jaege, on 06 March 2012 - 04:45 PM, said:
Then you look at it incorrectly. These people on the forum are answering a question as if they were in a "walking dead" world. Even the ones who may claim that this is actually how they are, are in fact not that way. It is a lot harder to kill a person while looking them in the eye while they beg for thier life than most people think. Rick's hesitation is the more realistic actions of any of the characters there.
The thing I do not understand is, why it never occured to anyone to let Randel join them. His group left him for dead, Rick saved him from zombies and then nursed him back to health. They have a fairly safe secure area to live. Plenty of food and some confort. Why would they think the kid would want to rejoin his old group? Or even could rejoin them for that matter. They should have questioned him first to see where his loyalties lay before resorting to torture and threat of death. Of course at this point, with what he has seen of this group he likely has no desire to stay since they seem like nutcases.
In terms of your first point, I cannot imagine anything more horrific than having to pull the trigger on someone in that situation. That kind of thing will never leave you, and Rick's hesitation is certainly understandable and realistic.
But as far as questioning him: what would that tell you? Even if he can't wait to get back to the gang-rapes, pillaging, and overall debauchery, he is certainly not going to let that be known. He will act like he hated them, he was tricked into staying with them, he was looking for a way out, he will be a good boy now -- whatever he needs to in order to get to a point where he can either escape, or they let him go. Questioning him, even at the very beginning, would tell you nothing about his loyalties.
But look at it another way. Would Glenn have joined that group? If he had, by accident, would he have stayed with them once he saw who they were? Would he have shot at Rick, when Rick had already said that he didn't want trouble. I can't see Glenn doing any of those things, under any circumstances. Same goes with Rick, Shane (I know people will disagree here), Dale, Daryl, T-Dog, Herschel. Why not? Because they are basically good, trustworthy people. There are certain lines that they just won't cross. Randall isn't like that. The fact that he was with that group is proof of that. Maybe he isn't as hard-core as the others in the group, but there is a fundamental difference between him, and everybody in Rick's group.
For a person like that, the quiet comfort of a farm is going to hold little appeal. Maybe over time Randall could change. But that kind of change takes years, not hours. Trust people like that, without any kind of police or outside help, and it will have a very bad ending.