Holy crap, Rick! Really? The former lawman’s decision seemed out of the blue and totally ridiculous!
You have to agree with me on this one.
What decision? Well, let’s get to it, then:
– After speaking with the ill blonde girl (who didn’t seem sick at all to me…) in her “charge,” Carol sets off with Rick for a supply run. It’s obvious Rick is terribly conflicted about Carol since finding out she killed Karen and dude no one cares about. Not a whole lot of time is spent on Rick’s feelings on the matter, though. We get a lot of angsty looks and a voiceover from the sick blonde girl about being strong and people changing. Then, when Rick and Carol are in the car together, Carol accuses Rick of not trusting her. Um. Yeah. Probs.
– Tyreese is trying to get himself killed. He’s convinced himself that his group’s (Daryl, Michonne, Bob, and Tyreese) delay in getting needed antibiotics has sealed the deaths of all the sick people at the prison, including Sasha. They come upon a minivan covered in vines that are connected to a building. Maybe it was a repair shop or something? Suffice it to say, there are walkers inside, and Tyreese tries to wrestle with one a bit too long. The others are like, “Dude. Stop trying to get yourself killed.” He’s all like, “Whatever. You don’t understand me! Nobody does!”
After finding stuff to get the van running, Daryl tinkers with the vehicle while Bob pours his heart out about being an alcoholic and feeling guilty about causing the helicopter to fall through the roof, leading to Zack’s death. Bob thinks he put a bottle of liquor down too hard, the shelf collapsed and then, the roof collapsed. Daryl’s like, “Shut up. It wasn’t your fault.” After the group finally reaches the vet college, it’s a fairly easy hop, skip, and jump to the medical supplies. Everything that Hershel wants is there, and they quickly gather the supplies and head out. There’s a quick aside as Bob finds a bottle of booze and stashes it out of sight in his bag. Okay, so here’s what I don’t understand: Apparently, they choose another way to leave the grounds, because they run in the hoards of walkers! And they seem to have been infected with the flu, too. Can anyone explain to me why they didn’t go out the same way they came in? It makes NO sense. At all! They end up having to bust out a window and escape onto a porch roof. In doing so, Bob loses his footing and his bag flips down. Of course, there are scads of walkers below, and they try to pull him down. See, Bob won’t let go of the bag, because that’s where he’s put the booze. But, the others haul him back up, and Daryl finds the bottle. They have a short standoff, and Daryl almost alpha males Bob off the roof, snarling that if Bob drinks any before the prison folk get medicine, he’ll get beat into the ground. Bob is ashamed, but tucks the bottle back in his bag and follows the group to safety.
– Rick and Carol drive to a subdivision and happen upon a pair of unlikely survivors. I say unlikely, because the man and woman seem like super easy walker bait. The woman has a turned-in foot — she said it healed incorrectly after being broken — and the man has a dislocated shoulder. Carol pops the shoulder back in place, and Rick asks his three questions to determine if the couple can come back to the prison. Apparently, they passed the test, because later, Rick tells them to stay put while he and Carol finish their supply run. He plans to pick them back up on the way out. But, no! The couple wants to help! The woman is fast despite her foot! And the dude is strong, too! Rick reluctantly agrees, and they decide to meet back up in two hours.
However, a bit later, Rick and Carol happen upon what’s left of the woman. Apparently, she wasn’t that fast, because walkers are eating her. Also, can we just talk about how they find her leg first? It was perfectly intact and just laying there. Dumb. Rick and Carol finish looting…er…looking for supplies and go back to the house to wait for the man. He never shows, and Carol thinks they should leave him. That’s the last straw for Rick! Carol has changed, he says! She’s terrible and ruthless, now! Inhumane! It was all rather confusing, really. Rick was upset that Carol made the decision to kill Karen and dude, so he determines that Carol must leave the prison! WHAT?! Yep. She doesn’t even fight him that hard! She argues a bit, but gives in WAY too quickly. They pack up what I guess was the couple’s station wagon with supplies, and Carol drives away.
Fade to black.
Excuse me? What just happened? Rick just kicked Carol to the curb! For all his pontificating about how Carol didn’t have the right to choose to end the lives of others, isn’t he essentially doing the same thing? Oh, sure, there were some lines in there about how Carol is strong and how she’d find another group…but, come on! And the pacing was totally off. I mean, you could see that Rick was thinking on what had happened, that he wasn’t happy about it by any means, but the whole thing happened extremely fast! He and Carol discussed it all too briefly. It was very unsatisfying from a story-telling standpoint. And let’s talk about it from a logical standpoint, shall we? This whole show is about survival, about making a life after life has ended. People are adapting and changing…but, don’t change too much or you’ll get kicked out of the group? I dunno. Carol’s point about acting in the best interest of the group is valid. Did she do the right thing? Probably not. But, is it up to Rick to decide that? Not according to Rick! But, I guess so…according to Rick. He took himself out of leadership, but now he’s making this kind of decision?
I think we’ve circled back around to the individual versus the group theme. Carol made the decision to act on her own to disastrous consequences: Karen and dude could have survived, and Tyreese is now homicidal and suicidal. Rick has made the decision to act on his own and banish Carol. What will be the consequences? Well, I’m thinking that Daryl will not be pleased, and he will probably go after her. Will the group fragment further? Will Tyreese set out to hunt her down? Will Rick lie about it, and say she was killed? If our show theme of groups are better had been played out, then Rick should have brought Carol back to the prison, and she should have answered for her actions. The group should have decided her fate.
What do you think? Hit me up in the comments!
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