Walking Dead Discussion Thread: S3 E2, “Sick”
*Spoiler Alert: Do not read this post or the comment section if you have not seen the show. Also, for those who have read the comics, please do not discuss plot elements not revealed on the show.*
So it looks like Hershel is going to make it and probably rock some kind of awesome pegleg. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
Episode 2 opens with Hershel being taken back to the cell block and Carol showing some fledging medical skills in getting him patched up. Maggie doesn’t think he’s going to make it and says her goodbyes. Rick tells Glen to handcuff him to the bed ‘just in case’.
The five inmates that were locked in the cafeteria have no idea how bad it is out there. The group tries to educate them but it is clearly not getting through. When a deal is struck to help them clear a second cellblock in exchange for half the food, the group tries to tell them how to kill walkers but it falls on deaf ears. The image of an inmate holding a zombie by the arms while another stabs him in the stomach repeatedly was comedy gold. Eventually they figure it out and the nine of them turn into a wrecking machine. One inmate gets scratched and he is put down by another.
As the block is cleared, the most aggressive inmate (and the one that has pulled his gun on our survivors repeatedly) takes a swing at Rick and then pushes a walker on top of him. Darryl saves him and then a stare down ensues. Rick is clearly not taking shit from anyone anymore and the inmate gets a machete in his noggin. A second inmate flees and Rick locks him in a small prison yard to let the walkers take care of the problem. I like no-nonsense Rick.
Carol uses a zombie to practice medical techniques in preparation for Lori’s delivery.
Lori gets the Dumbass of the Week award for giving Hershel mouth-to-mouth after he stops breathing. We wait for the inevitable i.e. him biting her tongue off. The director plays to the obvious and has Hershel grab her before then showing that he is still human.
The two remaining inmates are left in their cellblock. Someone watches Carol from the distance. Rick and Lori have an awkward moment and maybe take a small step forward as our show ends.