A Look Back at Pretty Much Dead Already (TWD Epx207)
BG Blogger takes a look back at the thirteenth episode of The Walking Dead
Hey, hey Deadheads–I’m back with another TWD flashback. This time we’re looking at Episode 207, Pretty Much Dead Already, the episode where we finally find out what happened to Sophia.
I’d argue that this is one of the show’s biggest and most powerful episodes. It’s such a famous moment in the show that it was even referenced on Supernatural when Sheriff Jody Mills said her deputy wasn’t up to go work a case because, “the guy still has nightmares about the barn episode of Walking Dead.” Much like the law enforcement officer in question, the pivotal moment in this episode still gets to me every time I watch it.
Let’s dig into this important episode, shall we?
I have a few favorite lines from this episode. I love when Glenn tells Maggie:
although I’m not quite sure how correct he is. In the world of the walking dead, telling secrets and keeping them seems equally dangerous, but it’s clear that Glenn believed that hiding the walkers in the barn was putting everyone on the farm, including Maggie, at risk.
Speaking of Maggie, I love the conversation between she and Hershel where she argues for allowing the others to stay. She repeats this line–
as she makes her case for allowing Glenn and the rest of his group to stay. In addition to the scene being powerful, I like that we get a little glimpse of what Maggie was like as a teen. She says she only wanted to shoplift and steal because she was angry about her mother’s death. In light of the relationship she’s developing with Enid, I can’t help but wonder if maybe Maggie’s past will come up again as the story moves forward.
And last but not least, I always love a good Caryl scene. I still say “awww” every time that Carol says this to Daryl:
Sometimes, I have a hard time narrowing down my favorite moment in an episode, but not in this one. It all starts with the view of this small foot
and then slowly, we see Sophia emerge. I love the way she is revealed so slowly. First the foot, then her silhouette,
Then comes the chilling moment when we finally see her face transformed by being resurrected from the dead.
The above angle shot of Sophia walking over the dead is especially powerful to me. It’s a reminder of how the group had mowed down all of the strangers who emerged from the barn while Beth, Hershel, Maggie, Jimmy and Patricia looked on in horror. Now, it’s our survivors who are paralyzed and caught up in the horror of the moment.
The others who had been so quick to pull the trigger moments earlier stand by helplessly as Sophia gets closer and closer. Only Rick who didn’t join in is able to do what has to be done and put down the walker version of the little girl. Every element of how this scene was staged from Madison Linz’s amazing silent performance to Michelle MacLaren’s directing to Greg Nicotero’s effects to the cinematography of David Boyd and Rohn Schmidt make this moment stunning. To me, it’s been the most shocking and haunting point in the entire series, and I’m not sure anything could ever top it. (Sorry, Negan.)
My favorite shot from this episode is actually a pair. I love how early in the episode we get this moment with our entire group standing in the field.
Then in the wake of Sophia’s “death” comes this shot, where we once again see our group, but in a much different way.
Rick’s reaction to Glenn’s revelation that the barn is full of walkers shouldn’t make me laugh, but somehow, it always seems to.
On Twitter, I asked people to weigh in about whether or not Glenn deserved this broken egg in his hat.
The majority of people seemed to think that he didn’t, that he was acting in the best interest of the group. I think that’s probably true, but I don’t blame Maggie for being angry either.
So there’s my look back at Episode 207! Now it’s your turn to tell me what you remember, love, hate or wonder about the episode. Let me know in the “Comments” section or tweet me!