The Walking Dead Review: Another Two Bite The Dust

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If you thought Sophia's demise and Dale's gut-ripping demise would be the only deaths to take place on The Walking Dead, you clearly didn't heed T-Dog's favorite saying: "Aw, hell no!"

"Better Angels" appeared to be the calm before the eventual season finale storm, but it still garnered some huge game changing moments for Rick and the group, while giving us an idea of where the show is headed (yes, they might finally leave the farm.)

Dealing with Randall has been a significant debate, although for the most part the group has seemed pretty consistent in killing him. Or just following the leader, Rick.

Carl and Rick

And after the last Walking Dead episode Rick changed his mind and decided to go back to simply just dropping him off some odd miles out from the farm. Good idea? We'll never know because, in the end, Shane had a huge dose of crazy pills and took matters into his own hands.

To be honest, I almost wished that Shane had actually decided to go with Randall. It would have been an interesting turn of events that, down the road, might have led to bigger problems and a more emotional pull when he met back up with Rick and company in confrontation. I actually believed Shane when he suggested it.

Yet crazy Shane decided to break Randall's neck and just get it over with. He's such a nice guy.

I'm a little disappointed that Randall didn't get a lot of time to have his character explored. He was either getting beat up or pleading for his life. He may have had moments that could have been called into question, but we'll never know if he was really as bad as his associates.

Still, his death did reveal that you don't have to be bitten to turn into a walker. You just simply have to die.

Well... that changes everything, doesn't it? Was that the whispered secret Dr. Jenner told Rick at the end of season one?

I'm not so sure because when it came to Shane returning as a walker, he didn't seem to realize. Or maybe he was too distraught from killing his best friend to think about anything else. After all, despite Shane trying to murder him, there was still a brotherly relationship between them. And Rick has a harder time just pointing and shooting those closest to him.

Oh, that's right, Shane also bit the dust in a final showdown with his close friend. The confrontation was inevitable and as much as I uttered the same question about Shane agreeing to follow Rick and work with him again, it makes sense that Shane was so blinded by his desires that his survival of life got in the way of any sense of morality.

The ominous setting against the full moon was a great visual shot as the two men silhouetted against the backdrop. I felt bad for Rick being essentially forced into stabbing Shane. You could tell that he didn't want to, but he knew that there was no way out. Andrew Lincoln really brought out a raw emotion and distress in dealing with the situation. It's not often we see this quiet man break his feelings wall.

But was Carl actually pointing his gun at Rick? Was he confused? And why was no one watching him again?

Either way, he saved his broken father from the snarling walking dead that was Shane. A shot right to the head. So, Carl gets himself in numerous amounts of trouble but he turns out to be a good shot.

That particular moment is probably going to change Rick and Carl in a dramatic way. Hope seems to be fading into the show's background.

And whether it's a cheap plot device in getting a ton of zombies back onto the show, Carl's shot is going to lead a horde of them right to the farm. I know I've missed that sense of danger by having the safety of the farm, so even if it seems like an easy way to overrun the farm, especially when the walkers have been obviously absent for the most part from the location, I welcome it.

The show's dynamic is going to change, the character's are going to change, and the location is going to change. The movement of the show is picking itself back up and I love that we're finally progressing again. Tension and drama are high, walker threats are looking to be everywhere, and T-Dog finally got some more lines. Even if the episode was a bit slow in the beginning, and certain actions may have seemed a bit quick to push the plot forward, the final moments rolled so quickly and solidly that I can only imagine where the final episode of the season will place everything.

I can't help but enjoy this show. It's an addicting piece of entertainment that has you coming back for more.

Will someone step in to fill Shane's aggressive and antagonistic shoes? Will another character meet their untimely death? How can Rick and Carl recover from such a dramatic moment and will it end up bringing them closer together? Are you happy or upset with Shane and Randall's deaths? And what does it mean that you don't have to be bitten to turn into a walker?


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A list of reasons why Lori need's to be killed off.. because I hate this b**** so much. 1) She's a hypocrite.
2) She's a whore
3) She's an instigator -> Sending Shane over the edge with the "sorry speech"
4) She can't keep watch over her son, Carl. Her only goddamn important job.
5) She got in a car accident. Even when there's no other drivers on the road.
6) She's selfish. Sending my man Glenn for her damn ABORTION PILLS
7) She contributes nothing to the group besides unwanted drama
8) Oh and did I mention... SHES A HYPOCRTICAL POS


The writing is awful. The accents are horrible. I can't make out what they are saying because of the background noise. Shane has wet blood under his nose for hours??


I think shanes acting in walking dead was better than everybodys so the creators of walking dead show will expect the decrease in viewers due to that foolish choice in killing his character you dont always have to stick to the same story change is better but not without shane.Im very disappointed in amc and the creators for not thinking about the fans


This isn't much of a review, closer to a scant summary. I'm a big fan of the show, as I was introduced to the idea by AMC. Subsequently, I've read the comic that inspired the series, and, I have to say that the casting is absolutely racist in regards to the original characters. First off, Shane dies almost immediately. Carl is his killer, in the same situation depicted on AMC. Before the party arrives at the farm, they meet Tyrese who is with his daughter and her boyfriend. The family is black and the boy is white. There is no T-Dog in the comics. In the comics, Tyrese's role is the second-hand help of the group. He is essential to the their survival just as much as Shane was in the TV series, or Rick, saving his life even. There is no Tyrese in the TV series. There is only T-Dog, who, accomplishes all of bitching, fucking up, getting wounded, running away, and accruing little to no kills; the only black character in the show, besides the father and son from the beginning. Very tasteless, AMC. I'll keep my hopes up that, maybe, Tyrese will appear in season three.


@mar Lori did mention taking out two walkers to Andrea. Then Andrea pointed out that if she hadn't run off like a hothead after Rick and wrecked the car it never would have happened. It was an interesting argument about gender roles - Lori thinks the women's work should be confined to the house with men protecting them. Andrea basically gave her the finger. It's obvious you can get turned into a zombies by more than a bite. Of course; how did so many people get infected in the first place? Those left have some natural level of immunity to the initial plague which only breaks down when in a weakened state (death, bites, etc.) What I'm wondering is why NO ONE is getting infected through other means, like having zombie blood splattered on them during kills or suffering other traumas (broken bones, scrapes, colds/flu/viruses). That's inconsistent (even in the comic series).


Shane and and Daryl are/were the most interesting characters in the whole series. With Shane gone (no matter how crazy he is) there is nothing to see in this show now. Yes, he was a nutter, but it is only a show - entertainment - and he made it interesting. Now what? Without him, this Lori is useless as a character. She needs to go too. The whole intrigue is gone now. New people needed, new show.


I enjoyed the 1st season. The 2nd is a psychological character development that could have very well played out in a remote isolated island, or some African jungle. I do have one question: if you get attacked by the walkers and they chewed you up to pieces, how on earth can your body come back to life if you have no veins, tendons, or muscle left? To give you an idea of how disliked this show was, I found Downton Abbey far more fun, suspenseful, and enjoyable to watch - but then again only the British know how to make a low budget tv show entertaining.


Pardon if anyone has mentioned this ... I thought more highly of Lori because she has never once mentioned taking out two walkers on her own when she went on the wild-goose-chase ride into town. A drama queen would have. The only one who would know what she did is Shane, who saw the terminated walkers -- and she never said a word to him about them, either. To me, that indicates that Lori is made of strong stuff. She's a sort of Scarlett O'Hara -- she can be unlikeable, but she's no shrinking violet and she will do what it takes to live.


I really hope Carl & Lori get killed off soon because they are putting the group at risk. Carl needs his ass whooped for following everywhere the his dad goes even at night alone.


To my assumption everyone (or just about most people) have the virus already in them, the virus itself does not kill you, but brings you back as a zombie once you die. With this in mind if someone got bit or scratched by a walker i would assume it would spread an incredibly deadly infection that no one knows how to cure yet; (It causes fever hallucinations flu like symptoms just like the guy they left on the road from season 1). That would make sense as the infection from the zombie bite would kill you then the actual zombie virus would take over and bring you back as the walking dead. As for how the virus spreads im not really sure, i cant really say its airborne because there have been a lot of people who died without comming back, all the people on the highway, the people at the hospital in season 1, so it must be very contagious but not 100% that everyone has it.

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