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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.”
Things get real when the camp is attacked, and we lose our first person.
The Fantastic Four
“What [Rick] is losing in guns, he is gaining in trust and integrity, with T-Dog, Daryl, Glenn, when he learns of this, and of course the audience.”
“He says to Rick, I told you how it has to be. Are you willfully deaf or something? And Rick’s like no, my hearing’s just fine. You said come locked and loaded, so we’re in this bitch, and we wanna know what’s good.”
Guts is up for review, and Rick is still mostly a noob who makes Glenn facepalm. We meet T-Dog, whom the writers present as the minority with a big conscience or whatever when he tries to save Merle and fails. I only roll my eyes. Merle is 2D scum, and Shane’s policy is “everybody left behind.”
“Lori just really got the short end of the stick, because we meet her and very quickly find out she’s sleeping with Rick’s bestie. We never see her in mourning, aside from this little moment [when she takes off the necklace that carries Rick’s wedding ring]. It’s the only time we see Rick cross her mind. They really did her wrong a little bit by not letting her verbalize SOMETHING about the husband that she apparently believes died when the world went to hell. Short end of the stick.”
“Back in the actual shop, Andrea sees a mermaid necklace and says her sister would definitely like it, ‘cause she loves mermaids, and Rick tells her to take it, but she’s like the eyes of the law are on her. And then she goes ‘would it be considered looting?’ Rick goes, ‘Andrea, White people don’t loot.’