watch your step
by Brett Vitukevich
The confrontation, the formed relationships, the torn ones, it all revolves around a world filled with walking corpses; and the only way to survive is to compromise with one another. Or to fight your way through whoever comes between you and your life. Infested with horror, suspense, and drama; this episode had everything fans wanted.
The Walking Dead, the acclaimed television series, ended its second season last night, leaving me breathless from the scenes of zombie action, to the wonderful acting of every character. I watched this episode with awe, from the beginning of the epic battle between the thirteen survivors and the heard of walkers, to the middle where they all reunite with one another, and to the end where most have questions about Andrea’s savior, and the building that’s just across the way.
After killing Shane (Jon Bernthal), twice, the father and son duo, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) walk weak and confused back to the others. While Rick tries to come to an understanding of the actions that he had just done, Carl, now appearing to be following in his father’s footsteps, asks curiously “How did Shane die?” Before Rick can answer, the distant sound of moaning erodes from the darkness behind them.
It’s a matter of surviving. Everyone risked their lives by grabbing a gun and joining in on the rampage. Daryl (Norman Reedus) drives around on his motorcycle putting a bullet into the brain of every walker in his sight. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and T-Dog (Irone Singleton) take part in driving as Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Andrea (Laurie Holden) blast away many as they hang out the passenger windows. And Hershel suddenly formed into a total badass as he dropped walker, after walker, with a shot gun. After the massive fight scene, they all made the risky decision to disperse from the farm, hoping that they would all find each other again.
Rick tells the truth about Shane; how he killed him for the group, but his wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) couldn’t understand, so she pushes him away in anger. We also find out the secret that Dr. Jenner whispered into Rick’s ear back in the first season, “We’re all infected. Whatever it is, we all carry it.” Rick finally came to a conclusion that there is no safety, that there is no hope, that there are no rules. Rick firmly states at the end of the episode that “This isn’t a democracy anymore.”
So this season left many questions for the viewers. For fans of the graphic novels, you may already know the answers, but for those who haven’t sat and read the books, then what do you think will happen? What’s going to happen to Andrea? Who is the mysterious hooded person with the sword and the pet walkers? And is that building aligning the horizon a safe haven for the group, or is it just another infested obstacle that stands in their way?
After viewing the season finale of this zombie opus, I am left feeling like a walker that found what it needs; I had consumed what I was looking for, and I am satisfied. It’s going to be a long wait until the third season, but when it’s time for the next sixteen episodes of this tour-de-force to come, many hardcore zombie-loving fans will continue to watch with satisfaction, and enjoy the shocking phenomenon that is The Walking Dead.