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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 2, Episode 3 "Save the Last One"

Our recap of the third episode of Walking Dead, season two. Warning: There are major spoilers in this recap!

Last week, Shane and Rick were trying to help Carl after he was shot, after a doctor (Hershel) and his family (Patricia, Maggie, and Otis) took them in. In order to save Carl's life, Shane and Otis (who lives at the farm) had to go to a local school where there was a FEMA trailer complete with medical supplies. Otis and Shane became overwhelmed by the walkers and trapped themselves in the school.

Once again, this is full of spoilers, and we're not hiding them, so if you haven't seen episode three of this season, turn away now and maybe read one of our other fine articles. Now that you've been warned, let's take a look at what happened on Sunday's episode of Walking Dead.

This week, the show opens up with Shane shaving his head, with any rhyme or reason. He stares at himself in the mirror. After the opening credits, Otis and Shane are running through the school while Rick talks over them. Things look bleak for the two as they try to escape with the medical supplies for Carl, as they are chased by a swarm of walkers. The two seems to have a tough time devising a plan to escape the school.

== TEASER ==

Back at the RV, Carol spends her night crying for Sophia, who has been lost. Daryl and Andrea decide to help her by going out into the wilderness to look for her. They let Dale know they're leaving a walk into the woods.

Back at the school,Otis and Shane are trapped above many walkers on some bleachers in a gym, and it seems like all hope is lost. Otis distracts the walkers, by jumping down to ground level and has them chase him. Shane takes the opportunity to find a window, two stories up. As he climbs out, a walker attacks him, and Shane falls out the window and hurts his leg in the fall.

Glenn and T-Dog make it to the farm. They meet everyone in the house, and Glenn and Maggie finally get to truly meet each other. Hershel tells Lori and Rick that he may have to work on Carl without the respirator because Carl simply can't wait anymore. He could die.

Shane is hurt, and he is limping. He bumps back into Otis and the two continue trying to safely leave the school.

Carl wakes back up, for just a moment, and all he can talk about was the deer he saw, seconds before Otis shot him. Carl begins to seizure. Hershel tells Lori and Rick that he needs more blood, but Rick has already given too much and giving anymore could put Rick into a coma. Rick risks his life to give Carl the blood.

While walking through the woods, Daryl and Andrea discover a walker hanging from a tree. The walker was once a man who tried to kill himself by hanging, but didn't realize he'd just turn after death. Daryl tells Andrea that killing him is a waste of an arrow, since he can't go anywhere. After a short talk with Andrea, Daryl puts the walker out of its misery.

Maggie and Patricia fix up T-Dog's arm, which leads to Maggie finding Glenn on the front porch trying to pray for his first time. They have their first heart-to-heart talk about religion and life. Walking Dead fanboys get all giddy.

Inside, Carl is losing blood fast, and Hershel says they have to operate immediately, even without the equipment that Shane and Otis were supposed to pick up. As Hershel is just about to start the operation, the pick-up truck pulls up. It's Shane, but there is no Otis. Shane says that Otis didn't make it.

Daryl and Andrea make it back to the RV, and they didn't find Sophia. Dale approaches Andrea and gives Andrea her gun back and says, "Don't make me regret this." He asks for forgiveness and is ignored.

Shane jumps in the shower and notices a patch of hair removed from his head. Flashback! Shane and Otis are trying to make it to the car, but the walkers are catching up quickly. Otis is out of bullets, and Shane, in a classic Shane move, shoots Otis in the leg. Otis falls but grabs Shane. The two struggle, and Otis rips out a piece of hair from Shane's head. Shane eventually escapes and Otis get eaten alive. The end.

Fantastic episode. For all of you comic book fans, this episode really doesn't follow anything specific in the comic. Sure, Carl does get shot early on and Hershel does heal him, but in the comic, that takes about 3-5 pages. After that, there's two HUGE plot-points that pop up: The barn and the prison.

What this episode does very well, when talking about similarities to the comic, is set-up possible romantic relationships between Dale and Andrea, and then Maggie and Glenn. Great scenes with those characters interacting, and finally, Glenn actually had a role in an episode this week!

Biggest bummer was seeing Otis die before Shane. At least Otis makes it to the prison, in the comic.

What did you guys think of this episode? What did you like/dislike? Anyone else excited for the barn?

43 Comments
Posted by InfinityOmelette

Shane's a dick, and Daryl is becoming my favorite character! Huzzah, Zombie Apocalypse! ... I miss Otis already. :(

Posted by cincyducksfan35

Best episode of the show so far, Shane is clearly the most interesting character

Posted by NightFang

I think Shane did the right thing, but I would have shoot Otis in the head.

Posted by inferiorego

@cincyducksfan35 said:

Best episode of the show so far, Shane is clearly the most interesting character

I completely agree. Shane, right now, is the best thing about the show.

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Posted by danhimself

@inferiorego said:

@cincyducksfan35 said:

Best episode of the show so far, Shane is clearly the most interesting character

I completely agree. Shane, right now, is the best thing about the show.

I like to think of the show as a big What If Shane had lived? .....also he's clearly losing his sh!t

Posted by Dernman

Woah Woah There is a romantic relationship between the old guy and the blond that is mad at him for trying to save her life? 
I didn't see that coming I thought it was more of a father daughter relationship. Sorry I'm always horrible at remembering names. 
  
Shane is .......well I'm not aloud to use the words that describe him on ComicVine. 
I eventually want to see him get eaten one day but not too soon. I enjoy the outrage he provokes in me towards his character:p

Posted by inferiorego

@Dernman said:

Woah Woah There is a romantic relationship between the old guy and the blond that is mad at him for trying to save her life? I didn't see that coming I thought it was more of a father daughter relationship. Sorry I'm always horrible at remembering names. Shane is .......well I'm not aloud to use the words that describe him on ComicVine. I eventually want to see him get eaten one day but not too soon. I enjoy the outrage he provokes in me towards his character:p

Dale and Andrea. They have a relationship together in the book, so I'm doing more assuming, based on moments from the source material, more than anything.

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Posted by Decept-O

Andrea is a selfish beeyotch.and a drama queen. Lori's dialogue seems a bit overly dramatic a lot of the time and it is getting old. Poor Otis, got thrown under the bus..err...under the Zombie bus that is.

Oh..great show!!

Posted by Full_Spectrum

Daryl is easily the most awesome person in the show. Whether it's the crossbow, his attitude, or just left over Murphy MacManus awesomeness is irrelevant. In a zombie apocalypse, I want the redneck hunter...

Posted by The Impersonator

I think the zombies should be called dead walkers rather than just walkers. Calling them walkers sounds human.

Posted by SUPER-MAN 23

@Decept-O said:

Andrea is a selfish beeyotch.and a drama queen. Lori's dialogue seems a bit overly dramatic a lot of the time and it is getting old. Poor Otis, got thrown under the bus..err...under the Zombie bus that is.

Oh..great show!!

I know right, Andrea is starting to get annoying. It is so confusing. Shane is starting to to become a jerk know, and Daryl is acting more like Shane in Season 1, which is good for his character.

Poor Otis, if only you could've run faster!

Posted by Nefilim927

I didn't think anyone actually counted on Otis coming back from that little outing.

Posted by Decept-O

@SUPER-MAN 23: Have to agree. I do believe Otis is going to enter the American pop culture in a symbolic fashion soon.

Posted by Maikeru_Deyuan

Actually I thought Otis was gonna buy it when he jumped from the bleachers. I wonder if anyone will ever find out what Shane did? And speaking of annoying, Lori is really getting on my nerves. She's perpetually confused. Hope she buys it like in the comic.

Posted by The_Tree

Great episode! I hope we see Shane die, the barn of zombies, and Tyreese soon!

Posted by Xaviersx

I like the divergence from the comic, it keeps me guessing. I like also that with a longer season, it seems we get some character development time, so real motivation for the downward spiral of the mind . . . and the holding onto the humanity and beauty, if just a little. If they can keep the soap opera down, the tension and natural development of conflict should be tense to watch. So far, I'm pleased with the season. So, . . do you do a bad thing to fulfill a good thing or just save yourself?

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Shane must die. Yes, as interesting as his character is, there was just absolutely NO justification for what he had done that night. People will say that Otis was the fatty and he was slowing down the move back to the Greene farmstead, and I call bull$#it on that. Shane busted his leg to the point that they were evenly moving about and could easily have made it back to the truck. Absolutely no cause for it whatsoever, and like or not Shane will have to live with that decision and in the end he will burn for it. Hopefully Carl puts a bullet in his neck though in due time or a zombie bites him.

Posted by Ms. Omega

@InfinityOmelette:

Yea when Shane left Otis to die I wanted to cry so bad :(

Posted by HexThis

Okay, not that I'm rationalizing Shane's actions but suppose you were being slowed down by someone like Otis, suppose it would be more efficient to feed him to zombies so you can runaway and save some little kid....why would shoot him in the stomach? That's awful. Shoot him in the head. The agonzing last moments of his life...I can't even imagine.

But, frankly, I didn't like this episode as much. Too many transparent metaphors, morals, brow-beating, and pop philosophy. Oooh, the hanging dead zombie is a manifestation of Adrianne's feelings. Glorious prodigal son Clark saw the deer and thought it was beautiful- HOPE. Southern girl whose name I haven't bothered to remember has a lesson to teach some guy she's having her first prolonged encounter with...and it's about God.

Also, Sofia, smoke signals, flare gun, pleaseeeee get found already before I forget about you entirely.

Posted by Primmaster64
@Full_Spectrum said:
Daryl is easily the most awesome person in the show. Whether it's the crossbow, his attitude, or just left over Murphy MacManus awesomeness is irrelevant. In a zombie apocalypse, I want the redneck hunter...
Kirkman said that Daryl will be in the comic book soon.
Posted by Wattup

That sandwich that Rick ate to keep up his strength looked delicious.

Posted by blackluster0

@HexThis:

actually I think Towards the end (after shane injured his leg) it was Shane who was slowing down Otis, Shane even considered staying behind but Otis refused to leave Shane behind.

Posted by SUPER-MAN 23

@Decept-O: Was thinking the same thing

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I thought this was kind of a slow episode but the ending was really a great and unexpecting and sure to bring a lot more story to Shane's character.

Posted by The_Bad_Doctor

@blackluster0 said:

@HexThis:

actually I think Towards the end (after shane injured his leg) it was Shane who was slowing down Otis, Shane even considered staying behind but Otis refused to leave Shane behind.

very true I thought this was the reason Shane shot him, because he knew he was the slower one and more likely to get caught. Still Shane did act a little too quickly in my opinion.

Edited by CombatSpoon86

Another good episode. I love both the show and the comic. I have more love for the comic but man they're doing wonders to Shane character. Can't wait to see how more things change from the comic that is being shown on the show.

Posted by maxicere

Nice cap!!! I really enjoy this show

Posted by Xaviersx

@HexThis: Shane probably wanted a loud and wounded Otis vs a silent and dead (though still zombie attractive body) . . noise and warm moving flesh. A quick death would probably not divert all the zombies. It was a horrible act, . . . in a horrible world, and what's more, will soon see if it was to save a child's life or just to save his own . . .

Posted by butterflykyss
@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

Shane must die. Yes, as interesting as his character is, there was just absolutely NO justification for what he had done that night. People will say that Otis was the fatty and he was slowing down the move back to the Greene farmstead, and I call bull$#it on that. Shane busted his leg to the point that they were evenly moving about and could easily have made it back to the truck. Absolutely no cause for it whatsoever, and like or not Shane will have to live with that decision and in the end he will burn for it. Hopefully Carl puts a bullet in his neck though in due time or a zombie bites him.

I agree with everything you said.  Otis saved Shane's life several times in the episode.  They both had some distance between and the zombies.  It was just no point in taking his life, it was very cowardice on Shane's part.  The man is sexy as all get out and he is such a badass, but him taking out Otis like that was completely unnecessary.  So yes, I agree with everything you said.  I am curious to see who he sacrifices amongst the core team.  Last season, he seemed very much the protector, but that certainly is not the case especially after this episode.  
Posted by Joeybagad0nutz

@Full_Spectrum said:

Daryl is easily the most awesome person in the show. Whether it's the crossbow, his attitude, or just left over Murphy MacManus awesomeness is irrelevant. In a zombie apocalypse, I want the redneck hunter...

This.This.This. And......This.

Posted by Joeybagad0nutz

@Primmaster64 said:

@Full_Spectrum said:
Daryl is easily the most awesome person in the show. Whether it's the crossbow, his attitude, or just left over Murphy MacManus awesomeness is irrelevant. In a zombie apocalypse, I want the redneck hunter...
Kirkman said that Daryl will be in the comic book soon.

Link Please.

Posted by hogscraper

I agree with some of the others about Laurie. She's the one breaking down and Rick has to bring her back into reality. Then she seems to immediately be the sane one to Rick's freaking out. Then a few scene's later she's talking crazy again. She needs to die or find some lithium. Great episode otherwise, though. Being a fan of the comic and seeing what they include and what they change has been awesome! Considering all the the twists they are adding to the show from the comic perspective I'm hoping for a few different things to happen. I hope that at the end of this season they just find the prison, and that Shane breaks off from the pack mentioning trying to find someone in Woodbury. Shane is sliding into the abyss and would make an awesome governor! Or maybe I just want to see Michonne do unspeakable things to Shane. Either way, can't wait for next week!

Posted by Eyz

Gwen will finally meet Maggie!

What?? I find they make quite a cute couple :P

Posted by fodigg

I like that the show is deviating strongly from the comic. The early characters need to survive longer for the format. If a TV show cycled through characters like the comic did it would lose viewers like crazy.

I hope we have Shane as an anti-hero for a long while yet. Heck, if they never kill him off I'd be fine with that.

Posted by jarsamson

Yay! Glenn!

Want to see more Glenn-in-action! :P

Posted by CrackTheSkye

I'm still not certain if I like the diversion from the comic book story. It has quite a few disadvantages in my opinion.

Like the fact that Carl didn't kill Shane makes him a lot less interesting to me. In the comics you had this "HOLY ..." moment and then you see Carl trying to handle what he did, trying to live with it. In the TV show, he's still just a kid, a lot less depth than comic book Carl..

I think it's rather simplistic that they made Otis fat so they could kill him of this way. I'm not saying Otis was such an interesting person in the comics, but still..

Andrea's totally becoming a real bitch, which is too bad, since she's such a cool character in the comics. I hope they make her more chill soon, 'cause I hate to see her behave like this.

Also Rick and Lori's whining (sorry to call it that, don't know a better word) is pretty boring. And Carl should have been saved a lot earlier, they stretched that out too much.

Of course there are also some really cool additions, like the whole Atlanta arc, Daryl being AWESOME and stuff like that.

So yeah, guess I'll stick around a while longer to see where it goes. I trust Kirk's writing as being awesome. :)

Posted by Or35ti

Every week I'm hanging on the edge of my chair. This series has got to be some of the most intense visual experience I've ever been thru!

Posted by NXH

After seeing that episode, I said to myself, "Wow. Shane is a prick." lol

Posted by PhoenixoftheTides

@HexThis said:

Okay, not that I'm rationalizing Shane's actions but suppose you were being slowed down by someone like Otis, suppose it would be more efficient to feed him to zombies so you can runaway and save some little kid....why would shoot him in the stomach? That's awful. Shoot him in the head. The agonzing last moments of his life...I can't even imagine.

But, frankly, I didn't like this episode as much. Too many transparent metaphors, morals, brow-beating, and pop philosophy. Oooh, the hanging dead zombie is a manifestation of Adrianne's feelings. Glorious prodigal son Clark saw the deer and thought it was beautiful- HOPE. Southern girl whose name I haven't bothered to remember has a lesson to teach some guy she's having her first prolonged encounter with...and it's about God.

Also, Sofia, smoke signals, flare gun, pleaseeeee get found already before I forget about you entirely.

They definitely need fewer speeches, because some of the episodes get really boring when the characters talk about their feelings. Maybe more of a concentration on the act of survival and showing the survivors learning new skills versus stumbling from episode to episode carrying as much emotional baggage as possible.

Posted by Erik

I do not think Shane is going to die anytime soon. He brings too much to the show to be offed right now. He brings the love triangle thing that most people love and he also brings the crazy. He can go places really dark that the rest of the group cannot go. Plus his presence it probably going to keep Rick in the non-crazy position. 

Posted by pixelized

I don't think I like this show anymore. 1st season was only 6 episodes so you were constantly on an emotional rush, but with second season being twice as long, there seems to be so much more downtime. For me nothing really interesting happens until the last 2 minutes of each episode... like how Shane survived the zombie hordes.
 
I also have so much gripe with the woman whose daughter is lost in the woods. I am not a parent, but if my child (assuming I didn't hate them) got lost in the woods with Zombies all around, the last thing I would be doing is crying in freaking RV. I wouldn't sleep, eat, nor potty until I found them, but homegirl has done all of that and made quilts... Goodbye. 
 
 I think hoping to see the black father and son (I forgot their names) from first season keeps me coming back.

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Posted by Alex_Tides145210

Totally agree with you guys Daryl is officially my faourite character since he is the only one who isn't constantly moaning/whining.

Andrea and Rick's wife are pissing me off they are constantly whining and the fact that Lori was contemplating letting her son die seemed a really poor character choice. she neer really came across that way in the comic

Last thing did anyone else get the feeling that shane killed Otis, i got the feeling when he was explaining andd i can't shake the feeling he shot Otis and used him as a distraction...just saying (it's a legitimate strategy)

Posted by SexualLobster

I like Daryl as a character.. great addition that wasn't from the comic. I have to say though, if Shane doesn't die before the end of this season I'm going to be a little pissed.