The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 2

Bloodletting (23 Oct. 2011)

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After Carl is accidentally shot, the group are brought to a family living on a nearby farm. Shane makes a dangerous trip in search of medical supplies.


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In a flashback sequence, before the zombie apocalypse, Lori is waiting for Carl at school and tells a friend that she had an argument with Rick the night before. Shane arrives and tells her that Rick is in the hospital because of what happened on the road. In the present, Rick runs seeking help, carrying Carl in his arms while Shane follows them with the hunter, Otis, who had accidentally shot Carl. They reach a farm and Carl is attended by an old man called Hershel. He finds that the bullet has shattered into six fragments and he needs Rick's blood for transfusion to Carl. He withdraw one piece, but he concludes that he needs surgical supplies to remove the other five fragments. Shane and Otis head to a school that is surrounded by walkers to get the medical supplies. One of Hershel's daughters rides a horse to find the searchers and brings Lori to the farm. Meanwhile Dale finds that T-Dog's arm is badly infected and he needs antibiotics. The group agrees to split up, some spending ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror


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When Andrea hands the pistol back to Lori while they're sitting around the fire, she is holding the grip, but when Lori reaches for it, she has it in the palm of her hand, holding it around the cylinder. See more »


[after hearing T-Dog needs antibiotics]
Daryl Dixon: Why'd you wait till now to say anything?
[Places a large plastic bag full of drugs on the hood of a car]
Daryl Dixon: Got my brother's stash.
[Rifles through the bag, the others look on in amazement]
Daryl Dixon: Crystal, X. Don't need that. Got some kick ass painkillers.
[Tosses the pill bottle to Glenn]
Daryl Dixon: Oxycycline. Not the generic stuff neither. It's first class.
[Tosses the bottle to Dale]
Daryl Dixon: Merle got the clap on occasion.
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Awesome Episode!
31 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the second episode of the second season of Walking Dead and it's a dandy. It's not as good as the opener, but a worthy follow-up for sure. Just like the opener, it finely balances the action and the drama. This episode has me hanging on the edge of my seat throughout. The major zombie action doesn't show up to near the end, but it nicely sets up what's going to happen next.

In this episode, "Bloodletting," Rick and Shane desperately get Carl to the farmhouse of Hershel Greene to save Carl after he got shot by accident by Otis, a resident of Greene's house. Meanwhile, Shane and Otis decides to go to the local high school to get supplies needed for Carl's operation.

Overall, this is a very good episode. It's often dramatic, tense, and even emotional at times. The acting is very good here as Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal steal the show. But there are some good guest appearances by Pruitt Taylor Vince and he was pretty good. This episode ended on another well-done cliffhanger. I rate this episode 9/10.

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