When we last left the Grimes’ Gang, Rick had just killed his best friend and master cuckolder, Shane, and Carl had just headshot Zombie Shane. Also, there’s like a kajillabillion zombies shambling towards Carl and Rick just out of eyeline so there’s about to be a major situation.
A helicopter piques the interest of a gaggle of zombies who are dining on something. (Rick’s original horse from the pilot? How bad does that decision look in retrospect? “Durr Durr, I’ll go ride a horse into ZombieVille. Durr De Durr.” That’s like me riding a float made up of KFC into a zoo) and they travel for miles and miles and miles and as they do they begin to assemble into a super army of zombies. They are in the area when Carl blows Shane’s head off and this makes them want to investigate. (Though to be fair, wouldn’t Shane’s errant shot have also done this?)
Also important to note: the helicopter. Clearly this teases something down the road and I like that they just let it sit there and don’t feel the need to fill out that storyline yet.
After opening credits, everyone is in the house and they’re all like, WHAT is going on? Darryl and Glen enter scene and explicate things for the sake of exposition telling the other characters that Rick and Shane are alone, a shot was fired, and Shane totally probably just broke Randall’s neck.
Lori is pissed and tells Darryl to go look for Rick and Darryl from a few episodes ago would have been like EXPLETIVE no, but this is a kinder gentler Darryl I guess and he’s like K fine.