The Walking Dead 307: ‘When the Dead Come Knocking’
Still Think Glenn Should Have Blasted Merle on Sight… Just Saying
At the beginning of “When the Dead Come Knocking,” a very defiant looking Glenn is tied to a chair as Merle tries to explain why he took him prisoner. You know why Glenn is really an asshole, Merle? Because he didn’t shoot you in the fucking face the second you showed up. And anyone who thought that Merle might be slightly redeemed after his time with the Gov, think again. That ignorant “spear chucker” comment gives you the answer to that.
Despite beating the crap out of him the entire episode, Merle hasn’t gotten out of Glenn where Daryl and the others are. He threatens Maggie, Glenn still doesn’t budge. She’s in the next room and can hear everything. So now she knows what Merle’s “Sexy Voice” sounds like after Merle gets all icky with Glenn. Gross.
Looks like Rick still hasn’t let Michonne in. What’s a girl got to do to get an invite? Show off her badassery skills? Oh, she’s got this.
After she passes out from the gunshot wound they finally decide to let her in just as she’s about to be eaten. I’m hoping when they get to know her they will welcome her into the group. I think she would fit in with them pretty well.
Okay truth time: totally teared up when Rick saw Carol. And not just once, but yet again after I watched the episode the next day, I’m such a girl. Maybe after I read AMC’s interview with Melissa McBride I started feeling differently about her. Maybe. So when Rick and Carol embrace, and you see the realization hit her face that Lori didn’t live through the child birth—Niagara Falls… twice.
Which was then quickly brought up short when I realized – has anyone named this fucking baby yet? Jebus. Oh… they named her Judith… well then. Alright.
The Gov stops sexy times with Andrea (hope regular reader Mark got a kick out of seeing her wiggle into her pants, although he’d probably rather see her wiggle out of them) to ask her for help. I’m guessing it’s to see if she will get Glenn to tell them where the others are hiding. Once Andrea sees what Merle has been doing to Glenn, I hope she finally starts having doubts about the peen she has aligned herself with.
Michonne tells Rick, Hershel and Daryl where she came from and who has Glenn and Maggie. They may try to sneak in and get them back, but I don’t think they truly grasp what they are in store for.
They set out for Woodbury as the Governor brings Andrea into some weird experiment Milton is doing with some old dude. So he isn’t going to tell her yet that they have Glenn and Maggie. Not sure what the whole “Old Dude in a Bed” thing is all about but it kind of gave me the Arthur Petrelli heebie-jeebies, and at least Andrea has the good sense to be creeped out by it.
Merle is still torturing Glenn. This time by setting a Walker loose in the room, but Merle doesn’t realize that he is dealing with “Badass Glenn” not the Glenn he knew before. This Glenn is able to use his manly manliness to break the chair apart, keep himself from being bitten with his duct-taped arms, and use the broken pieces of the chair to impale the Walker through the head. The Hulk-Out he did at the end was pretty sweet too.
Since Merle wasn’t so successful getting anything out of Glenn, the Gov decides to be the one to try and get through to Maggie. Maybe he’ll use some of his peen-charm like he did on Andrea? Not quite. Again, gross. I will give the writers some kudos for figuring out a way to get around the nastiness that happens in the comics. So far anyway, who knows, things could still get rapey, in which case I’m out of here.
Rick, Daryl, Oscar and Michonne abandon the car to make the rest of the trip to Woodbury on foot so they can get the jump on them. They run into a group of Walkers and try to take as many out as possible (anyone notice the approving eye Michonne gave to Oscar as he was cutting some down?), but there are too many and the fighting just blows their spot up even more. So they have to make a run for it and spy a boarded up cabin/shack thing they take shelter in.
Can I just say that finally, Rick did exactly what I would’ve done? When they broke into that house and found that dude asleep – okay maybe it was a dick move. But this world is cut. throat. Damn. They broke into his house, then used him for Walker Bait when he wouldn’t shut the hell up and just let them pass through. AHmazing television.
We find out the experiment Milton is working on is trying to find out if Walkers retain any sense of their past selves after turning. He has hopes that Mr. Coleman will remember his wife and children despite Andrea telling him otherwise. Maybe if she had conveyed the information she learned at the CDC it would have given her claims more weight. But some people just need to see it for themselves. Luckily for him, Andrea’s there to put it down after the Walker-Coleman goes after him.
So the Gov knows how to get to people: beating Glenn almost to death, threatening to rape Maggie – none of that got them talking. He puts a gun to Glenn’s head and Maggie blabs everything, telling him where their group is just as Rick, Michonne, Daryl and Oscar arrive at Woodbury’s gates. In the mid-season finale next week we’ll find out just how the showdown we’ve all been waiting for is going to play out. At least I hope so. Now that AMC has entered into a rate-war with my carrier Verizon, who knows if I’ll actually get to see it.
All Photos by Gene Page and Blake Tyers / AMC