who is the father of lori’s baby on the walking dead

The Walking Dead is Back!

The Walking Dead has finally returned and just in time.  I made it through the season three break by reading all of The Walking Dead comics and now I am really psyched about the show’s return.  The comic is incredible although very different from the show.  The show has become awesome in its own way now and I will be eagerly waiting Sunday nights every week for the next couple of months.

DARYL AND MERLE

I thought the new episode this past Sunday was great although not a whole lot happened.  I am glad the group didn’t just accept Merle into the fold but really hate that Daryl chose his brother over them.  Daryl and Merle are both original characters on the show so there is no telling where they will go from here.  I think Daryl is one of the best characters on the show and I’m confident he will be brought back into the fold soon.  Obviously from the next week’s preview we will continue to see what he and his brother are doing away from the group.  Merle is an interesting character and I have always liked Michael Rooker.  Although the guy is such an ass.  It annoys me to no end that they go in there and rescue him only for him to immediately start talking shit as soon as they are away.  I wonder if this is something that will begin to get on Daryl’s nerves.  He is loyal to his brother but it has been some time since they were acquainted and things can change over time.  I think the previews for next week indicate that Rick will leave the group in search of Daryl.  He needs his badass point man and knows it.  I don’t know if he will find them or not but I think we will eventually see Daryl return to the group regardless, with Merle or not.  I think the show wants to keep Michael Rooker around so I doubt we will see his demise and most likely the group will find a place for him.  He may get on my nerves a bit but that bayonet arm is just so awesome.

GHOST LORI

I will be really disappointed if the show goes too far with this.  I like the initial shot and image simply as a message that Rick is seriously losing it.  He is going crazy and will get even crazier but they all will.  The world these people live in now isn’t for the sane any longer and nobody will keep a firm grasp on their sanity, or don’t in the comics anyway. I think Lori has a really sexy silhouette but I do not want to see her enter into a speaking part or anything like that.  It’s just a bit too out there.  I guess it could work if they are making Rick crazy to that extent but I think they should just stick with “reality” and go back to the phone that Rick talked to her on months ago.  That is how it happened in the comic and I am more accepting of that.  I put reality in quotations because this is a world filled with zombies, but I feel like adding a ghost into the mix is a bit of a stretch and too much like True Blood. One way or another there is no going back from it at this point so I will simply hope they don’t get weird with it.

JUDITH-LORI’S BABY

One of the most frequently searched questions that bring people to this blog is about who the father of the baby is.  I covered that extensively in our last post about The Walking Dead which you can read here. It is implied but never specifically said in both the show and the comic that the baby is Shane’s.  When Rick held the baby in the last episode he obviously looked uncomfortable and this is another way the show is telling us that he has his doubts.  As silly as it is, I kind of wished that when the camera panned around to the baby’s face it had shown us an image of Shane’s face over the baby’s crying like we would see in a stupid comedy.  The fact that so many people are out there seeking an answer to this question though is what really makes me nervous about Ghost Lori.  If there is an episode this season when Ghost Lori tells Rick that the baby is Shane’s I will be really disappointed because it would be really stupid, and a bit of a sell-out.

TYRESE

Tyrese is one of my favorite characters from the comic and I really look forward to seeing what the show does with him.  He is coming in much later in the story line than he did in the comic so there is no telling what will happen.  Tyrese is Rick’s number one person in the comic so it does make me fear a bit about what his emergence in the show will mean for Daryl’s character. One way or another I think we will soon see him and his group join Rick’s group at the prison pretty soon and I look forward to that.

THE GOVERNOR

I really look forward to what is to come with him.  He really isn’t even close to being as sadistic as he was in the comic but that’s not a bad thing.  I think he still holds plenty of possibility for creating mayhem on the show.  It sort of annoyed me in this last episode how people were freaking out over the guy that was bitten in Woodbury and how they reacted to the Governor simply walking out and shooting him.  How long have these people lived in this world? Are they unaware at this point that there is no saving that man once he has been bitten? That woman was shouting at Andrea to do something but what exactly did she think there was to be done? It’s just a pet peeve kind of thing but it annoyed me a bit.  Over a year after the dead started rising and eating the living people just shouldn’t be so stupid or weak.  Only the strong survive this situation and they don’t start running for their lives the minute something goes wrong.  All those people at the gate screaming “it isn’t safe here” are so stupid.  What do they think the world outside of those walls has to offer them?

Nevertheless I am really excited about this weekend’s upcoming episode and can’t wait till Sunday.  If you have read this far feel free to leave a comment and get a discussion going.  After all, we have to do something to pass the time while we wait for the next episode.

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Lori’s Baby-The Walking Dead

One of the most frequently searched questions that bring people to this blog is “who is the father of Lori’s baby?” I have answered that question in some of our prior posts but can now offer more elaboration to that answer.  My awesome wife bought me several volumes of The Walking Dead comic for Christmas and I have barely been able to put them down. Incredible books that blow away the show.  I think the show and the books are both awesome in different ways but the show is limited when it comes to graphic content whereas the comics are not.  The comic is very graphic too and much more violent and insane.

As to the father of Lori’s baby; I had read and reiterated on former posts that it is strongly implied in the comic that the father of Lori’s baby is Shane.  Now that I have read the comics I can tell you more about how that is implied.  First of all, they all think that the baby has to be Shane’s.  Dale being the number one suspect by confronting both Rick and then Lori with that possibility.  Rick admits that it is likely but he doesn’t want to think about it, mentioning that he and his wife had only been together once since his return.  Right before the baby is born, one of the volumes begins with a flashback to Lori and Shane’s heat of the moment hook up and she tries to talk to Rick about it.  Rick does not want to hear it and more or less tells her he knows but doesn’t care.  I think her thinking about that night and trying to talk to her husband about it does imply that she herself believes the baby to be Shane’s.

Shane does not make it nearly as long in the comic, being killed in the first volume before the group ever leaves their first initial camp.  Shane goes a little crazy with the pressure of being in charge and the difference of opinion he shares with Rick, who is clearly in competition with him for leadership.  Shane also becomes infatuated with Lori and incredibly jealous of Rick.  He and Rick go hunting near the end of the comic and Shane points his gun at Rick with the intent to kill him but Carl had followed them and shoots him first.  Carl later talks about the shooting mentioning that he didn’t like Shane because of how he acted around his mother.  Shane is buried at the camp having not turned into a zombie. Once Rick finds out that people turn into zombies when they die whether they were bitten or not he travels back to the camp and digs Shane up.  Shane rises from the grave as a zombie and Rick monologues for a moment before killing him for sure.

I will say that I am very grateful for getting the comics for Christmas and cannot wait to finish the series.  It is an easy read and it is nonstop intensity throughout.  It is so much more savage than the show because it isn’t limited by a TV rating system.  There are several differences all throughout the comics as well.  People who have died in the show are still living in the comic and people who died in the comic are still living on the show.  Some of the characters are drastically different as well.  Most notably the Andrea character.  I really really hate Laurie Holden in the show and I am always wishing her to be eaten by a zombie.  In the show she is such a drama queen and such a bitch. Whether she is giving a suicidal teenager an opportunity to kill herself or just demanding a gun after shooting one of the coolest group members in the head (Daryl) she is just the worst.  On the show she is non-stop drama and always causing problems. In the comic she is an utter badass, the best shot in the group and the most loyal to her mate, Dale. I was actually surprised by how much I liked Andrea in the comic and wish she wasn’t such a bitch in the show.

These comics are really awesome and if you are a fan of the show I strongly recommend you checking them out. In a matter of days I breezed right through the first ten volumes and now have to impatiently wait for the next few to be delivered through Amazon.  They are really easy to read and manage to say so much without any pointless conversation.  My wife has also picked up the books and is also having trouble putting them down.  So if you are on the fence about these at all let me go ahead and push on over to the right side, these stories are worth your time and I think anybody will like them.  Keep in mind they are very graphic though, if you don’t have the nerve for it then stay away.

UPDATE 5/6/5: Looking back on this makes me laugh. Not about the question of who the father is but of how innocence I was in reading this comic. I never knew it would become such an addiction. I wait patiently every month for “Walking Dead Wednesday” and that gets me about 5 minutes of relief. Depending on what happens after that I can hope for nothing more than a matter of days before I get that itch again and start to Jones for the next issue. The Walking Dead is far and away the best comic I have ever read but the show has to slow down now and again to stay behind the source material. This is why we have boring episodes in which nothing really happens so frequently. The author of the series has suggested that he has plans for 300 issues, and the most recent issue was 140. Still way ahead of where the show is at but it moves at a much slower pace.

I actually think the spin-off show Fear The Walking Dead has the potential to be much better because it has freedom outside of this limitation of a source material. Should The Walking Dead run into the same problem as HBO’s Game of Thrones and begin to overlap I don’t think Kirkman will allow his story to be spoiled in such a way. I hope not anyway.

The Walking Dead Season 3

This season really has been nothing short of incredible and last night’s episode was specifically riveting.  The action has been none stop in this season and I am loving that.  It’s exactly how the show should be and it keeps the viewer preoccupied during the show so the shockers hit even harder at the end.  Last night offered a big shocker at the end and it was some of the best acting I have seen from the cast. It was a very emotional shocker and I was thoroughly impressed with the performances of Andrew Lincoln and Chandler Riggs. Personally I will not miss Lori and her drama but her death was not at all what I expected.  The show is beginning to branch away from the comic even more now and that is necessary to keep fans of the comic interested and surprised.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS

In the comic Lori and her child are murdered by the Governor during the assault on the prison.  Obviously that is not what will happen now but I will be surprised if the baby survives the season.  The comic mostly centers around Rick whereas the show has centered around the group as a whole.  I think we will begin to see that change now as the group is progressively shrinking.  In the comic Rick and some of his friends are held prisoner by the Governor at Woodbury and during that time he loses a hand.  I think that is definitely coming in the show too as it seems obvious to me that Merle will take Rick’s hand in retribution for his own.  As for everything else your guess is as good as mine.  If the comic is followed we may see nearly all members of the group perish but that is not for sure.  The show has already deviated greatly from the comic and there is just no telling what they have up their sleeves.

LORI’S BABY

According to the comic it is strongly implied that the baby is Shane’s. The show does this as well with Lori falling to pieces over Shane’s death and the distance we see between Rick and Lori in the beginning of this season.  This is probably the most we will get out of it and don’t expect the true father of the baby to ever be officially revealed.  There is no way for the group to actually find out and I doubt they would even try if they could.  The most we might get is someone making a comment that the baby has Shane’s eyes or something like that, but I think that would be a stupid thing to do.  Now that Lori has died and the baby has lived there is no telling what will happen but they baby does die in the comic, and chances are it won’t make it long on the show either.  It’s a dangerous world out there and there isn’t much place for a baby that cries and needs constant care.  It will be fine while they are safely secured in the prison but that won’t last long.

Walking Dead Season 3 Premier

Following the incredible season finale back in March I have found myself really looking forward to season 3 of the show.  I haven’t always been the biggest fan of this show; even going as far to refer to it regularly as “The Walking Cry Babies Who Sometimes See Zombies.” I stuck with it all through a mostly boring season last year though to find myself shocked when I was blown away at the end.  I thought so much of the finale that I wrote a post about it, you can read it here. All summer promos for the new season aired and as they came on they began to reveal more and more.  The show was looking better all the time and I was really excited to see it last night.

I can gladly say that my anticipation was not unfounded.  The show was everything I have always wanted it to be and more for the first time ever last night.  This show is finally maximizing its potential and doing things right.  We should have a really exciting season ahead of us.

I like that you can immediately see how hardened the characters have become in the world they are living in. Time has passed since last season and the group has had to endure and they have all struggled to survive.  They are dirty, they are direct, and they are hungry.  Nobody is bitching about anything anymore they are only focused on surviving in a world that has become much harder to navigate through.  Finally they are being smart about using their guns as Rick and Carl were both using silencers.  I like that the desperation of their situation is evident without them having to spell out everything with relentless dialogue. There was no shortage of zombies in this first episode and no shortage of action either.  The entire episode was practically nonstop excitement with obvious allusions for more to come.  I thought it was great.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD

I mentioned the last time I wrote about the show that in the comic it is strongly implied that the baby Lori is carrying is actually Shane’s baby.  There is no way for anybody to know for sure but I think the distance we see between Rick and Lori is making it obvious that they both fear and expect the baby to be Shane’s.  The problems with Lori having a baby post-zombie-apocalypse go much farther than her own personal health and survival during the delivery.  The baby presents dangers for the entire group that they may or may not have realized yet.  Babies cry, and in a world where hoards of zombies are attracted to sound that can be a very dangerous thing.  Of course they seem to be safe for now in the prison where they are protected from the zombies that a screaming baby will draw.  However in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse it isn’t the dead you really need to fear, but the living. Once you survive the dead, you must face what the living has come to.  We will finally see in this season the real dangers of the world our characters live in.  When order breaks down the strong rise to power, and sometimes the strongest are the most vile and ruthless. In a world where every day is a challenge to survive resources become scarce.  When you have the resources your fellow man is a danger that no dead man can ever present.  In this season we will see a new villain rise, The Governor, and he will want what the group has managed to secure for themselves.  In the comic there is a major assault on the prison by The Governor and his people.  During the assault both Lori and her baby are killed along with many other characters.  This information is readily available all over the place because the comics have been out for some time.  There is still no telling how true the show will stay to the comic though so in truth anything could happen.

The Walking Dead

I have hated on this show, I have been bored with it, and I have found it to be too dramatic for most of the series. However, tonight I must eat crow. This has quite possibly been one of the greatest episodes of any show I have ever seen. If nothing else, all the drama and the agonizing boredom has been worth it for this. I take back everything bad I ever said about the show because this episode alone has made it all worth wild. I suddenly have hope in this show again. That may not be a good thing though; one great episode can still lead to more of the same. Nevertheless I am back on board and will continue to stick with it no matter what now. This one episode has been good enough to validate all the time I have invested in the show.
Check that, is this woman seriously going to pine over the death of the other guy (Shane)? No matter the circumstance why would she have any reason to worry? I do hate the fact that this show will get so soap-operaish about its drama. I know from researching the comic that it is strongly implied that the baby is Shane’s. Nevertheless her behavior about his death at this point only makes things more dramatic when it is totally unnecessary. Also, why does Rick confess what happened with Shane to the group? Give me a break dude and drop the drama. He could have just as easily not told anybody what really happened and the show could have given us something else really exciting. Obviously the show will continue to deliver on pointless drama but with the potential to give us all this excitement again.
I like the lead-in into season 3 and now have hope for the show. This was a truly outstanding episode and I look forward to what else the show has to offer. Obviously the group is going to set up camp at the prison and they will run into a new enemy when we see them again.