Monday, February 11, 2013

The Walking Dead 3.9: Making Crazy Sense

The Walking Dead was back for its Spring 2013 second half of season tonight - episode 3.9 - in good, grisly form.

Among the highlights -
  • Darryl and Merle walk away both from the Governor (no surprise) and Darryl's "family" with Rick and the gang.  That was a little more of a surprise, but, if you think about it, there was no other way.  Rick was right not to want Merle with the group, and Darryl was right not to want to leave his brother, as brutal and racist as he is, alone again at the mercy of the walkers.  No one is happy about this - except to some extent Merle - and that means it's the right move for the story at this point.
  • Beth is having more of an eye for Rick, which makes sense, too, at least from her point of you.  In this insane world, with Jimmy gone, she needs someone.   Carl's too young - whatever he may think otherwise - and Glenn's with Maggie.  So who else is there?   Rick's without Lori, Beth is taking care of their baby, so it all makes sense on some level.  This is certain to cause a problem between Rick and Carl, if it continues, which it likely will.
  • Hershel is the only person who has a chance talking sense to Rick, with Lori gone.  But precisely because Lori is gone, Rick may be incapable of being talked sense to.   In fact, we see his mind literally starting to fray - his hallucinations of Lori from the first part of the season are still with him.  Interestingly, though, Hershel's view that Rick needs to trust the new people now in the prison with our group is not entirely right - we've already seen that the two younger guys,  Ben and Allen, would have attacked our people when Rick and the others were away.   On the other hand, Hershel's completely right about Tyreese and Sasha  (good to see Chad Coleman in this role - I've admired his work since The Wire).  So Rick, even in his craziness, may still be in part right ... which makes a strong story.
I haven't said much about the Governor and Woodbury.  It's pretty predictable what's happening there, except for Andrea's apparent continuing attachment to the Governor, as evidenced by her resisting his attempt to factor her out of his life.   Is she playing him, or just playing it safe in terms of wanting him to think she still cares about him, or ... well, however that's resolved, it will no doubt play a crucial role as Woodbury begins to gear up for an expedition against our people in the prison.

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