind (and to give Glenn a kiss).
And who knew killing zombies was such a turn on for these people? First, with Glenn's save and then Andrea jumping Shane? Forget long walks on the beach, I guess all it takes is a good bloody beaten and blown away zombie to attract the ladies.
Andrea still manages to get on my nerves. I know she's meant to be the strong gung-ho female character, but she's arrogant and whiny. She can act all GI Jane one moment and then become extremely upset because someone hurt her feelings the next. Shane may have crossed a line by mentioning Amy, but trying to rattle her was the right idea because in the real situation she wasn't able to shoot precisely. Okay, so she mustered up some quiet focus and managed to actually be able to help Shane against the walkers in the end, but she remains far too emotional. People should really consider taking her gun away before she shoots someone - and hopefully not Daryl again.
At least with Maggie, she proves to be feisty, determined, and sure of herself. She may get upset but it never feels like she's a spoiled little girl. She is a strong female character that is enjoyable to watch.
Lori is often a bit overdramatic, but many of her concerns are valid ones to at least ponder. It makes sense that a mother would take issue with her son using a gun. Even worrying about bringing a baby into a world plagued by fear, death and danger makes some sense. At least she didn't fight for too long about letting Carl learn to shoot. It's about time he starts being able to protect himself. And didn't he look rather cool in Rick's hat? I think he has a long road ahead of him.
As for not having the baby, well that's just giving up hope. I was so glad that Rick discovered the morning after pills and confronted her. Not only that but it was probably the most emotional he's gotten so far. Bravo to Andrew Lincoln for continuing to give stellar performances. His pleading and anger shined through his often quiet demeanor in way that seemed to push at him more than before.
And now, to top it off, Lori told him she slept with Shane.
I feel bad for the guy. He's remained resolute in being a leader and protecting everyone by putting aside any selfishness for the good of the group. And even when he found out his best friend was with his wife, he took the news rather well. He even tried to justify her reasons for it.
All I can say is wow. If I knew that type of information and held it in, it would eat away at me until I couldn't take it. It will be interesting to see if he even confronts Shane or just drops it for the time being. Still, best friends don't do that to best friends even if it is the zombie apocalypse and you think your close pal is dead. That's a huge no no. Guy code, Shane, guy code.
I just hope Rick begins to reevaluate his choices and decisions. No more mister nice guy.
And clearly Shane is stepping on a lot of toes that I'm preparing for members of the group to turn on him. It's obvious Dale now has a reason to dislike him, but is it because he likes Andrea? Or is it because he feels protective of her in a fatherly way?
Dale was given more to do this episode in confronting a lot of people and getting them to offer up a little of themselves. Glenn gave his secrets Hershel explained his walker theory. Shane made it clear that Dale better not get in his way. Even Lori opened up about her feelings on having a baby. Is it because he's the "wise old man" that has everyone dropping their guard and getting personal with him? I'd like to see him take some action and not be just the group's psychiatrist all the time, but I do enjoy the way that he can so easily interact with everyone.
I have to say I'm tired of the Sophia search. She might be dead. She might be alive. She might be on the moon. At this point, its been too long, and she wasn't a character that made me watch anyway. It's time to move on to something more interesting.
"Secrets" finally revealed and gave the characters a chance to deal with a majority of the plot arcs for the season without becoming too long winded or drawn out. Shane still remains the most perplexing of the group as he has really gotten a chance to develop but I'm hoping that Lori's confession will push Rick onto something of a similar path. There may be walkers in the barn, but sometimes it's the people around you that are the ones that you really need to be worried about.
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.