The Walking Dead Watch: Season 3, Episode 4 - Killer Within

By Steve West 2012-11-04 22:39:04 discussion comments
Rick, T-Dog, Glenn, and Daryl are making their way back into the prison to try and save the day as everyone backs themselves into the cell blocks to escape. Rick finds Oscar and Axel and accuses them of the attack, but then the alarms go off and it turns out there’s a mystery man inside using the generators to power the alarms. I don’t care what his ultimate plan is, and by the stupidity of said plan it has to be a prisoner, it’s not going to work in anyone’s favor to lure more zombies to the prison.

Let’s take a moment to remember what a kick ass man T-Dog was. He may have been used little in the show, but the man took a hard stance for doing the decent thing. When he was bitten in the yard and they escaped into the prison Carol promised to do whatever it took to help him. But T-Dog said that it was God’s plan for this to happen. He had a purpose, and it presented itself as he sacrificed himself to let Carol escape. You might have been the last vestige of the sanity Dale represented T-Dog, and we’ll miss you.

Meanwhile Rick, Oscar, and Daryl make it safely to the generator room only to find the other prisoner. Aside from the main two guys and Tomas, who was a featured bad guy, I kind of forgot about this dude until now. In fact, when I saw Andrew standing there I momentarily thought, “Hey, wasn’t he killed already?” In any case, Andrew coaxes Oscar to shoot Rick. Oscar shoots Andrew, knowing that Rick and company are the true survivors and they’re where he needs to be to live. He proves that he would indeed do anything to be allowed into the group.

OK, seriously you’ve read all the way to this point and Lori dies this episode. There. No spoiler warning, because this is a recap of the show. And I can still see the full-page image from the graphic novel of how Lori dies, it’s devastating. But you know what? The show trumped the book for the first time on a massive scale.

Carl, Maggie, and Lori get chased into a boiler room where Lori goes into labor. During a contraction she begins to hemorrhage and they need to cut the baby out. My wife doesn’t like the character of Lori, and I have to admit I’m not fond of her either. But the scene between her and Carl is intense and sweet, and just perfect. It’s so horrible that not only does this young boy have to watch his mother die in order to save her unborn child, but he has to ensure she doesn’t return as a zombie. Because that’s the reality he knows now.

As emotional and powerful as that moment was, Andrew Lincoln ripped out every fan’s heart when he sees Maggie holding his child and asks, “Where is she?” Walks over, realizes what happened, looks at his son and says “Oh no.” An exclamation full of sadness, despair, and utter loss. He’ll never get to make amends with his wife, who smiled at him through the fence just before shit went bad. He’ll never get a chance to mend his family. Whatever was put between them, the wall that has arisen because of the past, can never be removed.

So not much happened in Woodbury. Well, stuff was put in motion as Merle is planning to head out looking for his brother. And Michonne is not a trusting gal. It was a bit interesting that the Governor revealed his name to Andrea so soon after telling her he’d never do so.

That’s going to do it for us this week, hopefully we’ll get more into the Woodbury aspect of the show next time around. Lots of set up going on around those parts, but not much action.
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