The Walking Dead Rewatch – Season 2, Episode 9 (Triggerfinger)

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.

In a turn of events, episode 9 starts strongly but slowly fades away, opposed to the previous two episodes. After a shootout at the bar goes wrong, for the other group, not ours, Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Hershel (Scott Wilson) must decide what to do with the one remaining enemy who is impaled on a fence spike.

Lynn, I’ve pierced my foot on a spike!

Coupled with Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) being hunted by walkers who’ll do anything to eat her flesh, including forcing their face through broken glass; the visual effects game is strong in this episode!

Other than that, there is more tension in the group towards Shane (Jon Bernthal) who rescues Lori but lies to her that Rick is waiting for her at the camp. How did she not see through this earlier. 1) Rick would have had to pass her wreck on the side of the road. 2) Rick wouldn’t send Shane out to find her. Once Randall (Michael Zegen) arrives at the farm, Shane is furious that Rick has now started a war with another group and only Andrea (Laurie Holden) is on his side.

Maggie (Lauren Cohan) snubs her daddy when they all return and runs straight to hug Glenn. Later he’ll tell her that all he could think about was her as he was being shot at, when he should have been focusing on the job at hand. Time to slide the on-again-off-again hand to “off again”. When will these crazy kids see the light?!

The episode ends with Lori putting the idea in Ricks head that Shane is a threat, she’s basically telling Rick to kill Shane so they can be happy. Talk about manipulative! This is Rick’s best friend she’s talking about. Sure they’re relationship is a little fractured at the moment but can a woman break that bond?

Not a terrible episode, extra points for the beautiful brutality, even though it was tinged with blue hue for nighttime. Felt much more like a breather than anything though.

Overall Rating: 6.5