I’ll be honest. I hardly paid attention to this episode until about ten minutes in. The notes I keep during the show will attest to that. I do not even have a particular reason, I just was watching it much like a walker would watch the show. Very dead-like.
I think it took way too long to get to this point with the number of episodes we were given—however, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. Despite having only six episodes last season, they dragged it as much as possible; ‘it’ meaning the pace. I’m not hating, but I’m just saying there is a flow to episodes that I just feel so far this season has not achieved. At all. And no, I’m not saying that making episodes flow easier and faster means adding in more zombie action. Please don’t misunderstand.
I do like what they did with Daryl’s character. It was about time they reminded us of Merle and Daryl’s connection with his brother; I mean, really. All Daryl has yelled this season has been, “Sophia!” Remember last season? It was all, “Merle! Rawr!” So I think they should have done this earlier, to be honest. I don’t think it would have taken Daryl this long to have doubts about his placement in this group.
OK, despite really disliking Shane, I can understand why he’s going insane. Lori gives him about 23947839 mixed messages every single episode, and I wouldn’t blame him for being confused and frustrated and wanting to leave the group. Lori just seems like she’s all over the place with Shane, since really, she is. She can’t make up her mind about where to place him anymore. Plus, well, she’s now pregnant.
Best music of this episode? Oh, my Lord! When Daryl got his swag back on, did you hear the lovely tunes? We need more folk influenced music.
It’s not even the fact that she shot Daryl that I’m so upset about. It’s not that I don’t want any of the female characters to be strong and skilled with the weapons. It’s the fact that she’s always, always, ALWAYS trying to be “one of the guys” and that’s never, ever going to happen. A quote came into my mind whilst watching the episode, actually: Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. She shouldn’t be trying to be another Rick or Daryl: she should become a strong woman for herself, instead. Stop trying to prove herself as one of “the boys” and be a dang fierce woman! Raaaaawr!
That pretty much sums up my thoughts on this episode. I honestly thought it was still just OK and the only exciting part was the end since the truth about the barn is finally revealed, but even then it ended there and made us wait a whole week to get into it all. Hooray for Sundays! Oh, but…
I pray that they do NOT go down the path of lovers for these two. I hope it does not go past that sort of Mother-Son boundary, but I’m now thinking the worst. It struck my mind last episode, too, but I was in such a hurry to just poop out that last entry that I forgot to mention this. No Daryl x Carol! The names rhyme, it just doesn’t work out.