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Better Angels 

Shane's antagonistic behaviour reaches new heights, while Carl suffers the consequences of his actions.

Director:

Guy Ferland

Writers:

Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (series of graphic novels) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal ... Shane Walsh
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dale Horvath (credit only)
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Irone Singleton ... Theodore 'T-Dog' Douglas
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Greene
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene
Michael Zegen ... Randall Culver
Scott Wilson ... Hershel Greene
Jane McNeill ... Patricia
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Storyline

The group of survivors is organizing the preparation for the winter following the instructions of Rick. Carl is uncomfortable, feeling responsible for the death of Dale and he talks to Shane about what had happened in the swamp. He asks Shane to give the weapon back to Daryl and Shane talks to Rick about the problem. While Rick and Carl are having a conversation, Shane works hard and Lori tells to him that she is not sure whether the baby is his or Rick's. Shane releases Randall and walks with him on the field. Out of the blue, he breaks Randall's neck, hides his body and simulates that Randall has beaten him up. Daryl and T-Dog and Rick and Shane seek Randall in the real estate. When Daryl and Glen find Randall's body, Shane threatens Rick with his weapon, forcing him to defend himself. Carl arrives and draws the gun that his father gave to him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official iTunes Season 2

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) made a surprise visit by flying down from New York where he lives to watch filming. See more »

Goofs

When Rick and Shane are in the middle of the field where Shane yells at Rick saying, "Right here, right now, you're not even gonna fight for 'em?" there are Emergency units flashing their red, white and blue lights behind Rick's left shoulder. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rick Grimes: [Rick stands over Dale's grave with the rest of the group, narrating] Dale could... could get under your skin. He sure got under mine, because he wasn't afraid to say exactly what he thought, how he felt. That kind of honesty is rare and brave. Whenever I'd make a decision, I'd look at Dale. He'd be looking back at me with that look he had. We've all seen it one time or another. I couldn't always read him, but he could read us. He saw people for who they were. He knew things about ...
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Featured in The Walking Dead: Behind the Dead (2017) See more »

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Antagonism, guilt and consequences
9 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Had heard nothing but great things about 'The Walking Dead' from friends and IMDb reviewers. It took a while to get round to watching, both from being busy and also not being sure whether it would be my cup of tea. Finally getting round to it a few years ago and slowly working my way through it, having had a very long to watch and review list, 'The Walking Dead' turned out to be very much my cup of tea and as good as the hype made it out to be, have found it extremely addictive.

All the previous episodes of Season 2 were very good to great, but the season nearly has a high point in "Better Angels". And a strong reminder of how Seasons 1-5 of 'The Walking Dead' to me were absolutely brilliant and seeing the show in its full glory days (Season 6 was uneven, Season 7 was a huge disappointment and am still debating whether to watch Season 8). It is as emotional, complex and as tense as one would expect , at the same time it has adrenaline and guts.

It still shocks me at how an intelligent, well-made (so much so that it is easy to mistake it for a film) show about zombies could be made when so many films have tried and failed abysmally to do so.

"Better Angels" is one of the tightest and most emotionally investable episodes of Season 2 for me. It doesn't feel as heavy in talk as a few other episodes of the season, generally the show up to this point did this aspect well if of course variably, but do prefer the more intense, more action-heavy suspenseful episodes.

Only one thing stops it from being a high point and that is that Carl is written here in a way that is pretty infuriating, even for someone whose moral compass has vastly shifted and feeling the consequences of his actions in the previous episodes, some of his behaviour is just idiotic and senseless.

Like all the episodes of the show, "Better Angels" is incredibly well made in the production values, with gritty and audacious production design, photography of almost cinematic quality, effects that look good, have soul and are not overused or abused and pretty frightening make-up that make the zombies even more terrifying. The music is haunting and affecting, having presence but never being too intrusive.

The writing generally is intelligent and thought-provoking, with lots of tension and emotional resonance and already showing signs of character complexity and multiple layer storytelling. The more eventful scenes are thrilling and terrifying as well as uncompromising.

Appreciated the ever strong and still progressing story and character building (the development of the now dangerous Shane and honouring Dale are the high point), which the episode has a bigger emphasis on, and that the pace is never dull or rushed. There is a lot of tension and emotion.

Everything is tautly paced without rushing through the more important parts and emotionally complex. The world building is stunningly immersive and effective. Direction is smart and atmospheric while the show throughout has been strongly acted. Jon Bernthal has some of his meatiest material up to this point, and it is a performance of dead-on intensity that it's almost scary.

Overall, really great and this close to being a season high point. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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