The Walking Dead, which shattered record ratings last week with its premiere, topping 10 million viewers and becoming the top rated scripted show on television among the 18-49 demo (networks, included) is doing something kind of novel for the series this year. They decided that, if this many people are going to be tuning in, they may as well make their show effing awesome. Last night’s second episode picked up on the momentum of last week’s premiere and kept it rolling despite what is essentially a transition episode between moving into the prison and meeting The Governor.
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Let’s get to it.
1. Get Off My Back — Carl is just short of bad ass these days. Puberty has been good to him. He continues to prove his usefulness by going to the infirmary all by himself to collect supplies to save Hershel, taking out two walkers along the way. What kind of appreciation does he get in return? He gets yelled at by Lori. He can’t catch a break. Worse still, when he lashed out at his mom for yelling at him, his crush, Beth, yelled at him for yelling at his Mom, infantilizing the poor kid and snuffing out any hopes of a romance. Chin up, Carl. If you survive the zombie apocalypse, you’re definitely going to get laid.
2. “The Others” Were Prisoners — What I referred to as The Others last week (because I did not yet know who they were) turned out to be prisoners who had been locked away basically in the cafeteria for 10 months, safe but oblivious to what was going on in the rest of the world. The discovery came as something of a shock to them, but it didn’t stop their leader, Tomas, from engaging in a seven-minute penis-measuring scene with Rick before ultimately agreeing to let Rick and the gang have half their food in exchange for help clearing out another cell block.
3. That Prison Riot Bullsh*t Doesn’t Work — There was a bit of a learning curve with the ex-prisoners, who needed to get their prison-riot moves out of their system before coming to terms with what is actually needed to kill something that is already dead.
4. R.I.P. Big Tiny — Man, I liked that guy. A lot. This is obviously when we all decided that Tomas needed to die.