March 5th, 2012
09:31 AM ET
[Editor's Note: This post contains some spoilers for the March 4 episode of "The Walking Dead." Don't read any further if you don't want to know.]
It was a rare moment of agreement between Rick and Shane on Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead."
The two decided that their prisoner, Randall, posed too much of a potential threat and had to die.
Most of the survivors, including Hershel, agreed with them. Dale was the only voice of dissent.
In the meantime, Carl wandered off, after upsetting Carol and being confronted by Rick about what he had said to her. He came upon a walker whose foot had gotten stuck inside the ground near a swamp. After taunting the walker, he ended up getting loose and Carl took off after a struggle.
The entire group met to decide Randall's fate, but Dale was only able to convince Andrea that the prisoner shouldn't be executed. As he left the room, he told Daryl, "This group is broken."
While Rick, Shane and Daryl had Randall in the barn that used to hold the walkers, Carl wandered in right as Rick had a gun pointed at Randall's head, and encouraged him to kill him. Shane escorted Carl out, but after that moment, Rick couldn't bring himself to do it.
After Rick announced that he wasn't going to kill Randall, Andrea ran off to tell Dale, and that seemed like it would be the end of the episode. Instead, Dale heard a dying cow, which he soon realized had been attacked by a walker – the same walker Carl had accidentally freed. Before he knew it, Dale was attacked by the walker and before anyone could get to him in time, he had his chest ripped open.
The entire group, save Hershel, came to his rescue. Once Hershel arrived, he informed them that there was nothing he could do. Rick decided to put Dale out of his misery, but again couldn't do it. Daryl said, "Sorry, brother" and fired his gun.
It was definitely one of the most shocking endings of the series, and Dale's death will have more repercussions than any of them so far. With only two episodes left this season, we'll see what effect it has. I'll say, if the show has a shot at an Emmy this year, it will be because of this episode.
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