The end of Sunday's Walking Dead
episode took a dark turn that, while it meant the sad demise of one character, also meant that one character just got a lot more interesting. Or, as Walking Dead
creator Robert Kirkman said, Shane has changed the game.
I'm talking, of course, about the flashblack twist that viewers saw at the end of "Save the Last One," showing that -- contrary to Shane's story that Otis sacrificed himself to zombies so that Shane could get medical supplies back to save Carl -- Shane actually shot Otis in the leg so he could get away, and then watched as the walkers feasted on the suffering farmhand. Some might call it survival of the fittest. Others might call it cold-blooded murder. Since none of us have ever lived in a zombie-ridden post-apocalyptic wasteland, the morality's a little murky.
But two things are for sure: Otis is dead, and Shane will never be the same. And I'm not just talking about his heavily-symbolic shaved head.
To that end, check out this preview clip from The Walking Dead season 2 episode 4, "Cherokee Rose," in which Shane attempts to comfort Otis's grieving girlfriend Patricia by telling her the (fake) story of how -- and why -- he died:
Don't get me wrong -- I'm not against making a grieving woman feel better by telling her a story about how her boyfriend made the ultimate noble sacrifice. But when the story's told by the guy who killed him, just to cover his own tracks? That's cold
Episode 4 PROMO: "Cherokee Rose."
The hunt for Sophia continues, Hershel's hospitality runs low, and Shane asks Lori to make a choice.
Episode 4 SPOILERS:
The episode description for "Cherokee Rose" tell us, "Shane makes a deadly sacrifice; the group tries to hang on between living to die or dying to live." Well, that's not very helpful -- the exact same could have been said for last week's episode.
But the latest batch of spoilers from Entertainment Weekly
also tells us that Andrea will "take a small step toward the badassdom you and I are waiting for. (Someone finally sits her down and gives her a short lesson!)," and that this Sunday's episode will finally advance the whole Rick-Lori-Shane love triangle plotline in a "mind blowing" and "game-changing" way, according to the source at EW who's seen the episode.
"Cherokee Rose" airs Sunday, November 6 at 9pm on AMC.
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