So, I’d like to start with the happy news before I start with the sad, spoilers below for anyone who hasn’t seen the latest episode.
The happy news? For starters I was right when I told everyone I thought Andrew (the prisoner Rick closed the door on) was alive. The sad news? Rick’s cold decision had horrible consequences. Which I’ll get to, I’d actually like to start by going through all that occurred in Woodbury, rather than jumping between the plot lines.
In Woodbury, Merle hit on Andrea (why they never hooked up is a mystery *rolls eyes*), while getting info on Daryl and the farm, who he wants to go to (makes sense, if my sister were out there and I had a chance of finding her, I’d take it). Michonne examined the vehicles brought in and chose her words wisely when confronted by the oh so flattering Governor, who then was downright pleasant when sharing a drink with Andrea. who has now adopted the “let’s go TOMORROW” strategy. I know several people have good reason to think Andrea’s an idiot, I’ll still point out, that while she could be more wary and observant like Michonne, I don’t fault her growing sense of security.
So based on what happened at the prison, I think it’s fair to say that the meat of this season will be about the Governor and Rick. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but If I could have balanced out the pacing between last season and this season, I’d have had one less day at the farm and one more day at the prison.
My “Non-versation Starter” blog explains my attitudes towards Rick, I know he’s not perfect, and I understood his attitude, but his relationship with Lori was in his hands. Things finally go well as Hershel begins to hobble on crutches, a lovely reminder that Lori’s CPR (which I rethought btw, since Hershel had displayed no signs of fever or actual death) has saved the team doctor. Something that would benefit all of them, but especially Lori and Rick, since a very pregnant Lori, was carrying (hopefully) his child.
In the same way that everyone at my place pointed out that T-Dawg’s increased dialogue was a sure sign that his death was eminent, I should have taken the hint regarding Lori when Rick smiled at her. At first when the episode ended, I though the writers should have given Rick and Lori more time to repair their relationship, but rather than a lesson in love lost, they gave us a lesson in losing what might have been, and that hurts.
It hurts anyway for anyone who views Lori’s death as a negative thing. I do, but then again I’m also the only one in my group of fans who frequently defended Lori. I feel like telling everyone who cheered her death: “It doesn’t matter if you liked her, Rick was starting to again, so at least feel bad for him”. Alas, I am alone.
I think at this point Rick is having a meltdown that never would have occurred if he had just shouted at Lori like she wanted every once in a while. Yep that’s right, I’m bringing it back to episode one! Why you ask? If Rick and Lori had actually fought once in a while, at least they would have been communicating instead of Rick stuffing all of his emotions, changing him slowly into the emotionless robot he became, only for his system to crash, even if circumstances were more efficient. But that’s just my two cents.
The question now is will Rick ever yell at Carl? Not because Carl shot Lori (that makes sense) but because Carl’s hardening with this world, and that’s literally the last thing his mother wanted for him, and Rick knows it.
Finally, some other small change issues in this episode, first I find the swapping of characters a bit annoying. Two survivors for two prisoners just feels dumb. Also, the delivered baby looked way TOO big and way TOO healthy to have actually come from the womb of a barely getting by survivor in a zombie apocalypse, just saying.
Please leave some comments and tell me how you feel (yes even if you’re happy about Lori).