Season two of The Walking Dead was a season of choices. Each member of the post-apocolyptic crew had a decision to make at one point or another, which affected the rest of the group either immediately or later on in the season. Whether each person made the correct choice or not is a stand that every fan of the show must take.
Each member of the group made a choice when they decided to pick up a gun and shoot the barn walkers. One could say that Andrea, Rick, Shane, Glenn, T-Dog and Daryl made the choice to be survivors, while the rest of the group froze and allowed the plague to take over. Another position could argue that Hershel, Patricia, Beth, Jimmy, Carol, Carl, Dale, and Lori made the choice to remain human in a world that often bends individuals to the side of evil, while the shooters gave up their humanity in exchange for a longer life. However, both sides must stop and consider that most of the people shooting the barn walkers made it off the farm, while most of the catatonic bystanders did not.
One also must decide if finding Sophia was beneficial to the group or not. Some say that the survivors spent too much time and energy on one little girl, while others lean more towards Daryl’s perspective and argue that the subject should have been taken more seriously. It’s a serious matter that should be debated. How much thought are people willing to give to a lost little girl when every move one makes could bring a person that much closer to his or her death? Was Sophia worth the days of tracking that the group put in? Or how about Daryl’s multiple injuries? Did finding Sophia in the barn bring about a sense or relief, or regret?
Dale made a choice to intervene in people’s lives. Whether he should or shouldn’t of stepped in is a choice each audience member must make. While certain individuals say that he shouldn’t have tried so hard to save the prisoner that tried to kill Rick, the boys age and the humanity of the group must be taken into consideration. Personally, I was in favor of taking the boy out because I felt he was a danger to the group. However, I found Dale’s determination to erect mercy in a place that had became all too familiar with death admirable. I couldn’t help but think of the movie “12 Angry Men”, and wonder how long a person’s life should be debated. I found it interesting that I, too, was ready to rid everyone of the burden of the prisoner, even though I, along with most people, would be more sympathetic in day to day life . It seems the show has changed even its viewers, although we are not really experiencing the torment of a barren world.
Lori seems to be the only person in the group who couldn’t take a side and stand by it. First, she was with Shane, but then she left him as soon as Rick came back. This is understandable, because she was led to believe that her husband was dead, but what’s the reasoning for the rest of her judgement? She told Shane to stay away from Carl, then got angry when he ignored him. Then, she told Shane to stay after he helped save Carl’s life by bringing back supplies. After that, she told Rick that Shane was dangerous, and then she informed Shane that she wasn’t sure whose baby she was carrying. Ultimately, her ruling held a lot of weight, but she walked the line just long enough to not really suffer any of the repercussions until the end of the season.
At the end of season two, Carl joined the grown ups, Andrea decided to be a survivor, Glenn declared his love to Maggie, Shane tried to kill Rick, Hershel gave up his authority, and Rick decided to become an absolute ruler. What do these verdicts mean for the future? Will these resolutions help or hurt the gang in season three? Now that the group knows what life waits for them after death, how will they treat the present? Also, who was that hooded figure that saved Andrea? No one will know for sure until season three in the fall of 2012, but everyone can certainly plead their case and choose a side before then.