This week’s Walking Dead is the closest we’ve had so far to a day in the life of a bunch of zombie survivors. They ran errands, took stock of their position and, yes, there was even a few romantic moments or two. Well, in a way. It’s hard to tell.
Of course, this sort of thing could be boring, like Big Brother with zombies. Was it that bad?
I rather enjoyed it, actually. After the relentless misery of the previous episode, I was in the mood for a reminder that these people have lighter moments, and there was plenty of that here. I particularly enjoyed the team’s cack-handed efforts to clean a well, even if it contained a massive logical flaw (would you really want to drink that water anyway?) as well as Glenn’s awkward seduction.
But there was a lot of other hinting too. Are they suggesting something might happen between Daryl and Carol after his single-minded devotion to finding her daughter? I suppose their names rhyme, which is a good start. And there was the ghost of an Andrea/Shane connection too, as the big crazy man came worryingly close to confessing his sins.
Made all the more dramatic by Shane’s involvement in the Big Triangle with Rick and Lori. After this episode’s cliffhanger, it looks like we’re headed for a “Whose baby is it anyway?” storyline, and who could blame them? Of course, if the kid is Shane’s, it’ll probably hack its way out through Lori’s stomach whenever it feels ready. Just to avoid the risk of birth complications.
The Coming Of The Zombie Queen
I alluded to it above, but elsewhere, the missing girl storyline is still humming onwards. I can’t help but wonder where they’re going with this. Is Sophia going to be the Merle Dixon of season 2? She disappears, they eventually give up looking for her, and she reappears as some kind of Zombie Queen? Maybe with Merle as her King?
Who knows? But after all these weeks, the ending ought to be something beyond “oh look there she is”. Aside from that, though, I thought this was a good, well-pitched episode to keep the engine ticking along.
Good to see some lightness in tone, even better to see characters outside the Big Triangle get storylines, now we have to wait and see what happens next week. Because after a quiet episode of The Walking Dead, you just know the following one’s going to be horrific.