Faith, on 23 March 2012 - 04:32 PM, said:
I think that just like anything else, there would have to be lines drawn. With a devastating and apocalyptical circumstances like we watch, we also have to fully digest (no pun intended) that all law and order, all judicial systems, all forms of official protection and devices (like EPOs, DVOs) are gone. They do not exist. You really do live in a pure lawless world that has suddenly become chaotic in so many more ways than just one. No food suppliers, no one pumping oil or creating anything that progresses the normal, daily lives that we are so accustomed to. No power, and really....no one to tell you NO or that's ILLEGAL or STOP.
Someone has to take on the role of law and order to maintain a semblance of how we are supposed to act. Someone that can be seen as the "consequence" to your "action" if you screw up. In a perfect world, we have cops, judges and prison wardens for that. In a ZA, those things don't exist in any sort of official form.
With Randall attempting murder like he did.... he would be sent to prison. But, there's no prison. The survivors become his judge and jury. Would a judge smile and give him a second chance, or tell him he's free to go as long as he's at least 18 miles away and forgets he knows Maggie? He attempted to shoot Rick, and by freeing him, it was the same as slapping him on the wrist and then patting him on the back as he walked away with his second chance.
Humanity is only a good extension of good intentions, if the person deserves it. We saw he clearly didn't deserve it in the end. He was like a career criminal...he shot at Rick... who gave him a second chance.... and then a few days later, with Shane in the woods, Randall was pretty excited to get back to the group of bad guys that do bad things.
Actions, in the end times, must still have consequences.
Lol, I consider myself a good person, but if I was saved by this group, then had the crap beaten out of me and was seconds from taking a bullet to the head by this group, I'd be pretty eager to get back to my group, too. I don't think Randall was aware he was being given a reprieve and was going to be let loose again, but even if he was, look what happened the last time. From my POV, I like this group and want them to make it, because this is who the show is focused on and who I know, but from Randall's POV, I'd want to put as much distance between them and me as I possibly could, even if it meant on my own with no weapon. If I had someone like Shane telling me they were going to take me back to my group, I'd probably be wetting myself with joy and relief.
I personally don't know if Randall was a good guy or a bad guy, from what was on the show. Interviews with the director and writer seem to imply he was a bad guy, but I think on the show they left it vague and open to interpretation. Plus, like I said earlier, all this stuff wasn't known about him when he was pulled off the fence, all they did know was he was with a group of people who had tried to kill them, and had shot at them himself. Rick knew Shane killed Otis, and said he was okay with it and would have done it himself, so it's not like Rick is pure as the driven snow, either.
I understand why Rick did what he did. He got help from Morgan. Glen could have pretended he never saw Rick, but he risked himself to save Rick. Hershel took them in, even if it was only going to be temporary, and saved Rick's son's life. Rick would be a major asshole in my book if he couldn't try to help after all the help he's been given.