igger hoards, more blood splatter and an increasingly unhinged Shane? It must be The Walking Dead Season 2.
Season 2 follows Rick and his group of survivors as they continue to travel across country after surviving the mass explosion at the end of season one.
We see a recurrence of moral uncertainty in Season 2 as the survivors get stranded on the highway and start to collect supplies from abandoned cars. Lori takes issue with looting what she refers to as a graveyard, but quickly gets over it when she comes face to face with a hoard of Walkers.
The kids have a rough time this series, as Sophia goes missing and Carl gets his first gunshot wound. Never fear though, Carl can’t be stopped by a mere bullet. He promptly receives treatment from local farmer Hershel who happens to be a trained vet, and recovered alcoholic.
The group take shelter in Hershel’s farm. However, what appears to be a positive union at first, hits problems when it is revealed that Hershel is keeping his zombified friends and family in his barn. Rick’s group feel it is far from ideal to have a local hoard locked in the shed a few feet from camp. Glenn getting intimate with Hershel’s eldest daughter Maggie also doesn’t help relations.
Gore has definitely had an upgrade this season, with some impressive blood splatters and sound effects to accompany those ‘just out of shot’ slashings. As with Season 1 camera angles often focus on the living and their reactions. Andrea struggles after the death of her sister and Maggie cannot hide her disgust when half a Walker is pulled from the well.
Showers continue to appear in Season 2. I’m not sure taking a shower would be high on my priority list when living through a zombie apocalypse, but it definitely seems to be important to the cast of The Walking Dead. No toilet breaks though, or sleep, which makes me assume the showers are a metaphor for cleansing. Especially when Shane turns on the shower but doesn’t get in. Is this the point where he is beyond cleansing? Is his humanity corroding?
Problems between Rick and Shane come to a head this series as it is revealed that Rick’s wife Lori is pregnant. The big problem is that Lori doesn’t know whether the baby is Shane’s or Rick’s. It appears that even in the midst of an apocalypse there is time for a love triangle.
Will the farm keep the survivors safe? Will Hershel surrender his Walker friends? Can Shane pull himself together? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Next time I’ll be looking back at Season 3 and the development of a solid fan favourite, the crossbow master that is Daryl Dixon.