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About Last Night – The Walking Dead, “Made to Suffer” [MASSIVE SPOILERS]

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 9:00 am by Amanda Andonian

In case you missed the disclaimer in the title, there are massive spoilers ahead. Seriously, I don’t even know what to say about this episode that wouldn’t be a spoiler, so you’ve been warned. To avoid giving away some of the more mind-blowing “WTF?!?” moments, though, I’m going to focus on who I think are the most interesting and important characters thus far, their journeys in the course of series, and what I think is in store for them in light of last night’s episode. Now, on to my review of The Walking Dead, “Made to Suffer.”

Again, massive spoilers ahead.

 

Rick vs. the World

This season has truly been a test of Rick’s ability to lead, as well as his ability to keep his family safe. He’s realizing more and more that while he can train the group and mold them into a well-oiled machine, there’s never any guarantee of safety, and it’s slowly driving him insane. Although he did recover some of his sanity after Lori’s death, the efficient and deadly way that he led the effort to save Glenn and Maggie shows that he’s let go of any part of himself that feels empathy for people that are not part of the group. Not even Michonne’s help in saving Glenn and Maggie is enough to make her trustworthy, and Rick doesn’t waste any time hemming and hawing over it–he relieves her of her weapon at the first sign of her falling out of line. I’m excited to see more of this no-nonsense Rick in the second half of the season.

Daryl vs. Merle

Probably the character who’s undergone the biggest transformation, Daryl has become not only an integral part of the team, but also one of the most dependable and reliable people in the group. Rick makes no bones about the fact that he needs Daryl, thanking him for taking care of Carl after Lori’s death, and outright telling him that he has to choose the group over Merle. It says a lot about Daryl that even though Glenn is beat half to hell, he still thinks he can go out, “talk” to Merle, and work things out. He’s no longer the hot-headed redneck; he wants to see the best in people, especially his brother, and his naivete is almost adorable if it weren’t…you know…naive. When push comes to shove, though, he chooses Rick and the group. Next season will show whether that decision sticks, or whether Merle manages to get into his little brother’s head and turn Daryl back to the dark side.

Michonne vs. the Governor

Seriously, what is Michonne’s deal? Sure, he threatened to kill her. And yes, he did turn her best friend against her (though what kind of crazy person would want to hang out with Andrea for so long?). However, that’s no excuse for sitting in the guy’s apartment, execution-style, waiting to slice his head off. Of course, it did lead to one of the craziest confrontations that I’ve ever seen, and it literally made me yell out, “Oh shit!” at one point. I’m not a huge fan of Michonne, but we finally saw a different side of her last night. She’s not the emotionless robot that she tries to act like; she can still be shaken to her core, and there are things that she doesn’t know how to handle. After last night, I’m actually interested in what’s going to happen to Michonne next. One thing’s for sure: she and the Governor are officially locked into a blood feud.

Glenn and Maggie

It’s probably not fair to lump the two of them together, but for the sake of simplicity, I’m going to do so. In my opinion, Maggie was always pretty hardened from the first time we met her, but I think her relationship with Glenn has not only pushed her to become an even bigger bad ass, but has also made him to step up and come into his own as a bad ass in his own right. Glenn might have made a shank out of a walker’s radius and ulna, but Maggie shoved it into a guy’s neck until he bled out and died. Nothing could have possibly illustrated the life and death situation that they were in better than that moment did.

Carl

Speaking of bad asses, how about Carl, huh? Having to shoot his mother in the head to save her has had an indelible effect on him, and it shows in the way that he handles Tyreese and the others. If not for his help, they definitely would have died in the bowels of the prison, and Tyreese knows it. When Beth turns to him and asks, “Shouldn’t we help them?” and he says, “I did,” I just about died. Yeah, he did help them—he saved them from being eaten by walkers. That doesn’t mean he has to welcome them into their sanctuary and risk Beth, Herschel, and Judith’s safety. I think the fact that he’s already hardened to that truth will continue to inform his character, and we’re going to see even better things out of him in the second half of the season.

So what did you think of the midseason finale? What are your thoughts on what’s next for the gang? Are you a fan of comic and excited to finally see Tyreese on the scene? Let us know in the comments!

You can follow more ramblings from Amanda on Twitter at @reiko516.

    • Holy WTFOMGBBQSauce!!!

      I did *not* see that cliff hanger coming. At all. February can't get here fast enough…

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