SPOILER ALERT for “The Suicide King”. Oh, so it WAS a wedding dress! On another note: did you see how fast Tyreese and Co. got the hell out of there when Rick raised his voice (after seeing him looking up and talking to somewhere who wasn’t there) and started yelling, “Get OUT!” Most of the rest of the group also started quietly and swiftly backing away from him too, I noticed on second viewing.
(SPOILER ALERT). For what it’s worth, even in HD I could see so little that I figured they just had a similar-looking female stand in for Callies (especially with that lighting and that wedding dress draped over her figure). Speaking of the state of Mr. This Isn’t A Democracy’s health… Wow, Rick is seriously losing his shit. I’m hoping they take a similar turn they did in the print version (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WALKING DEAD COMIC/GRAPHIC NOVEL) and basically vote that there’s going to be a group of leaders, an ad-hoc committee, or put someone else in charge. Vote on it, if the entire gang isn’t as mentally fractured as Rick is. In the comic– well, as I recall anyway– OK, let me back up for a minute. I did all my catching-up on the TWD graphic novels in a series of big greedy bites lasting six weeks (TOPS, probably closer to a month the way I was wolfing them down) in the summer of 2011, and I would have blasted through them in a week to ten days if I had been able to purchase all the compendiums at once. Now I keep up with the paperback volumes, but that’s going to have to stop. After “The Saviors” killed off a much-loved main character (there from the beginning) off shockingly, horribly, and graphically in the last TPB–an event which I’m surprised didn’t have to cause creator Robert Kirkman to pack his suitcase and move to Aruba until things settled down to escape angry fans coming at him with torches and pitchforks– I’m going to have to subscribe, because I want to see some serious payback… and, as usual, what happens next.. OK, where was I? Sorry for the digression, but if you’re a TWD comics reader, you know the event I mean, and understand; I’m betting I wasn’t the only one who actually had their day ruined it was so sad and brutal.
Back to the Rick prison-meltdown In the comics–and this was before the shit REALLY hit the fan with The Governor, and Lori was still alive and pregnant– Rick got more and more cold-blooded and ruthless, got in a huge physical fight with another male character bigger than him, and fell off the second-story railing of the prison and was in and out of consciousness due to his injuries long enough for everyone else to have gotten together, had a civilized discussion, and voted on a different system of leadership. [END THE WALKING DEAD COMICS SPOILER] I hope that’s what happens here. They need Michonne, they need Tyreese, and whoever else they can trust –especially with Daryl gone. Too bad Dale’s not around anymore.
Rick getting those imaginary phone calls from Lori (also happened in the comic-but just Lori’s voice, not a few different people) I can actually excuse as a reaction to acute grief and shock. Shit, when you’re in that much pain, do whatever works do get through it, as long as you’re not hurting anybody. However, he lost his shit in front of the entire group, also doesn’t seem to be bonding to his infant “Little Ass-Kicker” daughter, looks like someone you’d cross the street to avoid if you saw them in public–and carries around a loaded weapon. Something’s got to change. Until next week, enjoy this interview with Sara Callies on the post-mortem cameos–voice and otherwise–by Lori. We’ll re-blog anything else of interest on EW.com’s “Inside TV”, especially when Dalton Ross writes it.