Wow. Best episode yet.
And I mean it this time. I never thought I would say this about The Walking Dead, but this might be an episode to rewatch.SPOILERS
Aside from the obvious greatness toward the end, the episode had excellent character scenes and tasteful pacing, and I couldn't find much to complain about... which just doesn't happen.
Seems like they put more work into the editing this week. The opening sequence was one of the best they've done, and everything else was pretty much spot on.
I knew Rick had something up his sleeve in that confrontation. Quite a magic trick he did there... it was basically "keep your eye on my gun" and Shane fell for it.
Shane's content was fantastic (all of it)...
- It's deliciously ironic that Lori's attempt to reach out to Shane caused him to believe he had an opportunity to replace Rick.
- I love that Shane is the only person who found out where The Others are located but will not have an opportunity to share that information.
- It was especially satisfying to see him get outsmarted by Rick and Daryl in the space of ten minutes, and in his last episode.
The other big revelation this episode is that anyone who dies (and is not shot or stabbed in the head) automatically becomes a zombie, which I guess is something we could have concluded from the dead officers earlier in the season who were found with no bites. This would certainly explain the number of zombies. Is it something in the air, then? A military experiment gone wrong? Some change to the earth's atmosphere caused by an alien virus?
I haven't read the comics, so don't answer that.
And this brings us full circle back to the zombie fetus discussion. I hope Lori's pregnancy goes alright, because any
mother who miscarries in this world is going to have a seriously awkward problem.