The Walking Dead Episode 302 Was Totally Sick!
The Prisoners! Hershel! A Badass Carol?!? The Spoilers!
Okay, maybe this is me showing my true brutal colors, but I wouldn’t have hesitated to kill every one of those prisoners the second they showed up last week. Just saying. More on that later.
First, how much are we LOVING that T-Dog had a “moment” when they threw the doors open and he was all, “We got this!” before shanking a Riot Gear Walker! And Daryl’s banter with the prisoners the entire time was so amazingly badass. Mazzara promised me more T-Dog and Daryl goodness, and he’s already delivered in these first two episodes, I love it.
These prisoners have no concept of how lethal our group is. I think their belief that they’re convicts and somehow “harder” gave them false confidence. I couldn’t wait for Rick to start offing them but I was really sorry to see Theodus Crane go! Okay, this is just me about to nerd out but that’s why you love it: I thought it was a bonehead move to immediately get rid of Crane’s character Big Tiny. Theodus Crane is the ICMAC’s number one heavyweight fighter in the world. Seems to me he’s the guy you want in your corner. They could’ve had a kickass new cast member if they’d elected not to make him the typical big-dumb-oaf-guy and instead made him the “He’s got a heart of gold but can rip the heads off zombies” guy. Just saying.
But for real, if the inmates didn’t have a clue as to who they were dealing with before, stepping out into the yard to a sea of dead walkers should’ve tipped them off. How annoyed was everyone by Tomas? I’m going to throw the writers a bone and say they were just prolonging it for dramatic effect, but if I hadn’t killed every one of those dudes the second they popped their Vaseline covered heads up (which I would have) I most definitely would have planted that machete in Tomas’ head in the yard when he thought he could intimidate Rick into moving out by giving him angry duck-lips.
The prisoners’ reaction to all those walkers when they tried to clear a block for themselves was hilarious! It was like TWD suddenly became an episode of Oz. I’m going to guess the actors had a total blast filming that part; the looks on Rick, T-Dog and Daryl’s faces – so priceless.
Alright, as much as I hate to admit when I might’ve been *mistaken* I’ve got to give Carol props this week. Not only was she integral to saving Hershel’s life, she also had a pristine set of brass one’s to take it upon herself to learn how to perform a cesarean on a walker. Damn, Girl!
I think the real question to walk away with last night was how far would you go to protect your loved ones? TWD makes me realize my ingrained sense of elitism would make it far too easy to shake off whatever human compassion I had left for the masses. The struggle that Rick goes through trying to decide if he’s going to kill those inmates isn’t one that would have troubled me for long. Lori echoes sentiments to him she expressed last season at the farm, however this time I believe it’s done with renewed conviction when she tells him to do what he thinks is best.
Like the rest of us at home, Rick initially questions her statement because when she told him to “handle Shane” however he saw fit and he ended up killing him her reaction to the news was the final nail in the coffin of their marriage. But there’s no denying that a lot has changed in Mrs. Grimes’ life. She’s harder, smarter, faster and more realistic in how she sees the world they are living in. She reiterates her faith in Rick to do what’s best for all of them, even if that means he has to kill people to do it: “Not for one second do I think there’s malice in your heart. You’re not a killer. And I know that… so, do whatever you gotta do to keep this group safe; and do it with a clear conscience.”
Lori’s trying her best to be a good wife, despite Rick’s continued refusal to forgive her or even really look her in the eyes. But she’s still got more to learn about how to be a mother to this “new and improved” Carl. She blew it with her reaction when he showed up with much needed medical supplies. Don’t get me wrong, I get it: he’s still a boy, he’s got a lot to learn and she’s his mother and needs to protect him. But he did act courageously, and his actions saved Hershel’s life. I think if she’d first thanked him profusely for his bravery before gently reminding him how much she loves him and how upset she would be if he got hurt or killed she might have gotten a more receptive reaction from him.
Rick’s reluctance to take the inmates out right at the start led to them almost being killed when Tomas tried to carry out an assassination by Walker. These guys were new, unknown people who haven’t seen another soul in almost a year and I’ve got a son, a baby on the way, and four women in my party? No hesitation. Maybe that’s cruel, maybe that’s me not giving them a chance, but that’s just it: I wouldn’t have given them a chance (except for you Theo Crane!). I’m not sure what that says about me as a person, but I would have protected my own and mowed those fuckers down immediately.
But that wouldn’t have made for good television, and Mazzara and Kirkman know their shit. So the suspense and struggle last night made for compelling action. We also wouldn’t have been treated to the fantastic shot of a machete being firmly planted into Tomas’ head or watching Rick brutally decide Andrew’s fate when he locked him out of the prison and left him to the walkers wandering around the yard. (Forgive the crappy screen shot ripped from a TWD wiki, it needed to be done.)
I almost felt kind of sorry for Oscar and Axel when they were finally led to their secured block. I wonder how long they’ll get tired of looking at each other (and maybe doing other things to each other, its prison after all) and find a way to get into Rick’s good graces so they can join the group.
Next week we should get more answers about how Andrea and Michonne are faring; it looks like we finally get to meet the Governor and learn what has become of Merle Dixon. I’m hoping we will get to find out who was watching Carol from the bushes as she honed her surgery skills too.
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