Summary: Otis' funeral is held. Daryl continues to search for Sophia. A walker is found in a well and the crew tries to remove it but it gets cut in half and contaminates the water. Glenn and Maggie go to a pharmacy and have sex. Glenn gets a pregnancy test for Lori and she tests positive. Hershel wants Rick's group off the farm but Rick convinces him to reconsider.
The Good: I liked the follow-up with Shane as he was put on the spot during Otis' funeral. He clearly feels uncomfortable and perhaps a little guilty, so he isn't completely gone as a human. His mannerisms have changed a little bit as he's become more quiet and to himself ever since what happened. His character arc is obviously building to something.
I liked the pharmacy scene a lot. It was a welcome bit of humour and levity as a mistake from Glenn results in sex, in an organic and entertaining way. On a show as dark as this, the lighter moments are invaluable.
I liked the way the episode set up plotlines early on in individual scenes. After just one scene, the pharmacy mission, Hershel's conflicts with the main group and Shane's isolation from everyone except Andrea were introduced as conflicts to be explored in the episode.
The Bad: Unfortunately the episode didn't do a good job exploring these conflicts, as none of them end up accomplishing anything which felt important or meaningful. The character development was very low here as all scenes ended up being two people talking about the story. That isn't character development and it shouldn't be treated as such. It renders the setups moot when there is little to no pay off for anything.
But I want to focus more on the two people conversations which I think really destroyed this episode. The pacing was awful as there were probably something like 10-20 different scenes where just two characters would have a short conversation with each other and then walk away. To make matters worse, these scenes consisted of characters making a point and then leaving, allowing no room for character development or organic dialogue. It was repetitive, jarring and tedious to watch. In the end we were left to follow 5 different storylines through 30 second scenes which have little to no meaning.
There was one terrible storyline in this episode too and that was the well walker. So there is a walker sitting in a water well who has been there for god knows how long. Yet the crew decides that the walker would contaminate the water if its killed so they need to get it out. What? First of all, the water is surely contaminated by now just from the walker being in there, so who would take the risk of drinking that water? It should have been deemed contaminated immediately. Second, why send a living person to get it out? That's risking a life for no real important cause for the sake of crappy drama which feels forced into the episode because otherwise there would be no walkers in this episode. It's a stupid plot line, and it doesn't even go anywhere since there is no character development and the walker ends up contaminating the well anyways. And to rub salt in the wound, Glenn defies physics to get the rope around the walker, which I don't buy in any way.
We need to know more about walkers as a whole. The walker in this episode was apparently able to survive without nourishment in that well, and I don't understand why. We need more information to understand how walkers work so that we are more familiar with the stakes of the show.
So many storylines feel pretty dull. The Daryl/Carol, T-Dog/Dale and SHane/Andrea storylines don't interest me much d they didn't progress much at all in this episode.
The Unknown: Is Lori's baby Shane's? That seems ripe for some drama down the road.
How are these walkers able to survive? Why dot hey need to eat if it's not necessary for their survival? Also, how did that specific walker get so fat? Or was it just a fat human who died?
Best Moment: The pharmacy scene was probably the best part about this.
Character of the Episode: Daryl.
Conclusion: This was a weak episode. Not much happened and it was awkward and tedious to watch. It's okay to slow the pace down and stop plot movement, but there needs to be character development. Unfortunately, this episode has nothing for character or plot, making it genuinely boring.
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