The Walking Dead

Season 2 Episode 12

Better Angels

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 11, 2012 on AMC
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  • Episode Summary


    Due to an unexpected death from the previous episode, the group decides to get organized and secure the farm. A final confrontation between Rick and Shane is put into motion.

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    • what

      What should have happened in season one starts to happen, but ofcourse they have to use 2 episodes for such a major scene. Dragging along like a turtle.
    • Makes no sense

      Shane is such a badass, yet he let a man with a knife close to knifing distance, when he had a gun? Not even close to realistic. And how on earth did he become a Z when he wasn't bitten?
    • Poignant

      The first half of this episode was beautiful - a great tribute to Dale's memory. And then we finally, FINALLY got rid of Shane. And with the beauty of this series, we got to see him die twice, and there was no tenderness in those deaths. I really thought that Darryl or Glenn would be the one to save Rick, but in hindsight, it really was one of those deaths that needed to happen between the engaged parties. Splendid ending, as well, though I want to know why it was Carl's shot that drew them, when Shane also fired a gun.moreless
    • My Dreams Have Been Realized! (Contains Spoilers)

      I finally did a marathon on Season 2 and I do have to agree with most of the reviews on here, Season 1 was amazing but unfortunately for me I'm comparing the writing in this show to some of my most favorite shows ever like 24 and BSG the likes of which vastly trumps The Walking Dead and majority of Season 2 falls way short. Better Angels being the better episode of the season but I do agree wholeheartedly the narrative moved way too slow this season with so much filler especially in the first half with the searching for Sophia, OMG that dragged and dragged, once that story line wrapped then we moved on to Randall.

      The writers spent too much time on exposition and characterization, um hello writers take a cue from 24 there was plenty of action and characterization simultaneously with very few boring moments. I'm just glad Shane is FINALLY dead, holy crap he was getting on my last NERVE!! I do like this new twist of Shane and Randall becoming Walkers without even being bitten, like one reviewer mentioned perhaps the virus is in everyone already but only becomes active once the host is dead.

      I'm kind of leery about watching Season 3 but I want to get current on the show. The only reason I rated this episode a 9 was because of the Shane and Rick confrontation and how badass of way Rick killed his ass!!moreless
    • Zombies!

      What the hell happened with Shane and Randall? They became zombies after they died WITHOUT being bitten or scratched! This is such a cool twist!

      I wonder how they're gonna deal with the new herd of zombies.
    Lauren Cohan

    Lauren Cohan

    Maggie Greene

    Recurring Role

    Michael Zegen

    Michael Zegen


    Recurring Role

    Melissa McBride

    Melissa McBride

    Carol Peletier

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

    • NOTES (3)

      • This episode marks the last appearance of Jon Bernthal (Shane Walsh) as a series regular, although he is still listed in the main credits in the next episode.

      • Viewership: 6.8 million (top cable show for March 11th. The second showing brought in 1.8 million).

      • Original International Air Dates:
        United Kingdom: March 16, 2012 on FX/FX HD
        Sweden: March 18, 2012 on Kanal 11
        Finland: August 19, 2012 on Fox
        Slovakia: August 22, 2012 on JOJ Plus
        Czech Republic: December 10, 2012 on Prima COOL
        Turkey: December 23, 2012 on CNBC-e

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Better Angels:
        The title comes from Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address on March 4th, 1861.
        We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.