The Walking Dead / Season 2, Episode 12: Better Angels

Spoilers Below, Reader Be Warned

This Sunday’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead (March 11, 2012) was the 12th episode this season. It is also the final episode before the season finale next week, titled Beside the Dying Fire. Episode 12 of season two, Better Angels, gives hardcore fans of the comics what they’ve been waiting for since the first season. The episode also gave me, personally, what I’d been hoping and waiting for since the first episode of this season.

If you didn’t read the spoiler warning at the top of this post, I refuse to accept responsibility for what comes next.

The previous episode saw a death to our original group of survivors. I was shocked, saddened and mad because they killed off Dale (Episode 11, Judge, Jury, Executioner). Dale was, as many websites, the companion show, The Talking Dead, and fans in general have referred to as the moral compass of the group. He was also one of my favorite characters on the show. So when I tuned in and saw his guts being ripped out by a zombie that friggin’ Carl was busy playing around with earlier in the episode, it made me sick. Of all the people to kill off, why Dale?

The biggest complaint with the second season was all the time spent fussing with one another on The Farm. Rick was back and forth all season as far as his characterization. Lori was a manipulative @#$%, Carl was an idiot, T-Bone was pretty much nonexistent. Dale was Dale. Darrell was a little iffy in characterization, but ultimately he is the one that has grown the most, in my opinion out of them all. Andrea was a pouty little girl up to this current episode. And Shane … Shane was bug-@#$% crazy. Throw all this together with the fact that we have the side characters from The Farm itself, and you have a full house. Somebody has got to go.

Another big complaint this season, about mid-way through, was the whole Rick/Lori/Shane Bermuda Love Triangle. It needed to be resolved and the quicker the better. The storyline was getting stale, it wasn’t going anywhere, Rick/Lori/Shane were at a stand still and The Farm was overused half way through.

Thank God for Better Angels. After teasing us over a few episodes, the Rick/Lori/Shane thing came to a head and was resolved. Well, resolved enough for us to move on, anyways. Shane is dead. Rick killed him. Hallelujah, thank you writers and producers, Shane is finally out of the way and a swarm of zombies are about to attack the farm. Zombie Shane was taken out by Carl and everybody needs to pack up and get the hell out of Dodge so we can progress the story to the next level.

Speaking of, with the last episode coming up, I remember reading in an interview that it would be revealed, by season’s end, what the scientist at the CDC whispered into Rick’s ear at the end of season one. We also have a new bit of information and – hopefully – the next step in story evolution in the realization that you no longer have to be bitten to come back as a zombie. Shane, for example, was stabbed by Rick, killed, then rose from the dead only for Carl to put a round in his head.

So the have the conclusion (or at least the light at the end of the tunnel) of the Rick/Lori/Shane storyline. Progression in our understanding of the zombie condition (you do not have to be bitten, just die). The Farm is probably going to be left in the dust as our survivors evacuate (a large wave of zombies are about to storm the gates) and move the story further.

All in all, it took a while to get there, but we are finally wrapping up the season the way it needed to be done.

I can’t wait to see the finale next week!



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