At the time of its original airing, I really liked Season 2 of The Walking Dead. I rebuffed all the haters who complained on a weekly basis that the time on the Farm was dragging out and the Group needed to move on. I was convinced that the writers were keeping the Group there to really build the characters for us and it was easier to do so if everyone stayed put for awhile instead of giving us action-packed episodes full of Walker killing. I was wrong.
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Episode Title: Beside the Dying Fire
Original Airdate: 3-18-2012
The episode opens in Atlanta, as various Walkers are feasting on whatever they can find. Suddenly a helicopter flies by, attracting their attention. They begin to migrate in a herd, until they are in the woods surrounding the Farm. Carl’s gunfire, putting down Walker Shane, draws the herd closer…and the Farm is overrun. But not without a fight.
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Episode Title: Better Angels
Original Airdate: 3-11-2012
The day after Dale’s death, the Farm goes on lockdown. Hershel allows the Group to move into the house, as everyone secures the windows and doors, while stockpiling food for potential emergencies. Unfortunately there is still the issue of Randall. Rick is determined to take him over an hour away, with Daryl’s help, to dump him. Shane, having had enough, unties Randall and leads him into the woods, snapping his neck. Shane then rams his own face into a tree and hides his gun. He runs back to the Farm as everyone discovers their prisoner is missing, telling tall tales of Randall sneaking up on him, knocking him out and stealing his gun.
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Episode Title: Judge, Jury, Executioner
Original Airdate: 3-4-12
It’s annoying old man versus annoying kid this week. The episode starts with Daryl torturing the captive Randall (yep, he’s STILL a thing) for information about his group to determine how much danger everyone at the farm might be in if they set him free. It is decided his release is too much of a threat. No one wants to actually kill the kid (okay, except maybe crazy Shane) but old man Dale is adamant that this action is wrong and spends the day trying to change everyone’s mind, one by one. Yes, it’s as painful and drawn out as it sounds.
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Episode Title: 18 Miles Out
Original Airdate: 2-26-2012
Apparently some time has passed on the farm. Randall’s leg has healed and Shane and Rick are driving him (robbed of his sight and hearing) eighteen miles from the farm to abandon him with a few supplies and a prayer. Of course everything goes to hell. As the two walk away from a pleading Randall, he mentions having gone to school with Maggie, which leads Rick and Shane to believe that, despite their best efforts, he knows where the farm is. Shane decides to execute Randall right there, but is thwarted by Rick. Fueled by a confessional conversation they had during the long drive, including Otis’s murder and the affair with Lori, the two friends finally have it out over everything. During their kerfuffle, Shane breaks a window and Walkers begin piling out of what the men thought was an abandoned building. Shane becomes trapped, and after barely escaping with his own life, Rick grabs Randall and plans to leave, but changes his mind at the last minute to rescue his friend, who gets a stern talking-to on the way back, which fell on deaf ears.
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Episode Title: Triggerfinger
Original Airdate: 2-19-2012
An unconscious Lori wakes up in the crashed car to a Walker desperately trying to get to her. After taking it and another one out, she continues to head to town, on foot, to find Rick. Once everyone back at the farm realizes they haven’t seen her in hours, Shane goes out to find her. When he catches up to her, he lies about Rick having returned safely to the farm in order to get her in the car to go back. When she realizes what he did, she gets angry and he lets slip the secret of her pregnancy in front of everyone, including Carl.
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Episode Title: Nebraska
Original Airdate: 2-12-2012
In the aftermath of the Walker massacre, everyone scatters. Carol wants to be left alone after she finds out about Sophia, even refusing to be present when the others bury her; T-Dog, Shane and Andrea bury and or burn the bodies; Daryl goes off into the woods angry at Sophia’s death; Beth goes into severe shock, needing her father’s medical attention; Hershel disappears to the town bar, with Rick and Glenn chasing after him; Lori chases after them with no real intent except to be obnoxious and cause more drama; Dale putts around like an annoying old man. Bad people turn up.
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Episode Title: Pretty Much Dead Already
Original Airdate: 11-27-11
Tensions mount between the Group and Hershel when Glenn spills the beans about the Walkers in the barn. Shane wants to leave, fearing for the Group’s safety and feeling that Sophia is a lost cause, but Rick wants to convince Hershel to let them stay since Lori’s pregnant. Hershel agrees, but only if the Group can live by his “we don’t kill the infected” rule. Dale becomes even more “old-man-knows-best” annoying by having yet another talk with the stubborn Andrea, then taking the Group’s stock of guns to hide, only to be stopped by a very angry Shane, who just found out Lori is pregnant and knows the chances are good that the baby is his.
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Episode Title: Secrets
Original Airdae: 11-20-2011
The day begins on the farm, which includes Patricia dumping a load of incapacitated chickens into the barn for the captured Walkers to feast. Apparently after Glenn’s late night discovery, Maggie managed to keep him quiet. Unfortunately, between the barn and Lori’s pregnancy, Glenn spills all his secrets to Dale. Hershel tells Dale to keep it to himself and mind his own business, because the “people” in the barn are just “sick.” Lori discusses her situation with him and asks Glenn to go back to town to get her some “morning after pills.” During their trip at the pharmacy, Glenn saves Maggie from a Walker attack.
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Episode Title: Chupacabra
Original Airdate: 11-13-2011
The Group continues the search for Sophia. Lori is confronted by Glenn about her pregnancy, which she wants to keep hidden until she decides what to do, if anything. Daryl becomes injured and stranded in the woods, having hallucinations of his lost brother, Merle. Shane tries to convince Rick to call off the search for Sophia, but Rick sticks to his decision. Hershel becomes frustrated with the Group as they seem to overstep their boundaries and their welcome around his property. Andrea becomes more unbearable. While Glenn is waiting for another nighttime rendezvous with Maggie, he discovers a horrifying secret about their hosts.
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