The Walking Dead Episode 211
"Judge, Jury, Executioner"
Written By: Angela Kang
Directed By: Greg Nicotero
Original Airdate: 4 March 2012
In This Episode...
Darryl beats the hell out of Randall to find out about the guys he travels with. Randall claims that he doesn't really know the people, he just hooked up with them because he thought he would have a better chance of survival. There are about 30 people in the group: men, woman, and children. For some reason, Randall offers up an ugly little tale: he and a few of the men were out scouting and they came across a man and his two daughters camping in the woods. The men took turns raping the girls while they made the dad watch. Randall tries to justify it by saying that he didn't partake - that just makes Darryl beat him more.
After hearing this, Rick's mind is made up: Randall must die. Dale is not happy about this, so Rick gives him until sundown to change public opinion. Andrea is pro-death, despite her former occupation as a civil rights lawyer. He attempts to change Darryl's mind, but that's a lost cause. Hershel doesn't want the kid anywhere near his daughters, and if that means killing him, then he is not going to get in the way. He even tries changing Shane's mind - another lost cause.
Meanwhile, Carl is turning into a little psychopath. He calls Carol an idiot for believing in heaven, then she tattles and Rick makes him apologize. Instead, Carl wanders off to Darryl's camp, finds a handgun, and heads out into the forest. He comes across a zombie and his first response is to run. Then he realizes the zombie is stuck in the mud. Carl throws some rocks at it, then taunts it with the gun. The zombie gets one foot out of the mud, enough to grab Carl by the ankle. He drops the gun, breaks away from the zombie, and runs.
Sundown is here, and the grownups meet for one final vote over what to do with the Randall problem. Dale makes another impassioned speech for leniency, and while he wins Andrea over to his side, no one else voices an opinion. Rick, Shane, and Darryl head out to the barn, blindfold Randall, and stand guard. Rick levels the gun at Randall, but can't quite pull the trigger. Carl has sneaked in, and encourages his dad to shoot. Shane rushes Carl outside, and Rick has a change of heart: they will keep Randall as their prisoner.
Dale is taking a victory stroll and hears a growling noise. He investigates and finds one of Hershel's cows fallen in the field. Closer inspection reveals the cow's guts have been torn open. The growl isn't coming from the cow - it is coming from the zombie eating the cow. He screams and the rest of the group comes running, but it is too late. By the time they get there, the zombie has ripped Dale open. Rick kills the zombie, but there is nothing Hershel can do to save Dale. Rick can't bring himself to do it, so Darryl shoots Dale, and puts him out of his misery. Carl realizes that the zombie that attacked Dale is the same one he tortured in the woods.
Dig It or Bury It?
I kinda dug this episode. It was talky, yes, but I do enjoy moral quandaries. I'm a little conflicted about Dale's death. He was obnoxious as hell, but he made for a good character that you loved to hate. I get the sense that, before the world went to shit, Dale was one of those guys in a cheap suit and skinny tie, going door-to-door to proselytizing about his god. That was essentially what he was doing in tonight's episode.
Zombie of the Week
With only one zombie this week, he kind of wins by default. When Carl first finds Mud Zombie, he is at the edge of a stream, just staring at it, almost contemplative. Then Carl tortures him, and Mud Zombie comes back looking for revenge. Hopefully Carl has learned his lesson.
Wisdom of the Walking Dead
Dale had a doozy that made me turn to my husband to make sure I heard right. While the group was in their finally discussion about whether or not to kill Randall, Dale said, "I don't want to live in a world where it is survival of the fittest." I mean, please, someone, tell me I misheard that.
Danger lurks in the woods - and it isn't a walker.