It'll be interesting to see how this changes Shane's character. He's already decided to keep the circumstances of Otis's fate a secret, understandably, but this means he now has two massive secrets burdening him. How long before he cracks? Has he started to already, seeing as he returned to the farm and almost immediately "dehumanized" himself by shaving his hair off? An act likely intended as a way of "confessing", or signaling, that he's a bad person without actually having to say it aloud? (No, as it's been made clear in the comments below, he was trying to hide the patch of hair Otis yanked from his scalp. Sorry, I somehow missed that.)
This is exactly the kind of thing a zombie epic should be doing. It's not really about the twisted pleasures of seeing ambulant corpses get killed in creative ways, it's about the dilemma's that can arise in a lawless world where people don't have the comfort of society and civilization to keep them in check. Tough decisions have to be made, and they're often so appalling you probably won't be able to live with yourself. Saving the life of a young boy is cold comfort.
Overall, "Save The Last One" marked another very confident and entertaining step forward for The Walking Dead. Considering I didn't like the majority of what the series did last season, this year's been a considerable improvement in every respect. Better action, stronger cohesion, slicker pace, more zombies, simple but effective plots, massive dilemmas, added realism, and some decent character moments for the actors to tackle.
An impressive start to the season.
written by Scott M. Gimple / directed by Phil Abraham / 30 October 2011 / AMC