My suspicions that Lori and Shane, Ricks partner, had been having an affair turned out not to be true. Instead we learn that Shane had left Rick at the hospital and told Lori he was dead. It was a safe assumption to make, but Lori is mildly angry about it and winds up kicking Shane to the curb now that her husband is back.
Over the campfire that night Rick and the others discuss how to tell Daryl Dixon that they left his brother Merle handcuffed to a pipe on a rooftop in Atlanta. The Dixon brothers are racist rednecks so the news will not be received well considering that a black man lost the key to the cuffs. Daryl returns just as they find a Walker chowing down on a deer just outside their camp which means that as the food supply dwindles the dead are coming further into the woods.
Daryl is upset to hear about his brother and has to be restrained by Rick who takes most of the blame for what happened. He also announces that he is assembling a team to head back into town to rescue Merle and retrieve his bag of guns he left on the street. He also wants to get the walkie talkie he left so he can contact the man who saved his life and warn him that Atlanta is not safe. Lori isn’t happy about this either but she realizes there isn’t much she can do about it.
After Rick and the others leave Shane takes Carl to the quarry to catch frogs. Lori comes to get him and she has a final showdown with Shane over their relationship. “Tell it to the frogs,” she says when he tries to justify his actions. He takes out his anger on Bob who has just hit his wife during an argument and nearly kills him.
When Rick and the others get back to Atlanta they find out that Merle cut his own hand off and is nowhere to be found. But the only door leading off the roof was bolted, so where did he go?
The zombie element of this show is irrelevant to me. It could be any monster threatening the city. What holds my attention is the people and how they react to extreme circumstances which in my mind is what makes or breaks a good horror story. Rick is almost too good to be true but I know there are people like him around and I’d like to think that at least some of them are cops. I’ll admit that I’m glad to see the action heading back to the city next week.
There are only three more episodes left in this season. You can catch The Walking Dead on AMC next Sunday at 10pm.