The Walking Dead Episode 302 Was Totally Sick!

Written by  //  October 22, 2012  //  Donnyblurbs, Televised Entertainment in Review, The Theatre  //  9 Comments

The Prisoners! Hershel! A Badass Carol?!? The Spoilers!

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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.

The Walking Dead 302 "Sick" T-Dog and Daryl

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 Walking Dead 302 - "Sick" Prisoners, meet Walkers / AMC Gene Page

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.

The Walking Dead 302 "Sick" - T-Dog, Rick and Daryl / Gene Page, AMC

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!

The Walking Dead 302 "Sick" - Carol, Beth, Lori and Rick Save Hershel / AMC, Gene Page

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.”

The Walking Dead 302 "Sick" - Rick, Daryl and Oscar / Gene Page, AMC

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.

The Walking Dead 302 "Sick" - Clearing Out the Block / AMC, Gene Page

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.)

The Walking Dead 302 "Sick" - Rick and Tomas Showdown

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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Photos by, Gene Page/AMC © TWD Productions, LLC

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9 Comments on "The Walking Dead Episode 302 Was Totally Sick!"

  1. Matt W. Byrne October 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm · Reply

    When the world goes to hell, I totally want to keep you around. Though it should be noted that I am a con, so you might need to kill me.

    You also need an editor.

    • Alistair Blake Arabella
      Alistair Blake Arabella October 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm · Reply

      Many a better editor than I has tried to rid me of my penchant for run on sentences and em-dashes. They have failed. I hold steadfast to my shitty spazzed out writing, which one editor lovingly called “valley-girl drivel.”

      And I thought we’d already established that you and I are hands down the best zombie fighting duo in the Manse? You woo them into a state of compliance while I chop their heads off. It’s a win-win.

  2. Maximillian Archimedes Stoneburner October 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm · Reply

    Anybody else a little turned on by zombie panties?? Up top!

    • Alistair Blake Arabella
      Alistair Blake Arabella October 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm · Reply

      How weird is it that I totally thought of you when I saw that scene? “Oh… Max is going to LOVE that shot of them dirt encrusted panties!” We must get out of one another’s heads. Maybe.

  3. cristina October 25, 2012 at 11:05 am · Reply

    cold blooded! ooof I mean I understand Rick’s gotta do what he’s gotta do. and yeah i woulda offed Tomas pronto – i mean he looked like he was actually getting off on offing poor tiny (i didn’t know who tiny was but in his scant minutes of screen time i already really liked him). but leaving the other guy in the yard with the zombies. damn. at least shoot him before the walkers get to him. that has to be the absolute worst way to go. and i guess i’m an old softie but i feel bad for the other two convicts left on their own. in this new world there’s gotta be a place for intuition too (as far as intuition goes in a tv show?) and i just didn’t perceive them as a threat. and there’s safety in numbers, they *coulda* become productive members of the group, too? but then again that’s why I wouldn’t wanna be Rick in a million years – I’d *hate* to have to make decisions like that.
    so glad herschel didn’t turn into a zombie – I really like his character. it was kind of weird seeing maggie almost beg him to die – but then again, they’re living in hell and death may be heaven after all. and wow about carol. it’s gross enough quickly jabbing a stick through a zombie’s head to kill it – but then to get all up in its grill with a scalpel and methodically cut it open. eeeeeerrrmigod. what the heck must it be like inside?!
    oh yes, darryl continues to be a funny badass (the best kind!) – that banter was classic. but i’m ready for michonne/andrea/governor action now

    • Alistair Blake Arabella
      Alistair Blake Arabella October 29, 2012 at 11:35 am · Reply

      Okay I already have the next one up BUT – I totally feel you – I liked that guy Tiny right away, and I DIDN’T LIKE that they made him out to be this dumb oaf once I found out who he is in real life. He’s a fucking WORLD CHAMPION FIGHTER!!! Dude can kick serious ass! He would’ve been the most badass new character ever! I felt SO bad for those guys when they were left there – it looks like next week’s episode we’re back at the prison, and someone is fucking with our group and they can’t figure out who it is. So either it’s these two guys trying to get revenge for being left behind -OR- what I hope happens, is that it’s someone else entirely and they end up enlisting these guys help to fight them off, which then creates a bond between them and they can be integrated into our group. We could use some fresh faces, and Carol seems to be really horny this season, so she can get off Daryl’s piece and have some fresh meat to pine for.
      I totally thought Hershel was a Walker when he grabbed at Lori after she gave him CPR! And yeah, the Maggie “It’s okay to let go scene” – did part of you feel like that was really just a selfish maneuver since she doesn’t seem keen on having a disabled person around?
      I can’t wait for the Dixon Brothers reunion – that’s going to be epic!

      • cristina October 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm · Reply

        hah! yes, let’s hope poor Carol gets some. soooo stoked for the Dixon Brothers reunion (hmmm merle and carol? it’s a thought). we don’t have cable so won’t be able to watch the new episode until tonight and *then* i can read your new post. aaah the anticipation!

        • Alistair Blake Arabella
          Alistair Blake Arabella October 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm · Reply

          Oh! Check the very end when you do get to read it, I totally gave you a shout out = )

          Carol and Merle – that might actually work. I bet she’d be into him!

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