“The Walking Dead” writers did something in their midseason finale that most people would not think possible. They actually created a scene in a zombie movie that brought tears to your eyes. This intense episode of the “Walking Dead” finally produced Sophie, the little girl who the characters searched for during the entire length of season 2. This week’s episode titled, “Pretty Much Dead Already,” was the best from this show yet.
Herschel kept his wife, stepson and neighbors, who were all zombies, in his barn. When Rick and the other survivors found out about these walkers, they were concerned about the danger, but Rick respected Herschel’s reasoning behind doing this.
When Shane found out, he took matter into his own hands. He opened the barn door and let the walkers loose. He, Andrea, Glen and a few of the other survivors shot the zombies as they flooded out of Herschel’s barn. When it looked as if all the zombies were out of the barn, one last zombie appeared in the doorway, and that was Sophie.
Little Sophie walking out in zombie form was a tear-jerking scene, along with the moans of absolute pain coming from her mother. The gasps, looks of desperation, along with the crying of the other survivors just pulled at your heart strings.
While the other survivors stood in horror, it was Rick who finally put the fatal shot into Sophie’s head. The others could just not do it; you could see this on their faces. Carl, who refused to give up hope that his little playmate was never coming back was horrified to see her in this state.
Along with Sophie getting shot, the other walkers in the barn were Herschel and Maggie’s family and friends. While Shane took it into his own hands to finally kill the zombies, Herschel resigned himself to this and he didn’t do anything to stop it. He waved them on in horror, but you could just see that he knew this was the only humane thing to do instead of keeping the “sick” family members and friends locked up in a barn.
Yes, “The Walking Dead” has gore, which might detour sizable population from watching this show, but the writing that brings each week’s story lines has never been matched on TV. In “The Walking Dead,” the zombies are secondary to the story line; it is the struggle of a group of strangers who banded together for survival in a zombie pandemic. What these people do, say, feel and how they behave offers the real entertainment value to this AMC show.
Reference: “The Walking Dead” season 2 midseason finale