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TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD: Season 2, Episode 7: Pretty Much Dead Already

Madison Lintz, The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Pretty Much Dead Already Review. The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 7: Pretty Much Dead Already had the best ending of the series those far. Fantastic writing and a heart-wrenching ending. Jesus, I never saw that coming. SOPHIA! The group had been looking for Sophia Peletier (Madison Lintz) for six episodes this season and it turns out she was in one place almost the entire time. From watching the Talking Dead, I found that Otis knew a little girl (Sophia) was in the barn because he put her there. If he had lived and found out the group was looking for a little girl, he would have been able to tell them he had recently put one in the barn. Since Shane killed him, that never happened.

Dale Horvath (Jeffrey DeMunn) and Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal)’s scene in the swamp was very telling, especially when Dale said Shane belongs in this (the zombie) world and that he would rather die than be corrupted by it like he has.

Shane taking charge was absolutely crazy but it had been heading that way for the last three episodes. Shane wants to kill every Walker in site. He seems to lose all reason when they are around except the need to eradicate them. The others in the group, sheep, veterans of Walker combat, all fall in line.

Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson), his daughter Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), and the others from the farm are the only ones that see the Walkers as human, as people that can be cured one day. The viewer saw that is his eyes and on his face when the Barn Walker massacre began. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) screamed at Hershel to take the rope lasso, wanting to intercede but not being able to. The tension was excellent, Hershel on his knees as the group shot his Walker wife and his step-son, and people that he knew that had been turned. It was tragic (Dale saw it coming, which was why he tried to hide the guns) but not as tragic as the last Walker to emerge from the barn. That was a complete and utter surprise. When I saw that it was a girl, I thought it was just the girl in the barn I had seen previously. When I saw that it was Sophia, my jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe it. I am guessing many felt the same as well. Christ that was well-planned and executed.

No one could pull the trigger on her but Rick, Rick who takes charge when the need arises.

I can’t believe we have to wait until February 2012 to see the second half of the season 2. Very cruel but I can’t wait…though there is the comic book.

What did you think of the episode and its big surprise?

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  • Anonymous

    Let me put it this way, every Sunday night when I get work from DISH, I hop on a bus for a nice long rider home. I have been watching the entire season on that bus using my sling adapter, and not cone had I made a peep, This episode made me have several, and I fear that the bus driver won’t let me back on the bus next week. It was that well written and filmed that well, I never saw Sophia coming until it happened, and just like you my jaw hit the floor. I actually like Shane, he is confused, hurt, and determined to survive. You are OK as long as you are on the right side of the line, unlike Otis, who like you said could have cleared this whole thing up episodes ago. I thought Hershel hinted to Dale that he knew something about it last week, but from the previews, I could be wrong. The whole season I thought it was slow and it turns out that they were dragging me into the story to a point where I didn’t realize I was. Some of the best writing, directing, and acting I have seen in a television show.

  • I’m in total agreement with you except about the part where you say the season was dragging. I thought every episode had something to offer, whether it was action or drama.

  • Jason Surber

    See that is where I was kind of at odds with myself though, because I really did think it was dragging, but I think it turned out that those sneaky writers were draggin my happy behind into the story. There are times in the show when you want something to happen and it wasn’t happening, then all of the sudden in the last 10 minutes of the episode 7, it all comes to a head. It wasn’t until I sat back and thought about after watching the last episode again that I realized that you are right, and I was wrong about the dragging. The more I look back at it the more I realize that they were giving you all the back story and filler story to bring these people to life and to see the changes in all of them from last season to this season. I had initially though that Rick had told Shane “and to you” when Shane congratulated him, I think my mind wanted Rick to put that little smack out there to let him know, but again I was wrong there and he just said thank you as he was walking away. I was batting a thousand I tell ya lol. I still can’t wait for walking Dead to pick back up, February might be too long.

  • The pivotal moment would not have been as good if they had not been looking for Sophia Peletier for so long. The sneaky writers did their job very well.

  • Jason Surber

    They are ninja writers… We think they are not doing well until they make us realize that our mind was just blown…

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