I knew that Rick was dead the second his father hugged him. There was a knot forming in my stomach that grew larger and larger. When Kieren found his body, I started sobbing and couldn't really stop until the scene with his mother in the cave. That was kind of a consoling note, that life goes on, you might find love again.
Then they had the scene with the father at home and I started sobbing again.
But I really hate whoever put those two knocks at the end in. We all know Rick is not coming back, we know he won't be there in season two. That was only put in there to fuck with the audience and after such an episode, that is just cruel.
Damn, I usually don't get this attached to characters. Most of the time I stay firmly unattached through long running shows with long seasons.
If I'm honest, it's the subject matter. It hits a little too close to home.
And here we get the double whamy. Metaphor and actual.
I might give my thoughts to the rest of the show another time. But had to get this off my chest first...
Yeah that makes it worse. They got a second chance and yet didn't.
I also felt that Rick and Ren didn't really get closure, let alone anything resembling a happy ending. They had that abbreviated chat in the car in Episode 2, where they sort of got at their feelings for each other and fear of committment / separation. But Rick wasn't even able to complete his phone call in episode 3, Ren never received it, and they never had any time together.
Edited by Miles Prower, Jun 23, 2013 @ 6:10 AM.