Maybe it’s because my expectations were so dramatically lowered by the episodes preceding it, but this episode saved the series for me. Brilliant is what it was. This episode was great on so many levels, and if you haven’t seen it then shoo, be gone with you. Spoilage ahead.
I’m so overwhelmed with love for this episode that it’s hard for me to pin it down in intelligently written paragraphs without dishing it back to you blow by blow.
The opening montage really started me off in a good mood. This is was the perfect example of mixing Rick’s solemn yet inspirational speech at Dale’s funeral with the gruesome Walker group take down (HUZZAH! PITCHFORK FTW!). The emotions were captured perfectly. The looks between the characters told volumes in the most perfect silent way.
Next, can I get a standing golf clap for T-Dog? When he started DELIVERING ACTUAL LINES this episode I started to worry. I may have said a little prayer even. It was something along the lines of, “Please don’t let him have a Dale episode where he talks a whole bunch after having not talked all season just to be gobbled up by a Walker at the end of the episode.” And Yay! He spoke just enough to bring his character back into the foreground, but not so much that he earned the motor-mouth red shirt of death.
I’d also like to give a little nod to the set up. For a while I’ve been wondering when Shane would wise up to the fact that if he just ACCIDENTALLY killed Rick, then he could get Lori and Carl back the way they were. This episode set that up nicely, but didn’t move too slow or obviously to set us off before the end.
So, editing? Brilliant. Acting? Brilliant. Reintroducing T-Dog? Hallelujah. Finally drawing out my tears for Dale with Glen repairing the Winnebago? *sniff* Killing off Shane and then almost instantly resurrecting him as a flesh hungry Walker? Hello, plot twist. Nice of you to stop by.
So yes! This episode answers that hovering question that you may or may not have noticed from the episode at the school. Those people were indeed biteless and scratchless. Because Zombieism is now apparently something that you can catch LIKE A COLD, provided you are deceased. Or so it seems. I suppose we’ll wait and see what’s in store for us in next week’s season finale.
I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it isn’t to be missed. The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.