**WARNING! POTENTIAL SPOILERS!!**
I know most will disagree with me, but I love Shane. I think he is one of the most logical members of the group, it’s just his delivery that is lacking in development. Even when Shane acts out in a way that the group doesn’t approve of, I tend to see his reasoning behind his actions. I love Rick, but I’m not sure he is the best person to put in charge. I’m reading the comics right now so I don’t want to spoil anything, but even if you don’t know what happens in Robert Kirkman’s original writing, you should question the leadership role. Who really is best fit to lead the group? Was Dale the one who should have had more of a say? What about brave, rational Daryl? What about won’t-be-limited-by-her-gender Andrea? Or even T-Dog, who doesn’t seem to get to say very much at all. The point is, Rick never wants to let Shane have any say, whatsoever, so eventually Shane gets angry and does what he wants anyway. Maybe if Rick gave Shane a few moments of his time instead of immediately saying no, Shane wouldn’t feel so alienated from the decision making.
That being said, Shane lost his marbles. He finally became the Shane I know from the novels. However, in the novels, Shane is simply evil and crazy, and on the show, I think Lori had much more of an influence on Shane’s behavior. It may be unfair to blame Lori for Shane’s murderous attempt, but perhaps it’s smart to factor her in. She had to have known that bringing up their lovemaking to Shane would arose him to think once again that he belonged with Lori because he made it very clear how he felt about her. Shane is a very passionate person who acts quickly without much thought, so I’m not sure what exactly she was expecting to happen after their little interlude. I’m not saying that Shane was right in trying to kill Rick, either, I just feel sorry for him because I feel that he was being toyed with. Feel free to leave comments and disagree, I’d love to discuss this further! Whether you agree or not, I think we can all agree that stealing the prisoner, snapping his neck, and lying to the group so that he could take Rick on a search party to his death was definitely the wrong move. The one thing that Shane did right in this episode was telling Rick that he needs to pay more attention to his son, Carl. Carl is acting up because his father isn’t very involved with him lately. Even Andrea stood her ground and told Rick that he was leaving the camp too often. Rick keeps getting great advice that he’s just ignoring, and sooner or later, it’s going to have a huge effect on everyone.
By the way, I CANNOT BELIEVE THEY ALREADY REVEALED SO MUCH FROM THE NOVELS! They showed Shane coming back from the dead without being bitten! ” The Walking Dead” is moving at a very fast pace all of a sudden. I’m excited, because you don’t learn about this for a while in the novels, but I’m also worried because I’m afraid the show will catch up to my place in the story quicker than I thought.
In other news: I’m so happy that Glenn is becoming a bigger character on the show! I love him in the novels so far. I really enjoyed the moment he and Andrea shared while working on Dale’s RV. Steven Yeun (Glenn) is so great at displaying grief, and Laurie Holden (Andrea) is so versatile. Although the two don’t share very many scenes together without the rest of the crew alongside, they surprisingly had strong chemistry, and really illustrated a bond between the two characters that would be present if in fact they were real and both lost Dale. It was very touching, and I’m glad they included it in the episode. Dale wasn’t my favorite character, but I was sad to see him leave.
Overall, I loved this episode, just like I love every episode of “The Walking Dead”. It’s become of my favorite shows, if not my favorite, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the final episode. However, if given the choice, I would have the show airing year-round.
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