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This is a link to my latest review of The Walking Dead- Season 02 Episode 10 called “18 Miles Out”. It’s also my super-special Oscar Edition Review where I give out awards like “Best Interpretation of Being A Total Dick, Best Improvised Bullshitting,” and my personal favorite- “Best Supporting Stupid-Ass Ho”!You know you want to see who gets awards like these! Plus I give some serious insight into the whole “walker in the field” situation and my best guess as to what that meant. I think it’s a pretty good guess, too.

So check it out- like, comment, Tweet about it, share it, etc. if you dig it- check out some of the other bits of news on there and look for episode 11 to be coming up soon!

(This episode was sadly devoid of Daryl. But stick with me and I can promise you that I have without a doubt the very best collection of Daryl/Norman photos that you wont be able to find anywhere else! The same goes for all the other cast members but let’s be honest; most of us just want to feed our Daryl Dixon Addiction ;)

Oh! And a word to the wise for anyone planning on sending Norman Reedus some Daryl Dixon panties as a sexy gesture, thinking maybe they’ll end up on his bedroom wall or in his dresser drawer or something…yeah, they wont. However they could possibly end up in his 12-yr-old son’s bedroom on the wall or a shelf since according to Norman that’s where all the random fan gift-age is displayed. Just thought you’d like to know where your undies end up- sorry if I ruined anyone’s fantasy ;PRick: "I'm not a Good-Guy anymore.")

Why is Daryl always so much dirtier than everyone else??

Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I’m just wondering what he does that ends up with him that much dirtier than the rest of the survivors.

Then on the other end of the spectrum you have Glenn, who looks like he just got back from class on some university campus.

And just look how terrifyingly dangerous he seems; like at any moment he can stop using it as a back-scratcher and wield that weapon to become a frightening killing force!

And while he does he whistles a jaunty tune!

My Review of The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2

The Walking Dead:

Season Two Episode Two Review

By Dianthrax

*Be advised: this article contains spoilers & mature content including gross/explicit sexual facts*

The next time that someone tells you they don’t watch The Walking Dead because it sucks and they’re so much better than you because they read/collect the comics like a real fan should, tell them that’s understandable; it’s only the most watched drama in the history of basic cable. But you’re sure that 11 million people probably just have bad taste rather than one person who’s an r-tard. (Then flash your own copy of the comics.)

I’m sorry but I’m getting tired of all the uber-geeks who bitch and moan that the show has nothing in common with the comic books other than the names of certain characters, as though that’s a valid complaint rather than a reiteration of the whole point! The show is supposed to be completely Walkerdifferent from the comics. You know that element of uncertainty where anyone can die at anytime and you never know what will happen in the next issue? That mystique that makes the comics so terribly addicting? If the show stuck to the comic book storylines it wouldn’t have that same element of unpredictability for the viewers who are also readers. The show is deliberately different so that it can have that same addictive shock-value and sense of precariousness for everyone. Which means that technically the writers are diverging from the comics to cater to you & your needs and to make the show better for you. So how about you think about that for a second before you’re next whiney tirade that makes all of us comic book geeks look bad?

Getting back to the little factoids I slipped in there; yes, The Walking Dead premier accumulated approximately 11 million viewers, beating the 10 million-viewer record set almost a decade ago by The Dead Zone. (1) The show’s been doing so well in fact, that it’s already been given a green light for season three on AMC. It also became a global pandemic this past weekend, broadcasting for the first time in 122 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East through AMC’s partnership with FOX International Channels. (2) It was equally successful ratings-wise on foreign TV sets, proving that The Walking Dead is the kind of show that speaks to everyone, even if it’s dubbed or subbed.

The second episode of the season had a lot of blood but not much bloodshed. We were introduced to a new family of survivors, got a lot of insight into the characters of Lori, Rick, and Shane and the strange dynamic that the three of them have, Carl is alive but not for long unless he can be operated on, and Sophia is still missing.

It was the kind of episode that reminds you how fragile human beings can be sometimes; our bodies are so breakable, our immune systems can be easily overwhelmed, and something like not cleaning a cut properly or having Neosporin and band-aids could end up killing you. There are a million little things that most of us have constant access to that we don’t even think about not having anymore and how much that would suck. We saw and understood the food and water situation, but what about not having any Ibuprophen or Motrin for the pain or ice to put on a broken wrist or sprained ankle? Or having a cold with no cough syrup, decongestants, or even Kleenex? Then without being able to brush & floss your teeth what if something seriously painful goes wrong in your mouth? It’s not like there’s a dentist you can go to. It makes me think of the movie Cast Away and Tom Hanks dealing with his outrageously painful messed up tooth with an ice skate. That’s the kind of treatment you’d be getting most of the time

It was a nice juxtaposition to have T-Dog coming down with the infection that could kill him while over on Hershel’s farm and unknown to anyone else, Carl was fighting for his life with bullet fragments inside him: Something foreign inside the body doing all kinds of damage- the big, strong man invaded by something microscopic that slowly and silently, yet with just as much efficacy as a bullet, starts to take him down while the smaller, more fragile child literally has a hole in his body & is bleeding internally, ripped apart by twisted metal fragments blown into him explosively and without subtlety. Both of them helpless and in desperate need of something they don’t have that would save them, though at least Carl isn’t awake and forced to do his own frustrated searching for the one needle in the haystack that would be his salvation.

I liked the inclusion of T-Dogs fever-induced paranoia, too. Some people might have found that to be a little random or maybe unrealistic, but speaking as someone who has had an illness with a life-threatening fever (106.2 at one point) trust me when I say that you could experience visual and/or auditory hallucinations, confusion, violent emotional outbursts- and that paranoia could easily be a fever symptom, particularly in the world that those people live in. 

The scene where T-Dog finds the cigarettes in that one car and looks back and sees the blood-covered baby-seat was probably one of the most disturbing images in the entire series, at least in my opinion. I know T-Dog was about as horrified as I was, though I can’t be sure because I don’t know if he has any children in his life to think about being in that seat and what could have happened to them to leave it looking that way. I do. That’s why it turns my stomach.

Anyone ever read a short story called “Twisted” by a guy named Kevin Veale? It’s unlike any other I’ve ever read- think “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” with zombies. Anyway, there’s a line in it that has stuck with me above everything else and when other stories have faded from the foreground of my memory.

It’s a description by the narrator/main character of the sad fate of children in his world, saying that babies faced “being pulled apart like some struggling, gut-filled jelly-donuts.” 

I thought of it when I saw that seat.

While Sophia being chased then going missing and even Carl lying in bed deathly pale or thrashing and screaming in pain did little to actually make me feel that situation on a visceral level, the one shot of that damned car-seat brought everything home for me. Just sitting at my desk writing about it now makes my throat ache because everywhere I look-on every available surface and wall space- I’ve taped up pictures of my nieces and nephews who are all under 5.

Part of me wonders if maybe this is a bit of foreshadowing, too. I’m telling you that Lori is totally pregnant and even without the walkers that situation is messed up and volatile. Shane’s not going to give up his kid, in fact that would probably be something that would make him happy since it would tie him and Lori together forever. Then you have Rick who isn’t going to leave Lori because he won’t leave Carl and it’s not exactly like you can divorce and share custody here. I like the symbolism within the foreshadowing that with a child the three of them would become permanently bound to each other by blood and not just tenuously tied together friendship.

But before I get into any of that I want to finish up with T-Dog!

Once again he is saved by Daryl, this time he even used Merle’s “stash” in order to do so!

(Side note: I’d like to point out that I TOTALLY CALLLED IT when I said the bike was Merle’s and not Daryl’s! Who called it? That’s right; I called it! If I wasn’t so humble I’d be tempted to say how awesome I am right now…;)

I also think it is far, far too much information for Daryl to share that his brother occasionally comes down with “the clap.”

First of all: Um, eww! I don’t want to think about Merle having Gonorrhea! That’s just nasty! Plus most people that have Gonorrhea also have Chlamydia- also nasty. I don’t want to think about pus and swelling and the rumor that the name comes from the “treatment “ method of clearing the urethra by holding the penis in one open hand and “clapping” the other down on it hard and fast to force the crud out!

(I looked for a video demonstration of this for you guys but couldn’t find any.)

Second of all: why do Merle and Daryl talk about Merle’s Gonorrhea problems? Is that something that guys do?? Am I the only one that finds that odd and creepy?

Moving quickly past that, it seems almost like the writers are having Daryl deliberately saving T-Dog over and over. Are they trying to emphasize Daryl’s morality or his transformation now that he’s part of a healthier “family’? Or maybe they really want to lay the guilt on T-Dog as part of his character’s journey? And what’s going to happen when Merle comes back? You know he will- probably with a hook or a claw or something for a hand, too.

Andrea was attacked again. She totally panicked and proved, to me at least, that the logic behind not allowing her to have her gun was sound and that it was the right choice, even if it was only a justification for keeping her away from the means to end her own life.

If she’d had her gun she would’ve used it on that walker in her panic. One walker is something she should be able to take care of with a freaking rock if she’s smart about it. But she’s terrified of dying the same way as her sister- she admitted as much last week- and so she reacts wildly and would’ve brought a whole hoard of walkers down on them with the noise if she’d had her piece.

On the other hand, if it was me and someone took my gun and told me they were holding it for me “for my own good” I’d kick em in the nuts and take it from them. It’s mine, godammit! Lucky for Andrea a sexy lady on a horse rode in and saved her. I wonder if she ever played polo. This would be one of the new survivors we’re still learning about but I like this one already- riding out into the woods and grabbing up Lori to bring her to Rick so that they could both be there to support each other and care for Carl…

This probably isn’t the right time to ask this but is anyone gunna go out and get that dead deer? 

I mean Tiny already shot the poor thing and people are starving: it’d be a shame if the King of The Forest’s death only served the purpose of slowing down the bullet enough so that it didn’t kill Carl on the spot.

I don’t think I really need to go into the performances of Andrew Lincoln and Sarah Wayne Callies and how intensely awesome they were or how real they felt. I do feel like Shane really stepped up (finally) when it came to his supposed best friend. I know he loves Carl too but talking Rick down and basically being the rock that he held on to- I didn’t know he had it in him. Their scenes together were wonderful.

I’m also liking what we’ve seen of the other new characters besides the chick on horseback. Otis seems to represent that small part of the human race that actually does the right thing simply because it’s the right thing to do. It makes me think that the groups would mesh well since Rick is also that way, as are T-Dog, Glenn, and Dale.

Hershel seems both very grounded and at the same time very naive. On the one hand I believe that he can do what needs to be done to save Carl and that performing surgery on large mammals is the best preparation one could have. Seriously, they’re better off with him than a Pediatrician or M.D. because they aren’t trained to be surgeons. Sure they know anatomy and medicine, but if it were me and I had to choose between an M.D. who ran his own practice and a Veterinarian who’s worked on farms his whole career, I’d go with the guy that’s actually used anesthesia and opened up a body before! (That’s the vet.)

But it was Hershel’s conversation with Rick that made me think he was living in his own little la-la- land. Claiming that this infection was just another plague, that mankind has been fighting off and surviving plagues since the beginning of time, that its “nature correcting herself-restoring some balance” and eventually there will be a cure for this- it’s a nice thought but not terribly realistic if you ask me.

Yes mankind has been surviving plagues since the beginning of time. But do we remember how decimated we were by these plagues? The various forms of what we call “The Black Death” wiped out 75-200 million people in Europe and significantly reduced the total population of the world. In the 16th century diseases brought by the Europeans like smallpox devastated the populations of the Inca and Aztec empires which, due to the loss of population and military/social leaders, lead to their subjugation and the collapse of their civilizations. Most people don’t even know about the Spanish Flu outbreak during World War I that killed half a million people in the US and 50 million worldwide- and we still have no cure for the influenza virus which still kills people!

Then there was Hershel’s story of how when AIDs came along people in town freaked out over the kid who caught it. He told of how they wanted to keep their children away from him, explaining that people always claim that this one (meaning this disease) is different, and that we always bounce back.

So um…does Hershel know we have no cure for the AIDs virus? That it kills about 5,000 and about 7,200 people become infected worldwide every day? He’s so sure we’ll come up with the cure for the disease that turns people into the walking dead that mindlessly search for and consume the flesh of the living when, not only do we no longer have the scientists and epidemiologists or labs and equipment, but when we did have those things we weren’t even able to find a cure for the f%&#ing flu!

Plus he’s old! He’ll be checking out sooner rather than later anyway so why should he sweat it? His daughters are now trapped at home and forced to spend all their time with the family- other than his wife biting it this is probably what he considers a perfect way for him to spend the rest of his remaining days! It’s everyone else who’s screwed- particularly Carl and Sophia. Assuming of course, that they aren’t dead or soon will be.

The episode ended with Shane and Otis having rounded up the supplies Hershel said he needed to perform the surgery to save Carl but trapped behind a precarious-looking metal gate with hundreds of walkers on the other side straining to get at them.

I blame this on poor planning.

They should’ve used something to leave the door open a crack so that they could scope out the situation before making a run for it out of that trailer. And flares? Seriously? They weren’t even used a reasonable distance away! At least put them far enough away from the door so that when the walkers go to investigate it takes time for them to get there and back! I would’ve gone for what Glenn and Rick did and used a police car with its lights and siren. Rig the wheel and the gas pedal then send it off (slowly) sirens and lights blaring in a far-away direction! Let the walkers chase that for a bit! Now they’re screwed and heading inside the building, which is away from safety. I thought Shane was supposed to be all tactically smart and stuff?

Epic Fail Shane.

Well this Sunday I’m hoping we get some answers to the questions we were left with; how will Shane and Otis escape, will Carl get his surgery, what will happen when the others arrive at Hershel’s farm, is Sophia still alive and out in the woods somewhere, and is that forest running low on deer? Because it makes zero sense for a guy to be that husky at the end of the world when everyone else is starving with bones showing through their skin! It’s like that one guy on the island in LOST- what the Hell is up with that??

Oh yeah, I almost forgot! Along with the usual pictures from this week I’m also throwing in a few teaser pics from episode three for your enjoyment.

Example:

You’re welcome.

Until next week, folks!

Avoid the Clap,

-Dianthrax

Episode 2 photo set:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ms_mordant/sets/72157627877042871/

Episode 3 Photo set:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ms_mordant/sets/72157627877351717/

Sources: Photos- AMCNetworks.com Press Resource Center/AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 02 episode 02, (1) Press Release via AMC: SECOND SEASON CONTINUES INTO A THIRD… (2) Press Release via AMC:THE WALKING DEAD: NOW THE MOST WATCHED DRAMA IN BASIC CABLE HISTORY

My Review of The Walking Dead Season Two Premier

Review of The Walking Dead: Season Two Premier

By Dianthrax 

*Warning: contains spoilers and mature content. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.*

This past Sunday the big moment had arrived; all of the hints and web videos and general hubbubaloo came to a head with the 90 minute premier of Season 2 of AMC’s hit action/horror TV series The Walking Dead. Personally, I’d been looking forward to it more than the return of any other show- including season 7 of Supernatural, which if you knew me, is truly saying something.

The parts of a movie or comic or TV show that stand out to me are the small things that separate them from the rest of their ilk. You don’t need to read a review that tells you about everything that happened during the episode or all the details of each gory, scary part or how hot the really sexy part was- those things people understand perfectly and don’t have trouble remembering. What some people might have trouble recalling or connecting are things like what we know about Dale that tells us why he will never accept Andrea’s choice to die, no matter how much she wants it or how persuasive an argument she may give him. No matter how much you like the gore its how the show plays with our emotions in so many ways, including the little ones we may not even notice being manipulated, that make The Walking Dead as amazing as it is.

With that in mind, the first thing that I’d like to draw attention to is the hiding-under-the-cars part. That was brilliant mainly because of the acting, particularly the performances of Steven Yeun, Melissa Suzanne McBride, and Laurie Holden-AKA: Glenn, Carol, and Andrea. Steven and Melissa were able to portray the terror of the situation so realistically that it added wonderfully to the tension. The angle of the camera was outstanding, too. Showing from the characters point of view this seemingly endless parade of dirty, rotting feet shuffle past in jerky, sudden steps forward was truly intense. You were holding your breath, waiting along with them & hoping it would work. Though I think by far the most frightening moment in the entire episode was Andrea hiding from and then fighting the walker inside the RV.

The way she slowly looked up and realized a hoard of walkers were already moving past the window right beside her, as if she didn’t want to see because she didn’t want it to be real, made my arm hairs rise up. The panic you would feel- the “HolyshitwhatdoIdowhatdoIdowhatdoIdo!?” was plain on her face & in her shaking breath. Hiding in that little bathroom & trying to be quiet but for some reason still fiddling with the gun she didn’t know how to put back together you just knew she was going to be found. Then the way her terror seemed to turn into rage when she looked up and saw Dale- as though she was telling him with her eyes and face that this was his fault. She was going to die this painful, horrible death and it’s because of him. All of that leading up to her screaming and stabbing that super-nasty walker in the face with the screwdriver in one of the best kills ever and collapsing on the floor sobbing, covered in blood with the American flag hanging in the window as a backdrop… Ms. Holden really got to show off in the premier- she was amazing.

Norman Reedus was very busy in this episode as well, proving once again what I’ve been saying all along: Daryl is awesome & the survivors need him more than he needs them. Starting with the fuel-conserving although very loud motorcycle ride- a motorcycle I am convinced belonged to Merle since it’s decorated with white supremacy icons & I don’t believe Daryl is actually racist. (Plus he kind of looked like he was riding his big brother’s bike, you know? I’m sure it’s supposed to look like that but that’s just how it felt to me.)

I knew that bike was going to see some action this season somehow. There’s no way Norman Reedus plays a character again who has a motorcycle but then never rides it. Season one must’ve been Hell for the guy; it’s no wonder he ended up in a Lady Gaga video! (Which he was excellent in, by the way.) Moving on…

Daryl shanking a walker in the back of the head with an arrow then laying down and covering both of them with corpses in order to save the bleeding  T-Dog was another of my favorite moments from this episode. Not only did he actually part with his crossbow without hesitation, he also seemed to forget how to close his mouth when a rotting corpse is on his face. That’s gotta be tasty.

But what’s important is that you see Daryl’s true character- the fact that he acted to save someone without hesitation, without weighing the risk to himself, and without considering that a few days ago this man lost the key to the cuffs that had his brother chained to a roof in a walker-infested city. When it comes down to it he does the right thing.

He is also apparently Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive and can track anyone or anything. That makes sense considering he’s a hunter, but once again we see that the group needs him and would be totally lost without him. The tracking with Rick was fun to watch both because I kept remembering how Daryl threw his squirrels at him the first time they met, and because it lead to the extremely nasty “we have to make sure” part with cutting open the walker to eliminate the possibility of him eating the lost Sophia. That was disgusting and awesome and reminded me to never try to eat dinner while watching Walking Dead.

Obviously because of her missing daughter, Carol had an important role in this episode, particularly when it came to her interactions with Rick. The guilt and helplessness she felt and how she projected it on to him; you could feel how burdened he was by it and how that effected the decisions he made for the group. I think he’s struggling more than everyone realizes to keep it all together, particularly because I think he knows about Shane and Lori. The prayers by two such different characters in that church were both very significant and told us a lot about Carol and Rick.

For Carol it was like a confession, which for us was also a confirmation of something that at the very least I had always wondered about; whether or not Ed was sexually abusing Sophia.

The day that he died, Ed was lying in his tent and refused to go out to be around the others having just been beaten up by Shane. When Carol made as if to leave with her, Ed suddenly turned and suggested Sophia stay and “keep your daddy company.” Carol pulled her away and said with more steel in her voice than I’d ever heard her use with her husband- or anyone for that matter- “She wants to join in” and exits the tent with her.

There was something about how Ed said that and how Carol reacted that always felt wrong to me. Then there’s Sophia herself, who seems to be more child-like then she should be for her age. In her prayer, Carol didn’t exactly say anything physical ever happened to Sophia, saying instead that she prayed for Ed to be punished “for laying his hands on me and for looking at his own daughter with whatever sickness was growing in his soul.” But plenty of damage can be done without anything physical happening, too.

Her prayers and pleading for mercy for her daughter in her soft, quiet voice was so emotional; you can just imagine how it must have ripped up Rick’s insides to hear it and to know that it’s all basically riding on him. You saw it in the choices he made after that- splitting up the group again and staying behind with Shane and Carl. His prayers inside the church were so ironic it made it hard for me to think that he doesn’t know about his wife’s affair. He explained that he’d never been very religious because he’d always put his faith elsewhere: his family mostly, his friends, and his job. The three things he put his faith into were the three things that let him down and put him in this position: If he’d never been shot while on the job he’d never have been abandoned in the hospital while his wife was told that he’s dead, meaning (hopefully) his best friend would never have betrayed him and had an affair with his wife that he’s slowly going crazy over, and his family wouldn’t be tearing itself apart because his wife is wracked with guilt over having that affair with her husband’s best friend and being the reason why he now feels like he has to leave their group.

(Plus I think she’s preggers & its Shane’s.)

It’s like God wanted to prove exactly how wrong Rick was in putting his faith in these things instead of where they belonged, or that Rick knows these three things are messed up and he’s explaining how foolish he feels in putting his faith in them. He also begged God for guidance, asking for some kind of sign that he’s doing the right thing. 

But you don’t have to be in a church for Him to hear you pray! It’s not like the acoustics are better inside them so He pays closer attention! I mean, it’s bound to be pretty hot and smelly in that place having been all sealed up with those walkers inside. You’d think the survivors would want to spend as little time as possible in it, right?

Also, what kind of tiny-ass church in the middle of nowhere makes sure to hang a sign welcoming bikers and uses battery operated bells set on a timer?? And considering how rural the surrounding area is there was a pretty extensive cemetery that little church sat in the middle of with grass that was still pretty green and lush-looking. Is there a walker gardener who mindlessly takes care of the landscape?

The sign that had the name of the church showed briefly as the group ran by and it had a Biblical chapter and verse on it, which is not uncommon. It’s hard for me to decipher but I believe it says: Revelation 16:17, which is “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.”

This refers to the seven vials/bowls containing the seven plagues released by angels upon the earth during Armageddon that will lead to its complete destruction and eventually, the wicked being thrown into the lake of fire and the devout ascending into paradise forever. The final plague is supposed to be terrible storms and earthquakes that destroy cities with huge hail-stones falling from the sky 100lbs a piece. It’s so terrible and the destruction so complete that before it could even run its course, a great voice from heaven proclaims that human existence is over.

Cheerful, isn’t it?

Clearly the church welcomed bikers but not optimists.

In the woods shortly after Rick’s request for a sign while still searching for Sophia, there was the whole thing with spotting the deer. I could see from the clock that the show was winding down and I knew something totally effed up had to happen right as it ended. I wasn’t sure what- I thought maybe a walker would bust through the bushes and jump the kid, or maybe the deer itself would do something.

(Don’t laugh: people can get messed up by deer. Check out the water deer and its freaking fangs! Not photoshopped- go ahead and Google it.) 

What I didn’t expect was for both of them to get shot.

Confidentially, my first reaction was “Ohmygosh! The poor deer!” Followed by “Hey! More survivors! Survivors that hunt deer!” Then as Rick and Shane ran to Carl’s body on the ground it hit me that there are no hospitals, no doctors, not even sterile bedding. It would take a miracle for this kid not to bite it.

So what do I think about this and the sign Rick prayed for? Patton Oswald said that it means “God is an ironic, hipster dick” and I can’t say that I’m not partially on-board with that one. I do think it was a pretty clear message- one that they’ve all been told before and need to hear despite how painful the delivery may be- which is that they can never let their guard down.

When the group was attacked in season one and lost several people, including Amy, they were all happy because of the fish she and Andrea caught and the fact that they got to eat their fill. They were relaxed and cheerful, drinking beers and sitting around the fire talking and laughing- they completely let their guard down. They knew that with Glenn, Rick, Daryl, and T-Dog gone they were short manpower and weapons, making them weaker and less able to defend themselves. Instead of being more relaxed than usual they should have been more cautious and vigilant. Who was keeping watch? How did the walkers get so far into camp without anyone noticing? You can never let your guard down!

If they had been behaving like they should the damage would have been less and they got a harsh reminder of what happens when you slip and start thinking you can afford to be less vigilant. Maybe the point was to drive that message home then when Rick and the others were near enough to show up and salvage the situation so that they will all be more aware later when their lives depend on being ready for anything? If that’s true then Carl being shot is Rick’s reminder that he can never drop his guard. He let his kid wander far enough away from him so that if it had been a walker that was following the deer and popped out, he wouldn’t be able to get to him in time to do anything. Yes, I know they have guns, but that doesn’t mean they could save Carl with them if a walker was on top of him. So perhaps the gunshot was the lesser of the two evils; a possible death instead of an assured one to remind Rick never to take safety for granted.

I’m not quite sure why the church played such a central role in the second half of the episode but my guess would be that it’s setting us up for a season thick with moral and ethical issues/arguments. Lori already brought it up when she had objections to scavenging from the cars because she thought of that section of the interstate as “a graveyard.” I thought she was being ridiculous and impractical; whereas I was on her side when she argued with Daryl in season one about the logic behind burying rather than burning their dead. There are a lot of moral quandaries being nicely set up for exploration over the season: Lori & Shane and their situation with Rick is an obvious one, Andrea’s resentment towards Dale forcing her to leave the CDC and all of it’s repercussions, Carol’s guilt-ridden soul, the pressure on Rick not to fail as a leader and how far he would go to keep his wife and child safe…. Everyone seems lost and looking for some guidance and God is certainly the go-to-guy for the ethically disorientated.

So grab your moral compasses- I’m thinking we should expect religion/God as one of the main themes for season two.

Until next week Walking Dead-Heads.

The Eighth Plague,

-Dianthrax

P.S: The button on the dead guy in the tent said “No Excuse for Domestic Violence”

The rest of the Season 2 premier photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ms_mordant/sets/72157627824083031/

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