Under certain insane circumstances one has to consider the amount of stability and grace they can administer to their current realities. Is it all pointless, as Beth points out? In a world full of undead walkers aching to get a bite of human flesh, would the end be best for everybody? Is a showdown between two best friends ever worth it? Are human relations even worth fighting over at a time like this? Decisions, decisions. All in this week’s installment of The Walking Dead. In which Rick and Shane go head-to-head and Lori and Andrea duke it out over some “life or death” situations.
Rick and Shane have a little conversation. Rick stands his ground and gives Shane something to ponder on. Rick is not as much of a pushover as everyone seems to think. He has standards, morals, and as always, is struggling to make the right decisions to protect those around him. He is sheriff after all. Shane is floundering yet again, and this time his true colors towards Rick are coming to the surface. All escalating into a rumble between the two, ending in a ratchet whirling through a window awakening a pack of hungry walkers. Testosterone and stupidity go hand-in-hand with two men bickering over who gets to be leader and make the tough decisions. All of this while trying to make a decision where to leave this stranger (Randall) they picked up last episode. Sadly, this stranger becomes a person to them when he gives them a few tidbits on his life. Great. The decision is yet to have been made clear although it seems Rick may have to take his life just to ensure everyone’s safety. But first, he’ll leave Shane behind waiting to be eaten by hungry zombies…
Suicide. It may be the answer to some during such a time of loss. Loss of friends and family, and of hope for something better. Think about it. If left to the world, a world such as the world in The Walking Dead, would it be better to take your own life and escape inevitable doom or to suffer through it until your time eventually came? Beth couldn’t think of a worse hell than the second option apparently, which leads to her want to take her own life. A decision Andrea seems to think is all up to Beth herself and no one else. An argument that could be looked at in context to assisted-suicide. Think Dr. Jack Kevorkian. But not quite. Is Andrea assisting in suicide? The arguments Andrea makes toward Lori are valid and varied. Is it right? Then again, what’s right in this world? While Maggie and Lori try to save Beth’s life, Andrea seems to make her point clear. Beth made a choice, even if Andrea crossed a line, Beth made a definite choice. For once, I happen to be on Andrea’s side. If Beth really wanted to die, she would have done so given the chance. Andrea would be somewhat of an expert in this field given her previous experiences. It was a nice study on what would be a real consideration for many in the given insane circumstance. It wasn’t graceful or necessarily “stable”, but it was an interesting way to handle things. Disagree? Was there another way to handle this with grace, charm, stability etc…???
Furthermore, the argument Lori and Andrea have established a lot for both of these women. Lori seems very traditional, while Andrea is a more of an abrasive woman. Both are strong in their own sense, which made their argument so tense and enjoyable to watch. Andrea is very versatile in many situations, she’s smart and rather innovative, although sometimes dangerously impulsive. Obviously something Lori, nor Maggie can comply with. Lori might even be intimidated that Andrea is aware and speaks on the fact that Lori acts like the little lady in charge. The first lady of the survivors, if you will. Lori’s arrogance at times is what gets to everyone quite often. Andrea just chose to speak on it. And it is something I congratulate her for doing.
So, it looked like the end of Shane there for a moment, but you know Rick could never do it. But given the current events and what just happened between the two, how can they re-establish any kind of relationship? With all the suspense and anticipation leading up to the final few episodes, one can decipher and envision an unhappy outcome. Maybe it would have been best for everyone to take a note out of Beth’s book. I don’t see any happy endings from here on. When personal issues and pride become more important than safety, one has to consider leaving grace, stability and poise at the door, and “18 miles out”. Literally. But Rick takes back control and momentarily puts Shane back in his place…momentarily.
For a multitude of face-offs for a few of our characters and the myriad of tough decisions to be considered and still agreed upon, The Walking Dead’s fantastic tenth hour of Season 2, “18 Miles Out”, receives a glimmering 5 out of 5 stars!
Tension is building and anticipation is accumulating. We have three more episodes of the season left. And by the looks of the promo for next week’s episode (on the left), the show will be going out with a bang.
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