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The Walking Dead – Shane should fear Lori more than love her

Layers of drama unfolded on this episode. Quite a few revelations as well. But ... they didn't compare to the seeds being planted by both Shane and by Lori.

- Season 2, Episode 9 - "Triggerfinger"

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One of the things we’ve witnessed on this season of The Walking Dead is the range of emotion and angst being perpetrated by Lori. Plainly, she has been conflicted over the events that have taken place day after day. She’s pregnant with a child of which she’s not certain of the father — regardless of the fact she’s told Rick it’s his. She’s stressing mightily over Carl — should he be in this horrible world of disease and walkers or not? … he’s becoming cold … he wants to learn to shoot a gun … he’s been affected by the death of Sophia. She is second guessing and vacillating whether or not Shane should be anywhere near her and her family. She’s questioning Rick’s decisions and motives. *eyesh* This poor woman. She should have had a breakdown several times over.

And now comes the latest bit of drama, culminating with her rash decision of taking off after Rick and Glenn and Hershel. This resulted in her flipping the car she was driving after hitting a walker shambling down the road last episode. Going into this chapter, we didn’t know if she was dead or alive or something in between. We quickly found out she was simply battered and bruised, but none the worse for wear. Of that action, her taking off on her quest for the trio, we’re certain of one thing about her: It was monumentally stupid to go racing off for them. But with all that’s been circling inside her head, how can you blame her? Let’s come back to Lori in a bit. …

I was under the impression there was going to be a lot more conflict with Rick, Glenn and Hershel while they remained in town. The got off relatively unscathed. (Except for Glenn’s mental state, that is.) The consequences of that fire fight with Dave and Tony? You can see it in Hershel’s eyes — he’s got a different set of parameters, both after the killings and as a result of the little powwow he had with Rick at the bar. When you look into his eyes you can see it. And that was reaffirmed when he and Rick exchanged glances after Rick offed Dave and Tony. Add to that the tongue lashing he gave Shane back at the house when they returned right after the little “family meeting” an there’s no doubt whatsoever Hershel’s attitude has taken a turn.

There was a lot to like in this episode. I especially enjoyed the interplay with the characters. Shane confronting Dale once again. The revelation Lori gave Shane about Rick knowing about them. (That was a good one.) The words and stares and accusations between Carol and Darryl. The lightheartedness between Lori and Carl. Glenn’s confession to Maggie about his selfishness. Andrea sniping at Shane about exercising a lighter touch when it comes to the rest of the group.

Which leads me back to Lori … and and that discussion.

She’s planting seeds. I can’t tell if her fear of Shane has steeled her to start the ball rolling by telling Rick about him in an effort to finally stymie his crap. Shane’s obsessed with her. And she’s now obsessed with cutting Shane off at the knees, so to speak. She’s been thinking about this for a while … and now that Rick has told her he’s killed for her and the baby because that’s the kind of world they live in now? It’s made it that much easier for her to say what she needed to. Right?

The fun is just beginning. …

Notes:

  • The added element of the kid Randall who got impaled on the fence and is now recovering back at Hershel’s farm is a neat little wrinkle. I’m anxious to see how that plays out.
  • What’s Beth’s problem? There’s been no indication she’s been scratched by a walker, so she’s not infected as far as we know. We’re into the second episode now of her being horizontal in open-eyed shock. Let’s figure this out, already …
  • The way Carl placed his hand on Lori when they were talking about the baby? That was unrealistic. No kid does that … not without asking first or getting his mother’s permission to do so.

Quote:

“He thinks the baby’s his. No matter what … it’s yours.” — Lori to Rick

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7 Responses to “The Walking Dead – Shane should fear Lori more than love her”

February 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Lori is a whole lot of layers and I don’t like any of them. I can say I was disappointed the Walker didn’t take a bite when she was strapped in the car. Shane is just creepy and I’m hoping Rick isn’t completely lacking in sense when it comes to Lori whispering in his ear.

:) It’s just a TV show, after all.

February 20, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Michael, love your review! But I had to laugh when you said Carl touching Lori was unrealistic and no kid does that! That really cracked me up, speaking as a mom who has barely been able to use the bathroom in private for the past five years. She knows she has a captive audience….kids have no natural boundaries with their parents, and I found it to be completely realistic!!!

February 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM

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Tracey:

I beg to differ. Carl has grown leaps and bounds since the series began and this hasn’t gone unnoticed by Lori. Carl is around 8 years of age, I believe. It hasn’t been noted exactly how old he is in the show (and if it has, I missed it) so I am basing his age off the comic which states he’s 7, possibly 8 years old.

I agree: Kids don’t bow to natural boundaries, but – as the grow older and, in my opinion at Carl’s age given the circumstances the group is in – his inclination to simply reach out and touch his mother’s stomach is a big stretch. The kid has enough manners given his southern upbringing.

February 20, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I don’t know, Tracey. I think I’m with Michael on this one. By the time a son is old enough to want to learn to shoot a gun, boundaries are there. And growing daily from his side.

February 20, 2012 at 10:26 PM

I doubt it too, but this boy is growing up in extreme circumstances. He is bound to be different. Life is precious. He knows this. He wants to feel connected to it. By the way ladies, my husband is still disgusted with me for saying I understand why Lori did what she did with Shane. I TOTALLY understand. The world had gone mad, he would protect her boy and her ~ makes sense to me. My husband gets so mad when I say it!

February 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Michael,

Okay, I can agree with that. He has grown a lot since the series began, and yes, boundaries to start to take place around that age, but any kid who is forced to grow up so fast in such an extreme environment is going to have moments where they feel like a lost little kid, and that is what I saw, a kid who felt small, but wanted everyone else to see him as grown up. For me, it tracked, but I do get where you are coming from.

February 26, 2012 at 7:01 AM

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tracey?

You may be right. I could be wrong about Carl and his connection with Lori at that moment. Reading your second comment, it could very well be he feels lost in all the confusion of what he is living currently.

Completely plausible …