To tell the truth, in a post-zombie apocalypse world, means to make already risky times grow even more unbearable and dramatic. There’s walkers in the barn and Lori’s pregnant. Way to go, Glenn. This dude cause quite a bit of strife this episode for everyone all over. Even the secret that has been long awaited to be revealed in dramatic form was brought about. However, during this continuous journey down that disturbed dark and twisted road, the reactions were surprisingly surprising. But what else would you expect from The Walking Dead? Happiness? Hell no.
Don’t ever tell Glenn anything. He’s got to be the worst secret keeper ever on television. He couldn’t even wait until the end of the episode to let the whole barn full of walkers thing slip, to none other than nosy old guy, Dale. Why do old people have to be so wise and nosy all the time? Still, who knows the consequences the entire group could have faced if Glenn hadn’t spilled. Maybe, none of this mess would have come about, however the still tragic thing about it is that we all know that barn can’t stay safely closed forever. Mark next episode as when all hell breaks loose. Hershel’s reaction to Dale’s confrontation about the zombies was rather calm, which I did not expect. When will this guy reach his boiling point? I’m hoping for that next episode. Hershel doesn’t believe in killing walkers. “They’re still people.” Not really, but whatever. I understand and saw this coming from a mile away, but I do not think I can see how it will all turn out, fatally for a few characters for sure. Maybe this midseason finale calls for a cleaning house. This has T-Dog, Carol and most of Hershel’s family written all over it. I like Maggie though. Especially with Glenn. Please don’t kill her.
Glenn and Maggie continue to be one of my favorite subplot additions to this season so far, and Maggie continues to realize Glenn as more than just this lamely errand boy. It’s not like the group recognizes him as more than that, but Maggie does. I’m certainly glad someone has pointed this out. It seems she likes him more than she wants to lead on, and we all know how thing like this end in this particular post-zombie apocalypse series. Her anger at her close call with the pharmacy walker proved that she is more than this random fling. I still hope she sticks around. I still wonder if she really believes her father’s beliefs of not killing the walkers or just simply following his drawn out path.
Still Dale’s badgering and pondering and wondering is making everyone rattled, especially Shane and Lori. They have reason to. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic. Sometimes it is best to merely mind one’s business. Dale’s confrontation with Shane makes me wonder what will we have to look forward to for the next few episodes. Will Dale be sticking around? Will Shane?
Shane’s abrupt sexual encounter with Andrea was long coming. All of the tension that built up between these two just within this episode, from the shooting lessons to their actual confrontation with actual walkers screamed sexual frustration. I’m guessing they both had no time to pull over on the side of the road. Besides, sex in a car in the middle of the road after shooting down a good amount of walkers…badass. I think. Good to see Andrea coming into her own as the brillant shooter she is destined to become. Might come in handy next episode…
Lori is sometimes rather dramatic and preachy. That being said, her concerns in this episode actually resonate. The surprising pregnancy and the reveal to Rick about her and Shane’s sex-fueled dalliances while he was thought to be dead and gone. All taken with awkward silence and disdain.
It was a great episode. That being said, here is what I am starting not to like about this series: It is trying hard to be a compelling character drama, but the issue is that nearly any of them are likable, except Daryl. Although, this particular episode found a way to pull it all together and give us some real character interaction (minus Carol and T-Dog).
With only one episode left to view this year, before the long wait until February of 2012, an avid The Walking Dead fan might ask themselves where the recent dark and twisted road will lead all of our characters in the mid-season finale. Nowhere happy, that’s for sure. But for keeping the tension high and characters on their toes, this episode, “Secrets” gets a resounding 5 out of 5 stars! Hopefully the same will be said for the mid-season finale.
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