The Walking Dead: ‘Episode 2.03 Save the Last One’ Review
by Rose B.
Last week during Save the Last One we followed Shane and his battle to get back to the farm to bring Herschel the needed supplies to save Carl. Along the way we watched as he battled walker after walker after even more walkers. Every step I believe he had only Carl in mind, which led him to do what he did… sacrifice Otis.
I must admit that I was devastated to see him make this decision. Maybe even a little angered. But why? We all know that Shane is in no way a saint. He’s done his fair share bad. After I got over the initial punch and thought about it for a while, I realized what was bothering me was the fact he HAD to make this decision.
How will he move on from this? We’ll just have to wait and see.
While all this is happening at the school, back on the farm Herschel’s told Lori and Rick that time is running out and they will soon have to make a decision… whether to operate without the respirator.
A Mother’s Rationalization
Her child is going to die without this surgery. If the equipment isn’t there to do it where he stands a real chance to survive, why put him through the pain and torture of being awake during surgery only to have him die anyway?
Lori takes it outside where she confides in her husband that maybe this isn’t a world for children anymore. If it’s Carl’s time to go, maybe they should let him die. I can understand her dilemma, a mother’s dilemma. What’s best for her child?
Would you want your child living in a world overtaken by the Walking Dead? A world where they have to watch people be torn apart. Where they have to run to survive, only to face the real danger of becoming the things they are running from. You don‘t want your child to have to live in fear every moment of everyday of their life. I understand the thought process of this, I understand Lori having to rationalize this.
Lori begs Rick for a reason to think Carl should have to live in this kind of world. He can’t answer her yet…
A Short Time Later
While they are sitting just outside the room, Carl wakes up for the first time since he lost consciousness. He begins to tell his mom about the deer he saw before the accident but soon slips into a seizure. Herschel explains that Carl’s brain isn’t getting enough blood.
While Rick is going through another blood transfusion he explains to Lori what their son was talking about. And in this conversation he begins to counter Lori’s rationalization about letting Carl go if it is his time tonight. He points out that out of all that is in the world right now, when he woke up he talked about something beautiful. He talked about the deer. Not the walkers, not the evils out there. He talked about something living. He tells her they have to hold on and believe. There is a life out there, they just have to be strong enough to hold on.
Finally the time comes when they have to make that choice, to operate without the equipment. Rick looks to Lori for the decision, you can tell he’s hoping he’s got through to her. Her response? Let’s do it. With that said, thank goodness Shane got there in time!!
Other highlights of this episode?
- A promising friendship begins for Maggie and Glenn
- Daryl and Andrea continue the search for Sophia
- Dale apologizes to Andrea for his decisions
- Shane shaves his head