Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 13 “Beside the Dying Fire” (A-)
After one intense season, this finale was not a letdown. I love how episodes start on this show, with the walkers wandering aimlessly and suddenly being lured en masse to the site of Shane’s second execution. Watching the farm get overrun by walkers was frightening since it’s been such a safe haven all season, but it did make for one terrific extended sequence. Everyone driving in circles and Glenn shooting out the window were particularly affecting, as was the shot of Daryl watching the barn burn before responding to Carol’s cry for help. It was worrisome that Andrea got left behind, but it looks like she’s actually in better shape now that she’s met the (for now) faceless master of two walkers that have been essentially enslaved. Apparently, she’s an iconic character from the graphic novel, and I’m intrigued to see more about her as she comes into focus next season. I’m glad that Lori stood up to T-Dog and forced him to take them back to the highway since another splintered crew would have done no one any good, though it seems that not everything is blissful for the reuniting camp. After killing Shane, Rick is a changed man, and telling everyone that Dr. Jenner told him that they were all infected didn’t exactly help his case. Mutiny is sure to be an order of business next season, and fortunately, the way this show played out this season, new episodes arrive in just a couple of months in the fall. I firmly believe that this season was even better than the first, and I can’t wait for year three.
Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Scott Wilson as Hershel & Lauren Cohan as Maggie