Well, the softer side of Merle Dixon theory we sort of maybe entertained over the last few weeks has officially been been debunked. Merle spent the majority of tonight’s episode physically torturing Glenn like a violent, redneck Carrie Matheson, while the stoic torturee’s poor girlfriend listened in terror from next door. What was his reasoning? Hell, I don’t know. I get why he’s still mad about being stranded on that rooftop and left to die two seasons ago, but tonight was another brutal reminder of how easily (and disturbingly) humanity can be switched off in the Walking Dead universe.
We saw this a few times: First, there was Mr. Coleman, the old geezer who passed away in Woodbury on Milton’s experimental table. I don’t know about you, but for a brief second I almost thought that Milton’s research would lead to something — that there could be a sliver of hope in this show’s horrific, depressing landscape. But no, Andrea was right. Despite Milton’s firm belief that humanity could be maintained during the zombie transformation period, Coleman lunged like a man 60 years his junior as soon as he got a sniff of human flesh. Then Andrea stabbed him in the head, because, well, that’s what you have to do if you want to survive that in that hellhole. Stab grandpa in the head. Is it worth it?
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