On February 12, 2012, AMC premiered the eighth episode of The Walking Dead, which was the midseason premiere of season 2 titled "Nebraska." Written by Evan T. Reilly, who also wrote "Cherokee Rose," and directed by Clark Johnson, which was his first and only TWD episode.
"Nebraska" begins on the tail end of the barn massacre from the previous episode, which was started by Shane (Jon Bernthal) and resulted in the devistating discovery that Sophia (Madison Lintz) was in fact dead and had reanimated.
Shane's hot-headed actions lead to Hershel (Scott Wilson) ordering Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group to leave his farm. The dramatic event at the barn led Hershel to the sobering reality that the undead were, in fact, dead, and his theory that they were only sick and a cure would eventually be found to be false. He witnessed his undead wife being killed, but not before she tried to attack his daughter Beth (Emily Kinney).
Hershel, a recovering alcoholic, went to the closest bar to drink, where he would later explain to Rick that he denied his girls true grieving over the loss of their family members, which also gave them false hope. Rick tells him that regardless of everything that has happened, they need to remain strong as people count on them.
Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) begins to question Shane's erratic behavior, reinforcing his belief that Shane killed Otis (Pruit Taylor Vince) to save himself. He believes it is only a matter of time before he kills again.
Due to the overwhelming emotions Beth experienced with her reanimated mother, she collapsed and remained in a catatonic state. Carol refused to attend Sophia's funeral as she stated that it wasn't her daughter; her daughter died long before, an act that angered Daryl (Norman Reedus).
Rick and Glenn go to the local bar, a place Hershel frequented before the outbreak. While there, they encounter two men, Dave (Michael Raymond James) and Tony (Aaron Munoz), who Rick immediately recognizes as unsavory and wants to be rid of them. When Rick refuses to give up the location of Hershel's farm, Dave pushes the subject and reaches for his gun; Rick promptly shoots him in the head and Tony twice in the chest.
The episode ends with Rick, Glenn, and Hershel realizing the gravity of the situation,, which will lead to more drama in the next episode.