A short-lived reunion on 'The Walking Dead'
November 15th, 2010
10:30 AM ET

A short-lived reunion on 'The Walking Dead'

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.

What did you think? Did you enjoy the episode, despite the lack of zombie appearances, compared to previous weeks? Post your iReport video reaction, or comment below.

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  1. Tony

    hack saw is intended to cut metal....pipe to be exact...so.......before Id saw my arm off ...even with the flesh starved geeks clammering at the door....still would have gone for the threaded pipe.....maybe he did and the blade was dull....who knows but wow...what a seat squirmer!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe

    you need a special saw to cut through metal......quickly. but a hacksaw with a wood specific blade would still cut through that little pipe. Just take a bit longer. I'm pretty sure you'd try that before sawing your own arm off...

    November 16, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bella2441

    Oops..meant Hollywood.

    November 16, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bella2441

    It took me a while before I got the guts to watch it and I am glad I did. It wasn't what I thought it would be. I just felt bad that the horse had to die especially in that way but I had a feeling it was doomed from the time he rode off on it. ~Notice that Holloywood always kills off the poor animals in the movies for some reason..lol. Just as all phone numbers they give out in the movies starts with 555 🙂 ~. Anyway I love it and I hope they continue making it great and I don't lose my interest like some shows.

    November 16, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. sarah

    I love this show! I like not knowing what is happening next,I like getting scared and excited ,not just flipping channels to see whats on.If I want reality...I get up and go to work....

    November 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ja

    ppl who read the comic and are giving out plot details in this section are pretty crappy ppl

    i kno what happens so it doesnt bother me but why dont u let people enjoy the way the story unfolds the same way you enjoyed it when you read it the first time

    November 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    Why did he cut his hand off? I would think that the chain on the cuffs would have been faster and still left you use of both your hands.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury


      November 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      No it's not. He didn't need to cut the handcuff at that moment, just the small chain. That saw could have done it in only a few moments, in fact I'd wager to say under 5 minutes if he was really working on it.

      November 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury


      November 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • geo

      I know it's a plot line, but I was thinking he could have just cut through the small pipe that the cuff was chained to.

      November 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sunless

    i would suggest you this!!! http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    November 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |

    LOVE the show! finally seeing one of my favorite comics in action. and glad they stuck pretty close to the comic. and agree with cheefsfury.. Shane needs to die already. hopefully itll happen next episode 🙂

    the prison should be interesting as well

    November 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JennyFab

    Look what I found!


    November 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JennyFab

    Love this new show! I watched the first two episodes alone and my heart was racing the entire time. Love the fact that it doesn't say exactly what happened and when, leaves us wondering why and how. I could barely wait for last nights show and now I have to wait another whole week for another! Hope this show lasts!

    November 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |

    Great series, good story, and a heck of a lot of potential. Its a shame there are only six episodes left in the first season. Although it was a risky venture. perhaps a short season to start things off was a smart move.

    November 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rbmeoe

    I like this show!! Pretty good story line so far, interesting characters, good costumes and fx on the zombies, plenty of gore, blood, and guts like you would expect, but not too much to be the only thing they are relying on to make it interesting. Will be interested to see what happened to Merle and the father and son that Rick left in his home town. Should be really good now that Shane has been set aside for the returned Rick. I just hope they don't pull a "Caprica" or "V" and stop the show for several months in a row right in the middle of the season!! Caprica has already bit the dust and I would not be surprised to see V with the same results! You can't expect people to keep interest after months of being off the air, it just isn't going to happen!!

    November 15, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Hegman

    I want to know why he didnt try to start the tank ?

    November 15, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • heyheyhey

      some one posted in another article that it takes like 10 gallons of gas just to start the tank, not mention the technical know how required to operate it, i am glad they didn't try to go that way

      November 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy

      You can't drive the tank from inside the turret, which is where he was. To drive it he would have to get out of the turret, go to the driver's compartment, open that hatch, remove the dead/zombified driver's remains, and figure out how to start the tank, which may very well have run out of fuel days before, since it's likely they were running the engine to keep the weapons, commo gear, and NBC systems going when things finally came apart.

      November 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • geo

      Thanks for the clarity Andy. I was wondering why he didn't at least try to use the tank, but I had no idea he wasn't in the driving compartment.

      November 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    I don't see how Merle could be alive. I think it would take away from the "reality" feel of the series if he ended up being alive. He cut off his hand and the door was chained, so the only way off of the top of the building was to jump off of the side of it. How else would he have gotten off?

    November 15, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  16. Vicious

    you're supposed to say SPOILER ALERT!!! :p
    haha but anyways
    SPOILER ALERT – i hope he shoots him in the neck like in the comic XD

    November 15, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  17. DavidHalim

    Watched it on tv, loved it 🙂


    November 15, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  18. DavidHalim

    Watched it on tv, loved it 🙂

    November 15, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  19. Cole

    thats kinda stupid. like if people start just wandering around easting people I BETTER KNOW WHY.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  20. Walker texas ranger

    this show is so great in every aspect. just one question why did people start becoming zombies any ways.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury


      November 15, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Jillian

      Wow. Chill out cheefsfury. We're on episode 3 here. It doesn't need to be exposed in the first 5 minutes to make it good. Actually, if they did that, it would be bad. Give the writers a break. It's called a story line.

      November 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geo

      It will be cool if they start doing flash backs of when the hospital fell, when Atlanta fell, etc, and slowly unveil how it all started. So looking forward to how they play everything out. Best new series by far. Hopefully they won't mess it up.

      November 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjt

      They did explain it–it's an illness (ie either bacterial or viral) that leaves a nervous system intact and a hungry, decaying body. Cool! I'm sure more details will be forthcoming, but for now the sickness works.

      November 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Andrea

    I liked it...I don't think you need to be too heavy with zombies in each episode a lot of what I like about zombie genre is how survivors will act, will they work together or stab each other in the back and contribute to their own downfall. Even if I thought somethings in this episode was a little predictable Im interested in how Shane will effect things now and when we find out what happened to Merle.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  22. FRAN

    Excellent new series looking forward to many more! Scary but not gross and so far a good story line. Just hope they don't start getting to crazy with it like most shows do and ruin it. So far Love it!

    November 15, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  23. cheefsfury


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