Before fans of "The Walking Dead" fans get caught up in the next sure-to-be-perilous episode, let us reflect on a huge development from the last installment that was all but overlooked in the emotional aftermath surrounding the tragic death of Lori.
Yes, I’m talking about the savage death of T-Dog, the brawny warrior who was one of the moral compasses of the small group of survivors caught up in the nightmare of the zombie apocalypse. Sacrificing his life to save Carol, T-Dog was literally ripped apart by murderous "walkers."
On one hand, it’s not surprising that T-Dog’s demise was overshadowed by Lori’s fate: She died from blood loss while undergoing a vicious C-section to save her baby. She was the lead female of the group, dealing with the strain of the relationship with her husband Rick, and her final moments with her son Carl — who had to shoot her in the head to keep her from "turning" — were truly gut-wrenching.
Couldn’t T-Dog have been given a more ceremonious departure? He’s been mostly in the background, but was gradually becoming a more decisive, valuable member of the group. Killing him off in the same episode as Lori seemed uncharacteristically abrupt: We barely got a chance to grieve before we had to move on and worry about Lori and the others.