The penultimate episode of Season Two features a couple of key deaths. Neither are entirely unexpected—but they nevertheless generate considerable tension and suspense.

Title: “Better Angels”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Guy Ferland
Written by Evan T. Reilly and Glen Mazzara

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh
Scott Wilson as Herschel Greene
Laurie Holden as Andrea
Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun as Glenn
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
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
Michael Zegen as Randall

Additional cast and crew information may be found here.

Premise

The group fortifies the farm, while the debate over Randall leads to a direct confrontation between Rick and Shane.

In the final moments, the largest zombie horde since season one shambles towards the survivors The final episode of this season should prove interesting indeed.

High Point

This episode features some excellent night shots, great acting, and a suspenseful, emotional confrontation worthy of a well-written horror movie.

Low Point

I know this is how Zombie Apocalypse stories work, but the living dead do seem to show up, with very little prompting (it’s not like we haven’t had gunshots in the area before), at the most dramatically convenient times.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6

Effects: 6/6

Story: 4/6 We have a stronger storyline this week that manages to draw considerable suspense from deaths most viewers anticipated.

Shane’s plotting was both inept and dangerous, but I’ll accept that as a manifestation of an increasingly unhinged mind.

Acting: 6/6 Bernthal and Lincoln gave us some of the show’s strongest performances this week.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6.

Overall: 5/6. Moments after the dramatic conclusion, a cliffhanger shambles forward.

In total, “Better Angels” receives 36/42

Lingering Questions

Apparently, some dead people spontaneously become zombies (a topic that has been addressed in the graphic novels). How will our group deal with that piece of information?