It was all over. The search was over. Sophia was laying on the ground in front of him dead. Rick closed his eyes as he took a deep breath as the sound of Carol's cries assaulted his ears, making him feel even more guilty than he already did. He then looked back down at Sophia's body, wondering how this could have happened.
How did she get bit? How did she end up in that barn?
He then looked over and saw his wife Lori on the ground, cradling Carl in her arms as they both cried. Rick then noticed Hershel being led away, up to his house by his daughters, Patricia, and Jimmy. Glenn too was going with them but then to his surprise, Shane spun around and angrily went after him causing him to quickly go after his friend.
"We've been out combing these woods looking for her and she was in there all along?" Shane began. "You knew."
"Leave us alone!" Maggie snapped.
"Hey Shane, stop man." Glenn pleaded.
Rick tried to grab Shane's arm to stop him but he angrily pulled it away.
"Get your hands off me!"
He continued walking after the older man.
"You knew, and you kept it from us!"
"I didn't know." Hershel responded, his voice sounding broken. After all, he just watched all the people he knew, his wife and stepson included shot dead right in front of him.
"That's bullshit! I think you all knew!"
"We didn't know!" Maggie yelled back.
"Why was she there!"
Finally, Hershel turned around as he tried to think of an explanation.
"Otis…put those people in the barn. Maybe he found her…and put her in there with the others before he was killed."
However that didn't convince Shane.
"And you expect me to believe that? What do I look like to you man, do I look like an idiot?"
"I don't care what you believe!" Hershel then snapped before he looked at Rick. "Get him off my land!"
Shane then walked closer to Hershel.
"Let me tell you something man-"
But before anything could happen, Maggie quickly stepped in between the two and slapped Shane across the face.
"Don't touch him!"
Shane glared at her and for a moment both Rick and Glenn were afraid he was going to strike the girl back but he composed himself.
"Haven't you done enough?"
Jimmy held the door open for Beth and Patricia to walk into the house. Maggie and Hershel walked up the steps and were about to walk in when Hershel turned around and gave them one last look.
"Off my land." He ordered.
And with that, he walked in closing the door behind him. Glenn sighed before walking back towards the barn and Rick ran his hand through his hair in frustration before he noticed that Shane was approaching the door.
"Hey, what are you doing?"
He then stopped him from walking closer and asked again.
"What are you doing?"
Shane shook his head.
"Daryl almost died looking for her, Rick. Anyone of us could have, I'm telling you, that son of a bitch…he knew."
"He didn't know." Rick responded. "He's not like that, he opened his home to us!"
"He put everyone of us in danger, he kept a barn full of walkers."
"So you hand out guns and start an insurrection and massacre his family?"
"His family's dead."
"Well he doesn't believe that, he thinks you just murdered them in cold blood-"
"I don't care what he thinks!" Shane then snapped.
"I was handling it brother, I was handing it and you-"
"You had us looking through those woods, looking for a little girl that everyone of us knew was dead! That's what you did!"
Shane then looked at his friend and shook his head.
"Rick, you're just as delusional as that guy."
Shane then stormed away, muttering the words 'handling it' under his breath as Rick looked down, staring at his feet. He then looked at the door, wanting to go inside to talk and comfort Hershel over this whole thing but knew he had to give the older man space.
Meanwhile, Shane continued his way from the house back to the barn. Daryl had managed to take Carol away back to the RV, Lori and Carl were gone by this point as well. Andrea stood quietly with T-Dog and Glenn then looked to Shane before looking back over at all the bodies of the walkers.
"So what are we going to do? She asked. "Stack all the bodies in the barn?"
"Hell no." Shane answered. "We're gonna burn them, same as we did before."
Andrea nodded, remembering what they did with the walkers who had attacked the camp back in Atlanta. Shane then spoke up again.
"All except Sophia, we'll give her a proper burial."
"Wait a minute." Glenn then spoke. "One of them is Maggie's mom, her stepbrother too. Friends, neighbors. I don't think they are going to want to burn them."
"Well if they want to dig seventeen graves, be my guest. I sure as hell ain't gonna do it."
Back by the tents, Lori did everything she could to comfort her son before encouraging him to try and get some sleep even though it was still day time. She then exited the tent and to her surprise, Dale was waiting on the outside
"Is Carl alright?" He asked.
"He'll be fine…I hope."
She couldn't imagine how he was feeling right now. The only friend he had, the only other person in the group that was around his age had become a walker and then shot and killed in front of his eyes. But that was nothing compared to what Carol must have been feeling at the moment.
"I knew he was gonna do it." Dale then sighed. "I knew it was gonna happen. I tried to hide the guns but he found me."
"Why did you try to hide the guns?"
"Didn't you see what just happened? He's dangerous."
Lori then lowered her eyes. Despite everything that had gone on between the two, good and bad she still cared a lot for him.
"He did save my son's life." She finally responded. "He went out with Otis to bring back supplies for Hershel to do the operation."
"But he came back alone didn't he?"
"What are you saying?"
"I believe that Shane…sacrificed Otis. I can't prove it, but I think he shot him and left him for bait so that he could get away."
She was silent for a moment before responding.
"Shane may be a hot head but he's not a murderer. And why would he kill someone that was trying to help?"
"I don't know, maybe he was pinned down. He said it, he all but threw it in my face."
Dale then shook his head before he began to walk away.
"And sooner or later, he's gonna kill somebody else."
About several hour later, Glenn was standing outside of the door to the Greene house. He bit his lip, knowing how they all must have felt but he had to talk to Maggie before Shane and the others did away with all the walkers and possibly made this whole situation worse. As quietly as he could, he opened the door and crept inside.
He didn't hear the sound of anyone talking and as quickly as he could without making a lot of noise, made his way down the hall to the kitchen and thankfully, spotted Maggie in the kitchen, drinking a cup of tea.
"Maggie." He whispered.
She looked up when she heard him and her eyes widened before she set the cup down and walked towards him.
"You shouldn't be in here, are you crazy?"
"Listen, Shane is getting ready to burn all the bodies."
Maggie then shook her head as anger reappeared on her face.
"It's what we do." Glenn explained. "But I remember you told me that your mom and stepbrother is among them. I know it's hard, but do want to come identify them? So we can bury them? That's what we're doing for Sophia."
She thought about it for a moment before nodding.