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‘The Walking Dead’ recap, season 3, episode 1

IronE Singleton gives away "Walking Dead" s eason two DVDs at this home during a screening of the first episode. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

IronE Singleton gives away "Walking Dead" season two DVDs at his home in Dallas, GA during a screening party of the first episode Sunday, Oct. 14. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

“The Walking Dead” came back season 3 Sunday night with a wordless opening scene that  identifies how much time has passed not by any dialogue but by how pregnant Lori is – very pregnant indeed.

Another sign that six months has passed: the wariness of each survivor as they search a home for food and possible shelter while killing a few walkers in the wake. Wearing a cowboy hat, Carl is clearly taller, older and more confident with a gun. T-Dog (who is played by local actor IronE Singleton) is pretty dexterous with a fire poker, too.

Thanks to Daryl, an owl, found at said home, is now considered a meal. But to show how itinerant they have to be, a bunch of walkers are seen coming up the walk and they have to escape yet again.

And we’re off to the races! It was a riveting opening hour interspersing bursts of action with quiet moments, punctuated by a shocker in the end. (SPOILER COMING SOON).

Rick and Daryl discover a prison that Rick considers (ironically) as a possible sanctuary. In a scene that felt less foreboding and more amusing in its video-game quality, the survivors artfully kill off at least 20 walkers in a prison yard, providing themselves the most space they’ve had since Herschel’s farm, as Carol noted. That night, they even have a campfire with singing and  fleeting moments of normalcy (even as zombies wander behind the fence.)

But Rick is looking ahead for the safety of the team. Ammunition is running low. Food supplies appear limited in the  prison yard (which, I was told during a set visit, had been cast parking last season.). He figures given the make up of the walkers, the prison went down fast and means there might be a treasure trove of ammunition, medicine and food available inside.

So they quickly kill off more zombies in the yard area that leads to the building, space inside. There’s even a moment of relative levity when Maggie figures out how to kill zombies in riot gear. They ultimately find a cell block that they use as sleep quarters for now. They also stock up on ammunition and weapons.

Lor  is worried about her baby’s health, given the lack of nutrition and relaxation she’s had. She tells Herschel she thinks if the baby dies inside her womb, it might become a nasty zombie. Or if she dies at birth, she might try to kill the baby. She has Herschel promise someone kill her again if she dies. She is also worried about Rick, who she thinks “hates me.” I don’t know about that necessarily but Rick and Lori could use couples counseling, which is probably in short supply in a post-apocalyptic world.

The mysterious Michonne gets a scene, too. She and Andrea have survived as a duo over the summer but Andrea is really ill.

(MINOR SPOILER): In a future episode, Michonne and Andrea will find Woodbury, led by the sadistic Governor.

In the meantime, here’s the BIG SPOILER: Herschel, Glenn, Rick, T-Dog, Maggie and Daryl enter the prison’s catacombs seeking access to the cafeteria and the health clinic. But instead, they find more walkers. Unfortunately, Herschel tries to walk over a seemingly dead walker who instead munches on Herschel’s left leg.

I was watching the episode at IronE Singleton’s home in Dallas, GA with 100-plus others, including friends and cast such as Mike Rooker, who plays Merle. MINOR SPOILER: He returns for season three at some point with weaponry replacing his lower arm.

The loudest moment from the crowd came when Rick hacked off Herschels’ leg to save his life before the zombie virus took over his body. This was the episode’s cringing “127 Hours” moment but at least it happened quickly.

Moments later, we see at least four survivors of the prison who are not zombies watching from above.

This is good news! Or is it?

Emma Loggins of Fanbolt.com with actor Michael Rooker, who plays Daryl's brother Merle, at IronE Singleton's viewing party Sunday night. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Emma Loggins of Fanbolt.com with actor Michael Rooker, who plays Daryl's brother Merle, at IronE Singleton's viewing party Sunday night. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Tim Andrews of the Regular Guys was able to come to the party since he had Monday off. He said even if he had to work, he would have shown up.

Tim Andrews of the Regular Guys was able to come to the party since he had Monday off. He said even if he had to work, he would have shown up.

Me with Jesse James Dupree, lead singer of Jackyl and executive producer of TruTV's "Full Throttle Saloon." CREDIT: Helen Ho

Me with Jesse James Dupree, lead singer of Jackyl and executive producer of TruTV's "Full Throttle Saloon." CREDIT: Helen Ho

CNN's Holly Firfer, a big "Walking Dead" fan, showed up. Here she is with actor Jeff Rose.

CNN's Holly Firfer, a big "Walking Dead" fan, showed up. Here she is with actor Jeff Rose.

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60 comments Add your comment

Mike Bell 790

October 15th, 2012
1:58 am

HP

October 15th, 2012
8:23 am

I LOVED the first episode. I think it sets things nicely up for the rest of the season. I felt really bad about what happened to Herschel and kind of shocked actually – they seemed much more “together,” prepared and careful this season, and was surprised they would pass by Walkers and just “assume” they were dead. Uh, no. A quick decapitation as they went through the catacombs would have prevented that entire incident.

G

October 15th, 2012
8:48 am

I had no idea that walkers slept, or could be so calculating. That scene with Hershel getting caught by surprise, seems a bit off-script to me.

nypeach

October 15th, 2012
8:49 am

I don’t know how they plan to keep Herschel alive, what with all the agonizing pain and blood loss. He’s old and also malnutritioned like the rest of the gang. I just don’t see him surviving; plus they would have to carry him everywhere which would slow them down. On another note, I hope Lorie loses the baby because I have absolutely no interest in watching them try to keep an infant alive in a zombie-filled world. Everytime that kid cried their lives would be in danger. Finally, I loved this first episode; it was just filled with action and suspense and lots of zombies. Yep, it’s going to be a good season.

Reid in EAV

October 15th, 2012
8:50 am

Ha, I think Mike took about 12 pics with Emma. Who could blame him, right? Fun party, great premiere, sorry I didn’t get to meet you.

Jim Pond

October 15th, 2012
8:51 am

What a great one.

If they had zombie insurance, they would be fine.

http://youtu.be/8bGgSwd-Y6k

what a stupid show....

October 15th, 2012
8:52 am

I have never seen this show so watched last night to see what the fuss was about…what an insipid moronic show….anyone older than 13 that gets into this is as brainless as the comical zombies in the show… an hour of my life I’ll never get back…. ugggg

MistyB

October 15th, 2012
9:03 am

G: It may seem a little “off-script” but the idea is taken directly from the comic/graphic novel on which the show is based. Only it’s Dale who gets his leg bitten and cut off while they are in the prison. Of course Dale is dead soooooo that only leaves Hershel to be bitten I suppose…

Good episode though :)

Robert

October 15th, 2012
9:05 am

to “what a stupid show…”, I can’t believe I took the time to read your comment. What an insipid moronic comment. 5 seconds of my life I’ll never get back…. ugggg

Ted

October 15th, 2012
9:06 am

Agree that the show is dumb. I am not sure that it has any appeal outside of Atlanta, either. Everywhere else has long been over the stupid zombie fad.

Kennesaw State Alum

October 15th, 2012
9:11 am

When Daryl was tearing into that owl, I began to salivate.

When I saw Maggie in that tank top, I also began to salivate.

Kennesaw State Alum

October 15th, 2012
9:15 am

Herschel is now one of my favorite characters on the show, and it really upset me with what happened to him in the final minutes of last night’s episode.

Aside Herschel’s dilemma in and of itself, one thing I really found upsetting about last night’s episode is the preview the writers gave us of 0bamaCare with how Herschel’s leg injury was treated.

Poor Herschel.

ScottA

October 15th, 2012
9:16 am

Obviously Dish subscribers…

Chris

October 15th, 2012
9:29 am

Hey Ted the show is the highest rated cable program in history. 9 million viewers for season 2 finale. Population of Atlanta : 432,427. You’re a moron, do us a all a favor and off yourself, then re-animate so we can all take a swing at you. Idiot.

TeamRick

October 15th, 2012
9:30 am

@ G

That scene was not off script. Go back to episode one season one when Rick hides in the tank and initially the walker was not moving only to attack Rick and Rick shot him and lost his hearing temporarily from the ringing of the gun shot inside the tank.
In the first season there were several walkers just sitting on the bus in downtown ATL too.

Census Taker

October 15th, 2012
9:30 am

Obviously, one has suspend disbelief to some degree in order to enjoy a show like “TWD” to its fullest.

However, the vastly disproportionate number of caucasian zombie inmates in that prison, especially a penitentiary in a State with the demographic makeup of convicted felons such as that of Georgia, made it rather difficult for this Georgia Girl to find any degree of realism in the Season 3 premiere episode.

Deirdre

October 15th, 2012
9:35 am

Really??? You went to a Walking Dead party and didn’t invite me along!? ;-)

newt

October 15th, 2012
9:36 am

one of the best shows. so entertaining. cant believe its an actual tv show….seems more like a movie. hooked

jessica mason

October 15th, 2012
9:41 am

I love thisshow for many reasons first being I love world ending shows. Besides the zombie which are great by the way there is alot to be learned from a show like this. We are all too cmfortable with everyday life ike it is God forbid something changes our peace and quiet.

newt

October 15th, 2012
9:44 am

ppl talking about realism….i know, me too!

i really liked king kong, but the part when he ice skated in central park kind of makes me disenchanted because it didn’t seem realistic…. gaaaaaaaaaa

HP

October 15th, 2012
9:46 am

I think the writers of the show explained that when the Walkers don’t feed for a while, they go into a type of slumber, but noise wakes them up. You saw this last night with Michonne in the drug store and remember the episode when Shane and Rick went to “get rid of” that Randall kid – that building was full of Walkers zonked out. That is the danger of going into buildings, and why I think they should assume any Walkers that are “dead” are actually zonked out and could get up at any moment. Hopefully those prisoners they found can help them with Herschel, but…with his age, health, I don’t know.

Zombie food

October 15th, 2012
9:52 am

Excellent point census taker but with just a little to add. When I worked at ship yards a black gentleman welder fell into the water they did not find him untill they moved a barge 2 weeks later. He had turned white, no way to tell what a zombies skin will look like untill you really see one, imagination!

dicat

October 15th, 2012
9:57 am

I am not happy with te loss of Herschel (how can he live???)! He is my favorite person in the series, I think it is his kind way of speaking while carrying a big stick.

The flash forward of several months made me wonder how the surrived the winter, it broke my heart to see that can of dog food! The baby storyline is unappealing to me…it seems horrific that a baby would come into a world like that…

Deirdre

October 15th, 2012
10:07 am

There was so much going on in this episode aside from killing zombies. The new dynamic in Rick’s group of survivors is fascinating. They have become a lean, mean fighting machine but they are still human. Darryl’s careful relationship with Carol, Carl showing a new maturity(thank goodness) while still being a kid, Laurie and Rick’s estrangement and Laurie’s fear for herself and the baby, Glen and Maggie fighting side by side, and Herschel’s lapse in judgment(a zombie isn’t deactivated unless it has a major head wound or no head at all)all combined to make this a new introduction to the way things will be this season.

Suze

October 15th, 2012
10:12 am

I enjoyed the first season’s show last night but thought it was a little off as well. I can understand the whole zombie hypersleep, really what else do they have to do but sleep if they not ‘trudging’ or ‘munching’, but Hershal gettng bit to me is a derailment of the plot now, especially with neurotic Lori and her maybe-baby [dead/not dead]. And why is Rick expending so much hatred towards his wife? What the heck happened over the winter? And whats up with Carol and Daryl? That was some pretty interesting stuff going on on that overturned truck…. I don’t see how Hershal will survive this…. or at least he shouldn’t under those circumstances, maybe one of those scrawny inmates is a a doctor???? Now that would be off… anyway, love the show…

frankie

October 15th, 2012
10:16 am

It’s been a while since I saw it but didn’t last year’s season episode end with them spotting the prison from afar? At least I thought it was the same location… So it took them 6 months to actually go to the prison and decide they should see if it had food, ammo, shelter??

Rick's Walkie Talkie

October 15th, 2012
10:24 am

Will Morgan and his son Dewayne return in season 3?????? I hope and if you never notice Rick still carries around the Walkie Talkie even though had no response from Morgan so far.

Suze

October 15th, 2012
10:24 am

No, it ended with a camera shot of it. It wasn’t very far, must have been a really looooong winter.

Rodney Ho

October 15th, 2012
10:25 am

@frankie. No, the crew last year did NOT see the prison. The camera panned up to show that they were near the prison but given whatever circuitous routes they were taking in the area over six months, they missed the prison until this episode.

dudezombie

October 15th, 2012
10:28 am

Walking Dead is my favorite show. I can’t remember the last time I even liked a show as much as this one. Of course, I enjoy this type of show, so if you’re not into a theme like this, you definitely won’t be able to get hooked on it.

Another thing I find that is a positive draw is the fact it’s filmed in Georgia. I don’t know, just kinda cool that it’s filmed in our state.

Herschel….I don’t see how he will survive this. Chopping his leg off like that sets up a bleed-to-death scenario. The second thing is infection to contend with. And the final thing is a way for him to get around….unless there’s a prosthesis they’re going to find in the prison. Who knows maybe one of those prisoners that’s alive is actually a doctor.

So Herschel might be tagged for death this season. And I’m wondering about Andrea being “really sick”….maybe she too is on the way out. A lot of new characters are coming in so they may see a need to cull the pack out, so to speak, and get rid of some of the regulars (like Herschel and/or Andrea). I hope not because Andrea is one of my faves.

I am not the least bit interested in the plot with the infant. It’s too bad they didn’t allow Lori to continue on with her pills she was taking to get rid of the baby. I’m thinking down the road this is some sort of plot where the baby will end up a zombie and they’ll be forced to kill it off….a stupid plot if so.

Suze

October 15th, 2012
10:36 am

I don’t know [dudezombie], I think that baby is doomed from the get go. I don’t think it will survive because we haven’t seen what happens in a pregancy in this world, and of course she lost Hershal. Maybe no one can have children anymore. And God help it if it is born lusty and healthy and looks just like Shane… its still doomed…

Deirdre

October 15th, 2012
10:36 am

How will Herschel survive? Didn’t Rick set up a whole scenario where the prison was infected early and there may be abundant supplies of medical equipment, food and ammunition? If Herschel wakes up he can direct what needs to be done with his leg. And they can just make him a peg leg. Remember the old pirate movies? ;-) I don’t know what is happening with Herschel but I hope he stays. I like the character.

As for Laurie and Rick…she was furious and horrified at the end of last season when Rick told her he’d killed Shane and that they were all infected. Maybe he pulled away from her because of that.

Deirdre

October 15th, 2012
10:37 am

And maybe, just maybe, the baby will be the savior of mankind. Born uninfected.

G

October 15th, 2012
10:52 am

The interesting thing about the surviving prisoners is we don’t know if they’re friend or foe. They ARE in prison for a reason.

The discussion between Lori and Hershel was interesting, and that conversation could be giving us just a taste of foreshadowing. If something happens to the either the baby or Lori, they’re both dead. Either way, I can imagine that being a very graphic and memorable scene.

G

October 15th, 2012
10:55 am

Oh, I forgot about the zombie “slumber” rule.

Suze

October 15th, 2012
11:02 am

Good view Dierdre. You know those prisoners are (or were) strong, they work well together obviously, they know where the food is or they would have been dead by that point and they the last men standing in a huge population and they probably have a better layout of the prison than Rick & gang does. Rick is a cop so he would know how to handle them and he has three strong men with him so they could be a great addition, even if he locks them up at night untill he knows he can trust them. Might be the begining of a good meld for the group. I think Andrea and Michonne will catch up with the group later. What I would love to see them find is a kid Carl’s age. Its possible that a kid was visiting his dad when it all went down and those convicts are shielding him…

Harcore fan

October 15th, 2012
11:02 am

Frankie, the season 2 finale ended with the scene zooming out to view the prison from a far. So, we, the audience, were the only ones to see it. And as we saw, it lied quite far away, which justifies the idea that it took a couple months to locate it.

And regarding, Morgan and his son. They will return, just perhaps not in this season. In the comic book, they return far later on one of Ricks journeys.

And to all the comments about ’sleeping’ zombies. According to the comics, there are two sorts of zombies; roamers and lurkers. Roamers are the traditional walkers, dangerous and fast. The lurkers are idle, maybe from too much decay, and seem dead and harmless at first sight, but one moment later they are just as lethal as roamers. Hope this clears stuff up.

TeamRick

October 15th, 2012
11:08 am

@ Frankie,
The camera panned to show the prison in the distance. They didn’t see it until last night.

Rabbit

October 15th, 2012
11:08 am

I could not get enuff of last night’s show. The best show ever!!!!
BTW Laurie is irritating the he** out of me. I love Rick’s new attitude. He’s a true leader/tough as nails, a true bad azz. I can’t wait until next Sunday. My husband hates the show, can you beleive that???

BB

October 15th, 2012
11:12 am

@Census Taker well why don’t you write the directors of the show and tell them to hire more black actors? Why do some people always have to bring up race????

UGA Alum

October 15th, 2012
11:15 am

If Larry Munson had been doing play-by-play on last night’s episode, one might’ve heard him screaming this during the final scene:

“There Goes Herschel! ”

“There Goes Herschel! “

UGA Alum

October 15th, 2012
11:21 am

If “DANCES WITH WOLVES” could’ve created hordes of realistic buffalo with computer-generated imaging (CGI) OVER 20 YEARS AGO, surely AMC & “THE WALKING DEAD” have the technology today to economically create hundreds of realistic “urban” zombies to populate the prison yard for a few moments before each one is shot/axed/knifed/crossbowed/impaled through the skull.

If the show is reportedly on such a tight budget, would CGI be cheaper & more economical long-term that paying & outfitting real actors for multiple days of shooting the same scenes.

ANGRY@SHANE/LORI

October 15th, 2012
12:32 pm

I’ve been watch TWD since the first episode of seaon # 1. I could never get the timing correct on how soon after the apocolyptic event Lori and Shane started having their affair. Was it a week or 3 weeks or how long? It couldn’t have been much longer than that since Rick was able to meet up with them within just a week or so after he came out of his coma. So much for griueving the likely death of your husband and fat5her to yopur son. Hence, my user ID. Lori is a character who, on the one hand, preaches a lot about maintaining our humanity, yet managed to urge Rick to do something about Shane. Rick does something about Shane (who is planning to kill him) and then she recoils from Rick at the end of season 2 when he tells her why he had to kill Shane. So, she wonders why Rick is treating her with little or no affection. Does Rick feel like she manipulated him, but then really wanted Shane over Rick? I think Lori’s days on the show are numbered. It’s a great program.

Rodney Ho

October 15th, 2012
12:45 pm

Don’t assume that Herschel is necessarily a dead man immediately, ahem…

D

October 15th, 2012
1:04 pm

Oh Please @ Cenus Taker. Give me a break. Are you saying you were expecting the zombie-prisoners to be mostly black? lol I guess that would have been more realistic for you, huh? Lol I love how you zoned in on that above the many other unrealistic events in this episode. Anyway, this was a great premiere overall and I cannot wait until the next episode!

Jst Askn

October 15th, 2012
1:37 pm

Angry@Shane/Lori…I’m with you. So over Lori’s sanctimonius character!

If you don't like it don't watch

October 15th, 2012
2:04 pm

I do not understand why you would watch a show or read an article about a show you don’t like…. but maybe that’s just me. I cannot wait for the next show! Hopefully they bring in Merle next.

ANGRY@SHANE/LORI

October 15th, 2012
2:48 pm

Just because I don’t like a particular TWD character doesn’t mean I’ll stop watching it. I love the show. It’s excellent. It raises so many questions about how human beings would, in fact, really respond in such a new world. All notions of being civilized get toissed out the window of your SUV as you’re being chased by Walkers. The question for me was does a catastrophic event such as this mean one mourns for the perceived loss of their spouse by jumping into a bed (or a pile of pine needles) with a new love. after just a week, or a month or two months. ….just saying…

LOVE ZOMBIES

October 15th, 2012
4:59 pm

It’s such a stupid show….

Yea, that’s why the ratings are so high!!!! Get a life!!!!!

C from Marietta

October 15th, 2012
5:15 pm

I really enjoy the show. However, I can see it getting boring after awhile. I will hang in there until that time comes, but I don’t see the show making it past season four.