Beside the Dying Fire is the Season 2 season finale and opens with a feasting horde getting distracted by the noise of a helicopter above them.
Unfortunately for Team Rick, the copter appears to be drawing the ever growing horde towards Hershel’s farm, and a few fences aren’t going to stop them.
Even worse, the next shot is of the horde pivoting when they hear the gunshot that kills Shane, and we then see Rick and Carl walking back to the farm as the horde approaches in the dark.
When we come back from the break Daryl and Glen have just come back into the house and everyone is worried. Shane and Rick haven’t come back yet, and no one appears to even realize that Carl’s not in the house – because Lori’s such a great mom? Come on people, keep track of your kids in the Apocalypse.
It’s not long before everyone realizes what is about to hit them. Rick and Carl hear the horde behind them, and when Daryl comes out onto the front porch he can see what’s bearing down on them in the distance.
Rick and Carl don’t have an easy path to the house, the horde is too large and is between them and safety. Just as Rick and Carl reach the barn, Lori realizes that Carl’s not in the main house with her.
Carl and Rick light the barn on fire to stage an escape while Daryl leads the others on a car ride to try and lead the horde away from the house. The setting the barn on fire strategy seems really questionable as Rick and Carl only escape the 2nd floor because the RV shows up (and the driver gets eaten in the process).
It doesn’t take long for the majority of the survivors to realize they need to flee, even as Hershel is wasting shotgun shells, trying to hold off a horde he could never defeat.
People are dying as the survivors are overwhelmed by the horde.
Hershel would have been bitten as well, but Rick is there to save him and force Hershel to realize the farm is lost. The Zombie horde is just too big. Everyone flees, stranding Andrea and Carol. Thankfully Daryll is there to save Carol after he hears her screams.
The farm is lost.
As the sun rises, Glen and Maggie are alone in a vehicle and Glen tells Maggie that he loves her as she breaks down, not knowing if her father and sister are still alive.
The survivors are all split up and dealing with the shock of losing the farm as they slowly regroup right back where everything started, on the highway where they lost Sophia.
As the now much smaller Team Rick drives off we cut over to Andrea, fleeing through the woods, pursued by Zombies as she runs through the trees.
Team Rick is forced to pull over so they can try and organize a resupply mission. As they are planning, Rick is forced to tell the other survivors that they all carry the virus. If you die, you turn. Rick then tells Lori that he was forced to kill Shane after Shane lured him out in the woods to ambush him. Lori, being Lori, reacts with anger, instead of compassion. It has to suck when your husband kills your baby daddy right?
Back in the woods, Andrea is out of ammo and exhausted, and is about to get bit after getting pulled to the ground when we are introduced to another epic character – Michonne.
Team Rick is sitting by their fire when they hear something moving in the dark. People are panicking, afraid and unsure, which leads to Rick losing his cool, raging at the other survivors that he killed his best friend to protect them all, so get off his back.
After Rick is finished bringing the survivors back to reality, the camera slowly pans away until we see the Prison in the distance.
Beside the Dying Fire was not just the Season 2 finale, but was also an amazingly powerful episode with tons of action, as well as giving us a taste of what is to come in Season 3 to keep us hooked. Beside the Dying Fire scores a 100/100, and is Worth Your Time.
|1||1||Days Gone Bye||100|
|1||3||Tell It To The Frogs||95|
|2||1||What Lies Ahead||95|
|2||3||Save The Last One||83|
|2||7||Pretty Much Dead Already||100|
|2||11||Judge, Jury, Executioner||70|
|2||13||Beside the Dying Fire||100|