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The Walking Dead "Sick" Review: They Come and They Go

The Walking Dead S03E02: "Sick"

As great of a clinic on zombie killing as the Season 3 premiere of The Walking Dead was, we knew it was just a tease of things to come, like the face is but a mere appetizer to tasty human brains for a zombie. Outta the way, face! But "Sick" was better than brains. It was one of the most complete episodes of The Walking Dead yet because it spilled plenty of blood and zombie guts, added serious threats from non-zombies, and featured family drama without ever losing stride. And dare I say the series is on its way to redeeming Lori (also known as That F*cking Stupid Bitch)? I dare, and I say, I say! This episode may ultimately be lost among the bigger events of the series, but in terms of execution, I'm giving "Sick" two huge severed-thumbs-from-ripping-your-hand-out-of-handcuffs up. Season 3 has started off crazy good.

I had to use the defibrillator on myself a few times while watching "Sick" because The Walking Dead is playing by its own set of twisted "F*ck you, TV!" rules. And it's using its own playbook to its advantage in criminally delightful ways. As a man who watches more television than is healthy for human consumption, one of the best compliments I can bestow upon show is to admit that I have no idea what's coming (Breaking Bad and Homeland are particularly great at this). After two seasons and an episode, The Walking Dead really has lived up to its lofty boasting of "If you're on the show, you may die." Shane, Dale, Jim, Dr. Jenner, Otis, Michael Raymond James, his friend, Randall the hick hostage, Andrea's sister, that one zombie, and even darling little Sophia have all been relieved of the pain of surviving the zombie apocalypse by running into Death's bony arms. And all these deaths have conditioned us to expect death. How many shows on TV do that nowadays? The credits should just read "guest star" for everyone!

That's why when Hershel opened his eyes with life—the real kind, not the breaking-the-rules-of-nature kind—I was surprised! I, along with pretty much everyone else (I suspect), thought Hershel would depart this realm for the big boring farm in the sky where he could drink himself silly and tell strangers to camp outside for eternity, especially when Maggie was saying her goodbye and especially especially when Lori was giving him mouth-to-mouth (Lori, always cheating on Rick!). We expected Hershel to die because The Walking Dead has established that it's absolutely willing to kill off familiar characters, but the show fooled us by letting him live. This is The Walking Dead taking the expectations seared into our minds after years of predictable television and locking them in a closet somewhere. It's a game of deliberate inconsistency perfectly played to keep us off balance, and I'm definitely falling into its trap.

With casualties a regular occurrence, The Walking Dead isn't afraid to twirl the revolving door and introduce new characters. It seems to do this in groups, loading up a few folks with dialogue to put them on a path toward being a major character. I'd argue that technically we met every single major character except Rick this way, with the heartiest parts of each group glomming onto Rick's nucleus to form a super group, while the weak were left behind or eaten by someone's expired science teacher.

So when Rick buried his machete halfway into the basal ganglia of the prisoners' surly de facto leader Tomas—a man who had been puffing his chest and talking up a storm—it was another case of the normal rules of television don't apply to The Walking Dead. Similarly, when Tomas opened up Big Tiny's head like a can of stewed tomatoes, I shouldn't have been surprised. But I was! Big Tiny was likely the televised version of Dexter, a character from the comics with a similar gargantuan girth, who lasted a lot longer in the comics than Big Tiny did on the show. I'm probably making a big deal about this, but this series is purposefully trying to scramble our brains. It saved a character we all thought would die (Hershel), it killed a character we thought was going to be a major foil for Rick for at least a few episodes (Tomas), and it killed two characters (Big Tiny and another comic character, Andrew) that fans of the comic were sure would last a little longer.

But back to Rick murdering Tomas, real quick. Last week we saw Rick as the drill sergeant orchestrating the great prison break IN, and really putting his mind to the task of doing anything that would keep his group alive. Rick has obviously changed since he killed Shane, and killing Tomas raised our understanding of the man he is now. Rick no longer has an "us (humans) against them (zombies)" attitude; he has an "us (my peeps) against everyone else (everyone else) attitude," forged from his experience in the bar last season and strengthened over the winter. Zombies, humans, it don't matter. The only people Rick can trust are those in his group, and frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't trust them all that much, either, and maybe vice versa. I like this Rick. This Rick is almost a little like (pause for dramatic effect) Shane, and you know how much I loved Shane.

But unlike Shane, Rick is no longer interested in humping Lori. Rick and Lori's talk on the prison bridge was probably one of the most earnest moments between the two in the series thus far. And for the first time, it felt like honest-to-goodness traditional passive-aggressive family drama and not just shouting (and whisper-shouting when Carl was around) and overacting. This was well-written and well-performed material. "For the record, I don't think you're a bad mother," Rick backhanded ever so gently across Lori's cheek, like he was wearing a fancy glove. "Well, wife is a different story," conceded Lori. And then she joked about getting lawyers for a divorce, and it was kind of funny? This horrible global event has given her a decent sense of humor?

For once, Lori said something that didn't make me want to put her head through plate glass. In fact, Lori has been pretty great all season long and I can't believe I just typed that either. Even her freakout last week about a zombie baby snacking on her spleen from the inside and begging Hershel to put a screwdriver through her skull without hesitation in case something went wrong was cool. And what she said tonight: "I know I'm a shitty wife and I'm not winning any mother-of-the-year awards," really sounds like dialogue written by writers with a goal of fixing one of the show's weakest points: Lori's standing with the viewers. It's amazing how much your opinion of a character can change when she's not crashing cars, unreasonably guilt-tripping Rick, or unreasonably guilt-tripping Shane. If this season of The Walking Dead can make Lori tolerable, it might just be the greatest thing TV has ever done, way ahead of broadcasting the moon landing and Futurama's "Luck of the Fryrish." Keep it up, Lori! Anyway, I'd love to hear your opinion on Lori in the comments section, because I need to make sure I'm not insane.

Though I'm not the Lori-hater I used to be, Rick has apparently taken my place. He left with a, "We're grateful for what you did," referring to caring for Hershel, but he couldn't even put her in his peripheral vision. That was really cold stuff, maybe even colder than what he did to Tomas. This drama feels real. I'm into post-Shane bad times for Rick Grimes, because now Rick has the upper hand and Lori knows it. But mostly, this is palpable drama that doesn't need to spelled out for us through boring monologues.

There are so many improvements this season I don't even know where to begin. After spending much of its first two seasons as television's "show with the most potential," The Walking Dead is starting to climb up the most important list of all: my current Top 5.



NOTES

Lauren Cohan, actress! She's getting better and better as Maggie, and could be moving up the Hollywood escalator.

– Interesting to see the tables turned between Maggie and Beth. In Season 2, it was Beth who was ready to give up. Here, Beth was keeping the faith, while Maggie was telling Hershel to go ahead and croak.

– I've always wanted a walk-in toilet.

– There were a lot of zombies outside the door when last week's episode ended, but there weren't a lot of zombies outside of the door when this week's episode began.

– Who the eff was creeping on Carol outside in the yard? The Guv'nah? A spy of the Guv'nah? And wow, Carol practicing C-section techniques on zombie corpses? I'm with Glenn, it makes sense, but...

– Hey no Andrea or Michonne this week but I didn't notice, and actually this episode was better for it. I would not be opposed to a full episode of Andrea and Michonne (and the Guv'nah) next week, so if you're reading this Glen Mazzara, go ahead. We'll wait.

– One thing this show could do over and over that I'd like to see over and over is Rick breaking the news to people that the world is totally gone, like he did with the prisoners. I never get tired of that, though coming up with believable scenarios will eventually get pretty tough.

– Getting a good on-screen zombie kill count was tough because of tricky editing, but it was another big one. I estimated "Sick" at about 32 kills. That's almost 100 in the first two episodes. I will not complain about this. I will not.

– This week's face-ripping-off-during-riot-mask-removal zombie was an escape-from-handcuffs-by-peeling-arm-bone-out-of-skin-sack zombie. Two words to describe that gore: awesome awesome.

– Episode MVP: Not even close, it's gotta be Rick. But weigh in for yourself below!

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Rick has lost all humanity when Dale died and it is such a dishonor to him especially with his speech at Dales funeral. I miss Shane more now that rick has turned into him. Shane was a better father to Carl then rick ever will be. Shane knew how tell a ghost and least bring joy to the group what his rick brought? AT Last he got ride of the serial killer Thomas but locking that other guy with zombies was cruel and with malice. Lori lady Macbeth is regretting allowing Shane to be killed and realizes she made the wrong choice. Herschel is the humanity of the group and having him live with one leg is unusual even for this show.
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Personally, I think Shane and Lori had something going on BEFORE the out break which would explain why they started together so easily. If you watch the first episode when Rick was talking to Shane about his marriage, Shane looked like he was fantasizing and he also looked a lil too familiar with the situation like he already had the inside scoop and since Rick was the one telling him about it at the time, I can only assume he got the info from Lori...but under what circumstances?



Shane also was an ass for telling Lori that Rick was "dead" He didnt know that for sure and they really could have gone back to find out, I mean Rick even went back for Merle (as big of an ass hole that he was) so I feel like he did that to get her to let her guards down and he could have her for himself.



There was a lot going on but this is a much more different Zombie story. Instead of focusing on dying after the apocalypses, it focuses on living in the apocalypses instead. Love it
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It's all Lori's fault. On two separate occasions she could have avoided all this. One, let Shane leave the group, but no, she tells him she wants him to stay, not that the "group" wants him to stay. Two, after Shane and Rick have their fight because of it, telling Shane Lori, Carl, and that baby is my child, not yours and seemed to get it out of their system and here comes Lori telling Shane, I'm not really sure who the father of the baby is. Lori seemed content with the prospect of having a husband and a backup just in case. And the fact she got mad at Rick for killing Shane, and possibly not believing him when he said he had no choice, she freaked out as if she did love Shane and felt like she lost her second husband..... how can you not fault her? Actually 3 faults, she slept with Shane to begin with, hardly that long after the outbreak.
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I really liked this one. Even better then the last, since the guys, at least the ones that matter, weren't stupid in this one like Herschel was in the last.

As much as I like many of the other characters, if it was just Daryl and Rick killing zombies for 45 minutes every episode I'd be ok with that.
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FINALLY got to see the episode, and by the end I was curled up with a teddy bear practially crying. I could N-O-T get over how GOOD this ep was!!! Carl's complete bad-assery and ingenuity, Glenn getting to man up, Herschel...well, that whole bit. I couldn't guess anything that was going on. When Maggie asked to be alone with Herschel, I thought for sure that she would put a pillow over his face. I didn't see Rick killing Tomas so soon (deserved as it was; that guy was a wild dog). My husband's comment on the CPR scene: "I would NEVER perform CPR - put my face that close to someone's mouth - during a zombie apocalypse!" Did I mention Carl's complete bad-assery? Rick and Daryl working as a team (and the "prison riot" WAS a riot). I just saw it a little while ago and I want to see it AGAIN!
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That was such a Lori thing to do, she so deserved to die right there.



In the scene on the bridge I really wanted Rick to say something like "I heard what you did for Hershel, YOU STUPID BITCH! DO NOT RISK MY BABY FOR 'THESE' PEOPLE"
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Lori is still a terrible person. She has allowed for her husband to lose his humanity. Do you remember the scene when she asks Rick about what he wants to do about the prisoners? Rick grudgingly suggest the idea of massacring all of the inmates. Lori agreed without hesitation. She says something like if that's what he thinks then he should do it for their well-being. I think Rick was disgusted with her response. LMAO, you don't just outright murder people in the cold. There's no logic in sending your malnourished and weak husband against strong hardened fed prisoners. The prisoners outnumber the man power of Rick's group 5 to 4. Rick came to his senses on his own and offered instead a separate cell block for the inmates against the wishes of Lori. Regardless of how that panned out. Lori is still submissive and dumb as ever before. It's no surprise she let Shane impregnate her but then tries to kill her own baby.
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One exchange that was not mentioned but was really the moment that I realized I had a new respect for Laurie was when she told Rick that she knew he was not a malicious man and that he would always do what needed to be done to protect the group. I felt like that is something he has probably needed to hear since killing Shane and the fact that it came from her, whether he believed it or not, was very important as well. I also thought it was a little uncool (even immature and douchy) of him to just continue with the passive-aggressive thing and walk away after she really tried to start a conversation on the walkway at the end. I go back and forth with Rick...
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I think Rick needs to believe he has no malice more than anything else. He can't find that belief in someone else, he has to start to believing it himself.
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It's great to to see the show continue to move towards being as good as we want it to be. The Lori moments were crucial in us being able to not hate her. And the show is doing a good job of following the story of the comics while being unpredictable. I am a little concerned about Rick's motivations though as his decisions this week continued the trend of the show of actions/opinions seeming forced onto the characters to make them edgier or serving the plot, instead of completely believable in the circumstances.
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Honestly, what I think happened with Lori: one of the writers of the show came in a meeting, telling all of them "Guys, look at some of the comments I read about Lori in TV.com and IMDb. Holy shit, do people HATE that girl! We have to do something about it!" And they did. By acknowledging how much of an unredeemable, total bitch she has been ever since her husband came back in her life, Lori is actually more like a goddamn human being. I mean, people didn't set themselves up to hate her (I personally didn't anyway), but her actions, week after week, were so reprehensible, you had to wish death on her! So now she calmed her hell down, and is finally self-aware enough to feel genuinely disgusted by her past behavior... which kinda make her more tolerable. I mean, don't get it wrong, I still do not like Lori, but, for the first time since season 1, I stop wishing death on her every time she appears on screen.

I got to give a lot of props to Rick for not killing outright those convicts - if I were in the same, exact situation than him, I would have seriously just kick them out of the prison and shoot them down one by one, if they protest about wanting to stay there. But what happen, with the whole Thomas thing, was so predictable, I would even be surprise at all that Rick saw it coming from the get-go - all the prisoners were HORRIFIED after seeing Thomas go baby crazy on Big Tiny's head, but the main crew weren't even fazed in the slightest. Kinda hope the surviving cons will do another appearance later on, to see how their new living arrangement has turn out.

I always liked Lauren Cohan - never had a problem with her performance in general, just how her character was written thus far. Obviously, the better writing this year will make a ton of actors shine in season 3.

I'm all for a Andrea/Michonne-centric episode next week, ESPECIALLY since Daryl's uber-redneck brother, Merle, finally decided to show up against... 'bout time. Now how about some updates for Duane and his son too?
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About Andrea and Michonne: I hope they die pretty soon. Michonne might be a big thing in the comics, but someone running around with two pet zombies and a samurai blade just doesn't fit in the more sober tv series.
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I agree on Lori. She's pulling her weight instead of woe-as-me'ing around trying to create drama. She's much less high maintenance. That said, she needs to lay a smackdown on Carl. Going off on his own for supplies was just plain stupid; thoughtful but stupid,



I didn't think Rick was being cold to Lori when they talked on the pedway. It was awkard, too much gas happened and too much time has passed for it to be anything but, but I think when he put his hand on her shoulder, he was opening up as much as he currently has it in him to. Also, I think the void between them makes it easier for Rick to do his job; to focus on cold hard leadership and decision making. Carl does seem a little like he's lacking any parenting at all os it may be that Lori is not the only one feeling that gap. Maybe that's why Carl's trying so hard, so he can win his dad's respect?
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I agree with Tim on this one. Great episode, Rick is moving towards in-shane-ty but Shane always had a soft spot for Lori, while Rick now...he's so badass he doesn't even give a glimpse on his pregnant wife, mother of his son. Go Rick.

Also, when he let that guy out with the zombies, he practically murdered him. He wasn't a threat. Had Shane ever done something like that? Killing someone for not a greater cause?



One think that annoys me since Season 1. Why all this zombie-blood in their mouth, nose, eyes doesn't make them sick-and-dead similar to zombie-bite or zombie-scratch?
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"He wasn't a threat. Had Shane ever done something like that?" Otis?
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Though Shane never technically killed anyone without the 'great cause' in his warped mind, he did attempt to kill Rick for his own personal reasons. So, there's that.



Throughout the first 2 seasons I also complained about the lack of zombifying from blood in all of everyone's orifices. Though, now I just let it go and tell myself that a show this good is allowed to create a little of their own mythology.
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One of the best changes this season is the setting. The prison has amped up the tension and atmosphere and now I'm practically watching with bated breath on the edge of my seat. Another great episode.
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poor ol ` t-dog.. seems to me he just get tossed a line once in a while. like the writers slap their head, and go "Well, that`s that - no.. what about t-dog, guys?" Dunno how he is in the comic thought.. Or is he a fill in? To make the show more.. um, believable? Like, that gang of sing a longs cant get passed the kitchen without getting snacked on. "We need a black, silent guy to make this believable"
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T-Dog is not in the comics. There is a different black male, that becomes part of the group while they're on the road (after Rick meets up with them), and he is waaaaay better than T-Dog (imo).
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It had to be rick, no one can do such an unexpected machete to face owning like he did and not earn it, but Daryl is ever so often in the running, granted I'm sure his character in this episode was more like "holy crap, braining a live person with a machete, especially one as hard and crazy as that dude is a big deal even for me, props" :P .
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I love it when I am reading a review and it is like reading my own thoughts. I have never liked Lori. Not in the comics and especially not in the show. But, accepting responsibility for her behavior and putting the ball in Rick's court is redeeming her for me. Also, she is getting a huge sympathy vote from all of us ladies who have ever been pregnant. I can't imagine being 9 months pregnant, living through a zombie apocalypse, and having your husband constantly giving you the cold shoulder. I would be curled in a ball in some corner crying relentlessly (oh wait - I think I did that anyway). Still don't like Carl. Also, I don't care what is going on - things out to kill your child - they don't leave your sight! Felt sorry for the inmates left on their own - I get why - but I'm a compassion junkie and I also think many hands ...
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This is season is so much better than the previous ones. Badass Rick is awesome. I have a gripe though. The prisoners were incredibly well groomed and healthy even though it had been 10 months since they were stuck in that cafeteria which is completely unbelievable.
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Yeah, it's always like that in tv & movies.... In the the newest Dark Knight movie, the police are trapped underground for a week or so, and no one grows facial hair!
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They were trapped for months... so it's a worst mistake.
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Carl is no longer the whiny little snot of Season 1 and 2.



He has, as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman would say, been "born again hard".
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Agree w/ this review. TWD is finally reaching its potential. It kinda parallels Rick's journey-- he's also finally reaching his potential as a badass mofo!!
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Right now I'm so rueful to have read all issues of the comic.

This show has become so MFing great - I would give my left eye for the joy and excitement of watching the things to come AND being surprised(fingers crossed).

Although they alter a lot, I was 100% sure that a)Hershel's gonna make it b)Tomas dies in this ep. No need to drag things out, in the comics Rick killed the leader of the prisoners later only because of the suicide-wave witch they thankfully skip too.

And a good question by the reviewer: Who is watching Carol ?

Merle?
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Do you have the proper name of the witch? I can't find anything on her character.
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She was called "Yougotmeandihatemyself".

It's witchy sometimes with the wiches.
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Merle is a great guess! Now we can have a Daryl Carol Carl Merle tongue twisting extravaganza!
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I swear to god, if they introduce a character called Earl ...
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...or Larry...
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You didn't mention Carl in your review. I don't know what to think about him! Last season he was this annoying kid who went off into the woods alone and now he kills Walkers while retrieving bandages from the infirmary? I don't buy it. Sure, he had all winter to learn from Rick and everybody got tougher somehow but it seems too adult. I liked the way Lori handled it, though and his reaction (running away) was a child's.

I'm just uncertain about it and I really want to find out how the show handles it in the next episodes.
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Carl is young, and I would think it would be more difficult to teach an adult to survive in the apocalypses than it is to teach a child. Its completely believable, plus hes got a chiky with her eyes on him so im sure hes eager to show off for her. Carl is going to end up being a ridiculously better version of Daryl. Small, Stealthy, Creative, and Aggressive. He has a lot of potential and between Rick And Daryl teaching him hes gonna be a BEAST! Keep your eyes on him.
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I was missing Carl in the review too.

Good observation, Carl is a full grown hunter regarding the walkers, but still a kid when it comes to other survivors.
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Yeah, but he's growing into the kind of kid Daryl was growing up.
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About Rick & Lori: I would love it that the whole distance between them would not (only) be about their past that we already know. I would prefer it to be about something that happened in the last few months when we didn't see them survive, somewhere between season 2 and 3.



Also, Rick's distant behavior might also be explained as a coping mechanism for their hard circumstances instead of personal issues with Lori. Perhaps it's too hard for him to be both a warm and involved father/husband and simultaneously being a cold blooded killer to protect his group. To switch between those two might just be to big to handle and face it, protecting his group is priority number 1 at the moment...

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Its truly amazing what has happened this show. While watching season two, I would mainly be on my phone and not paying attention, because I knew I wouldn't miss anything. Now I'm glued to the tv. Kudos to the writers and Glen Mazzara.

I think Rick locking Andrew outside with the Walkers shows where Rick is a lot more than him killing Tomas. Tomas needed killing, he was only going to be trouble. Andrew may have needed killing too, but to leave him to the Walkers was cold.

Ah Lori, how I have hated thee. She has been tolerable this season, which means on a scale of 1-10 she has gone from -100 to 1. I'm glad though, because my hatred of her was ruining the show. Even Karl has improved, he's helping out and not whining. Lori had a bit of cheek to have a go at the the kid since she didn't even notice he was gone. All the characters have been vastly improved. I nearly gave up on TWD and now its unmissable tv.
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Wow this show is SO much better than the show I remember! The writing and pace are totally improved-- I was clapping with glee when Rick took out that awful prison leader a mere episode after he was introduced! So glad they didn't pull a season 2 and keep him around to stir up trouble for a dramatic mid-season finale. So glad.

And Lori is also so much better this season. She's directly voicing the opinions of the audience now by discussing how awful she's been and worrying about death by zombie baby. I'm already forgetting Old Lori, because New one is is so much better that it even makes Rick kinda look like the jerk in their relationship. Lay off, guy, that was like 6 months ago. She has to give birth to your stupid baby in a ditch, I think you're even now.
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Looking forward to seeing Andrea again. She got on my nerves for just a little while, then turned out pretty awesome. Maybe it'll be Andrea and her friend with the leashed-zombies that spied on Carol, or maybe Daryl's brother we last saw in Atlanta.
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much much much better than season 2 so far
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So perfect....That is all.
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Is it safe to say that Rick is the one who knocks now?
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The thing I find most illogically baffling is how Rick can hold an immature grudge against Lori despite being in such apocalyptic events and that was when Lori had NO idea he was still alive b4 hooking up with Shane before. A family is supposed to stick together through thick and thin. Otherwise, a good episode, though not as intense as last week's.
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I agree, I was actually having a hard time remembering WHY Lori is supposedly such a bad wife/mother. A) She didn't know Rick was alive, B) It was totally reasonable for her to want a shmashmortion- it's generally a terrible idea to have a baby during the zombie apocalypse. And C), Carl's kind of a dick. It's not her fault he totally ignores her, that's just what 12 year old kids do.
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She's hated because she didn't tell Rick about the fling with Shane. Then she suggested to Rick that he kills Shane. She never took any notice where her kid was e.g. when Carl left the house and showed up to kill Shane. She didn't tell Rick she was pregnant, and was going to abort his baby without telling him (so family sticking together?) And then that stupid move of going on her own and crashing the car, on an empty highway, on a straight road.
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Don't forget her speech about women belonging in the kitchen, having their mens' back and what not. That was so over the top.
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I missed the part where Lori tells Rick what their son did on his own and then the talk between father and son about that. I guess they ran out of air-time...

The kid really has an attitude problem.



As Carol was a complete wreck when the show started, she is now becoming more and more a leading character. I like!

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If you're a kid in the Zombie apocalypse you either hide behind your momma's skirts until the Zombies have your guts for dinner or you learn to survive and that means you gotta have a little attitude.



Love this Carl, like Rick he is more like his character in the comics and that Carl has the potential to be even more bad ass than Rick.
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I couldn't get over Carl in this episode: the way he was right there to lock the door behind Rick; the way he drew down on Herschel (but had the cool not to fire at will); getting the infirmary supplies (here my husband and I disagreed: he thought Lori was being ungrateful, and I said that - as a mom - I probably would have reacted the exact same way). At one point, seeing the absolutely cold expression on Carl's face, I thought to myself, "I hope during breaks they surround this kid with puppies, cotton candy and cartoons."
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This episode was amazing! The action was thrilling, suspenseful and the unexpected happens! Lots of character depth and development along with drama and intrigue.



I enjoyed the story and it was hilarious to see rick walk in to the make shift bathroom!

Carol is becoming a vital contributor to the group though some of what she must do is gross and disturbing

I loved watching Rick break the news to the prisoners about the outside world. I too would love to see this as much as possible along with kick a$5 Zombie slaughter scenes.

Rick was awesome and though we didn't see his adventure I'm betting Carol is turning out to be just like his father and or Shane to a degree.

Loved the tension between Rick and Lori, but also the real feel of their interactions!

I can't wait to watch the next episode!!!!!!!!!
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I think you mixed up some names...



"Rick was awesome and though we didn't see his adventure I'm betting Carol is turning out to be just like his father and or Shane to a degree."
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This episode was amazing! The action was thrilling, suspenseful and the unexpected happens! Lots of character depth and development along with drama and intrigue.



I enjoyed the story and it was hilarious to see rick walk in to the make shift bathroom!

Carol is becoming a vital contributor to the group though some of what she must do is gross and disturbing

I loved watching Rick break the news to the prisoners about the outside world. I too would love to see this as much as possible along with kick a$5 Zombie slaughter scenes.

Rick was awesome and though we didn't see his adventure I'm betting Carol is turning out to be just like his father and or Shane to a degree.

Loved the tension between Rick and Lori, but also the real feel of their interactions!

I can't wait to watch the next episode!!!!!!!!!
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I was laughing my behind off when the prisoners fought they're first zombies kind of reminded me of the group in season 1.

Also was nice to hear Rick's speach on a world full of zombie.

Carl was sort of a bad ass. first time the emphasis wasn't on ass.

I liked the machete in the head of the lead prisoner, it showed that Rick finally has grown up in his role as leader in a strong way, Overall nice episode. great season so far hope they keep it up
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I was laughing my behind off when the prisoners fought they're first zombies kind of reminded me of the group in season 1.

Also was nice to hear Rick's speach on a world full of zombie.

Carl was sort of a bad ass. first time the emphasis wasn't on ass.

I liked the machete in the head of the lead prisoner, it showed that Rick finally has grown up in his role as leader in a strong way, Overall nice episode. great season so far hope they keep it up
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I also hate Lori so much less this season. She's almost a tolerable human being.
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Lori could single handedly solve the zombie problem, then cure cancer and she would STILL drive me bonkers. Two years of hard conditioning is tough to reverse.
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Lori could single handedly solve the zombie problem, then cure cancer and she would STILL drive me bonkers. Two years of hard conditioning is tough to reverse.
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Am glad Rick killed Tomas. I mean if he didn't he was going to kill Rick. I was so sure that Herschel was going to go zombie on us when he stopped breathing but am glad Lori stepped in and gave him CPR to save his life. And look at Carl going off on his own killing two zombies by himself to get those medical supplies. Wish they could have shown that scene. Seriously what did Lori do to get Rick so pissed? Please show what happened doing those 4 months. I wonder who that was spying on Carol? Next week is going to be good! The Governor comes into to play and Merle's back.
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I think it was Lori asking him to kill Shane then treating him like a monster when he did.
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If the one spying on Carol turns out to be Merle Dixon, then Daryl is NOT going to like it....
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they really are focusing on Merle "missing" Daryl I think in the end Merle is gonna cross a line and Daryl will have to make a decision between his brother and his new friend

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I think the major way Rick changed was that he wasn't going to let Thomas be another Shane, so when he threatened him he just killed him instead of giving him 5 benefit of the doubts hoping they'll live in peace. Also the way Thomas and Shane have acted will impact more when he's confronted by the Governor, since he won't trust, bargain or co-operate from the start and will instead refuse any offer, which will put him at odds with the Governor's ego and savior belief.
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Nothing but good things to say about this episode. Loved how T-Dog, Rick and Daryl all just stood back and watched the "prison riot sh**" like "are these guys for real? What did we just say about brains?" Loved Daryl commenting on Tomas' face while he killed Big Tiny "Just say the word." And loved loved loved the conversation between Rick and Lori about hiring divorce lawyers, the whole scene was great and for once in this series, I felt for Lori.
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Wait another week, then kill Lori.

[Fantastic ep, top 3]
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I love that Swat Zombie made another appearance!
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sweet....
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Two very good episodes in a row. This show has really stepped up.

I really like the new badass Carl.

I loved that Rick killed that psycho. He had proved that he was too dangerous, so it was the right thing to do. What I liked the most about that scene is that the moment that preceded it had me thinking about what I would do, and I didn't really realize that killing him was the *right* decision until Rick planted his machete in that guy's brain, and then it suddenly seemed so obvious.

I hated that Rick left the other one for the zombies. What the hell was that? The first kill let us know that Rick is awesome, and capable of making the right decision quickly, even if it's a hard one to make. The second kill just proved that Rick is as much of a psycho as the first guy he killed.
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Until that mouth-to-mouth scene I was like "Oha, did these guys just redeem Lori's character?!" But in that moment we had the old Lori back - so unbelievably stupid it makes you yell at the TV screen. Anyway, her character has really improved (along with every other character) - I have that feeling that she might get likeable soon.

Kudos to the writers for turning this series around, eliminating all the flaws it had and trying to make it better than before.
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You are not crazy. Lori has been bearable as of late.
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I remember last year at this time I was dreading having to watch Dexter and The Walking Dead because neither one of them were particulary good (TWD was okay and Dexter was awful). Boy can a lot change when the writers actually step it up. I'm no fan of Lori or Carl, but I no longer hate them anymore. I actually don't hate anyone right now, as I think most characters are doing their parts fine. Rick was MVP no doubt, and he has transitioned really well into his comic counterpart at this time complete with the "you cross me and my family, then you're a dead man" outlook. As gritty as it was, I was happy Rick killed that douchebag, and I was actually more shocked about how he handled the little black guy. I actually jumped when Hershel was brought back by CPR. Great episode all around, and it looks like next week will focus on the Governor.



(P.S. Wasn't there a mob of zombies wanting to get into the cafeteria in the last episode, instead of just one SWAT zombie?)
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Great episode and well reviewed, Tim! Might I ask which shows make your Top 5 list?



Spot on with the fact that I did expect Tomas to hang around and create trouble in the coming episodes ... he was as bonkers as Shane was getting in Season 2! And him being offed means they are not going to drag it off!



Could that have been Merle spying on Carol? probably a longshot!
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Am I the only one that would like the group to find the showers?
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During all this ep I felt like having a shower every 5 min... or at least wash my hands ugh!
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That could redeem Lori. And Beth.
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Potential has finally been met and I dare say exceeded for this show. Only time will tell if the entire season of stories will be as good as these first two but if they are it will be a crazy good TV series on par with the best.
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