After a season with ups and downs, which included shocking events, The Walking Dead season two has reached an end, with a surprising appearance and great conflicts. SPOILERS Ahead!
The episode already starts explaining where those walkers we saw heading to Hershel farm came from, and to tell you the truth, it’s kind of a disappointing thing. They were still eating Rick’s horse from the first episode, and because of that helicopter, they headed to the exact same spot the group was heading to(At least, now we know where that horde of walkers that appeared on the highway at the first episode came from).
Ok moving on, the episode sets up a good scenario with the walkers attacking the Hershel farm and everyone trying to escape, after all, we had a slow pacing season, which had the group mostly going after Sophia, and sitting around the farm just talking. Some characters died, like Patricia and Jimmy, but well, it was necessary killing somebody, so the best to do was killing off two characters who were not bringing up too much for the story, specially Patricia, who after the death of Otis was just there helping the other women with domestic duties.
It is definitely the best episode of the season, as it gives the chance to each character to have their moment of glory, specially Carol, who after losing her child and suffering a lot, still verbally attacked Rick after everything he has done to save Sophia, saying every bad thing she could, and acting thankless, but well, she had her moment, which was needed after a long time without any chances.
We also saw how important Hershel became to the group, being like the second voice of reason there (Dale was and always will be the first guys) after losing his faith with god post barn incident with the Walkers, he mostly said the exactly good and smart words for Rick at the end of the episode.
With all this going on, there was still time to see a beloved character from the comics making her debut on the show, that’s right my friends, the badass Michonne made her appearance in the last ten minutes of the episode, saving Andrea from a walker in the woods.
It was not only totally unexpected, despite the rumors that were around the internet months ago suggesting her debut, but also was better writen and thought then in the comics, where she comes from nowhere during the middle of the Prison Arc (by the way, nice touch introducing the Prison in the last seconds AMC, really got me pumped).
Taking all that, and now giving final considerations, “Beside the Dying Fire” is the best episode of the second season of AMC The Walking Dead, it gives time to all the characters to shine, have great conflicts between them, and introduces one of the best characters from the mythology into the series, now we have to wait until the fall of this year to see what happens next.
Lucas Silva M.
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