Previously on The Walking Dead: Everyone argues about what to do with Randall. Dale pontificates about humanity. Carl throws rocks at a zombie, and then runs away like a little bitch when it comes after him. The same zombie gets the drop on Dale and single handedly eviscerates him, and a cow. Daryl puts Dale down like a dog.
We open with scenes from Dale’s funeral inter-cut with scenes of the group on zombie cleanup patrol. The show finally delivers some awesome zombie killing action, culminating in the entire group kicking the shit out of a zombie, before braining it with a shovel. Rick eulogizes Dale by saying Dale was wrong about the group being broken, and to prove it they are going to start doing things the old man’s way. Rick apparently not knowing the definition of “wrong” or “prove.”
After the funeral, Rick and Shane argue some more about the Randall situation. Rick changes his mind, again, and now wants to release Shane. Is this guy related to Mitt Romney? Shane gets all pissy and storms off. Hershel and Rick want Andrea to watch Shane, because Andrea has proved to be so good at watching things?
Carl goes to talk to Shane, and pulls out the gun he stole from Daryl. You know? The one he dropped last week when he was torturing the zombie? It has some how magically returned to Carl, but he doesn’t want it, and gives it to Shane. Carl blames himself for Dale’s death, and confesses to Shane about the incident with the zombie. Shane tells Carl it wasn’t his fault. Liar. Shane thinks Carl should keep the gun, but Carl won’t take it back.
The group moves into the house. Maggie wants Glen to stay in her room, but he doesn’t think it is a good idea, what with it being her Dad’s house and all. Some random black guy shows up to help Lori carry heavy stuff, oh wait, that’s T-dog. Remember him? The guy who cut his arm while trying to escape the zombie hoard weeks ago? Apparently the hours of arterial blood flow from the wound didn’t kill him, not that you would know it from all the screen time he has gotten.
Lori sees Shane fortifying a windmill, and goes to talk to him. They drone on for three hours about God knows what. At some point, she confesses to not knowing who fathered her baby. She thanks him for everything he did for her, and apologizes for the way things turned out. Yeah, I always get all sentimental with guys who try to rape me, too.
Later, Shane tells Rick about his conversation with Carl, and gives Rick the gun the boy stole. Rick says he will deal with it after he takes care of the Randall situation. Shane thinks Rick should deal with it now. Shane’s probably right, but Rick is tired of Shane sticking his nose into things. Shane offers to help Daryl take care of the Randall thing, so that Rick can, you know, parent his only child. Rick declines the offer.
Andrea and Glen work to get the motor home running. Glen magically has mechanical skills again. They bond over losing Dale. It’s very sweet.
Rick decides to take Shane’s direction and goes to see Carl. Carl tells him what happened with the zombie that killed Dale. Rick tells Carl it wasn’t his fault. Liar. Rick comforts Carl by assuring him that everyone will die, and his childhood will suck. He then makes Carl take the gun back.
T-dog goes to collect Randall, so that they can release him, but Shane has already taken him. Shane walks Randall through the woods while trying to find out where Randall’s people are. Shane says he wants to join Randall’s group. As Randall leads Shane to his group, Shane jumps him. The two go behind a tree, so we can’t see what exactly happens, but it sounds like a neck snap and a body dropping. Shane then makes out with the tree and gets all bloodied up.
When Shane returns to the barn, he sees that the group is looking for Randall. He buries his gun and comes out screaming. He claims Randall got the jump on him, and broke his nose. He doesn’t mention molesting a tree. Rick tells everyone to get into the house and lock the doors, while he, Glen, Shane, and Daryl look for Randall.
The four men head into the woods to find their escapee. Shane tries to lead them in the wrong direction, but no one is having it. Shane and Rick head off one way, Daryl and Glen another. Daryl and Glen follow tracks to the spot where Shane jumped Randall. Daryl notices blood on Shane’s tree. Zombie Randall comes lumbering toward them. They scuffle with him for a bit, before Glen takes him down with a knife to the head. Daryl observes that Zombie Randall has a snapped neck, and no bite marks.
Meanwhile, Shane leads Rick into a clearing. Rick realizes that Shane plans to execute him. The two men exchange words about who is better for Rick’s family. Rick holds out his gun, telling Shane he will have to shoot him unarmed. As Shane takes the gun from Rick, Rick stabs him in the chest. Shane goes down, sputtering and coughing, to his death.
As Rick mourns his crazy ass friend, Carl shows up. Yes, Carl. Because, apparently, his mother can’t even keep an eye on him when they are in the same room, behind a locked door. Seriously, if you guys can’t be bothered to take care of this kid, at least put a damn leash on him, or something.
Rick tries to explain to Carl what has happened, and Carl points his gun at him. Behind Rick, Shane reanimates and starts coming toward them. Zombie Shane snarls and growls as he approaches Rick, but Rick doesn’t hear a thing. Carl shoots over Rick’s shoulder, nailing zombie Shane in the head.
With these last two sequences the show confirms that everyone turns into a zombie when they die. There has been some buzz on the internet that this is what Jenner whispered to Rick at the end of season one. If that is true, why does Rick seem so surprised as he looks at Zombie Shane’s corpse? Oh right… it’s Rick.