A review by C J Dee
Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Writer: Robert Kirkman, Glen Mazzara
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Callies, Chandler Riggs, Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride, Scott Wilson, Lauren Cohan, Emily Kinney
Running time: 42 minutes
Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5
‘Beside the Dying Fire’ begins with a zombie horde descending on the farm. The group try to defend it, but it quickly becomes overrun. In the confusion the group is scattered into groups: Daryl (Reedus) and Carol (McBride); Rick (Lincoln), Carl (Riggs) and Hershel (Wilson); Maggie (Cohan) and Glenn (Yeun); T-Dog (Singleton), Lori (Callies) and Beth (Kinney); Jimmy and Patricia are killed; and Andrea is assumed dead and left alone on foot.
The group, sans Andrea, rendezvous at the place on the highway they originally left as a marker for Sophia. They decide to head east and stop to set up camp. Rick reveals to the group that Jenner’s theory about everyone being infected must be true. This means that if anyone dies of anything they will become a walker. The group is enraged that Rick would keep such a thing hidden from them for so long.
Andrea has survived and flees walkers in the woods. As she is on her last legs Andrea is rescued by a hooded figure with mouthless, armless zombies on chain leashes.
‘Beside the Dying Fire’ ends with Rick issuing an ultimatum to the group. If they don’t like his methods, they can leave and fend for themselves.
This was an action packed episode and a great finale for season two. This season has been inconsistent in terms of quality but has picked up remarkably.
Looking back over season two, despite its inconsistent quality there have been so many landmark moments in character development. The deaths of Sophia, Dale, Otis, and Shane have all had major consequences for the group.
On the heels of ‘Beside the Dying Fire’, I can’t wait to get my teeth into season three.
“I can’t profess to understand God’s plan. Christ promised the resurrection of the dead. I just thought he had something a little different in mind.”