Skip to comments.Great news: Most annoying character on “The Walking Dead” now dead
Posted on 03/05/2012 9:38:03 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Great news: Most annoying character on The Walking Dead now dead
I made the title of the post ambiguous in case any readers Tivod it and havent watched yet, but cmon. We all know who Im talking about. Realistically, it could only be one of two people: Either Sophias mopey mom, whose name I still dont know, or that endlessly whining bleeding heart Dale. (Alas, the screencap AMC chose for the clip embedded below gives it away.) Now that some of the dead weight is being shed, I take it poor underused T-Dog is next. Or maybe Herschels other daughter, who tried to kill herself a few episodes ago? As with Sophia, until that plotline unspooled, I had no idea that character even existed. I wonder which barely-there member of the ensemble will be next to be suddenly thrust to center stage in the expectation that anyone watching cares a whit about them.
Incidentally, the kill scene here is dumb on several levels. How did Dale not hear it coming in the still of the night? These things growl constantly every time theyre onscreen, which isnt often. How did the zombie disembowel him with his bare hands? (Admittedly, thats happened in Romero movies too.) Tacking it on at the end right after the big dramatic climax with the prisoner made it feel random and haphazard, a zombie ex machina to get rid of the character before people start tuning out in sheer irritation at his do-good-ism. Then again, alls well that ends well and this certainly ended well. And in fairness, they did a brilliant job with the scene of Ricks son tossing rocks at the zombie stuck in the mud. For all the grating soap-opera melodrama, there are sporadic flashes of genius in how the show captures the pathos of the zombies predicament. The scene of that zombie snarling from the end of a noose was the best thing about the first half of this season. Having little Carl amuse himself by humiliating a zombie whos helpless in front of him was a more affecting moment of dehumanization than the entire Shane storyline. More of that and fewer weepy heres mah pappys timepiece exchanges between Glenn and Herschel, please.
I cannot disagree with Allahpundit ... the Dale character was a nosey gun grabber. He did make for some good zombie food though.
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Dale served a purpose. With the exception of that stupid gun-theft stunt, he pretty much served as Rick’s conscience ... and the conscience of several others (Glenn, Andrea, T-Dog, Lori).
Just there to give another opinion that contrasts to Daryl, Rick and Shane, I guess.
It’ll be interesting to see if some of the group follows Shane into insanity with Dale gone. Or if Rick loses his mind without that little voice on his shoulder nagging him at every turn. Shane is the devil on one of Rick’s shoulders, Dale was the angel on the other.
Daryl seems to be the only one that knows what he’s doing, and can still keep his sanity.
Oh wow I forgot this show was back on. I watched last season where the farmers relatives all became Democrats all he kept them locked in the barn, and the asian guy wins the lottery and gets to nail the farmers daughter.
I predicted that Dale would get it. I thought Shane would take him out but it wasn’t to be. Dale should have known that a high powered rifle with a scope was the wrong weapon to have for protection on a dark night.
With the addition of Herschel they had one too many. I expected one or the other to be written out, but didn't know which.
Dale got zombie-gutted? I have an `Inspector Gadget’ hat just like his ... that’s too bad. About Dale, that is, not his hat. He’s a stock Stephen King movie character.
I lost interest/stopped watching when Shane was teasing the zombies outside the bus by smearing his blood on the door. And too much yakking, not enough hacking.
I like a good zombie movie as much as anyone, but no one in a zombie movie seems to realize that time is totally on their side.
I stopped watching when I started rooting for the zombies.
I like that idea about the barricaded grocery store ...
I’ve also wondered, why the two cops (Rick and Shane) can’t figure out to acquire/manufacture some silencers and load some subsonic ammo. Then they could shoot away without drawing any attention.
This is probably more a reflection on the Hollywood writers who are clueless about firearms and ammo loads.
Gimme a `B’! Gimme an `R’! And an `A’! `I’! `N’! `S’!
What’s that spell?
WHAT’S that SPELL?!
Yup, it’s something like the Einsteins in `The Mist’. All they had to do was sit tight—they were in a **grocery store** for cryin’ out loud.
(”Hey, let’s turn on some flood lights and get a good look at these Canadian geese-sized bugs!”
“But won’t they be attracted by the light?”
“That’s OK, we’re going to ... set them on fire!”)
I knew he was dying this episode after his stupid “I don’t want to live in a world like this” speech.
He wasn’t teasing them, he was using that to off them one by one to be able to escape from the bus, eventually.
You Dale-haters are nuts. He was the only character with a level head on his shoulders and could talk some sense into these morons.
I was hoping that Carl (the kid) would slip and fall. And the pistol he had stolen and shoved in his pants would go off and cripple him. And then the zombie would finish him off.
Dale served his purpose well.
Oh - and the guy they captured should have been hanged for attempted murder.
Quite right. And they've always got to 'get somewhere'. There are unassailable zombie-proof places in every town and big city. Hell, you could live inside a Costco indefinitely, and if it's near a Home Depot, you'd be invincible for the duration of the zombie pandemic.
What galls me about this series is that they're tooling around in crappy high mileaqe vehicles like that lousy motor home and old Chevy farm trucks from the '60s -- yet they've passed up perfectly good Stryker/LAV-25 AFVs and HMMWVs just sitting around. I could teach a teenager to drive either one in ten minutes, and the LAV-25 is going to have 1000-meter magnified thermal sights, an M240 Golf, and a 25mm Bushmaster cannon. It can even swim in water, for God's sake. That baby towing a tank trailer full of diesel fuel, and any zombie hordes coming up on you are gonna get told.
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