Cast & Crew
Theodore 'T-Dog' Douglas
Unless a star-crossed Korean couple and an Iraqi torturer parachute into Hershel's farm, we're stuck with these squabbling zeroes for the foreseeable future. And as long as that's the case it will lead to all sorts of character-based confusion.
That is how I felt watching the second half of Walking Dead last night, like I just couldn't understand why it was acting so rudely when just half an hour before it had been my friend. In my heart, I knew it was better than that.
This is the sort of thing we should be seeing every episode, more or less, and it's a promising sign that the show has managed to keep the screws tight for two weeks running now.
We should know and care enough about the main characters that time spent on letting them talk and argue should be as compelling as the moments when the walkers are coming and the guns have come out.
The pacing picked up, yes, but this new wild west mentality opened up a whole new possibility for brutal imagery and ethical pitfalls around every corner.
People were finally talking about something new; about things that have relatable consequences and understandable emotional fallout.
"Triggerfinger" brought back to life the intensity and pulse-pounding thrills that seemed to have taken a nap on much of the early half of season 2.
At this point in the series, the walkers have become more of a pervasive problem than a scream-inducing mystery for the characters, and Lori dispatches two of them rather quickly, earning a few points for style in the case of the windshield zombie.
While not quite as strong as midseason premiere 'Nebraska', it's combination of high tension, gruesome imagery and outstanding performances make for a heady cocktail.
The second half couldn't match the first, but still, overall, there was a lot to like here and the pace seems to definitely be picking up.
We need to suspend a little more disbelief about the specialness of Hershel's farm. It's a useful narrative device, though, as it leads to one more example of the difference between Rick and Shane-the main tension unfolding this season.