This will look bad for Rick — and it’s so frustrating!
We find our favorite walker-survivors shortly after we left them last season. They had escaped Dr. Edwin Jenner’s (Noah Emmerich) attempt to “save” them all by locking them in the CDC to be burned alive. Now, they plan to head to Fort Benning. But abandoned cars and an over-turned semi truck on the highway keep them from making much progress. And then they are, of course, ambushed by a herd of zombies.
During the tense attack, Sophia (Madison Lintz) — Carol’s (Melissa Suzanne McBride) daughter — proves that kids really do ruin everything. She makes a noise, alerting one zombie to her presence and then runs away to get lost in the woods. Rick immediately goes after her, finds her and tells her to stay put while he kills the zombies who had followed. In a rather pleasant scene, he bashes two walkers in the head with a rock. Then he tries to retrieve Sophia, but the stupid brat had run away.
Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Rick try to track the young girl, but are unsuccessful. The next day, the group sets out again — but not before Andrea (Laurie Holden) has an intense confrontation with Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn), blaming him for not letting her die in the CDC fire.
There is a very cliched scene in a church — where Rick asks God to give him a sign that he’s doing something right — and Rick and Shane (Jon Bernthal) decide to continue looking for Sophia, while the rest of the group heads to the highway before nightfall.
On their way back, Lori defends her husband to Carol, who blames Rick for her daughter getting lost. I’m sorry Carol, but if you had taught your daughter better, this wouldn’t have happened.
Aside from Sophia and her idiotic actions — what part of stay where you are did she not understand — the biggest surprise of the episode came when Carl (Chandler Riggs), Rick and Lori’s (Sarah Wayne Callies) son got shot. (By an as-yet-unseen human. More survivors!) And you know that Lori is going to blame Rick, and so is the rest of the group.
But who is really at fault? Clearly, it’s Sophia. If she had listened to Rick, they wouldn’t have had to look for her and Carl wouldn’t have gotten shot. Simple math, people.
Also of note, Shane plans to leave, because he’s still in love with Lori. Lori — at her most annoying and Bella-esque — is upset that her husband’s best friend wants to abandon them. Honestly, I can’t stand her. How long did she wait between finding out that Rick was “dead” and sleeping with his best friend? For all I care, she can get eaten and we won’t have to deal with her whining.
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