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Bloodletting shines a light on one of Lori’s issues with Rick as Carl’s life hangs in the balance; Hershel plays games; T-Dog gets the worst chunk of dialogue in the episode, and I continue to analyze Rick and Lori’s relationship.
“There’s a THING going on here [….] where Shane cares about Carl, too. This is freaking him out, too. He’s scared, too. This is breaking his heart, too, because he loves Carl so much. And although he FEELS like Carl’s father, he’s NOT Carl’s father, so he kind of has to hold it back a little bit and watch Rick be the father, and remind himself that he can’t possibly be hurting as much as Rick is hurting. There’s all of that going on during this whole Shane is comforting Rick. It’s there.”
“The producers decide that they want to point out that T-Dog’s the Black guy, okay, and the segway makes NO sense. I don’t understand T-Dog’s reasoning, and I don’t know what he’s talking about. Lynched? Lynched because of what? […] What does T-Dog think he did lately? He wasn’t afraid of being lynched after he dropped the key, but now he’s contemplating his Blackness? [….] They basically tell us the reason why he’s talking like this is because he’s burning up, so he’s delirious, but I’m like noooo, the dialogue is just bad. It’s JUST bad.”
In the season 2 premier, Sophia goes missing, and everyone’s looking at Rick like he made it happen. Andrea verbally scalps Dale in front of the whole group; Shane says he’s leaving; and Lori finally supports Rick without sounding like she’d rather be doing something else. Not the show’s most exciting season premier, but it’s cute.
Carol’s last memory of Sophia is her hiding under a car, scared out of her mind.
What Lies Ahead
“Rick told Sophia IF he doesn’t come back, to run straight back to the highway. No sooner does he lead the walkers away than that little girl gets out from under her hiding place. She was probably thinking, “This man is dead meat; dead in the water. Literally. Lemme go.”
“Daryl starts [cutting the walker open], straight face, like he’s cutting chicken. And Rick’s struggling not to hurl. Daryl digs in there and starts pulling internal organs out, and Rick is really trying to keep it together. Rick may be from the South, but this is some Country thing.”
Rick Grimes? You got something you wanna tell me? In Tell it to the Frogs, all of Shane’s hopes and dreams are shot to hell when Rick reunites with his family. Rick meets his future brother, Daryl, who’s incensed at his bio brother being left on a roof. And beyond the initial reunion, Lori’s feelings are pretty tepid where Rick is concerned.
Tell it to the Frogs
“Shane’s feelings, you guys, are hurt. And it’s beautiful.”
“I find it interesting and telling that when Lori opened up the album, it opened to [two pages] that are pretty much all about Carl. I mean it’s about them as a family, but, no, it’s about Carl. [….] None of it is Rick and Lori. It’s either Carl or Rick, Lori, and Carl.”