This episode opens with walkers leaving the city in what an only be described as a herd, to head towards Hershel’s farm. They stop when they hear a gunshot and start moving towards Rick and Carl. Daryl returns to the farm and tells the rest of them that they found Randal and that he had become a walker. Daryl tells them that Shane and Randal’s footprints were right on top of each, and that means that they were together. Since Shane was most certainly not a tracker, this means that Shane killed Randal.
As Carl asks Rick how Shane died, Rick turns his head when he hears the walkers. The two of them make a run for the barn. Inside, Hershel demands that they cut the lights, as Daryl points out that a herd that size will take the house done. Maggie and Hershel start loading weapons, and he says, “this is my farm, I’ll die here.” Daryl expresses surprise at the way that Maggie handles a gun, but she reminds him that she grew up on a farm. It was brief moment, but it was still nice to see a woman behave in a competent manner.
Inside, Lori finally notices that Carl is missing. You would think that living through a zombie apocalypse would be enough to make one keep a close eye on one’s child. Carl and Rick climb up into the rafters and then drop a lighter, setting the zombies on fire. Outside, the others get into their vehicles and drive around killing as many walkers as they can. Even on fire, the zombies continue to try and climb the steps.
The fire is working to distract the zombies, but when Jamie drives over to help Rick and Carl off the roof, he is bitten and eaten alive. Carl and Rick run into the woods, as Carol and Lori panic about not being able to find Carl. Hershel is standing on the lawn empting his rifle and he ignores Lori as she tells him that it is time to go. The others jump into vehicles to escape, and it is only when Rick shoots a walker intent devouring Hershel, that he is finally convinced to give up his farm. In the process, Andrea and Carol are left behind, but fortunately for Carol, Daryl waited on the sidelines until he could pick her up. To be honest, I was absolutely shocked to see Hershel live through this season.
Maggie and Glenn are driving away from the farm, and Maggie is clearly freaking out. She keeps talking about wanting to return to the farm to look for survivors, but Glenn assures her that there is nothing to go back for. Part of the reason this is so overwhelming for Maggie, is because this is the first time she has seen how bad this new world is. Glenn tells her that he loves her, and that he should have said it a long time ago.
The Walking Dead, Season Two, Episode 13: Beside the Dying Fire
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