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‘The Walking Dead’ season 3, episode 4 recap: ‘Killer Within’ – No character is safe!

CREDIT: AMC

CREDIT: AMC

This recap is filled with major spoilers so if you don’t want to know what happens before you’ve seen it, skip this pronto.

It’s only episode four of the third season and “The Walking Dead” tortured us with not just one but TWO major deaths.

This is the zombie apocalypse, not a “Friends” episode, that’s for sure. And the producers don’t let up intermingling tragedy with action. During the final 45 minutes, you hardly have a moment to breathe.

Someone is trying to sabotage the prison by opening a door to let them in. We don’t see who it is. A spy from Woodbury? Someone we haven’t met yet? We learn soon enough.

The two prisoners – Axel and Oscar – who had agreed earlier to Rick’s deal to stay in their part of the prison are freaked out. Too many ghosts, too many former dead colleagues to grapple with. They want to join Rick’s team. Rick isn’t going for it. T-Dog wouldn’t mind having them but nobody else is thrilled by the prospect, even Daryl, who said he could have easily ended up in prison himself.

The prisoners decide to leave the prison at a future date, while Axel keeps trying to sell himself as worthy of staying with the team, falling on deaf ears.

Which death is sadder?

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Back to Woodbury. Michonne inspects one of the turret trucks that the Governor had captured. She sees bullets and blood, evidence that perhaps the Governor and his men had killed them. Her suspicions are warranted, of course. “If only we got there sooner,” the Governor said, lying through his teeth. “And you were with us.”

“Lots of bullet holes. You think biters figured out how to use weapons?” she says.

The Governor is unfazed.

“They must have been [can't tell what he said] by bandits weeks ago,” he says. “It’s ugly out there. You know that better than anyone.”

She then brings up another sore point: Wells, the surviving military guy, “didn’t make it,” she heard. (Hmmm… wonder why?)

Hershel gets up from the bunk and is able to walk on crutches. He goes outside. Daryl, Rick, T-Dog and Glenn are moving vehicles to position them properly for a quick escape. The women, plus Carl and Hershel, are seemingly safe in the prison yard. But the saboteur earlier had opened a gate so walkers arrive.

It’s chaos as the survivors seek safety spots. Some have better luck than others. Hershel and his daughter Beth are okay.

But others don’t get off scot free, that’s for sure. Our buddy T-Dog gets bitten by a walker in the shoulder. He knows he’s a goner but he and Carol keep trying to find an escape. They fail. He gets chewed up. So Dallas, GA’s IronE Singleton’s gig is over after two seasons and four episodes.

What’s worse, the saboteur had set off the alarms, which draws more walkers.

Oscar (the stoic prisoner) knows where to go to turn them off. Daryl and Rick make it to the electric room with Oscar. But guess who’s in there? Surprise! It’s Andrew, the prisoner Rick thought had been eaten by walkers in episode two. Andrew got out! How he got away, I have no idea.

Andrew attacks Rick. Fortunately, Daryl knocks Andrew down. But Oscar gets the gun. Things don’t look so hot for Rick. Andrew encourages his fellow prisoner Oscar to kill Rick so they can re-take the prison.

But Oscar figures where he might have a better shot at survival: joining Rick’s crew. So he kills Andrew. Oscar earns Rick’s loyalty!

Rick turns off the alarm.

Meanwhile, after running to escape the walkers and finding a safe room, Lori goes into labor. Maggie and Carl are with her. Lori is losing too much blood. She can’t do a vaginal birth. The only way the baby could live is for Maggie to cut her open, which given the circumstances was a death sentence. Lori wants it that way. She knows she is losing too much blood and figures she is going to die anyway. So she says goodbye to Carl and passes after Maggie opens her up and gets the baby out. The baby lives! But Carl has to kill his mom with a bullet before Lori turns. At least they don’t show that on camera.

Rick and Co. find the remains of T-Dog and give him a moment of silence. They enter the prison yard to find Hershel and Beth and lots of dead walkers. Then Carl and Maggie arrive with the baby sans Lori. When Rick figures out what happens, he wails and collapses while everyone else stays frozen. Sniff.

Where is Carol?

Now I know why I didn’t see T-Dog and Lori when I visited the set during episode nine.

I’m sure it’s fair (or unfair) to note that Oscar effectively has replaced T-Dog as the token black dude on the show, eh?

I’ll try to talk to IronE tomorrow and get his thoughts on T-Dog’s death.

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98 comments Add your comment

VCP

November 5th, 2012
1:43 am

You may want to move the poll further down from the spoiler warning….

Truthpaste

November 5th, 2012
2:56 am

One of the best episodes of the season so far. The deaths were extreme, and the aftermath even more so. Social media was abuzz with my friends regretting all the Lori and T-Dog jabs. There are still people in the blogosphere that swear that Carl didn’t shoot Lori in the head, it’s hilarious. I wonder if the poster from previous weeks that loved the Governor will return with their political troll posts?

DARNELL

November 5th, 2012
6:12 am

THAT SHOW WRITER IS A BUNCH OF HATER FOR KILLING MY MAN T-DOG!!!

FOR NO REASON!!!!

T-DOG WAS THE BEST PERSON ON THAT SHOW!!!

I AINT WATCHING THAT SHOW NO MORE!!!! NEVER!!!

Shocked by This Episode

November 5th, 2012
6:27 am

Poor Rick now has to raise Shane’s baby by himself. I was rather shocked by this 2-major-death episode.

At the very least, T Dog now won’t have to wind up being The Governor’s new errand boy when the prison gets raided.

Now that they are reunited in the afterlife, and without Rick around, do you think Lori has resumed bending over while face-down in the grass for Shane?

Could the virus have caused Shane to be re-incarnated in his baby?

Rodney

November 5th, 2012
7:55 am

Yes, it was certainly an emotional episode (RIP T-Dog) but I found it really offputting for Rick to completely ignore Carl when he learned Lori was dead. Then again, I noticed early on when the zombies first attacked that as he (Rick) was running to get to the gang, he was screaming for Lori, not Carl.

I’m not sure if this was on purpose to set up some tension between Rick and Carl, but it REALLY bothered me that he didn’t show any kind of concern for his kid. Well, either of his kids (if we’re going with the assumption that the new baby is Rick’s, not Shane’s).

Other than that, it was a great episode. And if I’m honest, I teared up a bit at Rick’s reaction. But poor Carl. And for that matter, poor Carol! Where is she???

BigA

November 5th, 2012
7:56 am

Why T Dog?? Why!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rob Zombie

November 5th, 2012
8:07 am

Racist bastuds!!!!!!

Honey Boo Boo

November 5th, 2012
8:13 am

Glad Lori is gone. Wish Carl was next. Hated to lose T-Dog. Looks like they are not following the comic very well. If they follow it even remotely, you are about to see that one of the convicts is an evil, dangerous man. I also think the Governor is drugging Andrea with that “special tea” he’s been giving them. It’s going to lead to conflict between her and Michonne.

Rob Zombie

November 5th, 2012
8:15 am

They should have left Shane and Lori zombie-fied…….It would have been funny to see if they could still do the nasty while being walkers.

Merle Dixon Supporter

November 5th, 2012
8:58 am

I was hoping Merle Dixon would be the one to kill T-Dog, especially for that hip-hop clown dropping that key down the drain and forcing Merle to saw off his own hand.

Gerg

November 5th, 2012
10:01 am

Lori had it coming, and too bad for T-Dog…never really got to develop his character fully. At least we understand why Lori died — all sorts of freudian and “Biblical” innuendoes to her demise — but T-Dog? At least he went out swinging and a hero. I haven’t read the comics, so I have no idea on how any fo the characters have developed and fallen, versus the comics.

Poor Carl, he’s about to turn into a “Darth Vader” of sorts… Shane dead at his hands; mom dead at his hands; and willl be reminded of that everyday with his new sibling. And, how much attention with the baby get and Carl not get — as he slips further into whatever black hole he is already swirling around in.

Whew! Great episode — can’t wait for next week!

Anita Blajjob

November 5th, 2012
10:07 am

Lori is not dead. Carl couldn’t do it and she revived and escaped. You saw it here first…

Troll Bait

November 5th, 2012
10:29 am

Judging from the comments… damn some of you are just plain stupid. Is all of Atlanta this dumb?

raiders5869@yahoo.com

November 5th, 2012
10:33 am

I can’t believe they killed off Lori and T-dog especially Lori,this show is so realistic because noone is safe.

Dan

November 5th, 2012
10:48 am

DAMN………. NO WORDS …….MOURNING T- DOG ………

DemDeb

November 5th, 2012
10:55 am

Am I the only person who thinks the baby might end being “adopted” by Glenn & Maggie? Their relationship is obviously progressing. She’s got a strong caretaker/maternal/optimist streak to her, but has said she didnt want to bring kids into “this” world or put herself at risk with a pregnancy. Rick’s decision to “accept” the baby as his was in the interest of his reconcilation with Lori, which is no longer a factor. In fact, Lori’s dying to have the baby might even spur some resentment toward the infant, if he begins to ponder whether it’s actually his. Plus he has Carl to single parent now, as well as leading the group. Seems unlikely he’d be able to spare the time an infant’s demands would place on him. You know the women will end up tending to the child, just out of logistics, and Glenn + Maggie + baby would give us an intact “family” unit, that the show no longer has, having lost Lori & Sophia. Just wondering.

Varg Vargas

November 5th, 2012
10:57 am

“They must have been [can't tell what he said] by bandits weeks ago,” he says. “It’s ugly out there. You know that better than anyone.”

You had closed captioning on?

David

November 5th, 2012
10:59 am

Why d ppl think T-Dog’s death is racist? Ppl of all races would die. Get a grip on reality.

HP

November 5th, 2012
11:12 am

@David: So then why are you just focusing on stupid people and their misguided comments? I was sad to see T-Dog go, but he stepped for the group in a big way by sacrificing himself to save Carol and he earned his place and everyone’s respect. And I’m black. IronE did a great job and he will be missed. But all the GOOD shows kill off major characters unexpectedly.

HP

November 5th, 2012
11:12 am

@David: So then why are you just focusing on stupid people and their misguided comments? I was sad to see T-Dog go, but he stepped for the group in a big way by sacrificing himself to save Carol and he earned his place and everyone’s respect. And I’m black. IronE did a great job and he will be missed. But all the GOOD shows kill off major characters unexpectedly.

Chaos

November 5th, 2012
11:12 am

I still wanted a zombie baby that ate its way out…..I am disapoint.

HP

November 5th, 2012
11:13 am

Michonne needs to just leave, by the way. Andrea keeps proving that she is an idiot. I keep making excuses for her and every week she keeps reinforcing her single digit IQ. Attorney my behind…

Kat

November 5th, 2012
11:16 am

Don’t complain about the survey being where it is. Any intelligent person would know that if they click on the front pages’s cleverly titled, “What happened on TWD last night?” that there might be information pertaining to what happened. If you are complaining, then it is your fault. Consider the link’s name to be a suggestion as to what might be there.

Glad Lori is dead – she was a waste. It was good to see Rick show his feelings for her albeit in a zombie-calling scream. Carl expressed that he cared to his mom, which was nice. Lori’s words to her son did not ring hollow to me.

I love T-Dog! I am so mad he is gone, but at least I don’t have to worry about what Merle will do to him if they met up again. So the “token” black guy is no longer T-Dog but this other guy now? What’s up with that town? I don’t recall seeing many black people there either – except the one that keeps eyeing up Michon.

I do not understand HOW that “extra” prisoner got away safely from those other zombies after being locked in. I had to try to convince my husband that that was the same guy.

Good luck to Carol wherever she is.

JOhn

November 5th, 2012
11:25 am

Lame. T-Dog could have taken those two zombies down…punch, kick, twist their rotten heads off with his bare hands…..what a lame way the writers wrote him out.

Kat

November 5th, 2012
11:25 am

I do think (hope?) that Glenn and Maggie “adopt” the child because Rick is (currently) too unstable and too busy trying to keep some sort of anti-zombie strategy in place. Carl will probably see the baby as the reason for his mom’s death.

Lady

November 5th, 2012
12:00 pm

Gut wrenching episode. I knew T Dog was gone when he had more then two lines and more than seven words. Then he also had a real opinion. I said my goodbye then. Oh well, he was never developed. We don’t know anything about his past other than he had black parents. Can’t wait to see Morgan again–well that would mean Oscar would have to go. All of this caused by little scary Andrew.
The Lori scene was a tough one. I was very sad for Carl. Then Rick in the end caused me to tear up. Wow. Great show everyone.
@ Rodney
I didn’t think Rick was disregarding his son as much as he was grieving and going through deep regret for not having resolved his issues with Lori and then finding out Andrew, whom he’d locked out in the walker yard, was responsible. Bless his heart.

ANGRY@SHANE/LORI

November 5th, 2012
12:12 pm

What Lori said to Carl in her final moments was, “Always do what’s right, even in this kind of world.” I think she was bemoaning the fact that she cheated with Shane, that if she’d done what was right, things would have been different between her and Rick in the last few months of her life. Figure it out timing wise. She and Shane probably started getting it on just a few weeks after the fall of civilization. I think that’s one of the points the writers were trying to make. She loved Rick and she loved Carl, but she took up with Shane too soon. Lori’s gone and not coming back as a Walker.

fortt2

November 5th, 2012
12:13 pm

I liked the tweet that was mentioned on Talking Dead: “Somebody better start lactating, FAST! “

Mary

November 5th, 2012
12:16 pm

I looked forward to watching this show on Sundays; however since you insist on killing off important characters I find the show will be missing the foundation of each character from day one. I will be less likely to want to stay up and watch.

Toryshane

November 5th, 2012
12:17 pm

SPOILERS: Great episode… Lori’s death was timely and to be honest I never liked her character but her death still packed an emotional hit. When she walked out with Herschel and Rick looked at her you could tell that he was ready to forgive her. In fact it seemed as though Rick were almost willing to become the innocent guy he was for seasons 1 and most of season 2 but then it all went down hill and Rick was given a lesson in what happens when you dont finish business as the one prisoner he let run away came back to nearly destroy everything. The reaction by Rick to the death of Lori, the knowledge that Carl had to killer her, the death T Dog and maybe even Carol brought him to his knees because he really does care and because he knew that it it was to some degree his fault. Cant wait to see what Rick becomes in this aftermath? Does he return to compassion or does he embrace the cutting edge of the knife more than ever and which will best serve the group when they encounter the Governor?

Speaking of the Governor, Andreas storyline is a little absurd, her crush to obvious and her unwillingness to trust the one person whose instincts kept her alive for 8 months is a fall back on her season 1 idiocy. The fact that she has been so completely seduced by his nature is a pretty clear indication that when it really falls apart Michone will be the one to suffer most for her mistake.

And, off topic somewhat but Michone gets better every second. He accusatory side glances feel like daggers even through the TV screen. She feels like a caged cat more dangerous than ever but this cage belongs to the governor and he may be more dangerous than any walker she has faced yet!

DeadButNotBlind

November 5th, 2012
12:20 pm

Why is everybody thinking that Rick is wailing because of the death of Lori. Sure that is part of it, but it was the moment he looked at Carl that he bellowed. He is grief stricken over what has happened to Carl and that it was him that had to experience this and not Rick. He knows that he failed to protect Carl.

Plus Lori is still the worst.

Lady

November 5th, 2012
12:23 pm

LOL @ Rob Zombie re: walkers doing the nasty.

Lori’s death and particularly Rick’s anguish over it really hit me hard. I was half hoping Carl didn’t off her and Carol found her way to a conscious Lori and sutured her wound and they hobbled off.
I mean, the Andrew dude survived, why not Lori?

greg

November 5th, 2012
12:27 pm

thank god they killed lori she was besides andrea the most annoying charachter always making dumb decisions pitting ppl againts one another. like what a dumb decison save the baby kill me.. umm no we need you more not a screaming baby. pitting rick against shane and then looking disgusted when rick finally kills shane. she was a horrible person.

darkglam2012

November 5th, 2012
12:27 pm

…Let the bodies hit the floor…..lol…
Someone actually said, “Get a grip on reality”…
Bwahahaha

darkglam2012

November 5th, 2012
12:27 pm

…Let the bodies hit the floor…..lol…
Someone actually said, “Get a grip on reality”…
Bwahahaha

ChazInATL

November 5th, 2012
12:30 pm

When Daryl goes out in search of formula, he’s gonna get spooked by a noise and wind up killing Merle when he mistakes him for a “walker”. When the “Gov” sends a search party, that’s when the “tea-drugged” Stepford residents of Woodbury will discover the prison!

Everyone will blame the baby crying as the reason they are “discovered”!

Michonne will somehow end up being the one to cut the baby’s head off!

katie shepherd

November 5th, 2012
12:36 pm

It was tragic that T Dog died, and (even if I didn’t like her) shocking that Lori dies. I think the reason they did this though is to bring realism to it. It’s a zombie apocalypse; not everyone is gonna survive. It’d look a bit too far fetched (as far fetched as zombies can be) if all the good people survived.
R.I.P T Dog and Lori <3

Mr_Walking_dead

November 5th, 2012
12:38 pm

Lori isn’t dead. If you go on imdb she is in the same number of episodes as Andrew lincoln (the guy that plays rick)

Mariana

November 5th, 2012
12:39 pm

So sad about T Dogg, one of my favorite characters, I did not see that coming. I dont think that Lori is dead, no way they will actually kill off 2 people. I think that in the next episode Rick will go to see her and he will revive her in some way. I think Carl may have shot her but if he did he didnt shoot her in the head. I think she will pull through ad they will become more of a couple again. I dont really like her that much though would have rather kept T Doff but no way hes coming back now:(

G

November 5th, 2012
12:39 pm

Hate to see T-Dog go. Iron Singleton seemed to be sad during the interview on the recap show, Talking Dead. Just didn’t make a whole lot of sense to kill him off, because T-Dog had as much survival skills as Daryl. Is it really a coincedence that Ocsar shows up and T-Dog is gone?

Glad to see that wrench Lori go down. She has been a liability, and was the source of a lot of group drama and tension. Deuces!

Carol is gone. They will probably find her like Sophia. She was a liability too.

Michonne needs to watch herself with the Governor. If he finds out she is on to him, it’s lights out for her too. She should leave Andrea with the Gov. Andrea is just hot in the pants and she’s tired of running.

Meryl will only accept “no” for a short while, before he and the Gov bump heads.

That was a whole lot for Rick to process at once.

Burnell

November 5th, 2012
12:40 pm

I think that Oscar is going to be Tyreese from the comic books(not literally but serve the same role), so have hope maybe we finally get to see a character that is strong and almost coequal to Rick.

I was really heartbroken to see Lori die, people forget so many women died in childbirth in the old days, it was a death sentence for Lori either way, at least she could keep the baby alive.

Tdog, just when I was finally start to understand your character, you die, sorry to see you go.

Lady

November 5th, 2012
12:42 pm

@Toryshane,
good points. There is also a good parallel to be drawn between Andrew and Randall. To Shane’s credit, he kept insisting that Randall needed to be killed and he did it. The unfinished business always comes back to haunt in this show. The walker Carl taunted that later killed Dale, and now Andrew (whom in Rick’s defense should have been walker food) idiotically opens the fence for walkers and lures them with deer.

Miss Obvious

November 5th, 2012
12:47 pm

No Wonder T-Dog had so much free time a few weeks ago to eat yogurt in Vinings and sit down with Rodney while the final episodes of Season 3 were being filmed without him!

In lieu of breast milk, perhaps this baby will be able to live off Zombie Blood.
His/Her/Its big brother looks like a modern-day Eddie Munster anyway.

The Governor, like another illegitimate leader we all know, is apparently using his own brand of “redistribution of wealth” by stealing all that Georgia National Guard equipment to silence his any and all of his living… [ahem] “Haterz.”

Miss Obvious

November 5th, 2012
12:48 pm

The “T” in T-Dog apparently stood for “Token.”

Rodney Ho

November 5th, 2012
12:50 pm

Fans of “Prison Break” might recall Sarah Wayne Callies’ character was presumed dead at one point but came back at a later date. I doubt that’s the case this time around.

Mariana

November 5th, 2012
12:54 pm

This is the best show on AMC.The best part is when the black man took his life for the lady soo sweet .

jenell

November 5th, 2012
1:17 pm

What a very emotional show last night, I cried and then watched it all over again, RIP…Lori and T-Dog

Ted

November 5th, 2012
1:17 pm

This show is so stupid. I can’t believe it is still on TV.

Swaize

November 5th, 2012
1:18 pm

Tough episode for sure. I’ve been thinking how awful it was killing Lori like that. They Should have stayed with the comic version. I am also thinking this is about the MONEY paid to the actors. They must be fighting over parts in the series. Lori got to costly, so they killed her off. The baby survives, because it won’t cost anything. Carol is missing now, no salary to pay there. And, the rest of you creeps commenting about RACISM. Get over your selves. This is about the HUMAN RACE, not color. No wonder you got enslaved! Dumb asses! I’m predicting this here first (as far as I know). There will be an offshoot series made from this soon, called “Woodbury” about a post appocolyptic town. My idea! Watch for the comic at http://www.yourplace2.com.

BB

November 5th, 2012
1:27 pm

come on people…LORI IS DEAD!!! She had her stomach cut open. If she didn’t bleed out then I am sure the zombies got her…