The Walking Dead 304: “Killer Within”
I hope Carl and I weren’t the only ones in tears last night.
We opened with a mysteriously gook covered hand using a dead deer to bring Walkers to the once-secured prison gates our group has been safe behind. Gook-guy takes an axe to the chain that was around the gate and places the deer’s heart there – impending Walker stampede is a GO.
But the gang doesn’t seem to know that as we see they are busy playing house at the prison. (Loved the “Are you coming?” joke delivered by my TV-hubs Daryl to Glenn and Maggie, nice touch.) As we all guessed last time we were at the prison, Axel and Oscar are trying their hardest to get in Rick’s good graces and be allowed into his group. Rick discusses it with T-Dog, Daryl, Glenn, Maggie and Carol but T-Dog is the only one lobbying for them to be brought in. So they are sent packing and left outside the gate. Not sure yet if they are going to join up with whoever is running around outside fucking with the prison but if it were me, well I probably would. Just saying. I’m kind of a dick like that.
We finally get to see both stories this week since we cut over to Woodbury to check in with Andrea, Michonne and the Governor. It was nice having whole hours devoted to each story but every time they do that I’m sitting there dying to know what is going on at the other location. Michonne still delivers most of her lines with “stink-face” but at least she has got actual lines. She isn’t buying what the Governor is selling after seeing fresh blood and bullet holes on the vehicles he got from the National Guard.
Unfortunately it looks like Andrea is totally mesmerized by the “Gov-Cock” or whatever you want to call it. I thought that after last week maybe this was all some brilliant plan on her part to get in good with him and figure out what he is really about. But no, no I was giving her way too much credit. Dumb Andrea could be back folks, RIP Badass Andrea, we hardly knew ye. Except for Shane… he knew you really well.
And then the really fucked up stuff happens. And I don’t even know if I should say it here. Does it break “recap code” to give away a HUGE SPOILER? Maybe. So… the open gate thing finally bites our group in the ass. Or I guess the shoulder, since while everyone is having a “Carl Meets the Deer” moment watching Hershel get around on his crutches they get surprised by a bunch of Walkers who wandered in through the opening.
This leads to a few things happening: Rick still has a thing for his wife. Carl is a much better shot than we thought. Maggie is not as good of a shot as we thought. Hershel is going to learn how to kill Walkers with his crutch eventually (my recommendation is to outfit the sides with machetes, and maybe the crutch that’s under his good leg could be outfitted with some kind of shotgun so he could lean on the crutch supporting his bad leg and fire with the other). And Daryl gets best kill of the night with his jump attack.
And yeah, here we go guys: T-Dog gets bitten. What the fuck?? Just when this guy is finally getting LINES he gets taken out. Why? What purpose does that serve? Can I submit Carol to the panel? They can’t throw us that bone? Fuck!!
Okay, let me try to diffuse my rage by jumping back to Woodbury. Much like Mark predicted Andrea and Merle are engaging in some kind of flirtation. Does this bitch not remember anything about what Merle was like? Does she actually think it is a good idea to literally give him a map back to the farm? Jebus.
So whoever is screwing with the group at the prison isn’t finished. The gas tank they were dragging around was for the backup generator. Rick confronts Oscar and Axel who tell him about the generators. Our mystery man has fueled it up so he can turn on the alarm, which gets the attention of every Walker in the area. Since Lori, Maggie and Carl ran into the prison for safety without first making sure they were in a secured area they are now running from Walkers in the dark halls. And wouldn’t you know it – now is a GREAT time for Lori’s baby to start coming! Man this show is utter insanity and I love it.
Alright – going to give the Governor a little bit of props for suggesting they take all the women in his camp to Augusta so they can play on the course for the first time in history. That was pretty cool. What’s also cool? That Merle is starting to doubt the Governor as well. He asks him if he can leave to go search for Daryl and when the Governor comes up with excuse after excuse to make him stay there was this glimmer of understanding in Merle’s eyes. Maybe he’s not here of his own volition as he thought?
Lori, Maggie and Carl are stuck in a mechanical room hiding from all the Walkers in the halls when Lori’s contractions get worse. Carl tries to convince them to make a run for their cells but Maggie shuts that down. With all the biters out there it’s just not safe. She’s going to try and deliver the baby right there.
And I still think the whole “Carol and T-Dog running through the halls together” thing would’ve been much better if the two of them had switched roles. Why couldn’t Carol be the one to sacrifice herself after getting bitten? Why couldn’t T-Dog be the one to give Carol that one last look before running to safety? Mother fuckers. I am giving them some serious Grrr face right now.
The Governor is pulling out all the stops to try and convince Andrea to stay. First he tries to get her drunk and pry more info about Daryl out of her. Then he tries to give her veiled hints about how he really wants to settle down. And when none of that works he even tells her his real name. And even though at that moment it seems like she isn’t buying it, what does she do but go running to Michonne, asking her if they can stay a little longer. Ugh.
Rick, Daryl and Oscar make it to the generator room. And guess what?! Turns out Andrew didn’t die in the prison yard like we all thought! How that happened I’m not sure since we heard him screaming when Rick closed the gate on him. Oscar proves he means what he says and shows he is loyal to Rick by shooting Andrew in the head. Although I did find Daryl’s little pre-emptive predatory sneak attack he was about to deliver on Oscar totally adorable. They get the alarm shut off right as Maggie and Lori realize she is probably not going to survive the pregnancy.
That sucks because she and Rick were sort of starting to get along. She tells Maggie to do whatever she has to do to make sure the baby is delivered safely, even though that means cutting her open and letting her die. How that makes any sense I’m not sure. How it made sense to have an obviously rubber baby come out of her stomach that suddenly turns into a real three month old infant—not sure of that either. But unless Carol’s going to suddenly start producing milk they are now kind of fucked. Now I’ve got Carol’s boobs in my head. Gross.
So poor little Carl, brand new badass Carl, has to be the one that shoots his mom in the head. Wow. Rick’s reaction when he and Maggie appear in the yard with the baby was so heartbreaking I was totally crying. That could also be due to the fact that I’m in a premenstrual phase. Too much? Maybe. Either way—cue the wetworks.
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