hate on lori grimes in front of me and i’ll shit on your entire life, son
it’s almost 2 am and i’m here on youtube watching fan vids of twd and feeling like nothing is ever going to be happy again
I only started watching TWD in June, beginning with a binge watch of all seasons, finishing just in time for S4. Only since have I joined tumblr. Can you please tell me why people hated Lori? Was it justified?
God, I could write a book about this. In my opinion, the hatred of Lori was wholly unjustified. People felt she was a slut for “cheating” on her husband—despite the fact that she had zero doubt he was dead.
She was struggling to survive with a man she’d known and cared about for years—they were the only two things standing between her son and death. It seems like an entirely normal response for them to fall into each others’ arms for comfort.
The instant—the very second—she found out Rick was still alive, she remained wholly and entirely faithful to him. She never wavered.
People condemn her for “manipulating” Rick and Shane. I saw nothing of the kind. I saw her desperately trying to warn Rick of how dangerous Shane was—that he might go so far as to try to kill Rick to take back what he thought was his. And it turned out that she was right about that. And despite that—despite how clear headed she was about the threat Shane posed—she never forgot how he protected her son. Never forgot the role he had in the life of her family for years and years before all this. Tried to reconcile with him. Tried to validate him and give him compassion for the pain the situation had caused him. That’s not manipulation—that’s strength. That’s goodness.
What I saw was a woman of absolute, iron strength. She never wavers in defense of her family—in fighting for the protection of the group. She nurtures everyone in her reach—Carol, Beth, etc. She doesn’t do it in a sentimental, flowery way, but in a determined, self-assured way I respect and admire. Her strength came from her love of others and her devotion to them. Her strength wasn’t about weapons. It was about her utter determination to do what she saw as right.
This is a woman who went out alone to save her husband—despite never having been alone in this world before. When she found herself with a wrecked car and a head injury, she didn’t give up. Look at the direction Shane comes up from—he’s at her back. He’s driving from the farm, so that means she was heading into town. She didn’t have a car anymore, to use to save Rick. So she was going to go by foot.
Her final speech to Carl really stands as a mission statement for the character. If it’s wrong, don’t do it. If it’s easy, don’t do it. She never took the easy path. She always stayed true to her principles. She was human and headstrong and carried a lot of guilt on her shoulders—but she was always powerfully, beautifully herself.
It was surprising and disheartening, in Lori’s case especially. I feel like the infidelity turned a lot of people against her from very early on, so whatever she did from that point on was suspect and made people dislike her. As writers, we felt that the infidelity was fairly justified. It was the end of the world, she thought Rick had died, Shane lied to her a little bit and let her believe that more than she should have. I always viewed her as more of a victim than anything else in that situation. It’s odd sometimes to see how the audience perceives certain things.
i decided to do legs/glutes as my first workout back to the gym last night
and boy am i regretting it