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Top 10 "The Walking Dead" Scenes from Season 2

Updated on October 13, 2014

The Walking Dead Top 10


Top Ten Scenes from The Walking Dead, Season 2

With The Walking Dead season 5 premier tonight, I’ve been meaning to get more of my picks for the best of each season up all week. I’m so excited I’ve spent my free nights and weekends the last month marathoning previous The Walking Dead seasons, and have been taking note of some of my favorite scenes.

For those new to the show, I think season 2 illustrates more than ever before that this show is not just gratuitous blood and gore (though there’s plenty of that as well).

This show is not about zombies; it’s about people.

It’s character driven, and throws characters in an extreme situation. Zombies just happen to be the setting—it could have been aliens, radiation from a meteor striking the earth, or an Ebola plague. But how people try to survive and rebuild a life after the apocalypse, the moral dilemmas they face—we can all relate. I love that psychological crap!

So here are my top 10 picks for the best scenes in season 2 of The Walking Dead.

And in case you didn’t think of it: Spoiler alert! (duh!)

10) Walker Herd on the Highway

Season 2, episode 1: "What Lies Ahead". The very first episode of the season starts off with a deliciously tense scene. I LOVE tense scenes! Especially when the tension is spread so thick. I just want to sop it up with a biscuit.

The CDC had turned out to be a big bust, and hopes are now dashed. This is not just local, or a temporary problem that authorities will come and sweep away; civilization as we know it is officially over. Our group is on the road, not even sure of their destination, in the wake of this shocking revelation. Stuck on a highway, they try to loot cars, clear a path and make some vehicle repairs when a herd of walkers comes ambling by.

People are scrambling for cover like bugs when the lights go on, hiding under cars or ducking behind vehicles. T-Dog gouges his arm on a car. Sophia is chased into the woods.

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear the sound of your butt hole clenching. The tension is just beautiful.

9) Dale’s Death

Season 2, Episode 1: "Judge, Jury, Executioner". Yes, to the numbnut who hasn’t seen season 2 and is grumbling right now—I told you there were spoilers.

Dale was one of my favorite characters from the start. I’m always drawn to the ‘voice of reason’ or ‘moral compass’-type characters, and -- dumb fishing hat aside -- Dale was one of the best ever.

After a group argument, Dale stomps off on the farm to regain his composure, and a walker attacks him out of nowhere. This is a pretty gruesome attack, too—while Dale manages to hold the walker’s snapping teeth at bay, the sucker just guts poor Dale. Ouch!

The look on Dale’s face – hell, the look on everyone’s faces when they see the extent of his injuries – immediately brought my heart up to my throat. And my heart got stuck there for the remainder of the scene. I couldn't even swallow.

I just teared up when Dale wordlessly begged to be put out of his misery. I wanted to hug Rick for not being able to do it. And when Daryl stepped up to shoot him in the head with more tenderness and caring than anyone has ever been shot in the head before, I wanted to French kiss him (but then, I often find myself wanting to French kiss Daryl, so that’s nothing new).

Daryl Dixon

8) Carl & The Deer

Season 2, Episode 1: "What Lies Ahead". What a bittersweet moment. Or maybe it’s more appropriate to say a sweet-bitter moment, as the sweetness comes first and the bitter shock comes next.

In all the horrors of the zombie apocalypse, Carl finds beauty in an unexpected encounter with a deer. He smiles, and it's almost a Disney moment with Bambi right there. Rick and Shane look on, and we can see Rick is a proud papa— absolutely delighted that his son can still find joy and enchantment in a world that is so dank and fully of death.

It would be a perfect moment for the scrapbook if Otis didn't shoot the deer, and Carl in the process. Oops. Rick's face falls in 0.2 seconds.

That’s The Walking Dead for you. They offer you a glimmer of hope, and then snatch it away-- the teasing buggers.

7) Daryl Hallucinates Merle

Season 2, Episode 5: “Chupacabra”. Speaking of buggers, Merle comes back to haunt Daryl, resulting in a pretty interesting exchange. At this point, the last time we saw Merle was when he was left shackled on a roof and a crowd of walkers were breaking down the door. Well, actually, the last we saw of Merle was the bloody hand he left behind on the roof when he presumably escaped the zombies. But same diff... we haven't seen a hair of Merle since.

So Daryl – the redneck with the heart of gold – is bound and determined to find the missing child Sophia. Little does he know, he’s in for a really crappy day. He’s thrown from a horse, falls down an embankment (a couple of times), gets stabbed with one of his own arrows, passes out, wakes up to find a walker gnawing at his shoe... yeah, you get the idea. And just to put a little button on his day, as he staggers back onto the farm, everyone thinks he’s a walker and Andrea shoots him in the head.

Well, she grazes his head. But still, ya know? Any time a bullet fired from a gun touches your head, it's a crappy day.

In the midst of all this, he’s hallucinating that his brother Merle popped on over to antagonize him. Merle is just a big ol’ demon, and Daryl verbally wrestles with him for a while. This is kind of a turning point for Daryl. It’s apparently 1) the first time he stood up to Merle, and 2) the first time he began realizing his brother might be kind of an A-hole.

Even if it’s all in his mind, it still counts for something.

For Illustrative Purposes:

Shane's Face: Source: Photo Courtesy of The Walking Dead/Used under "Fair Use" Clause .
Shane's Face: Source: Photo Courtesy of The Walking Dead/Used under "Fair Use" Clause .

Dance Photo Courtesy of Lambtron @ Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons license with right to adapt.

6) Shane Caps Otis

Season 2, Episode 3: “Save the Last One”. If you’d paid attention to the show at all up to this point, you’d know it’s no secret that Shane’s been inching over to the dark side. But this scene is when he arrived. Actually, he didn’t just arrive at the dark side in this scene. He performed a graceful stag split-leap into the dark side like a ballet dancer of doom.

Shane and Otis are at the FEMA aid station trying to collect medical supplies to save Carl’s life. Nobel, right? Yeah, you’d think—until Shane realizes that with a limp and only a couple of rounds left in his gun he wasn't going to be able to outrun the walkers.

It reminds me of the the old joke where two campers are in the woods, and one camper says, “if we get attacked by a bear, how will we outrun it?” And the second camper says, “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you.”

Shane must’ve remembered that joke. Poor Otis, left lying there like a zombie all-you-can-eat buffet. That’s foul, Shane.

5) Maggie and Glenn Hook Up

Season 2, Episode 4: “Cherokee Rose”. I’m a sucker for a good romance, but not a fan of a lot of mushiness. So when Maggie just turns around to Glenn and says, “I’ll have sex with you,” then whips off her shirt and unholsters the boulders, I knew she was the kind of chick I could really get along with.

The look on Glenn’s face is priceless. I love when you can make a guy make that face.

To top it off, she’s smart enough to make sure she doesn't get pregnant in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. You’d think that’d be a given, but apparently not.


You know it's true, ya dumb hoe.
You know it's true, ya dumb hoe. | Source

4) Zombies Spill Out of the Barn

Season 2, Episode 7. "Pretty Much Dead Already". We all knew Hershel’s barn full of pet walkers was going to culminate into some kind of climatic scene, and we weren’t disappointed. First Shane blows up at Rick, and already I’m sitting in my recliner with a big bowl of popcorn on my lap, pumping my fist in the air yelling “Fight! Fight! Fight!”

But even I was shocked by the handling of events. Shane’s frees the walkers, and begins blowing off their heads. Rick’s screaming for him to stop, but can’t do anything because he’s restraining a walker himself. Hershel looks on in horror and devastation because he sees this as the mass murder of his ‘sick’ family and friends. Those not shooting are just dumbfounded.

And right after Shane’s little rampage speech about how they’re just walkers, our own little walkerized Sophia creeps out of the barn, slapping everyone in the face with the reminder that they’re not just reanimated corpses; they were people, they were loved, and they succumbed to a tragic ending.

I felt dirty for cheering on the walker deaths. Seriously, I had to take a shower.


3) Shane Tries to Kill Rick; Rick Kills Shane

Season 2, Episode 12: “Better Angels”. Well, Shane had it coming. But I was a bit sad to see it happen. I did like Shane—not as a person mind you (that kind of went out the window in the first episode when he talked about women. What a freaking chauvinist dog). But I did like the dynamics the character brought to the show. You gotta love unstable people—they’re so damn entertaining.

I really felt for Rick when he had to kill his former ‘brother from another mother’ and best friend. But Shane boinked Rick’s wife, so no matter what you knew that was coming.

Still, it was a deliciously emotional scene. I hadn't had so many mixed emotions since Snape killed Dumbledore.

Awesome Dale Quotes:

“The world we know is gone. But keeping our humanity? That’s a choice.”

“So the answer is to kill him to prevent a crime that he may never even attempt. If we do this, we’re saying there is no hope. Rule of law is dead. There is no civilization.”

2) The Moral Debate

Season 2, Episode 11: "Judge, Jury, Executioner". I always loved philosophical debates, so these are the kinds of scenes I live for. When the group tried to decide whether they should let their prisoner go or execute him, I was on the edge of my seat.

My heart ached for Dale, even though I really sided with the rest of them and wanted them to kill the Muther Trucker. I might not have been as gung-ho to see the kid die as Shane (hell, he acted like Christmas came early, the psycho). But I kind of felt more like Glenn and Andrea, who are too scared to let young Randall go, no matter how much they realize Dale is making sense (and Andrea eventually does side with him).

Dale just pelts the heart with one emotional dart after the other. I kept thinking, He’s right; followed by please kill him anyway. Dale would so disapprove of me.

It's True...

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1) Herd of Walkers Raid the Farm

Season 2, Episode 13: "Beside the Dying Fire". The season finale was probably the most gratifying for me since the first episode. It’s when they decided to turn things up with the walkers another notch. Just when you think the zombies are a problem that is fairly under control, a crowd of them raid your farm.

From the “Holy Sugar, Honey, Iced Tea!” moment that you see hundreds staggering up behind Rick and Carl to the final moments when our group splits up and scatters, the whole scene is full of blood-pumping, adrenalin-inducing excitement. You don’t know who’s going to get it next. There’s one close call after another. Lori is running around like a dumb bee-otch, having lost track of Carl again. And if The Walking Dead has shown us one thing, it’s that no one’s safety is guaranteed.

It’s one of those TV moments when you realize when it’s over that you've been yelling at a screen for 5 minutes. It was such a satisfying ending to the season I felt like I needed a cigarette to bask in the afterglow (and I don’t even smoke).

The Making Of the Epic Finale

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© 2014 Mackenzie Wright


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