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'The Walking Dead:' Only the good die young (and die ugly)

Last night's gruesome shocker of a "Walking Dead" laid bare  what truly must become of everyone who inhabits a godless post-apocalyptic world where the living run, or hide, and the dead walk: They must and will die, and die pretty graphically. That's certainly been the pattern over these three seasons, but always you hold out for the promise of salvation — that just possibly someone will escape the web that creator Robert Kirkman has thrown them upon, to live and fight another day. But the pattern tends to punish those fans that hold out such hope. Just as a character redeems him or herself — locates compassion, comes to terms with a past  — then you can be sure it's over. This world has no place for them — but only for those like the Governor who are purely evil. That's the clever inversion of "The Walking Dead" -- the good must die, and the bad must thrive, in part because there really is nothing as objective as "good" or "evil" in a world that has been overtaken by a virus that turns once-living humans who had lives, and believed in something, and maybe loved their families and went to church and paid their taxes on time into sniveling, snarling, bloodsucking, gut-slurping walkers.

By this point, you may have reached the jump of this post and I don't have to offer up that annoying "spoiler alert" nonsense — because after all this did air last night: T-Dog and Lori are dead. Terribly dead. Possibly even worse dead than being undead. Imagine — no don't imagine the end of poor compassionate T-Dog, a human buffet table; but Lori's end was even worse. Not only a C-section, which pretty much ended her human life, but a bullet to the brain by son Carl, which ended the undead life (so to speak.) 

T-Dog's death averted a showdown with Merle — one could say Merle was deprived of that showdown. But Lori's death was a sharp departure from the comic series where she dies during the Governor's storming of the prison, and — as she falls down — kills her baby with the impact of her body. Interesting also to note that perhaps the show could have conceivably kept her alive, although fans seem to have rebelled against her for a variety of reasons. 

Meanwhile, with her death. the show offers up two possibilities — a future where Carl is the leader, and even one in which his baby sister assumes a role. Check out this clip from "Talking Dead" that addresses that possibility; plus it gives last word to T-Dog — IronE Singleton.  Like Lori, he was a good character, a vital one, who is gone way too soon, though — sorry to sad — it's a fate that likely awaits everyone else .?.?.

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