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'The Walking Dead' - 'Save the Last One': Lori's choice

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "Save the Last One," the October 30 episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead," in which Shane and Otis try to escape high school alive, while Carl fights to live. //

The Walking Dead 2.03 "Save the Last One" Review

The frustrating thing about The Walking Dead  is that it talks way too much. In shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad , characters can convey their feelings with single glances. In The Walking Dead, though, characters have the strange need to express every single one of their thoughts. Scenes with Rick and Lori nearly collapse under the weight of the dialogue. The scene with the zombie hanging from the tree could have been poignant, had it not been for the clunky dialogue pointing out the obvious parallel to Andrea's suicidal thoughts. I think the actors are capable of such subtlety, but they're just not given the chance, and that's what's keeping me from looking at the same show with the same reverence that I see Mad Men  and Breaking Bad  with. The weight of the unnecessary dialogue didn't completely drag down "Save the Last One" for me, though. In fact, the scenes with Shane shaving his head that bookended the episode completely made it worthwhile. How are we supposed to view Shane after learning what he did to Otis? He left Otis for the zombies in order to save Carl, but will he be able to live with himself because of what he did? That's what we're supposed to be asking. The writers of this show are taking the blank slate that Shane's continued survival has given them and crafting it into something truly watchable. If there's any reason to tune in next week, it'll be to see how Shane carries on. In that one scene at the end of the episode, Jon Bernthal proved what I said above: The Walking Dead 's actors are capable of subtlety. "Save the Last One," ultimately, was a stronger outing than last week's "Bloodletting." The new character Maggie was really fleshed out in her scene with Glenn, while even Daryl got a little more congenial when describing his childhood to Andrea (though do we really need any more reason to love the guy?). It was another solid outing for the zombie series, though here's hoping that they just stop talking so darn much. B- //

On The Walking Dead, Shane rings the dinner bell [Tv Recap]

Tonight's episode of The Walking Dead — "Save The Last One" — saw Shane and newcomer Otis plan their escape from the student-body-eaters of a local high school, Andrea and Daryl go on a soul-searching walkabout, and Lori crib her dialogue from The Road . Mischief Night spoilers on! //

‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 2, Episode 3, ‘Save the Last One’: TV Recap

'The Walking Dead,' Season 2, Episode 3, 'Save the Last One': TV Recap. There aren’t many things more dismal than being eaten alive by a swarm of ravenously hungry corposes. The latest episode of "The Walking Dead" invites the audience to contemplate one fate worse than death by zombie when a gravely sick boy has a violent seizure in front of his stricken parents. //

THE WALKING DEAD “Save The Last One” Review

THE WALKING DEAD  "Save The Last One" Season 2 Episode 3  – Another good one. Wow. And with a twist I never saw coming, though I should have. I really should have. We opened with an almost surreal shot of Shane (Jon Bernthal, better than he’s ever been) taking an electric razor to his head in a steam-filled bathroom  scene that was one part  Taxi Driver  and one part Full Metal Jacket . It was unsettling, as unsettling as the show has ever been (and  The Walking Dead pretty much has the monopoly  on unsettling right about now). And that only gave us a tease… Speaking  of unsettling, how about not being able sleep because one woman is sobbing her eyes out and the other one keeps field-stripping her revolver? Just that combination of sounds had me on edge. I can’t imagine now Daryl (played with surprising nuance by Norman Reedus) was able to stand it. And really, he couldn’t. Daryl is yet another pleasant surprise, and it’s a treat just watching him open up a little, revealing the good guy within. I’m still sort of waiting for the other shoe to drop with him; he’s either got one hell of a personal demon to reveal… or his brother’s coming back. Read More... //

'The Walking Dead' Recap: 2x02 - 'Bloodletting' Raises The Stakes, Keeps Us On The Edge

Last week we left our gang of plucky zombie killers in a bad place. Sophia is missing and Carl was shot. We pick them up this week with a flashback. Lori is outside a school. She talks with a fr... //

'The Walking Dead' recap: Bullet in the Tummy

Carl suffers a nasty wound, and the only way to fix him is 100% medically accurate post-apocalyptic surgery //

'The Walking Dead': Rick Grimes has come undone

Oh my god, they shot Carl. Now that we've got that out of the way, it is our duty to mention that the following post-show brain-dump may, in fact, contain spoiler-y-ish material if you have not yet viewed "The Walking Dead's" second episode of the second season: aka 2x2, aka "Bloodletting."Still with us? Good. Because it would seem that sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) may not be. As Sarah Wayne Callies (who plays Rick's wife, Lori) told Zap2it last week, the bottom has fallen out for Rick -- heretofore the group's de facto leader -- after seeing his son get shot. He's a guy who just wants to do right, but is finding out that making fair, selfless decisions doesn't always guarantee a happy outcome."He's kind of going down a rabbit hole," said Callies.So Rick's on the rocks, Carl's out of commission and Shane (Jon Bernthal) and our new frenemy Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince) are... //

The Walking Dead Review: The Kids Are Not All Right

If you thought dealing with flesh-eating zombies was a headache, try taking care of a child while dealing with flesh-eating zombies. For some reason, kids find the easiest ways to get lost, shot or just plain in danger. And don't ask Rick to be the babysitter, either. " Bloodletting " felt like the missing end of the season premiere, practically picking up right where it left off and sending Rick and the wounded Carl towards Hershel's farm. I love the new setting and the peaceful appearance, as it illustrates a nice contrast with the claustrophobia of the city. Just looking at the painting-like locale makes it hard to believe that zombies have taken over the world. Fans of the graphic novel should be pleased with the introduction of this significant location, especially with the new character at the center: Hershel. Read More... //

‘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... //