The Walking Dead s02e08: Nebraska

TWD Nebraska
A review by C J Dee

Director: Clark Johnson
Writer: Evan T Reilly
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Chandler Riggs, Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride, Scott Wilson, Lauren Cohan, Emily Kinney
Other notable appearances: Michael Raymond-James, Aaron Munoz
Running time: 43 minutes
Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5

‘Nebraska’ begins at the same moment the last episode ended. Rick (Lincoln) has just shot walker Sophia.

Hershel’s (Wilson) daughter Beth (Kinney) runs to her dead walker mother and is attacked when it turns out she isn’t as dead as expected. Hershel’s family lead him back to the house where he is accused by a hostile Shane (Bernthal) of knowing Sophia was in the barn the whole time.

The group all deal with the death of Sophia in their own ways.

Hershel packs his wife’s things prior to the funeral and Carol (McBride) refuses to attend for Sophia.

Beth collapses and enters a catatonic state. The group are unable to find Hershel to help her, but when they investigate they find a hip flask. Maggie (Cohan) admits Hershel is a recovered alcoholic. Rick and Glenn (Yeun) trek to the bar in town assuming this is the best place to find Hershel and save Beth.

Rick and Glenn find Hershel in the bar. After spending a considerable amount of time convincing him to return and help Beth, the group are approached by Dave (Raymond-James) and Tony (Munoz).

Dale (DeMunn) confesses to Lori (Callies) that he fears Shane killed Otis. Lori goes to find Rick and Glenn, but is distracted while driving and hits a walker. Her car flips and is on its side.

‘Nebraska’ ends with Dave and Tony trying to bully Rick, Hershel and Glenn into taking them to the farm. When Dave tries to pull a gun on Rick, Rick is forced to kill them both.

As a fan of True Blood, I loved the almost-cameo appearance of Michael Raymond-James. Though I was slightly weirded out by the fact he doesn’t really have a Cajun accent. I guess this is a testament to his acting ability, similar to the fact I often forget that Andrew Lincoln is British.

I felt the introduction of a new couple of characters raised the bar again and refreshed the ongoing plot which, as I mentioned in last episode’s review, is beginning to stale.

“To better days and new friends … and to our dead. May they be in a better place.”

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