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'The Walking Dead': '18 Miles Out' recap

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The Walking Dead S02E10: '18 Miles Out'

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Season 2, episode 10 | Aired Friday, Mar 2 2012 at 22:00 GMT on FX

This Week... Violence erupts between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Shane (Jon Bernthal) as the pair confront the tension that lies between them. Meanwhile, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Andrea (Laurie Holden) clash over the fate of Hershel's daughter Beth (Emily Kinney).

Watching Dead... Alright, let's be honest, who thought that Shane was going to meet his maker this week? The character's death seemed inevitable and, following Lori's Lady MacBeth act last week, we expected the subsequent Rick / Shane showdown to end badly.

A large part of this episode is essentially a two-hander between Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal - driving 18 miles out to dispose of Randall (Michael Zegen), the pair stop in the middle of nowhere to confront the issues that have been driving a wedge between them...

Rick drags up everything - Shane murdering Otis, the affair with Lori, their differing ideologies. "That is my son, that is my wife, that is my unborn child," Rick warns his old friend, and surprisingly, Shane appears to buckle to the ultimatum. A face like a scolded child, he attempts to explain away and even apologise for his actions...

The Walking Dead S02E10: '18 Miles Out'

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But events take a darker turn when the captive Randall reveals that he went to school with Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and so is aware of the location of Hershel's farm. It's a staple of zombie fiction that humans are more of a threat to each other than the living dead could ever hope to be, and so the case proves to be here.

Rick and Shane clash once more over what should become of Randall and it's the final straw for the pair. A vicious, horrible struggle erupts, with the two ex-lawmen scrabbling and growling on the floor, no better than the walkers they fear.

Shane and Rick's differing viewpoints are both tested in '18 Miles Out'. Shane's hotheaded nature ultimately leads to disaster - just as Rick had always feared - as he tosses an iron wrench through a glass window, releasing a batch of hideous walkers…

But Rick's own 'good guy' stance also comes under fire. It's somewhat hypocritical of him to ignore the threat that Randall presents, while leaving the "dangerous" Shane to die. Here, Rick allows his anger to influence his decisions, just as Shane has been doing all along.

The Walking Dead S02E10: '18 Miles Out'

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It's all incredibly compelling, which unfortunately can't be said for the episode's sub-plot involving Beth's suicide attempt. It's not the fault of actress Emily Kinney, who is fine, but we're expected to care about the fate of a character we've barely spent any time with. Meanwhile, characters that the viewer has genuinely become attached to - the likes of Glenn and Daryl - are entirely absent.

The clash between Lori and Andrea is more interesting and well played by Sarah Wayne Callies and Laurie Holden, but the viewer is still itching to get back to the central Rick / Shane storyline. Perhaps that's because, unlike the two alpha males, there's been no real sign of tension between Lori and Andrea previously, so their bust-up seemingly comes out of nowhere.

When we do return to Rick and Shane, we see the former suffer a crisis of confidence and save the latter from the zombie hordes. But for a few seconds there, it really looked like Bernthal's character was going to die. Indeed, given how dramatic and intense '18 Miles Out' had been up to that point, perhaps he should have...

Everything seemed perfectly set up for Shane to make his exit and now that he's escaped death once again, it's difficult to imagine where else the writers can take the character. Nonetheless, we're intrigued to see where The Walking Dead will go from here.

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