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The Walking Dead Review: To Tell The Truth

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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).

Dale and Lori
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.

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Realdiehl

@ ZOMBIE: LOL! That'll be addressed at next week's roundtable discussion.

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How does Lori know the baby's Rick's for sure? :S Also does anyone know which episode was it when Dale saw Shane aiming the gun at Rick?

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so... do zombies have to poop?

Realdiehl

@ Stephen: Thanks for the response. It all seems to make sense. Even though it's all hypothetical, this type of information and these little details help to flesh out (pardon the pun) the story. Thanks. Good point about the cold weather.

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SUNDAY'S EPISODE IS GONNA BLOW YOUR DOORS OFF !!

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My understanding is that the zombies eat because of a leftover human instinct, not because they actually have to do it to survive. Ultimately the only reason we eat is so we can generate the electrical impulses necessary to tell our muscles to contract. The zombies are getting that electrical power from something else, presumably the virus generates it. We also use the nutrients in food to rebuild our tissues but the zombies aren't as concerned with that. They don't need functioning organs to keep moving, as long as they have muscles and a brain they'll keep going. Though logically they should eventually wear themselves out from normal wear and tear because muscles can't operate indefinately without regeneration. Might take months or years but they should die off. To me the pressing question is what will happen when winter comes. I don't know if winter ever comes in the comic but I've seen other zombie stories where the zombies freeze solid in the cold because they don't generate enough heat not to.

Realdiehl

I still very much enjoy the show. Yeah, the Sophia storyline might be stale but it is the reason why everyone is at the farm in the first place. The search for Sophia opened the door for all the major events of this season. It set the stage for Carl being shot, which led to everyone moving to Hershel's farm, Daryl being shot on his way back from looking for Sophia, and Shane and Andrea hooking up while out looking for Sophia. Hershel's farm led to Glenn and Maggie (played by Lauren Cohan whom I just discovered grew up about 20 miles from where I live) hookin up, to the revelation of Lori's pregnancy and the discovery of the walkers in the barn. Lori's pregnancy and Glenn-the-squealer led to Rick's discovery of morning after pills and to Dale's knowledge of Lori's pregnancy and the walkers in the barn, respectively. You get the idea. If you think about it, the storyline of the search for Sophia itself has taken up only about two minutes of episode time each of the past few episodes. It's mentioned but it's not even close to being the main plot in any episode. What bothers me is the lack of zombie lore. Can they reproduce? Why do they hang out in towns that are totally desserted (ie that have no food)? Can they starve to death? I mean, they usually roam in packs and when a pack gets a hold of a human they literally tear it apart and eat it. Common sense says that their food supply is insufficient to support such large numbers. Eventually they'd turn to cannibalism and shortly thereafter they'd become extinct.

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Sorry but i dont like it anymore. it was okay at first but it needs to pick up the pace and i really dont wanna stick around to find out. Sorry. Got better things to do ya know?

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Hate to burst your bubble there Bonnie but odds are alot of people HAVE stopped watching. Personally I'm watching on the hope that it will pick up again. It's not actually constant head-exploding gore that keeps me interested, it's changing scenery. We've been staring at waving fields of tall grass for weeks now. And without coming off too cocky, yeah I could give these writers some pointers. You don't make the backdrop of the season the search for an extra character who may have had 2 lines the entire series. Anyone who's ever written a shopping list knows that. It would've been so easy to drop in a few flashbacks about loveable little Sophia to actually make us care that she's gone. It's like they didn't even watch these things during editing...

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I'm new to this, but it seems as I read the comments, the general impression from negative emails is that: "You're doing it wrong: I could do it better!" and "You're doing it wrong; I'm about to stop watching!" But something keeps you watching - could it be the excellent caliber of the actors, the plot line, the character development....oh, and the visceral gore that really does keep happening. I do understand that negative comments keep interest high, so keep on kwetching. It's a really great show and however you keep all of us watching is "pie in the sky".

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 6 Quotes

What? No pictures?

Daryl

Glenn: Are you trying to buy my silence with fruit?
Maggie: Of course not. There's also jerky.

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