Well, At Least They Found Sophia: Walking Dead S2 Ep 7
OK. I have to admit, I was a bit surprised by the turn of events from the mid-season finale (and when the hell did this trend start? I don’t remember shows doing this before. Is it just me, or did this crap just start happening a couple years ago? Or am I just dumb?). I fully expected more talky-talky and then Shane doing something reprehensible and getting his macho mug blown off. What we got instead was definitely more interesting.
It’s funny, because the last half of the show made me forget about the first half. I’m trying to remember what went on then. Much of it was pointless, of course, but that’s to be expected by now. Let’s see. Dale makes Glenn tell the group about the barn, because that’s how Dale operates. Instead of helping the kid out so that he can try to keep Maggie from melting down, Dale keeps his role as Group Cockblocker by not claiming he found out about the barn. Maggie, using her Female Telepathy that all women have, knows exactly what is going on from 150 yards away and gets pissed. Everyone in Glenn’s group gets all pissed off at the idea of zombies in the barn. In general, this episode is about being pissed off.
Glenn tries to talk to Maggie, who is furious at constantly having her trust betrayed. Glenn wants her to talk to him, so Maggie decides that now is the time to punish him for betraying her by stabbing a hunting knife into his scrotum and deep into his gut. Oh, wait, scratch that, she puts an egg in his hat and breaks it over his head. Later on, during recess, she’ll punch him and he’ll call her names and then they’ll pass more notes before it’s cookie and naptime. For a pair of twenty-somethings, they are about as immature as it gets. Although, now that I think about it, living in a college town has taught me that 20-22 year olds tend to be that immature as well, so nevermind.
Everyone goes to the barn, because when you learn there is a building filled with zombies, standard survivor protocol calls for a group of people to get close to it, press their faces against the cracks, and have a loud shouting match to help rile the deaders up. Zombies get hungry and try to batter the door down, people yell, and we get to see Shane’s weird shoulder-dip sideways lope again. He cracks me up. Shane is essentially pissed off through the entire episode. He and Rick yell at each other about leaving and one of them being a giant gash, when Rick tells Shane that Lori’s pregnant. This is going to end well.
Shane talks to Lori, thinks it’s his baby, blah blah. She says that even if it is Shane’s, it’s Rick’s, and that’s that. I’m sure a mentally unbalanced and possibly roided up dude with a serious Survivor’s Mentality is going to handle that well. Shane makes the perfectly rational argument that Rick’s actions have gotten people killed. Lori gets mad, Shane leaves and runs into Carl. I expected him to act all weird to the kid or punch him in the face, but instead he talks to Carl like a parent, telling him to watch his language and mind his Momma. Seriously, the only one in the group that has demonstrated any level of parenting skill has been Shane. Lori sees Shane with her kid and gets freaky, calling him over. Again, Shane acts like a parent and not weird at all. Damnit, Shane, I just can’t quit you.
Rick confronts Herschel. Herschel says Go, Rick says No, my wife is pregnant, Herschel doesn’t give a fuck, Rick leaves, Herschel and Maggie talk, nothing much happens.
Dale decides that Shane being upset about a dozen or more zombies are near the camp they sleep every night is grounds for him to take the groups guns and go hide in the woods. OK. Not sure how long he planned to be out there. He didn’t bring food or anything. He’s just standing in the woods with a bag of guns. Dale is pretty fucking weird. Shane finds him, because Fuckin’ Daryl is rubbing off on him. Dale makes a crack about Shane never using those tracking skills to try to find Sophie. Of course, that old fuck hasn’t once taken his skinny Hawaiian-shirt-wearing-ass out in the woods one goddamn time to try to find the kid, but he’s going to make cracks about Shane not being able to find the kid. God I hate Dale. Plus, for some reason Dale is able to figure out exactly what happened to Otis simply because Shane doesn’t want to talk about it, which is really fucking stupid. Anyway, Dale says he’ll shoot Shane to keep him away from his own guns, Shane just walks up until the barrel is resting against his chest, and essentially says, “Go ahead, you useless fuck.” I kept waiting for him to grab the barrel or something, but he doesn’t. He makes Dale wuss out, which was pretty badass. Dale even hands Shane the bag of guns. Nice stand, asshole. Way to hold your ground.
Meanwhile, Daryl and Stubblepate begin their awkward courtship. She says something nice, he calls her a bitch, then they go looking for Sophie. Everyone else is supposed to as well, but Rick gets asked by Herschel to go Do Something. So only Daryl and Sophie’s mom go looking, which pisses Fuckin’ Daryl off to no end. Wait until he gets a load of exactly why Rick blew it off.
So Rick goes with Herschel with a couple of Herdin’ Poles and the 17-year-old Nameless Kid to the ole’ Mud Pond where a couple of zombies are stuck in the mud. Herschel tries to impart some life lesson about zombies being people too and who the zombies used to be and something or other, Hey, Let’s Take ‘Em Back to the Barn. Rick spends the scene basically looking out of his depth, which is now the Standard Rick Face. They herd the zombies along and back to the farm.
In a perfect coincidence, they arrive back just as Shane comes back with the guns and Fuckin’ Daryl gets back from his search. Everyone’s arguing when they see Rick coming along with his Zombie On a Rope. Everyone freaks the fuck out. There’s yelling, there’s accusations, there’s people trying to say calm down, when Shane decides he’s fucking had it. He tries to demonstrate to Herschel that these aren’t people by shooting the shit out of the zombie and indicating that people would fall down by now. Then BAM headshot. Herschel looks grief-stricken, Rick is all upset but since he’s playing shepherd there isn’t much he can do. Shane starts breaking open the barn door and passing out guns. I fully expected someone to try to stop him. Instead, Fuckin’ Daryl is like Hell Yeah, Andrea wants some revenge for her sister, Glenn looks unsure but takes the gun, T-Dog is there but isn’t allowed to speak, and the zombies start to exit the barn. The shootin’ gallery ensues. Shane, Daryl, Andrea, and T-Dog blaze away, Glenn waits for permission from Maggie in a move that I actually thought was kinda cool, and when she gives it he gets to play too.
The Zombie Massacre ensues. Good times. Dale comes back, looking all upset and sad that a bunch of cannibalistic corpses have been put out of their misery, because he’s a fuckwad of the first order. Herschel is on his knees upset, Shane and Rick are yelling, when they hear another zombie coming out. Everyone turns, and there’s Sophia. I didn’t expect it, but her ass is a zombie. Everyone just watches her shuffle out of the barn. Her mom freaks out, Fuckin’ Daryl holds on to her, and Rick finally steps up and puts the girl down. End of show.
OK. Now, if I’m the survivor group, I am going to be pissed as fuck. The old guy had to know the girl they were looking for was in the barn. So did Nameless Boy, since he obviously helps herd the things up and was part of the search party, so he had to know what the girl looked like and was wearing and that they had an unknown zombie in the barn for a day or so before a group looking for a girl about that age showed up. So at the very least, Herschel has known that girl was in the barn and let them go out every day looking for her, getting Fuckin’ Daryl stabbed and nearly eaten and putting everyone else at risk for the same treatment. At this point, if I was there, I’m taking over this fucking farm and kicking Herschel the fuck out, if not shooting his ass down right there. I’d be PISSED. It’ll be interesting to see where the battle lines get drawn. I think Rick, Lori, Glenn (The Power of the V), and Dale side with the lying fuck who keeps zombies as pets, while Shane and Daryl lead the coalition of What the Fuck Is Wrong With You People. And somehow will be the bad guys for it. Maybe not, though. Maybe they’ll keep the situation grey, since no one has proven themselves to be the hero, in all honesty. We’ll see. All I know is, Herschel creeps me the fuck out. I’d want him dead quick, because he looks like he’s capable of any damn thing.
I have to admit, I’m intrigued to see where they go. I know enough of the comics to know that by this point, Shane is dead and Sophia doesn’t become a zombie, so I’m actually pleasantly surprised that they’ve changed that. I imagine if I was a fan of the books, I’d be pissed, but I’m not so I’m not. So well done on that one, AMC.