Great news: Most annoying character on “The Walking Dead” now dead

posted at 8:17 pm on March 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

I made the title of the post ambiguous in case any readers Tivo’d it and haven’t watched yet, but c’mon. We all know who I’m talking about. Realistically, it could only be one of two people: Either Sophia’s mopey mom, whose name I still don’t 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 Herschel’s 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 they’re onscreen, which isn’t often. How did the zombie disembowel him with his bare hands? (Admittedly, that’s 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, all’s well that ends well — and this certainly ended well. And in fairness, they did a brilliant job with the scene of Rick’s 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 who’s helpless in front of him was a more affecting moment of dehumanization than the entire Shane storyline. More of that and fewer weepy “here’s mah pappy’s timepiece” exchanges between Glenn and Herschel, please.

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What? Are we watching the same show? Dale was one of my favorite characters. He was one of the least vacillating and the most insightful. Also, he’s mostly been right.

Most of the characters are annoying, but the two most annoying BY FAR are Carl and Andrea. Carl is possibly the stupidest, most awkward child to survive the apocalypse. And Andrea. Oh Andrea. Despite having her judgment proven to be profoundly wrong on almost all the occasions it has been exercised, she is completely lacking in self-awareness. “Did I kinda shoot someone in the head because I am completely lacking in discipline and don’t know what the hell I am doing? Not a problem, I’m just gonna keep on keeping on—despite all the evidence I should just shut. the. hell. up.”

wte9 on March 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I’m with Allahpundit – good riddance to Dale the windbag. Taking this show’s plot seriously for a moment … to survive in this world, you’ve got to be ruthless and focused. And allowing good ‘ole Randall to live is a stupid risk. Taking ANY unnecessary risk is stupid. It’s clear that Daryl and Shane wanted him killed. If I were in that group, I would like to grab the two of them and get the hell away from this dimwitted group who sits around arguing about civil rights. Dale said that if they killed Randall it would be the “end of the world they knew”. Well, duh, Dale. Except for liberals, there aren’t too many zombies wandering the streets these days.

“that zombie still looked better than most of the OWS people” – hilarious! And so true.

Samantha on March 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I learned 2 things:

1. Zombies have very little leg strength and can’t get out of mud.

2. Zombies have super human strength and can rip you in half.

Odd huh?

Wagthatdog on March 6, 2012 at 5:50 PM

T Dog hasn’t had a word to say in AGES. If they are only saving him to confront the (stereotypical, southern racist horror) Meryl, then they really are racist. Aren’t they. Huh.

Alana on March 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I seriously forgot he was still alive.

Wagthatdog on March 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

As far as whether or not you have to be bitten to become a walker, remember that the guy at the CDC whispered something to Rick before they left and we have yet to know what that is. When Rick took care of those two guys in the bar, he made sure to shoot both of them in the head. My theory: Rick was told it’s some kind of world-wide virus that is in everyone, but some people are immune. If you have immunity, when you die, you stay dead. If you don’t have immunity, you can die in any manner and as long as the brain is intact, you come back. Bitten, not bitten, doesn’t matter.

Oh, did anyone else see that cow being feasted upon and think sequel: The Mooing Dead!

Xyz22 on March 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM

And Andrea. Oh Andrea. Despite having her judgment proven to be profoundly wrong on almost all the occasions it has been exercised, she is completely lacking in self-awareness.

Well, she was a “civil rights lawyer” before teh Zombiepocalypse. So… a certain amount of self-unawareness is part of her character.

corncat on March 6, 2012 at 8:22 PM

How does someone go from being so very pro life to not caring if an actual living being gets his head blown off

Well, it happened to lots of Democrats in the 1970s, when there may have been zombies, but they didn’t try & eat you. I think I can give him a pass.

corncat on March 6, 2012 at 8:30 PM

just watched it tonight and these comments are spot on.

a lot of nonsense happened this episode.

zombie left the cow to ninja attack dale in the middle of an open field on a moonlit night.

herschel all of a sudden doesn’t care about human life.

all of a sudden there is a food shortage so we can’t keep the guest alive.

no adults are keeping track of the one kid left (after losing the other one).

on a different note, i couldn’t help but notice the cultural foundation of the question they are asking themselves: how can they NOT help a stranger?

compare that to some other cultures where the question is: how can they NOT distrust a stranger?

see for example this article

hatespam on March 8, 2012 at 3:30 AM

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