Axel: “You don’t look like no rescue team.”
You know you have been through hell and back again when the safest place you can think of is a prison and you don’t think twice about taking on what in the old world might have been the most dangerous of people.
There is no question that Tomas, for example, is a crazy, lethal killer but he becomes just another danger to assess for Rick, Daryl and T-dog. The way Tomas waved around his gun and tried to intimidate Rick and the others was almost laughable. He just had no idea of who or what he was dealing with. When it came to it, Rick put him down like the mad dog he was. So much for justice, mercy or any other of those luxuries that seem to have disappeared. There is still a line, although it gets hazier with each passing day. You don’t kill someone unless you have to and you definitely don’t enjoy it like Tomas seemed to.
This episode was filled with suspense and the writers faked me out at least twice. The first time was when Hershel died and Lori was trying to resuscitate him. I was sure he’d turned into a walker and Lori was going to get bit. It wouldn’t be beyond this show to kill off Hershel and I was glad when he actually came around. Maggie was ready for him to die. She seemed to hope that he would so he could escape the horror. I wonder if that says more about her than him? The scene where she said goodbye to him was very well done. The second time the writers faked me out was when Rick put his hand on Lori’s shoulder. I actually thought they might reconcile but what Rick said put Lori firmly outside a relationship with him. She isn’t my favourite character, but I felt sorry for her. I don’t know if Rick can really afford to love anyone right now. If he does have any space, it will go to Carl.
The prisoners' lack of knowledge of the outside world showed just how far our group has come. It was interesting to see the prisoners react to the dead bodies and talk about their stash of food as “just a little”. We take the plenty around us for granted. Having Rick reiterate all that was lost reminded us how bleak the situation is in the outside world. I would agree with him that over half the population is gone and more are disappearing every day. It is only going to get worse. If they can plant food and make the prison safe, they might have a chance.
I was impressed with our little crew and the way they work together. Rick didn’t have to tell Daryl and T-dog to stay back and deal with the prisoners. Glenn was standing by to deal with Hershel, and Carol and Lori took over Hershel’s care. The whole group works as a team. Even Carol is hard enough to take out a walker to practice on. Carl is taking off on his own, finding the infirmary and killing two walkers. Of course, Lori was upset but Carl won’t accept being treated like a child. He really isn’t one anymore.
Bits and Pieces
The prisoners were locked in the cafeteria for 292/4 days. It’s been almost a year.
Nobody seems to be put off by being covered with blood -- zombie or otherwise.
Lori essentially gave Rick permission to kill the prisoners. Does he even need it anymore?
Rick running after Andrew was not smart.
Gory bits I could do without -- close-up of Hershel’s chopped off leg, Tomas covered in blood, but the creepiest thing was the row of prisoners who had obviously been executed.
Loved the shot with Daryl waiting, crossbow at the ready. He still wins my vote for the guy I’d most like to escape zombies with.
Daryl: “Today’s your lucky day, fellows. You’ve been pardoned by the state of Georgia. You’re free to go.”
Tomas: “This is our prison. We were here first.”
Rick: “Locked in a broom closet? We took it, set you free, spilled blood. It’s ours.”
Lori: “Look at me, do I look worried?”
Carol: “You look disgusting.”
Lori: “So do you.”
Maggie: “What if he does wake up, then what? He can’t even walk. All we do is run.”
Lori: “I know that I’m a shitty wife and I’m not winning any mother of the year awards, but I need you to know that not for one second do I think that there is malice in your heart. You're not a killer, and I know that. I know that. So do whatever you got to do to keep this group safe, and do it with a clear conscience.”
Glenn: “Everything you're saying is completely sane. Your wanting to use a walker for practice is a sane thing. I’m just trying to wrap my head around it.”
Tomas: “Shit happens.”
Rick: “I get it. I get it. Shit happens.”
Oscar: “I ain’t never pleaded for my life and I ain’t about to start now. So you do what you got to do.” I respected Oscar for that. It might have been what decided Rick.
Lori: “We’ll give Carl a safe place to do whatever it is he does now.”
Rick: “We’re all grateful for what you did.”