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The Walking Dead – The aftermath and more

The consequences of Shane's actions run deep in everyone. They initiate truths that weren't there before and continue to cause unease in Rick.

- Season 2, Episode 8 - "Nebraska"

The last episode of The Walking Dead ended with Rick killing someone.

He doubled that count in this one.

When we left everyone last year, the massacre at the barn had just taken place. We all knew there would be repercussions from Shane’s actions and we waited eagerly to discover how those repercussions would manifest themselves. While it seemed there would be a natural expulsion of Rick’s group from Hershel’s farm, it hasn’t taken place. Not yet, anyway.

In the hour since The Walking Dead’s hiatus ended, we delved ever deeper into the turmoil and struggle the characters are experiencing. There’s not a single soul who wasn’t touched in some way, shape or form by the events at the barn, courtesy of Shane’s impulsive actions.

Interestingly, it was Hershel who was most affected by the events. He’s come to the realization he’s been wrong all this time about the walkers, that they truly are dead and that there is no hope whatsoever of them returning to normal. And that’s shaken him to his core. It drove him to abandon a sobriety he championed ever since Maggie was born. It made him step back, for the first time in ages, and take a good, hard look at whether the manner in which he’s been leading his family is for the best.

Rick and Lori. Dale and Shane. Daryl and Carol. Glenn and Maggie. Everyone interacted. None of them in positive ways, either.

To add insult to injury, Lori hauls off to look for Rick and Hershel in a quest to get them back to an ailing Beth. Her attempt to do good does not go unpunished, however; she’s involved in an accident with a walker, flips the car she’s driving when she careens into an embankment and we know not her status. Eventually, everyone is going to know she’s missing.

And, as the angst continued to ramp up, we get introduced to two characters who we know briefly only as Dave and Tony. Briefly, because they quickly turn into a threat to Hershel, Glenn and Rick in the bar. They wind up dead at the hand of Rick. (Dave did attempt to draw first, y’unnerstan …)

The group must remain safe. This is the kind of world everyone is in — one where it’s not simply a horde of walkers in a barn who are a threat, but a world where complete strangers can’t be trusted either.


  • Clark Johnson (yes … that Clark Johnson, Detective Meldrick Lewis of Homicide Life On The Street (and The Wire) directed this episode of The Walking Dead.
  • Hershel couldn’t have seen Rick’s face when he first saw Sophia. Hershel claimed: “I saw your face when she came out of the barn.” Rick’s back was turned to him during the extermination of the barn denizens and his back continued to face Hershel when he took care of Sophia.
  • Who were the two knuckleheads that met Rick, Hershel and Glenn in the bar? And how much of their story they told the three of them was true? Is Fort Benning really a dead end?
  • Did you witness how quickly Rick’s draw was? Outgunning Dave handily, then turning tail and taking care of Tony with nary a blink of the eye? That was damned impressive.


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9 Responses to “The Walking Dead – The aftermath and more”

February 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Another seven episode search for missing Lori? Let’s hope not.

Loved the bar scene.

February 13, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Oh God they better not drag the Lori plot beyond one episode. I still don’t get why the hell she thought that anything she did this episode was a good idea. “Hmm my husband has been gone for a whole 15 minutes, WE GOTTA SAVE HIM!” “Hmm everyone else doesn’t like my idea to make sure my husband is safe for the sake of my child, SO I’LL RISK MY LIFE AND LOOK FOR HIM!” “Hmm I don’t know who to get to town so maybe I should read a map or ask Maggie for directions before I leave. Nahh, I READ THE MAP WHILE DRIVING!”

The bar scene was the stuff of great Westerns. The writers actually for the first time in many episodes wrote a conversation that was actually tense and exciting. Listening to both sides and fishing for clues on whether or not to draw their weapon or not.

Also, zombie scratches cause a person to develop a fever and die right? Because isn’t that what happened to whats his face last season after the zombies attacked their camp, right? Because the blonde girl who collapsed looks like she has the same symptoms and did just have a brief struggle with a zombie in the opening. Just saying that they might want to look into that…

February 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

FWIW, this is the first episode/script that was not touched by Darabont.

February 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM

That guy from the first season didn’t die but he was bitten – just not bitten to death I guess and eaten on the spot. He asked to be left on the side of road and they gave him a gun. He didn’t go all catatonic, but did have the fever, he was in pain but very aware.

February 15, 2012 at 9:16 AM

. . . . .

Theory: Lori’s impulsive actions will cement her emotions and defer to the decisions of Rick once and for all without second guessing him or arguing whether a plan or method is right or wrong.

Her decision to take off after Rick and the others was just wrong, wrong, wrong …

February 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

The saloon scene was very entertaining!

February 14, 2012 at 5:06 AM

For that bar scene, I thought I was watching Justified! :)

It would be interesting to see how the bar scene would have gone with Shane there instead of Rick.

February 14, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I loved this episode. The saloon scene was incredible. Rick is a bada$$. The speed of his draw was awesome. Nice. Even Hershel was a fan afterwards.

I did see sime redemption of Shane’s character. I believe him when he told Carol he would have done things differently if he had known Sophia was in there.

And Lori just annoyed me all around this episode. If anything, the car crash should solve the pregnancy issue for her.

February 15, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I’m just gonna jump right in on this one. I’m pretty sure if I were Rick Shane would be banished or shot (well before now perhaps, but certainly now). I’m not a violent person, but he is a threat to more than just himself… he is a threat to every living person he comes into contact with. Besides that he pouts too much and would drive me absolutely crazy… man up and quit with the angst routine.

Lori, what were you thinking. They were not gone 10 minutes on that retrieval mission before she concluded they were not up to the task at hand and sought help. What does it say for her confidence in Rick that she doesn’t trust him (with help I might add) to handle the simple task of grabbing a drinking guy and bringing him home to help his daughter?

I fear the remaining members of the knucklehead contingent… I think they may be stronger (in number) than advertised and less than friendly by way of intent.