The Walking Dead: The Infected

Posted on October 21, 2013

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Lauren Cohan and Danai Gurira in AMC’s The Walking Dead

 

Something occurred to us last night watching this episode. We honestly wouldn’t care if Rick died. In fact, we might even welcome the prospect. Then it occurred to us that, of the entire cast, which has grown considerably, the only people whose fate we truly care about are Carol, Michonne, and Daryl. Taking that sentiment even further, it took us a few moments to realize that we were actually a bit disappointed to find out no long-time group members got killed in the attack. We hope we don’t have to work our way through a Lost-like season where all the background or minor characters get killed and the people whose names appear in the credits every week miraculously survive each week.  This is turning into a bitchfest and we want to state right now that we liked this episode and think it may signal good things for the coming season, but allow us to work through this.

The major long-term failure of the (highly successful, it has to be said) The Walking Dead is that it never gave us characters to care about all that much and it left far too many of the named characters somewhat ridiculously undefined over the long haul (T-Dog being the patron saint of this problem). When it has tried to define some previously very vaguely defined characters, they pretty much wound up ruining them to the point that killing them off was the only option left in the story (Shane, Lori, Andrea, and even Dale to a certain extent, because he’d become insufferable). We can definitely see the bones of the slightly new direction the show’s taking this season; a new direction which is allowing for some much-needed character-strengthening and world-building, along with a deepening of the story and how it’s being told, allowing for themes and symbols to be deployed.  This is a good thing. A really good thing, in fact.

But the writers are working like crazy to shoot their symbolism wad (so to speak) all over Rick and by extension, Carl, drowning the audience in the whole “Is he a lawman or a farmer?” question by having people constantly focus on – of all things – the items of clothing Rick and Carl are wearing, as if symbols are what’s on everyone’s mind in a world where 90% of the population died off a few years ago. “Why aren’t you wearing your hat?” Who the hell cares? Why are you all sleeping soundly through a zombie attack at night? Why not ask that question?

But the point is being made, of course, that Rick, and by extension, the entire community he’s silently leading (while modestly claiming he’s not because he’s So Tortured By His Actions) are all just getting too darn comfortable and fat, living high on the hog in their luxury prison. It’s a theme all right. It’s just a theme we don’t much find interesting or believable at this point. We’ve pretty much covered the “The world has changed and people need to change with it to survive” concept on this show so this deeper examination of it doesn’t entice us.

Bottom line: Rick bores the hell out of us and we cared more for the poor little piglets he was slaughtering (in a plan that had us howling at the screen since it left every single walker outside the fence alive) than for his angst over having to carry a gun. Think about that: last night’s episode dealt with how upsetting Rick found it to spill blood and carry a gun. Seriously, people? At this stage in the game that kind of thinking only comes across ridiculously self-indulgent.

BUT.

Carol has turned out to be one of the most fascinating and well-written characters, as has Daryl. Any time the story focuses on them, it improves tremendously. And in one mostly silent scene, Michonne suddenly vaulted to the top of the list of most interesting of the characters. That silent crying while holding Little Ass-Kicker was far more interesting and emotionally affecting than a dozen scenes of Rick staring at something and looking upset. In fact, the writing and performing of these three characters is so good right now that it gives us hope for the season going forward. If they can create a core group of well-rounded people that we feel we know, it will make this story so much deeper and more entertaining. We really, truly hope that the fact they spent so much time on Rick’s angst in the first two episodes (while efficiently giving us rich bits with these few other characters) means they’re getting his bullshit out of the way first before they start tackling some of the others. Maggie and Glen, for instance, really need some work. We like them, but they’re getting incredibly one-note.

And hey, we hate to be those “If there really was a zombie apocalypse, we would totally rule because of our superior strategic thinking” guys, but since the plot is hinging on several of these points, we have to ask some questions.

 

  1. Why have they done absolutely nothing to shore up that relatively flimsy chain link fence? They’ve been there long enough to grow crops and raise some animals and there appears to have been a large enough work force in the group to accomplish major tasks like that. Plus there were already invaded once. And as Rick rather impotently noted in his patented heavy-lidded and silent way, the fences are mere feet away from the crops which are supposed to sustain their community. That fence comes down and they’re out of a year’s worth of food. We realize resources are limited, but they managed to find some logs to shore up the posts pretty quickly when it looked like the fence was about to come down. Why haven’t they done that for all the posts? Why does everyone seem to have so much time to wander around and have discussions? Subsistence living, even communal subsistence living, requires back-breaking work from dawn until sundown. Yes, an hour-long show depicting wood-gathering, hunting, and planting is obviously not going to titillate the masses, but Rick’s pigs were treated like some cute hobby and the crops come across like a vanity garden. Meanwhile, twenty walkers can easily take down the fence. And speaking of which…
  2. Why do they have no strategies for dealing with the mass of walkers outside the fence, constantly trying to get in? After all this time, and with the kind of resources to be found in a prison of that size, they never came up with a way to dispose of masses of walkers in one fell swoop? They can’t form patrols or something to go out in the field beyond the fence and do some clearing? They have riot gear and these things die if you wield a pointy stick at them. Clean them out and dig a ditch in front of the fence. Or put more of those wood spike things around the fence so they can kill themselves trying to get at it.
  3. Why live in the prison at all if you’re not going to utilize its advantages? We didn’t get to this in last week’s review, but the season opener did a pretty good job of subtly enforcing why the prison was a better option for the group than Woodbury. We feel that the argument is being made that communal living is far more advantageous than the old, civilization-based idea of people living in separate housing, spread out over a town. That actually does make a lot of sense. Resources need to be pooled and people need to stick together to protect each other.  The nearest person in the community can’t be a yard and a house away in a world like this. So how come there are no night watches? How come people wander around the almost pitch-black prison at night by themselves? A buddy system is the bare minimum of strategically protecting yourself and your community. It should be a hard and fast rule in a place like the prison. And on the flip side of that, how come everyone leaves their cell doors open at night? Even a jerry-rigged closed cell door would offer protection from a walker or prevent a new walker from getting out of their cell.

Oh, well. If they weren’t stupid about their safety, we suppose the show would get pretty boring. After all, competent people constantly making the correct decisions does not a compelling drama make. We really mean it when we say the show feels much more focused and willing to dig a little under the surface. We might get cranky over how dumb these people tend to be about their safety, but that’s because we’re rooting for them to survive.

Well. Most of them, anyway.

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC]

    • lexilexi

      I agree. I dislike Rick (and his son) as much as I did his wife, and if the 2 of them died, I’d consider it a plot advancement. Carol & Michonne should be leading this pack.

      • tereliz

        LOL, I kid of agree about RIck and Carl. But I love the way they’ve fleshed out Michonne and Carol. And I grew to care more for those two little girls who were orphaned than I ever did about Sophia, maybe partly because of my love for Carol.

      • Lucía Gavello

        Absolutely, at least one main character needs to die soon so the show can restructure itself around better ones. I actually said to my bf “I’m more upset about the piggies than all those no-names in cell block D” . I mean, when the dying dude said to Carol “take care of whatshername and whatsherface” I screamed, WHO?

        Then again, I must be really jaded because I was cheering for those walkers to climb over the fence.

      • MilaXX

        I don’t even need Carol & Michonne to lead, if they claim to have a committee, then lets see some committee like behavior. Why doe Hershel have to go ask and tentatively ask Rick to carry a gun when he goes out?

    • MilaXX

      I think it was on The Talking Dead that Scott Gimple said that every character gets dome story this season season. I was talking to a friend who’s a fic writer and she said she thought from a writer’s stand point it was an odd choice to chose some one like Beth who is primarily a secondary character to show the some what jaded POV that many would develop during the ZA. My counter was from a viewers stand point it makes more sense since of her suicide attempt & besides she needs to do something beside Taylor Swift’ing it all the time. So my thought, or hope is that Scott is going to flesh out characters like Michonne, Carol and even Tyrese. I thought it was pretty much telescoped that Michonne had lost child(ren), but folks on twitter seemed confused, so I dunno maybe it wasn’t that obvious.
      The other issues I brought up last week; Why are people locked in their cells at night. Even during normal times people die in their sleep.Why isn’t there ANY time of night watch? It shouldn’t have taken a potential threat to the fence to notice someone was feeding them rats at the fence. Why isn’t that spiked fencing thing deployed all around? In fact I’d have 2 layers of defense. First perimeter the spiked things maybe ten yards away from the actual fence. Second like a moat of some sort where the bodies that fall in can be burned or something.

      • Anita Berlanga

        yes, but then we wouldn’t have a show. These characters have to be somewhat dumb about stuff, so we can have Dramatic Tension. Otherwise it’ll be like episodes of This Old House (Zombie Version) – with people Getting Stuff Done Correctly The First Time. Educational – but not a whole lotta ‘zing!’ to it.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          Exactly – to say that fixing the show means making the characters significantly dumber means “no show”. No suspense. The whole premise of the teenage horror movies, and “Scream” for that matter, was “why do the dumb teenagers head down into the basement alone during a thunderstorm with killer on the loose?” Because they just do. Because the movie would be five minutes long if they didn’t.

        • Mismarker

          Why couldn’t AMC just have the writers from Breaking Bad take over TWD? Problems solved. ; ) I wholeheartedly agree with all you’ve written. There are very few shows for which I am willing to suspend my disbelief. This is one of them. That fence hasn’t been shored up because doing so would block our view of the constant throng of walkers. We need that in order to keep imagining these people are in peril. The only possible way to enjoy this show is to let the inconsistencies and bad logic run off your back.

      • tereliz

        No, it was obvious that Michonne lost a child or children. People on twitter are idiots. ;) I agree on the why isn’t everyone locked in regardless. You know any one of y’all could pop off in the night and start a killing spree.

        And the moat seems obvious. I mean, stop spending so much time digging graves (or burying infected bodies anywhere their water supply) and start digging a moat. Especially with the manpower they have now.

        • Isabel

          Morgan was able to build a fortress all by himself! There should be pallets and other things to use as spikes in the prison!

    • Laura Krause Sedor

      I was thinking the same thing about some careful planning and the logistics of getting rid of the hordes as they approach. Why is Darryl digging a grave with just a shovel? Can’t they find a backhoe or something? Why haven’t they dug a very basic pit trap with a boom box or something outside the fence line to lure the walkers in there, then douse them with gas and let the fire kill them, or shoot them? If they’ve had 6 or so months of “peace” why is everyone so dirty and gross looking? Doesn’t basic cleanliness for the sake of being sanitary and avoiding diseases seem logical? They had barrels of water. The whole thing is starting to not make sense. one people stopped running for their lives they would being to come up with ideas and fixes to create more of a “normal” feel, certainly they would want to do basic maintenance on the prison and fence. It doesn’t take a civil engineer to figure that out.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Yeah the pit trap is a no-brainer. Or how about a basic trench dug right in front of the fence, so they can’t even get to it? Problem solved.

        • baxterbaby

          Another vociferous vote for ditches, pits, moats etc. I know that every problem can’t be solved immediately for the sake of the story, but really people. Brain dead automatons who will walk into anything? DIG A DITCH!

          • marishka1

            AND, you dig it 50 yards from the chain fence, so you can periodically fire it without endangering your enclosure.

    • Paigealicious

      Still wish Carl would die.

      • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

        LOL. Carl really is an absurd character.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        I’ve been finding him marginally less annoying this season, but they may have something to do with his friendship with Michonne..

        • Rhonda Shore

          i actually like his development into a practical-thinking young man who knows how to think on his feet.

          • Fisher&SonsFuneralHome

            He has done a lot of growing up. I don’t hate him like I used to.

          • MilaXX

            I do too, it’s Rick that bugs. Always FEELiNG so McGee. He”s like dome emotional teenager

        • Darren Nesbitt

          Also because he says smart things along the lines of: “Dad we are in a zombie apocalypse and I’ve been a silent sharp shooter for over a year. Can I please have my protection back”.

      • lrober03

        I can tolerate Carl a little more now that I’m not constantly worried that he’s going to accidentally shoot someone. Everytime he held a gun in seasons 1 and 2 I was on the edge of my seat thinking there was going to be an accident,

      • BeccaGo

        Aww, I kind of love Carl. Kid kicks ass. :D

    • EmJayEl

      That amazing scene with Michonne and Lil’ Asskicker made me think that this show could really benefit from some Lost-esque flashbacks for some of these characters. It would break some of the scenery monotony as well.

      • Rhonda Shore

        Sometimes i feel like EVERY show would benefit from Lost-esque back stories for the main characters!

        • MilaXX

          I don’t know if I want all that, just show us character growth like we’ve seen with Carol.

          • DeebaCee

            How in the heck did you get a down-vote for that comment???

            • MilaXX

              I don’t sweat the down votes.

        • Isabel

          I want to know what everyone did before the downfall, especially the Gov & Michonne. I bet that the Gov was selling insurance. Milton probably worked from home as a customer service rep and watched sci-fi shows when he was not working.

          • Rhonda Shore

            Michonne’s the most intriguing because she doesn’t mug for the camera.

      • MilaXX

        On a shallow note Danai”a true beauty shone through in that close up. I get Michonne is gruntey but the camera caught he face at just the right angle and all I could think about was how pretty she is.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        They even dabbled with that in previous seasons, though they wasted it on scenes that didn’t give much insight into the characters (Lori and Shane leaving Atlanta, Shane leaving Rick at the hospital). If they actually used it for development that could be great.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      This really is the most inconsistent show I’ve ever watched: gripping and intense one minute and moronic the next. The constant turnover of show runners has to be affecting the schizophrenic character development. I am enjoying the season so far, but I’ve been here before. Many times.

    • amber.

      “That silent crying while holding Little Ass-Kicker was far more interesting and emotionally affecting than a dozen scenes of Rick staring at something and looking upset.” I’m cackling.

    • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

      The pig scene was the most disturbing one to date this season. That says a lot.

      • imakeart

        Nicotero said on Talking Dead that the piglets escaped from the pen one day and it was Andrew Lincoln who managed to bring them all back from the woods. He also said the pig slashes were digital.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Last night during the scene where one of the girls was going to kill her dead Dad I said out loud “this is really messed up” and the theme just kept coming throughout this episode (the pig killing was also highly upsetting to me). Despite its weaknesses and inconsistencies, I still find the Walking Dead to be an entertaining hour and usually have a wtf moment at least once per episode. I too have moments when I can’t believe how people that have survived this long aren’t more careful, but I think it can go back to complacency and maybe even burn-out. People who have lived in the high-stress world of Zombieland may not be thinking as clearly or strategically as us that don’t live in that constant life-or-death world.

      Burning questions left after the episode:

      *Who has been feeding the zombies? I thought it was probably the girl who was naming the zombies, but now I’m not so sure
      * Who burned those people at the end? I have two theories: a former Woodbury resident somehow still under the governor’s influence looking to mess with Rick’s group, or maybe Michonne (my crazy theory is that she had a child that died, perhaps before the zombies, from some sort of contagious and didn’t want to see Judy and others get sick..a cold-hearted, but pragmatic approach).

      • MilaXX

        Lots of theories on that . The most obvious being the governor. However the one I like better is that it’s the little girl who named them. It opens up even more the need to teach the kids self defend and how they view walkers . They are not pets and even if it’s your loved one, once they turn they are no longer your family. The was the lesson that Ruck”s friend in Clear failed to get and us why Hershel had a barn full of walkers.

        • Mismarker

          How would that girl have the strength to drag two dead bodies (one, a grown man) out to the courtyard? Of course, logic is not a friend of The Walking Dead. I was thinking it was maybe Sasha, Bob Stookey, or that doctor we just met. Ooooo, murder mystery!

          • MilaXX

            I don’t think she burned the bodies, I think she was feeding the walkers at the fence.

            • Mismarker

              Sorry! I see that now! Yes, I also think crazy Lizzie was feeding the walkers but it wouldn’t surprise me if it turned out to be someone else.

      • imakeart

        As crazy at it seems – my money is on Carl.

      • Caipirinha

        Those are the questions I want to know the answer to as well.
        I too first thought the girl is the one feeding the zombies, but I’m not sure if she would sneak out in the dark to do that.

        As to who killed and burned the people I think it might have been someone in the group (the council?) standing in the hallway when Tyrese and his coughing girlfriend walked by. The latter mentioned that someone else in her cell block has been coughing. I didn’t get who that was, but maybe that was the second burned body.
        Could it be Carol? She wanted Tyrese’s GF and everyone else who might be sick to be quarantined. Although I think she might have done a better job of disposing the bodies.

        Hopefully this will all be answered next week.

    • Rhonda Shore

      My teenage son commented on the fence during last week’s episode and the night watch last night; i wondered why they don’t close the cell door while they sleep…those are really logical questions. We don’t have to watch the fence being fortified as a plot point, but it’s insane that it hasn’t been done. Yes, Carol and Michonne are by far the most interesting characters.

    • Goldie

      I love you guys so much because you think like I do. I love this show but I’m not immune to the lack of logic that it sometimes has. After last week’s episode, one of my first thoughts was “Why not build more spikes to keep the walkers away from the fence?” or “Attach spikes to the fence so that they impale themselves.” Digging a pit or trench is a great idea. My husband thought they should have doused them with gas and set them on fire.

      Also, why couldn’t Rick have slit the pigs throats? It would have accomplished the same thing and the poor things wouldn’t have suffered as much.

      • lrober03

        Right! Why aren’t they building fences a little further from the fence to prevent strain on it?!

      • Kimberly Jarriell

        When using real piglets, it would be easier to simulate those crippling wounds without hurting the animals, and walkers are attracted to live prey, not dead bodies. It wouldn’t have been nearly as effective a lure if the poor piggies were quiet and still. And yeah, sacrificing the piggies was more traumatic for me than the walkers in Cell Block D, all I could think at the end of last week was Patrick leaving the door open behind him when he went to the bathroom, and then this week it appears that was standard procedure. Made me mad as heck at their stupidity, but how many keys do they have for the cells, realistically? Would there be something on sight to manufacture more keys?

    • tereliz

      I’m just glad that Beth is doing her part to pass along songs by people like Tom Waits and the Ramones and no tTaylor Swift. LOL.

      • Rhonda Shore

        indie cred snaps.

      • baxterbaby

        Bless her secretly punk heart.

      • imakeart

        Further proof that these guys know how to produce a show.

    • HobbitGirl

      I would kind of love to see Carol head toward the deep end with this “teaching kids to kill things” scenario. She’s already Lady Macbeth-ed it when she told Andrea to sex up the Governor and then murder him. That kind of thinking is both pragmatic and scary as hell. Love me some Carol & Daryl!

      • bellafigura1

        Carol and Daryl are so weirdly sexy, I can’t take my eyes from the screen when they are together. Even when he just kinda nudged her with his elbow (because he was holding the crossbow, duh) I was all like, Sizzle!

    • Wendy Todd

      Half the fun of this show is yelling at the tv “WHY are you wandering around the woods by yourself?” or “WHY would you not reinforce that fence?” That being said, my husband just texted me that he had a few nightmares following that episode. I must say I thought it was super creepy…in a very good way. I agree that Michonne and Carol are the best characters and should be leading the group at this point. Would I lose Rick, even though he can be annoying? HECK NO HE IS GREAT EYE CANDY!

    • YoungSally

      My answer to question number 1 – Why does everyone seem to have so much time to wander around and have discussions? Subsistence living, even communal subsistence living, requires back-breaking work from dawn until sundown.

      They are too busy playing Candy Crush Saga.

    • Crystal

      I love Michonne and I would welcome a Rick-killing almost as readily as I welcomed the Lori-killing and Andrea-killings of yesteryear.

      YAY MICHONNE EMOTIONS AND MORE THAN ONE BLACK GUY.

    • jjtxgrrl

      I completely agree…LOGIC does need to play into the plot!!!

      I hate it when a show assumes I’m an idiot. I’m no engineer, but I could even come up with a few ways to fortify/protect the fence!….Something would have been done by now…

      And last week with the roof falling through….not logical either. Commercial building would have venting and many other things running between the exterior rooftop and the interior acoustic ceiling. Hmmmph. Stupid.

      • jjtxgrrl

        And yeah…..I caught myself hoping Rick would die. Not good. I’ve always been a Rick fan……but really…he’s a yawnfest now.

      • MilaXX

        Mythbusters did an entire episode on this starring Michael Rooker.

        • jjtxgrrl

          Oooh. Im looking for that! Im not a usual mythbuster viewer…but anything for Rooker…and TWD.

    • Stacy C

      I think the character of Rick is aloof right now because it doesn’t seem he has any focus or mission, whereas before he’s always had some sort of mission and then flipped out. Now he’s trying to come back from flipping out and they’ve lost his story. The pig thing and the emotion on his face was great. I’m still team “Why don’t the EFF don’t they shut their doors at night?” too.. could it be they’ve been lulled into a false sense of security?

    • bellafigura1

      1. If they shore up the chain link fence, there would have to downsize the fence minders, who are highly-specialized head-stabbers and would never be able to find new jobs.
      2. They have no strategies for dealing with the impending walkers because Quaker Rick won’t take his headphones out or stop scrabbling in the dirt and get a plan going.
      3. They aren’t maximizing the prison setting because … Shane is dead and I miss him.
      4. Any predictions on the Woodburyites?

      • Pennymac

        The Woodburyites are fodder for the required killing off of characters that the shows viewers demand?
        Sorry. That’s all I got.

    • otterbird

      When Michonne (was it Michonne?) said, “What do you call someone who’s lost a child?” I think I shouted at the screen, “I dunno- CAROL?”

      But yeah, after Michonne wept while holding Lil Ass-kicker, I thought, “Oh, and maybe Michonne.”

      • DeebaCee

        It wasn’t Michonne that said that. It was Hershel’s singing daughter (I still can’t remember her name). She was talking to Michonne when she said it though, and Michonne just gave her one of her silent ‘Michonne looks.’

        • MilaXX

          Beth

        • otterbird

          Thanks- I couldn’t remember, other than Michonne was in the scene. I’m not sure if that says more about the show or about me.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I hate Rick. That character is a black hole. All he does is mope, have debates, and make bad decisions. Kill him off in epic fashion ala Ned Stark and get on with it. Feature fan faves like Daryl, Carol, Michonne, Glen, and Maggie. Maybe make us care about Tyreese and a couple of new characters. Show a meaningful examination of Carl coming of age in a post-apocalyptic world with no parents. Show the doomed romances, show intelligent choices and people who learn from their mistake (who would STILL screw up and still lose people). As it stands, this show squanders all that could be good about it. I’m thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to deleting it from my DVR.

    • Trickytrisha

      I’ve decided that I’m not going to let the inconsistencies and plot holes ruin this show for me. There’s enough that’s engaging and gripping that keeps me coming back and will likely do so til the show ends.

      For every stupid Rick trick there’s a moment with one of the other characters that brings credibility back into play. Daryl, Carol, and Michonne seem to be the fan favorites this season, and for a very good reason. They have real humanity on display, as do Glenn, and Hershel and his daughters. It’s rather disappointing to see, though, other than Michonne the Black actors being in the background most of the time. And seriously…. where are the black walkers?

      Rick has his own arc, which is fueled by his mental breakdown, so I find what other see as boring and annoying to be realistic. Carl is being dragged along in his dad’s wake, but is ready for some action… hopefully soon.

      About those little piggies… they were likely sick already with whatever was causing the human infection, so it made perfect sense to sacrifice them for the good of the group. They were pretty darned symbolic.. there went Rick’s hope for anything resembling a slightly less horrid life.

      • BeccaGo

        I’ve noticed a few black walkers, but nowhere near as many as you’d expect, considering they’re in Atlanta. I’m just happy they haven’t killed off any of the living black characters yet. Two whole episodes!!

    • paintedfish

      you are saying exactly what we have been saying during our WD discussions.

    • And Finally…

      TLo’s (as per usual astute) observations (i.e., “competent people constantly making the correct decisions does not a compelling drama make”) made me want to reference HELL NO: The Sensible Horror Film. The fact that’s it’s only about 3 minutes long proves the point.

      • And Finally…

        But the kicker, for me, is that Rick (and Michonne, and Carl) SAW what a good defensive barrier looks like when they visited Morgan.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        But then you have this conundrum: stupid people should not survive a zombie apocalypse. If you want me to believe they have made it this far, it’s ok– you can make them smart. Smart people are not always victorious. They screw up, they encounter disasters both natural and personal. They also have the added bonus of not insulting the viewers’ intelligence. Good writing is never a mistake.

    • Badriya Al-Badi’a

      One comment on the fences not being shored up–there wouldn’t be so many walkers out there if somebody weren’t setting up a nightly feeding station for them and basically training them to batter at the fence to get fed. Either this week or last week one of the characters noted that there were suddenly many more walkers than there used to be. So I don’t think the human beings were that stupid for not having made stronger fences in the first place. Who could possibly foresee somebody actively luring more walkers in?

      • ShaoLinKitten

        It’s also never a bad idea to make yourself MORE SAFE, is it?

    • marishka1

      OMG! Points 1, 2, AND 3….all running through my head constantly throughout this episode. All those people hanging out — they should all be taking shifts on the fence poking holes in zombie heads!

      And why does Carol think Rick would have a cow if he knew she was giving the children survival training? It’s only common sense — just because Rick doesn’t want to kill anymore doesn’t mean that SOMEONE has to do it! These kids need to be able to protect themselves!