A Look Back at What Lies Ahead (TWD Epx201)

A Look Back at What Lies Ahead (TWD Epx201)AMC_TWD_What_Lies_Ahead

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

Happy Memorial Day, TWD Family!. It’s time for another The Walking Dead flashback. This time, we’re taking a look at the What Lies Ahead, the premiere for Season 2! Let’s dig into the episode, shall we?

Favorite Lines

There are a few lines in this episode that jump out at me, starting with this one that Rick says over the radio to Morgan:

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After writing my piece on the religious symbolism of the Carl and the deer being shot, this quote struck me:

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Baptism is meant to wash you clean, to give a fresh start without sin. That’s exactly what Shane is looking for in this episode, making plans to leave the group. Ultimately, he never gets that chance to start over and perhaps be the good man he had the potential to be. If you haven’t yet, you can check out my post on the religious themes of the episode.

And then there’s this line:

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Knowing what’s coming, I always shake my head when Rick says this line to Sophia.

When Lori chastises Shane for being dismissive to Carl, he says:

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Even though I lost respect for him after what he did to Lori at the CDC, this line strikes me because it shows how Lori is already starting to manipulate Shane. I have a hard time being sympathetic to her in Season 2 because of the mixed messages she sends to Shane and how she pits him against Rick. I feel like she wanted to make sure Shane was close by in case Rick died. She wanted a backup man, and while I can understand her motivation, it makes me dislike Lori.

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This is one of my favorite lines from the entire series, and my favorite T-Dog line. There’s just something about his expression as he looks up at Dale, realizing how the man has been conspiring to keep them all on the road so the search for Sophia could continue.

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The entire speech from Rick in the church is great, but this particular line is powerful to me, considering what sign he is ultimately given.

Favorite Moment

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I think my favorite moment in the episode is the heart-breaking but flawlessly acted monologue that Carol says as she looks up at the cross in the church. Melissa McBride is amazing in it, and it gave so much insight into Carol’s character.

Favorite Walkers

Screwdriver walker is by far one of my favorites. He’s the one who comes after Andrea, forcing her to take refuge in the bathroom.

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Favorite Shot

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I love the shot of Carl lying lifeless after taking the bullet. The first time I saw this episode, I was shaking as I watched it.

Random Somethings

I never spotted this sign in Dale’s RV before:

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Watching this episode, I couldn’t help but think how small this herd is compared to some of the ones our survivors have dealt with since. Season 6 Team Family would have finished them off with ease:

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The first time I watched Season 2, I had a lot of sympathy for Dale. I felt like Andrea was angry at him for no reason. When the conflict arose over him taking her gun, I saw his point of view. I didn’t think it was right of him to do, but I felt like his heart was in the right place. For whatever reason, I find that I sympathize with Andrea more and more when I rewatch. While I still think she was hard on Dale, I feel like he was out of line for trying to control Andrea.

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So there’s my look back at Episode 201! 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!

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