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The Walking Dead: A Week Later

Be warned: There are some SPOILERS below as I whine about The Walking Dead! 

Last week, the world watched as NOTHING really happened to The Governor (TG) on The Walking Dead. Sure, he killed a bunch of people and stuff; but he tore off into the sunset with his two loyal lackeys, fleeing to fight another day.

The disappointment was palpable and predictable. I mean, you had to know the showdown between Rick and TG wasn’t going to happen so soon! They’ve only really had one interaction so far, and TG is just too good of a villain to get rid of that quickly.

“Welcome to the Tombs” was a pretty good ending to season three, tying up some loose ends that I was not loathe to see go (I’m looking at you, Andrea) and giving us some fresh new problems for season four.

But, with the end of season three, there is now a big hole in my Sunday night. The horror! (Don’t get me wrong; there is something to be said about getting an hour of your life back, amiright?) I’ve grown accustomed to being grossed out on a weekly basis, and I need something to tide me over until season four starts next fall.

(Speaking of being grossed out, was it just me or did the gore seem to get more and more unrealistic and gratuitous this season? By the end, things started to look like vaguely human Hefty bags filled with tomato juice! Gore has it’s place in this show, true, but I firmly believe it should also have a POINT. But, that’s another article, I suppose.)

I’ve been seeing things pop up on the Interwebz that will help me get though the long, walker-less dry spell we’re facing. Hopefully, you’ll like them, too! Enjoy!

zombieplancharm

Charming! A great way to check off all the needed items on your zombie preparedness list, right? Image courtesy of PlayBox.

I MUST start with a set of photographs posted on The Walking Dead’s Facebook page. “Norman Reedus by Terry Richardson” is WELL worth your time, folks. Daryl never looked so good! Check it out here.

I’m really a fan of the hipster pose. Don’t ask me why.

And don’t judge me!

I saw this Zombie Plan charm bracelet pop up last week, and since then, every geeky-themed website and Facebook page has passed it around. Personally, I love it! What’s not to love?

While you’re on Etsy, check out this necklace by LaughingVixenLounge. Clearly inspired by The Walking Dead, the little charms include a sheriff’s hat, gun, and badge! My favorite part is the little greenish rock (Magnesite bead) that looks like a bit of zombie flesh or even a brain.

Braaaiiiinssssss (Don’t you wish the walkers moaned “Braaaiiiinssssss?”)!

Have you seen the latest McFarlane Toys line for season three? They’re pretty amazing! Here they are on Amazon. I think my desk at work needs a Michonne, don’t you? For that matter, I’m sure  your desk/dresser/table/what-have-you needs one, too! And how about that Merle? Great detail.

What awesome The Walking Dead-related swag have you found floating around the Internet? Post in the comments, so we can all gather and console ourselves until the next season starts!

 

[[Featured image courtesy of The Walking Dead’s Facebook page.]]

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Welcome to the Tombs”

So, this is a recap for a season finale. Yeah, there will be SPOILERS.

Andrea finally paid the piper for all her stupid decisions this season! YES! Honestly, I wasn’t sad to see her go. I’m sure I’ll find someone else to yell at during next season, but for now, I am satisfied. Ghoulish? Not really. I have my reasons! Read on!

“Welcome to the Tombs” opens with The Governor (TG) beating the crap out of Milton. TG is pretty ticked that Merle got the drop on him and his men and that eight of the group were killed. Of course, Milton is to blame for that! Plus, Milton let Andrea go!

But, TG, ever the understanding despot, offers Milton a chance at redemption –one TG knows Milton will never take.

TG leads Milton into the room where Andrea is handcuffed to the dentist chair and tells him that she will still be useful. TG orders Milton to pick up the terror tools, and the subservient little weasel trudges over, clearly in pain from TG’s tender touch. Milton drops the tools and gets yelled at, and as he’s picking them up, he leaves a pair of pliers behind Andrea. As TG and Milton ready to leave, TG suddenly stops and pulls Milton back into the room, telling him that he needs to kill Andrea. TG gives Milton a knife and tells him to prove himself and earn redemption in TG’s eyes (or, eye, I guess…).

Milton takes the knife and aims a swipe at TG (something TG was surely counting on)! TGgrabs the knife and redirects it, stabbing Milton several times. In true villain style, TG twirls his non-existent mustache and tells Milton that now he’ll turn into a biter and kill Andrea, anyway!

(I was hoping we’d finally learn Milton’s connection to TG in this episode. Brother-in-law? That’s what I wanted. The closest we got was when Milton asked TG what Penny would think of her father, now. She’d be afraid of me, TG says, nonplussed.)

At the prison, Rick and the gang are loading up their possessions and (I thought) preparing to get the heck out of Dodge. But, Carl’s being a moody teenager, and I had no idea why. He wouldn’t let his dad touch him, and he was stomping around. Was he mad that they were leaving? Weird.

Skeptical Tyreese and Sasha are skeptical.

Skeptical Tyreese and Sasha are skeptical. Image courtesy of AMC.

Cut to Woodbury! TG is whipping his conscripted soldiers into a frenzy! They killed our men, and they’re not going to stop until we’re all dead, he tells the mixed group. Off to the prison! They start to pile in vehicles that are loaded down with all manner of heavy artillery. But, Tyreese and Sasha are having second thoughts. Tyreese tells TG that they want to stay and protect the town, because they don’t want to fight people…only walkers. TG gives them the evil eye, but grabs a gun and shoves it into Tyreese’s hands, thanking him for volunteering to stay behind.

Tyreese and Sasha exhale. Shwew! TG’s not going to kill them! Yet…? They think they might have to slip out of town later, though.

Before long, TG and his small army are at the prison, blowing up the guard towers and barreling through fences. They make their way into the prison and can’t find anyone!

YES! I cheered! Rick’s group was smart and left!

TG leads his army into the part of the prison known as the tombs after hearing noises. Well, of course there are noises! There’s a giant hole on the back of the prison, and walkers wander in all the time! But, I guess TG didn’t know that.

I was just saying to my husband that they should have left booby traps for TG, when BANG! Smoke grenades and sirens start going off! TG’s people start screaming and scattering. He tries to get them to calm down, but they don’t listen and run for their trucks. When they get into the prison yard, Maggie and Glenn pop up in full riot gear, shooting at them and causing more panic. They tear off, terrified!

Now their plan was clear to me. Rick’s group had cleared out to make it look like they had abandoned the prison! But, Maggie, Glenn, Rick, Daryl, and Carol had stayed behind to reek havoc on TG and his raiders! Carl was upset because Rick didn’t let him stay and help. Instead, Carl, Hershel, and Beth were on the edge of the woods, watching from a distance.

At the edge of the woods, one of TG’s men stumbles upon Carl, Hershel, and Beth. Carl, still smarting from being left out, was quick to draw on the guy, who was really just a teenager. The teenager surrenders and tries to hand over his weapon, but Carl shoots him!

We got a great shot of Hershel’s horrified expression. Uh-oh! Seems to me that Carl is trying to prove to dear old dad that he’s an adult! Ugh.

Back at the prison, they decide to go to Woodbury to finish the fight. Hershel tells Rick what happened, but, Carl denies shooting down the kid in cold blood. He drew on them, Carl insists. Hershel disagrees, but Rick wants to believe Carl.

On the road back to Woodbury, TG’s army is hurrying on its way. But, TG speeds up and gets in front of the line, forcing the trucks to stop. They all pile out and start arguing with TG, saying they should just leave the prison alone, it’s not worth it, etc. TG is most displeased. So displeased in fact, that he goes quite nuts and mows everyone down with a gun.

Ratta-freakin’-tat-tat!

TG makes sure his townsfolk wouldn’t rise again, popping them in the head. But, he misses Karen! Somehow, she managed to avoid the gunfire, and is hiding under someone else’s dead body. For some reason, TG doesn’t shoot the body’s head. Lucky Karen!

Martinez and Shumpert (Shumpert? I totally had to look this guy’s name up. Tell me I’m not the only one who had no idea what his name was!) are quite shocked at TG’s behavior, but they don’t seem TOO distressed, because they hop right into the truck when TG gives the signal and leave!

Seriously, guys? Why didn’t Martinez just pop TG right there? It would have been the perfect opportunity! You can’t tell me that they’re comfortable with this psychopath. I mean, I actually found myself liking Martinez a little bit when he and Daryl bonded over a cig at Rick and TG’s initial meeting. Now, I gotta wonder what he’s after by staying with TG. Maybe it’s because TG’s the biggest, baddest dog in the junkyard? It’s better to be a servant of the Devil than be in his way? Hmmm.

Oh, hey! Remember Andrea’s plight? Yeah, Milton is about to turn and eat her face. But, what is she doing instead of trying to free herself? She’s monologuing. Milton is barely alive, and Andrea is trying to keep him coherent. She can’t do that and try to free herself at the same time? Fine, then. She deserves to be eaten, I say! 

As she rambles on, she admits to the fading Milton that she stayed in Woodbury because she wanted to save everyone by herself. It didn’t work. And it wouldn’t, would it? After all, the main theme of this season is that you can’t do anything on your own! And there she was, trying to do it on her own; she was doomed to fail.

Milton finally dies, and Andrea flails at the pliers with her feet. Milton’s fingers twitch!

At the prison, Rick, Michonne, and Daryl prepare to head to Woodbury. The others are have decided to stay and guard the prison. Not a bad idea, guys. Rick confronts Carl and asks about the kid his kid gunned down. Carl becomes defensive and tells Rick that he did what had to be done, throwing back in the former lawman’s face several times when the trigger hadn’t been pulled, and there had been dire consequences (Dale, Lori, and Merle’s deaths).

I totally agreed with Carl. I mean, killing TG’s teenaged soldier may not have been the best thing, but can you blame him for not wanting to take a chance? However, I think there was more at play than simply “a chance.” I think Carl was mad that he wasn’t included in the prison defense, that he wasn’t being treated like an adult.

Rick, Michonne, and Daryl strike out, following the road to Woodbury. It isn’t long before they come upon TG’s roadside slaughter. Walkers are busily munching bodies, and the prison trio get out to clear them. Then, they find Karen! She hid in the cab of one of the trucks and begs for help.

Back to Andrea! Milton has completely turned and is shuffling toward her. Oh, no! (Yay!) Andrea manages to get her hands free at the last minute, but not before Milton is on her!

Did he bite her? Did she kill him? We don’t see! But, we hear screaming!

By now, it’s night, and Tyreese and Sasha are still guarding Woodbury’s walls when they catch Rick’s group sneaking up. They fire on them, and it isn’t until Karen makes herself known that Tyreese is willing to listen. Karen explains what happened and that TG went nuts and shot everyone. Tyreese doesn’t seem TOO surprised, but he is shocked to learn that Andrea may still be in Woodbury. Rick tells him that she never made it to the prison.

So long, and thanks for all the fish! Image courtesy of AMC.

So long, and thanks for all the fish! Image courtesy of AMC.

Rick, Michonne, and Daryl lead the way back to the rooms where Maggie and Glenn were held. Tyreese goes with them, and they find a door with blood pooling from beneath it. It is opened to reveal Milton’s body and Andrea huddled against a wall. She’s been bitten and isn’t long for this world. It’s sad, of course, but I wasn’t sad to see Andrea go. I was sad for Michonne’s loss. The secret ninja is crying and trying to believe Andrea will be okay. But, she know’s that’s not going to happen. Andrea is paying for her mistakes, while emphasizing this season’s theme of you can’t do it on your own.

Andrea shoots herself while she is still able. They didn’t show it, though. I watched Rick, Daryl, and Tyreese wait for the gunshot on the other side of the door.

BLAM. Fade to black.

After, Rick and co. head back to the prison with a bus. A bus? Yeah, Rick’s taking in strays, now. Since all (most, anyway) of the able-bodied adults have been slaughtered, the bus is full of older folks and kids.

Carl looks murderous and asks what’s going on, and Rick tells him that they’re taking in the people left from Woodbury.

It’s the right decision. How do we know it’s the right decision? Rick looks up at the catwalk, and pregnant ghost Lori isn’t there, anymore! Has Rick left Crazytown for good? Let’s hope so!

End of season three!

Why didn’t Rick just take over Woodbury? My first guess is that TG knows the town too well. I mean, there were secret torture rooms! Plus, the place just has too much history, and moving to the prison is the start of a new life. That life will be vastly different, no doubt, but it’s new nonetheless.

So, loose ends and/or issues that occurred to me:

  • TG, Martinez and Shumpert are still out there somewhere running amok. Are they going to raid the prison? Ummm, prolly. TG’s too big of a villain for him to just disappear. He’s the bogeyman.  
  • There are tons of new mouths to feed at the prison. You can’t tell me that they’ll be able to forage enough for all these people! I mean, Daryl’s a good hunter, but come on! They’re going to have to start farming in earnest, methinks.  
  • Carl’s becoming a hardened killer (is this a bad thing?). It’s a sign of the times, yes, but how far should Rick let Carl go? Can he even do anything at this point?
  • There’s a giant hole in the back of the prison. They should probably look into this, yeah? Especially now with lots more people in the prison. 

The title, “Welcome to the Tombs,” could be taken in several ways, I thought. The first that occurred to me was it was a greeting for the former Woodbury residents. The prison, for all its worthwhile security in bars and fences, still has the dark, close feeling of a tomb, don’t you think?

“Tombs” is the name the prison group uses to refer to the passages overrun with walkers. So, I thought it was kind of a clever greeting (“Welcome to the Tombs”) for TG and his army as they entered the hallways in search of Rick and his group and were met with smoke bombs and sirens.

What did you think of “Welcome to the Tombs?” Of season three? Hit me up in the comments!

 

[[Featured image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-16-prison.php.]]

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Prey”

Pssst! Hey, you! Yeah, you. This article contains SPOILERS and lots of them!

The Walking Dead is trying to make me like Andrea. At least, that was my take-away from last night’s episode.

See, this entire season, Andrea has pretty much been a walking (teehee! “Walking!”) disaster, forcing me to hate her for decisions that could only lead to ruin. In her efforts to cling to a society that has clearly been destroyed, Andrea has knowingly (I believe) swallowed lie after lie from The Governor (TG) and turned her back on Michonne, the woman who saved her life and saw her through an undoubtedly perilous winter.

In “Prey,” Andrea finally sees the light and decides to leave Woodbury and TG behind.

The episode opens with a flashback, and I was excited to think that the whole show would be dedicated to what we didn’t see between season two and three. No such luck.

Michonne and Andrea warm themselves by a campfire, while the walker “pets” shamble at the ends of their chains. Andrea asks Michonne about the pets and who they were before they changed. Michonne doesn’t really want to talk about it, but tells Andrea that they weren’t people to begin with; they got what they deserved.

From there, the scene switches to present day and TG, who is readying chains between two poles in what looks like a basement or hidden room. (I assumed we were seeing his preparations for Michonne’s inevitable torturing after Rick hands her over…or at least when TG gets his hands on her.) It was an obvious allusion to the fact that TG, while not a walker, or biter as the people from Woodbury call them, is an inhuman member of the walking dead. He’s a monster.

In Woodbury, Martinez and other TG lackeys are stocking a truck with all manner of guns, ammunition, and heavy artillery. The plot requires Milton and Andrea to observe and Andrea to stupidly question Milton about it, referencing the supposed deal on the table with Rick. Mousy Milton tells her that it’s probably only a precaution (Ha!) and skitters away.

Milton finds TG in the secret torture room, where he observes the one-eyed man laying out an array of medical implements. Milton jumps to the correct conclusion that some torture is planned and tries to dissuade TG. TG pats Milton on the cheek and blows him off.

Pirates like to torture folks. That's just common knowledge, right? Image courtesy of AMC.

Pirates like to torture folks. That’s just common knowledge, right? Image courtesy of AMC.

Milton then experiences a rare burst of balls and goes and finds Andrea, telling her that TG is planning on killing Rick and the rest of the prison group. He leads her to a room that overlooks TG’s torture chamber (complete with scary dental chair and handcuffs), and Andrea is properly aghast. She determines that TG has to die (Oh, really? Shocking!), and while they are discussing it, TG wanders into the torture chamber with more tools of dooooooooooooooom. Andrea draws her gun and readies to shoot TG, but Milton stops her.

What? Why, Milton? GAH! Maybe it’s because Milton remembers who TG used to be. He told Andrea that he knew Phillip (TG’s real name) before he was TG. What were they to each other? Coworkers? Friends? Family? I want Milton to be TG’s brother-in-law. I think that would fit nicely!

They watch as TG records himself whistling, sits down in the dental chair, and listens to the recording with a smile. Creeptastic.

So, Andrea decides she has to leave and go warn Rick and the prison group. Brilliant! On her way out of town, she happens upon Martinez and a couple of TG lackeys who are collecting weapons and ammo from townspeople. It’s for the coming fight, he explains…Not that they want to kill people…They have to be ready for anything, of course!

Riiiiiiiiiight.

Andrea protests but ends up giving up her gun and extra clip. Then, TG stops her and asks her to be present at the meeting with Rick. It’s happening the next day, and he needs her to be there since the two groups distrust each other.

Riiiiiiiiiight.

She smiles and plays along, promising to be there. They part, and she makes a beeline for one of Woodbury’s entry/exit points guarded by none other than Tyreese and Sasha. Andrea tries to get them to leave, saying Martinez needs them, but they don’t buy it, and she comes right out and tells them that she has to leave Woodbury. She tells them that TG isn’t what he seems, and that Woodbury isn’t the place they think it is.

Tyreese and Sasha are confused and don’t think they should let her go, but they end up standing aside as she goes over the wall and jogs away. Later, they meet with Martinez and TG to tell them what happened. TG puts on a nice show of concern and then proceeds to lie to Tyreese and Sasha, telling them that Andrea was crazy. TG says Andrea spent the winter on her own before making her way to Woodbury, leaving Michonne out of the story and making it sound like Andrea went cuckoo while on her own.

Tyreese falls for the story after being assured that Woodbury isn’t a prison camp, and TG tells him that Martinez needs their help with a particular task. Tyreese and Sasha follow Martinez to one of the walls where a truck is waiting to take them and several others on a job. At the wall, they meet up with Allen and his son, who are also going on said job. There’s a tense moment as Allen yells at Tyreese for possibly jeopardizing their stay in Woodbury, and we find out that Allen’s dead wife was saved by Tyreese. Apparently, it’s a sore spot for Allen, because he felt emasculated in front of his family…or something? I mean, it didn’t make a whole lot of sense… “I hate you for saving my wife’s life!” Huh?

Things simmer down, and they all get in the truck and drive to…the biter pit! Remember this place? This is where Woodbury has a wind-powered noise contraption that attracts biters, who then fall into a pit and are used for nefarious purposes…like biter fighting in the arena, punishment, torture, etc.

It’s a nice place.

Tyreese and Sasha are taken aback by the pit and don’t understand why biters would be needful to Woodbury. Martinez is sketchy and says only that they have uses for everything these days. Tyreese surmises that the biters are going to be used in some way during the following day’s meeting with Rick and co. and is understandably uncool with the notion.

Allen and his kid seems fine with it, thank you very much, and tells Tyreese to go along with it. Another spat erupts between the two of them and ends with Tyreese holding Allen over the biter pit. But, he gets a hold of himself and doesn’t drop Allen in. What a shame! You know that guy’s going to be trouble later!

Tyreese tells Martinez that he doesn’t want any part of the biters, and Martinez says that they’ll have to explain themselves to TG. Dun, Dun, DUN!

In Woodbury, after telling Tyreese to help Martinez, TG heads out after Andrea. But before he leaves, he runs into Milton, who confesses to telling Andrea about the ambush plan against Rick and the prison group. TG loses his temper and slams Milton up against a pointy looking fence. He doesn’t kill him, though.

Cut to Andrea, who is running down the road toward the prison. (I wonder how far away it is…) Suddenly, she hears an engine and ducks off the road into the trees. Smart! We don’t see the driver, but it’s the big white truck we’ve seen TG in before, so you know it’s him. There’s a cheap scare, and she kills a handful of walkers before continuing through the woods. What a fine sense of direction she must have! Or maybe she just knows the way that well?

Oh, and about that cheap scare: Why didn’t she hear the walkers right before one dramatically grabbed her through a small grouping of trees? They are undead, and they don’t make noise? In dry, crackly leaves? Seriously? I don’t buy that.

As she’s crossing a field, the truck appears again and chases her into more woods. We see TG squinting after her and are supposed to feel an impending sense of doom, I think. But, honestly, I’m not sure who I was rooting for. Did I want Andrea to escape? I’m not so sure!

She comes to an old factory/warehouse and ducks inside just as the truck pulls up. Night is falling, of course. How about that for timing? Good job, TG, on READING HER FREAKING MIND AND KNOWING EXACTLY WHERE SHE IS. (As you can see, I have an issue with this, too. Did he just assume she was there? Was that the only cover available to her? Bah.)

They play a game of cat and mouse as he stalks around looking for her. He whistles the tune he recorded earlier, and I wondered if that was supposed to mean something. Did anyone else recognize the song? Or was it supposed to be foreshadowing? (More on that later.)

Andrea watches what she hopes to be the end of TG. SPOILER: It's not. Image courtesy of AMC.

Andrea watches what she hopes to be the end of TG. SPOILER: It’s not. Image courtesy of AMC.

Andrea kills some walkers and makes noise that eventually leads TG to her. He backs her up against a door, and she ducks behind it, letting out a mini-horde that goes after him. She dashes up some stairs and escapes the building, and we hear TG yelling and fighting. That’s the end of him! Riiiiiiiiiight.

So, at this point, I was yelling at Andrea to steal his truck. Why didn’t she steal his truck? I’m pretty sure he left the keys in it, because he left the lights on! WHY DIDN’T SHE TAKE THE TRUCK?!

The next time we see Andrea, she’s approaching the prison walls. She made it! Yay! Her relief is obvious as she starts to wave to get the guard on duty’s attention. The guard happens to be Rick, by the way.

BUT, TG JUMPS OUT AND GRABS HER!

First of all, there’s no way he could have made it out alive. Secondly, if he was following her, how could she not have heard him? Especially if he DROVE!

Rick, who is scanning milling walkers, thinks he sees something at the treeline (where Andrea is being held down by TG), but dismisses it when he goes back for another look through his gun scope. Aw, so close!

Soon, TG’s big white truck is approaching Woodbury again. TG pulls to a stop to speak to Martinez, who he tells Andrea is still on the loose. Martinez, who has no reason to believe otherwise, accepts the story and tells TG about Tyreese’s refusal to help out at the pits…and SOMEONE BURNED THE BITERS!

During the night, while TG was chasing Andrea around, someone in a black SUV went to the pit and poured gas all over the biters and lit them ablaze. The same person also set a horse trailer full of biters on fire. Was it Tyreese? Was it someone else?

TG assumes it was Tyreese. Uh-oh!

Tyreese, Sasha, Allen, and Ben (Allen’s son) gather to see TG and talk about the biter pit. It kinda had a waiting-to-see-the-principal feel to it. TG tells Tyreese that the biters are a scare tactic, and that they would never be used against people. Riiiiiiiiiight. Tyreese seems okay with the explanation, and apologizes for making trouble.

TG accepts his apology and asks where Tyreese got the gas (to burn the biters, of course.). But, TG doesn’t say anything about the fire at the pit, and Tyreese expresses his confusion. He doesn’t know what TG is talking about.

So, Tyreese didn’t do it? Hmmm. Who did, then? TG meets Milton on the street, and Milton asks if TG has found the person who set the fire. TG’s one eye narrows, he declares that he just has.

It was Milton! Go Milton!

“Prey” ended with Andrea in the dental chair of torture. They tried to make it extra dramatic, but you knew it was coming. Seriously. The camera winds down a dark hall, around a corner, and through a door…and there she is! Tied down with duct tape across her mouth!

SHOCKING!

Not really.

So, what about that song TG whistled and recorded. Was that for Andrea? Was she the “Prey” all along? Was that why he was whistling it in the abandoned factory/warehouse? Was the dental chair and torture items for her? Or was he prepping for Michonne, and Andrea just fell into a terrible situation?

Like I wrote earlier, I feel like this whole episode was tailored to make me like Andrea. She finally tried to do the right thing, but TG thwarted her. Did she fail because she struck out on her own? After all, one of the bigger themes of this season, as we’ve talked about before, is you can’t survive on your own. Andrea tried to get Milton to come with her, but he wouldn’t, saying he belonged in Woodbury. Would Andrea have made it if Milton went with her?

I don’t really think so. I mean, it’s Milton, and he’s pretty much worthless in a fight. But, her journey alone was unsuccessful, which emphasizes the theme of group survival.

If they were trying to get me to like Andrea, it didn’t really work. As TG stalked her, I found myself not so much rooting for her as interested in how the plot would move forward without her should she get caught. I assumed TG would kill her, and, really, he should have. But, she’s obviously a plot device, and she lived.

Overall, I thought “Prey” was one of the weaker episodes this season. While, we got plenty of cheap scares and forced dramatic tension, the writing was full of holes (Why didn’t she take the truck? Why didn’t Tyreese question TG further about the walker pit –TG said they didn’t share tactics with people they didn’t know, but they take people they don’t know to the pits in the first place?– How did TG get Andrea into his torture room unnoticed? Oh, the QUESTIONS!)

What did you think? Hit me up in the comments!

 

[[Featured image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-14-andrea.php.]]

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Arrow on the Doorpost”

This is a recap. There will be SPOILERS. You’re my best friend.

Glenn finally made nice with Maggie! Emphasis on the “nice.” (Bow-chicka-wow-wow!) He got to step up and be the leader he so desperately wants to be. In this world, one’s mettle is often shown in the physical realm. Having brains to back it up is a must, but sometimes it’s not until a show of force that characters taken seriously. Last week, Morgan pointed out that the weak have inherited the earth, and that is (or will be) true eventually. But, not until everyone else it dead, right?

But “Arrow on the Doorpost” really wasn’t about Glenn and Maggie, was it? They had several scenes that really stuck out, though, and I was pleased that Glenn got to “prove” himself in a manner he obviously wanted.

On to the rest!

There was a lot of measuring going on in this episode, but something that really piqued my interest was a theme of “twos.” One of the over-arching themes of this season is that you can’t survive alone (without going crazy, anyways). That larger theme was reinforced by the obvious pairs throughout “Arrow.”

(An aside: When the episode was finished, I looked at my husband and said, “Why the heck was it called ‘Arrow on the Doorpost?'” Utilizing Google-Fu, a totally legit, for-realz martial art, we discovered it to be an allusion to “Blind Willie McTell,” a song by Bob Dylan.

Go ahead. Make fun of me for not knowing!

The first part of the song is:

“Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem”

Nice. This land full of walkers and the walking dead –the “live” inhabitants– is indeed condemned.

From the last verse:

“Well, God is in His heaven
And we all want what’s His
But power and greed and corruptible seed
Seem to be all that there is”

Does The Governor (TG) fit this? I think so. And Rick? Perhaps.)

“Arrow” was another ping-pong episode, jumping back and forth between the prison and the meeting between TG and Rick. I’m going to follow the storylines as it makes sense, without necessarily keeping to how they edited the show to air.

Rick doesn't really trust The Governor. Good decision, Rick. Image courtesy of AMC.

Rick doesn’t really trust The Governor. Good decision, Rick. Image courtesy of AMC.

“Arrow” opens with Rick, Daryl, and Hershel arriving at a farm. After Rick and Daryl scope out the surroundings (Hershel stays with the vehicle until later), Rick enters a barn/storage shed, and we see a table with two chairs set up on a raised platform. TG enters, and we find out they are there to negotiate. (Ooo! I found out that they’re meeting at a feed store! Really? Huh. Looks more like a storage shed to me…)

Negotiate what? That’s to come…

TG makes a big show of taking off his gun, but we see another duct-taped to his side of the table. Rick wisely doesn’t remove his at all. Go, Rick!

The pair are the first of the “twos” theme.

Andrea has arranged the meeting, and she, Milton and TG minion Martinez arrive a bit later. Daryl and Hershel are standing guard outside the barn, and Andrea is surprised when they tell her that TG is already there. She rushes into the barn to facilitate the meeting, but, it’s already underway, and both TG and Rick make it quite clear that Andrea has no business being there. I got a very apparent “let the grown-ups talk” vibe as they dismissed her. (Teehee!)

She leaves and sits down in a huff outside.

At the prison, Glenn is leading a fortification effort; tons of guns and ammunition are on the common room tables. Merle looks on and says that they should instead go and kill TG while he is distracted at the negotiation. I totally agreed with Merle, but Glenn doesn’t know what I know about the comic books, and told the elder Dixon brother no. It was another thematic “twos” pairing and an opportunity for Glenn to prove himself as back-up leader. He argues that an attack could put Rick, Daryl, and Hershel in danger. Merle is displeased.

Later, Merle fills a bag with weapons and starts for the door, intent on killing TG at the negotiation. Again, Glenn tells him no, but this time, Merle isn’t going to listen. Glenn blocks his path and the two start fighting! Maggie and Michonne lend aid, but it’s not until Beth discharges a gun that the scuffle breaks up.

(Oh, Beth…what do you do all day? Take care of Judith? Who, by the way, is the quietest newborn EVER.)

When Glenn is in the cage (that fenced in area around one of the doors to the prison yard), Maggie comes out (“twos” theme) and they finally talk about the awkwardness that followed their time in Woodbury. Glenn apologizes for making the situation about him (THANK YOU!), and Maggie reassures him that she’s on his side. Always.

They have prison concrete floor sex (ouch!), and it’s all better.

In the common room, Merle and Michonne (more “twos” theme) discuss Merle’s wish to go kill TG. He wants her to help, but she declines. (Come on, Michonne! You know he’s right! I mean, I know he’s right…)

Back at the negotiation, the theme of “twos” resurfaces as Daryl and Martinez measure each other up and compete to take down a small batch of walkers that wander into the area. Andrea gets in on the walker clearing with the first kill, but it’s largely the two men who show off for each other (more measuring).

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I can kill walkers better than you! Image courtesy of AMC.

It was interesting to watch their competition turn into an honest chat, though. After killing all the walkers, Daryl offers Martinez a cigarette (which he initially refuses but later accepts) and the pair bonds. But, they come to the unsettling conclusion that the two groups (another “twos” theme reference) will most likely never be able to peacefully coexist.

Milton, who introduced himself to Daryl and Hershel as TG’s advisor, is spending his waiting time by writing down historical moments. Hershel sits beside him, and we see another pair in the “twos” theme. They seem friendly and companionable…even to the point of joking around. Since Milton is writing down their history, he is interested in seeing Hershel’s leg and the site of amputation. Hershel jokes that he can’t believe Milton would even ask that without buying him a drink beforehand.

It’s obvious that without the rabble-rousing and personal vendettas between the two leaders (mostly on the side of TG), that Hershel and Milton and even Daryl and Martinez would probably get along just fine.

In the feed store, TG and Rick flop ’em out and measure, both men posturing and trying to intimidate the other. TG makes it clear that he’s not really interested in negotiation at all. He’s there to accept Rick’s surrender. Rick doesn’t take to keenly to this and the two go back and forth. But, TG’s tactics change as the meeting goes on, and he does several things designed to loosen Rick’s guard: he brings whiskey and he opens up about his wife’s fatal car accident (which happened prior to the walker apocalypse). At first, Rick refuses the whiskey, but I was disturbed to see him drink after TG’s wife story.

(Don’t fall for it, Rick!)

Finally, it comes down to what TG really wants: Michonne. In a dramatic moment, TG removes his eyepatch and tells Rick that the fighting can end if he simple surrenders Michonne. TG says Rick has two days to consider.

Outside, Andrea asks Hershel (he’s no longer sitting with Milton) what happened with Maggie, and he tells her simply that TG  is a sick man. She tearfully tells him that she can’t stay in Woodbury, and Hershel tells her that if she comes to the prison, her decision will have to (must) stick. No more waffling!  But, when TG and Rick come out of the feed store, Andrea, after giving Hershel a look, still gets in the vehicle with TG!

WHAT?! Gosh, I hate you, Andrea.

When TG, Andrea, Milton, and Martinez get back to Woodbury, TG tells Milton about the deal he offered Rick and how it’s false. Of course! TG says they’re going to have to kill Rick sooner or later, anyhow, so, if he or anyone from the prison shows up, they are to be shot on sight! Except of Michonne, that is. She is to be brought alive to TG. (So, he can do all manner of evil things to her before killing her, I guess.)

Milton seems surprised at TG’s savagery (really, Milton? Gah.), but does little in the way of protesting. The short scene was yet another powerful “twos” theme pairing.

After he’s finished with Milton, TG calls out to Andrea and thanks her for setting up the meeting. She seems skeptical, but accepts his thanks, and they part ways. Oh, and another “twos!”

Oh, Andrea. Sigh.

When Rick, Daryl, and Hershel get back to the prison, Rick tells everyone that there is no deal, and that TG wants to kill them all. (I wondered at that point if Rick was the one who wanted a war, or if he actually saw through TG’s crap.)

Later, Rick is on the fenced-in catwalk that he always seems to drift to when contemplating things. As he stares soulfully into the distance, Hershel hobbles out (“twos” theme alert!), and Rick tells him of TG’s offer. But, Rick also allows that he knows TG will likely kill them all, anyway.

But, Rick is faced with making the call on whether or not to give Michonne up. Would Hershel be willing to sacrifice the lives of his daughters for Michonne? It’s a hard question, and Rick indicates that he’s considering giving her up.

And why did he lie to the group? Rick tells Hershel it’s because they need to be scared to face what’s coming. (What? Giving up Michonne? Defending the prison? Both?)

When Hershel asks why Rick has told him the truth, Rick says, “Because I’m hoping you can talk me out of it.”

Whoa. No pressure, Hershel!

What’d you think of “Arrow?” Did I read too much into the “twos?” And how about that title and the song it references? Hit me up in the comments!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Home”

Spoilers, yo, and lots of them! You’ve been warned. (It does say “recap” in the title…just saying.)

I was seriously JUST starting to like Axel. Dang it! Now, all of the prisoners are dead, and the prison truly belongs to Rick’s group. (Crazy people running the asylum, anyone?) But, is it even still Rick’s group? Or is Glenn trying on some britches that are a couple of sizes too big? That’s the thing about wearing big pants; you’re going to trip and fall on your face.

“Home” opens with Rick seeing Lori in the prison yard. Still dressed in white, Lori’s back is to him as she stands before the graves. He runs to the graves only to have her vanish and reappear beyond the prison fence. Not recognizing the symbolism of running through the gates away from safety and into the wilderness of crazy, Rick dashes by Michonne and meets Lori on a footbridge. (Michonne appears to be living in an overturned bus in the prison yard. Or, if she’s not living in it, she at least crawled out of said bus. Rick did say they would be kicking her out of the prison as soon as she was back on her feet. Is this as far as they’ve kicked her?) Michonne wisely closes the prison gates behind him.

Lori and Rick share a moment as she gently strokes his face. Aww! Poor Rick looks miserable and elated at the same time.

But, Michonne looks on in disbelief as Rick cuddles into open air, because, obviously, Lori is not there!

In Woodbury, The Governor (TG) pays Andrea a visit, and I was glad to see that she wasn’t shacking up with him. Although, it was never clear that she ever was, I guess. They just shagged, and she left. How elegant!

He compliments her inspiring speech to the townsfolk following the break-in and biter attack and encourages her to step into a leadership role. See, TG thinks he hasn’t lived up to the mantle of power and wants Andrea to take over.

Right…

He loves me? He loves me not? Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-andrea.php.

He loves me? He loves me not? Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-andrea.php.

Blah, blah, blah…you know he’s lying through his teeth when he says he’s going to take some time to sort things out. And you REALLY know he’s lying when he assures Andrea that there will be no retaliation against Rick’s group at the prison. But, she buys it, because she’s Andrea.

TG leaves her and goes to see Milton. The man is visibly scared by TG, but he also wants to prove his loyalty to the one-eyed pirate. TG has a strange hold over the people of Woodbury; it’s interesting to see the desperate need for leadership and the willingness to latch onto someone in power. You see it in Milton, and you can see it in Andrea, too, to a certain extent. The world has gone mad, and people need some semblance of order, even if that order is through brutality. They need a “home” (See how I worked the title in there? I’m so smooth.).

TG verifies Milton’s allegiance and then tells him to keep an eye on Andrea. He’s not so sure she’ll side with Woodbury, after all. It’s rather a different story from the crap he just sold Andrea, but that’s our TG, and that’s why we love to hate him!

When Andrea is looking for TG and several other of Woodbury’s known fighters (all the scary dudes who carry the big guns and do TG’s bidding) later that day, a woman on the wall, Karen, won’t give her a straight answer. Andrea sees Milton and asks him where TG is, and Milton is also coy, saying TG is on a supply run. Andrea doesn’t buy it, and Milton doesn’t appear to really care that she doesn’t buy it.

Do you think Milton knew where TG had gone? I mean, I knew! Seriously, how could you not know? But, TG did tell Andrea that there would be no retaliation against the prison, so she was left to wonder.

But, she had to know, right? Come on! The illusion of safety and normalcy at Woodbury was shattered, and while she’s desperately grasping at the loose strings, Andrea has to know there’s something truly rotten in Denmark.

We got to check in on Daryl and Merle a couple of times during this episode before they were drawn back into one of the sure-to-soon-be-feuding camps (Woodbury or the prison? Which one will they end up with? You’ll have to keep reading to find out!). The brothers were struggling to adjust to one another while fighting for dominance (on Merle’s part) and respect (Daryl’s goal). Daryl’s time with Rick’s group had changed him, and the knowledge galled Merle. So, the elder Dixon picked at Daryl, maligning everything from his hunting skills and sense of direction to his loyalties.

Daryl readies to save folks in need. Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-daryl.php.

Daryl readies to save folks in need. Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-daryl.php.

When Daryl and Merle come upon a Hispanic family being attacked by walkers, Daryl immediately wants to help. He hears a baby and must think of little Judith back at the prison. Merle, on the other hand, doesn’t care and is content to let the family get eaten. But, Daryl comes to the family’s rescue, shooting and knifing walkers. Lo and behold, Merle wanders in behind him and kills a few, too.

I loved Merle’s face during this scene! It was a mix of consternation and awe as he watched his little brother handily dispatch the walkers and save the family.

When it was all over, Merle decides they are owed payment for their services and starts to rob the family, tossing out a racial slur in lovely Merle fashion. Daryl tells him to stop, but Merle doesn’t listen. It’s not until Daryl threatens his brother with his crossbow that Merle backs down. The family leaves, and the Dixon brothers realize just how different they’ve become.

In the woods, they get into a small scuffle, and Merle rips Daryl’s shirt, revealing old scars left by their father. Merle is shocked and tells Daryl he had no idea about the abuse. But, Daryl really doesn’t believe him and decides enough is enough. It’s time to go…(Ready for it?)…home. He sets off for the prison, leaving Merle, who swears he can’t follow, not after his history with the group.

As Daryl strikes out, he leaves his brother with “I might be the one who’s walking away, but you’re the one who’s leaving…again.” (Or something close to that.) His voice cracks, and you can tell he’s choking back tears.

As Daryl disappears into the woods, Merle is torn between a new found protective streak for his little brother and saving his own skin. As he waffles, the indecision is plain on his face as he weighs the consequences of the only decision he can make before following Daryl.

It’s a great stretch of acting from two great actors!

At the prison, Glenn’s got his big-boy pants on and is assessing the perceived vulnerabilities of the compound. He’s going over with Carl and the others how Tyreese’s group and walkers got into the depths of the prison, known as the tombs. But, Hershel thinks the possible attack/retaliation by TG is more pressing and says they should leave the prison. Glenn adamantly disagrees and then comes up with the idea that he and Michonne should sneak back into Woodbury and just kill TG. Not too bad of an idea, really, but no one but Michonne goes for it.

So, Glenn settles for a foray into the tombs to clean out walkers. Later, when he returns (looks like Carl went with him), he wants to take a vehicle to look at the back of the prison to see how bad it really is (It’s pretty bad, remember?), but no one really wants to go with him. Glenn declares that he’ll take Maggie with him, but Hershel isn’t so sure she’s willing, either, and Glenn goes to find her. She’s lying down in her cell and doesn’t react too kindly to Glenn, something that really puzzles the man.

And why is she acting this way to Glenn? Isn’t he trying to protect her, to avenge (in a roundabout way) the wrong done to her? Not really. Actually, he’s just trying to make himself feel better. See, he really didn’t even know what TG had done to her. In his mind, the worst thing was that Maggie had been raped. She wasn’t, and she told him that. But, instead of treating her like an equal who had done the necessary to save Glenn’s hand (TG threatened to cut it off if she didn’t cooperate.), Glenn put himself in the role of her protector and insinuated his own feelings of powerlessness over her feelings. By doing so, he made the situation about him. It turned into something that HE had to fix, that HE had to avenge, because she was HIS woman. Now, he’s on a quest to prove himself capable of running things without Rick and Daryl. He’s obsessed, and Maggie is disgusted.

After Maggie rebuffs him, Glenn decides to go look at the perimeter by himself. He meets Hershel in the prison yard, and the older man again says they should leave the prison, but Glenn isn’t having it. He pitches another hissy fit, stomping his feet and holding his breath (not really). Since Daryl’s gone and Rick is “wandering Crazytown (He actually said “Crazytown!” Someone was reading my recaps and wrote that into the script, right? HA!),” Glenn is the next in charge, dang it! Or so Glenn thinks. He hops into a giant truck and roars away.

Hershel hobbles down to the outer fence to look for Rick. The former lawman comes out of the woods looking paranoid and rather deranged but sound in body, overall. Hershel tells Rick about Glenn and asks him to come back to the prison. But, Rick isn’t ready, yet. He confesses his recent delusions, but tells Hershel he knows they aren’t real. At the same time, though, he has to believe there’s an explanation.

Yeah, you’re nuts!

But, Hershel is nicer than me and gently prods Rick to come back to reality. This was a great scene visually with Hershel on the inside (reality) of the prison yard and Rick on the outside (Crazytown), clutching at the chain link as he is clutching and searching for sanity. Nicely done.

Closer to the prison, Carol and Axel are getting ready for what they assume will be an assault from TG. The pair are setting up cover and chatting, flirting a bit and getting to know one another. Beth and Carl are also outside wandering about, and Michonne is down by her bus.

I had to cheer for Axel. I mean, he thought Carol was a lesbian, but once he found out differently, he’s quite the charmer!

But, this is The Walking Dead, and AMC doesn’t want me to forget this world is terrible.

A gunshot rings out, and Axel is shot in the head! TG shot him, and we see the self-satisfied smirk below his eye patch as he lowers the gun. TG and some goons are outside of the prison fence shooting up the place, and Rick and Hershel dive for cover as they come under fire, too.

Umm, can someone tell me how a guy got into the prison tower? Yeah, because a TG dude is up in the tower shooting at the group, too! I have no idea how that could have happened.

Carol is crouched behind Axel’s dead body, remarkably unscathed even though Axel is still being shot…a lot. (Not one of those bullets would go through Axel’s body? Huh. I have my doubts.) Carl and Beth take cover, and Carl whips out his gun to return fire because, yes, Carl’s awesome, now. Maggie runs out of the prison with extra guns, and they are able to cover Carol as she runs away from poor dead Axel.

Everybody’s shooting and no one’s hitting anything! But, TG is delighted and gleefully sprays bullets into the air several times. It’s clear that they are not only trying to kill the prison group with bullets, but they are also making as much noise as possible to draw walkers.

But that’s not enough for TG. A delivery truck races up the road and plows through the prison gates to release walkers into the yard. A figure jumps out and runs back to TG’s truck. The person was wearing all black with a helmet,  but it looked like a woman to me. My money’s on Karen; she was totally shifty with Andrea. (Had TG and his group already left when Andrea spoke to Karen? Were they just getting ready to leave? I dunno, but Karen definitely knew something! And I’m not going to be surprised if we find out she was involved in the prison raid.)

The walkers are released right around where Hershel is hiding in the grass. The old coot’s got a gun, but he won’t last long, that’s for certain.

Then, someone finally nails the douche in the prison tower, and TG decides it’s time to go. He and his minions jump in their truck and speed away, passing Glenn on the way out. (It’s about time, Glenn! Where the heck have you been? It took you THAT long to drive around the prison?! Pfft!)

By this time, more walkers are wandering into the area surrounding the prison, drawn by all the noise. Rick, who has used all his bullets, is set upon by a pair of hungry walkers! Oh, no! But, at the last minute, an arrow erupts from the walker’s forehead, and Daryl rides in on a white horse! Okay, there’s no horse, but he and Merle wade into things and save Rick’s butt.

Glenn picks up Maggie in the truck, and they rescue Hershel, while Michonne slices her way through too many walkers (Seriously, this woman is a machine!).

The tragedy seems to bring clarity to Rick as he surveys the damage. A hard, determined look comes in his eyes, and you know this means war!

Dun, Dun, DUN! (Dramatic flourish)

Jeez, what a mess! Axel’s dead (RIP. We hardly knew ye!), Merle’s at the prison, and Rick’s teetering precariously on the edge of insanity. His high-wire act isn’t going to be helped by Glenn’s desire for vengeance. Heck, no! Rick’s going to be out for blood, now. TG has defiled his HOME.

Meanwhile, TG is trying to keep Andrea under his thumb and convince her he’s not a monster, while wiping out her long-lost friends at the prison! At least this time, she’s suspicious of him. (Gosh, she’s thick.)

But, the thing about Andrea is that I know she wants to be thick. She’s not stupid, she just willingly deluded. She wants to believe there’s still a nice little town like Woodbury in the world. But, she’s finally starting to come out of it, and that spells trouble for her stay in TG’s good graces.

What did you think about “Home?” Hit me up in the comments!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “The Suicide King”

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So, this show scares the crap out of me.

Last night, I discovered that I can’t even watch episodes that I’ve ALREADY SEEN when I’m alone. My husband was away, and I thought I’d watch some of AMC’s marathon. Nope. Couldn’t do it!

I LOVE THIS SHOW!

If you’re new to this whole “Recap/Review” thing, let me just tell you a little something: there will be SPOILERS!

I’m not going to waste time getting you caught up on stuff that happened during the first half of the season. I will, however, give you a link that will take you to all my previous recaps! I’m so nice.

Now, them Dixon boys was in a heap-a-trouble! (Bonus points to anyone who gets this! Tell me in the comments.)

The show opens with Daryl and Merle facing each other in what The (Pirate! He’s got an eye patch, now, remember?) Governor (TG) calls a battle to the death! They are in the walker arena that we’d seen before, and the townspeople surround the pair, a la blood-thirsty Romans in the Colosseum, yelling for blood and justice. Or maybe just blood. These people are whack. But, they’re scared whack, and scared people do stupid things. (However, I don’t really think it’s too far of a jump from the walker fight clubs they had already come to enjoy…yuck.)

Andrea recognizes Daryl and is suitably horrified. She begs TG to stop the fight, but he blames the yelling crowd, saying they demanded it. You could see he totally wanted it, too.

Since Michonne re-killed his daughter, Penny, TG doesn’t really have anything left to live for. He doesn’t have the need to preserve a piece of what the world used to be. I think that’s why he worked so hard for Woodbury, because it was his legacy for Penny. That’s also why he was so interested in testing walkers…because his daughter was one, and he didn’t want to give up hope that she could be healed in some way.

Merle, the loving brother we know him to be, starts beating up on Daryl. The younger Dixon looks pretty traumatized and goes down fairly easily. Then, walkers are trotted out on leads for an extra level of difficulty (+5 to the walkers for all attack rolls).

Merle gets close to Daryl, and tells him to follow his lead, saying they were going to escape. But, the pair doesn’t have to worry about it when gunfire erupts and Rick and Maggie swoop in to save the day (night)! Rick throws in a smoke bomb to provide cover, and Daryl and Merle escape. Huzzah!

Right away, though, there’s a problem with Merle. Rick doesn’t want to even let Merle come with them through the Woodbury fence. But, Daryl smooths things over, and they duck through a hole in the wall, leaving it open for a wandering walker to accept the invitation to the best meal he’s had in ages! (I thought that was kind of low. Sure, the town had just tried to murder Daryl, but leaving the perimeter breached? There were kids in there! Blood-thirsty kids, yes, but still! I dunno… Do you think Rick did it on purpose? Or was it just something that happened in their haste to get away? To the comments with ye!)

The light of morning greeted us when we saw Rick, Maggie, Daryl and Merle approach the SUV where Glenn and Michonne were waiting for them. The waiting pair had been left because they were both too injured to assist in Daryl’s rescue.

When he saw Merle, Glenn understandably freaks out and pulls a gun on the one-handed Dixon. The man had tried to kill him, after all! Michonne isn’t feeling very forgiving, either, and makes ready to cut him down with her katana. But, Rick intervenes, and a lot of shouting happens. Glenn declares Merle can not accompany them back to the prison, Rick and Maggie agree with Glenn, Michonne looks murderous, and Daryl balks.

Merle is Merle and insults everyone. He’s so pleasant!

Rick doesn’t bend, though, and Daryl decides to go off with Merle. The bond of blood proves to be thicker!

So, back to the prison go Rick, Glenn, Maggie, and Michonne. But, Rick made certain Michonne knows she’ll be sent on her way as soon as they could get rid of her. Trust is hard to come by in walker-world!

Glenn pitches a fit on the way back during a stop to clear the road (Are they taking a different road? Had this happened –walker in a truck and a tree blocking the road– since they came through the day before? Weird.). He was upset that Daryl left with Merle, the man who had done so much to Maggie and himself, and that they were all just supposed to move on. He was also obviously consumed with rage about the whole torture thing.

Man! Some people just can’t let go and move on!

The fit seems to drive a wedge between him and Maggie, and we are witness to a scene later in the prison in which Maggie refuses to go check on Glenn, preferring to take her father’s word that Glenn was okay.

Back at the prison,  Hershel warns Tyreese and his group that Rick will probably toss them out. This doesn’t set well, and later, when Tyreese, Sasha, Allen, and Ben go outside to bury Donna, Allen and Ben suggest they take over the prison, guessing the current residents wouldn’t put up too much of a fight. But, Tyreese and Sasha, don’t want to do that, saying that “these are good people!”

So, heads up, Allen and Ben are definitely going to be trouble. I’m calling it, now!

In Woodbury, folks are freaking out and trying to leave the town. It’s a mess because everyone is yelling and blowing car horns. The scene escalates as the wall guards tell everyone to get lost, and the people realize that they are basically prisoners. (Word, Michonne. Word!)

But, let’s just stop to consider this for a moment, shall we? These mob-mentality, crazy, blood-thirsty, people (who were calling for the death of a man just hours previous!) are freaking out because people broke into their town the night before. Yes, some townsfolk were killed during the night, but the whole scene just seemed incongruous to me.  They’re horrified at the violence that has befallen their town when they were calling for violence in the walker arena? And now, they want to leave Woodbury. Are these people really THAT sheltered? They have NO IDEA what the world is like now? They want to leave a (mostly) fortified town?

TG is noticeably absent, and Andrea wades into the fray, trying to calm everyone down. Then, there are screams as walkers (or biters, as they’re called in Woodbury) mosey down the road, grab some takeout, and begin a nice tasty meal of some poor idiot who wasn’t minding his surroundings.

WALKERS IN WOODBURY! OH, NO!

The walkers are dispatched, and the takeout lays moaning on the ground. As the townspeople gather around, they beg for someone to help the dying man, but, Andrea, who is closest and who has a gun, is frozen, torn between exposing the people to more violence and a mercy killing.

She doesn’t have to waffle long, though. TG silently strides out, shoots the man in the head, and returns to his rooms. LIKE A BOSS.

The townspeople are shocked. (Again with the shock? It just seems odd to me in this world.)

Andrea follows TG back to his rooms and tells him that he needs to suck it up and be a leader. He’s rather over the whole benevolent leader thing, now, though. BUT, he’s ready for a war! Andrea watches as he gathers all kinds of guns and berates the town and the false sense of security that he created. He’s going to go after our prison group, and he’s going to go hard.

She leaves him and goes back out to the street. People are still milling about, and a sense of general hysteria is in the air, so Andrea steps up and makes a speech. (Stumping to be the new TG?) No doubt drawing on her days as a lawyer (She totally used to be a lawyer, remember?), Andrea basically tells everyone it’s gonna be okay, that they’ll heal eventually, and that they have a good thing going on in Woodbury.

The rabble agrees and disperses while TG glowers from above through the window blinds of his rooms. Andrea looks up and sees him and gives him a “this should have been you talking to these people” look.

Meanwhile, Rick, Glenn, Maggie, and Michonne arrive back at the prison and Carol and Carl let them through the gates. Rick jumps out to hug Carl (dad achievement!) and tells Glenn, Maggie, and Michonne to continue on to the prison proper. He tells Carol about Daryl, and she is upset, of course. She has a thing for the rugged bowman and was certain he felt the same way, I’m sure. (They belong together! Anyone can see that. I mean, their names even rhyme!)

Back in the cell block, Beth presents Rick with Judith. (Beth has become the babysitter, and I have to wonder if it’s only because she feels the need to contribute like she indicated to Carol in a different scene, or if there’s another reason. You know what I mean: Beth has a crush on Rick! When Rick reached the inner prison yard with Carol and Carl, the rest of the group came out to greet everyone, and Beth gave Rick an awkward kiss on the cheek. Awkward, I say!) When Rick takes Judith from Beth, he starts to go a little fuzzy. We see the blurriness and hear the voices become muffled as Rick holds his daughter.

You have to remember, Rick hasn’t been back from Crazytown all that long…if he even left in the first place! It wasn’t too long ago that he was answering fake telephone calls and talking to his dead wife. Plus, when he and the others were in Woodbury, he saw Shane’s ghost! So, he’s still having…issues, shall we say?

Rick hands the baby back and then goes into the common room to deal with Tyreese and company. At first, Rick is stalwart; Tyreese’s group must leave! Then, he starts to soften, listening to Hershel, who implores him to start trusting people again.

Just as he’s about to relent and let Tyreese and the others stay, he sees Lori’s ghost! BOO! She’s standing above the group on a walkway, and her face is in shadow. She’s wearing a white dress, which indicates innocence and perhaps an angelic quality. Rick’s guilt about her death and really about the entire situation he’s gotten his family into (Not that the zombie apocalypse is his fault, but it seems like he blames himself for overmuch, here.) is forefront in his mind, hijacking his brain and sending him to Crazytown.

He starts yelling at the ghost, commanding it to get out. Everyone else interprets this to mean he’s ordering Tyreese’s group out, and Glenn shoos them through the door leading into the prison yard.

It’s no surprise that everyone looks at Rick like he’s crazy! In fact, the last shot we get of him shows a confused, shifty-eyed guy who looks like he’s just seen a…(ready for it?)…ghost!

So, what’d you think of “The Suicide King?” Was it worth the wait?

 

 

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The Walking Dead: An Eye For An Eye

Yesterday, AMC released the midseason poster for The Walking Dead. Behold!

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Image courtesy of AMC

If you’re into the comics at all, you know that Rick isn’t likely to lose an eye. (Unless the showrunners take us for a little ride away from the original story!) But, I love how the poster art cuts his face in half to hide his left eye! (Not so for the larger graphic that we used as a featured image, but you get the idea.)

Retribution and revenge is sure to be on the slate for the second half of this season. You knew it was coming, but the use of “An Eye For An Eye” definitely confirms it.

Let’s review a little bit, shall we? Michonne re-killed The Governor’s (TG) dead daughter, Penny; TG found out that Merle lied about Michonne’s death; Andrea will probably be stupid and want some kind of comeuppance for Michonne’s actions (re-killing Penny and stabbing TG in the eye with a shard of glass); Glenn and Maggie were held and tortured in the bowels of Woodbury; Rick, Daryl, and Oscar (RIP…such a shame AMC will only allow one major black guy on the show at a time. Since Tyreese and company arrived at the prison, Oscar had to be offed.) rescued Glenn and Maggie; some Woodbury folks were killed during the rescue.

And so much more! Check out my recaps for more goodies.

TG is obviously going to reveal his evilness. I mean, we all knew he was a bad seed, right? Walker heads in fish tanks, slaughtering soldiers, doling out death sentences…tends to make me think he’s a pretty bad dude.

But, there was always something holding him back from complete evil: Penny. His undying hope that his dead daughter could somehow be saved or taught to be un-walker-y kept him in line. Now that she’s gone for good, there will be nothing standing in the way of TG’s complete spiral downward.

I CAN’T WAIT!

The Walking Dead returns Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

 

[[Featured image courtesy of The Walking Dead Facebook page]]

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Made to Suffer”

It’s December! You know what that means…SPOILERS! (What did you think I was going to say?)

The Governor (TG) is now a pirate! ARGH, me matey! I just need him to start carrying around a sword, and I’ll be all set. Savvy? Plus, he gets extra points in my book because this is the first time I’ve actually liked him. Sure, the character is amazing and a great addition to the show, but last night was the first time I’ve really empathized with TG.

“Made to Suffer” was the mid-season finale on The Walking Dead, and I must confess to a more than average level of gasping from my wallowed-out corner of the couch!  Plot lines actually intersected, and Tyreese was finally introduced! Be still my heart!

The episode opened with Tyreese running through the forest, trying to track down the screams heard in the distance. Sasha, his sister, almost brains him with a shovel (she thought he was a walker, I guess. Also, lemme just insert right now that it wasn’t clear Sasha was his sister. She could have been a girlfriend/wife/companion of some kind. However, thanks to my keen understanding and mysterious ways, you now know for certain! You can thank me later.), before joining him. They come upon three people (a woman, a man and a teen-aged boy) surrounded by walkers, and it’s implied that they all know each other and are traveling together. (So, how did they get separated, and why in the unholy heck is the woman screaming her head off?)

They fight off the walkers and escape, but not before Donna (the screamer) gets bitten on the arm by a walker. CHOMP! They stumble out of the forest to discover a large blown-out building. Sasha wants to leave Donna behind, but the group decides to bring her along as the enter the back of THE PRISON! That’s right, there’s a HUGE hole in the back of the prison!

WHAT THE WHAT?!

In Woodbury, TG is still being creepy. (Shocking, I know) Andrea, preparing for the day by fixing her fluffy hair in a mirror, picks up TG’s family picture (FORESHADOWING). When she hears TG coming up behind her, she sets it back down and they cuddle. TG observes that Andrea is really starting to like Woodbury, and she practically purrs before tripping off to help Milton cremate Mr. Coleman.

TG stares creepily into the mirror, his eyes going a bit glassy before he turns to visit dead Penny. Yeah, that’s right. He keeps her right off the room with the walker head aquariums. And where is the walker head aquarium room? Oh, right off his main rooms. Huh. Seems terribly conspicuous  don’t you think? Can anyone tell me why Andrea hasn’t stumbled upon Penny, yet? Last time Michonne was in TG’s rooms, she definitely heard the dead girl. So, why hasn’t Andrea?

Because she’s stupid.

Quality father/daughter bonding time. Image courtesy of AMC.

TG settles down into a chair, turns on some music, and opens Penny’s cage door. Snarling, Penny rushes out but is caught short by a chain around her neck. She has a straight jacket on, and her head is covered with a bag. TG tries to spend some quality bonding time with her, but grows frustrated when she won’t look at him and pushes her back into the cage.

I mean, to be fair, she’s DEAD. Plus, TG has a bowl of disgusting flesh bits sitting beside him. Dinner, I suppose.

Elsewhere, somewhere in the bowels of Woodbury (near the left part of colon), Maggie and Glenn sit huddled against the wall. After making sure Maggie wasn’t raped by TG, Glenn seems to get a renewed sense of mad survival skills. He tears off the arm of the walker (the one Merle sicced on him and he re-killed) and rips out shards of bone, arming himself and Maggie.

Outside of Woodbury’s main wall and gate, Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne skulk about, hiding behind a conveniently placed car and LOTS of dense vegetation. (Don’t you think TG would have had that area cleared? Seems like he would want a completely clear view of the approach to Woodbury…)

Then, miraculously, Michonne leads them around to a door that opens in the back of a store on Woodbury’s main drag. (So, there’s easy, unguarded access to Woodbury? You don’t have to go through the gates? You can just walk to the side, open a door, and walk in without so much as a “Howdy do?” That’s…ridiculous.) But, someone has seen them inside the building! A man enters the front door, telling them they’d better leave. The man thinks they’re just some townsfolk in a building they’re not supposed to be in. They take him down…kinda nicely. They didn’t kill him, so that’s something, right? He’s gagged, knocked out, and left in the building.

In the confusion, Michonne slips away, intent on her own personal mission. She makes her way to TG rooms and enters, settling in a chair in front of the door, her katana on her lap.

IT’S GONNA GO DOWN, SON!

Back at the prison, Axel is macking on Beth. It’s the end of the world…why not? Gross. Carl is busy trying to shoot flames from his eyes at Axel when Carol decides to talk to the former inmate, pulling him aside and telling him to stay away from Beth. But, there are no other women, Axel whines! Maggie’s with Glenn and Carols a lesbian, the man complains.

Huh? Carol’s a lesbian? Um, no. Despite her short hair (which led to Axel’s misconception, apparently), Carol assures him that she is not playing for the other team. But, before Axel can turn his attention to her, Carol shuts him down and walks away. (Because she totally wants Daryl. Search your feelings. You know it to be true.)

Rick, Daryl, and Oscar locate Maggie and Glenn just moments after the hostages attack their captors. Maggie stabs a minion in the throat, and Glenn gets punched (poor Glenn). Merle’s there, and I was hoping that this would be the moment when Daryl discovers his brother’s still alive! Alas! It’s not to be. A smoke bomb/flash grenade/something that makes a lot of smoke is thrown, and Maggie and Glenn are rescued! Huzzah!

They escape under the cover of smoke and duck into a building. Glenn tells Daryl about Merle, and the younger Dixon is understandably shocked and, I think, a little bit excited. He wants to go talk to Merle, but Rick steps in, demanding Daryl to stay and help them escape Woodbury. Daryl agrees (but you know SOMETHING is going to happen! It always does!).

Would Daryl side with Merle? TG thinks it’s a possibility. In fact, before Maggie and Glenn escaped, TG  proposed the idea to Merle as they discussed attacking the prison. Daryl could be their “inside man,” TG said. Merle looked a little skeptical, but acted like he’d go along with the plan. Who knows how something like that would go down, though? After all  Merle isn’t always fully truthful with TG…

Rick, Daryl, Oscar, Maggie, and Glenn decide to make a run for the wall to escape and start flinging smoke bombs and laying down cover fire. In the cover of a nearby building, TG quickly organizes his minions to find the intruders and shoot back. Andrea wants to help, but TG won’t let her, telling her to check on Woodbury residents instead. Andrea is miffed, but agrees, leaving the building to carry out his orders.

But, OF COURSE, Andrea finds herself on the street when gun fire erupts afresh. She shoots back, and later tells TG she saw someone in prison coveralls. She, OF COURSE, doesn’t see anyone that she recognizes. TG tells her that the “terrorists” must be from the prison.

In TG’s rooms, Michonne waits. Suddenly, she hears something coming from the next room (you know, the oh-so-secret-that-Andrea-has-never-noticed-it-before room?). She investigates, discovers the walker head aquariums and Penny’s cage. Her disgust is plain, and we saw a new layer when she saw Penny’s small figure walk out of the cage. Michonne’s worst fears of TG were realized! He was mistreating an unfortunate child!

Michonne unchains Penny and removes her hood.

Michonne discovers that Penny takes after her father. Image courtesy of AMC.

SHE’S A WALKER! Michonne hurriedly pulls back and makes to re-kill Penny, but she’s stopped when TG enters! He’s pointing a gun at her and pleading with her not to hurt his daughter. In an effort to convince her, TG puts down his gun and removes his belt and holster. (This was the first time I ever felt bad for TG. She’s dead, but Penny’s his daughter!)

Then, something changes in Michonne’s eyes. They go from shock to disgust to heartless resolve. Michonne runs the length of her blade through Penny’s head, dropping the little body. TG loses it and charges Michonne. They ferociously battle, and he smashes her head into the aquariums. Glass goes everywhere! Michonne gets in a few good hits, but overall, TG overpowers her. It’s not looking good!

Struggling, Michonne grabs a shard of glass and rams it into TG’s right eye! OHMYGOSH! She’s about to finish him off when Andrea comes to his rescue! OHMYGOSH!

The two women lock gazes in a stand-off, Michonne ready with her katana and Andrea with a gun pointed at her former friend. Several beats pass, and Michonne realizes she’s lost…not just the fight to kill TG, but she’s lost her friend. I believe Michonne returned to Woodbury not to help save Maggie and Glenn, but to save Andrea from the monster she knew TG to be. Now, Michonne realizes that she’s the monster in Andrea’s eyes.

Her katana’s point drops, and Michonne turns and leaves. Andrea lets her go before rushing to help TG. But, he won’t be comforted; he’s holding the lifeless body of his daughter, crying around the shard of glass sticking out of his eye.

Super gross! (And sad! I will admit that I felt bad for TG at this point.)

Back on the street, Oscar, Maggie, and Glenn make for the wall and begin to climb over, with Rick and Daryl providing cover. The street is a mess of haze and smoke, but no one gets shot. Except Oscar. (He had to, right? The Walking Dead can’t have more than one black guy on there at a time, right? CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THAT? T-Dog died and was replaced with Oscar. Now, Oscar is dead, and he’ll be replaced with Tyreese? Come on, AMC! Really? Ugh.) Maggie pauses long enough to shoot Oscar in the head to prevent his change before scurrying over the wall.

Rick takes a quick side trip back to Crazytown and sees Shane walking out of the mist shooting at him. He pauses AND DOESN’T GET SHOT. (No one can hit this guy? Really?) After he gathers his wits, Rick shoots the approaching Shane and rushes over to look at the body.

It’s not Shane, of course. What is this? Resurgent guilt? Come on, man! Pull yourself together!

Back at the prison, Carl hears screams coming from the scary depths. Walkers don’t scream, so he sets off to check it out. He soon finds Tyreese’s group being attacked by walkers and intervenes, leading them back to the cleared cell block. When they get to the common room, we see Donna has died. Carl steps up, offering to shoot her, but Tyreese stops him, saying they take care of their own. (How nice of Carl!)

Also, Carl isn’t the stupid kid that everyone has hated for the past two seasons, anymore. He leaves Tyreese’s group in the common room, locking them out of the main cell block. Sasha flips out, demanding to be let out, but Tyreese sees it differently, telling her that they’re safe for the first time in a long time.

In Woodbury’s infirmary, TG gets his head wrapped in gauze after an unnecessary gross-out, up-close shot of his nasty eye. He’s now a pirate! Arrrr!

Andrea, tactful after the re-death of Penny (snort!), questions TG about the walker head aquariums. He feeds her a line about needing to look at them to desensitize himself and to steel himself for the new world. She buys it, OF COURSE. Then, Milton comes in to check on TG followed by Merle.

HOLD ON! Didn’t Merle tell TG that Michonne was dead? Uh-oh, Merle! UH-OH! But, TG keeps his cards close to his chest and tells them he was attacked, not going into any detail. There is some SERIOUS stink-eye going on, though.

Watch your back, Merle!

Rick finally scampers over the wall to regroup after seeing the Shane ghost. As they wait for Daryl, Michonne appears, dazed and bloody from her fight with TG and stand-off with Andrea. Rick, suspicious of her disappearance and sudden reappearance, wants to kill her, but Michonne convinces him that he needs her help getting the group (Maggie, Glenn, and Daryl –when he shows up) to safety. There’s a desperation in her eyes, and it made me realize she was looking for a new human connection. Michonne had always played the loner card, but she wasn’t really alone. Up until now, she still had Andrea. Andrea was her family in a way, but Andrea just rejected her, and Michonne is reeling.

The townsfolk gather in the walker fighting arena to discuss what had just happened. TG is not his usual optimistic self, telling the people that they had been attacked by terrorists. It’s very effective; TG standing there with his gauze eye patch, looking for a scape goat…

Scape goat, you say?

TG points out Merle, saying he let the terrorists into Woodbury! (Told you, Merle!) TG whips the townspeople into a frenzy, and they begin to demand Merle’s death. Then, TG has several minions bring out a hooded figure. IT’S DARYL!

TG taunts Merle, telling him he gets to see his brother again, after all…BEFORE THEY DIE! (Now, them Dixon boys…they was in a heap o’ trouble!)

And Andrea? What does she do? Well, she sits in the stands, starring. Go, Andrea. You think she might suspect something is amiss, now? She knows Daryl! Will she just accept some tripe TG feeds her?

The Walking Dead’s mid-season break lasts until February, dang it! So, here’s where we’re at:

At the prison, Hershel, Beth, Carl, Axel, Carol, and baby Judith seem safe at the moment…kinda. Tyreese and his group are locked just outside of the cell block in the common room, also safe-ish.

Outside Woodbury, Rick, Michonne, Maggie, and Glenn are waiting for Daryl to show up. However, he’s not going to since he obviously struck out on his own to find Merle. Unfortunately, Daryl was captured, and now, TG plans to kill the Dixon brothers! Judging from the preview for the next show, I’d say Rick and co. will attempt to rescue Daryl. But, what of Merle? Will Daryl insist he come, too?

What did you think of the mid-season finale? Sound off in the comments!

 

((Featured image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-8-michonne-andrea.php.))

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “When The Dead Come Knocking”

The new fake James Bond movie has a great Bond Girl. Did you hear about her name? It’s SPOILERS Galore.

Little Ass-Kicker got a real name this week! I’m okay with the fact that a newborn now sounds like at 54 year old woman. Really, I am. Judith will fit right in, I’m sure, pulling her weight as soon as she’s able to lift some kind of pointy object. (How cute would a baby katana be? Squeee!)

“When The Dead Come Knocking” was an “in-between” episode. Not a whole lot happened plot-wise, but it served to set up the mid-season finale, positioning main characters in various dramatic story arcs. You will no doubt hear my angry yells next week when the show comes to a close, and everything is up in the air. I’ve already singled out a couch pillow to scream in so I don’t wake up my kids.

I’m such a good mother.

The episode starts with Merle beating the crap out of Glenn in a basement/cellar somewhere in Woodbury. Merle’s got that knife/stump cover on his right hand, and as I was watching him punch Glenn, my mind wandered. (This show paid special attention to gory details this week, and I had to look away more than once, so I had the time. It was definitely more blood and guts than normal, and I’m chalking it up to the lack of actual story. Sure, some stuff happened, but it seemed like they didn’t have quite enough to fill the hour.) Was Merle left-handed to begin with? He didn’t seem to have any trouble pounding Glenn with his left hand. Huh.

Merle wants to know where Daryl, Rick, and the others are. Glenn is duct taped to a chair, unable to fight back, of course, but he’s manfully keeping his trap shut about important details. Finally, goaded into answering, Glenn tells Merle that his people will come looking for him, and he mentions Daryl, Rick, and…Andrea. Merle gets a huge, nasty smile on his face because he knows Andrea’s in Woodbury, dancing to The Governor’s (TG) tune. Glenn realizes that he’s stepped in it, and the beating continues.

Maggie is in the next room, and she can clearly hear what’s going on. She looks terrified, and you can tell things are not going to end well.

Help me, Obi-Wan-Rick! You’re my only hope! Image courtesy of AMC.

Back at the prison, Rick and Michonne are still giving each other the disbelieving stink eye. She’s on the outside of the prison fences, camouflaged with walker guts. But, they’re old walker guts and are apparently losing their potency, because the walker next to her suddenly turns and sniffs at her. Deciding she’d be tasty, he lurches forward. Michonne backs away, drawing her sword, but other walkers catch on and start to surround her. After dispatching several, Michonne falls to the ground, weakened by her gunshot wound (on her thigh. Thanks, Merle.)! Then, she passes out!

Oh, no!

But, Rick and co. can’t leave her to be eaten. Carl shoots walkers that are about to rip into Michonne, and Rick comes out to clear off more before scooping up the wounded woman and taking her back to the prison. Carl grabs the shopping basket of baby formula and Michonne’s things.

Michonne comes to in the prison common room, just outside the group’s cell block home. Rick asks for her name, but she stays silent. He tells her that they’ll see to her wound, give her provisions, and send her on her way…after she answers some questions. Michonne, who has the look of a trapped wild animal about her eyes, thinks she’s traded one prison (Woodbury) for another. (I came to this conclusion after they shot her –with the camera, silly!– through the prison bars.)

Daryl draws Rick away with news, and they go back into the cell block, leaving Michonne.

It’s Carol! It’s a happy reunion that turns bittersweet when Carol sees the baby and realizes Lori is dead. Tears!

Then, back to Michonne. Rick demands to know how Michonne found them, and I was sure she’d tell them about Andrea. But, she doesn’t, instead telling them about Glenn and Maggie’s capture and how she overhead them saying the prison was a straight shot. She tells them that the kidnapped pair are most likely in Woodbury, and the men make an easy decision for a rescue. Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne (Hershel sewed up her thigh.) set out.

Before they leave, however, Rick becomes a dad again, talking to Carl away from the others and comforting him about Lori’s death. Yay, Rick! FINALLY. Of course, Carl will still feel terrible that he had to shoot Lori to prevent her turning, but I’m sure his dad’s acknowledgement of what happened will make it easier.

They also decide on the name Judith for the baby. Carl’s third grade teacher? Huh.

They leave the prison in the hands of the weakest among them: Hershel, Beth, Carl, Axel, and Carol. Judith, too, but she totally doesn’t count. I’m not saying that Carol and Carl couldn’t hold their own…for a while, but still…Yeah. I’m saying they couldn’t hold their own for long.

Parking about a mile away from Woodbury, Michonne leads Oscar, Rick, and Daryl into the woods, so they can sneak up to the town. Rick, getting all his good guy/good dad stuff out of the way, thanks Daryl for stepping up while he went a little nuts and cleaned out a cell block of walkers (Remember Crazytown?). They share a comradely head nod. Very manly.

All of a sudden, walkers are everywhere! Rick decrees no guns, and they start hacking and retreating, trying to find some place to hide. They come upon a conveniently placed cabin and duck inside to find a crazy man huddled under a blanket. The crazy guy starts making a lot of noise, agitating the walkers who are already pawing at the front door and yelling that he’s going to call the cops.

Perfect! Rick says that he’s a cop and offers to show his badge. When did he start carrying his badge again? PSYCH! Rick grabs crazy guy’s gun, and crazy guy goes for the door. But before he can open the door to let in the mini-horde on the other side, Michonne kills him with her katana. STAB!

But, how to get the group away safely? Simple! See, there’s a convenient back door, so all they have to do is throw crazy guy out the front door and escape out the back. He hasn’t turned, yet, so they chuck him out and dash away. (BTW, why are there varying turning rates? I smell a plot device…)

In Woodbury, Andrea gets a job (in addition to boinking TG). TG wants her to hang out with Milton in his research lab, where a Mr. Coleman is dying. We’re supposed to think it’s from old age, and, sure enough, the guy looks old, but I’m suspicious of what Milton is ladling into Mr. Coleman’s mouth. Suspicious, I say!

Milton is trying to find a way to control walkers. Mr. Coleman actually volunteered, because he knew he was dying. So, Milton runs him through a series of memory exercises starting with auditory cues (a bell and a song). He also shows him pictures of family.

When Mr. Coleman finally dies, he’s strapped down in preparation for his turn. Andrea is skeptical FOR ONCE, but stays close to assist should something go awry.

When they’re sure Mr. Coleman has turned, Milton starts the memory exersises and is convinced it’s working on the dead guy. However, the restraints are obviously hampering Mr. Coleman’s participation, so Milton lets one of his arms go against Andrea’s warning. Sure enough, Mr. Coleman tries to eat Milton’s face. Luckily, Andrea is on her game and swiftly stabs the old guy in the head, ending the day’s research.

((UPDATE: I’m almost ashamed to say that there was a part of the show that I missed! I have no idea how it happened, and I’m going to blame it on a combination of my DVR and my son’s unwillingness to go to bed on time. Suffice it to say, there was a scene with TG and Maggie that I didn’t see. Here’s a description from AMC:

The Governor decides to question Maggie himself.

The Governor cuts Maggie’s bonds and offers to return her to her group. When she gives him the silent treatment, he orders her to remove her shirt and bra. He unbuckles his belt, sidles close, shoves her head against the table and leaves.

Now, back to my recap!))

Merle doesn’t play nice! Image courtesy of AMC.

Meanwhile, Glenn is still being beaten to a pulp. He remains resolute in his silence, however, and Merle seems to give up. Not that that will save Glenn, though! Merle brings in a walker and turns it loose! Glenn is still duct-taped to the chair, but he manages to get away, kicking the walker back and stumbling around, pushing stuff over and in front of the walker. He ends up breaking apart the chair and stabbing the walker at the last minute. The DRAMA!

Merle comes back with a minion, TG, and…Maggie! She’s still shirtless, braless, and covering herself but doesn’t appear to have been brutalized. I assume they left her in this state to demoralize and humiliate her. But, it’s clear she still hasn’t given up anything when TG again asks where their group is, holding a gun to Maggie’s head. Glenn hesitates and TG shifts his aim, crossing to hold the gun to Glenn’s head.

Maggie breaks, telling them about the prison and how many are in their group. TG allows her to run to Glenn, and he, Merle, and the minion leave to discuss what to do.

TG tells the minion to get a group together to scout the prison, and Merle, of course, wants to go along. But, TG is cautious of Merle, questioning his loyalty. Would he side with his brother or stay true to TG and Woodbury?

Merle declares himself for Woodbury, and TG seems satisfied. It made me wonder what TG has over Merle. Is TG just the alpha dog? Or is there something more?

As night falls, Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne arrive at Woodbury’s walls; they hide and assess the defenses as the camera shows us Andrea walking back to TG’s rooms after her day with Milton. She seems a bit overwrought and goes for some liquor as soon as she gets to TG’s apartment. TG, ever the solicitous man of her dreams, asks about her day, and she tells him that things had not gone according to Milton’s hopes.

Andrea snuggles into TG’s chest, and he comforts her, stroking her head and saying, “It’s alright; it’s over, now.”

SHIVER!

So, where does that leave us? There’s a Woodbury group headed for the prison; Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne are about to break into Woodbury to attempt the rescue of Glenn and Maggie; and Andrea is all about TG and will probably defend him against the would-be invaders (who she won’t recognize until it’s too late!).

The mid-season finale should be a good one!

What do you think? Leave your conjecture in the comments!

 

((Featured image courtesy of AMC and can be found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-7-merle-glenn.php.))

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Hounded”

I uncovered an ancient map yesterday. It was at the bottom of an old chest that smelled of brine, and I had to assume it was a pirate’s. The map had a picture of your computer with the words “Here be SPOILERS!”

The mayor of Crazytown is talking to dead folks, but the upside is that he realizes they’re dead. So, there’s that.

At the end of last week’s episode, Rick received a telephone call in the room where Lori met her grisly end. After Rick’s tentative “Hello?” the screen went black, and I shouted unkind things at the television. This week, “Hounded” let us listen in on Rick’s conversation with a couple of people from the Great Beyond, a painful journey of self-soothing and coming to grips with a series of incidents Rick couldn’t handle in real time. It took mowing through a cell block of walkers and several fake phone convos to help him through. Plus, it wasn’t until he had Lori on the line that he realized it was all in his head.

As usual, I shall follow the plot lines not necessarily in screened order.

“Hounded” jumped back and forth between the prison and the goings-on of everybody’s favorite town, Woodbury. But, the episode started with Merle and three henchmen searching for Michonne. Woodbury must have a “What Happens in Woodbury, Stays in Woodbury…Or If We Let You In, You Gotta Stay Or We’ll Kill You” policy much like Las Vegas, except there are no slots (Hear that, Andrea? I’m judging you!), and there’s killing and whatnot. Little differences.

Michonne’s nasty message. Image courtesy of AMC.

So, Merle and company are tracking Michonne in the woods when they come on a message left by the irate, katana-wielding BA. She’s arranged walker limbs to spell “go”, and left an upside down torso to complete the tableau. New minion Neal correctly reads “go back,” and Merle is amused.

Good ole Merle! Always seeing the humor!

They push on and are ambushed by Michonne. Hack! Stab! Two minions are down, and Neal is sliced but still in working condition. Merle, of course, is fine, and makes squeamish Neal buck up, stab one of their two dead compatriots in the head and continue on. When Michonne returns, they are a bit more ready, but things don’t go quite as they’d like when walkers attack at the same time.

Fighting! Slashing! Stabbing! In the midst of the fray, Michonne, who was knocked down, disembowels a walker, inadvertently spilling rotting guts all over herself.

“They’re not going to do that, are they?” I said, looking through my splayed fingers. They did. Gross!

As Michonne retreats, Merle manages to get off a shot that hits her leg. Merle figures she’s as good as dead and tells Neal they can head back to Woodbury. But, Neal’s got the blood lust now, and he wants to pursue her. Merle, being the kind and gentle new soul that Woodbury has transformed him into, tries to convince him again. But, after Neal declares that he won’t lie to The Governor (TG), Merle shoots him in the face and leaves.

In Woodbury, Andrea is enjoying the town, watching a group of kids playing when TG slithers up and says she’s welcome to join in the game. She defers but tells him she’d like to help out on the wall. But, bullets don’t grow on trees (How’d you trim those suckers?), and TG asks her to train with a bow instead. Andrea flirts, accepts, and we next see her atop the wall with a younger woman named Haley, who is a self-identified bow expert. As a walker approaches, Haley jumps up to show off her skill, but cannot hit the lurching target. Andrea, eager to prove herself, jumps off the wall (Why is it so low?) and takes out the walker with a knife.

Haley is scandalized because Andrea went over the wall; TG says no one is supposed to go over the wall. Uh-oh! Andrea’s crush is going to be upset!

Back in the prison, Rick hasn’t yet realized he’s crazy. He’s talking to a woman on the phone (not Lori), who says she’s part of a group that’s in a safe place. Rick is desperate to move his people to safety and pleads with the woman to tell him where she is, telling her about Carl and the new baby.

“We’re dying,” he breathes into the receiver. She tells him that she’ll talk to her group, and that she’ll call back in two hours with an answer.

Rick then goes back to Cell Block C to ostensibly check on everyone. We see Hershel holding the unrealistically quiet baby before Rick takes off again, fleeing back to the room with the phone. It was like he had to remind himself that reality still existed, that his kids and the rest of the group still needed him. I think he was steeling himself to do whatever he had to do to get to the mysterious caller’s haven. His brief contact with his family (the kids and Hershel and Beth, who also happened to be there) gave him needed resolve.

Hershel eventually follows him back to the phone room, and tells him that Lori was sorry about how things had gone. (When they had first gotten to the prison, Lori confided in Hershel) The older man tries to comfort Rick, but Rick is too obsessed with what he’s convinced is their ticket out of the prison and to safety. He tells Hershel about the phone call, and Hershel picks up the phone, not really expecting to hear a dial tone. Of course, there is no dial tone, and that’s when I knew for sure Rick was making it up. I wanted to believe, however improbable it was, that there was a working phone and hope at the other end of the line.

I did want to believe, but I knew it probably wasn’t so. And, it wasn’t!

But, Rick’s still convinced and tells Hershel to leave after the older man offers to stay and wait with him. Hershel knows there isn’t anyone on the  phone; I could see it in his eyes.

Two more calls, and then Lori is on the line for Rick’s fourth and final conversation with his psyche. Amid tears and confessions, he makes a sort of uneasy peace with what happened between them. I don’t think he’ll ever fully forgive himself, but talking to dead Lori gives him a much needed outlet for his pent up emotions.

She doesn’t hang up like the previous callers, and I think that’s important. The other callers stopped the conversation, hanging up on Rick and leaving him frustrated and needing more. But, with Lori, the connection seems to break up after he’s poured out his heart, after he’s told her what he had to in order to feel some small shred of closure.

Meanwhile, Daryl is being useful and clearing walkers from the prison with help from Oscar and Carl. They pass by a door that is being feebly pushed from the other side, and Daryl states they’ll get the walkers on the other side on the way back.

No rush, guys. Just flesh-eating creatures clamoring for your faces. Or are they? (Insert mysterious eyebrow raise)

I gotta say that Daryl is proving himself a better mother than Lori ever was by taking Carl under his wing and bonding with the boy. As they wander through the hallways, Daryl tells Carl about his own mother’s death in a fire, and Carl looks up at him like he’s grateful for the attention. Poor kid.

After killing a cheap-scare walker (You know the kind. They pop up, and you go “Ahhh!” from your spot on the couch. Is that just me? Don’t lie! You do it, too!), Daryl finds a knife stuck in its neck. He recognizes the knife as Carol’s, and the scene closes to a dramatic music crescendo!

Later, we see Daryl sitting across from the door that is still being pushed against. He’s alone, and it’s obvious that he’s all torn up about Carol. I’m sure he’s probably blaming himself for somehow failing to protect her. Ridiculous, I know, since he was no where near Carol and T-Dog, but, still, that’s how these things work. Trust me.

A large dead (deader?) walker is blocking the door, preventing whatever is behind it from getting out. Finally, Daryl grows tired of the walker(s) behind the door and leaps up to take them or it down. He throws open the door, ready to stab with the knife, when, lo and behold, who is there but Carol!

I so totally called this RIGHT before it happened.

He picks her up and carries her back to (I assume) the group’s cell block.

Back in the woods, Michonne is limping along in the forest still covered in walker guts and blood. She realizes the camouflage potential when a small group of walkers wanders by without giving her a second groan. (We already knew this, though. Remember in the first season when Rick and Glenn wrapped intestines around their necks? Ewww…)

Michonne hobbles into a small town and takes cover just as Glenn and Maggie drive up and park in front of a store. The two are on a supply run for more formula, along with other supplies, I’m sure. Michonne obviously doesn’t know the pair, but I had to wonder if she suspects who they are from previous talks with Andrea.

After a time, Glenn returns with a shopping basket full of formula, declaring they’d hit the mother lode to Maggie, who was keeping watch by the vehicle.

Suddenly, Merle comes around the corner, fresh from offing Neal!

Glenn and Maggie draw a bead on Merle. Image courtesy of AMC.

I had to wonder why he just happened on Glenn and Maggie. Before killing Neal, Merle referred to a vehicle that they were to take back to Woodbury. So, where is it? Was his car parked by Glenn and Maggie, and we just didn’t know it? Hmmm.

“Merle?” Glenn says, not believing his eyes. Merle seizes on the moment, quickly recognizing Glenn and ascertaining Daryl is still alive. Merle advances, hands in the air but gun in his belt. Glenn keeps ordering him to stop, but Merle doesn’t under the auspices of friendship.

No such luck.

Merle attacks, taking Glenn by surprise and Maggie hostage. Oh, no! Merle orders them into their vehicle and takes them back to Woodbury. Michonne, who observed the whole thing, watches them go. The camera focuses in on the shopping basket of formula, and I immediately became worried. Crazy Rick’s baby needs that formula!

Back in Woodbury, Andrea is called in to see TG to answer for breaking the rule of not going over the wall. TG is not pleased, but Andrea bats her eyes and flirts up a storm (**cough, coughMORONcough, cough**), and soon, they are out in TG’s garden enjoying a drink. Andrea comes on to him (See what I did there? Ewww.), confessing that she actually did like the undead fighting match, and they end up in the sack together.

But, a knock on the door interrupts them mid-coitus; it’s Merle! TG steps out into the hall, and Merle tells him that, sadly, none of the henchmen made it. But, he says that Michonne was killed (Liar, lair!), so it’s all good. The short conversation makes it obvious that TG was involved in the planning of the trip, and makes the sinister feel of the too-good-to-be-true Woodbury all the more apparent…to EVERYONE (me) but Andrea, that is! Gah!

Merle glosses over Michonne’s “death,” telling TG that her head and sword were lost in a biter scuffle. (Interesting to note that TG’s people refer to the undead as biters, while Rick’s group calls them walkers. Might it be construed as a description of their outlooks on this post-apocalyptic life? Have TG’s people always seen the undead as mindless aggressors? Rick’s group seems to hold a certain respect for the people the walkers used to be. Or, at least, they used to.)

Merle further distracts TG from Michonne by telling him about the capture of Glenn and Maggie. After finding out that Andrea knows the pair, TG becomes quite interested. Just what is he planning, and how does Andrea fit in? Now that she’s slept with him, she could be easier to control. But, the sight of Glenn and Maggie could change her mind pretty quickly!

At the prison, it seems that Rick’s imaginary talk with Lori did the trick, and he is ready to rejoin the group mentally and physically. He makes his way back to Cell Block C, and takes his daughter out into the yard, trailed by Carl, Beth, and Hershel. He comes from the literal dark of the prison into the light of day; it was clear symbolism of his transition from Crazytown to Saneville and his choice to take responsibility for his family (both blood and other).

But, then something catches his eye, and he hands the baby to Carl before walking to the fence line. There, still covered in camouflaging walker grime, is Michonne clutching the shopping basket of formula! Their eyes meet, and “Hounded” slams to a close!

The DRAMA! I love it.

So, what do you think? Is Andrea a stupid moron not to see TG for what he really is? What’s TG planning to do with her? And Glenn and Maggie! What will happen to them? Michonne will obviously lead Rick to Woodbury, but will that happen before Merle shows up at the prison?

So many questions! Speculate in the comments!

 

((Featured image courtesy of AMC and can be found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-6-merle.php.))

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Say the Word”

So, yesterday was a holiday for me, and I took a break. Here’s a nice Tuesday extra for you! Aren’t you excited? I know you are. As always, SPOILERS abound. You’ve been warned! (It DOES say recap…)

Just so you know, I’m going to follow the pieces of Sunday’s story as they make sense to me, not necessarily how they played out on the small screen. So, pay attention, will you? There’s a flow.

“Say the Word” jumped back and forth between the prison and not-so-idyllic Woodbury. It was a satisfying mix of stories that let us keep tabs on all the main plots and bits of crazy floating around.

Speaking of cray-cray, Woodbury is in the midst of some kind of celebration. Everything is dudded up like the 4th of July, only not so much. But, this was the first time I can remember seeing kids run around in Woodbury. Maybe I’m just not that observant, but I’d like to think they were trotted out for a purpose, and I think they were. More on that later, though.

Andrea’s wandering around, talking to folks, and generally falling in love with the town. Michonne, on the other hand, is not. She’s skulking about, looking for the evil she knows is there.

Hold still! Daddy loves you! Image courtesy of AMC.

Evil, huh? Take a gander at what happens next! We’re treated to a charmingly domestic scene with The Governor (TG). He’s gently brushing the hair of his…DEAD DAUGHTER! It’s all fine and dandy (Um, not really.) until he pulls a chunk of scalp and hair away from her ROTTING HEAD.

But, it’s not like he’s totally out of his mind; at least he has his walker daughter restrained. Kinda. Not enough to suit me! She, of course, tries to BITE him, but he, being the understanding daddy, puts a bag over her head, makes sure her restraints are intact and expresses his love.

It’s frighteningly similar to how I express my love to my children.

Not really!

Maybe.

Totally kidding!

Probably.

You can see the struggle in TG’s eyes even as he struggles with the monster that used to be his daughter. I almost felt sorry for him (Darn you, AMC!). He happens to look out the window, and who is looking up at him? Michonne, of course! There’s no way she could have seen anything, let along TG’s exchange with his daughter (who we later find out is named Penny), but you know TG has just about reached his limit with Michonne.

Back at the prison, we pick up right where we left off, with Maggie holding the new baby, Carl looking distraught, and Rick losing his $hit. It’s kinda already gone, though, because he’s just staring, unable to hear what’s happening around him. Finally, his eyes lite on a nearby ax, and he goes for it. We know Rick has understandably jumped off the deep end, and I was pretty sure what he was about to do.

Sure enough, Rick begins to helpfully run amok in the prison, hacking through walkers and probably being mistaken for Chloë Grace Moretz’s Carrie stand in. It’s gory, and frankly, I was turned off by it. It felt like something from the Saw franchise. Ugh. But, at least he’s using his profound grief to do some house cleaning. Half full, right guys?

Back in the prison yard, Daryl steps up and takes control. (GO DARYL!) After Hershel declares the baby healthy, the old coot says what’s been on my mind since Lori bought the farm last week: the kid’s going to die without something to eat. Soon. Formula is the answer, and Daryl readies to go scavenging. Maggie hops on the back of his motorcycle, AKA the loudest FRACKING means of transportation in the area, and they head off down the road.

They find a daycare center fairly easily (what luck!), and get creepin’. Maggie finds some baby bottles in the first cabinet she looks in (so much luck!), and they continue into the facility’s darkened hallways.

By the way the camera kept zooming in on kid-specific decorations and creepy, deserted cribs, I was sure we were about to be set upon by a pack of baby and toddler walkers. Would there be anything more terrifying? As a mother of two, I tell you there would not be!

Sure enough, a rattling sound starts coming from the kitchen. It’s in a cabinet! Oh, no! Don’t open the cabinet! There’s going to be a flesh-eating baby in there! Daryl takes point and Maggie throws open a cabinet to find…a possum (opossum?). It looks scared, and Daryl quips that they’ve just found dinner.

Yum.

Of course, there are several cans of formula in another cabinet.

Let’s talk about the luck of this, shall we? There’s so much luck. So much. Also, I’d like to point out that the little bit of formula they found will not last that long at all. I’ve had to use formula with both of my children, and they go through it like sand through the hour glass on Days of Our Lives.

Back they roar on the loud, fecking motorcycle to the prison. Glenn is keeping an eye out for them, and Oscar and Axel open and close the gate for the motorcycle.

The prisoners are slowly being accepted into the group. That afternoon, while Daryl and Maggie were out, the pair approached Glenn as he was digging a grave. Oscar and Axel definitely want to join the group; they made overtures last week, and their quest continued in this episode when they expressed their sorrow for what had happened. After a time, Glenn bends and accepts their offers of help, telling them that two more graves need to be dug.

Why was Glenn digging in the first place? For the three members of the group who supposedly died in last week’s episode. I say “supposedly” because while Lori and T-Dog are most certainly dead, Carol is still MIA. I don’t think she’s dead. Do you? Also, it’s not like they have bodies to bury. It was more symbolic than anything.

After he leaves the prisoners to dig, Glenn confides to Hershel that he wishes the group had just killed all of the prisoners when they had first discovered them. I don’t mean to insinuate that Glenn doesn’t like Oscar and Axel. After all, Glenn’s pretty easy going overall. But, he regards the people they’ve lost more than the people he’s just met.

It’s during this time that we actually get some backstory for T-Dog! Now that he’s dead, we find out a little more about him.

Nice.

Apparently, T-Dog was a pretty upstanding guy. Last week, we found out he was religious as he accepted his fate and tried to protect Carol. This week, we got a little more of that as Glenn revealed that T-Dog had driven a church van to try to help some old folks after the walker outbreak. It was a nice send-out for a great character we barely knew.

Later, Glenn goes in search of Rick. It’s not hard to find him; Glenn just follows the mangled walkers to find Rick at the end of a hallway, half in shadow and covered in blood and bits of walker. It was very Luke Skywalker battling against the Dark Side. When Glenn tries to reason with Rick, the crazed man pins him to the wall, and then throws him back, ignoring Glenn’s offers of help and assertions that Rick doesn’t have to do this alone. Rick staggers on, leaving Glenn to return to the group.

The positive here is that Rick is slowly ridding the prison of walkers. Everybody wins!

When Daryl and Maggie arrive with the formula, the baby is screaming her head off. Babies don’t wait well. After a brief discussion about what the baby’s name should be, Daryl christens the baby “Little Ass Kicker.”

I gotta say, that wouldn’t have been my first choice, but, hey, I guess I’m not in a walker apocalypse, so who am I to judge? Yeah, here’s hoping they come up with a real name, soon.

It was nice to see Daryl taking such a keen interest in the baby, though. I wanted to think it was because he felt a certain kinship with her; she’d been abandoned by her parents, rather like he was abandoned by his. We’ll see how that pans out.

In Woodbury, the celebration continues. They never come right out and say what’s being celebrated, but you get the idea it’s a party to celebrate survival. I can get behind that.

While Andrea is off drinking the Kool-Aid, Michonne decides to poke around TG’s personal quarters, recovering her katana (finally!) and finding a notebook with a list of names followed by pages and pages of odd hash marks. The last name on the list is Penny, and while Michonne doesn’t know who Penny is, she surmises it’s someone important.

You know she’s about to find the real Penny because she hears TG’s walker daughter in the next room. You just know she’s gonna hack her little head off! But, no such luck! The evil trinity (TG, Merle, and Milton) enter and set about gathering some supplies for the party, I assume. Michonne ducks in the next room to avoid detection and listens as Milton asks TG to postpone the evening’s festivities. Milton wants to save the power for an upcoming experiment. They’ve been using the generators and (one must assume) plenty of fuel all day for the celebration to cool drinks and provide various creature comforts, and Milton wants to conserve. But,  TG denies the request, saying the town needs the entertainment.

After they leave, Michonne escapes and wanders into an area we haven’t seen before that looks like a mini warehouse district. Why this is in Woodbury, I have no idea. It seems out of place, and as Michonne explores, she comes on some captive walkers. Looking pleased, Michonne releases the walkers and steps back, readying her katana.

Hack! Slash! Stomp! Splat!

Michonne takes down the walkers, but, of course, she gets caught by someone with a bucket of walker chow. You don’t see who it is, but I think it was probably Merle coming to “feed” the walkers.

You’re supposed to wonder why TG is keeping walkers, but since we’ve already seen his unhealthy obsession and curious aquarium exhibit, I just chalked it up to one of Milton’s experiments. Or, could they have something to do with the list that Michonne found? I wondered if these walkers were perhaps former Woodbury residents. Hmmm…

I was wrong.

Michonne is taken to TG for some good old fashioned scolding –jr. high. principal style. She takes it up to a point, because TG has HER point (katana). There are some tense moments of conversation, and at one point, Michonne mentions Penny, throwing the name out there to test the waters and to see if TG will reveal anything.

Penny’s obviously a secret, but from whom? Do the other members of the evil trinity even know about her? The way TG reacted has me thinking that they don’t. But, he figures out Michonne is largely fishing and pushes on.

When TG proposes Michonne join the “research team,” Michonne finally makes her move! She whips around, grabs the blade, and holds it to his throat.

(DRAMATIC INTERLUDE)

Research team? Does this have something to do with Mad Milton? Maybe. Milton’s with Merle and several others on the research team when we see them out in the field gathering more walkers from a pit. It’s obvious that they trapped them on purpose, but it’s unclear what they’re going to do with them. We do know, however, that they’re being gathered to replace the ones Michonne disposed of.

When the research team begins to pull out the walkers’ teeth, my husband mentions that the walkers Michonne just put down didn’t have any teeth, either. Huh! I hadn’t noticed that…

(END OF DRAMATIC INTERLUDE)

Michonne presses the katana to TG’s throat, making you wonder why she just doesn’t go ahead and kill him. I counseled her to do so, but she didn’t listen. Do they ever listen? Then, she backs out of the room and goes to gather her gear, intent on leaving Woodbury.

Meanwhile, TG tells Merle to bring Andrea to him. Merle obliges and stupid Andrea breezes in, wide-eyed and ready to believe whatever TG feeds her. He doesn’t go into a ton of detail, but tells Andrea that Michonne just isn’t fitting in. Andrea’s gotta talk to her, gotta get her under control, or she could be asked to leave.

Andrea, who definitely has a crush on TG, tries to reason with Michonne, but Michonne sticks to her guns and convinces Andrea to pack up as well. As they approach the town gate, Merle stops them, confirming Michonne’s complaint that they are not actually free to go. But, after a few moments, Merle opens the gate and invites them to go if they wish.

Michonne takes him up on his offer, and strides out after a terse exchange with Andrea. Andrea balks and stays behind.

Stupid, stupid Andrea.

After night falls, the town’s celebration is all set to commence. The people of Woodbury stream into the same area where Michonne killed the walkers. I had to wonder if TG was planning to kill them all! Oh, sick! There’s kids and everything! Why do I watch this?

But, the people instead sit on bleachers and wait for the entertainment to begin. The area is well-lit and music blares from unseen speakers. TG is with Andrea and guides her to sit on the bleachers. She looks puzzled, but doesn’t really question anything. Stupid Andrea.

Then, walkers are staked in a circle, and stupid Andrea finally begins to realize something is very wrong. Merle and a cohort come out and start to fight in the ring of walkers, and she finally begins to question TG about what is going on. FINALLY.

Merle and the other guy start beating the crap out of each other, and the crowd goes wild while the walkers strain against their bonds, trying to get at the fighting men. Talk about a death match! Kids are hoisted up so they can see; it’s a real family affair.

Andrea tries to leave, but TG stops her, telling her that this was a good way for the people to let off some steam. Besides, it’s really just staged because the walkers don’t have any teeth. Oooooh! So, that’s why the research team was pulling out walker teeth. Gross.

Andrea still wants to leave, but TG makes her stay, and she realizes that perhaps Michonne had been right all along.

Dun, Dun, DUUUUUUUUUN!

Of course Michonne has been right all along! Gosh! I haven’t even read all of the comics, and I knew that! You can just tell by TG’s creepy smile and voice (that reminds me of Liam Neeson) that he’s a bad egg. Plus, we’ve got some pretty good evidence: Exhibit A – Walker Head Aquarium; Exhibit B – Slaughtering Nice Military Men; etc.

Dead walker is dead. Image courtesy of AMC.

“Say the Word” wraps up with a final scene with crazy Rick. He’s finally made his way to the room where Lori died, and looks for any sign of his dead wife. He sees a trail of blood and follows it to a bloated walker, too engorged too move. The creature sits against a wall, and, at first, I thought it was walker Lori because the camera zoomed in on the big belly.

Gosh, I’m glad it wasn’t Lori.

But, apparently, it did EAT Lori, hence the large stomach. Rick figures that out, too, and takes out his rage on the walker, shooting it in the head and stabbing it repeatedly in the stomach.

I thought he was going to try to carve what was left of Lori out of the walker, but that went out the window as Rick stabbed and stabbed.

Finally, spent from his rage/grief fit, Rick drags himself away and sits against an opposite wall to stare at the walker that ate his wife. He starts to hallucinate and hears a baby cry. Strange, but understandable considering he’s basically abandoned his newborn daughter. But, stranger still is want happens next: a nearby telephone begins to ring. The sound snaps Rick out of his reverie and he moves to answer the phone. Makes sense to me! I’d probably answer a ringing phone, too.

The episode goes to black with Rick’s “Hello?” into the receiver.

So, who was on the phone? Was it even real or was Rick still hallucinating? Will “Little Ass Kicker” ever get a real name? Is Andrea the biggest moron ever?

Gah! So many questions!

What did you think of this week’s episode? Hit me up in the comments!

 

((Featured image courtesy of AMC and can be found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-5-michonne.php.))

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Killer Inside”

If you’re new to the Interwebz, I suppose you wouldn’t know that I’m about to talk all up on the latest episode of The Walking Dead. So, here’s your warning. Also, go crawl back under your rock. SPOILERS!

I don’t want my son to have to shoot me in the head. Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so. After last night’s episode, I told my husband that he better do the deed. I don’t want my son to put me down. No, thank you.

Holy crap! What an emotional episode! Lori’s dead, T-Dog’s dead, we don’t know if Carol made it, and there’s a newborn who will soon be a itsy bitsy walker (crawler?) if they don’t find some way to feed her.

I am not ashamed to say that I cried during “Killer Inside.”

Let’s start from the top, shall we?

A mysterious hunter drags a dead dear by the camera. Gross. You can’t see the hunter’s face, but the pants look like the lower part of the prison coveralls. Next, we see the coveralls leaving parts of the dear around what looks to be the prison yard. A couple of walkers take the bait, and coveralls dashes past them to hack open a chained fence. He places a bloody heart in the opened gate, the music comes up and under and they cut to the opening credits.

Ominous!

Rick and the others (minus Lori, Carl, Beth, and Hershel) are trying to get the prison yard more organized. They want to get the vehicles arranged in case they need to make a speedy getaway, and the walker bodies strewn about need to be dealt with. So, they busy themselves, tidying up what is to become their safe home.

Before they start, however, they invite Glenn and Maggie to join them. The couple has been using the guard tower for a little bom-chicka-wow-wow, and Glenn exits tugging on his pants, this show’s only brief moment of levity.

The two remaining prisoners, Oscar and Axel, approach the group, asking to amend their deal. They’re literally sick of living in the other cell block alone, having to deal with all the bodies of their former friends. After a short discussion, T-Dog voices his favor of allowing the men to join them. Rick remains firm, though, and tells the prisoners they can stick to the deal or hit the road. Go, New Shane!

The prisoners decide the road would be better, and preparations to see them on their way begin.

Back in home sweet Cell Block C home, Hershel is starting to get up and hobble around on crutches. That should mean that a couple of weeks have passed, but I’m not so sure that’s the case judging from Andrea and Michonne’s story arc in scary, too-good-to-be-true-why-the-heck-won’t-Andrea-listen-to-Michonne Woodbury. But, more on them later.

The proverbial crap hits the not so proverbial prison when a siren starts to sound at the prison. Suddenly, walkers are everywhere, drawn by the sound. But, not only are they gathering on the outside of the prison fence, but, inexplicably, walkers are now swarming the inside of the prison as well, most likely due to the cold open of coveralls opening the gate. Plus, I’m thinking that other doors and fences all around and in the prison were intentionally opened to let in the dead.

By this time, Hershel’s little hobble walk has taken him, Lori, Carl, and Beth out into the yard. Of course, they don’t see the walkers until the shambling dead are almost upon them. And the siren didn’t start to sound until they were outside the relative safety of their cell block. Of course!

Rick, Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, T-Dog, and Carol rush back to the prison yard followed by the prisoners.

“Lori!” Rick yells, scared for his wife. And, I’m so glad! The episode before last had the pair at distinct odds, and Lori was sure their marriage was over.

Rick’s group starts shooting and cutting down walkers, and the prisoners hang back. I mean, you can’t blame them, though. It’s not like they have any weapons! The two seem to be good eggs, but I know you’re supposed to be doubtful. After all, someone had to let the walkers in and turn on the siren. And that someone definitely had prison coveralls on!

Rick must think like me because he immediately starts to suspect the prisoners. But, at the moment, there are more pressing matters trying to eat his loved ones. Oscar and Axel deny any involvement with the siren and influx of walkers, but Oscar offers that someone must have turned on the back up generator. After shooting out the nearest siren speakers, Rick and several others head inside to find the generator.

In the craziness, the group is scattered and separated. Hershel and Beth barely make it into a fenced in area around a door. Maggie, Lori, and Carl escape back to the cell block only to find it overrun! They turn into the bowels of the prison, desperately trying to find a safe haven. Walkers are everywhere!

Then, Lori starts to go into labor.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

Of course you’re not kidding me, AMC. You like to see me like this, you sadistic creep!

Carl finds a safe room, and Maggie prepares to help Lori deliver. But, something goes very wrong and Lori starts bleeding out of her hoo-hoo. I’ve given birth before, and I’m pretty sure blood before a kid is a bad thing. Yeah, it is.

Lori tells Maggie that she’s going to have to cut her open and get the baby out. It’s the only way to save the baby. You get the feeling that if Maggie doesn’t cut the baby out, Lori will probably die anyway. Eeesh. Maggie doesn’t want to, of course. Who would? She wasn’t even the one who was practicing for this! Carol was! Oh, Carol where are you?

T-Dog, look behind you! Nooooo! Image courtesy of AMC.

Carol and T-Dog are also in the prison after escaping the walker-infested yard. But, T-Dog’s been bitten; a walker nailed him right before he and Carol ran inside. Now, they are trying to find a place to hide. T-Dog’s struggling, but he hasn’t turned and is determined to get Carol to safety. It’s dark and the lights are flickering in a very horror movie-esque manner, and we see a pair of approaching walkers’ shadows trundling toward them. With a yell, T-Dog barrels into the two walkers, moving them out of the way to let Carol escape through a nearby door.

It was very heroic, especially for a character who didn’t have a real name or ANY KIND of a back story. You were robbed, T-Dog. Rest in pieces.

TIME FOR A SUSPENSE BREAK!

Meanwhile in Woodbury, Michonne is busy not trusting the Governor (TG). She wanders around the new military vehicles that TG and his men brought back, noticing bullet holes and looking suspicious. TG approaches her, obviously trying to win her over. Honey Badger Michonne don’t care. The women are about to leave, anyway.

Andrea, on the other hand, is getting to be more and more all about TG. She has drinks with him, and he reveals that his real name is Phillip. Aww! So, he’s totally a good guy, now, right? Too bad she and Michonne are leaving…

Not really. They aren’t leaving, of course. Andrea wants to stay for a couple more days. Michonne doesn’t, but for some reason, she hangs around to be with Andrea.

Pffft!

Andrea meets Merle and hands over a map. She’s circled where the farm is and confides that she’d want someone to do the same thing if her sister was still alive. They bond over hurt feelings of being left behind and then Merle, ever the gentleman, propositions her. Classy! She brushes it off and walks away. He leers.

Merle then approaches TG, asking to take a couple of men to look for Daryl. TG doesn’t want him to go, saying that Merle is needed in Woodbury. However, if Merle were to get more concrete information about Daryl, TG himself would join the search party.

NOW, BACK TO THE PRISON!

Rick, Daryl, Glenn, Oscar and Axel are on a mad dash to find the back up generator. They have to get the power off, so the siren will stop. Once they reach the room where the generator is, Rick begins to wildly search for the right switch.

WATCH OUT, RICK! It’s Andrew, the prisoner we all thought was dead after Rick left him locked outside with a bunch of walkers! Andrew is a bit upset and tries to chop Rick with an ax. He misses, and Rick tries to shoot him. Rick misses. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM, NEW SHANE? GET IT DONE!

Andrew is the one who has been causing all the trouble, opening gates, letting in walkers, and turning on the power and siren. There’s a scuffle, and Rick’s gun goes flying. Before either of them can pick it up, Oscar grabs it. Andrew yells for Oscar to shoot Rick, letting the prisoners take back their prison. A brief, nail-biting hesitation later, Oscar blows Andrew away. SHWEW! Close one, New Shane.

Rick finds the right switch with Oscar’s help and turns off the power. Then, they all rush back out to the yard.

Lori proves that she’s a good mother, after all. Image courtesy of AMC.

Back in the delivery room, Lori is trying to convince Maggie to cut her open. After she does, Lori proves that she can be a decent mother and turns her full loving attention to Carl. She tells him that he is “good” and to not let this terrible new world change him. He must watch over Rick and his new baby brother or sister. They’re all crying. I’m crying. I think my husband was crying.

EVERYBODY’S CRYING!

Lori holds Carl, and I’m still crying. I’m holding my sleeping, seven-month-old daughter, who I had by c-section. I’m crying. Gosh.

Then, it’s time, and Maggie takes Carl’s knife (CARL’S KNIFE), and cuts along the underside of Lori’s big belly, tracing over the c-section scar left from Carl’s birth. Lori cries out in pain but tries to hold it in before finally passing out. Maggie delivers the baby with assistance from Carl and works to get the child to breathe. A small shaky cry confirms the baby is going to live (at least for a short time), and Carl gives Maggie his shirt to wrap up the baby.

Maggie turns to leave, but stops when Carl says, “We can’t leave her here like this! She’ll turn!”

It’s utterly heart breaking.

Maggie tries to give the baby to Carl, so she can take care of Lori, but Carl refuses.

“She’s my mother,” he says.

And Maggie leaves. SHE DOESN’T TRY TO ARGUE. SHE DOESN’T TRY TO PLAY HER ADULT CARD. SHE JUST FRACKING LEAVES!

Maggie peeks out the door, sees some walkers and closes it again. Then, she hears a gunshot, and Carl comes around the corner looking completely numb. He’s just shot his mother. HE JUST SHOT HIS MOTHER! I can’t believe Maggie let him do it! She should have done it!

Cut back to the prison yard as Rick and the others make it back. He rushes over to where Hershel and Beth are still in the fenced in area, asking where everyone is. Then, he hears a baby cry and turns to see Maggie clutching his daughter to her. Carl follows with his head down.

It doesn’t take Rick long to figure out what has happened. He starts in after Lori, but Maggie confirms that it’s too late. Rick appropriately loses it, and I’m totally fine with that except for one thing: Carl. Rick should have gone to his son. True, we don’t know for sure if Rick was aware that Carl shot Lori, but he had to know the immense trauma his son had just experienced. The boy’s mother had just died, and Rick can’t give him a hug?

Bad form.

That’s where “Killer Inside” ended. It was abrupt, terrible and awfully good television.

“Killer Inside” could have several different meanings. The first one that occurred to me was Lori’s baby. Maybe it’s because I recently just had my second child, but I couldn’t help but think that this child could be seen as a kind of killer. After all, it’s her fault her mother is dead. Rick looked to be in pretty bad shape at the end of the show. Let’s hope he doesn’t blame the baby.

The more obvious meaning refers to Andrew, the man who turned on the power and let in all the walkers. That’s pretty self-explanatory.

Then, there’s Rick. None of last night’s calamities would have befallen the prison group if he had not abandoned Andrew to the walkers in the first place. It’s all on his head, and it looks like he knows it judging from the preview for next week’s show.

What did you think of “Killer Inside?” Were there any other killers inside? Let me know in the comments!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Walk With Me”

You’re smart. You know that this recap will contain spoilers, so I don’t really see the need to warn you of them. But, I love you, so I will. There will be SPOILERS and conjecture, so don’t drink my milkshake. 

So, we all now know what Merle is going to be for Trick-or-Treat! He’s going to be a pirate, obviously. Garrr, Cap’n Hook! Gosh, I hope he has a hook! Last night, all we saw was a knife attached to a prosthetic of sorts, though. It was more of a stump cover, really.

Gross.

We got some much-needed girl time during last night’s episode, “Walk With Me.” But, before our girls Andrea and Michonne could put on their pjs and watch a chick flick, the Governor (who I will be referring to as TG) was introduced, marking a long-promised story arc that should lead to the old gang eventually getting back together. I haven’t read this far in the comic books, but I know TG is supposed to be a pretty nasty guy. Judging by all the conspiratorial  looks that he and Merle were tossing back and forth, I’d say Rick’s hand may be on the line for some good ole fashioned payback.

But, AMC tried to make me think TG was an upstanding guy…at least until a certain point. More on that later, though.

The episode starts out in a helicopter, and it’s clear that they’re in distress. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was watching a flashback or if these military guys were about to get VIP tickets to WalkerCon. (I wanted to go with ZombieCon, but darn if they don’t call them walkers!) I got the picture when the helicopter crashed, and the scene switched to Andrea and Michonne watching smoke billow into the sky from the crash site.

The Governor. Looks about as trustworthy as any politician. Image courtesy of AMC.

The two woman arrive on the scene (along with Michonne’s pack walkers) just before TG and some of his men. They sensibly hide in the bushes. This made me happy, because folks usually go tearing out to meet the new guys. That’s usually not a good idea in a post-apocalyptic world. It usually gets you shot.

But, the pack walkers begin shuffling about, rattling their chain leashes, and Andrea had some issues with coughing. Michonne (I REALLY like her) dealt with the pack walkers swiftly, taking off their heads with her katana. Unfortunately, she couldn’t do the same with Andrea.

TG and his men investigated the crash site and found the pilot still alive. They extricated him and it seemed like he was going to be rescued. Then, the women watched as TG stabbed a different soldier in the head, one that the women had seen was already dead. The soldier had turned, but the women didn’t know that. So, they assume (rightly, I’m sure) that TG and his men are bad dudes.

If you’ll recall, Andrea wasn’t with the main group when Rick revealed that everyone is already infected with the walker virus. So, she just assumes TG is just abnormally cruel and demented…which he may be. My money is on yes, he is.

TG and his men take the pilot and leave, and the women think they’re in the clear. Then…MERLE!

Everyone knew he was coming back to the show. Seriously, it would have been hard not to know, especially in light of last week’s teaser for this week.

Andrea promptly faints and goes in and out of consciousness as she and Michonne are blindfolded and taken back to what we soon learn is Woodbury, a seemingly idealic, walker-free town of less than 80 people. She wakes up in a medical facility, and Michonne is with her.

Merle is there and Andrea tries to explain that Rick and Daryl went back to look for him. But, it’s clear that Merle is still harboring ill will against New Shane (Rick) for cuffing him to a roof in Atlanta, forcing him to cut off his own hand in order to escape what he assumed was a walker onslaught.

Andrea also briefly recounts her own story, telling about all the people who died from the group and how she was separated from them after the farm.

Then, TG comes in and tells them they are guests. Skeptical Michonne is skeptical. To be fair, so is Andrea, but she leans toward too trusting, and we see her begin to fall for this attractive bedtime story over the next couple of days.

Their weapons have been confiscated, but they’re told they can have them back in the morning. TG tells them that they need rest in a safe place. He invites them to have breakfast at his house the next morning. There, he’ll give them their weapons, refresh their provisions, and send them on their merry ways.

Skeptical Michonne is skeptical.

TG leads them to a room for the night and wishes them well. Michonne looks disgruntled and shuts the door to block to view of a guard posted outside.

The next day, Andrea and Michonne get a tour of the town from a random Woodbury resident. Andrea is beginning to be taken in more and more. Michonne is still reserved and untrusting, leading to a small spat between the two friends.

The evil trinity: Merle, Milton, and TG. Image courtesy of AMC.

Meanwhile, TG is visiting Milton’s shop of horrors. Milton is a bespeckled man with a keen interest in walker anatomy and operation. It’s clear he’s testing walkers and trying to figure out how they work. It’s even intimated that they’re working on a way to use walkers against other walkers. TG observes that Michonne’s pack walkers were used as a sort of camouflage, making me think he’s working on something along those lines.

I was fine with this. I mean, I guess I was supposed to be repulsed by severed walker heads that were still blinking and looking around, but…meh. Seems like a good idea to investigate what you’re up against.

TG also visited the rescued helicopter pilot. He’s in bad shape, but it looks like he’ll pull through. The pilot tells TG that the rest of his unit are not too far away, and TG promises to bring them back safely to Woodbury.

TG is a liar.

He drives up to the unit and quickly gains their trust, telling them he rescued the pilot and was sent to rescue them. Their guards down, the unit is summarily mowed down by Merle and other assorted TG lackeys. Achievement Unlocked: More Supplies.

Upon returning to Woodbury, TG sells the townspeople a load of hooey, saying walkers had gotten to the unit before they could be rescued. He’s quite inspirational and tells them that Woodbury will muster on, using the recovered supplies. How convenient.

Then, TG tells the people that it’s almost time for curfew and to head home. Woodbury’s strict curfew is one of the reasons it’s remained safe, according to Andrea and Michonne’s earlier tour guide. So, the crowd disperses, and Andrea stops TG to offer her help and support. She also asks what his real name is, and he tells her that he’ll never tell.

“Never say never,” Andrea says almost playfully.

He stares at her for a while, and you wonder if he’s going to be a love interest (at least I did). But, no dice. He coldly replies, “Never,” and walks away.

Back in what I assume are his personal quarters, TG glances at the naked form of the tour guide that showed Andrea and Michonne around earlier and then looks at a family picture complete with wife and son. He looks grim, so I’m guessing they got eaten. In this world, that’s probably a safe bet. He puts the picture aside before settling into a recliner. A weird light is glowing on his face from off-camera, and the music got extra dramatic as we see what he’s staring at.

The wall in front of TG is full of severed heads in fish tanks. Some are walkers, some aren’t. At the top of the wall is the rescued pilot’s head.

It looked surprised. I think I LOLed.

So, yeah, TG has issues. New Shane’s going to have his hand (yes, that’s singular on purpose…) full when they finally meet up!

What did you think of “Walk With Me?” Does Woodbury seem to creepily idyllic to you, too? And why the heck to they have electricity? Generators? Seems like a waste outside of the medical facilities.

Sound off below!

((Featured image courtesy of AMC and located at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-3-governor-michonne-andrea.php.))

 

 

 

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