Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Walking Dead Finally Kills Off It's Worst Character [SPOILERS]

Well, it finally happened. The absolute worst character in the entire show so far has left, and I couldn't be happier. I think most of us saw it coming when this character made a complete one-eighty between Season Two and Season Three. The writers knew they had to make said character redeem themselves, even if just a little bit, in order for us to feel even slightly remorseful with their passing. The trick, however, did not work on me and I still believe she is one of the worst characters in a television show ever. Spoilers ahead for those of you who have not seen The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 4 "Killer Within."

Lori is finally dead. We can all let out a collective sigh of relief. I know some of you may feel differently, but I would like to refer you to Season Two; particularly the second half of Season Two. During these episodes, Lori played mind games with both Shane and Rick all while ignoring her young child during the zombie apocalypse. It is my personal opinion that she knew these two men would eventually try to kill each other and just wanted to be with whoever won. This is the only logical explanation for the way that Lori led Shane on, insinuating that they had a future together, almost immediately after she told Rick that Shane was dangerous and would have to be dealt with. What a nice lady!
So far in Season Three she has been acting much more sympathetic and like a normal person. This is a complete reversal of how she acted last season, especially during the last episode. I can't blame Rick for treating her cold in these early episodes of the third season. Not only did she act like a horrible person, but she also said terrible things and put her husband down constantly. All of this, mind you, after he accepted the fact that she slept with Shane while he was missing. Rick was nothing short than a loyal and understanding husband through it all, and Lori decided it was more important to act illogically, play both sides, and never keep an eye on her only son. Perfect.
Lori's death will only make the show better overall. For starters, we don't have to suffer through either her Season Two or Season Three personalities: a conniving, unapologetic, and drama loving crazy person from the former or a mopey, self-defeated, and boring person from the latter. Her death will also fuel Rick's downward spiral from good-guy cop to do-what-it-takes post-apocalypse survivor. His transformation is one of the most interesting and crucial aspects of this show, and I believe Lori's death will only help bring a new high point for this season. It also seems like Carl is on a better path now having dealt with a close death in a more mature manner (much more mature than he dealt with Sophia's death) and taking more of a hardened 'getting-things-done' role. I hope he continues down this path of maturity and takes a stronger role in the groups survival, as he has in much of this season already.

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