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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 7 Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 27th 2011 10:05PM
The Walking Dead Midseason Finale Recap['The Walking Dead' - 'Pretty Much Dead Already']

Hey, zombies are human, too! Well, I guess not, as Shane so eloquently demonstrates with a couple of well placed rounds through the heart. Honestly, why does the voice of reason on this show have to be such an asshole? Yes, Shane has become the voice of reason. And not just because he was 100 percent right about the walkers in the barn being dangerous – I mean, look at the risk Rick and Hershel took while trying to "guide" those two walkers into the barn. But, without Shane, we'd still be watching a show about a group looking for a lost girl in the woods. It took seven episodes to find her. They did find her. At least that's over.

Yes, that was a great ending. I've enjoyed a couple other episodes, but the ending to tonight's half-season finale, if you will, was the first time that I felt any real amount of emotion. If this is a taste of what a post-Darabont 'The Walking Dead' will be like, sign me up. In other words: Things happened!

There was a strange sense of urgency in this episode that I hadn't seen so far this season. The first example was when Glenn explained to the group that there were walkers in the barn: There was absolutely no beating around the bush. "The barn is full of walkers" -- boom! Done! Now off to the fallout. The second example is the relationship between Maggie and Glenn: Maggie is pretty furious at Glenn for the entire episode, but one cliché about how he'd rather she be alive and mad than dead and happy -- boom! Done! OK, sure, this time around, that was a pretty, um, quick change of heart. But who cares? There was a lot going on in this episode and wasting more time on a lovers' spat helps nobody.

Carl shouted, "bullshit!," at Shane. Good for Carl.



Sophia. I have grown to hate Sophia over the last seven episodes because, now, over 54 percent of all episodes ever created of 'The Walking Dead' are about her – even though she's had about three minutes of screen time this season. Granted, that was a great payoff. Was it worth it? Was it worth sacrificing over half of the season for that payoff? I don't think so. I think they could have spent two full episodes searching for her and still have the same emotional resonance of what we experienced at the end of this episode. More, actually.

What if Sophia had disappeared during the fourth episode and not the first? What if the first three episodes of the season were used to build the relationship between Sophia and Carl – really create the sense that there's definitely some puppy love brewing between the two. By the time Carl shouted, "bullshit," at Shane, we would have really understood why. But, instead, we were left with an irrational mother – who has every reason in the world to be irrational – with the rest of the group and the audience giving a collective shrug. But, if we had really gotten to know Sophia over the first part of this season, I really think that the scene of Rick putting a bullet through her head would have delivered an even more emotional sock to the chest.

So! We're off until February. Where do we go from here? Do we just assume that Hershel will evict Rick's group? Is there a chance that Hershel, after watching Rick kill Sophia, will come to the conclusion that, yes, these things are not human any longer. In other words: Rick put his money where his mouth is. His group had just slaughtered what Hershel regarded as friends and family, so there was certainly not even a choice in the matter of Sophia. And what does the group think of Shane? Dale's certainly not a fan. Daryl isn't either, but they seemed to make some amends when Shane was handing out guns. Regardless! Even though the Sophia storyline ended on a high note, narrative wise, the Sophia storyline is officially, thankfully, over. Let's just hope that the post Darabont era of 'The Walking Dead' knows where it's going – or that it at least goes somewhere.


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jvon

I completely agree with you. I could've cared less about Sophia by the time they showed her but it still broke my heart. Though only a little. If I had gotten to know her and she had done sweet things or been very brave, I think that moment would have made me fall to my knees. Like when Morgan had to kill his wife, I was on the edge of my seat because (though we had only known him a short while) I got to really know him. I guess it's the whole death of a child they want to semi-shield the audience from. They need to do better with the characters and move at a better pace. I love this show and I love zombies. Last year I happened upon it by chance because of my love for zombies and I don't want less, I need more!

All in all I'm amazed at the quality of this show and hope it keeps improving. Hear one of my favs from True Blood will be playing Michonne, which will be a great improvement. The actress and the character are definitely both bad ass

December 28 2011 at 6:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

The Series itself does not match what Kirkman wrote about in his comics....But i can overlook it since it"s a real-life TV series. I don"t like the direction it is going through but I come to enjoy the characters and I hope Shane is around for a time being 'cause in the comics he dies early! This ending was both shocking and sad! I just wish that the characters would've shown more melodrama, maybe Glen dropping his shotgun in shock, Shane falling to his knees! etc. That's something the group "missed" to assume Sophia was dead! But not in Hershel's custody.

I hope to see in the coming months The Governor, The prison and the samurai girl w/her 2 dead boyfriends! That will be like totally awesome!!!

I'm there deadfolks!!! Make mine Ga!!

December 01 2011 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
grahamweir12

Shane is voice of madness, he has slowly been descending into its pit since he used Otis to escape. Episode seven sets him up for even more madness. He now knows he may be a father and he sees Rick as a threat to his relationship with Laurie, even if it is inside his head.

There have been clues throughout the show that have been leading to Rick's leadership being tested and threatened and questioned

Glenn is told from his new gf that he has leadership qualities.

Daryl works under his own inititave to find Sophia

Dale takes it upon himself to stash the guns.

And Shane.... well we all know what Shane does to lead the group and where he's leading them. He even questions Ricks leadership and worth to the group and Laurie.

There are other clues throughout season 2, like the guy who got his arm cut and was ranting to dale at the RV, but it is the group who take to shooting the barn zombies that have displayed leadership or mad thoughts. .

Enter Sophia, well exit the barn Sophia. Sophia's character was missing for so long because she is not meant to illicit a huge emotional response from the audience, though it is a sad event. As you know the group 's potential leaderships have the bravery to "kill" the barn zombies with no remorse until that is Sophia leaves the barn. Not one of the group can face shooting Sophia and there is even a touch of remorse from Shane as he dips his head.

Rick now does what all the pretend leaders cannot, he does what a real leader does and in Shanes words " does what needs doin' ". Even with a heavy heart he shoots Sophia. This now establishes Rick as the true leader of the group in the audiences eyes and the group.

It'll be interesting to see if the show carries on with Shane and I think there time at the farm is officially over.

November 30 2011 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bitchstolemyremote

I agree that this may have been the first time that there was a genuine emotion. Whether or not the show has earned that is a bit more uncertain? We ended up debating whether this fantastic final scene makes up for the previous episodes - whether or not you agree with the time on the farm this show has been good at getting people talking about their expectations.

Check out our extended take on the episode on bitchstolemyremote.com here http://wp.me/p1VQBq-5S

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November 29 2011 at 4:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
myfriendsastoner

Anyone know what that song was they played when Sophia showed up?

November 28 2011 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shaun

I am on the fence. I agree with Mike, I started to hate Sophia. I was thinking that the season was dragging as well, but to me it seemed like a pimple (as gross as it sounds). The thing had to come to a head before you could pop it, and Shane was the hand that popped it all over the mirror, and it 2 minutes they cleaned up two of the biggest messes they were in, Sophia and the barn walkers. Hershel had to have known that Sophia was in the barn, unless Otis was the original one to find her. Could have saved a lot of time just by saying " I have a little zombie girl in the barn".

I personally like Shane, he is rather chaotic, and ticked off. I think anyone would be put in his shoes. He thinks his best friend is dead, get's with his girl and then boom best friend is back and he is out of the picture. I particularity liked how Rick told him that he knew about the two of them when Shane congratulated him. Shane told them all what the truth was, and it was something that Hershel in particular needed to hear, because they aren't alive anymore. As for Sophia, I was hoping it would be her mom to do it, but in the end it was really Rick's place to shoot her and take responsibility for the actions of his people.

I will tell you what though, I was watching on my iPhone on my bus ride home from DISH last night, I have to record Walking Dead and watch it using my sling adapter. This show gave me another reason to hate working on Sunday , but I let out a howl when Shane went off, first pumps and screaming you go guy. The other people thought I was mad, but for all the long drawn out episodes, and long rides home watching on my phone wondering and waiting for them to find this girl, and they finally did find her exactly how I said they would 7 episodes ago. So I naturally watched the end again, just to see everyone go gun happy on the walkers.

November 28 2011 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Selina

All I can say is, for all his big, badass talk, Shane didn't have the chops to take out Sophia when the time came, Rick had to do it. RIck will do what has to be done, but he's also trying to protect the group and find them 'safe haven', no matter how temporary it may be. Shane doesn't give a flying damn, Lori sent him way over the edge when she told him even if the baby was his it would never be his, and he's now borderline psychotic. Not the kind of guy I'd want hanging around, knowing he'd kill anyone who even remotely got in his way - if he'd had a gun on him, ready to go, Dale would have died in that swamp. And let's not forget he DID point his gun at Rick's back in Season 1, something Dale witnessed. Either Shane goes or Dale's days are numbered - and maybe Rick's are, too. Shane wants Lori (WHY? Please tell me WHY?!) and he'll do anything he can to get her. Someone said Carl should be the one to blow Shane away - now, that, I think I'd like to see!

November 28 2011 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christina Draper

See, and that is where I think people are looking at this show wrong. I don't think Sophia was ever supposed to be anything more than a plot device, if you will. She was someone for the group to HOPE for. I think the point was for us to see Shane's cool detachment, Carl and Daryl's hope, her mother's acceptance. THAT is what Sophia was. They didnt' need to show who she was, because in my mind I think the point of Sophia was to show what she was about.

I think we got a lot of character growth, though maybe it wasn't as in your face as some wanted, but that is what I like about this show. They don't shove it down my throat.

If they hadn't put off the final scenes until now, I don't think it would have been as poignant as it was.

November 28 2011 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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