Originally Posted by Chillforce
Heart attacks aren't nearly this debilitating every time. My mother has had them and not gone to the hospital for days. Stupid of us but we live in the country so we don't always make the best decisions. If any of you ever have a heart attack or any heart problems, be sure you go right away to the hospital!
Heart attacks themselves range in severity and cause. Go hit up wikipedia for more direct information. CPR is designed to manually cause the heart to pump but Larry could have possibly recovered. If the heart attacks are caused by blockages, pumping may move the blockage and restore his movement for a time(possibly allowing the clot to move to the brain and kill him more instantly). If the heart attacks were caused by faults in the sinoatrial node, CPR is a little more effective and could allow him to live long enough to get some of St. Johns medical supplies. Ignore the fact that the walkers eventually overrun the place and try to imagine a different scenario.
All that being said, it probably is best to kill Larry but I considered it a choice in the matter of timing. Until we know for certain someone will turn, we should preserve their lives. I try to think, what if it were Clementine? I'd want Lily by my side to help me save her. Imagine if Clementine had been the one with muck on her back in the pharmacy in Episode 1. Kenny would have backed Larry in throwing her out. Katjaa is the one who likes Clem. Kenny just wants you around as muscle. Is that really who you want to side with?
I still think the prospects of saving Larry were grim, at best. That said, you have a point that life is sacred, and should be preserved at all cost. I do think, though, that we were presented more of a dilemma of "save this versus that" as opposed to "save or not save".
I've said in another thread that, in any other situation, I would have agreed to try to save Larry's life - if we were at the motor inn with all of our weapons handy, for example. But we are locked in a very small room, with no weapons. Most of the characters have made a point of how physically weak they all are (from lack of eating). We know that Walkers are incredibly strong - even the smaller ones, such as the baby sitter in Clem's house.
Larry (like your mother) is predisposed for heart attacks - the last one we saw at the drug store was an example of a minor one. This one is enough to stop his breathing. I would feel pretty safe in saying that this specific heart attack really needs immediate medical treatment - the kind of treatment that we don't really have access to (even were we NOT trapped in the meat locker).
If Larry had turned, I could guarantee you that SOMEONE in that room would have gotten hurt, if not all of them. We have no access to weapons, and no way to escape. The salt blocks are only useful if the target is not moving - and we know that a Walker won't hold still just because we ask it too. I won't say it's one hundred percent possible that someone/everyone would get killed, but the possibility is still really high.
So, for me, the choice is, to attempt to save Larry and lose everyone in the Meat Locker (including Clementine), or to destroy Larry's brain and guarantee everyone's safety.