We want to start this off by saying that this is not AMC’s best show. Not by a long shot. In fact, we think it’s a little overrated. But we liked the ending of this episode a lot. Shane murdered Otis in order to escape and, arguably, to save Carl’s life. It looked like unless one was going down, they both were going down. He didn’t kill Otis lightly. But man, that death was horrible. He was alive while he was being ripped and eaten. While we usually saw Shane as a nuisance that threatened the main guy’s marriage, we now see that he is hard core and interesting.
We were sad that Otis died though. PETA would be happy, because he was a hunter and it’s ironic to watch him get eaten. But standing on the bleachers and planning with Shane, Otis showed himself to be brave and a little bad ass. Back at home, Lori and Rick pondered the fate of their son. If the supplies didn’t get back fast enough, they would have a choice between letting Carl die or letting the doctor try to operate while he could move and feel it. Lori said, “Maybe this is no world for a child.” Rick sort of looked at her like, “Well, too late, woman, because we already have one.”
Rick donated more blood to Carl, even though it put him at risk of a coma. This made us like him more. We are suckers for good dads. The fact that Lori clearly didn’t appreciate Rick before he got shot and slept with Shane makes us hate her more with every passing good deed by Rick. We know it isn’t her fault she had an affair, because she really thought Rick was dead. But if we’ve learned anything from this show (and Homeland), when you are faced with that situation, it is best to come clean right away. As soon as the guy shows up. That wouldn’t make for good drama though.
In the end, Lori agreed to fight for Carl’s life, the supplies got there in time (good thing, because we didn’t want to see a child in pain), and Carl was stable when we last heard of him. We are glad. We know we said that we would respect this show more if it killed a child early on this season, but we want it to be Sophia. It’s her own dumb fault for running and going in the wrong direction. Carl is the more tolerable of the two. And we don’t want to see it. Have the scouting members of the group find Sophia’s body. Don’t call us cold/monstrous. You’re the one watching The Walking Dead, haha.
We’re glad that Andrea insisted that the hanging walker be shot. She did give a lame answer though. That wasn’t a fair trade. The Dale and Andrea stuff is getting awkward and cheesy, which is a bad combination. Have these two make up already and just forget anything ever happened. Speaking of cheesy: Rick talking about Carl and the deer. You could put that stuff on a Hallmark Card. If we wanted to read one of those, we wouldn’t be sitting here watching a show with this much carnage. This episode was better than the last two.
Episode grade: B+