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

By Steve West 2012-11-04 22:39:04 discussion comments
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The prison storyline is in full swing, and after a visit to Woodbury for an episode we return to Rick and company. As a fan of the graphic novel Iíve been anticipating this season with a bit of trepidation. The show has changed things, mostly in a favorable fashion for the new medium the story is being told in. But how would a Governor who doesnít look like a skeevy drowned rat looking Harbinger work out? The man on screen is no where near what anyone would picture the Governor looking like, and the show has done a fairly decent job of translating the basic aesthetic of the characters to the screen.

In the end, who plays the Governor isnít what matters. As last week showed, the Governor is an idea. A force. Heís an opposing ideal to Rickís in a world where survival may take everything from you, or twist you beyond all measure. Oh yeah, itís been a bit but weíre back to covering The Walking Dead again here at TV Blend. Letís cut through that chintzy wire and see whatís up in the prison, shall we?

No matter what Rick does, no matter the hard line stance he takes, there is no way he can protect everyone. Including his family. This episode saw us begin with Rick and the prisoners having it out again about the deal made two weeks ago, where the prisoners could stay locked in their cell block or hit the road. Itís interesting to note that T-Dog is the voice of reason, even maybe a bit of the old ways. When asked if heíd rather have his friendís blood on his hands or the prisonerís, T-Dog replies that heíd prefer neither. You know, what most sane and good people would want.

But itís a harsh world now, and Rick has been pushed to the limit by what happened with the Shane standoff last season and the hordes of zombies. We may be rooting for team Grimes as heís the hero, but the man is using similar tactics to protect his people as the Governor does for Woodbury. The difference is that Rick wears his emotions out in the open, and the Governor is secretive. The walls may be made of physically different media, but the ideas behind them are the same.

The contention in the end is that while they may be able to trust the prisoners, they canít know for sure. Itís safer to keep them out of the group. Despite pleading with Rick that theyíll do anything to prove themselves, the prisoners are told theyíre not welcome. Rick has Glenn provide the two men with a weekís worth of goodies, and thatís that.

Before we move on to the chaos that happens next in the prison Iíd like to take a moment to at least acknowledge the changes that have already happened between the graphic novel and the show. Dale was killed last season, so he obviously canít lose his leg. That task goes to Hershel, but that also means no work is being done on the farming aspect. Lots of talk about planting crops in the prison yard, but little progress made as the farmer is out of commission. Itís a little ingenious to trade Hershel for Dale in this story as whatís happening would really be helped by a man who is skilled in healing and growing food. A lot of what happened this week would have gone differently had Hershel been at full capacity.

So thereís this pregnant lady, kid, and a cripple standing in a prison yard. Stop me if youíve heard this one. Yeah, that lineup against a new zombie horde doesnít look promising. The gate that was broken open by a mysterious man in the opening sequence (my two guesses were that somehow the man Rick abandoned survived, or more likely it was one of the prisoners that wasnít Axel or Oscar) has allowed an infestation of walkers into the prison.
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