I don't see Rick as a particularly unsympathetic or sympathetic character here. He probably should have started his speech with Shane took me into the woods to kill me, vs. I killed my best friend, but other than that, he really has nothing to explain.
I would pretty much agree with this. I never really took any issue with what Rick did, I just think if he wants a loyal following he should probably get better at speeches. Other than that, and considering all the pressure Rick is under I think we can cut him some slack.
Daryl already told the group that he thought that Shane killed Randall "just like he wanted to do" So, the group can't be too surprised to find out that Shane was lying when he ran back pretending that Randall was off getting the Philly pirates together to rape and kill. All they need is the time to actually process, but this is a pretty dumb group, so I don't hold out a lot of hope on that one.
Shane's killing Randall was never really going to be an issue anyway. With the exception of Dale, everyone in the group either wanted Randall dead or didn't care one way or the other. So Shane sneaking him out of the barn to kill him, while an odd way of doing it, would be no big deal. Shane using that as a pretense to kill Rick, however, IS a big deal and is probably what he should have focused the talk on.
Carol is an idiot. She wants someone to take care of her, but doesn't want to be a burden, but is also clearly bothered that Daryl won't step up and let her the be the "first lady" of the group. She has serious issues.
True, but she's lost more than anyone else in the group, and while that doesn't excuse all of her actions I think having your husband (abusive asshole or not) killed and then a short time later seeing your daughter as a walker and watching her get her brains blown out is going to have an effect. Carol is the only one who can help her get to a better place though, even Daryl can't make her change. It's up to Carol to decide who she is without her family and what she wants to. If she's going to let Rick or Daryl make all the decisions for her that's fine too, but then she really has no right to complain about what they decide.
Daryl is cool with everything because he is the only one who has figured out that Rick is not the problem here. He is calm enough to process what Shane did, what Randall did, and what Rick did. He did look a bit preturbed at the "we are all carriers" news, but kind of in a "figures" sort of way.
Yeah, I imagine Daryl wouldn't be too bothered by anything but "we're all infected" and even that is probably a matter of "I didn't think we could get any more screwed but I guess I was wrong". It's not going to stop him from being as badass as possible until he dies. And if that happens, I imagine he will have already asked Rick or Andrea or someone to be the one to put him down.
Hershel alluded to knowing about other "safe" places - I wonder if he is going to lead them to the prison by floating it as a possible safe place.
Ironically, if Rick had let the group drive a little further they would have found the prison and would not be so worried about camping out in the woods with walkers around.
I might have missed it, but did someone have Shane's car? It was the one full of guns and bullets. Did they leave it behind? Or did Shane die with the keys in his dirty cargo pants?
Unless they found another lime green product placement, sorry, I mean Shane's car, I'm pretty sure Glen and Maggie were driving it. It's amazing, by the way, how Rick and T-Dog's trucks, and Daryl's bike, are all dusty and dirty, yet Shane's always seems to be clean.