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the walking dead recapping: seed

Previously on The Walking Dead: Beside the Dying Fire
It’s officially Halloween season, and what could possibly be a better way to ring in the creepy season than with The Walking Dead premiere! The season premiere started off just as strongly as season two ended, with lots of blood, gore, a very pregnant Lori, and a “Ricktatorship”.

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We meet the group after several months of battling it out and moving from zombie infested house to another zombie infested house. The men of the group search feverishly for a safe haven, one that would be suitable for Lori to give birth. Carl has seemingly lost his innocence as his father brings him along with the other men of the group, killing zombies with incredible accuracy. Rick has become extremely hostile and agitated as he becomes the supreme leader after the questioning of his leadership in the season finale. However, it seems the group has learned its lesson about “fight or flight” because once zombies begin to show up, the group makes a run for it, likely due to the shortage of ammunition. After an implied long and extensive search, Daryl and Rick discover a possible safe haven: a heavily protected prison.

Rick reports his findings to the rest of the group. They seem somewhat hesitant and weary after searching. Rick explains to them that the prison is the perfect haven: the zombified prisoners are easy targets as they cannot escape the prison and can be killed with relative ease through the fences, as well as the food, ammunition, medicine and rooms (i.e. prison cells) where the coupling group members can shack up! After a cozy night of camp fire songs, roasted owl and a revival of faith in Rick’s leadership, the able bodied group members take on the prison zombies.

Although it is easy to kill zombies with a sharpened stick through the fence, zombies in riot gear prove to be quite the challenge. After the successful attack (and a gory detailed removal of a riot guard’s face) Rick and his fellow zombie killers infiltrate the prison. It is revealed that there are a few dead civilians in the prison, and zombies shot within the prison, which hints that the prison has been a refuge for people like Rick before.

Andrea has been working with the bad ass zombie killer, Michonne (played by Danai Gurira, viewers may know her from The Visitor) as they search for a safe haven as well. Michonne, who wanders around with two limbless zombies chained to her, has recruited Andrea as a sort of apprentice.

While in the prison, the group begins to make the place homey and search around for remaining zombies and uncover the valuables that the prison has to offer. Tensions have grown between Lori and Rick. Lori summons Hershel to her cell and unleashes her doubts and worries about her unborn child. Lori is afraid that she has lost the baby and that it is dead inside her, ultimately becoming a zombie that could potentially rip her apart from the inside out. Lori further reveals to Hershel that if she dies during childbirth, they are not to hesitate to kill her, as she does not want to return as a zombie and harm the group (her first selfless decision since the beginning of the series…)

Rick, Daryl, T-Dawg, Glen, Hershel and Maggie explore the prison, where they encounter a hoard of hungry and angry walkers. During the chaos and confusion, Maggie and Glen become separated from the group. Hershel passes by a seemingly dead walker–and is surprisingly bitten in the leg! In an effort to keep Hershel alive, Rick cuts of Hershel’s leg with a hatchet (a graphic scene which can only be rivaled by the prisoner in Saw hacking off his foot in an effort to survive). The episode ends after the amputation with Rick spotting a group of alive prisoners behind glass in another room.


  • T-Dawg will finally serve some importance to the story besides getting injured or dropping keys.
  • Daryl’s brother, Merle, will finally make his much anticipated appearance after he escaped without his hand in season one. And, by coming back in this season, Merle will cause some friction in the group, with his racist hillbilly attitude and will potentially threaten Daryl’s acceptance within the group.
  • Michonne’s limbless zombies will be interesting use to the show. They are chained within easy biting distance to her, yet they do not show any hostility, or look at her with those hungry eyes. Does this mean that the zombies can be trained to regain some of their humanity?
  • Lori’s baby will be born a zombie, just like in the 2004 remake of the classic Dawn of the Dead, and Lori will die (I really hope she does, she’s probably the most annoying character on the show).
  • Daryl and Carol are going to have a fling. She’s a lonely widow and he’s the right hand man who looks a bit lonely as well. Although she seems a lot older than he is, it might be an endearing moment for the show.
  • Shane is finally gone, which is a great thing because he’s an idiot, but I think someone else in the group is going to try to rise up and challenge Rick. Maybe it’ll be T-Dawg. Or, Merle will try to convince Daryl that they could lead the group as a team better than Rick can.
“I’ll admit, he’s gotten us further than I would have thought. Shane wouldn’t have been able to get us this far.”- Carol
“This was a great win, but we need to push a little bit more.”-Rick
“What do you think?”-Rick
“Home, sweet home.”-Glen

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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