'The Walking Dead': Holding on to secrets
November 7th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

'The Walking Dead': Holding on to secrets

Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead" won't exactly satisfy the "we need to see more zombies" contingent of fans, though it did include the most disgusting zombie scene of the season.

It happened after the survivors came upon a "swimmer" inside a well at the farm where they had been staying. Apparently he had even grown gills. (Points for originality.)

Anyone could tell that lowering Glenn down to get the "swimmer" was a monumentally bad idea, and I'm not entirely sure what the plan was once he was lowered down.

Once that idea failed miserably, they ended up getting him by the neck and tearing him in half, before his head was bashed in. So much for that well water.

But don't feel too bad for Glenn. His relationship with Maggie progressed pretty quickly, when they made a run to the drug store (but it was a "one time thing," she said).

Shane, meanwhile, after it was revealed that he left Otis to die in the most gruesome way imaginable, was asked to deliver his eulogy. But we have yet to even begin to see the repercussions from that act.

After Carl started to recover, Rick asked Hershel if the group could stay longer. He hesitated but obliged, as long as they continue to follow his rules.

And it wasn't too difficult to figure out that Glenn had swiped a pregnancy test for Lori, a test that would come out positive.

Much of this episode was setting up storylines that will pay off later in the season, but I can certainly see why the hardcore zombie fans might get restless.

This season has been great - certainly an improvement over last year - but this is the weakest episode so far (though it did have its moments, like Daryl's "Cherokee rose" monologue to Carol).

The big question still looming, though, is what happened to Sophia. If we don't find out the answer before the midseason break, there will be even more angry fans out there.

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  1. ohmygodjohntravolta

    Episode 7: "Pretty Much Dead Already”

    Episode opens with Glenn revealing the presence of the walkers to the rest of the group, who promptly proceed to freak out. Maggie becomes angry with Glenn for not keeping the secret and ruins his hat in retribution. Dale gives Glenn his trademark bucket hat as a replacement. Maggie later makes a plea to Hershel for the group to stay. She and Glenn also have an argument about the walkers, after which they eventually admit their feelings, kiss and make up.

    Rick and Hershel argue, with Hershel demanding the group leave within a week. Rick uses the my-wife-is-pregnant card, but Hershel’s not persuaded. Shane also wants the group to get the hell out of there because of the walkers in the barn, but Rick uses the same excuse to cool him down. However, Shane then becomes convinced that Lori’s baby is his.

    Dale takes off with Shane’s guns to hide them in the swamp. Shane tracks him down and demands he give the guns back. Dale points his rifle at him and threatens to shoot. However, he backs down at the last moment, since he has no wish to become like Shane: he reveals that he knows Shane shot Otis and lied about what really happened. Shane heads back to the farm with the guns.

    Hershel has Rick help him and Jimmy try to fish some walkers out of a nearby pit of quicksand and lead them into the barn with snare poles. He says the group can stay on the farm if they agree not to kill the walkers. They arrive at the farm about the same time Shane emerges from the swamp and hands out guns to other members of the group…

    Shane sees the snared walkers and goes berserk. He yells at Rick and Hershel as they guide the walkers towards the barn, with the rest of the group and people in the farm looking on. He pulls his sidearm and unloads it in the chest of one of the walkers, demanding to know “Could someone who’s alive just take that? Why is it still coming?” Hershel has no answer.

    He finishes off the walker with a headshot, grabs a nearby pickaxe and breaks open the barn door. Walkers pour out, T-Dog, Daryl, Shane, Glenn, and Andrea form a line and open fire. Once the dust clears, one more walker emerges. Sophia. Rick finally steps up next to the others, pulls his six-shooter and kills Sophia with a shot to the head. End episode.

    November 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Malik

    I suspect that the Producers are trying to stretch the material of this series into 3 seasons or more, so they over did the character developement angle in the past 3 episodes. We can all tell when the flavor of a usually strong drink has been dilluted, and let's just say that the first 3 episodes of season 2 TWD was Watered Down Walkers poured in the tall glass talk-a-vision. I did enjoy the epsidodes and many aspects of them including the acting. In the episodes in which Glenn and Andrea go to the pharmacy, the Writers/Director/Producers should have placed dead bodies, not particularly zombies, but just dead bodies along their route. I mean after all, the world has been destroyed by a zombie epidemic and being so close to Atlanta, there should have been corpses along their route. Also, the preamble scene of Glenn and Andreas make out session was done very creative. The two actors dialogue and Glenns nervous nerd respectability was perfect! I loved the zombie in the Well, he looked cool, very different. The storyline about the missing girl Sophia is where they go off real world reality. Kids go missing everyday in a world that is zombie free, and they are never recovered again or they are discovered dead. Sophia should be either found dead, Living Dead, or remain a miniseries mystery. The show placed us in the uncomfortable position of simultaneously having compassion for Carl, wounded by the riffle fire of a robust Rambow. And Sophia, who in a zombie free world would be on a milk carton. However, since there are no more milk companies in the free standing new world of Walking Dead, there are no more milk companies, no milk cartons and therefore no more lost kids to decorate them. Also, these survivors, this talented group of Ghoul groupies should move on from Herchels horror haven! It is like a zombie mini series filmed on Billy Grahams farm! Let's face it, after Gilligan and his castaways finally were rescued, we really didn't care, as they had teased the viewers far too long with ridicuous guest and scenerios coming back and forth. Let's just hope that The Harlem Globe Trotters don't come out of Herchels barn in Sundays episode, bitten and bouncing basketballs! We need to see the rest of the world and how humanity has been affected. So, lets recap. We are sick and tired of the farm and the woods. They need to show us other cities, other countries, and a few other groups of survivors. It is starting to look like the episodes of Andy in Mayberry, in which they filmed several episodes in the same patch of woods, shooting from different angles, yet we knew it was the same lame location. I hope that you WD Producers and Execs read this! Your show is wonderful, but it is about survival of an apocalyps and The Walking Dead. Please show more of the Dead soon, or the viewers will Walk! Malik Jubal

    November 21, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Walking Dead Graphic Novel

    having just watched the newest episode im left more disappointed than ever. had Daryl died that would be the end of me watching the show...i wish theyd followed the comic more closely...having added some characters is OK but changing everything about Sophias moms role sucks...shes much more interesting in the comic book...also keeping Shane alive and Carl a wimp is not helping...especially considering that the season will be taking a break until February in a week or so

    November 15, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. MB

    Remember that AMC cut the budget for this show. If you hate the way it's dragging on, email AMC and tell them to fully fund the program so they can give it the special effects and action that this show deserves.

    November 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ahrean

    Well the two minute RV scene alone sealed the deal as to Daryl being my favorite character. I'm so glad that Norman Reedus is given the leeway to infuse the character with as much raw, yet subtle emotional depth as he does. I get people wanting a banality of mindless zombie gore, but I prefer something that makes me think and care about the characters one way or another. I am very glad those that create the show are aiming it that way as well....one friendly bit of advice, keep Daryl around and alive. :)

    November 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Spaceman Spike

    DID ANYONE NOTICE: Last week Shane was wearing a necklase with the number 22 on it. This week Glenn had the number 23 on his shirt sleeve. What's up with that? Any ideas?

    November 9, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Charlotte

    Last years pilot season was fast and had to be filled with zombies and action to get a following. Now that they have signed up for season three, it is time to get those group dynamics into play; flesh out (no pun intended) the characters and get a little depth to it all. Be patient; the slow stories now will only feed and continue the gore and zombie fest that we all love :D

    November 9, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. ronnieboy

    I am bored. Too much lost Sophia, too much Shane and Lori dynamics, too much talking and not enough adventure. it better get better soon.

    November 9, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Charlotte

    I liked the episode. It hints of Sophia still being alive, an unwanted pregnancy and Shane stuggling with guilt. There always has to be a some set up to get a story going...be patient blood and gore lovers...lol.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brandt Hardin

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    November 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. memo to writers

    PLEASE stop with the woman who has to sleep with husband's best friend after a day and a half because she thinks her husband is gone. How about a little mourning?

    November 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gotta feeling

    I've got a feeling these "nice" farm folks are going to be harboring one heck of a secret. Is this where the apocalypse started?

    November 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. the_dude

    I can't wait for the real zombie apocaclypse to happen. I am counting the days.......

    November 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Delia

    I think the farm people are keeping a secret & thats why the doc asked them to move on. It could be that they have dead loved ones locked up in the barn & are hoping for a cure.

    November 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. michelle

    It is just another boring soap opera.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  16. mark

    OK people, here's the real scoop! First, they need to find Sophia, you can only milk that cow for so long before boredom sets in. Also, the FANS of this show want both tension and walkers. That's it. It's been really good script writing so far which puts it a notch above your typical zombie movie, but viewers wait a whole week before each episode. That means there cannot be one "Lame" show! Last week was kind of lame until you saw what really happened to Otis. That made it great. The only tension this time was really Darryl in the barn, and some of the well scene. First season was better so far. So to the producers of the show I say " You need to blow us away on every episode" We like deep dialogue, but the show is horror and needs to invoke those feeling in the fans, all the time!

    November 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  17. laqwanda sue

    This season suuuukz. Boring and dumb. Why are they even bothering to make a 3rd season? All of the leading characters are just annoying.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Crystal

    I fell MORE in love with Daryl last night. He's a bad boy with a sweet side. LOVE!

    November 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  19. evile420

    i think the barn is filled with zobies the old man thinks will be cured someday (he said somthing about humanity working past plaques in the past)

    shane is the father of the baby... please... GOD please dont let it be a zombie baby from the Day of the Dead remake.

    and if i am not mistaken the writer from the comic is writing this seasons episodes? if so that explains why it is so slow... comics can drag out a storyline for YEARS.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. pedro

    As a mexican I find it funny that you eat doooodoooo.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  21. selina

    Yeah. BTW I have heard through the grapevine that Carl is actually the father of Lories unborn baby.

    November 7, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Homie the Clown

      Actually the baby's daddy is Justin Bieber....he and Lori got busy in the men's room at the local McDonalds....

      November 9, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  22. Todd

    Really sick of this stupid Sophia garbage. They have been looking for her for like 4 episodes. It's ridiculous. I'm giving it one more episode to conclude this storyline, they either find her alive and well, as a zombie or move on. If not, I'm done with the show. It's getting WAY too slow.

    November 7, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  23. emmy lou

    The blond haired lady is a meanie. The old gy is just trying to be nioce and a good guy.

    November 7, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  24. Stephen

    So, did anyone else think that it seemed like Maggie knew who the "swimmer" was? There seems to be something strange about the farm itself. Between the lack of Walkers, the cows, the Barn and the crew being asked to leave, it seems like there is still a lot that we do not know about this place.

    November 7, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      THought the same thing. She reallly looked like she knew who it was. Also agree there is something off about the farm. In any event, the show needs to pick up soon, it's getting boring. And the Sophia story needs to be wrapped up one way or another this next episode.

      November 7, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlotte

      I agree...I think there is a problem with the far...why no more zombies when they are so close??

      November 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scuba Steve

      In the comic, the doctor has some "walkers" in the barn, one of which is his oldest son. As for the Sophia story, yea..they need to wrap it up soon...

      November 9, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  25. me

    I am not a Lori fan at all... I think she should tell her husband what happened between her and Shane when she thought he had passed on instead of trying to keep it a secert. It's okay though because now that the pregnancy test came out positive she is going to have no choice, unless she trys to pass it off as his which in that case would just be cruel but I wouldn't put it passed her character. Shane is another one that makes me so angry....what he did to Otis was terrible. I can't remember the blonde haired girl's name (the one who lost her sister) but I kind of don't care for her much either...I hate how she treats the old man. I really hope that they find Sophia though I am beginning to think that they won't... :(

    November 7, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  26. emmy lou

    The first season was so incredible. This one is just Zombie 90210. This season is just so disappointing.

    November 7, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • PDHZombie

      This season has been incredibly disappointing. The little girl has been gone forever, we've seen about 20 minutes of zombies on screen this season. This needs to be corrected. I want to watch "The Walking Dead", not a Lifetime movie.

      November 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Beautiful Vixen

    @xdougx, i agree with you. I was enjoying it more before they got to the farm. Need more action and zombies. I hope it picks up soon.

    November 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  28. chantal

    Maybe Lori was also sneaking around with a walker and it got her pregnant.

    November 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  29. Dr Spoils

    Hey how come no one has checked that barn yet? And how come the doctor doesn't have any children? Hmmm....i wonder what's in that barn? hopefully no zombie children being kept as a secret :-)

    November 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Lek

      Yeah.. this season has been pretty slow... Hopefully it starts to ramp up in the next episode.

      November 9, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  30. alecia

    It is female not femaile. I agree with the Lori haters. The actress that plays her is the worst. She plays the part as if she is from texas. A typical texas bttch that thinks she is above everything and her pooop doesnt stink. They should have pushed her into the well and left her.

    November 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • NAM

      I am so glad I am not the only one who cannot stand Lori's character. Men are fighting over her and I cannot figure out why.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  31. yeah

    100 percent dead on correct xdougx. This how is getting lame. Too much drama. Becoming just another soap opera directed towards a femaile audience.

    November 7, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  32. xdougx

    Another lame, boring, soap opera episode with one zombie scene thrown in for good measure.

    November 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  33. You're Right

    Yes, slade, you are correct. Not to mention I laughed that she looked at the pregnancy stick RIGHT after peeing on.

    November 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • happytam

      LOL I thought that too. That must be the fastest prego test ever. Get your results NOW!

      November 7, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  34. Worf

    There's so much wrong in this "recap".

    1) Glenn tied up the swimmer zombie. The idea didn't fail miserably.
    2) Shane didn't leave Otis to die. That implies apathy. Shane shot Otis intentionally. He was very proactive about Otis's death.
    3) Like Slade said, Carl didn't swipe the prego test.

    I don't believe this was the weakest episode. I thought's Daryl's search of the abandoned house was pretty tense. I think he is coming around as a character. In the first season, he was a dumb redneck. In this season he is just great.

    What you should be talking about is the previews for next week. Was that Merle? Or was it a dream. Will Glenn get some more Maggie lovins? Is it Shane's baby??

    November 7, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  35. Slade

    Wasnt it Glen who got the Pregnency test and they did not wrap the rope around the swimmers head but under his armpits which is why he ripped in half not just popped his head off??

    November 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  36. emma

    I missed it too. Did Shane go more crazy and Lori act like a btch that thinks she is miss everything?

    November 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  37. emma

    I missed it too. Did Shane go more crazy and Lori act like a btch?

    November 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  38. Zombie 2

    I dvr recorded last nights episode and havent watched it yet. Im going to try not to read the above article or too many of the post.

    November 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • happytam

      Then why did you even click on the article? Just so you could comment that you weren't going to read the article or the comments?

      November 7, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Kowalski

      Why the hell did you bother posting if you aren't reading this article, or have watched the episode?!
      That's like walking into a McDonalds and yelling "I'm not actually hungary, nor would I eat here if I was... but maybe I will try it someday. Ok bye." and walking out.

      But yeah, really hope this season ramps up a bunch... kind of a tame Doctor Quinn show so far this year. To much yapping about feelings. And the blonde suicidal chicks 'moody' demeanor every episode is getting annoying.

      November 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      What are you, the walking brain-dead?

      November 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ssups

      ID1OT!!

      November 10, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  39. lol

    seriously funny

    November 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |

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