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‘The Walking Dead’ (’When the Dead Come Knocking’) recap, season 3, episode 7: face off!

Michonne leads Oscar, Daryl and Rick to Woodbury for the inevitable confrontation between the two camps. CREDIT: AMC

Michonne leads Oscar, Daryl and Rick to Woodbury for the inevitable confrontation between the two camps. CREDIT: AMC

Glenn shows his muscle in more ways than one this episode.

He wouldn’t give up his group’s position to Merle, who instead gives the man a vicious facial beating.

Then Merle releases a walker with teeth into the room while Glenn is tied to a chair with duct tape (useful – even in a zombie apocalyspe!). Of course, Merle could have made it even tougher and tie Glenn’s feet to the chair, too. But Glenn is able  to stand up and fend off the walker in a great set piece. He slams the chair into a wall repeatedly and is able to grab a sharp piece off the back of the chair that enables him to stab the walker in the head to death. Impressive. No way the show is going to kill Glenn, eh?

The Governor decides to take on the reponsibility of interrogating a steely Maggie. He asks her to take her shirt off and appears to be ready to rape her. She appears resigned. But perhaps the producers wanted to keep the Governor from being too unsympathetic of a character. So he doesn’t actually do it. Perhaps Andrea is keeping him satisfied for now.

Instead, he brings Maggie into the same room with Glenn and with Merle and the other roughneck in the room, threatens to kill one of them. While the Governor has a gun squared on Glenn, Maggie slips first and gives up the prison locale. He’s  intrigued and skeptical when Maggie tells him just ten of them secured the prison, which he presumed was over-run with zombies. Shockingly, the Governor keeps Maggie and Glenn alive – and together – after touching Maggie in a creepy, condescending way, purring insincerely,”It’s alright.” He also questions Merle about his loyalty is knowing that Daryl is on the other side. Merle says he’s with the Governor and is told to scout the prison.

The Governor is also keeping Andrea blissfully in the dark about what’s to come.

Meanwhile, badass Michonne is in bad shape as she arrives at the prison. She’s dehydrated and has lost a lot of blood from the wound, which is still seeping. The gut splatter she had on her had kept the walkers at bay but alas, she touches her wound with her left hand, then lifts it to her neck. The walker next to her sniffs and realizes she’s not one of them. She fends off three of them, then collapses on the ground, ready to get eaten.

Instead, Carl saves her life, shooting two walkers. Rick brings her inside the compound while he and his son kill off a few more.

Michonne is her usual non-talkative self. Rick is ready to treat her and let her go on her way. But she explains that she had seen the dude with the missing hand kidnap Glenn and Maggie.

That changes things. She tells them about Woodbury, compares the Governor to Jim Jones, the crazy cult leader who convinced 918 people to commit suicide en masse in 1978.

They clearly want two of their key members back. Michonne knows the space and a way to get in. So Michonne, Oscar, Rick and Daryl leave for Woodbury. Beth, Herschel, the baby, Carol and Carl stay behind. Carl and Rick have a quick heart to heart, where Rick gives his son props (and condolences) for killing Lori. Carl notes that Daryl has named the baby “asskicker” but figures she needs a real name. His idea is sort of lame: the old-fashioned Judith, the first name of his third-grade teacher. Rick goes for it and tells Carl to take care of everything.  Rick certainly is treating him differently, more like an adult than a child in many ways now. Though he seems to have quickly bounced back after the calls from beyond last week, he needs Carl now more than ever.

On the way to Woodbury, Rick says a simple “thank you” to Daryl for taking charge while Rick was on a grief rampage. Daryl responds with the proper, “That’s what we do.” A team is a team. You live by the team. You die by the team. You fill in the gaps when someone goes down.

Unfortunately, the woods are teeming with walkers and Michonne, Oscar, Rick and Daryl find refuge at some dude’s house. The dude is still alive, shockingly. But he freaks out over the presence of the four of them but fortunately does not shoot them. Instead, Michonne guts him with her sword and they use him as a distraction for the walkers so they can sneak off to Woodbury.

The last we see of them, they’re watching the guards right outside as day turns to night.

The third storyline revolves around Milton, the pseudo scientist, and Andrea. Milton has an experiment going with Mr. Coleman, a man dying of prostate cancer. He wants to be ready to see if there is any sign of conscious life after a person becomes a zombie. Andrea has been there. She knows – it’s none. But Milton has never seen a person “turn.” His parents were dead, he had no siblings, he “telecommuted,” he said. So he somehow ended up a bit isolated from the dreadfulness outside Woodbury.

His experiment was asking Mr. Coleman questions. Mr. Coleman would raise his right hand if he believed what Milton was saying was true.

When Mr. Coleman dies, they wait until he “reanimates.” Milton starts asking zombie Coleman questions. Zombie Coleman grips the sheet, getting agitated. Milton thinks this is a good sign. Andrea warns him that if he frees Mr. Coleman from constraints, he’s going to lunge after Milton. But Milton does it anyway. Zombie Coleman lunges after him and Andrea has to stake Zombie Coleman in the brain.

Experiment failed.

Next week for the fall finale: Expect fireworks between the prison crew and the Woodbury militia. And word is we may meet a key figure in Tyrese, who is Rick’s second in command in the graphic novel.

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November 25th, 2012
10:59 pm

Can’t wait for next week!

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0bama=Manure

November 26th, 2012
1:21 am

After over a year of wearing the same underwear, how has Andrea managed to keep his light pink thong is such pristine, non-brown condition?

0bama=Manure

November 26th, 2012
1:22 am

SORRY:

…how has Andrea managed to keep HER light pink thong…..

0bama=Manure

November 26th, 2012
1:25 am

Just like many on this blog predicted, Maggie did indeed get bent over a table by The Governor.

SInce it is Cable TV, as opposed to network broadcast programming, how come we didn’t get to see Maggie’s PUPPIES ?????

The Anti-Andrea

November 26th, 2012
9:37 am

Rodney,

Raping a female is about domination and showing “control” over a woman, NOT about physical gratification.

The only thing Andrea had to do with “satisfying” The Governor is his refractory period was possibly still in effect that he might not have been able to get it up for Maggie at that moment.

Kat

November 26th, 2012
11:22 am

I think Rodney may not be trying to get inside the brain of a rapist, but is rather telling us what he knows to be real, so we don’t go off on some stupid tangent (aka Obama = Manure).

Also, I suspect Woodbury has a 24-hour laundromat or at least a women’s clothing hangout.

Great recap, Rodney!

Rob Zombie

November 26th, 2012
12:00 pm

Glenn is likely dead…..Just in a different way and by a different hand than in the comics. I think Oscar the Convict has taken the place of Tyreese……Just like how there is no Darryl and Merle in the comics.

Ahijah

November 26th, 2012
12:40 pm

It will be interesting to see how Michonne and Daryl get along. I’m guessing they’ll keep each other at arms length, two Alpha killing machines but very different personalities.

Liz

November 26th, 2012
12:46 pm

Last night, I did not understand what Merle was trying to say about what T-Dog had done to him in Atlanta when he said “that big old spear chunk her.”

Did Merle have a wife or girlfriend in the first season that T-Dog liked or had caused to get bitten?

LibbyPTC

November 26th, 2012
12:59 pm

Liz – I think T-Dog dropped the key to the handcuffs down a grate when they left Merle on a building in Atlanta (and he called him a “spear chucker” as a typical Merle slur).

Matt in Midtown

November 26th, 2012
12:59 pm

@Liz – Merle is portrayed as racist – he called T-Dog a “big ol’ spearchucker”. He also said that the zombie would be “hungry again in an hour anyway” after eating Glenn.

The funny thing is, the actor playing Merle is a such a nice guy. Playing against type, I suppose.

Liz

November 26th, 2012
2:14 pm

Thanks, LibbyPTC, but I don’t know what “spear chucker” means.

(I must admit I haven’t read the book on which the show is based yet to understand the reference.)

Ms Lady

November 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

@Libby, thats what happened. They main characters went on a supply run into the city and Merle was monologuing. They end up honkered down on the roof of one of the buildingThis is when Rick joins the group and a police officer nonetheless. Merle is having control issus and Rick and T-Dogg decide to handcuff him to a pipe or something on the roof of while they get it together and plan an escape back to camp. T-Dogg is in charge of the key. They get into a zombie showdown on Peachtree Street and T-Dogg goes back for Merle. He throws the handcuff key towards Merle but to no avail, Merle will have to sever his own hand to get free. Basically, he left Merle up there to get out the best way he could. I hoped for a Merle vs T-Dogg showdown in this season, but we know how that ended. Hope this helps!

MoFaux

November 26th, 2012
2:46 pm

Liz, “to chuck”, means “to throw”. So, it means “spear thrower”, as in presumably an African tribe that still hunts using spears. It’s a rather offensive racial slur. Another reason to hate this character and hope Daryl takes him out in the obvious upcoming confrontation.

Rob Zombie

November 26th, 2012
2:49 pm

@ Matt in Midtown…….Michael Rooker has played racist characters before. He was one of the KKK ringleaders in ‘Mississippi Burning’

Rob Zombie

November 26th, 2012
2:51 pm

Seems like most of his movie roles have been those of villanous characters.

DeadManWalking

November 26th, 2012
9:55 pm

Hmmm, with next week being mid season finale, that means we’ll go 4+ weeks with no new episodes. Here’s to hoping it’ll be 1.5+ hours. Today, I wisened up; I didn’t visit AJC in fear that this show would be spoiled in its headline title, but it looks like it wasn’t. Good! Interesting that Rodney says he doesn’t read the comic yet revealed that we’d get a look at Tyrese next week. I didn’t catch any of that from watching the show. What fun it is to have someone with an inside track who dangles would be surprises just ahead of us.

Good episode though not great. Definitely a build up though the guy in the shack must’ve been Rip Van Winkle to awaken and think that he could call the cops on some intruders. 2 things about Michonne: #1 I don’t recall Glenn and Maggie saying it’d be a straight shot to the prison, and if so, in what direction? FAIL #2 Andrea clearly told Michonne everything over the past 9 months, so I’m confident Michonne would know everyone at that camp and put 2 and 2 together. Man named Rick with a son, Glenn and Maggie, etc etc. So I would think that the instant she got to the camp, she would say “a guy named Merle took Glenn and Maggie; Andrea is there too” She could at least establish a frame of reference for the Rick camp to more easily trust her. Yet, she mentions an ambiguous “Governor” and Rick and others follow her into wherever. Regardless though, I’m sure the writers have their reasoning.

Next week is sure to be good. If Rodney is correct, then I’m betting Tyrese is the black guy who left the wall at the end of this episode and was giving Michonne the googly eyes when Andrea and she first walked through Woodbury. It seems unlikely, but maybe that guy will turn on the governor and be Rick’s best friend. OR, Oscar reveals that “Oscar” is his street name and that his legal name is Tyrese. We’ll see… I’ll miss this show as it goes on hiatus for a month or so…

(SN: If you haven’t watched the Walking Dead video game walkthrough on youtube, you’re missing out on an even better experience IMO)

Mercedes S.

November 26th, 2012
11:13 pm

Michael Rooker scariest role was the title character in “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” (1986). “Henry’ was based on Henry Lee Lucas, who claimed to have murdered at least 500 people across the US. As governor, George Bush approved of the execution of 152 Texas prisoners. He pardoned one death row inmate – Henry Lee Lucas.

Truthpaste

November 27th, 2012
2:05 am

It was a good show this week, great tension buildup. I like how some of the minor characters still stay in the background, until it’s their time to shine. The reemergence of Carol to the group was a touching moment. Like Carl, Glenn is going to evolve into a much darker personality after that life and death struggle in the dungeon with the walker.

stephanie*

November 27th, 2012
11:23 am

to DEADMANWALKING: Glenn and maggie did mention the prison and it being a straight shot before they went into the store to look for supplies. Michonne heard them, they were talking to eachother and merle was not yet there. Also, Michonne is aware who they are however she is quiet and keeps her guard up. Just because andrea knew them, doesnt mean she will trust them completely off the bat. She also has no reasoning to mention merles name. She keeps to herself.

deadmanwalking

November 28th, 2012
7:29 am

good reply. I agree that she keeps to herself.