About two years ago I attended a local MoveOn meeting that last four hours, and the instant I got into my car after the meeting, all the frustration and anger that I kept in a down in order to maintain my cool busted out. I screamed a good solid, "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?" I felt the same tension suffering though Dale's dietribing though Judge, Jury and Executioner. The goal of the MoveOn meeting was to gather leaders together and develop a specific strategy for the coming year. Many of those in attendance did not represent a political base, but were individuals that wanted to work on a handful of issues; environment, wages, labor, Walmart, ECT. Somewhere nearing the third hour an individual declared that the group should take on a 'class war' perspective and picket the film Atlas Shrugged. I remember the guy was 'class war' a specific action or did he just want us all to think the same?
Triggerfinger is going to be executed without a fair democratic trial. Dale convinces Rick to give him a day to campaign among the survivor in order to change people's minds about executing the hostage. Dale didn't have any luck. What Dale's campaign did for the episode is create a sense of moral flip-flopping for Rick just when he had found his ground to stand up to Lori instead of desperately seeking her approval. In a pivotal scene Rick is about to execute the hostage and the wandering child (aka Carl) arrives at the barn door. The scene frames Carl between Rick standing over the hostage with his gun to his head. Carl then eggs on Rick to shoot and Rick loses his gumption.
Let's juxtapose this scene to the one where Carl (aka the wandering child) is in the woods tossing rocks at a hungry zombie with his feet caught in the mud. The frustrated zombie breaks loose from the mud and chases down his car snack. Carl runs off, and the zombie with his feet caught in the mud. The frustrated zombie breaks loose from the mud and chases down his car snack. Carl runs off, and the zombie wanders towards the farm. By the time, the execution is foiled the zombie has made its way to the farm and ate half a cow. Dale wanders across the zombie, and is attacked. The zombie the zombie has made its way to the farm and ate half a cow. Dale wanders across the zombie, and is attacked. The zombie opens his guts, and the survivors run to rescue him. Rick points his gun at Dales dying face, and hesitates. Daryl takes the gun away and puts a bullet in the old democrats face.
Me: Ahhhhhhhhhhh, What The Hell Just Happened?
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