Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 11 “Judge, Jury, Executioner” (B+)
This show has had its share of moral dilemmas and impossible situations, but nothing can compare to the debate over whether to execute the prisoner in the bar. Daryl’s opening torture of Randall was rather fearsome, and Randall didn’t do himself any favors by divulging the details about what his gang does with teenage girls. Dale making a case for giving Randall a fair trial by appealing to Andrea as a former civil rights lawyer and going around to everyone in the camp was compelling, and he even did an impressive job of standing up to Shane and looking him in the eye. Ultimately, however, no one except for Maggie, not even Glenn, sided with him, and Rick was so close to shooting Randall point-blank right before Carl walked in to encourage him. Carl is one messed-up kid, sneaking in to talk to Randall and then staring a walker down before coming way too close to getting himself zombie-fied. The look on his face when he realized that that very same walker slashed Dale is incredibly telling, and Carl is not going to be able to forgive himself anytime soon. The episode’s end was almost as devastating as the mid-season finale, with Dale just moments away from finding out that his plan won, wandering off and encountering a walker determine to rip his body apart. Daryl’s cold shooting of his friend is a haunting way to close the episode, and this is going to be even more damaging to the group morale than killing Randall would have been.