November 15th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead" featured that long-awaited moment where Rick finally reunited with his family, who thought he was dead. It was every bit as emotional as one might expect.
Meanwhile Shane, who was involved with Rick's wife, Lori (not to mention seeing his de facto leadership of the camp threatened), reacted in as poorly a manner as possible.
After the thrills of fighting off a horde of zombies in Atlanta, Glenn showed up in his sports car only to be yelled at for leaving the car alarm on and seeing it raided for spare parts. The realities of the camp hit the survivors hard, and it looked as though some of them were more of a threat to each other than any "walker."
Not that the zombies weren't getting disturbingly close to camp – one of them was discovered (and later beheaded) while having a deer for lunch nearby, a sign that they were getting desperate for food and might make more appearances there soon.
When Rick was reminded that they had left Merle handcuffed to the top of the building, he had to go back for him, a decision that almost nobody in the camp supported. Rick bolstered his decision by telling Shane of the ammo nearby, and brought Glenn and two others with him. So far, Rick has a lot in common with Jack on "Lost," wanting to play the hero as much as possible, sometimes to the detriment of himself and others.
Once Rick was gone, Lori told Shane in no uncertain terms - after he tried to continue being a father figure to Carl - that their relationship was over (Shane didn't mind taking his frustration out on abusive husband Ed).
So what happened to Merle? When Rick and crew got to the rooftop (after following the train tracks to Atlanta - interesting idea), it was pretty clear that they'd either find his remains or his hand, and they came upon the latter. This certainly isn't the last we'll see of him.
This episode was fairly plot-heavy, and it looks as though there will be a lot more zombie action next week. I can't say that there were too many developments that were unexpected, but the stakes have definitely been raised for the second half of the season.
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