'The Walking Dead' recap: Shot for Shot

walking-dead-2.jpgThis episode didn't totally suck. And I'm not just saying that because Lori's left for dead in a ditch somewhere. That certainly doesn't hurt though. They also managed to turn Rick into a total bad guy, which wasn't as great as the Shane evil mirror scene earlier this season, but a nice twist nonetheless. And there was very little Dale and Andrea. So while the dialogue is still heavy-handed and awkward, and I'm pretty sure there's one big mistake, this episode had action throughout and not just in the last two minutes. So that's something. Not a lot, but something.

We pick up where we left off, with Shane shooting zombie Sophia in the head, and everyone shell shocked all around. Beth (aka that blonde girl who lives on the farm who we have largely ignored) takes it really hard, and gets felt up by a still kicking corpse. This whole thing makes Hershel realize that he's been a ****ing moron by keeping them alive in the barn all this time. But all of the farm residents insist that they didn't know that Sophia was in there, and blame that on poor dead Otis. Did Otis not mention to Herschel that he found a little girl walker the same day a group of people showed up looking for a little girl? Seems suspicious.

Anyway, the gang decides to bury their loved ones and burn the rest of the corpses. This doesn't amount to much, aside from a lot of standing around. But there's one great shot of Andrea picking up a random arm that has fallen off a truck. But does a bonfire in the middle of a dry field seem like the best plan? What if that spreads quickly? It's not like there's a fire department to call. And won't the smoke and flames attract walkers? Do these people ever think?

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