Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 12 “Better Angels” (B+)

No one is safe on this show, not even after they’re dead. In the wake of Dale’s unfortunate demise, there was plenty to worry about from the very start as Rick’s eulogy was interspersed with shots of Daryl, T-Dog, Andrea and Shane going around and butchering walkers. After Carl told Shane what happened with the walker that killed Dale and Shane in turn told Rick, it seemed like everything might be all resolved. Lori telling Shane that he might be the father of her unborn baby, however, was just about the dumbest thing that she could have done, and it led to him going all crazy and taking poor Randall out into the woods to meet his fate. Rick surrendering to a delusional, bloodthirsty Shane was unexpected, but not quite as much as his stabbing of his former best friend. Carl’s presence with loaded gun was mighty worrisome, but fortunately he took Shane’s advice and shot the now-walker in the head. Shane’s death is a monumental event, sure to reverberate in future installments as Rick has now killed a living, breathing human, not to mention such a close friend, in cold blood. Never one to have dull moments, however, this show doesn’t allow time for mourning, instead creating a much bigger problem on which to close out the season next week: dead people, it seems, are now becoming walkers without even being bitten. The episode’s final moments were marvelously scored and entirely chilling, and I can’t wait for next week.

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