February 20th, 2012
05:48 PM ET
Now this is the episode they should have returned with.
Sure, the revelation of Sophia's fate was a nice cliffhanger for the fall finale, but "The Walking Dead" should have come back guns-a-blazing, which is what we got on Sunday night's episode, instead.
First, we revisited Lori, several hours after her car flipped over and crashed, with two walkers attempting to get to her through the car windows.
One of them starts peeling his own skin off to get to her, so it's just jaws coming at her, reminiscent of "Alien." Somehow Lori was able to get away, even when another walker came up right behind her (I have a feeling she took some martial arts at some point).
In case that wasn't enough gore for you, we had Rick, Glenn and Hershel trapped inside the bar where Rick had just killed two mysterious strangers, who were causing trouble. It seemed that some of their friends were outside, with one of them getting eaten alive after being shot by Hershel.
A second man, whom we later found out to be named Randall, had his leg stuck on the spire of a gate. Before Hershel could saw off his leg, or put him out of his misery, so the walkers don't get him, Glenn and Rick were quickly overwhelmed by the approaching swarm, so Rick yanked his leg off the gate.
After the first third of the episode was basically wall-to-wall squick moments, everyone returned to the barn, and Shane wasn't exactly happy that he no longer has the run of the place.
When Lori returned, Shane let slip to one and all that she's expecting, including Carl.
Carl took it well (though it's revealed that he never had "the talk" so has no reason to suspect Shane is the father), but Shane is still under the assumption that he might still have a hand in raising the child.
Lori revealed to Shane that Rick knows the truth about them, and also grilled him about that night with Otis, so that doesn't exactly calm him down. (Neither does Hershel laying down the law when Shane objected to the idea that the group would nurse Randall back to health.)
Andrea, however, is still team Shane, as he told her that they were the only two who fully understood that no one is to be trusted in this situation.
Dale, of course, continued to sound the warning bells about Shane, and Lori finally told Rick that he's dangerous. With a look of realization and determination on Rick's face, it seemed that a showdown between the two is imminent, and I have to wonder if Shane will last the season.
Do you agree? Did you like this week's zombie-filled scenes? Do you want more great scenes between Daryl and Carol like the ones we've seen in the last two weeks? Share your thoughts on iReport or comment below.
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