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.
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!
Sean McKenna was a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. He retired in May of 2017. Follow him on Twitter.