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16 October, 2012

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 6 "Secrets"

My previous reviews for this series can be accessed by clicking the links below:

Season 1:

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6

Season 2:

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5 

A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.


The title of this the 6th episode of season 2 is “Secrets,” and, by the time it is over, it is easy to see that title is an apt one.  As we begin, we see that Carl is up-and-about and recovering well, helping his mother Lori feed Hershel's chickens.  Unfortunately, he also seems to be developing a worldview that troubles his mother, coming from a boy his age.  Otis's wife takes one of the chickens away, and, when she's alone, breaks the poor thing's leg to hobble it. She stuffs it in a sack and takes it the barn where Glenn discovered Hershel's collection of Walkers at the end of the previous episode, and feeds it to them.


Poor Glenn now knows two explosive secrets he wishes he didn't know: Lori's pregnancy and the barn full of Walkers that Maggie (his unofficial girlfriend and Hershel’s daughter) wants him to keep to himself.  He eventually blurts-out everything he knows to Dale; who, in turn, confronts both Lori and Hershel before episode’s end.

Hershel's rationale for keeping the Walkers who wander onto his property securely imprisoned in the barn is that people with mental illnesses are sometimes dangerous too, but that doesn't mean they should just be killed outright.  Needless to say, Hershel’s refusal to see the truth of the world around him is getting pretty old pretty quick, but he’s the host, so what are you going to do?  Dale’s idea is to tell everybody, so they can help him make the barn more secure for everybody’s safety; but Hershel refuses, saying he believes Rick to be a man of conscience, but is Dale sure the same can be said for everyone in their group?  Dale, of course, understands and has no answer for that, himself having harbored doubts about Shane for quite some time.

As for Shane, he takes a small group off the premises of the Greene farm to teach them gun play.  Carl wants to learn to shoot, but Lori is not happy about the idea.  Rick and Shane together convince her to cave, arguing that there are guns around camp for a reason, and it is best he learn how to use one safely.  Shane gives Andrea some advanced training on a side-mission to a nearby housing division; they are to look for Sophia on the off-chance she might have gone that way, the theory being that her doll that Daryl found might have been carried downstream from there.  Needless to say, the place is thick with Walkers, giving the chance for Andrea to experience the real thing.

Lori learns from Hershel that their being on his farm is a temporary arrangement, and confronts Rick about it.  She argues that, at the farm, they have shelter, food, and water; and the group are all settling in and will be devastated if told they have to leave.  Rick convinces her that the best thing is to give Hershel some space until the tension has passed, and that things aren't set in stone yet.

Lori is still stressing about the baby, wondering if having it with the way the world is isn't too cruel.  She sends Glenn on another pharmacy run for "morning after" pills.  He takes Maggie with him and they are attacked by Walkers, frightening her into understanding that Walkers are more than just sick -- they are dangerous.

Lori isn't sure she wants an abortion or even if the pills will work at that stage of her pregnancy.  She takes them, but then reconsiders and forces herself to throw them up.  Glenn, in the meantime, reveals that he also got her prenatal vitamins, and tells her that maybe it is a decision she shouldn't be making alone.

Dale confronts Shane, wanting him to carry-out his original plan to leave the group.  He remembers witnessing Shane draw a bead on Rick in the forest and has, more or less, figured-out the broad strokes of what happened to Otis.  He says that he knows what kind of man Shane is.  Shane then threatens Dale, saying that if he really thought he was the kind of man who would kill his own best-friend, imagine what that kind of man would do to someone he doesn’t even like or care about.

Meanwhile, Rick finds the abortion pills in their tent and confronts Lori.  She finally tells him everything, including about her being with Shane.  As it turns out, though, he had already figured it out on his own, but understood because he knew it was when they all thought he was dead.  

All in all, there wasn't a great deal of practical information in this episode for those of us in the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community.  Most of it, rather, was philosophical in nature.  Just off the top of my head, we have themes including whether or not it is ethical to bring children into a dangerous world; pacifism versus force when dealing with threats; the sometimes tenuous dynamics when dealing with different groups with disparate philosophies; and the tensions that can and will arise between group members.

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