Eklipsis wrote:Daryl did kind of tell them what kind of people Randall and his group are. "Our boys will be dead....and the women will wish they would be". I think Randall is just as sick as the others in his group. When he talked about the other girls they came across, something about that was unsettling
While fun to conjecture, I'm not going to bother trying to figure out if Randall has been set free based on logic or the nature of Dale's character. If the writers feel it serves the story they want to tell, he'll be free. Or not. They won't let strict character or narrative logic drive a plot point like that.
I do agree Randall's character is at least ambiguous, if not decidedly unsavory. Eklipsis hit the nail on the head about that the way he was relating the story of how his group raped the two young girls. It's like he was (understandably) playing the role of desperate refugee who fell in with the wrong crowd when he was starting to tell that story, but once he slipped into an unguarded recollection of those two girls, he lapsed in a lascivious, creepy frame of mind. And then quickly recalled that he was supposed to by currying sympathy with Darryl. I don't imagine he was just an innocent bystander the night that encounter happened.
And rather than just pleading his case with Carl to gain sympathy, he very quickly conjured up a pretty elaborate lie about how his people would take care of Carl and his family if he helped him escape.
And while a minor point, in "18 Miles Out" he attacked that one zed with particular relish once he reached the knife. I know, I know, no love for the undead, but there was something particularly bloodthirsty about his demeanor once he was able to turn the tables.
Late to this discussion as ususal, so I hope I'm not picking at a fresh wound, but Seerer, dude, I'm so sorry.
I might not have had quite the bromance you had with Dale, but I was a huge fan of the character and disagree with many who say he was an annoying, useless busy-body. The group just lost its conscience and the character whose mental health I now fear for the most is Rick. He needed Dale's voice of humanity to balance the expediency of 'kill or be killed' that the rest of the group is promoting.
People who hated Dale just don't understand what Kirkman was trying to do with his story. The apocalypse changes people. And rarely for the better. The issue isn't simply one of survival. Its about what what kind of world is still worth living in. Remember, the title doesn't refer the zombies, it's the living that Kirkman is referring to. When we lose our humanity, we are
the walking dead.
With Dale gone, those people are well on their way.