A Look Back at Triggerfinger


A Look Back at Triggerfinger (TWD Epx209)

BG Blogger takes a look back at the fifteenth episode of The Walking Dead

Hey, Deadheads! It’s time for another edition of my flashback series. This time, we’re talking about Triggerfinger, Episode 209 of The Walking Dead.

True confession time–this is one of my least favorite episodes if not my absolute least favorite. The first time I watched it I was pretty riveted about what would happen with Glenn, Hershel and Rick at the bar in town, but once I knew what was coming, this episode didn’t do much for me. As a result, I don’t really have favorite lines or favorite moments to share from this one, so instead I want to talk about two things.

Rick and Randall’s Group

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One thing that always bugged me about this episode was when Rick called out to Randall’s group. Up until that moment, the men outside were debating about what to do and there seemed to be a chance that they were going to leave. I could never figure out why Rick called out and sort of felt like it was just a method for setting up the conflict with the other group. If that was the case, though, the other group could have just burst in.

Since I’ve always been stumped on this, I took to Twitter to ask for opinions and got some great answers.

Here’s a few of the answers I got that all seem like good theories:

The Episode Title

One thing I never thought about with this episode is what the title meant. Of course, there is the obvious reference to the gun fight between our survivors and the remnants of Dave and Tony’s group, but I think that it means more than that. An itchy triggerfinger means that a person is eager to kill.


In this episode, we see Andrea and Shane agreeing that Randall is a problem and that keeping him alive could result in a war with the other group. The solution hangs in the air–they should kill him as any alternative is too dangerous. Both of them have itchy triggerfingers when it comes to Randall.


In their tent, Rick tells Lori about what happened in the town, saying that he had made up his mind that if anyone died it was going to be them and not him. Lori observes that Rick was willing to kill to do what was needed to protect his family and points out that Shane believes that Lori, Carl and the unborn baby are his. She is implying that Rick may have to kill Shane, and that’s how the episode finishes. Lori may not be itching to pull the trigger herself, but she does seem to be eager to put the gun in Rick’s hand and help him squeeze it.


Special Bonus: Favorite Walker

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One thing I do love about Episode 209 is windshield walker. Maybe it’s because I found the whole wreck sequence with Lori to be frustrating and unnecessary and he’s actively trying to eat her face. But whatever the reason, this guy is already by me.

So there’s my look back at Episode 209! 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!

Bicycle Girl

Freelance writer from Pittsburgh. May or may not be a walker whose bicycle was stolen by Officer Friendly.

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