Blick Tolkien reviews The Walking Dead – Episode 019 – Beside The Dying Fire

The Walking Dead - Episode 019 - Beside The Dying Fire 45 min., 2012
Written by Robert Kirkman/Glen Mazzara
Directed by Ernest Dickerson
Language: English
My rating: ★★★★★

The End (of season 2) Is Nigh!

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Show Premise:

Sheriff Rick Grimes after waking from a coma, finding his family and a small group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic zombie infested world. He leads his family and survivors to Hershel’s farm for safety hoping to reside there after the CDC and its lone scientist are destroyed and Sophia dies.


The following review is rated SIN (Sincerely Intrigued Negro), it contains several rants that appear at random. The views here do not reflect the thoughts of a completely sane person. They are being presented by a person of African-American descent who has grown up in a rather unseemly portion of town, taken recreational narcotics, and has been molested by a clown. Feel free to skip certain paragraphs, if you simply want a recap and continued review of the episode. Hipster, child, feline and vegan discretion is advised.


My review’s gonna contain a full episode recap, so spoiler alert bitches!

With a tear in my eye and my middle finger raised I bid you all a fond farewell from Zombie central. This is the end… of season 2 I mean. Trust me, I’ll be back for season 3 and 1 or 2 other fun treats in the Walking Dead Universe including a possible game review, limited web series that explains the origin of one of the most memorable on screen characters as well as an interview from C2E2 With Glenn and Maggie. For now though the episode picks up with Carl asking a shit ton of questions on how Shane became a walker. As Rick is about to explain what he had to do to keep him and his mother safe (namely shanking Shane in the heart) a herd of walkers numbering in the hundreds lumbers their way. They take off for the safety of the farm house but aren’t thinking they will make it. Inside Daryl and Glenn return safely to join the rest of the group. As Hershel and company become aware of the impending threat they decide to take a stand with the guns they have to defend the farm. Since Carl is missing as far as his mother is concerned she and the rest of the crew stand with Hershel’s family since she refuses to leave without him. Little does she know he ran off some time before to look for his dad (bang up parenting job guys)!

Rick and Carl lead a group into the barn (like that’s something we haven’t seen) and lit it on fire. The rest of the crew get out with guns and mount up in the cars picking the walkers off one by one. Hershel’s son sees the fire and goes to get Rick and Carl but is bitten in the process. Eventually Otis’s girlfriend goes to join him while everyone else sees the futility of trying to defend the overrun farm and they take off. Knowing there is only one place familiar enough that they could meet up. That place being where they left supplies when Sophia went missing on the highway.  While Rick waits with Carl and Hershel since they escaped together rick tries to convince Carl that they should move on since it’s likely his mother didn’t make it. It turns out that T-Dog, Beth, and Lori all escaped together and she forced him to go back to the highway in case Rick had the same idea to regroup there. Daryl saves Carol on his bike and Glenn and Maggie make an escape together as well. The caravan meets up there and they count their losses. Andrea among them even though no one saw her die.

This is the Andrea I remember from the graphic novels. The bad ass survivor take no prisoners kind of gal. She fought her way off the farm, into the woods and killed anything in her path. She was exhausted and fell in the woods but some Mysterious black woman in a poncho holding 2 armless jaw-less walkers on chains decapitated the offending zombie. Hell of an introduction to Michone. Once everyone else groups together at what looks like a stone fortress they start a fire and Rick confesses about having to kill Shane and dares anyone else to strike out on their own rather than respect his role as leader. We also found out that in season 1 episode 6 when Rick was drunk and talking alone with Jenner he told Rick that the infection was likely in everyone making certain that they would become reanimated if they died. The fact that he knew this and never told the group coupled with his crossing the line of killing one of their own has made for one hell of an uneasy night. He lets them know that if they stay this is no longer a democracy. Looks like that has just become the dictatorship of Grimes!

As they pan out they show a shot of a prison (or rather I should say “the” prison,) in the distance giving us a glimpse of what to expect in season 3. This may have been short to write but a hell of a sight to see. This is what a season Finale is supposed to be: riveting, emotional, and full of uncertainties. So until next season, may all your films bring fright.

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About Blick Tolkien

About Blick Tolkien: The bastard half brother of Zeb Carter, he grew up in Chicago's urban jungle, forced to be the victim of racial injustice and daily bullying until the day he saw Night of the Living Dead. the immersion into violence on film gave him the tools to externalize his hate and make the world a horror show for all his enemies. A card carrying member of the Black Panther party, he hates whitey and all forms of coonery including any and all Tyler Perry films. You have been warned. About Zeb Carter: The younger brother of Blick Tolkien, he used horror films as a way to open him self up to the social and story telling aspects of cinematic fear as well as his love of the silver screen. After seeing Gremlins at the drive in he was hooked. He also writes short fiction, has 2 daughters and a pack of animals that he is currently serves as the alpha male over. You can read his fiction at
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2 Responses to Blick Tolkien reviews The Walking Dead – Episode 019 – Beside The Dying Fire

  1. John bruni says:

    Ah, the shit is about to hit the fan. I hope the prison is everything it was in the comics and more. To quote a great karate sensei, “No mercy.”

    • zeb says:

      Indeed Bruni san. With all the 4 min trailer promised i cant wait to see whats in store, however i know its awesome.

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