The Walking Dead: What to expect when you are expecting.
For a world with nothing better to do – an original post by The DunkFodder
For those of you not still in relapse from the latest Saturday rendition of St. Patrick’s Day, on Sunday evening there was a show.
The Walking Dead season 2 finale aired and as promised it went out with extreme hell fire on the ranch. If you have not yet had the pleasure of watching the show, my humble apologies this post will contain spoilers. Please note, that if you have not watched it yet by the time this goes live, I am on my way to your house and I’m bringing Merle!
What is the greatest part about this show? Its keeping true to the themes of the book but its bringing us on our own journey with new places and new faces. What to expect when you are expecting? I’ve read almost every issue of the walking dead. I know what I expect to see in the show. What I am getting? is something far more!
Season two had us all holding our breath during the first episode on the hi-way. It was well shot and extremely tense. It was a great way to set the pace of the season. A pace which quickly became like one of the main stars of the show…the pace of the walking dead. Now let’s wait and hold on for just one moment. Before we get into what was great and what was not so great about this season there’s something…no someone that’s been forgotten. You know that guy on survivor that no one pays any attention to and he always ends up in the final 4? That guy is T-Dog…. lets do a quick back track to season one.
First of all, this guy is an absolute bad ass and doesn’t even know it. For the most part he hides in the shadows only showing up to bring key elements to the show. He’s the guy who not only reacts to his situation; he takes total control of it. To prove this point, take our good friend Merle. Yeah he was a real jerk to T-Dog. He got totally owned by T-Dog when he “accidentally” lost the keys to the cuffs. That was a real ballsie move to do. Then to top it off he locks the door so Merle could sit there and see the zombies that wanted to get him, leaving him of course with his only option. Stub’s ville.
T-Dog”s been the ultimate wingman throughout the rest of season one he can be seen as a key lookout and defender of the camp. Look closely its there. He’s got your back. This guy who is not even in the comic book has come so far. Fast forward to season 2.
There’s a seen in the first ep of season 2 where T-Dog doesn’t hear Rick’s warning about the zombies. He loses his cool and gets himself hurt pretty bad. The part that makes this scene is Daryl. He runs over and tosses a dead body on top of T-Dog to protect him from the zombies. This is key, this describes T-Dog’s role in the show quite well…he’s part of the group and normally he helps out but he is hiding. He is hiding within the group. This is not going to last, every dog has its day.
After he recovers from his wound he begins to help out around the farm. From helping to look for Sophia to disposing of the zombie corpses to providing great advice by suggesting they not mess with the zombie in the well. He can even be seen offering to carry a box for El-Prego Lori.
His character truly shines when Hershel tries to give his bed to Lori who refuses. T-Dog is quick to pipe up that if no one wants it, he’ll take the bed.
During the epic last battle at the farm, he can be seen driving around the farm in a pickup truck mowin down zombies with Andrea. Once again we see his character shining through here. Seeing Andrea fall down he is quick to leave the farm with Lori and Beth. Smart move on his part, take the women and run right? Well it seems it almost went according to his plan until Lori tries to opt out of T-Dogs big trip to the east coast. He does the honorable thing and brings the girls back to the group. This scene shows he is not TIED down to the group and is also tired of dealing with the “BS” the group has been putting on throughout the entire season.
At the end of the episode he is no longer afraid to share his opinions. He is quick to tell everyone in the group they should be heading to the east coast.
What happens next? the Rick-Tator-Ship gets fully engaged. Rick’s speech was reminiscent of Clark Grisewalds in National Lampoons Vacation…this is no longer a vacation…its a quest..
Lastly we are presented with a new T-Dog…one that is sitting on the fence. He’s torn about wanting to go on his own and leave these folks behind, or to continue to follow Rick. You can see it in his eyes several times as he is staring Rick down from up on his perch.
It’s no coincidence he was up there, above the rest of the group, above Rick.
Season 3 starts in October. Do not be surprised to see T-Dog come shine out on his own. He may not be in the final 4 but he will do what he has to do to ensure he is.
T is for Top.
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