My Sunday night ended in tears (literally) and I blame the giant Z-Bomb that AMC dropped on us! Holy. Shite. Dude! I was sad and disappointed with the way the Sofia mystery ended but this? Oh, I was NOT prepared for this!
I'm getting ahead of myself though.
Here are a few of "Isa's Thoughts" on the other things that happened last night:
- I'm glad that Rick and Shane had "the talk" or what my boss would call a "come to Jesus meeting". My only qualm is that I didn't think Shane actually wanted Rick to meet Jesus already but then again, I knew that Shane was a loose cannon so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. He's still a trigger-happy mofo though!
- Andrea is so the chick-version of Shane! I respect that she's so blunt and straight-forward but sometimes she seems a bit insensitive to me. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure whose team I'm on in the Lori vs. Andrea debate. They both have good points but I guess I'm leaning toward Lori's camp only because I do not and would never encourage suicide. If I were in her shoes, I would have taken the knife away too! Andrea is too "she'll do what she wants anyway" which would be fine by me if we were discussing tattoos and not death.
- Randall: To let live or not to let live? That is the question and this gal does NOT know the answer. Is the kid a threat? Of course, he is. Everything is a threat! But what if he's telling the truth? What if he really is just a kid who fell in with the only crowd he could find and they left him for dead? An execution for a crime that hasn't been committed is a pretty big deal!
What I really didn't like was the torture-technique they used on the kid. I know that's one way to get people to talk but I don't think they needed to go that far with it. He was still a person, not a punching bag!
- On a positive note, it was so awesome to see Herschel give Glenn his family pocket-watch. My fave line of the night might be, "No man is ever good enough for your daughter, until one is." Go get your woman, Glenn!
- The biggie: Dale vs. The Group
Rick & Shane's opinion is to eliminate the threat!
Dale's opinion is Randall is just a boy who hasn't committed a crime (yet). Where is their humanity?
Dale is clearly the most idealistic member of the group, but I truly believe that a group like theirs needs that just like they need the jaded guy, the practical guy, the tough guy, etc. His optimism was part of what kept the group grounded! They live in a world full of "animals", why become one of them too?
I actually appreciated that he wanted to get the rest of the group involved in deciding Randall's fate. I know that Rick and Shane have appointed themselves President and VP of the group, but it really should be a democracy. Dale was right to encourage a group meeting and if they vote against him, so be it! He would have had no choice but to accept it and move on.
Dale's need to remind the group of their "humanity" is like Lori's need to create some semblance of normalcy. Maybe it's not what the group wants but it might be what they need!
- The Finale! What the effing eff yo?!
*SPOILER ALERT* I'm including some spoilers so if you WANT to read it, just highlight the following.
Dale's death: NOT COOL!
There are other members that I would have considered expendable. For instance: Beth. I would have felt bad if she would have gone through with it. Like I said before, I do not condone suicide...ever! However, as a character/group member, she contributed far less than Dale. (Just my opinion.) I hate that Dale died feeling like the group betrayed him :(
As for Carl, he's going to be in a world of emotional HURT now. He's only a boy, but his curiosity and thirst for blood (because let's call a spade, a spade) is really what lead to a man's death. As the youngest member of the group who still has so much to learn, he is well on his way to becoming the most jaded and that's where I think Rick & Lori are going to need to step it up in the parenting department.
I think @JJiReads was on to something last night when she said that the zombie probably managed to track Carl's scent and Dale, silly man, really should have known better than to go traipsing around secluded areas at night regardless of what kind of weaponry you happen to be toting.
And those are my six cents. What do you guys think of last night's episode? Need to vent, rant, praise? Go for it :)