I don’t buy that he couldn’t do anything- I don’t think he
to do anything. I think he’ssadistic and manipulative and all this talk over being innocent and just trying to survive is bullshit.For those of you who believe in that sort of thing, the Bible claims “So whoever knows the rightthing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17But my summation of choice for how I see this situation comes in the form of a quote from one of my favorite movies:"Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, andthat is the indifference of good men."
(100 Super-Awesome Points to those of you who can tell me the name of the film in the“comments” section! ;-)
This notion is important and brought up later in the episode, too.After telling the rest of the group what he learned (except for the teenage rape story), Daryl, Rick,and all the others were pretty set on executing the guy rather than risking his release. Dale is thelone voice of dissent and convinces Rick to give him until sundown to talk to the other people inthe group and look at other options before they kill a person who, for all they know, could beinnocent. He has several very impassioned conversations with Shane, Daryl, Hershel, and Andrea before everyone gathers together in the farmhouse living room to have a group discussion andvote.I particularly enjoyed Dale’s talk with Daryl; it made me happy that someone other than Carolshowed they care about him. Saying that he’d have to do more than just move his tent away fromthe rest of camp if he wanted to “get away” from them was a surprise to me coming from Dale- upuntil that point I hadn’t realized anyone else actually noticed Daryl as a person, let alone as onethey weren’t willing to lose.
still doesn’t think his opinion counts for anything and that no onelooks to him, claiming he’s better off on his own. When Dale disagrees and says that he and Rick are decent men while Shane isn’t, I don’t think he was prepared to hear that Daryl figured out whathappened with Otis a long time ago and, more importantly, that Rick did too- he just didn’t want toadmit it to himself. Daryl says the group is broken. Dale looks a bit broken himself after that littleexchange.I think he counted on Hershel backing him up since he was such a religious man, but Hershelsurprised both Dale and me by saying he didn’t want Randall anywhere near his daughters and thathe was leaving the whole thing up to Rick. (Since the guy is a creep and a rapist I’d say Hershelhas good reason for feeling the way he does.) Though where he is now compared to where he waswhen we first met him in the season, Hershel has such vastly different morals and convictions! It’slike all of his confidence has been squashed out and he doesn’t trust himself not to let everyonedown again by making the wrong choice, so he doesn’t make any choices and leaves everything upto Rick. This isn’t something he can just shake off, either- meaning Dale couldn’t count on hissupport to stop an execution of a possibly innocent man on his own land.Satan was snowboarding in Hell because Dale even approaches Shane to plead his case and *gasp*Shane was actually pretty reasonable about the whole thing. There’s a particularly important bitwhere in arguing the numbers: 12 of them and 1 of him but 30 of his gang, Dale tells Shane“killing him doesn’t change that; but it changes us.” Killing this one man won’t really make themany safer- it wont make a difference when it comes to the threat of attack by an armed gang- but itwill make them less than what they were. It will diminish the humanity of the group in anirreparable way.However Shane is certain that this is the right choice to make. If they spare Randall- let him jointhe group, see if he’s useful and maybe even a nice guy- one day he
kill someone, and that will