Episode 3 review.. **spoilers**

This is all about family and the dynamics we see between them all living with each other and dealing with what they would not normally stand for in other circumstances.  We start to see much more of people’s personalities dealing with sexism and betrayal and also what little bit of integrity some of them may have.  At this point most of them are not looking out for one another but looking out for themselves.  A few have taken charge to make sure that the good of the group is considered in every decision no matter how big or small.  As some will decide to pursue different paths, as long as the good of the group is intact then they have the support of everyone.  We start to learn a little more about the “walkers” and are introduced into a new term, geeks.  As the story starts to develop the characters we are beginning to understand how difficult it really is to live together.  Even though they may not get along and there is no one really stopping you from leaving someone behind or kicking the shit out of them not one of these people would wish death on the other regardless of how terrible they are to one another.  It is a weird line that is drawn and may eventually have to be crossed as  time goes on.

Where we open the episode you see Merle cuffed to the roof and is totally mad.  He is mumbling and then like he was in a dream snaps out of it and violently is trying to escape his prison.  When he takes a second look there are geeks at the door trying to get at him.  He sees a saw that he can use to cut the cuffs?

Then we start to get into the meat of the episode.  Rick and the rest of them return from the city and Rick is reunited not only with his family but his old partner, Shane.  He is overrun with joy and doesn’t even notice the looks between Lori and Shane.  She is riddled with guilt and you can tell confused.  She does still love him and you can clearly see that when they are laying in bed together.  It is almost like a re-consummation of their marriage that night.  She gives him his ring back and they do it, but what really gets me is that he is so overrun with joy that he doesn’t even pick up the subtle instances of her guilt across  her face.  Not only did she leave him but she has been bedding his partner this entire time.  I am torn between how I feel about her because could you really blame her?  If you lost your husband/wife and were put in a situation that they have, would you really stay faithful?  If you weren’t would you tell the other person when they finally found you?  Her entire situation is very delicate and I am just not sure at this point how I feel about it honestly.  Later in the episode she finally addresses her situation with Shane.  We find out that he told her that Rick had died and therefore is now her source of blame for everything.  Now we get a better understanding about what has led to her actions now.  I start to feel a little more sympathy for them all but still think that Rick should know about what has happened in his absence.  He can’t really be upset because this is a time of crisis.  He also seems like one of the most levelheaded guys so far.
The group does end up finding a walker just outside the camp eating a dead deer and all in turn the men who ran to the rescue beat it down until one finally chops its head off.  You can see this is a stress reliever but now there is new element to scare them.  They chose a high space up in the mountains to get away from where populated areas would have these creatures thriving.  Now they found one so close to home, does that mean the cities are running dry?  They are having to travel further and further for food.  We also get a little lesson about what it takes to kill these walkers.  Even though you can chop their heads off is the brain is still intact then they will just be an alive head.

The sexism comes along when Ed is confronted by one of the ladies down by the quarry.  They are down there doing the laundry and complaining to each other about what they miss in their former lives.  Once they are laughing and actually beginning to enjoy the company a little better Ed, who is Carol’s husband, comes along to comment on their work ethic.  He disgraces them all when he openly hits Carol in the face.  Shane is there to save the day but also take some of that aggression he has pent up from his talk with Lori.  Just like a beat up housewife, Carol runs to his rescue after he is beaten down a bleeding.  Instead of the women standing for their own a man has to come along and take that from them.  Shane is a leader in this camp and I do believe he has tarnished his reputation just a bit.  The ladies at first are comforting Carol and then back off completely to kind of openly shun Shane for his rather savage display of leadership.

The episode climaxes with Shane beating Ed and then the group who has gone back to Atlanta to rescue Merle.  They finally reach the roof to find a big surprise that sends his brother into a screaming fit.  There is a reason they left us hanging in the beginning of the episode to build up to this exact moment when they realize Merle is no longer there and all they find is his sawed off hand.

Stay tuned for Episode 4 and 5 to come soon…

Jess