If you've been watching the second season of 'The Walking Dead,' you know there are still some similarities to the comic yet other elements have taken it in new directions. In the first episode this season, we saw Carl get accidentally shot by Otis, who was hunting a deer. Rick and the survivors made their way to Hershel's farm where Carl needed to get operated on. Shane and Otis made their way to the local school that had been set up as a shelter with a FEMA trailer containing with medical supplies.
In a divergence from the comic, Otis died last episode (where as in the comic he makes it to issue #35) when Shane forced him to be a sacrifice so he could make it back to the farm. In our discussion of the fourth episode, there will be plenty of spoilers so make sure you have watched the episode before continuing here.== TEASER ==
It would've been insane if Carl didn't survive the surgery. It would have made dealing with the inevitable growing of the actor in between seasons but there's still too many stories to tell involving Carl (are you up to date on the comics?).
When Carl wakes up, he immediately asks if Sophia is okay. Sophia is still missing (from the first episode). In the comic, she didn't get lost and shows up to visit him during his recovery. She even gives him a kiss ("Eeeeew").
Funeral for Otis
In the comics, Otis died at the prison and (from what I remember), didn't even have a memorable death. With Shane being the cause of his death in the TV show, we've already seen signs of coming repercussions. Simply put, Shane is on edge. Maybe he had good intentions in mind as they needed to get the medical equipment to Hershel in order to save Carl and maybe it was Otis' carelessness that caused Carl to get shot but Shane pretty much just killed Otis.
Sophia Is Still Lost
She's been lost for three days now in the show. With her story being drawn out so much, you would think that she's bound to show up. It doesn't seem likely that the search for Sophia would go on beyond four episodes only to have it that she died off-camera. In the comics she has a friendship with Carl.
There's the possibility that she could have been bitten and turned into a zombie but it would be more realistic for her to have been devoured by roaming zombies.Daryl goes looking for Sophia on his own. He comes across an abandoned house which shows some signs that maybe someone could have been there recently.
They left a message on the highway telling Sophia they will come back and check if she's been there everyday.
We're still being teased with the barn. Rick suggests to Hershel that they could set themselves up in the barn to give Hershel and his people some more room. Hershel quickly points out that won't be necessary. He suggests that they're better off staying closer to the house.Hershel also mentions that they shouldn't get the idea that they'll be staying beyond Carl's recovery. He would rather they keep to themselves and they don't want to get into the habit of letting others in.
It turns out they are five wells on the farm. When they go to gather some, they discover a zombie trapped in the well. Unfortunately they can't simply shoot it out of fear that it would contaminate the water. Despite a plan to try to lure the zombie into a noose so they can pull it out, it's going to fall on someone small, quick and agile to go down in order to throw a noose around it's head. They managed to hook the zombie but their plan doesn't go quite the way they hoped it would.
Glen and Maggie Go To Town
Maggie decides to go into town to pick up some more supplies. Glen goes with since scavenging is his thing. Lori also asked him to pick up something for her discretely. When he finds the item, Maggie walks up and he tries to cover it and grabbed the nearest item, a box of condoms.
Fumbled for words, Maggie says she'll 'have sex' with Glen, putting it more eloquently than in the comics. Glen did show signs of being attracted to Maggie before they left. She tells him that he's not the only one that's lonely. She later tells him it was a one time thing. We'll see about that.
Rick Asks Hershel to Reconsider Letting Them Stay
They could be safe at the farm. There is plenty of room and trying to survive 'out there' is dooming them. Rick explains that the others look to him for surviving. He also has his son to consider. Hershel tells him that there are things he won't discuss and they have to follow his rules if they're to stay. Do those rules and things he doesn't want to discuss have to do with the barn?
Carl Gets Rick's Hat
Rick confesses to Carl that Sophia isn't safe. They share a bond now that they've both been shot. Because of this, Rick tells Carl he's can now wear the hat. In the comics, he had the hat before he got shot.
Carl obviously is exited to get the hat but asks if Rick will miss wearing it. Rick tells him maybe he could borrow it from time to time.
Rick also gives some thought over his uniform and whether or not they'll be able to settle down anytime soon.
Lori Gets Some News
In the comics, Lori discovered she was pregnant before they reached the farm. It was in this episode where she finds out for sure. That was the item she asked Glen to get for her discretely.
This is going to shake things up. In both the show and comics, she and Shane shared some "time" together. There was something in the way Glen looked when he handed the home pregnancy test over the Lori. Either he was feeling extremely awkward or is aware that Shane could be part of that picture. Maybe with the close quarters they've all shared, people know whether or now Rick and Lori have had a chance to be...intimate?
Over all, there wasn't a whole lot of action in this episode. It didn't feel like too much happened. Things are being set up. Hopefully we're not just being teased about the barn. The Sophia story needs to be wrapped up. And we'll see what Rick's reaction is to Lori's news.