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Doc Jon wrote:I guess I'm gonna disagree with most people here about the barn.
If the intent was to stay on the farm (which up to that point was the best place they had found by miles) then I don't think it was the way to go.
It's great that Rick was able to talk Hershel down, but the idea of having to kill him, Jimmy, Patricia, Maggie and Beth is not something I would chalk up, "well it just had to be done." That road leads to the Governor and that's not how I would conduct myself.
It's not that I wouldn't want to get rid of the walkers, but I wouldn't have done what Shane did. It was a clear challenge, not only to Hershel, but to Rick. And that led to a knife in the heart and then a bullet to the head.
Here's the thing: none of us here are Rick, and none of us here are Shane. I don't have a kid and I'm not a cop, y'know? So, I'm not putting myself into their shoes to come at these questions you're asking, but rather my own. At least, when I'm not joking around about it.
Hershel was dangerously deluded, however. So critically misguided about what was going on that he didn't even allow guns in his house. With Walkers straying onto the property with absolutely nothing to stop them; falling into well-water holes and such, the Farm is not only unsecured, but it is also an active hazard. That means Hershel's refusal to see the truth is also a hazard.
There's absolutely no way I'm going to entrust my safety to a man who is purposely deluding himself, and that farm was never safe. The people on that farm were simply lucky. It's doubtful I would have even stayed at the farm except maybe to replenish supplies or maybe trade some goods or to tap a bit of countryfied booty. Probably wouldn't even have stayed long enough to discover the secret of the barn.
But I cannot imagine having a wife and a child and allowing what was in that barn to survive, only a few hundred feet from where we were staying. Just because the nice old guy with the defenseless property thinks Walkers are just sick people who can be cured. I cannot imagine doing that without a family to protect.
So, the farm has little to no value to me as a place to stay or settle or whatever the fuck the group intended to do, and assuaging Hershel's ego and delusions has zero value to me.