TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale – Beside the Dying Fire (SPOILERS)

Zombies in The Walking Dead - Beside the Dying Fire

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW INCLUDES MASSIVE SPOILERS ABOUT THE SEASON 2 FINALE OF “THE WALKING DEAD”. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Holy shit. They destroyed the farm. Killed off Dale two episodes ago. Then killed off Shane one episode ago. Then they killed off Jimmy in the Season 2 finale.

Wait, who is Jimmy again? He’s one of Hershel’s kids. I think. Maybe not. Honestly, I don’t actually know who Jimmy is, but he’s always been around, we just never, you know, cared too much about him. So yeah, Jimmy’s gone. Got bit and splashed his blood all over the RV. Dale’s RV. The one Glenn and Andrea bonded over while fixing. I’m gonna miss that RV. Jimmy? Not so much.

And oh yeah, Hershel’s other daughter is gone, too. You know, her. The one whose name we don’t even know. No, not the one who tried to kill herself. The other one. No, not the one that shacked up with Glenn. The other one. Yeah, her. She’s dead, too. Oh well. Should have run faster, kid. Ironic, no, that it’s the daughter that didn’t want to die who gets it, while the one who wanted to die survives. I think in Screenwriting, they call this irony. Or something.

Zombies in The Walking Dead - Beside the Dying Fire

Taking place right after the events of the previous episode, the Season 2 finale brings back an old mystery from the first episode of Season 1 — that helicopter that Rick was sure he saw, and we know he saw it, because we saw it, too. Yup, it’s that helicopter, as it turns out, that leads the walking dead straight to Hershel’s farm. It just, you know, took them a while to get there. Hey, shuffling is slow work, you know.

Once at Hershel’s farm, the walking dead, as they are wont to do, quickly make a mess of things. Forced to abandon the farm under the suddenly overwhelming dead infestation, the group find themselves split up. Eventually, though, they reconnect on the same stretch of highway where Sophia had gone missing. Everyone made it — well, almost.

Laurie Holden in The Walking Dead - Beside the Dying Fire

Andrea has gotten lost from the group, running through the woods on her own, and Laurie Holden is incredibly sexy running for her life with a bag full of guns and blasting walking deads in the head with incredible aim. I’ve always liked Holden, and she is honestly my favorite character on the show next to Rick. I always wondered how better this show might have been if Rick never found Lori and shacked up with Andrea instead. Can you imagine the firepower these two could bring to bear on any enemies they run across, living or dead? Oh my.

Oh yeah, I’ve now learned one inescapable fact that exists in the world of “The Walking Dead”: as long as you’re alive, you can develop incredible shooting accuracy. In one long sequence of the survivors trying to thin out the dead that have invaded the farm, everyone goes around popping zombies in the head with weapons. While driving around in moving cars. Now that’s what I call survival skills! It’s all very ridiculous, of course, but then again, not any more so than the gang employing magic guns that never need to reload. I believe Hershel must have, at one point, fired off 20 rounds without once reloading that pump-action shotgun of his.

Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead - Beside the Dying Fire

It’s also finally revealed what Jenner, the mad scientist from the CDC who tried to blow the gang up at the end of Season 1, whispered to Rick. No, it wasn’t about Lori, or Shane, which were the guesses back then. Instead, Jenner told Rick that they were all already infected, and all it took was death to bring them back as zombies. Rick, in his infinite wisdom, decided to keep this from the group. Much consternation erupts after he reveals Jenner’s last words. I’m with you, Rick, you did the right thing. Screw that annoying, nagging Carol. By the way, is it just me, or do the guys in the group seem to accept Rick’s leadership, as frayed as it’s become, easier than the ladies?

Basically, “The Walking Dead” got rid of a lot of baggage, just in time for Season 3. Never let it be said that showrunners Glen Mazzara and Robert Kirkman don’t know how to keep fans on the edge of their seats as they wait with bated breath for the show’s eventual return. Which, at this point, seems like a long way off.

And finally, for all of you waiting for Michonne’s arrival, you needn’t have to wait much longer: she’s heeeeeeeere….

Michonne in The Walking Dead Comic Book

And the deadly little lady who will be playing her in Season 3 is actress Danai Gurira (of the TV show “Treme” and the horror flick “My Soul to Take”). Kirkman announced the casting on “Talking Dead”, the live chat show that takes place on AMC after every “Walking Dead” episode airing.

Danai Gurira in Treme TV Series

Also according to Kirkman, no, the Michonne you see slicing that zombie with amazing precision near the end of the Season 2 finale was not Gurira — she wasn’t cast yet at the time, and that was a stand-in. Not unusual in TV where characters are kept mysterious, but needs to be introduced first.

And so, with Hershel’s farm gone, the gang will have to find new residences. That prison nearby that the camera pans to at the end of the finale sure looks like a pretty suitable spot for a little R&R…

Prison in The Walking Dead Comic Book



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  • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

    MIchonne!!!!!!! I cheered like a madman when she showed up. And I’m excited they’re going to move to the prison. But god damn do I hate hate hate Lori. I want her to die so fucking bad.

    • Juggernaut

      I know what a bitch! First she was banging Shane. Then her Hubby shows up and pushes Shane away so that she doesn’t get caught cheating. Then she wants Shane taken out and manipulates Rick to do what she wants. Then has a little heart to heart with Shane just to stir the pot. Finally she gets what she wants, Rick gets rid of Shane and she’s still not happy! What a dumb bitch!

      • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

        Yeah, it feels like the writers can’t decide who they want her to be. At least with most of the characters you know who you’re going to get episode to episode, but with Lori, she’s a different person week to week.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/YCEBBG27D6WR4OUV7V2DEAUTXM one ikhone

          but i think lori just cant forget how shane led that gang and gave induce to lori and carl while Rick has not yet come….!!and i just think shane character were excessive after Rick back with them….!!
          it does not suit his character is before the presence of Rick..

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Agreed. I get it you’re torn, but damn for the good of your own sanity and the groups make a choice! And THEN she had the nerve to actually be upset with Rick’s decision. WOW!

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/YCEBBG27D6WR4OUV7V2DEAUTXM one ikhone

            shane character turned worst
            not because killing deer hunters …..?
            but because Lori…..
            Rick are honor more than Dale….
            but Lori just not yet clear with Rick explaination…

  • Aunt May

    yeah hope carl gets eaten too, i mean he cried when his dad said he killed shane, but i guess he doesn’t remember that he himself shot shane in the head and didn’t even as much as flinch.

  • Sherry

    Wow! that drawing of Michonne looks a lot like Gurira!

  • Juggernaut

    BTW Nix, the blonde who was taken down by the herd of walkers was Patricia, Otis’ wife not Hershel’s daughter. Jimmy was his daughter Beth’s high school boyfriend. Neither mattered too much in the scheme of things, just thought that you may want to know.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Oh really? I didn’t know she wasn’t Hershel’s daughter. Ha. That’s how much screentime those two got. Trimming the fat for Season 3, as it were.

  • Rachgigs24

    Not highschool bf…. HUSBAND.

    • Brian

      No it was definitely her boyfriend. At one point, they tell her she has to live for Jimmy’s sake, and the daughter says something like “I went out with him for a while and now I’m married to him???” – as in she doesn’t even like him that much. They definitely weren’t wed.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

        Haha, see, that’s my point. Those two were so peripheral and superfluous no one can even agree what they were or how they were actually related to the others.

        • Juggernaut

          LOL! I actually thought that Jimmy was going to earn a spot in the RV! Why he stopped and got out of the RV is beyond me!!! Rick and Carl jumped on top of the RV. Rick is the leader of the group he can handle himself! Once you hear two thuds on the roof you peel out man! Once you get away from the flesh eating horde, then you stop and get out. Dumb ass. I’m glad he’s dead. Now if only Lori and Carol bite it all will be right with the post apocalyptic, zombie infested world!

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            This is true man! No one must’ve read the zombie survival guide! I know I have. Its in my zombie outbreak survival kit next to the flood, and fire kits. And you leave Carol alone. As someone who has seen abusive famlilies up close and personal she really had it hard. YES! I know there’s always the option to just leave but it’s not as easy as people on the outside make it. That said she was fine once the husband was gone, but then she lost her daughter. Personally I think she’s handling it rather well. I’d have killed myself in that situation. For us months have gone by, to them it’s maybe a week or so later. let her grieve. She’ll calm down eventually.

          • Juggernaut

            I also know the perills of domestic abuse all too well. However, when making the call for Carol to be gone I wasn’t considering her previous marital arrangment. True, she has just lost her child not once but twice and the timeline for the viewer is askewed a bit from the characters in the show. That being said, sure she should still be grieving and a shaken up. That should not however take precedence when being persued by a flock of the undead! She was meandering across the farm as if she were chasing a pice of paper that acidentally blew out of her hands. LOL. You see rotting corpses drooling with the anticipation of feasting on your carcass and you put that ass in mtion!!!
            In closing, kill all the other females within the group. Find Mishonne and Andre, procreate and start a race of superior humans that can handle the zombie world that they live in. If only SHane had made it :(
            Im,agine the super-human breed that he and Daryll could have created with Michinne and Andrea.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            LMAO! Nice!

        • Juggernaut

          Oh, and Hershel’s other, suicidal/not so suicidal anymore, a joke compared to my sister Maggie, daughter, Beth. She’s useless and annoying too.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Indeed. Me and Virg were like where are they evencoming from?

      • Juggernaut

        Correct!

    • Juggernaut

      Incorrect!

  • Michaelaranda0

    Ease up on the comma’s, buddy. Geez lol