The Walking Dead Rewatch – Season 2, Episode 4 (Cherokee Rose)

Because The Walking Dead season 10 finale has been delayed thanks to the real-world virus, I have decided that to fill the void left in the schedule, to start a re-watch of the series. I live tweeted the episode as if it were playing live in the regular 9pm GMT slot on FOX TV UK. You can see all the tweets here or embedded below.

Cherokee Rose continues season two’s slow pace as now only Daryl (Norman Reedus) is left in search of Sophia and the rest of the survivors arrive at the farm where Hershel (Scott Wilson) warns Rick (Andrew Lincoln) that this isn’t a permanent place for them to stay.

If only season two had been given six episodes! So much of the survivors doing nothing could have been cut and things would zip through without feeling like we’re wading through mud. Whilst Cherokee Rose is better than the episode that came before, there is still too much thinking happening for the characters and not enough doing.

The action comes when Maggie (Lauren Cohan) tells the visitors they can take water from the well out on the field. When they find the well, inside is a bloated walker (or swimmer) who needs to be extracted carefully for fear of poisoning the water. The fishing part is tense and the extraction disgusting but this is the only walker you’ll see this episode (outside of Shane’s (Jon Bernthal) flashbacks) so enjoy it.

Maggie and Glenn (Steven Yeun) go on a mission to the pharmacy to collect supplies. Glenn has been given a secret mission by Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) to find her something from the feminine hygiene aisle. Watching Glenn squirm is a delight and the smile on his face as he and Maggie head back to the farm having gotten to know each other a little more intimately is the ray of hope that this apocalypse needs.

The product collected? A pregnancy test! As Rick puts his badges away in a drawer, maybe for the last time, Lori heads mysteriously off into the dark to pee on the stick, and the test is positive! Lori looks shocked, as well she might. How on earth are you to raise a child in this world?

If the pacing could be improved, this would have been an OK episode. Daryl explaining what a Cherokee Rose is to Carol (Melissa McBride) is the only thing left of Sophia at this point, the show seems to have forgotten her. Some tense moments, some dull. Shane concocts another lie to keep people happy at the farm but how much longer can he keep this up without either going crazy (signs of this are already forthcoming) or blurting out the truth? Time will tell, and currently, we have a lot of that on our hands.

Overall Rating: 6