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One quick shooting spree later, all of the zombies are dead except one…Sophia. Everone freezes in shock and sorrow until Rick steps up to do the dirty work, and kills her.
And that’s the final moment for 2011. The Walking Dead is off the air until February 12, 2012, and ended not on a cliffhanger, but on a heartbreaking moment.
What did we learn? Shane is getting crazier and crazier. Daryl doesn’t seem to want to be friends with anyone. Dale is still into everyone’s business. And when it really comes down to making the hard choices, Rick is still the leader.
On AMC’s “Talking Dead,” series creator Robert Kirkman pointed out Hershel mentioned to Rick that snaring the walkers and putting them in the barn was Otis’ job. Since Otis was shot and left for zombie-bait by Shane, he never had a chance to hear about Sophia and mention that he had a young zombie girl in the barn. In some ways, Shane’s caused all of this. If he hadn’t killed Otis, the survivors would have known about Sophia days ago.
Also from “Talking Dead,” special effects guru Greg Nicotero pointed out the zombies coming out of the barn weren’t as gruesome as most walkers. He wanted to give them more of a sense of humanity.
The whole sequence with Hershel’s barn played out differently from the way it unfolded in the comics, so it’s hard to say what happens next. In the comics, the barn coming open was pretty much the end of that plotline. Since the barn was opened and cleaned out on purpose, we’ll have to see if Hershel changes his mind about the walkers, especially since one of the walkers killed was his wife.
Rating: Nine out of a possible ten Alice Cooper phone-calls.
— Reid Kerr doesn’t care for barns, whether they have zombies in them or not. Follow Reid on Twitter and tell him if you agree.