The Walking Dead season 2 continues next week with episode 11, "Judge, Jury, Executioner," and Rick's going to have to make a decision about Randall. Will Rick be taking on all three roles of the title, or will Randall still be alive when the credits roll?
Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 11 "Judge, Jury, Executioner" Promo
"Rick sides with Shane on an important decision, causing Dale to worry that the group is losing its humanity. Carl's actions have unintended consequences on the group."
Doesn't that episode synopsis alone make it sound like Rick's going to be making the decision to kill Randall? Is Rick really going to be playing judge, jury, and executioner in this episode? He decided to take one night to think about it before killing RandallÂ—a valid decisionÂ—in "18 Miles Out" after leaving him didn't turn out so well. However, Rick also said in that episode that he's not a good guy anymore. The world has changed, and so has everyone because of it. Rick has already killed two of Randall's group; is Randall, though he tried appealing to Rick and Shane that he's a loner and knows Maggie, going to end up the third?
The Walking Dead season 2 episode 11 promo for "Judge, Jury, Executioner" (below) sure makes it look like that's going to happen. They're bringing Randall out to the barn like Rick had said he planned on doing while he thought over what to do with him. Randall's going to be facing some alone time with Daryl, who lets him know how he feels about the fact that he shot at his friends and that he doesn't believe he's innocent. However, it looks like he may have been able to scare up some information from the kid, as Daryl tell the others during the day, "One of them's got a gang, and they ain't looking to make friends." That's exactly what they were afraid of. They can't risk Randall telling the others where they areÂ—especially since he knows exactly where they areÂ—and the consensus seems to be that they can't keep him there. So is Randall going to end up dead?
Dale at least seems to be advocating for Randall's survivalÂ—or at least for Rick to not kill someoneÂ—but it doesn't look like anyone's going to listen to him. Dale does try to argue, "If we do this, the people who we are, the world that we knew, is dead." However, it looks like that has already happened. The world has completely changed (and not just with most people now walkers); people have to make tough decisions to stay alive, and this is just another instance of that. Rick's determined to keep protecting everyoneÂ—especially his familyÂ—and he sees this as the way to do that. Though there's a clip of him making a noose, it looks like Rick's going to elect to shoot him. He has Randall blindfolded and on his knees as he points his gun at his head. But will he pull the trigger?
Meanwhile, Andrea and Shane are still the outsiders of the group. After "18 Miles Out," Andrea's been kicked out of the house. While her actions did get the result they wanted, you really can't blame Maggie for being angry she left her suicidal sister alone with the opportunity to carry out her plan to kill herself. Shane of course is still on the outside, and Rick made it clear that Lori, Carl, and the baby are his responsibilityÂ—his, not Shane'sÂ—in the last episode. So where does Shane go from there? Well, when Andrea says that Rick's the leader, Shane wonders about changing that. Some things never change, and even if they do agree on something, it looks like there's probably at least one more big fight coming from those two.
Finally, this is a show about the world filled with walkers and how the survivors deal with that, and in the entire promo, there's only one quick look at a walker at the end. It's all about the survivors for the rest of it.
What do you think of the Walking Dead season 2 episode 11 preview of "Judge, Jury, Executioner"?
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