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As promised, here is Part 2 of favorite "Rick Moments", or, if you prefer, "The Evolution of Rick". Although there wasn't an overwhelming response to Part 1 (and I'm ok with that), just writing these posts are a big help in "feeding" my need for anything [The Walking Dead](series:201193). While researching "Rick Moments", I came across an interview with Robert Kirkman for Entertainment Weekly, and he had this to say regarding Rick....

"Rick Grimes’ evolution has come at the exact right point. This is the Rick Grimes that they need in that train car. And this is the Rick Grimes that the people of Terminus should not have encountered. It is the exact wrong time for them to encounter this guy. So it is supposed to be a somewhat uplifting kind of cliffhanger because you should get a sense that this guy is now ready for anything. He can handle absolutely whatever the word is going to throw at him and that is something we’re going to be exploring in season 5."

And to a question concerning Rick being MIA for 3 episodes in the back half of the season, Kirkman had this to say....

"Well, you know, being apart makes the heart grow fonder and all that stuff. That was all by design. We knew this was going to be a very Rick centric end of the season and we really wanted to come back with Rick Grimes in a big way in this last episode and it was kind of important to the overall arc of the show to build up some of these other side characters and bring them to the forefront and help us get to know them a little bit more and also keep Rick in our back pocket so that the last episode seemed a little bit more unexpected than it would have otherwise."

To Kirkman, Gimple and company, I can only say this. "Bravo and a job well done!" Every Walking Dead fan is literally and figuratively chomping at the bit in anticipation for October and the Season 5 premiere. And it will be worth the wait.

Season 2, Episode 1, "What Lies Ahead'

There are many "Rick Moments" in Season 2, and this one of my favorites. Before Rick, Shane and Carl leave the church to continue their search for Sophia, Rick heads alone into the church, telling Shane and Carl he needs a few minutes alone.

Before they head back into the woods, Rick heads alone inside the church. "I guess you already know I'm not much of a believer," he says, talking to a statue of Jesus on the cross though he has little to no faith in God left. "Thing is, I could use a little something to help keep us going. Some kinda acknowledgment, some indication I'm doing the right thing." Getting up to leave, he turns back around and says desperately, "Hey look, I don't need all the answers. Just a sign! Any sign'll do."

Season 2, Episode 4, "Cherokee Rose"

When Rick and Hershel are discussing how to best search for Sophia, the talk turns to God. Rick admits he's mostly faithless. He had asked for a sign...any sign. Carl getting shot wasn't the sign he was expecting.

Rick and Hershel survey a map over a picturesque lookout on his farm, and take a break from discussing how to search for Sophia when talk turns to God. Rick admits he's mostly faithless, and Hershel tries to assure him that God had a hand in him waking up from his coma, finding his family in the chaos, and for Carl surviving being shot. "Tells me God's got a strange sense of humor," Rick shoots back

Season 2, Episode 8, "Nebraska"

This was the intense scene in the bar with Rick, Hershel and Glen. Hershel reflects that he had robbed his daughter's of a normal grieving process by giving them a false hope, and allowed himself to believe it to. He says to Rick that he must relate, because he saw the same feeling wash over Rick's when Sophia emerged from the barn. Rick argues that nothing has really changed, and people were counting on them to be strong. "We have to give our people hope," he says. "Even if we don't believe it ourselves."

Enter Dave and Tony, who make the grave mistake of thinking that Rick was going to be easy prey. "We can't stay out there," Dave says. "What do you suggest we do?" "I dunno," Rick replies. "I hear Nebraska is nice." Say goodnight, Dave and Tony.

To be continued. What are your favorite Rick moments? Thoughts and comments are always welcome.


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