For the last couple of weeks I have wondered why there is a young adult guy on the farm whose name I don't know and who never gets to say a word. Now I know. So he could be brutally devoured by zombies shortly after rescuing Rick and Carl. Same goes for that other person who was so grievously dined upon by the swarm.
If I were to come up with a title for this episode I would call it "Taking Liberties."
Poor guy in RV and poor girl running for her life are seemingly easy targets for the slow moving and voracious zombies. Andrea and short-haired lady are not so easily captured even though they are in what amounts to be an equal storm of zombies. After all, the two who were zombie dinner were what they call in the business, red shirts. Their deaths served to make us think, however briefly, that the cast was doomed. In the end, they all survived. At least everyone who's had a speaking part this season.
Then comes the most inexplicable of liberties. Now granted, I may have missed the conversation they all had in which they agreed on a spot to meet up, but it's a big world and I know the farm isn't all that far from the spot where they initially left the road, Shane and Rick walked there if you recall, and for them all to meet up there was pretty amazing. Especially given the fact that the swarm of zombies had seemingly come in that direction.
But OK. That could happen. So they decide to drive on, motorcycle, cross-over and pickup, in a caravan until the pickup starts knocking, which we are to equate with a low fuel condition. First of all, why wouldn't they have a full tank of fuel on the truck? I don't even know the last (or first) time I saw that truck driven. Why wouldn't they keep it full, you know, just in case? Then Rick stops the car and says they need to camp their and go looking for fuel and supplies in the morning. WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING! This is completely ridiculous. Why wait until then? Also, you tell me you wouldn't cram four extra people in that cross-over when there is a swarm of flesh-eating zombies walking around?
It's OK to take some liberties, but I found most of that bit just hard to swallow.
The personal story line was also flat out 180 degrees away from just two weeks ago, which is like two days in show time. Laurie essentially told Rick it would be nice if Shane were dead and then she gets upset when she finds out Rick killed him in self-defense. Are you serious?
As for "battle" the leadership, short-haired lady says, "We shouldn't follow Rick. He's dangerous." Rick says, "You wanna leave? Be my guest. If you stay, I'm in charge!" Short hair says, "Ok." Wow. Well-played, short hair.
So looking ahead to next season, we've got a large prison just over the ridge from where our gang decided to take the evening off in the retreat from the zombie swarm. We've got a hooded dark creature pulling has two arm-less black guys in chains and who now has the Amazing Andrea and Her Incredible Zombie Escaping Abilities in custody. Let's hope that the writers can come up with something slightly more intelligent than what we just witnessed.
And to Fred, yea, they had lights. Weird, huh?