November 28th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
Sunday's "Walking Dead" was the last episode until February, and it left us with a final scene that we'll be talking about until then.
Before getting to that, though, I have to say that the immediate repercussions of Rick learning the truth about Lori and Shane didn't really amount to much.
I'm sure that it will have an effect eventually (after all, Lori is pregnant, something Rick mentioned to practically everyone at the most opportune times), but it was a bit surprising.
Instead, the more immediate issue of the walkers in Hershel's barn was brought to the forefront by Glenn, in a most inelegant way.
Between his wife's pregnancy and the still-missing Sophia, Rick's reaction was to try to see things Hershel's way so the survivors could stay longer on the farm. Shane, of course, saw things differently.
Dale, meanwhile, confronted both Andrea and Shane himself over his behavior, telling him, "When the world went to s-, at least I didn't let it take me down with it." I have a feeling there are more confrontations to come between these two.
Glenn finally convinced Maggie that her father was wrong about the walkers, to the point where she told him it was okay to dispatch them. In that final scene, Shane not only killed two walkers that Hershel and Rick had wrangled to take to the barn, but opened the barn to shoot at the rest.
Andrea and Daryl joined Shane in killing the walkers exiting the barn - until the last one shuffled out.
In perhaps the most heart-wrenching moment of the series so far, that walker turned out to be Sophia. As Carol and the rest watched in horror, it was Rick who ended up shooting her in the head.
It's practically anyone's guess where things go from here, so I'm looking forward to seeing how much longer they end up staying at the barn, and who will live through the second half of the season.
At the same time, there have certainly been a number of disappointed fans out there (myself not among them), who felt that these last seven episodes were very "talky," with precious few scenes involving the zombies themselves. Whether this is to be blamed on the reported budget cuts or the loss of Frank Darabont remains to be seen.
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