AMCs The Walking Dead has been a hit for zombie fans since its inception. Now in its 2nd season, characters are more developed in terms of their personality and story lines are gripping. One of the principle story lines involves Lori, married to the main character, Rick Grimes, a cop before the apocalypse. Early in season 2, Miami viewers learned Lori was pregnant. Initially having decided to keep the pregnancy a secret from Rick, Lori came clean in the last episode when Rick confronted her after he found some ‘morning-after’ pills in their tent.
Cornered by Rick, Lori hesitantly confessed to not only the pregnancy, but to also having had an affair with Rick’s best friend when everyone thought he was dead after the zombie breakout first took the world by storm. His reaction to this news, was, in very ‘Rick fashion’, initially angry and then accepting. Contrary to what most viewers were anticipating, Rick was neither angry about the affair or the potential or the baby being Shane’s. In fact, he even went as far as to say he expected the affair would happen. As the star of The Walking Dead, was this sincere or an attempt on his part to diffuse the situation?
Keeping secret about a pregnancy and an affair with your husband’s best friend, can be a difficult thing to do. Living during the zombie apocalypse doesn’t make this task any easier. Was Lori justified in keeping the pregnancy away from Rick? In her mind, it seems the pregnancy would be something that might bring more trouble to their family and the camp in general. With limited resources and an emotional straining everyone on a daily basis, Lori appears to have taken the decision into her own hands when she took the ‘morning-after pills’. Perhaps if she were living in Miami now, and not during the zombie apocalypse, her husband Rick would not have been as forgiving?
Most women are excited to share their pregnancy, especially with their partners. Not only did she hide the pregnancy, but her affair with Shane was another bomb Lori dropped on Rick during their argument in the November 20th, 2011 episode of The Walking Dead. Each of these factors would, in a time other than a zombie apocalypse, be a deal-breaker in a marriage. Divorce would be the next ‘logical ‘step for many couples. Would a zombie apocalypse change these societal views? Would affairs and secret pregnancies be more acceptable, perhaps even new post-apocalyptic social norms?
Sources: The Walking Dead Website, ACE Showbiz
Tune in Sunday, November 27th, 2011 on AMC to see what the mid-sesaon finale holds for Rick, Shane, Lori, and the rest of the camp trying to escape the zombies and their many secrets! Check out Miami TV listings for The Walking Dead here. Know someone that had a secret pregnancy in Miami? How did it impact the relationship they share with their partner? How might it have been different if zombies were in the picture too? Do you know a Miami couple in need of some help getting past an affair or hidden secrets? Consider referring them to Psychology Today or Good Therapy.org which contains many listings of great therapists in the Miami area. Have thoughts on this article you’d like to share? Leave a comment below or connect via Twitter or Facebook!