The friends of the men Rick killed last ep come a-calling to the saloon, while the consequences of other past actions corral the survivors.

Title: “Triggerfinger”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Bill Gierhart
Written by David Leslie Johnson

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh
Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes
Scott Wilson as Herschel Greene
Laurie Holden as Andrea
Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale Horvath
Steven Yeun as Glenn
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Melissa Suzanne McBride as Carol Peletier
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
IronE Singleton as T-Dog
Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
James Allen McCune as Jimmy
Jane McNeill as Patricia

Additional cast and crew information may be found here.

Premise

Herschel, Glenn, and Rick confront the friends of the men Rick shot, Lori must fend off zombies on a lonely road, and the concerns about Shane grow in survivors’ minds.

High Point

The combination Western / horror movie first-half made for suspenseful entertainment, and the writer did not overplay it. The episode switched direction and tone in the second half, and it left us contemplating issues that will shape the rest of the season.

Low Points

This is not so much a low point, as a point of discussion. I know we’re supposed to see the difference between the shooters (and Shane) and our survivors, but Rick, Glenn, and Herschel spend an awful lot of time trying to save Randall while walkers close in on them. That they would even think about surgery on the spot struck me as excessive. They would have either shot him, or immediately tried Rick’s solution.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6

Effects: 6/6

Story: 5/6

Acting: 5/6 We’re in serious emoting-overdrive territory here, but the circumstances demand it.

Emotional Response: 5/6 We’ve had three strong episodes. Given how character-driven the forthcoming conflicts will be, however, we need to know more about these people. The loose sketching of character that carried over from the graphic novels risks becoming a liability.

Production: 6/6.

Overall: 5/6. The second half of season two continues to make amends for the first.

In total, “Triggerfinger” receives 34/42

Lingering Questions

Why are the majority of the characters so well-coiffed?