The Walking Dead 304: “Killer Within”

Written by  //  November 5, 2012  //  Televised Entertainment in Review, The Theatre  //  16 Comments

I hope Carl and I weren’t the only ones in tears last night.

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Caution: Spoilerama

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

The Walking Dead 304 - Killer WithinSo 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?

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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 Walking Dead 304 - Killer WithinThe 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.

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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.

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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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All Photos (minus the obvious screen shots) are by Gene Page / AMC © TWD Productions, LLC

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16 Comments on "The Walking Dead 304: “Killer Within”"

  1. cristina November 6, 2012 at 10:10 am · Reply

    Oh man oh man oh man. This one was a tough one to watch. It’s funny how I’m pretty much fine with watching rotting corpses chew on people (though i still peek through my fingers) but that diy cesarean scene – holy hell. It was a gruesome way to go, even though I was never fond of Lori. But WTF, Maggie??? Sorry, I know it’s an effed up situation but to make Carl shoot his own mother, not cool, not cool at all. I was really liking her for a while but I think that was total cowardice. And yeah, how *are* they gonna feed the baby? But carol’s not the only female there – Maggie or even Beth could spontaneously start…oh well, we’ll find out soon enough. Looks like there’s a growing attraction between Carl and Beth – kinda creeps me out because I always thought Beth was much older than him – isn’t he like 13? I guess age truly doesn’t matter in this world. Ok, so apparently it’s really the most peaceful people who get bitten first. Ie, I’m so bummed about T-Dog. But what I’m not sure about is Andrew – was he the guy that hacked open the gate? Because when we see him, he’s wielding an axe. But then how did he get away from the zombie yard in the first place? And do they really assume Carol became zombie toast just because they found her scarf? I don’t think we saw her get bitten.

    • Alistair Blake Arabella
      Alistair Blake Arabella November 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm · Reply

      I totally watched T-Dog get eaten between my fingers too!!!

      So then let me ask you: when they were down there in that mechanical room Carl insisted he was going to be the one to do it. (Even though Lori specifically asked Maggie to do it so Rick wouldn’t have to – which to me meant she didn’t even think that Carl should be a part of that.) – so Carl says he’s do it… and Maggie lets him.

      Would you have? I don’t think I would. I think I’d tell Carl to hold his sister and go stand out of sight while I took care of it. That wasn’t a child’s job.

  2. cristina November 6, 2012 at 10:31 am · Reply

    ok, i’ve had coffee and i think i can dial back my judgement of maggie a little – i mean she did just have to cut open a woman’s stomach and do all kinds of crazy stuff she’s never done before. after being up to her elbows in viscera, I’d think a gunshot to the head would be relatively…easy (not the right term, but still getting caffeinated). but she probably got to the end of her personal tolerance of doing effed up stuff. still, poor poor Carl.
    and yes, i was in tears at the end (to answer your first sentence).

    • Alistair Blake Arabella
      Alistair Blake Arabella November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm · Reply

      Yeah, cried like a baby. I still say even if I’d just gone through all of that, I still would’ve taken that gun from Carl and done it myself. That’s just not something a kid his age should have to do, or a memory he should have to live with.

      • cristina November 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm · Reply

        oh i totally agree – I would never have made Carl do it. even after everything that happened before. but then we’re bad ass bitches ; ) i was just trying to give maggie a break, I do like her. i really like the actress playing her, too. she gets some really good subtle but funny lines. like when she and glenn are caught making woo and have to go help them burn the zombies and she says something like ‘so close’.

        • Alistair Blake Arabella
          Alistair Blake Arabella November 7, 2012 at 11:50 am · Reply

          Ha! I can totally see us now – “Carl, hold your new sister for a sec, I’m gonna go shoot your mom in the head.” Our balls are a little bigger than Mags! But yeah, I do love Lauren Cohan. Not sure if you’re a Vampire Diaries fan as well but she has a great character on there too that still appears once in awhile in flashbacks. I completely missed what she said in the tower, so glad I have you to catch stuff like that – I even tried listening again and couldn’t pick it up – that is hilarious! Poor Maggie and Glenn, they were right there and had to be so rudely interrupted.

  3. Mark in Omaha November 6, 2012 at 11:39 am · Reply

    Great review as usual. Thanks for the props btw.

    Merle was being pretty obvious the way he was looking at Andrea like she was a nice juicy steak. (wondering if I do that, hmm.) She shot him down, reiminding everyone why she should NOT be giving him any info, then proceeds to give him all the info he wanted. Andrea’s character does such stupid things, how in hell could she have been a lawyer pre-zombpocalypse?

    DId I cry when Lori died, gotta say no. And I’m pretty sentimental, I cried at Titanic, the death of any female character actually. But I don’t think they sold the Lori is hemoragging and going to die scene at all. Hershell survived having his leg cut off with a hatchet! Lori dies after 5 minutes of labor? She even stops having labor pains long enough to deliver her death speech. Good effort by writers, actors making Lori more sympathetic over three episodes, not a good effort to “sell the death by labor scene”.

    Totally bummed by T-Dog getting bitten. Carol totally didn’t have his back, and she should have. Then he has to do the “heroic black man sacrifices himself to save the white woman” trope. Seems like they had to get rid of one black guy so they can bring in a new black guy. The little white guy, being set up as comic relief, and you know they never last long in a horror movie, very very expendable. Why wouldn’t those two take the open door option? They’ve been locked up in prison for how long? Wouldn’t you say hell yeah, let me out of here and I’ll take my chances on the outside.

    I’m skeezed out by the Beth and Carl puppy love crap going on. I”m pretty sure she is supposed to be in High School. The nameless guy driving the RV who became zombie meat at the end of Season 2 was supposedly her “boyfriend”. He looked to be about 17 or 18.

    Carl having to shoot his own Mom, wow that won’t fuck his mind up much.

    Two weeks ago? Rick chases crazy Andrew into the prison yard, slams the door shut behind him and tells him to run. Then you hear him screaming. Of course you are supposed to think he was dead. Then they showed someone watching Carol from the trees. This week they started with what you described, but they showed the person wearing prison shoes, cheap slip on crap. So Andrew showing up tossing the barrel at Rick was no surpise at all, nor was sane black guy killing crazy black guy a big surprise either. This week they show Carol clearly exiting the door, with her headscarf. When Rick et. al. show up, they find her scarf, then exit the same door and there is Herschel and Beth standing there looking over the yard. So where the hell did Carol go? And will Rick and the group spend half a season looking for her?

    I think Maggie and Glenn are going to become de facto parents.

    Why did they bother showing a scene of Carol practicing a C-section, then make her disappear and let Lori die? Haven’t they literally been doing C-sections for over 2,000 years? Named for Julius Caeser?

    Totally missed the line about the Govenor taking the women to go play at Augusta. When did he say that, while he was practicing his golf swing? He has a sweet swing, he has obviously played before. His wife died before the outbreak in a car accident, where is the daughter? Wonder if he caused his own wife’s death, he was driving drunk and caused the accident? Is that why he’s so secretive about his name?

    Maybe Merle is going to go AWOL, taking Andrea and Michonne with him? My next prediction. Merle and Daryl are going to have to meet up sometime, forcing Daryl to choose between Rick and his own brother.

    They’ve tried to “clean Merle up” a little this season, but they showed Daryl pushing the motorcycle into the compound, not his motorcycle but Merle’s. Complete with Waffen SS lightning bolts on the gas tank. Nothing says White Supremecy like Nazi insignia. Do they not notice that stuff or what?

    • Alistair Blake Arabella
      Alistair Blake Arabella November 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm · Reply

      So much to say!
      I did have a feeling it might be Andrew when I saw the shoes. But it made no sense because I really thought he’d died – Rick tossed him out and he was screaming – so what the hell happened to him?
      I… have no idea what to say about Carol. You already know she’s my least favorite character. She should’ve been there to help T-Dog close the gate and watch his back while he did so, keeping him from being bitten. She should’ve been the one to get bit dammit! And I totally caught that too – she CLEARLY left the door with her scarf on, then Daryl finds it right there on the ground? Also – they dove into the prison to escape the yard… then winded through all those halls and faced all those Walkers… to go back out in the yard? Huh?
      I think the Governor killed his family, but that’s just because he’s weird. And yes, he said that when Merle first approached him and he was practicing his swing. It would be interesting to see if his wife and daughter are heads in his collection! I think Merle is going to leave with Andrea and Michonne to search for Daryl.
      I did see the SS on the bike – and I wonder why Axel and Oscar didn’t bring that up when they were looking at it?

  4. Maximillian Archimedes Stoneburner
    Maximillian Archimedes Stoneburner November 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm · Reply

    It TOTALLY just occurred to me that it was Andrew who opened up the gates… The giveaway (besides the black hand) is that distinctive black-handled axe used to bust open the gate, used to try to kill Rick and dropped by Rick in the yard after he doesn’t see Lori… With a surprising moment of emphasis on the axe in that sequence…

    • Alistair Blake Arabella
      Alistair Blake Arabella November 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm · Reply

      Nice catch on the axe! The first time I watched the episode I thought they successfully covered Andrew’s hands with zombie guts to hide his skin color, but yeah, he was very clearly in prison blues and slippers. I didn’t even catch that it was the same axe – that’s interesting.

  5. Maximillian Archimedes Stoneburner
    Maximillian Archimedes Stoneburner November 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm · Reply

    Also something to consider… We didn’t see Lori get shot… Much like we didn’t see Andrew get eaten… Just saying…

    • Alistair Blake Arabella
      Alistair Blake Arabella November 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm · Reply

      Nice call – what if Carl really couldn’t do it – shot into the ground or something, and we get to see Walker-Lori next week! Nice!

  6. Mark in Omaha November 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm · Reply

    So are you saying she might still be “alive” or come back as a zombie? If she magically comes back next week still alive, then the writing has sunk to “Bobby is still alive and all of last season was a bad dream” level.

    It had to be someone on the outside of the prison, and Andrew was the only one unaccounted for. Besides the axe, they showed he was wearing prison shoes, but you couldn’t tell what his skin color was.

    • Maximillian Archimedes Stoneburner
      Maximillian Archimedes Stoneburner November 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm · Reply

      Oh she’s definitely dead as a human now I think… But I would not be totally shocked to see her shuffling around at some point… Because, for instance, with Dale and Shane you saw it happen….
      In regards to the mystery man, when he sets the heart outside the gate you do see its the hand of a black man… So I think that since Andrew is now dead, they’ll never know for sure and have to leave the prison; ending up in Woodbury… But full disclosure: I have made it a point NOT to read the comics so all I am doing is speculating…

      • Mark in Omaha November 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm · Reply

        Roger that, me too.

      • Alistair Blake Arabella
        Alistair Blake Arabella November 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm · Reply

        Well really, all bets are off with the comics – I mean, they’re an outline but not they’re not set in stone. If they were Sophia would still be here.
        I didn’t think it was THAT clear that the hand in the beginning was black – it was really covered in gook.

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