This week’s episode Vatos I think was the best so far. I know I don’t really summarize the episode which maybe I should, but frankly I prefer just reflecting on the good and bad of the episode in my opinion rather then documenting exactly what happened.
In this episode there were more divergences from the comic. I have actually dug up my comics so I could be more accurate on those points. For one, in the Comic there is no Merle and Daryl (the redneck brothers) so the only purpose for the trip back to the city with Glen and Rick was to secure more guns. Also in the Comic, they go to the gun store to get guns. In the show, they get guns from the bag that Rick dropped when he fled the tank after Glen spotted him for the first time.
The introduction to the Vatos was also not in the comic. Now a lot of people didn’t like this story arc. I didn’t mind it, that much. I think the reason some people think that it’s so unbelievable is that they really don’t see that “gangbangers” are just people. As someone who lived in neighborhoods with “vatos”, I can say that a pretty big majority of them are relatively normal people. Sure they may look tough, and maybe they are tough, but they all have families, moms and pops etc. They may or may not be involved with criminal activities normally, but in the Walking Dead world, all that is gone. There is no police force or crime really now, they are just surviving. Also, in most Hispanic cultures family is extremely important, so the idea of younger men protecting their old relatives is not unrealistic. This is not to say that there are not some psychopathic murderous violent gang members out there, it’s just not that everyone with some tattoos is like that.
What happened after that is probably the only thing in the episode that was disappointing. They jogged back to camp? What, seriously? Why? and how? It seemed to me the camp was a fair number of miles from the city. I mean at least 8-10 miles and that’s a long way to walk. Was there a shortage of cars laying around?
Anyway, the zombie attack at the end was decent, although there was no explanation on how the zombies got past the warning system of the cans on strings. Of course this show sometimes leaves the explanation of things for the next episode. Like when they found Merle’s hand on the roof, the idea that the saw could not cut through the cuffs was brought up in the next episode. Maybe Merle lead the the Zombies there? Maybe Merle cut the warning system to get revenge?
In the comic book when Rick and Glen return from the city with the guns they have a big target practice session where people including Carl learn to shoot. I think the noise from the target practice is what drew the zombies to their camp in the book, but in show it might be Merle.