It’s baaaaaack! Our favorite zombie-infested show has returned to finish up the last half of this so far amazing third season. How will Daryl and Merle get out of their predicament from the last episode? How far down has the Governor gone? What will happen with Tyreese and his group upon finding the prison?
Needless to say, this post will get into spoilers for the episode “The Suicide King”. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can catch it on AMC’s site here. Otherwise, you may not want to continue reading.
We begin the episode right where it left off before the long hiatus. Daryl and Merle are in the middle of a crowd of Woodburians (Woodburites?) demanding for their blood. The Governor threw Merle under the bus and places the blame on him for the attack on the town. To prove his loyalty, the two brothers have to face each other in a fight to the death.
While at first it looks like Merle is going through with it, he lets Daryl in that he plans to get out of this situation together. As they both fight back the walkers surrounding them, we see Rick’s group has returned to save their comrade. Maggie shows off some sweet sniping skills that’s very reminiscent to how Andrea is in the comics. One target she nailed was the annoying Haley who, in a previous episode, was bragging about her archery skills. Guess she didn’t last too long to back up her talk!
Upon making it back to Glenn and Michonne, tensions rise upon the sight of our lovable racist redneck. He first drops the fact that Andrea is alive and in Woodbury sleeping with the Governor. He acts like his usual self before getting the business end of a revolver handle. An ultimatum is then made by Daryl stating simply, “no him, no me” out of loyalty for his own blood. Rick pleads for an alternative but lets the brothers leave before heading back to the prison.
This scene was interesting on a number of levels. Having Daryl choose his brother over the group just goes to show how loyal he can be to a fault. Despite knowing how scummy Merle can be, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s the only real family he has left. Having Rick not compromise the safety of the group makes sense even if it means losing his right hand man. This as well as his line to Michonne stating that she leaves after getting patched up are just a couple of instances showing Rick’s growing sense of mistrust.
At the prison, Hershel is helping Tyreese and his crew patch up. We get a sense that these are good people, Tyreese particularly. His younger sister Sasha also shows some good-heartedness through asking about the baby Judith and her apologies for the mother. Hershel makes it clear to the group that they may not be able to stay and how it’s not up to him on the decision.
As the new folks bring their fallen comrade’s body out for burial, the two white guys suggest jumping Carl, Carol, and Hershel making the argument that they can overtake them. Tyreese shoots this idea down immediately stating that, “these are good people”. I can see this causing problems later on for Rick’s group to trust these new people if half of them end up splintering off to take their chances.
Cut back to Glenn with the “zombie kill of the week” for his multiple curb stomp Gears of War style! He’s sporting a sweet looking black eye while being upset over Rick not killing the Governor back when they saved Daryl. Seems like his kidnapping in Woodbury is one he won’t soon forget or put to rest any time soon! Judging by the sneak peek into next week’s episode, we’re going to see Glenn and Michonne pull off a little reconnaissance mission to take out the big baddie.
In Woodbury, the residents are panicking and attempting to leave not realizing how much more dangerous it is beyond the walls. The Governor puts it well a little later stating that they have been living with “barbecues and picnics” for too long. We then see a stray walker attacking a man in the town. The people are pleading for somebody to do something to which the Governor responds with a bullet right between the poor soul’s eyes then marches back inside his apartment. Clearly, this is a man with no more fucks to give!
We see Andrea confront the Governor inside the apartment over shooting the dying man in front of the town residents. Here she learns about Glenn and Maggie being held in Woodbury without her knowing and how the rest of her former group were the people who attacked. Despite this, she still seems eager to hang on to this (for lack of a better word) relationship. Way to be, girl. Way to be.
One interesting observation made by eagle-eyed viewers (such as my girlfriend) spotted the bag of guns the Governor was unloading during this scene. It’s very similar looking if not the same as the bag of guns Rick gave to the group who was taking care of senior citizens in the Season 1 episode “Vatos”. Do you think they were overtaken by the Governor’s men? If so, it’s unlikely they’d still be alive.
Jumping ahead to Rick making it back inside the prison, we see a rare moment with him holding Judith. There’s an unsettling echo to the baby’s cries as Rick looks zoned out. This is likely the rush of constantly being out and about catching up to him. If I were to extend my reach a bit further, however, I’m thinking he has some deep-rooted resentment for his child over Lori dying while giving birth to her. This may be a stretch but I’ll hold onto that possibility for the time being.
There’s an interesting moment of leadership Andrea shows as we cut back to Woodbury. The residents are still freaking out with the Governor refusing to come out and address them. Instead, Andrea is the one giving a speech to rally everyone together. We have to wonder now if Andrea’s loyalties lie with Woodbury completely now despite knowing Rick and the gang are around. It seems she feels a stronger sense of community with these people than what she had before.
As we return to the prison, I have to note the strong acting chops from Scott Wilson (Hershel). His scenes with both Glenn and Maggie speaking with them individually and trying to patch up their relationship was one of my favorite moments in the show. His presence and calm way of speaking coupled with the amazing camera shots (especially at the end looking into the cell) really sold the moment.
In a lot of ways, Hershel on the show has become like Dale in the comics. Missing leg aside, he has a acceptance for the way things are and acts as a mentor for those needing guidance. We can especially see this between him and Rick in this episode and all throughout the season.
Tyreese and Rick finally get to meet face to face as the former pleads his case to stay. This is where Rick’s steps of mistrust reach their peak. We can understand not taking in Merle, Michonne can be a bit shady but has proven useful, and Tyreese is clearly not a bad guy through showing patience and offering help.
He seems about ready to accept the new people in until he sees what I and plenty of other fans had spinning our heads. Ghost Lori!
Rick is flipping out and yelling up at the catwalk as he hallucinates the deceased Lori wearing what looks like a wedding dress. She doesn’t say anything, just stares in the creepiest way you can imagine. Is Rick projecting guilt upon himself?
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