Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) has zombie corpses for sale.

Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) has zombie corpses for sale. (Gene Page/AMC)

Sunday night's installment of "The Walking Dead"  on AMC had it all: zombie deaths, human deaths, a car wreck, new characters, a working bar, heated arguments and — to cap it all off — a song by Maryland-based blues-metal band Clutch.

The pace has slowed down a little bit compared to the last ten minutes of the midseason finale on Nov. 27, when a bunch of zombies spilled out of the barn and got blasted away in a maelstrom of gunfire.

We've got five more episodes to go in season two, so I'm thinking that the producers plan on keeping our survivors in the same location (the farm) for the forseeable future, leading up to some sort of major event that will cause a location change in the season two finale (the whole farm burns to the ground, like Twelve Oaks?)

But it's going to take some creativity to keep them in this same location, which means lots more of those long, drawn out discussions between the likes of Lori and Daryl, Shane and Dale, Carol and Shane, Rick and Hershel, and so forth. This creates drama, but the characters also seem to be talking in circles a lot.

"You don't know how to lead this group, you need to be a good father for little Carl, get off of my farm, your cold heart is just as dead as those walkers, I just don't know what I believe in anymore, don't you tell ME what to do, I don't know if I can love anymore in this world, you shut up, no YOU shut up!," and on and on.

There will probably also be a few more lesser MacGuffins — that is, something that incites the characters toward action, but has little to do with the plot. An example this week was Beth Green, Hershel's youngest daughter, passing out in the kitchen and falling into some sort of trance, causing everyone to get all up in arms.

But enough talk about the filler, let's get into the action, which thankfully, there was plenty of this week.

My favorite scenes were at the local watering hole, Hatlands, where Hershel practically used to live during his drinking days. I heard Hershel used to drink at Hatlands so much that he always checked in with foursquare on his iPhone and he was the mayor of Hatlands :o)

Anyway, Hershel isn't a good drinker apparently, and everyone tells him to stop. They're like, "it's not funny when you drink man, it's not cool like in Budweiser commercials from the 80s where there's all these beach babes in American flag bikinis playing volleyball and guys water skiing with Bret Hart sunglasses on. When you drink it's more like Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas so why don't you just cut it out."

And then he actually does, but then these two other cats — Dave and Tony — waltz into the bar like "well, well, well, what have we here?" Immediately, you sense something off about these two clowns.

Tony is a "scrawny looking douche bag" according to Dave (it's a joke, cause he's actually fat), and Dave is wearing a sleeveles Strafford Sharks shirt with the No. 11 on the back. It's a pretty cool shirt. A quick search of the iNet reveals that there is a Stratford Sharks swimming club in England, but I don't think that's where his shirt came from. It's a mystery, kind of like that book Daryl was reading in his tent a few episodes back. (UPDATE: The Stafford Sharks are an 11-U baseball team from Manahawkin, New Jersey. Thanks Mark Maurer/TheStarLedger)

So next the guys all start drinking together and doing shots, except for Hershel (such willpower!), which was weird, because a few minutes before they were like, "we gotta get back to the farm and save Beth."

Dave and Tony, who met on I-95 coming out of Philly (Hey I've been there!), catch on that our survivors have a cool farm nearby and want a piece of the action. Slovenly Tony is standing there pissing in the middle of the bar, asking what kind of tail there is at the farm, and that's when you know that there's about to be trouble.

What follows is an awesome Old West standoff, and Rick does a great job of dispatching the fools. I'd say that this episode = Rick +1, Shane -1. So it was a good week for #TeamRickGrimes.

I didn't like Tony as soon as I saw that dumb newsboy hat and necklace that he was wearing.

In other news, Lori went driving off in a huff because Daryl was too busy acting like an angry teenager and whittling a stick (where was his Slipknot shirt?), went all Stephen King on a wayward walker, and cartwheeled that nondescript midsize sedan into a ditch. Did anyone else notice the problem? That's right, she didn't take the Hyundai. A Hyundai would have maneuvered through that sticky situation like Yoshi negotiating hairpin turns in Mario Kart 64.

Oh, and Dave and Tony revealed that Fort Benning is overrun by "lamebrains" as they call them (lame), and apparently Nebraska is the place to head for now because it has low population and lots of guns.

"Nebraska, this guy..." BLAM-BLAM!

Here's a quick rundown of what's going on with each of the major characters after this episode:

Rick: Stepping up to be more of an agressive leader, taking a more pragmatic approach to decision making.