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Recap / The Walking Dead S 02 E 08 Nebraska

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Season 2, episode 08


The group struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of the barn massacre.

A funeral service is held for Sophia as well as the deceased members of the Greene family, but Carol refuses to attend, stating that her daughter died a long time ago. Hershel angrily insists that he wants the survivors to leave the farm, causing Rick to criticize Shane's handling of the situation while Shane blames Rick for wasting their time searching for Sophia. Beth lapses into a catatonic state of shock while Hershel is nowhere to be found, prompting Rick and Glenn to look for him at the local bar when Maggie reveals he used to have a drinking problem. Lori decides to go after Rick when he doesn't return for some time, but runs into trouble when she crashes her car. Rick and Glenn find Hershel at the bar, but are interrupted by two strangers named Dave and Tony who become threatening when they are refused access to the farm, forcing Rick to shoot them both.



  • Achilles in His Tent: Daryl begins to pull away from the group following the revelation that his search for Sophia was in vain, moving his tent away from the others and refusing to go out looking for Rick when Lori asks for his help.
  • The Alcoholic: It's revealed that Hershel used to be this, although he hasn't touched a drop since the day Maggie was born. Watching his undead wife and stepson get gunned down in front of him is enough for him to fall off the wagon.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Dave and Tony.
  • Angst Coma: Beth lapses into one after witnessing the massacre at the barn and getting attacked by her zombified mother.
  • Asshole Victim: Or victims, in Dave and Tony's case.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Dave's fate, courtesy of Rick.
  • Broken Bird: Carol and Beth.
  • By the Hair: The undead Annette Greene grabs Beth by the hair and tries to take a bite out of her when she goes over to mourn following the shootout.
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  • Comatose Canary: Beth.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Carol viciously rips apart a Cherokee rose in her grief.
    • When questioned by Dave and Tony, Rick says that he and his group are looking to move onto Fort Benning, where they originally planned to go before getting waylaid by Sophia's disappearance and Carl's shooting in "What Lies Ahead".
  • Coup de Grâce: Rick shoots Tony in the gut and the shoulder before finishing him off with a headshot.
  • Creepy Child: Carl is starting to veer into this territory, calmly telling his mother that Rick did the right thing in shooting Sophia and that he would have done the same.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dave, though it's a ploy to put Rick, Glenn and Hershel at ease and make them open up about the farm.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hershel, Carol and Beth all appear to have passed this.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Lori crashes her car as a result of attempting to read a map while driving.
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  • Drop-In Character: Dave and Tony appear unannounced and unexpected to Rick, Glenn, and Hershel when they arrive at the bar.
  • Due to the Dead: Played with. Sophia is given a proper burial along with Annette and Shawn Greene, but the rest of the bodies are burned.
    Andrea: We bury the ones we love, and burn the rest.'''
  • Enemy Mine: Dave and Tony provide a common foe for Rick and Hershel to unite against. By shooting the possibly dangerous invaders who would not take no for an answer, Rick demonstrates that he is as invested in protecting the farm and the people living on it as Hershel is.
  • Fat Slob: Tony.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Dave appears amiable enough initially, especially in contrast with Tony, but he doesn't hesitate to draw his gun when it becomes clear that Rick and Hershel aren't going to allow him onto the farm.
  • Foreshadowing: Dave mentions having headed towards a refugee camp near Washington, D.C.. The Alexandria Safe-Zone appears three seasons later.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Beth, which becomes a problem when walker!Annette uses them to grab hold of her.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Dave and Tony, respectively.
  • Grey and Grey Morality: Lampshaded by Dave in an attempt to win Rick's trust.
    Dave: There's no-one's hands clean in what's left of this world. We're all the same.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Rick criticizes Shane's method of dealing with the walkers in the barn, while Shane mocks Rick for wasting so much time searching for Sophia when she was dead all along.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Glenn doesn't seem to pick up on the bad vibes Dave and Tony are giving off and treats them with much less suspicion than Rick and Hershel.
  • The "I Love You" Stigma: Glenn confides in Rick that Maggie told him she loved him and he was unable to return the sentiment. Somewhat justified in that they have only known each other for a matter of weeks and Glenn had never heard it from someone other than a family member before.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Hershel breaks his 22 years of abstinence by drowning his sorrows at the local bar after the barn massacre.
  • Improvised Weapon: Andrea uses a pitchfork to put down Annette Greene for good.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Andrea and T-Dog both agree that Shane ultimately made the right decision by killing the walkers in the barn.
  • Jump Scare: When Beth is grabbed by Annette.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The show was already pretty dark, but the arrival of Dave and Tony indicates a shift in the overall tone towards other survivors being the bigger threat.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In-universe, Hershel blames Rick and his group for destroying the peace at the farm.
    Hershel: You people are like a plague. You came here and you just destroyed it all!
  • The Nicknamer: Daryl calls Lori 'Olive Oyl'.
  • Not So Different: Invoked by both Hershel and Dave towards Rick. Hershel believes that Rick is just as hopeless as he is despite pretending otherwise, while Dave points out that they've both had to make difficult choices in order to survive.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: Dave and Tony refer to the zombies as "lamebrains", though Dave admits that "walkers" sounds better.
  • Pet the Dog: Shane helps Carol clean her wounded hands when she emerges from the forest covered in scratches.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Tony's casual misogyny is one of several indicators that he and Dave are not as harmless as they try to make out.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Tony asks Rick if he's "got cooze" back at the farm and mentions he "hasn't had a piece of ass in weeks". The only way it could more obvious is if he wore a shirt with neon letters reading 'Attention: I am a rapist!'
  • Quick Draw: Rick manages to shoot both Dave and Tony before they even have a chance to react.
  • Red Shirt: Both Dave and Tony are killed in their first appearance.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Shane believes the search for Sophia is an example of this, pointing out that they wasted weeks looking for her when they all knew she was dead.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Hershel admits he was a fool for believing there was a cure and that he knew he was wrong from the second he saw Shane shoot a walker in the heart and it kept on coming.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: The deaths of Dave and Tony mark the first time Rick kills other living humans, contrary to his previous assertion that "we don't kill the living."
  • Two Shots from Behind the Bar: When Dave lays his gun on the bartop from behind the counter, Rick immediately assumes he's reaching for another one. Dave just reaches for the gun on the counter, giving Rick enough time to drop him and Tony.
  • Urine Trouble: Tony urinates on the floor of the bar in front of all the others, another sign that something isn't quite right.

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