Pretty solid episode of The Walking Dead this week. I will say that I think Rick’s decision to go back to get Merle is a very stupid one and he should have just stayed in camp and helped protect everyone. I understand that he’s got a moral obligation to not leave a man to die, but Merle is a prick and so is his brother and I really don’t like them. If you’ve read the graphic novels then you’re probably aware that the character of Merle and Daryl weren’t a part of the story. They seem to have been thrown in to add some tension to the group, but I think there’s enough of that now that Rick is back with his wife and kid leaving Shane to the wayside.
Talk about an emotional moment… When Rick realized that Lori and Carl were part of the camp that he ended up with it was a highly emotional moment as well as an awkward one if you’re Shane. One minute you think your best friend is dead so you bang his wife and become a father figure to his son and the next minute your best friend is alive and you have to completely dissolve any relationship with his family that you may have had. I can’t imagine how hard that is on Shane especially since there aren’t too many people left in the world to make that sort of connection with anymore.
Almost as fast as Rick, Lori and Carl are reunited, Rick decides that he has to go back to Atlanta to get Merle as well as retrieve the bag of guns that he left in the street. He doesn’t necessarily need the guns, but the walkie talkie that he left in the bag is connected to Morgan Jones and his son whom Rick told to meet him in Atlanta in a couple of days. Rick doesn’t want them to land in the same situation that he did when he went to Atlanta so he needs to retrieve the walkie so he can warn them.
Four men set off back to Atlanta, Rick, Daryl, T-Dog and Glenn, in search of the bag of guns and Merle. Of course when they get to the roof where Merle is supposed to be, he’s gone. He managed to snag the hacksaw with his belt, which we saw at the beginning of the episode, and hacked off his hand in order to escape the handcuffs. So we’ll see what happens next week when/if they finally find Merle. I honestly hope he gets killed off soon. As much as I don’t mind Michael Rooker, the Merle character is beginning to wear thin.
So what did you guys think of this weeks episode? How are you liking the show so far? Personally I’m sad that the first season is only 6 episodes, but thankful that it got picked up for a 2nd season of 13 episodes!