Upset Rick didn't help [REDACTED] on Walking Dead? You're not alone

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Mar 4, 2013, 5:36 PM EST

Last night’s installment of The Walking Dead was arguably one of the best episodes of the season, and that’s saying a lot, considering it took place away from both the prison and Woodbury. But arguably the biggest next-day buzz?

[Spoilers ahead!]

The fact that Rick & Co. left a hitchhiker to die, and stole his bag after he was walker bait.

Sure, the episode featured the eagerly anticipated return of Morgan (Lennie James) as a man driven mad by the death of his son (at the hands of his zombie-fied wife he didn’t have the heart to kill when he had the chance, no less).

But how about that hitchhiker who begged the gang for a ride, only to be left behind on the side of the road with a gang of walkers nearby? Social media was hopping in the wake of the episode about that little throwaway scene, which showed how jaded and untrusting the gang has grown this season.

Here’s how series creator Robert Kirkman explained it to Entertainment Weekly:

“It’s interesting to see that these characters have grown that cold. They can’t even consider interacting with a stranger because it would be too dangerous. It’s kind of a reflection of how the situation with the Governor has affected them.”

Sure, that makes sense, but it also shows the main characters might be getting a little too dark, since they didn't even consider picking the hapless guy up. All you get are knowing looks from Rick, Carl and Michonne. Then they keep on trucking.

Here are just a couple of the reaction tweets that popped up after the episode:

What did you think of the decision to leave the guy behind? Would you have given him a chance?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)