‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Bloodletting’: TV Recap

We begin an episode dominated by the intense suffering of poor Carl Grimes with a brief flashback to his schoolyard in the days before the zombie apocalypse. Things were terribly depressing even back then.

His mother Lori is there to pick up Carl and gab with another mom about the shortcomings of her marriage. Lori complains that her husband Rick – the post-outbreak upstanding leader of the survivor group — is, gasp!, too reasonable and even-tempered. Shane arrives with the bad news about Rick that is the key to "The Walking Dead" backstory: Rick has been wounded and hospitalized. Shane, as we can clearly see, feels pangs of something stronger than compassion for his law-enforcement partner’s wife and child.

After the opening credits, we’re back where the story left off in the season premiere last week: Rick is running through a field carrying his wounded son; Shane and the accidental shooter – an overweight and slow-moving deer hunter named Otis – follow behind. Their destination is Herchel Greene’s farm, an idyllic outpost overseen by a fatherly man who sure seems like a doctor. The place is untouched by the rampant zombie menace, much to the surprise of our survivors. Read More...



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