The Walking Dead

Season 2 Episode 13

Beside the Dying Fire

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 18, 2012 on AMC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The last shot from the previous episode alerts a nearby zombie horde to the survivors. In the ensuing chaos, the group is fractured and loyalties questioned.

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  • last reviewer is so right

    you just have given the episode too high rating.

    I mean this is so full of cliches its laughable, but it matches the "oh the walking dead is so intelligent" fans IQ. This show has become a repetition of itsself, and they have no belief in the show or guts to kill of main characters.
  • Gah, more stupidity.

    1. We're supposed to believe that Glenn, or in fact any of them, can now shoot at a small moving target, at night, whilst hanging out of a moving car?

    2. Rather than have the RV pause for 1 second and no more to pick up Rick and son onto the roof, it STAYS put for no reason, the driver gets OUT of his seat, and allows walkers to break in?

    3. Why are they wasting ammo when they can drive around in circles running them over?

    4. How come they never, ever miss a shot, no matter the distance?

    5. Rather than driving with gauge in the red, how about siphoning some fuel from the dozens of cars surrounding them?

    6. How come all the gunshots before now haven't attracted all those walkers?

    One redeeming thing: Andrea in the forest? Tough as nails. And her mysterious saviour? Love it.

  • Not a Democracy

    Small losses, considering the size of that herd. And I've had just about enough of Lori. Telling Rick that Shane was dangerous and then getting all righteous when Rick eliminated the threat. Figure out what it is you want - a little consistency is all I ask. I rather enjoy that Hershal has joined the roaming group; he's probably just replacing Dale as the token old person, but I really want to see him out of his farm element. As for Andrea... much rather would have preferred she die, but then we'd have to give someone else up to meet the other group. Decent finale.moreless
  • YES!!


    Also RIP Dale's RV.
  • 2x13 - Beside the Dying Fire

    Now this is the kind of episode that I like! Plenty of action, the entire group being fractured but then also reforming, Andrea's badass survival skills (I'd have died way before she got so tired) and seeing the glimpse of a new character sure got my attention.

    I do wonder though, from the last scene with the group, if Rick is beginning to lose it. I think killing Shane had broken something inside him. I hope to see that show up in the next season.moreless
James Allen McCune

James Allen McCune


Recurring Role

Emily Kinney

Emily Kinney

Beth Greene

Recurring Role

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Hershel Greene

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: the front (& likely rear) tire on Daryl's bike changes from a dirt bike tire (when on the farm) to a street tire (outside of the farm)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Rick: (adressing the group)I know it looks bad, we've all been through hell and worse but at least we found each other. I wasn't sure, I really wasn't but we did, we're together, we keep it that way. We'll find shelter somewhere, there's gotta be a place.
      Glenn: Rick look around, ok, there's walkers everywhere. They're migrating or something.
      Rick: There's got to be a place, not just where we hold of but we fortify, hunker down, pull ourselves together, build a life for eachother. I know it's out there we just have to find it.

    • Hershel: You can go if you want.
      Daryl: You gonna take 'em all on?
      Hershel: We have guns. We have cars.
      Andrea: Kill as many as we can, and we'll use the cars to lead the rest of them off the farm.
      Daryl: Are you serious?
      Hershel: This is my farm. I'll die here.
      Daryl: All right. It's as good a night as any.

    • Rick: Where'd you find everyone?
      Daryl: Well, those guys' tail lights zigzagging all over the road -- figured he had to be Asian, driving like that.
      Glenn: (chuckles) Good one.

    • Rick: You're a man of God. Have some faith.
      Herschel: I can't profess to understand God's plan. Christ promised the resurrection of the dead. I just thought he had something... a little different in mind.

    • Carl: (walking in the field away from Shane's body) What happened? You guys attacked? I mean, I..I heard a gunshot but I didn't see any Walkers nearby. (a pause) How did Shane die?
      Rick: (Stops walking and looks at Carl trying to figure what to say. Hears noises and see a horde of Walkers coming their way.)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Due to the cold night when the episode was taped, the breath of the actors who played the zombies was visible even though zombies aren't warm and don't breath. The VFX crew removed the breath using CGI during post-production.

    • Credit: Jon Bernthal's name appears in the episodes opening credits, even though Bernthal does not appear in the episode.

    • Location: The final scene is at Elders Mill Road in Senoia, GA. The stone structures that the characters took refuge in were from a mill that once stood there. The Elder family owned the mill and surrounding land for over 130 years before selling it in the late 1950's/early 1960's.

    • Viewership: 8.9 million (top show for cable on March 18th)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 23, 2012 on FX/FX HD
      Sweden: March 25, 2012 on Kanal 11
      Slovakia: August 22, 2012 on JOJ Plus
      Finland: August 26, 2012 on Fox
      Czech Republic: December 17, 2012 on Prima COOL
      Turkey: December 30, 2012 on CNBC-e