The idea of suicide has come up a few times in The Walking Dead, but this episode dealt with another difficult reality: euthanasia.  Is it ok to end someone’s life or simply let them die if it would end their suffering?

Carl isn’t getting any better. Lori breaks down on Hershel’s porch and begins questioning what the survivors hope to accomplish in this world.

If Lori hoped for a return to order, if she thought society could be restored, then she wouldn’t have thought for a second about letting Carl die because death was better than surviving in their world.

But she can’t see beyond the day to day existence that they have—scrounging for food and trying to fight off death. If Carl dies tonight, then that all ends for him.

Lori is hopeless.

She asks Rick for a reason why it would be better to let Carl live in a world like theirs. Rick can’t seem to come up with a response at first. To be honest, his answer later wasn’t very compelling. The potential for goodness may exist in that world, but that’s within a sea of suffering.

I’d wager that watching Carl wake up briefly did more to sway Lori than Rick’s answer. She chose to save Carl because of the possibility of not hearing him again. It was a beautiful, selfish desire.

It was nice to have a bit of normalcy in this episode; Maggie and Glenn have a calm discussion about God on the porch. Their romance is starting to bud with little glances at each other. I’m glad their intimacy is being carried over from the comic book.

After slowly redeeming himself this season by supporting Rick and trying to help Carl, Shane has proven himself to be a threat yet again. I knew something was wrong with his explanation for why he returned alone. There was guilt in his eyes, and they hadn’t shown Ottis’s death onscreen.

No one but Lori and Dale have any idea just how risky it can be to have Shane around. Shane shaves his head, and he loses what little humanity he has at the same time.

I’m praying for our survivors.

Overall: 9/10