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The Walking Dead #2.9: Triggerfinger

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 01 March 2012

Thankfully, ‘Triggerfinger’ wraps up the ‘what-happened-to-Lori’ arc, for those of you keeping score at home.

Along other fronts, ‘Triggerfinger’ sculpts another tension-filled episode that fills in more of the character arcs, particularly in the not-so-much triangle of Rick-Lori-Shane. Shane has grown into the most intense and complex character on the show, almost to the point where Rick’s development appears stalled.

Rick is the consummate Good Guy – he wants to fight for his family and do the right things, but the series has had him suffer some setbacks that clash with the viability of his ideology.

In the meantime, Shane’s pragmatic and shady approach to dealing with situations has not only provided some of the best dramatic sequences in the series, but also leave Rick looking a bit naive. The build-up appears to be heading to a blowout with Lori and her baby-daddy drama at the core- the concluding discussion between Rick and Lori hints at this, even alluding that Lori is urging to bring it to a head (and place Rick on the winning side). It’s a very dangerous game, but one that getting the mid-season off to a strong start.

That’s one of the components as to what makes ‘The Walking ‘Dead’ one of the best shows airing now. It does not shy away from the uncomfortable questions. Lori and Shane’s frank discussion about their affair is a wonderful piece of writing and acting, particularly as Lori’s (in one of Sarah Wayne Callies’ strongest performance in the series) body language hints that she is unable to deny Shane’s claims that their affair meant more than she could admit.

Speaking of Lori, it’s impressive that the show does not fall into damsel-in-distress stereotypes. All alone in the dark and after a car crash, Lori – despite an initial panic – handles not one but two Walkers. Also, the make-up effects here deserve special note. The zombie pushing his face through the broken car windshield was impressively done.

Finally, the Daryl and Carol ‘ship’ tease continues. I’m not sure how I feel about this possible pairing. Daryl has been another standout this season, particularly in the episodes ‘Chupacabra’ and ‘Cherokee Rose’. Since the mid-season start, Daryl has had little to do but pull away and lash out at Carol, and it feels like a step back for the character.

‘Triggerfinger’ continues the upward trend for an already amazing series. The groundwork for a potential season-ending blowout is being laid, and hopefully the series can sustain the momentum in getting there.

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By Julio Angel Ortiz

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