We start “Chupacabra” with a flashback set on the highway, with all the cars stuck on the road. Carol tells Lori they have plenty of food, but Ed tells Carol not to let anyone know. Man, even in post-mortem flashback, Ed is a jackass.
Shane and Lori see military helicopters napalm-bombing the city. That explains why everyone was content to be living in the woods, I guess. The woods might be a little bit cold, but still preferable to getting firebombed.
Back in the present, Carol tells Lori they want to make dinner for Herschel and his family. Rick sets everyone up to go searching for Sophia, and Daryl tells about the time he saw a chupacabra while hunting.
That’s a good way to remind everyone that while Daryl has been quite an asset to the survivors, he does have a history as a crazy country guy with an even crazier meth-head brother.
Shane says…something. Not sure what. Has anyone else noticed that in the flashbacks, Shane is lucid and clear. In the present, he talks like a backwoods Deliverance hill-person? It’s like the season two stage directions for Shane’s character read “1) Mumble like Boomhauer, and 2) Take off your shirt.”
Shane and Rick go out looking for Sophia, and wind up in a discussion about women they had sex with in high school. Shane claims to have had the girls’ volleyball coach, which is one of those things that’s only funny if the genders match up like that. Reversed, and it’s still a problem even in a post-zombie apocalypse world.
Shane tells Rick that Sophia is probably dead, and they’re wasting time looking for her.
Daryl is hunting on horseback, and he winds up thrown into a creek with one of his own arrows stuck through his side. He gets almost all the way to the top, but falls back again with the arrow still through him. Man, that’s got to hurt. If they’re trying to show us how tough Daryl is, it’s working.
Rick and Hershel talk, as he isn’t happy about Daryl taking one of his horses. Or Rick letting one of Hershel’s people go looking for Sophia without his permission. Or anything, really. Hershel has much-needed doctor skills, but he’s really turned into the “You kids get off my lawn” guy of the post-zombie world.
Daryl sees his older brother Merle, in what we hope and assume is a hallucination. Merle is probably a scarier myth than the chupacabra at this point, anyway. Daryl comes to with a zombie chewing on his boot, which gives him the adrenaline boost to wake up. He kills one zombie, then rips the arrow out of his own body to shoot a second one. He makes himself a necklace of zombie ears just to remind himself that he is, indeed, a badass.
When Daryl gets almost all the way to the top, Merle reappears in another hallucination. At this point, Daryl is right up there with Dexter Morgan in terms of carrying on conversations with dead people.
Hershel somehow finds fault with the other survivors making dinner for them. Man, if they offer to play Yahtzee with him, Hershel might go completely nuts.
(For part two of this article, please click here.)
— Reid Kerr hopes Carl is okay, since they didn’t mention him. Follow Reid on Twitter.