The Walking Dead – S2E6
The Walking Dead “Secrets” (Review)
As the first portion of season two begins to wind down, the dramatic tension continues to mount. Sadly, there really isn’t any zombie action proffered by “Secrets”, though there are plenty of revelations brought to light. While significant plot points are a plus, it can’t hurt to ask for a bit of blood and brains, can it?
As Lori’s pregnancy issues become more difficult to conceal, her mental state ventures into shaky territory. Of course, she’s got trusty Glenn to retrieve all medical goods she requires (all the while attempting to hide his knowledge of the walkers locked in the barn), and she doesn’t hesitate to utilize the tool at her disposal; Glenn and Maggie head back to the pharmacy to gather more womanly items, but the trip doesn’t unfold quite as smoothly as previous treks. While in the pharmacy, Maggie gets a firsthand look at the dangers the walkers pose, as she’s attacked before being saved by Glenn. This sequence serves as the episodes lone taste of undead onslaught.
While Glenn and Maggie are fighting for their lives, the rest of the crew is learning to shoot under the tutelage of Shane, who’s said to be the finest marksman of the bunch. Rick meanwhile continues to prod Herschel in the hopes of securing a longtime residence for he and his band of misfits. These scenes are cluttered with significant dialogue, though the slow pacing of the episode serves a sound purpose, generating more suspense as we approach the midseason finale.
Before we get there however, Lori finally owns up to her secret pregnancy. The episode slows to a halt as Lori battles herself and her indecision as to whether or not she’s going to keep the child. After swallowing enough “day after” pills to put down the nursery section of a sizeable hospital, she’s overcome with emotion, and forces herself to regurgitate the medication, at which point Rick stumbles upon the empty boxes and confronts her. It’s an unsettling wrap to an extremely dramatic episode that certainly feels as though there’s an explosion on the horizon. We’ll see what “Pretty Much Dead Already” has to offer.