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the walking dead recapping: welcome to the tombs

Previously on The Walking Dead: This Sorrowful Life

It’s finally here! The season finale! Although I am distraught about having to wait til October for season four, this episode set up a wait that is worthwhile.

  • The Governor is torturing Milton, after he has figured out it was him who set the pit of zombies ablaze and ultimately betraying his plan against Andrea. The Governor then takes Milton to Andrea, and gives him the ultimatum: either kill Andrea and leave the room alive, or die in the room and ultimately kill Andrea as a zombie. Milton turns on the Governor, who obviously knew that it was coming, and leaves a dying Milton. Andrea is now in a race against time to free herself with some pliers before Milton dies and reanimates.
  • The Governor rallies up his troops to fight against the “enemies” at the prison, claiming that they are responsible for the deaths of eight of his men. Tyreese speaks up and says he refuses to fight against people.
  • The people at the prison are seen packing up their belongings into (a very nice and clean) vehicle. Carl is seemingly pissed off about this. Michonne approaches Rick, saying that she understood that Rick had to contemplate the Governor’s deal about her, and she does not hold any hard feelings against him and thanks him for taking her into the group.
  • The Governor and his troops storm the prison. The find it seemingly deserted and decide to investigate further. Once inside the “tombs” (aka the lower levels of the prison) they are attacked by smoke bombs and walkers. The prison group did not abandon the prison after all! Glen and Maggie assault the invaders while the others fight as well until they retreat. In the woods, Hershel, Beth, and Carl stand watch. A young boy from Woodbury is running away in fear, which promotes Carl to shoot him in cold blood.
  • The Governor chases after his troops on the road. They openly question his reasons, claiming that they will only attack walkers, not people. The Governor responds by nonchalantly shooting them all, leaving them all dead except for Karen, who hides under a corpse for protection.
  • The prison group return. Hershel informs Rick of Carl’s gunning down of the boy. Rick refuses to acknowledge it at first, until he has a talk with Carl. Carl claims that he did what had to be down, because Dale, Lori, and Merle all died because his father refuses to take out potential threats.
  • Rick and a few other members decide to leave the prison and find the Governor, with Glen, Maggie, and Carol behind to defend the prison if the Governor returns. During their trip, they stumble upon the Governor’s massacre, and meet Karen, who explains what happens. They ultimately decide to go to Woodbury, where they meet up with Tyreese. After realizing what the Governor did to Andrea, and how she didn’t make it to the prison, they go off looking for her. They eventually do find her, with a reanimated (yet dead) Milton. Andrea has been bitten and is running out of time. She apologizes to Rick, claiming she did because she did not want to see anyone die. She asks for Rick’s gun, and the others leave while Andrea commits suicide with Michonne by her side for comfort.
  • Rick returns to the prison with the remaining members for Woodbury. Rick realizes that his hallucinations of Lori have finally gone away.


  • It has already been confirmed that the Governor is going to return to season four as a regular. This means that he is going to come back even more insane and homicidal than he ever has before.
  • Although we did not get the epic showdown between the two groups, we did get a nice set up for more battles and revenge to come in season four.
  • Rick’s realization that the hallucinations for Lori are gone could signify that his conscience is clear, as he has finally decided to let the group have a say in their survival and has allowed himself to trust other individuals.
  • I’m sure many of us were waiting for Andrea’s death, since besides Lori, she was one of the most annoying characters. However, I have to point out that if Andrea had not made her decisions the way she did, we would not have had the evil Governor that we have right now, which I think will be good for season 4.


“In this world, you kill or die. Or, you die and kill.”-The Governor.

“What would Penny think of you?”-Milton

“She would be scared, but she would still be alive if I had been like this all along.”-The Governor

When not obsessively catching up with current and ’90′s television shows, aliciawrites19 enjoys nerding out to her favorite books and learning survival skills from horror films.

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the walking dead recapping: this sorrowful life

Previously on the Walking Dead: Prey

Season finale next week!

  • Rick is still debating with himself whether he should hand over Michonne to the Governor or if they should stand their ground and fight. He debates this with Hershel and Daryl, who put further doubt into Rick’s mind about handing her over. Rick reaches the reluctant conclusion that they have to give her up, and that they must enlist Merle’s help.
  • Rick finds Merle searching feverishly for drugs. Merle confronts Rick by stating that the Governor will not simply kill Michonne, but will torture her, as he’s realizes he’s known to do. Merle challenges Rick’s decision to hand her over, claiming that he doesn’t have the spine to do such a thing. Later, Merle and Daryl discuss the situation. Merle acknowledges the hypocrisy of handing over a group member, especially when Merle did the same thing with Glen and Maggie.
  • Glen proposes to Maggie.

  • While searching for wire to tie up Michonne to take her to the Governor, Rick has a vision of Lori, and suddenly realizes that succumbing to the sacrifice is the wrong decision.
  • While Rick decides that he will not hand over Michonne, Merle takes matters into his own hands–claiming that the group needs one man to do their dirty work. Merle leads Michonne to the tombs where he suspects a breach is present. He knocks out Michonne, ties her up, and leads her away. When Rick discovers what has happened, Daryl decides that it is his duty to find his brother and stop him.
  • Merle is obviously battling with himself, as Michonne points out that he is not evil because she notes he feels a weight on his shoulders with his task, while real evil would not have any doubt. While at a stop, Merle accidentally sets off a car alarm while hot wiring a car, attracting a hoard of zombies. They barely get away after a brief fight with the zombies. As they drive away, Merle decides to let Michonne go, claiming that he has business that he needs to handle.
  • Drunk and in a car blasting rock music, Merle is attracting zombies. He slowly drives away, with the zombies following him to the location where they are to meet the Governor. He hides out in the abandoned building, slowly shooting the Governor’s henchmen. He misses his chance to kill the Governor, and is unfortunately attacked by a zombie–revealing his location. The Governor takes no time at all to find Merle–ultimately shooting and killing him.
  • Rick has a meeting with the members of his group. He reveals everything about the Governor’s deal, how he was considering turning over Michonne, and Merle’s decision to take matters in his own hands. He concludes by saying that they cannot continue with just one leader making all the decisions, and that there must be a democracy now. He leaves them with the decision if they want to stand and fight, or flee.
  • Daryl finds Merle as a zombie munching on a corpse. Daryl breaks down in tears, while Merle tries to attack him. Daryl ends up stabbing zombie Merle multiple times in the face.


  • Merle’s attempt to be the bad guy and do the dirty work for the prison group, yet ultimately succumbing to his conscience and choosing to let the group make the decision was honorable.
  • Daryl breaking down and stabbing zombie Merle multiple times in the face was obviously him letting out all his frustration from his brother. If only Merle wasn’t so hard headed and so dead set on being an outsider.
  • In previous episodes, Rick’s hallucinations of Lori have lead to Rick making impulsive, illogical decision. However, Lori’s presence in this episode served some good (for once).
  • The shots of Merle as a shadowed face was really interesting.


“You’re as cold as ice, officer friendly”-Merle

“No one is going to mourn you, not even Daryl. He has a new family now.”-Michonne

“I can’t sacrifice one person for the greater good, because we are the greater good. We are here because of us, not me.”-Rick

When not obsessively catching up with current and ’90′s television shows, aliciawrites19 enjoys nerding out to her favorite books and learning survival skills from horror films.

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the walking dead recapping: arrow on the door post/ prey

Previously on the Walking Dead: Clear

Arrow on the Door Post

In this episode, we finally get a meeting between Rick and the Governor, to come to a peaceful agreement to prevent further unnecessary blood shed

  • Rick, Daryl, and Hershel drive to an abandoned feed store, where Rick is to meet with the Governor inside, with Daryl and Hershel as back up. Although I question Hershel being the driver of the vehicle, I think he was an important person to bring along since he has shown himself to be level headed. And Daryl is just a  badass.
  • Rick walks in to see a table and chairs set up for the meeting. The Governor makes his appearance, and tries to calm Rick by claiming to be unarmed. Unbeknownst to Rick, the Governor has taped a pistol to the table, because clearly the man cannot be trusted.
  • Daryl and Hershel meet the Governor’s henchmen, Martinez and Milton who are accompanied by Andrea. Both of them share a common ground, as Daryl and Martinez both demonstrate aggression while Milton and Hershel are more passive and calm. Daryl and Martinez both combat approaching zombies, both trying to one up each other. They share a moment of male bonding over a cigarette as they both realize that the outcome of the meeting isn’t going to be a peaceful one. Milton and Hershel sit near by discussing Hershel’s amputated leg, with Milton being intrigued by Hershel not becoming a zombie after the bite.
  • Back in the feed store, Rick outlines a clear territory to keep the two groups away from each other. The Governor waves away these conditions, and explains that all he wants is Michonne, and that he will leave the prison group alone once they hand her over to him in two days time. If Rick refuses, the Governor will annihilate the prison group.

  • Although Andrea is coming to understand how sick the Governor really is, but still returns with him to Woodbury once the meeting is over.
  • Once Rick returns to the prison, he informs everyone that they are going to war and that the Governor wants them dead. Later, Rick confides in Hershel what the Governor really said about Michonne. They both agree that Michonne has earned her place within their group, but Rick looks to Hershel to talk him out of not turning her over.
  • Once back at Woodbury, the Governor informs Milton that no matter what, the Governor plans on killing Rick and his group, because it would have to be done sooner or later.


“Let’s end this. Save the bullets for the real threat.”-Andrea

“Turn her over, and this all goes away. Is she worth it?”-The Governor.

“Are you willing to sacrifice your daughter’s lives for her?”-Rick



In this Andrea-centric episode, viewers finally get to see Andrea realize what a sick man she was been so naively hanging around, but is it too late for her to realize this?

  • The episode opens with a flashback of Andrea and Michonne before Woodbury. Andrea asks Michonne about the limbless zombies she walks around with–and Michonne reveals that they were people she knew before, but that they deserved what they got.
  • After failing to talk the Governor out of attacking and killing the prison group, Milton brings Andrea to the Governor’s secret little room, where he is preparing a torture chamber, presumably for Michonne. Andrea is mortified, and realizes that the Governor must be killed.Milton informs Andrea that killing the Governor will not solve anything, that Martinez will just take command and the bloodshed will resume. He urges Andrea to leave Woodbury and warn Rick.
  • During her attempt to escape, Andrea is disarmed by Martinez, and questioned by Tyreese and Sasha who are keeping watch. Andrea warns them that Woodbury is not what it seems, and that they must leave. Unaware of what damage they have done to Andrea, Tyreese and Sasha tell the Governor that she left in a hysteria, and the Governor sets off to find her.

  • Tyreese, Allan, and Sasha go with Martinez on a run. Once there, they are mortified by a pit of zombies. That night, someone throws gasoline all over the pit, and lights it on fire.
  • Andrea is running from the Governor, who has caught up to her in a truck. They wind up in an abandoned factory, with the Governor tailing her and menacingly offering her help. Andrea is able to escape when she releases a hoard of trapped zombies at him.
  • Andrea makes it to the prison, where Rick is on watch. Of course, right before Rick sees her, the Governor shows up and foils her plan.
  • The Governor returns to the prison, and is informed of the fire that happened the previous night. He questions both Tyreese and Milton, although he claims he knows who does it. He also informs everyone that he could not find Andrea.
  • The final scene of the episode is with Andrea tied to the dental chair in the Governor’s torture chamber.


“They deserved what they got, they weren’t even human to begin with.”-Michonne

When not obsessively catching up with current and ’90′s television shows, aliciawrites19 enjoys nerding out to her favorite books and learning survival skills from horror films.

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the walking dead recapping: clear

Previously on The Walking Dead: I aint a Judas

This episode felt a bit like a  filler episode after what we have experienced with Suicide King and Home, but it still had its intrigue.

  • Rick, Michonne, and Carl have decided to go on a run into town to get some ammo and weapons for their expected war with the Governor. On the way, they encounter another survivor who is walking on the road. Following Rick’s sense of mistrust towards outsiders, they drive right on by. The individual manages to catch up to their car when they are stuck in the mud, but they just keep driving on.
  • Rick and Carl are both mistrustful of Michonne, and are using this run as a means to see where her loyalties lie.
  • Once in the abandoned police station, they soon realize that other survivalists had the same idea, and looted the place beforehand. Rick manages to convince Michonne that he signed some permits for weapons at local stores, and that weapons should be there.
  • While on their mission, they stumble upon a building that has been elaborately booby trapped. While trying to get past the traps, they are shot at by an unknown individual on the roof. They manage to fight back–with Carl ultimately shooting down the gunman. Rick removes the man’s bullet proof vest and helmet to reveal that it is Morgan (played by Lennie James), his savior from season one.
  • Feeling bad about their assault on Morgan, Rick and Michonne drag him into his lair where Rick plans to wait until he wakes up. Once inside the house, they realize that Morgan has acquired a great deal of weapons, and proceed to take them for their cause. The walls are covered with chalk writing, which ranges from a map of Rick’s neighborhood to a note stating that Duane has turned. Carl convinces his father that he wants to go out and get a crib for Judith, which he allows with Michonne’s help.

  • Morgan wakes up, and immediately attacks Rick, stabbing him in the shoulder with a knife. Rick manages to overpower Morgan, trying to convince him that they know each other and that Morgan saved him. Morgan comes around and begins to explain what happened since Rick left them. Morgan refused to shoot his wife–which in the end lead to his son’s death as she attacked Duane when Morgan was not looking. Rick tries to convince Morgan to come with him to the prison so he can save him. A distraught Morgan refuses, stating that they will die either by bullets or from the bites.

  • Carl tries to escape Michonne’s shadowing, in order to complete a secret mission of his own. Carl wants to go into a cafe and retrieve a picture of his family so Judith has something to remember Lori by. Michonne will not leave Carl, and helps him distract the walkers inside the cafe so they can retrieve the photo.
  • The group meets up, Rick without Morgan in tow, Michonne and Carl with a crib for Judith. Carl informs Rick that Michonne is one of them and they can trust her.
  • Michonne tells Rick that she knows he sees apparitions, and reassures him that she used to talk to her dead boyfriend.
  • The trio drives by the bloody remains of the hitch hiker (he shouldn’t have screamed so loud, he apparently attracted a hoard of hungry walkers.)


  • Although this episode did seem like a filler episode, there was a lot of material going on. One of the most important ones was the reunion of Rick and Morgan. Morgan is obviously distraught and in a crazy town of his own (a mirroring of Rick after he lost Lori). Similar to Rick, Morgan is feeling like a failure after he was unable to lead and protect one of his own. It was interesting to see the two characters who have both suffered due to the failure of their responsibility. During their conversation, it seemed in a way that Rick was reasoning with himself, as he also faced distrust and failure as a leader.
  • Michonne stood out as a character in this episode. She had some good one liners, and she was just as much of a bad ass as she always has been. However, I have grown cautious of these forms of character moves where they become very likeable suddenly. It happened with both T-Dawg and Axel, where they become likeable, and then all of a sudden they are killed off on the show. Although I do not think Michonne’s days are limited on the show this season, its something worth noting.
  • Zombies really do not seem like much of a threat to these characters anymore. They show up in the background constantly. Even when they were surrounded by walkers in the car and in the cafe, there really is not the overwhelming sense of hysteria that I felt in season one and two. I guess that feeling goes with the tagline of this season “Fight the dead, fear the living.”


“I cannot stop you, however, you cannot stop me from helping you.”-Michonne

“You will be torn apart by teeth or bullets”-Morgan

“We are eating his food now?”-Rick

“The mat said ‘Welcome’-Michonne

When not obsessively catching up with current and ’90′s television shows, aliciawrites19 enjoys nerding out to her favorite books and learning survival skills from horror films.

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the walking dead recapping: i aint a judas

Previously on the Walking Dead: Home

After the Governor’s assault on the prison, things have continued to spiral out of control as each group prepares for a new showdown.


  • Andrea finds out that the Governor was not honest with her (no surprise there) and confronts the Governor about all his lies. The Governor tells Andrea that Rick’s group attacked them first. Andrea decides that since she knows both groups, that she can be the negotiator and bring peace to both groups. The Governor tells her that if she goes to the prison, she should stay there.
  • After the attack on Woodbury, all escape routes/ gates have been boarded up and heavily protected by guards. Andrea seeks out Milton so he can help her escape for a little while. Milton betrays her by informing the Governor.
  • The Governor has decided that the people of Woodbury must be armed and dangerous. He plans to train them to become his army. However, the Governor is also picking out the weakest links of Woodbury through Milton’s help.
  • The Governor gets an eye patch.
  • Milton runs into Tyresse’s group, and invites them back to Woodbury. After meeting the Governor and seeing Woodbury as a safe haven, Tyresse and Allen volunteer their strength and resources in exchange for safety. Things only get even more intense when the Governor realizes that Tyreese is running from the same prison that he is after, and is able to get Tyreese to agree to mapping out the prison (once again, the Governor has his orgasmic evil face on)

The Prison

  • An argument erupts in the prison, Hershel believes that it is no longer safe in the prison, and that they must leave. Merle decides to chime in and states that it is too late and that the Governor is far more sinister and will have blocked off all escape routes by now. Rick and Glen believe that they need to stay at the prison. Hershel challenges Rick and points out that he is slipping and that he needs to come back to reality and take control. Carl, who has grown up a lot since being the kid that was never in the house in season two, suggests that his father steps down as leader.
  • Andrea makes her way to the prison, where she is not greeted with the warm welcome that she hoped for. Rick brings Andrea into the prison, and questions her loyalties, as he knows from Michonne that she was with the Governor. Andrea explains that she is here to negotiate peace with the two groups. Rick says that the only way to end it, would be if Andrea lets them into Woodbury so they can kill the Governor, which she refuses.
  • Carol and Andrea catch up about what has happened to the group since leaving Hershel’s farm. Carol secretly tells Andrea that she must sleep with the Governor and cut his throat in order to end things peacefully. Afterwards, Michonne and Andrea have a confrontation, which Michonne bluntly tells Andrea that she ditched friendship for a bed, which disgusts her. Michonne reveals that the Governor sent Merle to kill her, which signifies that the Governor will not allow anyone to live who isn’t under his control.
  • Andrea then leaves the prison and heads back to Woodbury.
  • Rick decides that he and Michonne are going to go to Woodbury, and puts Daryl and Hershel in charge. Rick warns Daryl that if Merle acts up, it will be on Daryl’s head.

The frustrating ending..

  • Andrea makes it back to Woodbury, where she meets with the Governor. After a night of lust, Andrea is alone with the Governor, who is asleep and vulnerable. She reaches for a knife and holds it to the Governor’s throat, but instead of doing the deed, she just crawls back into bed.


“You’re slipping, Rick. We’ve all seen it, and we understand, but this isn’t the time.”-Hershel

“The next time you see Philip, you tell him I’m going to take his other eye.”-Daryl

“I did not realize the messiah complex was contagious”-Michonne.

When not obsessively catching up with current and ’90′s television shows, aliciawrites19 enjoys nerding out to her favorite books and learning survival skills from horror films.

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