This is an episode that really lives up to its title. This is The Walking Dead, so of course there are actual guts involved, but what is really central is the “guts” it takes to stay alive in this new world. It took guts for Rick to get out of the tank. It took guts for Glenn to help a stranger. And it literally and figuratively took guts for Glenn and Rick to walk through the zombies to the construction site. Only those who are brave and a little bit crazy are going to make it through this.
We got to meet and learn a little bit about some new people. Glenn is the voice of Rick’s savior. He’s fearless, funny and knows his way around the city. I like him already. Andrea is tough but a bit on the panicked side. Good to know that she couldn’t have shot Rick even if she wanted to. Morales seems to be a bit of a leader. T-dog doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing and tends to drop and spill things. Merle is a racist pig and I’m quite glad they left him on the roof, although it is a really crappy way to die. T-dog showed him more compassion than Merle would have in the same situation. I doubt Merle would have gone back or stopped to chain the door closed. If Merle finds a way out, T-dog may regret that.
Shane and Lori are definitely an item. It is going to get pretty interesting when Rick shows up. I know that there has been a lot of chatter about Lori going with Shane but this isn’t the world as we know it. She is convinced her husband is dead and she has a small child to worry about. Why wouldn’t she connect with Shane? He seems to know what he is doing. It was smart of him to refuse to go after the raiding party trapped in the city. It may not be noble or courageous, but it was practical. It would be a suicide mission.
Bits and Pieces
That was a nice bit of tension at the beginning of the episode. Having it be Shane instead of a zombie coming through the woods was in some ways even more creepy.
If there are still rats, then the area is probably safe. Good bit of information to have.
The talk about Wayne the zombie was an obvious connection to their past and their humanity. It was lovely, and darkly humourous, that Wayne was an organ donor.
In the gory moments I would rather miss category - chopping up Wayne and then wearing him - uber-gross.
The crowd of zombies were awesome. Great make-up work. I want to go to zombie school.
Zombies are drawn by sound and can tell the difference between living and dead by smell. Also good information to have.
This show uses music very effectively. I particularly liked the way music was used as the rain began to fall and you knew Rick and Glenn were getting into trouble.
Rick: “Whoever you are, I don’t mind telling you I’m a little concerned in here.”
Glenn: “Oh, man, you should see from over here. You’d be having a major freak out.”
Glenn: “Nice moves, Clint Eastwood. You the new sheriff come riding in to clean up the town?”
Rick: “That wasn’t my intention.”
Glenn: “Ya, whatever. Yeehaw. You’re still a dumb ass.”
Rick: “Back there at the tank, why did you stick your neck out for me?”
Glenn: “Call it foolish naive hope that if I’m ever that far up shit creek, someone might do the same for me. I guess I’m a bigger dumb ass than you.”
Rick: “I can see you make a habit of missing the point.”
Dixon: “Well, screw you twice.”
Glenn: “If bad ideas were an Olympic event, this would get the gold.”
Rick: “Think about something else, puppies and kittens.”
T-dog: “Dead puppies and kittens.”
Morales: “Well, Officer Friendly, from up the road a ways, welcome to the big city.”