It's been almost two weeks since the best show on television finished up it's second season. I was a little worried during the first half of this season that the show had gotten a little boring. There was definitely too much character drama and not enough zombie action. Who doesn't like a good hatchet to the head or arrow through an eye socket? (Daryl Dixon is the man!) By the last show, right before the mid season break, my faith in the series was restored. The slaughter (can you actually slaughter something that's already dead?) of the barn walkers and the end to little Sophie's plight was the best cliffhanger ending I've ever seen. I hated having to wait two months to find out what happened afterwards.
February 12th was circled on my calendar, in red of course. That was the big day. My favorite show was coming back and I was ready for it. We had a house full to welcome the walkers back into our lives....for another seven weeks anyway. The show that night, 'Nebraska', was worth the wait. What an ending! (Rick Grimes is the man!)
Add a whole lotta zombie killing action and some live person drama (ok, you do need some of that) and you've got perfection. We lost some good characters this season and some that needed to go. As much as I thought Dale could be a PITA, I felt bad when he died. Well, actually he didn't die. He was attacked by a walker that had been caught in the swamp on Herschel's property and little Carl, the pest, who chooses to wander around unsupervised with Daryl's handgun that he lifted from the saddlebag on the motorcycle, where are his parents anyway, who stumbled across the walker in the swamp and throws rocks at the poor walker, who never did a thing to anyone up to that point then turns chicken shit after pointing the gun at the walker and is unable to pull the trigger, all the while the walker is straining to get at little Carl 'cause he needs a snack and manages to pull one leg free of the swamp and sends little Carl running for home to change his undies. That walker becomes the one who evidently pulled his other leg free and made his way to the farm and ran into poor Dale. That was one strong walker! Poor Dale had his abdomen punctured and guts spilled all because little Carl won't stay put. That kid needed a beating, big time.
When everyone ran to Dale's aid after hearing him scream, little Carl recognized the walker who attacked Dale as his buddy from the swamp. Now, they couldn't leave Dale lying on the ground, in terrible pain, with his in-test-tines exposed so Daryl does the humane thing.......he puts a bullet in his head. He's so thoughtful and compassionate. So, we said 'good-bye' to Dale in the second to last episode of season 2.
Another time I'll discuss the last episode. This post has brought back so many good memories and made me very emotional.