The season 6 preview special was très pointless. Moving on! In Save the Last One, Shane gives himself the Buzzcut of Instability, and Lori asks Rick to tell her why Carl should live.
Demon in the mirror
Save the Last One
“[Lori] goes, “Tell me why it would be better another way.” And I’m like, why are you putting the onus on Rick to help you not be miserable and not be a cynic? Isn’t it obvious why it would be better? Because Carl is alive right now, and you guys love him, and Carl himself would not want to die? Like, why does she need him to say it plainly for her?”
“Like, why does she need him to say it plainly for her? Are you serious? He’s the boy’s father. It’s bad enough that you’re his mother, and you’re saying this, but you need his father, his biological father, who loves that boy so much and is so proud of him existing, you need him to spell out why it would be better for Carl to live.”
Check out the Richonne deleted scene if you haven’t already!
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.”
It’s season finale time! Cana joins me once more to recap TS-19, where Shane is salty as all get out that Rick’s idea panned out. For a night. And it takes everyone way too long to figure out what happens when the clock gets to 00:00:00.
“The thing that bugs me the most about Lori, and this is so petty, is her hair. It’s like, it’s the zombie apocalypse: why do you have long ass hair and bangs? Like, you need to keep it short. Like Carol, at least, or at least like Andrea. It could get caught on a branch or a zombie could snatch it.”-Cana
“T-Dog swears he still made [the eggs] taste good. Why do I feel like T-Dog might’ve worked at IHOP?”-Me
“I wouldn’t have tried to save [Dale]. I would’ve been like okay we dyin’ together.”-Cana
Cana joins me to recap Wildfire, and I am supremely in my feelings because Lori and Shane are doubting the hell out of Rick’s instinct/ideas.
“When you look at this versus how Rick and Michonne interact with each other: they don’t even have to use words.”-Cana
“Lori doesn’t support him, which makes it hard for him to be sure of what he wants. Which is one of the problems with Lori and Rick in terms of Rick being a leader. He could never [reach] his full potential as a leader as long as the person he trusted the most, well two of the people he trusted the most, but especially Lori, his wife, was always [….] He couldn’t trust himself as long as Lori was there. Because she would always say the opposite of what his idea was.”-Me
“[Rick] totally upgraded his life, yo. He got a new brother and a new wife.”-Cana
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.”
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.”