Ya Gotta Have Guts!
Bringing Rick together with more survivors of the zombie apocalypse, he is immediately immersed in the comings and goings of the other survivors.
And he has brought the “walkers” on all of their heads, attracting their frenzied attention from escaping the tank with the help from Glenn.
Glenn is a member of this group of other survivors, making a supply run without incident until Rick strolled into Atlanta with his gunshots and his horse. To some of the other survivors, his arrival, like some western lawman, was more bumbling than heroic, elevating tension between Rick and the others.
Finding an escape from Atlanta becomes the main priority, and with this cast of characters, it is not going to be easy. Merle Dixon is handcuffed to the roof after trying to beat another survivor (T-Dog) into submission over leadership. T-Dog is left to watch over him, leaving the handcuff keys with him.
Rick and Glenn camouflage themselves with zombie guts after finding the sewer exit securely barred and swarming with “walkers.”
It is some seriously cringe worthy amount of zombie parts smeared on them.
Poor Glenn! He even loses his minuscule lunch.
It is all a ploy to reach a truck outside the department store.
And it works perfectly until it doesn’t. Shuffling and dragging feet, Glenn and Rick walk through the crowd of zombies successfully until it starts to rain. Rushing for the vehicle, it looks like they are abandoning the others when they take off in the truck.
When running to escape the department store, T-Dog accidentally drops the handcuff keys down the drain, leaving Merle alone on the roof and padlocking the roof access door to give him more time.
Zombies swarming the department store, the group of survivors rush into the truck while Glenn is distracting the “walkers” with his alarm blaring car. Everyone (except for Merle) escapes Atlanta to return to their group with Rick along for the ride.
Rick is no longer alone, and a cache of characters are introduced to the viewers, including Glenn Rhee, Merle Dixon, T-Dog, and Andrea.
Glenn is such “a glass half full kind of guy” when rescuing Rick from his heroically idiotic actions that landed him in that tank.
Hate her or love her, Andrea made her presence known when pointing a gun in Rick’s face for his thunderous arrival to Atlanta. The interactions between Merle and T-Dog show that even the end of the world does not eliminate stereotypical words and behaviors.
Rick is one step closer to finding his wife and son because they are living with this group of survivors.
That is quite a coincidence, and it is almost too good to be true, but Rick’s story needs to expand and the lone gunman routine would not have kept me engaged for much longer. And the serendipity of the situation happens in the comics, so it had to happen with just as much one-in-a-million luck on the television show.
The Walking Dead does not deliver much on zombie killing as much as films in the subgenre, but with any good genre show it is more about the characters. It’s about the people and what they are capable of when put in these strange, bizarre, and twisted situations.
What remains of what we lost? What values translate to this new world order? Let’s leave the philosophical talk for later in this article series, especially the second and third seasons’ episodes.
Guts! The Walking Dead truly is centered around Rick, and he has the most when it comes to this post-apocalyptic world he awakes in. And make no mistake, zombie encounters are far from over for those survivors, especially with a roaring car alarm blaring through the rural area outside Atlanta. The zombie killing will come with abundance later, especially if you watched the first half of the third season.