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.
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.