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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 31st 2011 12:00PM
The Walking Dead RecapPoor Otis. Before we even begin to delve into Shane's actions to end the episode, there's something else that's been bugging me for now two episodes. Near the middle of last night's episode, when Shane returns to the house with the medical supplies, after explaining that Otis didn't make it (before we knew exactly why Otis didn't make it back), Rick tries to comfort the rest of the group by saying that Otis, "wanted to make it right." Make it right? This pisses me off.

Hey, Rick, all Otis did was shoot at a deer. You know, one of those pesky little things humans now have to do out of necessity since the outbreak. I mean, it's not like Otis was slinging his gun around like Scott Scanlon trying to show off and it accidentally fired a round into Carl's chest. On the other hand... you are the one who thought it was a good idea to let your kid try to pet a deer. Even without the obvious dangers that wound up happening, this is a wild animal. Do you know what wild animal are wont to do, Rick? Wild animals have been known to attack humans when they are scared. But, no, you just had to let your kid try to... actually, I have no idea what the end game was there. To touch it? What's the best result in this situation, that Carl only contracts Lyme Disease? Anyway, for you and your wife to put the blame on Otis for this is asinine. This is all on you, Rick.

OK, then! Now that I got that off of my chest, let's see, what else happened? Well, a few characters walked around in the woods and Carl is still shot. Actually, until the final scenes, this episode reminded me a lot of last week's episode. Well, there was that walker that was hanging from a tree, which was interesting, I suppose. And Andrea got her gun back, which may come in handy, I suppose. And Carl was losing so much blood that he had a seizure, which looked like young Chandler Riggs was having the time of his life as an actor. "Hey, Chandler, for this scene, just shake around in bed. That's all you have to do. Trust me, it will be great. When the rest of us look sad, just ignore that and keep shaking." And... oh, who cares? Let's just talk about Shane.

Shane Walsh is a scoundrel. I mean, look, even after all of the terrible things that Shane as done over the, now, nine episodes of this show, the other actions could be blamed on lust or anger at seeing a woman abused. Maybe. But it will be hard to ever like Shane as a character again. He (and the writers) went all in on this one. Especially considering that Otis is the only reason that Shane is still alive.

To be honest, I'm not sure I've ever seen a more selfish act of self-preservation on a television show before. To shoot another man's kneecap off in such close proximity to a horde of zombies might just be at the top of the list for "despicable act by a television character who isn't inherently evil." What was odd was, after, as the two wrestled around for a while, they seemed to have plenty of time. The truck wasn't that far away and they wasted a good 30 seconds fighting on the ground before Shane finally finished poor Otis off for good. Couldn't they have just made it to the truck by then without the human betrayal?

Yes, it appears that Shane feels bad. He feels so bad that he shaved his head and transformed himself into Season One Jack Shephard. OK, yes, that was probably to cover up that Otis had ripped a chunk of Shane's hair out. But he was shaking, right? Wasn't that real? I guess we won't know for a while. Which is good, because this is the first time this season that I've openly cared about the actions and motivations of a character – and by the end of the third episode, it was about time.

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I have to agree with saynt113, but by God.... don't you think Shane could have at least shot Otis in the head?! If I was in Otis's position I probably wouldn't mind dieing from that ****** up world and even more so to save a young child, but Jesus Christ at least shoot me in the head so I don't have to be torn apart by zombies and horrifically eaten. Not only would I have to LIVE through that agonizing experience but I'll become on of those freaks.
Damn it Shane! Why couldn't he at least been that considerate?? Also he wouldn't have had to fight for that backpack and gun from Otis!! Then, I would think, at least Shane wouldn't feel as haunted by it, knowing he left Otis screaming and fully aware that be was being eaten alive..

November 21 2011 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Shane's a survivor, that's all. Call it selfish, call it cowardly, call it amoral and you'd be right. Put in a life or death situation and you'd likely do the same, and call it 'what you needed to do'. He's no hero, he knows hero's are quickly martyrs. He's doing what he thinks he must, unaware that he's in a TV show and things always turn out well in the end.

November 15 2011 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Second season Sucks, Shane is going to try and kill the sheriff of course, with some over elaborate plain after finding out that the baby is his. now that she has asked him to stay with her and all why not make the happy family. To much needless drama muttering up the works. If i am wrong i may as well of been right as the shows gotten pretty tacky and predictable.

November 13 2011 at 9:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve Sanders

season 2 sucks,it's like gilmore girls meets zombieland,the writers have gotten way full of themselves,and i dont want to hear you ******* moaning about oh there building the characters,thats bullshit it's a show about the zombie apocolypse,not greys goddamn anatomy.one kid got shot,ones lost in the woods and now some pregnant bitch,i'm sick of all the bullshit,your ruining a good thing,i used to ask people if they've seen the show,now i rather tell them i spent the night watching gay amputee dungeon rape porn,i'll give it one more chance tonight and then i'm done...so let's here from all you bleeding heart pukes who want to give me **** for telling the truth..................

November 13 2011 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People are so dumb...this show isn't simply about a zombie infestation, are you idiots? The zombie infestation is just the setting they are in to make everything they are going through possible. It's about survival and people bonding together to form their own views on life and death. Two different groups of people have different outlooks. The people in the farmhouse did not board up their windows because they are safe and that shows it, if they sealed the windows then there would be a zombie problem and they would be dead.

Shane shot otis and wrestled with him..you think they could have escaped by that time, are you an idiot? They were getting cut off at every corner and shane was injured, in that situation it was who made the first move, kill or be killed. Shane was injured and the zombies would have caught up, in an effort to survive, he shot otis who served as bait to the zombies who stopped chasing shane and ate otis. Shane escaped because the zombies weren't chasing him anymore. He was completely cleared, the zombies would have been attracted to the smell and screams of Otis.

If someone accidentally shot your son, you would blame them even if they didn't mean to. Shane did it to save himself and save the kid. He did it for his best friend and the girl he loves and the kid he wanted to raise as his own. He only distanced himself from Carl recently. They've been together..

November 06 2011 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I find season 2 to be extremely disappointing. I thought I was watching a show about a zombie infestation. I could really care less who has problems with who and what not.. It seems like the every situation they have now is some BS overshadowing the fact that there are zombies everywhere. I'm also surprised by the amount of noise coming from their flapping gums hasn't got them killed yet.. but that is tv.
And what are they eating or drinking?? They must have found a truck load of MREs or beef jerky that we don't know about. Its the small things that are making this less and less believable for me.
Sadly, the only thing I'm looking forward to is the end of the new episode so I can watch "Hell on Wheels".
And the rant is over..

November 06 2011 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alright, I just want to point out a few things. And I have not read all of the comments so if I repeat what somebody said, I apologize.

1: Rick did not put this on Otis, Otis did in fact state that he felt guilty for shooting the boy which is why he opted to go with Shane in the first place. It was going to be a one man mission.

2: They did have plenty of time to wrestle, but the point never was that they didn't have time. It was that they couldn't make it to the truck (which you don't actually know they were close to). Shane decided that he was better capable of escaping than Otis and knew they couldn't shoot their way out. What he did bought him enough time to make it to the truck, which could have still been a good distance.

And Shane clearly feels bad about what he did. He feels bad about a lot of things he's done, but if it wasn't for him, Rick would be dead for sure. Many people in the camp could be dead. And now, what he did saved Rick's son. Hate Shane all you want, he is clearly one of the most controversial characters many people have ever seen, but in the end, his actions always end up saving lives, though ending others. It is a survival horror story, only the strong do survive. Decisions need to be made in those situations. And honestly, who is anybody (mainly the reviewer for this episode) to say what he did was despicable? When you're limping away from a horde of zombies, out of ammo, tired, and know you won't make it without some way to slow them down, then you tell me if you wouldn't shoot this man you barely know, who's already lived a good chunk of his life, to save the son of your best friend.

The way I see it, Shane does what he has to to get the job done. Love him or hate him, he takes on a lot of guilt and troubling thoughts but comes through in the end. Personally, I think he's a great friend to Rick. Yes, he slept with Lori when he thought Rick was dead, but in an "end of the world zombie apocalypse" situation, people search for whatever comfort they can to go on. And he admitted to being wrong and drunk when he attempted to force himself on Lori.

Sorry, but Shane is a great character. Without him, this show wouldn't have the number of viewers it was, not by a long shot.

November 02 2011 at 4:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ðan Sauvé

since Carol's daughter Sophie wasn't at the church or the farmhouse (and why doesn't that farmhouse have its windows boarded up ? these people know about the zombies) I think now when they find Sophie or when Sophie stumbles on them she will be a Zombie

November 01 2011 at 3:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok, I have issue with the choice of reviewer for TWD. He doesn't seem to get the core of this show. Why would Otis want to make it right? Well maybe because his actions led directly to, although inadvertently, to Carl's injury. I wouldn't want that on my mind thinking it was my fault that the boy got shot, accident or not.

And yes Rick was letting Carl admire the deer. It was probably the first and only thing the boy had seen that didn't want to eat his face since the second this all hit. In the last episode, the comparison to AIDS, they never insinuated that the "infection" was similar in any way to AIDS, just that the fear and hopelessness was similar to the fear they have and hopelessness they feel, even though its in a much LARGER scale in their current reality. I haven't appreciated or enjoyed any of his articles (I don't like to call these reviews because I feel like he doesn't get the show). And yes, the pacing is slower, but the best horror builds to a slow boil. Even TWD graphic novels were slow in segments, especially during the settling in at the prison before they discovered Woodbury. But each action in each panel of the graphic novel built toward the eventual devastating chaos that makes this universe so compelling.

My point is that maybe Aol TV should consider reassigning this show to someone who gets it better.

October 31 2011 at 10:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I think Shane thinks saving Carl might get Lori to love him again, so he did what he did to Otis,

One problem I have with the show is everyone can find guns and bullets and knives but no one can find a grenade? Because that will be too easy to kill a bunch of zombies and eleminate the element of suspense on the show?

Also, if there is a functioning government agency hidden somewhere, wouldn't they tell the non-zombies to leave the major cities so they can carpet bomb the zombies to smithereens? well, then there wouldn't be zombies and a show, I guess.

October 31 2011 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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