The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 9 – ‘Trigger Finger’ Review and Synopsis

After her country drive went awry, Lori is passed out, upside down in a wrecked Mercury with a flesh hungry walker attempting to bust through the glass to eat her. Back at the bar, the aftermath of Rick’s badass maneuvering settles on the group and sobers Hershel’s navel-gazing stupor. Were Tony and Dave alone? A truck pulls up outside the bar and their friends arrive in response to the shots.

Please note: Spoilers ahead. 
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The zombie is literally so desperate to eat something that it is pushing its head through the windshield glass, ripping the skin off of its face. It’s really a bit too much but reminds you this show is part horror. Lori’s turn signal in the zombie’s eye was a nice way to finish it off. After reclaiming her gun and her senses, Lori starts to make it back to the farm.

Nobody really notices Lori is missing until dinnertime which shows you how critical she is to camp operations.

Glen throws himself in front of the bar door to block Tony and Dave’s friends from entering. Why would he put himself in danger like that for complete strangers? The tension between survival instinct and altruism in this different world is a constant theme. As expected, the confession that Dave and Tony are dead ends in a gun fight.

The collection of scenes at the bar recall old western films in both setting and pacing of action.

We all know someone is going to die during this shootout and we also know that zombies are nearby so there’s probably going to be some more death. Glen fires his shotgun at someone attempting to open the bar’s back door and – while killing zombies is common in this show – the living killing one another is not.

Shane stumbles upon the wrecked Mercury with zombie face planted into the windshield but finds no sign of Lori. How did he not run into her on the road back to the farm? It would make logical sense that she would walk along the road back to the farm instead of wandering off but this is Lori after all.

After popping a man named Shawn in the leg, Hershel covers Rick as he checks on Glen. One of the unfriendly group jumps off the roof in an attempt to escape with his friends but falls down on a fence spike and is abandoned. His injured compatriot, Shawn (perhaps you can tell his presence by the constant screaming that accompanies these scenes), gets eaten alive.

The group doesn’t know what to do with the injured kid because they can’t pull his leg off the spike so Hershel needs to amputate it which is a completely realistic solution when you have undead breathing down your neck.

Ultimately Rick just pulls the kid’s leg off the spike in a cringe inducing scene that caps the action ‘in town.’

Shane finds Lori along the road and lies to her when he tells her that Rick and company have returned. Why he keeps digging these holes for himself really defies logic. He is lying about small things now – lies without real consequence other than eroding another’s trust in him.

Daryl and Carol have an emotional parlay out in the woods in which he basically blames her for what happened to Sophia which is both fair and unfair at the same time. If we remember Carol’s husband from season 1, we know she’s into abusive jerks so Daryl may not really be having any effect on her with his tirade.

Everyone finds out Lori is pregnant and there are mixed reactions ranging from horrified to stupefied but definitely no signs of joy. Again, this could either be because the characters live in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested hell or it is because Lori’s going to be a mother again.

During this episode’s soap opera moment, Shane awkwardly insists on speaking with Lori alone. He explains his lie as being nothing but a ‘white lie’ and Lori calls him a liar in general, stretching things all the way back to Rick’s injury in the hospital and Shane’s telling Lori that Rick was dead.

Lori tells Shane that she told Rick about their affair and how she does not know who the father of her child is. Shane does not react to this revelation in a normal way and begins to show signs of further descent into some kind of madness.

‘Everything falling apart all around us but it…it was one good thing. You know it’s true.’

So Shane is either losing it because he’s lost Lori to her husband or he’s just losing it because he’s a psychopath. Who knows? Who cares? It’s all quite dramatic and a little much given the fact that there are literally hordes of cannibals roaming the countryside looking to eat the living.

I don’t really know what the remembrance of Beth throwing Maggie’s birth control pills into the lake is meant to convey but the scene is there.

Dale continues to voice his concerns about Shane, this time to Andrea, to no real avail. We discover from this small conversation that Andrea is in the Shane camp, arguing with Dale that Shane has done more than Rick to keep the group together.

The injured assailant’s name is revealed to be Randall, hobbling mess and all, brought back to the camp to recuperate. This is not well-received back at the farm.

‘Look at this folks, we’re back in fantasyland.’

Glen is still shaken from the encounter at the bar. He is a ‘good guy’ and his love story with Maggie is quaint. It’s hard to cheer for any particular character, given that constant death floating about, but Glen is pretty awesome.

What is up with Maggie’s sister Beth? How do you cure someone of staring up at the ceiling because your zombie mother just tried to eat your face off? Let’s all keep in mind that she knew her mom was a zombie for a while so it was not like the news was fresh.

Andrea tries to convince Shane that the group needs him but he confides with her that Rick is about to get them all killed.

‘But you and me, we’re the only ones that see it coming.’ 

Lori whispers warnings into Rick’s ear about Shane, calling him dangerous and explaining to Rick that Shane considers Lori and Carl his own. This means that Rick is an interloper, invading Shane’s territory and this makes Shane dangerous.


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