Yesterday I mentioned the fact that AMC has a real opportunity with the walking dead to play up the tensions between the surviviors. There is a definite split in leadership going on. There is very clearly two camps on the farm, Camp Rick and Camp Shane. This could be built into a mini-war among the survivors and I thought about how the division might play out.
Let’s face it, Rick has a leg up here. Lori and Carl are automatically going to be in his camp because they are his family and Lori has made it plain that she will support her husband even if she doesn’t necessarily agree with him. She also realizes that Shane is dangerous. Dale is also clearly in Rick’s camp he realized the danger Shane posed before anyone else did. Hershel may own the farm but Rick’s diplomatic handling of Hershel will put Hershel and all of his people in Rick’s camp. Glenn is also in Rick’s camp we see a lot more of Glenn interacting with Rick than Shane.
Shane is manipulative yes. He spends a lot of time trying to convince people that he is the best thing since the invention of the wheel but he is also reckless and confrontational. But he has his supporters Like Andrea. Shane is Andrea’s Svengali, he can do no wrong in her eyes. Andrea’s thought processes are very much like Shane’s, she’s not as reckless as he is but she also believes in using a gun to handle every crisis. T-Dog is also in Shane’s camp. T-Dog believes that Shane’s actions at the barn were the right one.
The Dark Horse-Daryl
Yes Daryl is the dark horse here. If he gets his head out of his rear end he could be the spoiler in the fight. Carol is firmly in his corner and he has no problems with pulling the trigger but unlike Shane he won’t be aiming at your leg when he does. He’s also much more intelligent than Shane. He doesn’t go looking for confrontation, but back him in a corner and you will get it. He puts the needs of the group first. Daryl will assess a situation before pulling the trigger and if it is not a threat, he leaves it be. Remember the walker hanging in the tree? Daryl could also pull T-Dog from Shane’s camp since it was Daryl that saved T-Dog’s life and Daryl who gave T-Dog the antibiotics. The key is that Daryl can work with Rick without the constant confrontation, Daryl can’t work with Shane in this way. Sooner or later one of them would be dead and as much as I hate to say it, it would probably be Daryl. Not because Shane is better than Daryl but because Shane has proven he will shoot someone without warning if it benefits him.