Rick and Andrea are planning on doing a seach for Sophia, when Hershel walks up says that he needs his help with something. Andrea offers to help, but he says, “thanks, I just need Rick”. Can we ever have a moment on this show where women aren’t automatically dismissed?
The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode Seven: Pretty Much Dead
The episode opens over breakfast with Carol cooking. Why is it the male survivors can never make any food or wash a damn dish? Glenn gathers their attention and says, “so, the barn is full of walkers.” The scene flashes to the barn and we see walkers ambling about as Shane peers through a hole in the wood. Shane immediately charges up to Rick saying, “you can’t tell me that you are alright with this. We either get make this right or we got to go”. Rick reminds him that this is Hershels land. When Carol intervens saying that her daughter is still out there, but Shane asserts that she is dead which causes Darryl to intervene. Shane says to Darryl, “And if she saw you coming with your buck teeth, and ears around the neck she would run in the other direction”. Dale tells them that Hershel sees these things as people, but then Shane loses his mind again that Dale waited to say anything.
This one time I have to agree with Shane. Those walkers are dangerous and no matter what Hershel says, they are most definitely not people. He walks around outside the barn and attempts to brake the locks. Glenn approaches Maggie and begs her to talk to him. She asks him for his hat, and then puts an egg in it and cracks the egg over his head. He asks, “why would you waste an egg like that,” and she says, “I think it was rotten”.
Working on some math problems, Carl tells Lori that he is not leaving until they find Sophia and even then he does not want to leave. He tells her that he thinks this would a good home. After everything that this little boy has seen it really is no wonder that he sees Hershel’s farm as a good place to stay.
In frustration, Darryl saddles a horse to leave because it is clear that searching for Sophia is no longer high on the list of things to do, but Carol tries to stop him. She says, “we don’t know if we’re going to find her, we don’t, I don’t. I can’t lose you to”. Darryl throws the saddle in anger injuring himself, but when Carol asks him how he is he says, “just leave me be, stupid bitch”. Okay, anyone still arguing that he is a good guy?
At the camper, Glenn is sitting watch and finds Andrea loading up on weapons. She tells him that Shane wants a watch duty at the barn. Dale tells her that he does not know what is going on with Shane and that she may not really know him. She says, “I get it you don’t like him”. He asks, “is that how you wanna be, like him”? And she responds, “he’s not a victim”. Dale says, “you don’t know him”. Andrea answers, “Dale I need you to stop, you spend so much time watching me”. He says “you want to beat me up everytime I show any kind of concern”. Isn’t that just typical, he’s been policing her and treating her like a possession, but it really is all about him being the victim. There isn’t a woman in camp that he hasn’t tried to control in some way. She says, “I’m okay, things are different”.
Glenn asks if Dale is okay and Dale uses this opportunity to be relieved to get him some water, because he needs a second. Glenn asks him if he will keep watch and distracted he answers, yeah sure. Clearly Dale is up to something and it is based in his absolute distrust of Shane.
Hershel sits at a table when Rick walks in. He offers to help them out with the work and he says, “it’s my field to tend”. Rick tells him that he found the barn, but Hershel says that he does not want to talk about the barn. He then says “I need you and your group gone by the end of the week”. Rick responds that if they send them out there that they may not live. He says this farm is special and that Hershel has been shielded from everything that happened out there. “The first time I saw walker, it was just half a body with a head snapping at me”. Viewers may recognize this walker as the one that was featured in the webisodes. Rick says “please do not send us out there again. Lori is pregnant. That is either a gift here, or a death sentence out there”. Hershel says he thought about it and that they cannot survive together.
Outside Rick approaches Shane. Shane asks “whats it going to be man, which way does this thing go?” Rick tells him that they are negotiating. Shane answers that the clock is thinking. He says they know that there are about a dozen walkers in there, a stones throw away from where they sleep. He asks why he wants to stay there, when it’s not safe? Rick finally tells Shane that Lori is pregnant, and that they need to stay. Shane says, Lori is having a baby man, congratulations, but the minute he walks away, Shane turns to face the barn. It is obvious that congratulating Rick was extremely hard for Shane to do. No matter what he has said to Lori, Shane has not let go of what happened between them.
In the kitchen, Hershel tells Maggie that Carl does not need anymore of his help. He says that it will be hard and that Rick was being dramatic. He feels that they need to choose their own farm. Maggie tells him that all the farms are all full of walkers. She says, “Love one another as I have loved you,” when Hershel asks how Ricks people are his responsibility. Maggie tells him that he’s different. Hershel asks if this is about her and “the Asian boy”. It seems that despite his strong religious faith, his White male privilege prevents hims from seeing Glenn as a person. She tells him that his name is Glenn and that he saved her life yesterday. I was so relieved that Maggie called him on his reductive treatment of Glenn, She says, “things aren’t what you think they are, don’t do this. It’s not about me and Glenn, it’s about you, who you are and who you are going to be”.
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