I agree with you and your take on the episode, except I do think it was important that Rick qualified that last bit by saying “if they can’t make it work” first. I don’t think they could have him stray too far, morally, and still have us identify affectively with him as the main protagonist.
I saw that as just another unfortunate example of this show’s very selective use of stealthy zombies to provide gotcha startle moments. Some walkers play dead until you’re vulnerable to them. Some can stay quiet until they are right behind you. However, your point is well-taken, in that a zombie presumably wouldn’t have gotten in their on his own. I think it’s just bad writing, because it seems too convoluted to be an intentional trap.
Just what I’ve been wondering. Also, if the writers were going for a Rick-Michonne hook up, they took all that in a very different direction with this episode.
Great catch! I loved her misrepresentation of her backstory and her wearing that awful suburban mom “disguise”, but I didn’t link it back to her awkward handling of the weapon at the beginning. At the time, I was trying to remember how long back it was that she injured her shoulder, and thought that it was just something like that they were going for. But I think you’re right – she was playing weak from the outset. Very cool.
It was also kind of weird how they quickly cut to Rick startling from sleep after that. I couldn’t figure out if the interaction caused him to suddenly wonder about where all the adult men were, or if it had been some kind of weird dream (which seems unlikely). Anytime you hear the crackling of someone’s cigarette when they inhale though, it’s clearly bad news.
I assumed that it was her, and that she has been going to that little house, since Carl was following her and wound up with his dad. I’m guessing that her discomfort with fitting in is similar to our crew’s discomfort. I thought it was a little odd that she was standing in the woods looking around, and then suddenly appeared to see something and took off.
I also thought that Carl’s tracking skills really must suck even after all this time since he almost immediately couldn’t figure out which way she went.
That is a little odd. It would be a particularly good indicator of the group’s pull to join in the community since they made such a big deal out of their hunger and thirst in the episodes that immediately preceded this. It would have been much more useful from a story-telling perspective than five minutes (okay, I exaggerate) of watching someone shave.
I agree 100%!