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the walking dead recapping: killer within

Previously on The Walking Dead: Walk With Me

Sabotage! Life! Death! Cunning characters! Everything that anyone could hope for in the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
group

At the prison, an unknown person scatters a deer carcass around the yard, possibly to lure walkers onto the grounds. Meanwhile, Rick’s group discover that the inmates, Axel and Oscar, left their cell block and wish to join Rick’s group, claiming they are not like Alex. Rick, Daryl, and Glen are firmly against allowing Axel and Oscar to join their group on the premises that they may try to take over the prison, while T-Dawg (who finally has some decent lines!) is in favor of allowing them into the group. After some heated debate with T-Dawg, Rick decides to keep the inmates separated from the group.

Herhsel is making an extraordinary recovery after having his leg hacked off. Lori, Carl, and Beth all help Hershel regain his walking strength through crutches. While cruising slowly around the yard with Herhsel, their joy is cut short as walkers begin to approach them. Rick, Daryl, T-Dawg, and Glen quickly realize the situation that is at hand, and race to kill the walkers.  Chaos is quickly ensued as the group separates: Herhsel and Beth lock themselves behind a gate, Carl, Lori, and Maggie are chased off into the prison, and Carol and T-Dawg are running for their lives–in which T-Dawg is bitten in the shoulder in gory detail. It is clear T-Dawg is a deadman, and in his most heroic (and arguably, one of his only acts) sacrifices himself to the zombies so Carol can get away.
T-Dawg

Upon investigation, Rick discovers that someone has cut a hole into the prison fence, which allowed for the walkers to get in. As he begins to confront Axel and Oscar, the prison alarm system sounds loudly–which attracts more hungry walkers to the scene. Oscar reveals that the back up generators have been triggered, and that there is someone in the prison who is trying to sabotage the group. Upon reaching the generator room, Rick and his group discover that another inmate is in the prison and the one behind the sabotage. The inmate tries to convince Axel and Oscar to kill Rick and his group so they can take back the prison. Oscar, who is holding a gun, shoots the inmate, ultimately sealing his loyalty deal.  Meanwhile, Lori has doubled over in pain, and it is clear that she is in labor (great timing, Lori!!). Carl and Maggie cannot continue running, so they lock themselves in a room, where Lori prepares to push the baby out. While she is pushing, Maggie discovers that there is too much blood coming out of Lori for this to be a healthy birth, and Lori must make a decision.

Lori realizes that her fate is sealed, and asks Maggie that she save the baby and cut her open at her cesarean scar. Lori makes amends with Carl, asks him to follow his moral values, and to take care of his father. In a very heart wrenching (and admittedly, stomach turning), Maggie cuts open Lori and delivers the baby. Lori dies, and Carl, who does not want his mother to turn, shoots her in the head. Once the chaos is over, the group meets up on the prison yard. Rick is in borderline hysterics as Lori and Carl have not returned to the group. However, Rick is pushed over the edge when a tear soaked Maggie steps out into the yard, with Carl and baby in hand but not Lori.
lori and carl

While all this is happening at the prison, Michonne and Andrea are still at Woodbury. Michonne wanders around the borders and discovers bullet holes and fresh blood, which she confronts the Governor about. Michonne later gives Andrea the details of their plans after leaving Woodbury: walking to the coast, finding a boat, and living out their days on an island. Andrea is still not sold  on carrying on outside of Woodbury, and continues to try to convince Michonne to stay. Andrea and Merle meet up, and Merle convinces her that they share a bond because they were abandoned and saved by the same groups.  In this moment of solidarity,  Andrea reveals the location of the farm where Daryl was last seen. Merle later tries to convince the Governor to let him take a team up to the farm to look for Daryl. The Governor does not approve, but assure Merle that if he can get harder evidence of Daryl’s whereabouts–and of the farm– he will personally accompany Merle.

Later on, the Governor and Andrea meet in a room and share a few drinks. The exchange a few stories about their families, and the Governor, who knows Michonne wants them to leave immediately, tells Andrea she is always welcome back at Woodbury. At their departing, the Governor reveals to Andrea his name to be Phillip. Andrea after tells Michonne she wants to stay in Woodbury a bit longer, and Michonne storms off.

Why T-Dawg had to die

I have said this multiple times, I always thought T-Dawg to be more of a filler character rather than having a major point of view. Sure, in season one he played a huge role in Merle’s fate because he dropped the key, but after that, T-Dawg seemed more like a background than a characters. However, this episode redeemed T-Dawg’s lack of character, as he argued in favor of the inmates, and sacrificed himself so that another character could live on another day.

Why Lori had to die

As much as I found Lori’s character annoying, I was saddened by her demise. However, I knew Lori had to die. With the lack of medical supplies and support, it was obvious that mom or both the mom and the baby were not going to make it. Similar to T-Dawg’s death, Lori’s sacrifice for another human being gave her redemption, which was ultimately what she wanted after all the drama she caused (not only getting pregnant in the first place, but causing a rift between Shane and Rick as well). Lori also was a prime candidate to die in this season because her death is going to push Rick to a whole new level. He is now fully in charge of Carl, a dwindling group of survivors, and now a new born baby. This is going to pose new struggles for the group.

Now, we’ve got a new vulnerable character in the mix, and it is going to be interesting how this will all pan out, and the new dangers it will bring.

QUOTES

“These two might have less blood on our hands than we do.”-T-Dawg

“You ready to race, Hershel?”-Carl

“You give me another day, I’ll take you home.”-Hershel

“We got something in common, Blondie. We got left behind by the same people and save by the same people.”-Merle

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: walk with me

Previously on The Walking Dead: Sick

This week, we meet up with Andrea, Michonne, and her limbless zombie lackies. Along with a new storyline that is parallel to Rick’s group, we meet new characters and one old character who has finally turned up after an entire season.

Michonne and Andrea discover a military helicopter crash that has just taken place. While investigating, a series of vans and trucks drive over to the wreck. While Michonne and Andrea hide, the group attack zombies and search for survivors. Michonne’s limbless and jawless zombies become restless, so Michonne hastily decapitates them. They are quickly discovered by an old friend, Merle, and Andrea promptly faints.

Andrea and Michonne are picked up by the new group of zombie hunters and are taken to their safe haven. Andrea is immediately treated for the illness she has been carrying for sometime. Both women are extremely hostile towards the clan and demand their weapons back. Merle comes in to talk with Andrea and Michonne. He thus begins to describe his story since we last saw him in season one. After T-Dawg dropped the key and he was left for dead, Merle cut off his hand in order to escape. While he was bleeding out and starving, this new group picked him up and he became part of their clan. Andrea promptly recounts her story, how Daryl and Rick went back to find Merle, the number of causalities from the original group, and how she was separated from Rick’s group  7 months prior. The Governor (played by David Morrisey) makes his appearance and informs Andrea and Michonne that they are his guests. The women still remain hostile.
The Governor

In order to ease the women’s hostility, the Governor gives them a grand tour of their safe haven–Woodbury.  Seventy three residents live in Woodbury, where the children go to school, the adults have jobs, there is medical facilities, and a heavily guarded wall that keeps “biters” at bay. The Governor keeps a strict curfew, and the duties and facilities of the town are heavily regulated. Andrea is in awe of the amount of pre-zombie apocalypse  civilization in Woodbury, while Michonne remains skeptical and wants her weapons back.

The Governor wants his henchmen–or Merle–to interrogate Andrea and figure out what she knows. The Governor further conducts experiments in legitimate looking scientific facility on Michonne’s zombies. The Governor’s right hand man, Milton (played by Dallas Roberts, Rubicon, The Good Wife) realize that the removal of the jaw and limbs cause the zombies to become docile from the result of losing the interest in biting. The Governor has also pulled the survivor, Lieutenant Welles, from the wreckage. During a questioning session, Welles reveals that there are more military personnel that are holding a National Guard Refugee Camp. The Governor promises to find any survivors and bring them to Welles.

Milton and the Governor join Andrea and Michonne for breakfast, where an interrogation session occurs. Andrea is receptive to the Governor’s authority and charisma, while Michonne is distrustful of Woodbury, and wishes to leave. After breakfast, Andrea tries to  convince Michonne that they should stay at Woodbury for a few more days.

The Governor finds the Refugee Camp that Welles revealed. However, instead of becoming friends, The Governor and his henchmen open fire unto the military men, killing them all and taking their weapons. Upon returning to Woodbury, the Governor gives a speech about how they found the military camp, but because of their lack of a sturdy wall, they were killed by biters.

The episode ends with the Governor retreating to his nice little hidden living room. He relaxes in front of an aquarium, filled with the live heads of zombies. His two latest additions being Michonne’s zombies and Welles.

  • The introduction of The Governor’s group felt eerily familiar. There was a strong leader, a redneck hard ass, a man with amazing skills with a bow, a brooding African American, and an Asian. This felt like the mirror image of Rick’s group. They are extremely distrustful of outsiders (as seen in Rick’s group in season two), and they have the same amount of information regarding the zombie outbreak (The Governor has figured out that everyone is infected by the virus as well).
  • Andrea has once again proved that she can’t analyze a situation properly, and is sold quite quickly by charisma and strong leadership skills. She should listen to Michonne, but she probably wont.
  • During the breakfast interrogation, Milton brought up an extremely interesting point. His theory is that Michonne put so much effort into controlling her limbless bodies because they were individuals she must have been close to at one point.
  • Merle is back! If both Rick’s group and the Governor’s group meets up, how will Merle react when he sees Daryl?
  • Why does the Governor keep zombie heads in an aquarium?
  • The Governor makes a comment that he needs Milton around the question him, and for his tea. The women are served tea at the breakfast. What is in the tea? Is it drugged, or does it contain vertiaserum, like in Harry Potter?

QUOTES

“I’ll bet you were wondering if I was real. Probably hoping I wasn’t. Well, here I am. I guess this old world get smaller towards the end.”-Merle

“You’re not prisoners here, you’re guests.”-The Governor

“If you take away their ability to eat, they lose interest in doing so. They are no longer in attack mode, we can be around them, they are almost docile.”-Milton

“Ludicrous”-The Governor

“Walk with biters, they think you’re a biter.”-The Governor

“So what’s your real name, if you don’t mind me asking?”-Andrea
“I never reveal my real name.”-The Governor
“Never say ‘never'”-Andrea
“Never.”-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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