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The Walking Dead 203 "Save the Last One"

Shane needs to bring back medical supplies to save Carl's life. And he finds out that survival sometimes calls for some ugly, hard choices.

Season 2, Episode 3: "Save the Last One"

Original Air Date—30 October 2011

Written By:
Scott M. Gimple
Directed By:
Phil Abraham

We start off in a bathroom, with Shane shaving his head and looking into the mirror with loathing? Anger? Interesting. We will return to this timeline (flashback/flash-present) at the end of this episode and all will be explained.

Carl is dying and need Shane and Otis to return with medical supplies so that Herschel can perfrom the surgery needed to save him. Shane and Otis are having a hard time at the high school evading a zombie horde and getting back to their truck with the medical supplies. A decision has to be made about Carl soon. Just as Herschel preps to operate on Carl without a respirator, a truck pulls up. It's Shane alone, with the medical supplies. The operation saves Carl. Shane explains that he lost Otis, but doesn't reveal what really happened.

As Shane cleans up at the end of the episode (given Otis's clean clothes) he notices a scar on his head, exposing a chunk of his hair, and relives his escape for the high school. The two men are running away from a zombie crowd, Shane hampered by a hurt leg, Otis slow due to his weight. They take stock of their ammo and are down to their final rounds. "I'm sorry man," say Shane firing a round into Otis' leg. He leaves the big man for the zombies to make his escape, but not before Otis struggles with him as Shane takes his suppply-filled backpack. In the struggle Otis manages to rip out a clump of Shanes hair. Shane limps away as the zombie horde focuses on devouring the wounded Otis. In the bathroom Shane stares at his scar, which brings back the memory of what he had to do, and he shaves his hair off in loathing, secretly bearing the guilt of his survival.

This reveal of how Shane survived saved this episode. It's probably the best moment of this season so far. It was classic intense Season 1 "Walking Dead". I continue to be impressed with Jon Bernthal's acting (despite having a --at times--unsympathetic character i.e. his tortured aggessive demeanor in the fallout of his affair with Lorie), just as I am continued to be bugged by Sarah Wayn Callies "acting".

The rest of the episode continued to be some filler-like introspection. There is a place for it, but by season one's pace, all of the waiting, soul-searching, spirtiual overtones, and other character development would have been condesned into 15 minutes. We are 3 episodes into the season and we have been on a highway and waiting around in a farmhouse. 3 episodes into Season 1 and half the season was over! These three epsidoes could have been condesed into an 1-1/2 episode; the highway seen, some woodlands searching and church, the farmhouse with Carl, a bit of soul-searching, and Shane and Otis's mission.

However, the bad-ass ending, of Shane's recollection of the true events, and how he survived made up for the meandering pace of waiting in the farmhouse. Sometimes survival means making hard choices. It's an ugly business. You have to do what you have to do. Shave your head Shane. Wash away the guilt. Grit your teeth and bear your ugly secret.
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Carl is near death and with internal bleeding. He is surviving due to the successive blood transfusions, but Rick is getting weaker and weaker. Daryl can not sleep during the night since Carol is weeping all the time. He decides to take a walk with Andrea to seek out Sophia. Meanwhile Shane and Otis are short of ammunition and surrounded by a large number of walkers. They decide to split to take a chance against the zombies. Glenn and T-Dog arrive in the farm and T-Dog's wound is disinfected and treated. When Herchel Greene is ready to operate on Carl, Shane arrives, completely shaken, with the necessary medical supplies. Then he recalls how he was able to survive.
Here is a detailed synopsis from AMC's website


-Lori continues to bug.

-The Maggie character. She's a bit odd. Is she flirting with Glen? She slips in and out dispensing little nuggets of wisdom in a coy manner. What's her deal? A weird character that seems out of place. Maybe it's just her acting.

- The "Carl saw a Deer Lori!" speech Rick gives. An awkward explanation for a reason to live. However, Lori's sudden switch to thinking Carl would be better off dead bugs even more.

- The pacing. We are three episodes in. That's half of season one! The storylines/reveals/happenings of these three episodes thus far could have easily been condensed into the first 1.5 hour episode or broken up over the first two episodes.


Daryl: "It ain't the mountains of Tibet, it's Georgia."
(critisizing everyone's pessismism on Sophia's chances of surviving)

"Got bit, fever hit, world gone to shit, might as well quit."
(hanging zombie suicide note)


Rick: "Why is it better for Carl to live, even in this world? He talked about the deer."


In Robert Kirkman's comic book, Shane was a character that was killed early in the series.

Shane and Rick seem to be longtime friends, with Rick in this episode recalling a high school prank Shane pulled.

Summers in Georgia are hot and humid with temperatures in the afternoons that reach, on average, to near 90 °F (32 °C). Overnight lows fall to near 68 °F (20 °C) [17] and there is usually an 8-10 degree Fahrenheit (5 degree Celsius) difference in temperature between the mountains and Atlanta.

The number of justifiable homicides committed by police and private citizens has been rising in the late 2000s to their highest levels in more than a decade, reflecting a shoot-first philosophy in dealing with crime, say law enforcement analysts.

The 391 killings by police that were ruled justifiable in 2007 were the most since 1994, FBI statistics show. The 254 killings by private individuals found to be self-defense were the most since 1997.

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