The scene opens with many sad faces, as Dale is laid to rest. Rick gives the eulogy. "In the end he was talking about losing our humanity," he says. "He said this group is broken. The best way to honor him is to unbreak it ... We're going to prove him wrong." Rick wants to honor Dale by restoring humanity the survivors. Inter-cut with the funeral in Hershel's field is a scene of Shane, Andrea, Daryl and T-Dog hunting down and brutally killing a pack of zombies. There is much stabbing with pitch forks and kicking in of skulls. The two scenes don't exactly jibe. Later, Hershel invites all the survivors into the house and barn. He even says that he should've done it earlier. But that hospitality isn't about to turn Shane around. ..Read the full recap
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Trivia: The combination to the lock on the shed door that Randall was in is "6005".
Special Effects: Michael Zegen (Randall) couldn't wear the "walker contacts" because they burned his eyes too badly. The walker eye effects for his character had to be added afterwards using CGI.
Spoilers: This episode .
Casting: Jeffrey DeMunn remains listed in the credits even though he doesn't appear and his character was killed off in the previous episode.
Rick: Dale could...could get under your skin. He sure got under mine, because he wasn't afraid to say what he thought, how he felt. That kind of honesty is rare, and brave. Whenever I'd make a decision, I'd look at Dale. He'd be looking back at me with that look he had. We've all seen it one time or another. I couldn't always read him, but he could read us. He saw people for who they were. He knew things about us, the truth of who we really are. In the end, he was talking about losing our humanity. He said this group was broken. The best way to honour him is to un-break it. Set aside our differences and pull together, stop feeling sorry for ourselves and take control of our lives...our safety...our future. We're not broken. We're gonna prove him wrong. From now on...we're gonna do it his way. That is how we honour Dale.
Rick: What happened to Dale had nothing to do with you.
Carl: He died, Dad.
Rick: Yeah, feels like there's a lot of that going around. That's why I need you.
Hershel: I see why you're not taking Shane with you, just know I've got no more patience where he's concerned.
Rick: Well, he's turning over a new leaf.
Carl: If I tell you something will you promise not to tell my parents?
Shane: That's probably a bad idea for both of us, bud. (Carl walks away) Hey, Carl? Come on back. Go on.
Carl: (Hands Shane Daryl's gun) I took it from Daryl's motorcycle. If he found out I took it, he'd kill me.
Shane: What were you doing with this?
Carl: Dale. It's my fault that he died.
Shane: Why would you say that, man? He got bit by a walker.
Carl: I saw that walker. I was going to shoot it. It was stuck in the mud, I was throwing rocks at it and stuff...but I was going to do it. Shoot it right in the head. But it got free, came after me, and I ran away. If I had killed it Dale would still be here.
Shane: You stop that, okay. This ain't your fault.
Hershel: You can put that in my room, you'll be more comfortable there.
Lori: We can't do that.
Hershel: Pregnant woman, child, sleeping on the floor while I've got a bed to myself?
Lori: This is still your house.
Hershel: It's our home. I'll take the couch downstairs. On nights when I came home reeking of bourbon, my wife would lock the bedroom door. I'm sad to say that couch and I became old friends.
T-Dog: If you two can't decide, I'll take it.
Lori: Thank you.
Hershel: The couch is mine!
T-Dog: It's going to get real cosy, real fast, in here.
Rick: So this is where you plan to do it?
Shane: As good a place as any.
Rick: At least have the balls to call it what it is. Murder.
Episode Title: Better Angels
The title of this episode, 'Better Angels,' comes from Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural speech on March 4th, 1861.
"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."