AMC, 20 & 27 November
Lori’s pregnancy remains a secret no more, and neither does the contents of the barn, with serious consequences for everyone on the farm…
Glenn is something of the focus in the final two episodes of the first half of season two of The Walking Dead. He’s become the holder of so many secrets, it was only a matter of time until he spilled them. The surprise is in how little pressure it takes for him to crack.
Other secrets emerge, too, as Dale figures out that Shane killed Otis to save himself, while Lori confesses her relationship with Shane when she thought Rick was dead—although he claims to have guessed as much.
This is all fine, as far as it goes, but it is all talk. There’s been far too much soap opera style drama this season and not enough full-on zombie action or development of the wider world. All the characters have been stuck on the farm for most of the season, so it has made for rather static television.
The hunt for Sophia has dominated this first half of the series, and culminates in a predictable yet welcome resolution. The barn, and Hershel’s weirdness about it, always suggested she might be in there, under their noses all along… The question was whether she was alive or a zombie. Given the revelation that the barn was full of zombies Hershel has been collecting for his own reasons, the final shot of the episode was a foregone conclusion.
Verdict: It’ll be interesting to see where The Walking Dead goes next, but the show needs a serious injection of both ‘walking’ (to a change of scenery) and ‘dead’ (as in more zombie action).
Episode 6 ‘Secrets’: 6/10
Episode 7 ‘Pretty Much Dead Already’: 7/10
Brian J. Robb