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The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 6: “Secrets”

AMC’s The Walking Dead
Season 2, Episode 6: “Secrets”
Directed by David Boyd
Written by Angela Kang

* For a review of the previous episode, “Chupacabra” – click here
* For a review of the next episode, “Pretty Much Dead Already” – click here

At the start of “Secrets”, we watch Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) together. Simultaneously, Patricia (Jane McNeill) break the legs of a chicken, throw it in a bag, then head down to the barn to feed it to a pack of walkers inside. This is the same barn Glenn (Steven Yeun) discovered at the end of the previous episode, “Chupacabra”. An ominous beginning to this one seeing Patricia with Carl and Lori right before. As if it were another everyday chore.
Now Glenn is also being told to keep quiet about it all by Maggie (Lauren Cohan). She begs him to keep it a secret, even with Glenn begging her not to make him keep it a secret. Around Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) and T-Dog (Irone Singleton) he’s troubled and a bit obvious, but nothing comes of it.
Resting in his tent, Daryl (Norman Reedus) gets an apology from Andrea (Laurie Holden). It’s a respectable moment, as Daryl admits to knowing she was “protecting the group“. He quips that if she shoots him again she “best pray” he dies. Out by the fire, a less friendly conversation happens when Glenn confronts Lori once more. She tells him to back off and he reluctantly agrees. The titular secrets of this episode concern all the little quiet things Glenn is tasked with holding onto.
Rick (Andre Lincoln) and Shane (Jon Bernthal) are busy coming up with plans. They only laugh off Glenn and his awkward behaviour. Then there’s Patricia and Beth (Emily Kinney) who want gun training. They tell Rick that Hershel (Scott Wilson) gave them permission, though, I’m sure he’d rather wait to hear it from the man himself.
Speaking of guns, Shane finds Carl carrying one in his pants. Lori is upset about the boy having one. Rick thinks it’s better than him being scared of guns, bullets, after getting shot. Growing up in a world with zombies, isn’t it only natural for a child of appropriate age to have a gun? At the same time, Shane is still being the would-be-father to Carl, offering to give him training and lessons with a gun. Unknowingly, Rick thinks it’s a great idea. Only another way for Shane to worm into Lori’s life.
Glenn goes to Dale about both Lori being pregnant and the walkers in the barn. He blurts it out from nowhere. Not good at keeping secrets is right. Regardless, he shouldn’t have to in a world rife with danger. Secrets should be the last of anybody’s worries. Everybody else is getting lessons with a gun while Glenn is busy trying to hold in the secrets of others. Not even his own.
Meanwhile, Dale goes to see Hershel. He says he “heard the moans” out of the barn and takes it to Hershel as if he were the one to discover the walkers inside it. Hershel is clearly stuck to his notion that zombies are still people, that there is a cure. Dale tries to make it even clearer they have been “cut off from the outside world“. The stakes here are higher: Hershel’s wife and stepson are in there. Most of all, Hershel doesn’t want the others to know because he isn’t sure about the others, aside from Rick. Particularly, you can imagine what Shane would do immediately if he were to find out what’s in the barn. Guns blazing.

Lori is scared about having to leave the farm. Hershel wants them out, soon enough. Trying to get Rick to take care of things, Lori chastises him for knowing about Hershel sending them back out into the world and not telling her, or anybody. Hypocritical? I think so. At the same time, Shane and Andrea have some conflict after he pushes her hard when doing gun training. They form a slight bond over the entire situation.
Most interesting, Dale knows that Lori is pregnant. His wife was pregnant once, though they lost the child later. She was similarly sick. But Glenn already told him, anyways. There’s an emotional scene where Lori talks about being with Shane, something Dale already figured out, too. They discuss a few things and she assures Dale the child belongs to Rick. “Memories are what life used to be,” Lori says near tears. She is extremely scared of the world ahead, she isn’t sure of bringing a child into this new, decrepit world. Dale does his best to reassure her, but it isn’t enough for her. A little later, Lori asks Glenn for help on his next run. She seems to have made decisions about the pregnancy, despite having not told Rick yet.
Maggie (Lauren Cohan) heads into town on horseback with Glenn once more. But she is pissed. He betrayed confidence and her father is also not pleased with her. Maggie still has a warped notion of how things are, due to her father. She doesn’t see the zombies as dead. Rather they’re still people, like her mom and stepbrother. I suppose it’d be hard at the beginning, though, it may only have to do with their seclusion. The Greenes haven’t yet truly seen and understood what the world has become. They’re still working through it.
In a pharmacy, Maggie is attacked by a walker. Glenn saves her quickly. They both embrace. A bond between them was already evident. Now, it only gets stronger. Furthermore, Maggie is slowly beginning to see the danger of the walkers. They aren’t just mothers and stepbrothers anymore. They’re dangerous creatures out to eat, to kill. A world with them surrounding the living is not a safe one. But back at the ranch, Maggie freaks out. She blames Lori and her “abortion pills“. Not fair. Glenn willingly went out on a run. It isn’t the danger so much as it is Maggie’s worry for the people she loves. “Youre walkerbait,” she tells him. She doesn’t want his group treating him like an expendable body. She’s starting to love him.
Andrea and Shane come across a grim scene while searching through a suburb. In a garage there are a ton of corpses, burned, death everywhere. Out in the streets a bunch of walkers close in on the two of them. They fire, keeping back the dead. When Andrea has trouble reloading Shane lets a walker come for her; only to teach a lesson. Following this moment, Andrea discovers an inner calm. Now she’s able to focus, to shoot, no matter the circumstances. A warrior in the making. Excellent few minutes in this sequence.

Later on, Glenn brings Lori other pills: prenatal vitamins. He also suggests not making her choice alone, to include Rick. It’s only fair. While it is Lori’s body, as the father Rick deserves to hear about it.
At the same time, Shane and Andrea have a heated journey back towards the farm. They stop in the middle of the road after she grabs hold of his crotch. The two of them let loose and let off some steam.
Back to Lori – she swallows a bunch of the pills. Not a second later regret shows up on her face. She runs into the woods and forces herself to vomit. Her choice is now a different one, at least for the present time. Arriving at the farm, Shane and Andrea are certainly both feeling better, except for having to tell Carol (Melissa McBride) there’s no sign of Sophia.
Dale doesn’t like Shane, though. He wants him to leave. The intelligence of Dale always shows, he can read people. He sees them as they are, without pretense. Further than that he says “I know what kind of man you are” and brings up when Shane had Rick locked in his gun’s sights. Leads to an intense, subtle conversation.
In his tent, Rick discovers the Morning After Pill package torn up, the medication gone. Obviously a devastating thing to find. He tracks Lori down and asks her about the pregnancy. He’s naturally upset about not knowing before she decided to try aborting their child. Lori has a few good, rational points about bringing a child into the post-zombie apocalypse world. At the same time, Rick makes a good point about never giving their family a chance. It’s essentially giving up, in a way. Sure, it would be incredibly difficult. But giving up giving life is admitting the world is finished.
The final bomb drops, as Lori tells Rick about her and Shane. He already sort of understood, he comes to terms with it. “The world went to shit and you thought I was dead, right?” says Rick. Not loving it exactly, he doesn’t get angry. It’ll be interesting to watch the dynamics shift now that Rick knows all the secrets.

Next episode coming up is “Pretty Much Dead Already”. Another exciting and bloody chapter in this wonderful AMC adaptation. Stay tuned.

The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 5: “Chupacabra”

AMC’s The Walking Dead
Season 2, Episode 5: “Chupacabra”
Directed by Guy Ferland
Written by David Leslie Johnson

* For a review of the previous episode, “Cherokee Rose” – click here
* For a review of the next episode, “Secrets” – click here
We cut back to before the zombie apocalypse. Or, right at the beginning.
Shane (Jon Bernthal), Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) are out on the highway, alongside Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), her family, as well as tons of others. The road is blocked. Nobody knows what’s happening, while Shane tries to figure things out.
Then, out of the sky come explosions. People on the highway come to blows. Overhead, black helicopters fly in the night, headed towards the city. Everybody on the road heads towards the woods just in time to see the helicopters fire on the city, “dropping napalm in the streets” as Shane observes with wide, terrified eyes. These were the starting moments of what was to come – a better look at what the military did at the start of the outbreak can be seen in Season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead.
Back to the present with the survivors, Lori is still reeling from discovering her pregnancy. Though, it’s clear nobody else knows yet. Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) is up, as is Carol who tends to the laundry. Carol also wants to “cook in a real kitchen again” and cook dinner for Hershel and his family. Good idea, after all they’ve done for the group. Carol also thinks it’s best if the idea comes from Lori who is dubbed the “unofficial First Lady” of their little unit. At the same time, everybody’s still planning their search for Sophia. Daryl (Norman Reedus) has plans to take a horse and go out on his own, as usual; the title of the episode comes from a story he told around the fire about squirrel hunting and seeing an actual chupacabra, the mythical dog-like, bloodsucking creature. Amazing little addition, which surely will come into play later in the episode. Somehow.
Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) have a tenuous sexual relationship going. Only Maggie doesn’t seem particularly enthralled with their previous lovemaking, to Glenn’s dismay. “Weve still got eleven condoms,” Glenn tells her. “You see eleven condoms I see eleven minutes of my life Im never gettinback,” replies Maggie.
Shane and Rick are out in the woods together. Like old chums again. Their “high school love life” comes up, respectively. First, Shane goes on about “banging 30 year olds on the regular” such as their P.E. teacher. Second, Rick’s fairly lax love life back then comes out. After a few minutes, Shane gets morbid saying they ought not be talking about their old stories: “The people in our stories are dead.” But he’s the one who brought it all up. He turns it into a talk with Rick about the people who depend on him. There’s always a duality happening. Shane always wants to turn another conversation, any conversation, into one about Rick. Anything he can do to break down the aura of Sheriff Rick Grimes, resident bad ass. He is jealous of everything: Rick and Lori, Rick being Sheriff in their new group essentially, Rick having Carl as a son. It’s as if Shane thought he was going to walk off with Rick’s life after he left him in the hospital, and Rick coming back was a shock to his system. Sad, and will go to tragic lengths.
In his own neck of the woods, Daryl is adventuring alone. Down by the water he tracks Sophia, a doll resting on a log. But after being thrown off the horse Daryl slides down a rocky cliff and into the river. An arrow sticks through his side, he lays there bleeding until eventually crawling out onto the shore. The survivalist in Daryl sees him do a bit of basic medical patchwork to keep him going. He tries to make it up out of valley, struggling over a hill, arrow still in his side. What will become of him? Soon enough he goes flying back down the hill, back he started. Except worse.
Glenn finally confronts Lori about her pregnancy. She needs to keep it quiet for now, which shocks Glenn knowing Rick hasn’t been told. This is developing into a tricky situation for Lori, as she can’t be totally sure whether or not Shane is the father. Deep down, you know that’s she is thinking. At the same time, Rick is already stressed with Shane questioning his leadership, wondering if he “make the hard decisions“.
Not particularly happy with things, Hershel reminds Rick of a need to control their groups respectively. He wasn’t told about Jimmy, the young boy of his group, heading out with Rick and theirs earlier. Nor was he informed about Daryl taking one of their horses. Hopefully communication improves, as Rick absolutely needs Hershel right now. He might not know it, but he does; a pregnant Lori can’t be out walking the wasteland with a child in her belly. Not to mention when it comes time to deliver.
Dale: “If I had known the world was ending, Id have brought better books.”

In the wilderness, Daryl is having another hallucination: not a mythical creature this time, instead it’s Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker). The vision of Merle calls his younger brother an “errand boy“, Rick’s “bitch” and so on. He reminds Daryl who is his blood, who is not. The things he tells Daryl aren’t true, they’re simply a darkness in Daryl’s mind speaking aloud in his rough state.
And when Daryl comes to it isn’t Merle over him, but a zombie now. He tries to get a bite of foot. Daryl fights back best he can, smashing the walker’s face in with a big stick. Puling the arrow out of his side, Daryl pushes through the pain and loads it into his crossbow. Just in time to put one through another zombie’s skull. A brutish, savage scene that certainly was, on first watch when it premiered, a scary moment for Dixon fans. Although, you should’ve known a tough son-of-a-bitch like Daryl wasn’t about to go down because of an arrow and blood loss. Afterwards, Daryl chows down on a squirrel, cuts off a few zombie ears to make a necklace, takes Sophia’s doll and heads back on the road, one step at a time. Now and then Merle reappears, cackling and taunting his little brother.

With Andrea on the lookout, she sees a walker on the horizon coming towards the ranch. Only it isn’t the living dead, it is more certainly the living – Daryl moves out of the trees. But with Shane, T-Dog and Rick running to see if it’s a zombie, Andrea is left on top of the R.V. with her rifle. A very tense couple moments pass. When Rick points his gun, then puts it down, a bullet flies past grazing Daryl’s head. She wants so badly to be trusted with the gun yet continually makes people nervous. Fortunately, Daryl is only knocked unconscious. Everyone is still worried, especially considering he’s wearing an ear necklace. But best of all there is a sign of Sophia, giving them a ray of hope in all the darkness. Even more, this situation brings Carol and Daryl closer, which proves to be an awesome, fun, friendly relationship for a long time to come.
A nice dinner is cooked by the women of Rick’s group. Everything is not exactly cheery across the table, everybody quiet and eating with only passing glances to one another. Under the table, Glenn and Maggie pass a note to plan another steamy session; both Hershel and Dale take note, the latter already having warned Glenn about shacking up with their host’s oldest daughter. Definitely going to see a fallout of some kind, even a small one come out of this situation.

Carol: “You need to know something. You did more for my little girl today, than her own daddy did in his whole life.”
Daryl: “I didnt do anything Rick or Shane wouldnt have done.”
Carol: “I know. Youre every bit as good as them. Every bit.”

There’s already fallout. Just not the sort we might’ve expected. Maggie opens the note Glenn gave her at the table and it asks- Ever done it in a hay loft? This prompts a scared look from her.
Cut to Glenn out at the barn. Remember, the one Hershel said Rick out to stay away from? Well as he goes to check the place out, Glenn makes an unsettling, disturbed discovery: the barn is full of walkers locked inside. What is Hershel doing with all them? Will he tell the rest of the group? “You werent supposed to see this,” Maggie says catching up to him.

The following episode, “Secrets”, will certainly drop a few bombs. Looking forward to another viewing. Stay with me and a review will be up soon enough.

The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 1: “What Lies Ahead”

AMC’s The Walking Dead
Season 2, Episode 1: “What Lies Ahead”
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson & Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Written by Frank Darabont & Robert Kirkman

* For a review of the previous Season 1 finale, “TS-19” – click here
* For a review of the next episode, “Bloodletting” – click here
After Season 1’s finish and the destruction of the CDC, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his crew of survivors are on the road. Up on a rooftop, Rick talks into the radio again. Trying to reach Morgan Jones (Lennie James), whose fate is – as of this point – unknown. He tells Morgan, if he’s listening, that the CDC is gone. We almost get what Dr. Jenner (Noah Emmerich) told Rick at the end of the first season. But still, he conceals the information and even we as the audience know nothing. Sly and solid writing.
Everyone else tries their best to keep going – Shane (Jon Bernthal), Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carl (Chandler Riggs), Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) and Andrea (Laurie Holden), T-Dog (Irone Singleton), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Glenn (Steven Yeun), Carol (Melissa McBride). They pile in and out of the big R.V., their other vehicle, they head out into a great and diseased unknown, somewhere away from the city. Because now, the big cities have fallen. They’re infested like rat nests with zombies, far as the eye can see.
Where will Season 2 take the survivors? It’ll be exciting to ride alongside.
Rick: “I guess Im losing hope that you can hear mebut theres always that chance, isnt there? That slim chance. Its all about slim chances now.”
Speaking of ride, we get good shots of Daryl cruising down the road on his motorcycle. Even if there’s a bit of Nazi insignia. Though, I’m pretty sure it’s not actually his bike. This whole sequence at the start is a transition. We’re seeing them all start to settle down for a bit after the whole CDC debacle. Andrea and Shane bond slightly over gun maintenance. Rick and Lori and Carl remember a trip to the Grand Canyon.
Everything’s peachy until the group come across a massive blockage of cars across the highway. Weaving in and out between sections, there doesn’t seem to be much of a way through. The entire place reeks of death and decay. Something I have to mention: production design. Overall, there is an amazing amount of work put into this show. From the zombie makeup to the stunts, all of it is fun. But the production design, the massive job it must take to make this show look appropriately wasteland-ish is impressive. Even just seeing the interstate with all the cars and everything spread out, the scope of the production is wild.
After the R.V. steams out, everybody takes to the road and tries to gather as much as they can, from gas to random items, to hopefully car parts. Except Lori isn’t too keen, calling the highway itself “a graveyard“. Although, I can already feel an air of uneasiness, an ominous tone. Rick and Dale look through binoculars sharing an odd glance, Andrea finds a stray baby bottle on the roadside and looks at it, almost scared. Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Carol’s daughter Sophia (Madison Lintz) stay off to the side, but Lori tells her son to stay within sight. It feels like being on the edge of a cliff and waiting to drop off the side.
First, some walkers wander close to the area where everyone is scavenging. Not just some: a ton. A horde of them, extending back along the highway. Everybody does their best to hide, going underneath the cars, as Dale lays flat on top of the R.V. with Andrea inside on the floor. The massive pack of living dead shambles on ahead with the survivors attempting to stay quiet, and out of the reach or bite of the walkers. T-Dog gets himself a nasty, deep cut, which puts him in jeopardy while Andrea gets stuck in the motorhome bathroom with a zombie just outside, clawing to find her. I won’t spoil everything; an intense and at times pretty creepy, scary sequence.

When Sophia runs into the woods with zombies after her, Rick heads in. He ends up asking her to hide while he takes care of the walkers. Only when he goes back for the girl she isn’t there. For all he does, Rick is a good man. Now this one time, trying to help someone, it sort of backfires on him. Will that affect his standing in the group? Will people doubt him? They’re all searching now, hoping to find Sophia before the worst imaginable thing happens.
Rick clearly takes the guilt on himself. Perhaps he should in a sense, but he only tried to help, to do the best he could. And still there’s doubt in his own mind. He and Daryl go so far as to sift through the guts of zombies to try and determine if Sophia was eaten. He willingly dives into them, as if trying to make himself sure that he will do what it takes. In any and all cases. Back on the road, Rick has to tell Carol they still can’t find Sophia. The night is coming and the search has to stop, though, it does nothing to make her mother feel better.
Next morning Rick heads out again to search. Andrea and Dale are at odds; he won’t give her back the gun, afraid she has a death wish and wants to commit suicide. She only resents Dale for making her essentially save him at the CDC, after he stayed put with her. Sad to see, as Dale only felt a connection to her and didn’t want Andrea giving up on life. For now, Dale is left behind with T-Dog who awkwardly tries to pretend he didn’t hear everything.
Out in the woods, Shane is still playing would-be-dad with Carl. Except he’s acting like a child himself, wounded from his semi-relationship with Lori. This causes strain on them all. Everybody stumbles onto a tent in the woods, hoping maybe Sophia found her way into it during the night. No such luck. And so on they press.
At one point they find a church. Inside are only zombies, sitting in the congregation. Up they rise, not for a sermon, but for human flesh. Easily taken down, though, it is a super creepy scene. Along with a nice couple zombie kills and excellently executed makeup effects, as always. This series really gives us a lot of good stuff in that sense, with the makeup wizards at KNB – Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero – showing us their skills. They consistently do expert and fascinating work, from television to the big screen.
What happens afterwards is Andrea hears a conversation between Shane and Lori. An intimate one about their relationship, as Shane discusses leaving the group, striking out on his own. What will that bring about? More importantly, Carol has to bear the loss of her daughter. It’s likely the girl won’t survive on her own, yet still there is hope. Watching Carol have to deal with Sophia lost in the wilderness is touching, breaks the heart. And Andrea, she wants to leave with Shane. She wants to get away: “I see two people who dont belong,” Andrea tells him.

With some heading one way, Rick wants to stay put for now. For Sophia.
Rick has a heart to heart with a statue of Jesus in the church. He’s looking for a sign, an “indication Im doing the right thing“. I’m personally not a follower of any faith, but I love this scene. To know Rick has a deep faith of any sort, something to keep him going is interesting. It isn’t just his family, his wife and child. He has a deeper purpose in life, or so that’s what he feels. The contrast between him and Shane has never been more evident: “Get whatchu needed?” Shane asks Rick after the latter comes out of the church. I don’t believe in God, but those who follow, especially silently and faithfully, I admire and say: do as you will. Here, we see Shane is a lawless man and lacking in morals, even though before the fall of the world he worked as police officer. The divide between him and Rick is huge.
As the rest of the group moves on, Lori makes a passionate speech about Rick, hoping to take away some of the bad feelings, if any, about her husband over Sophia being lost. Although, I’m pretty sure most of those people realize how essential Rick is already. Even in Season 2. They’ll damn sure learn it better as time progresses.
The end of this episode is a shocking, brutal shot in the dark – almost literally. Carl is hit with an errant bullet that was headed for a deer. In the middle of the woods, cut off from society as it is to begin with in the zombie apocalypse, Rick and Shane panic as Carl begins to bleed out.

Excited to watch and review the second Season 2 episode, “Bloodletting”. Things are intense right off the bat with this season and it gets better with each passing episode. Stay with me, fellow fans!

Santa Needs Psychiatric Help in CHRISTMAS EVIL

Santa goes psycho in this 1980s slasher: a terrifying look at one man's breakdown.

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