This episode even did something I suggested last year, inspired by how successful it was for Lost: it gave us a pre-outbreak flashback to the moment Lori was told Rick had been shot in the line of duty, and how she had to break the news to her son. I hope the show does more of this, because it gives us a little insight into how these people were before they had to deal with a zombie apocalypse, which in turn humanizes them to some extent. This episode's opening flashback didn't do much beyond remind us of the parallel between Rick and Carl, as the oldest and youngest members of the Grimes family have now been shot in recent months, but I appreciated the introduction of what's hopefully going to be a running plot-device.
Overall, I was again rather pleased by "Bloodletting" and how the writers appear to be tackling The Walking Dead this season. It all feels more personal and pregnant with possibility, three new characters were introduced very well, the story again ended on a decent cliffhanger (Shane and Otis cornered by zombies with only a chain-link fence between them), and this story provided solid opportunities for good performances and human drama... together with a smattering of cool zombie-slaying moments.
- Daryl is seen carrying blue-coloured meth, which is likely a reference to the narcotic from AMC's other series Breaking Bad?