The Walking Dead Review “Hounded” S3E6

The Walking Dead episode “Hounded” starts with Merle and gang walking in the woods of the South.  They find bloody bodies in a pattern.  They observe the pattern and the nerd in the background realizes the bodies spell “Go Back”.  Merle then says that Michonne sent them a bitergram.  Bitergram: the undead Instagram.  I need an account stat.  The decoder boy looks scared and says that he can’t believe this is happening.  Merle threatens him if he continues to act scared.  Merle then asks his name and he responds “Gargulio.”  Redneck Merle tells Gargulio that he will just keep calling him Neil.  Atta boy, Merle.  They hear a noise and draw their guns.  Michonne drops from the trees, chops off the head of unknown Woodbury guy # 1 and stabs Evil Glenn in the chest.  Neil hides and Merle shoots at her, grazing her thigh with a bullet.  She runs into the woods and Merle yells, “Are we having fun yet?”  I would say that no, she probably isn’t having too much fun with a bullet in her leg.  But a great opening scene!

Rick talks on the phone to an unknown woman.  He asks where she is and she refuses to tell him where she is.  He asks if it’s safe and she says yes.  He tells her he has a family.  He wants her to take him and his group in.  She says that she needs to discuss it with the group. He begs her to take him in and she hangs up.  It’s believable that now that Rick has a broken mind, that he thinks others will easily take him in.  He has never easily taken anyone in the group in.

Carl, Beth and Hershel are eating around the table and Rick walks in, looking clean and in new clothes.  He got dressed and showered awfully quickly.  Hershel asks how he is and says he cleared out the boiler block.  He says that he wanted to check on Carl.  Again, Carl is really the only reason Rick is living.  There is a little bit of our leader in this broken man.  He tells the group he is going to finish the rest of the block.

In the woods, Neil gets sick from the fight and the shock.  Merle literally kicks him while he is down.  He tells Neil they never let their own turn and stabs Evil Glenn in the head.  This is the sign of humanity we see in our group.  Looking out after our own and not letting them become of one of those.  But this group would turn on another in an instant, which Rick’s group would not.  The Governor and Andrea walk around and she tells him that she gets why he lets people punch each other in the face.  She knows its an escape, but she says it is “brutality for fun.”  But she tells him that she still wants to stay and contribute.  Wait, what?  She wants to stay?!  After all that, staying still seems like a good option?  She really can’t survive out there by herself.  She only cares about herself, and does not have very many morals left in her.  She tells The Governor she wants to be on the wall because she’s a good shot.  He asks her to use a bow and arrow and will find someone to teach her.

Rick picks up the phone and quickly hangs it up.  It then rings.  A man asks if Rick is who “she” talks to.  He says that it is perfectly safe and that Rick could be dangerous.  He asks if Rick has killed anyone and how many.  Four.   This is Rick’s remorse.  He talks of Shane and how he lost it.  He lost what he was.  Rick can directly relate to this in this moment.  Rick, too, has lost himself.  The man asks how Rick lost his wife.  Rick questions how this could be known and the man mentions Rick’s children.  Rick tells him he doesn’t want to talk about that and the man hangs up the phone.  Rick screams and slams the phone down.

Andrea and redneck chick sit on the wall.  They talk about shooting bows and arrows.  The conversation moves to killing the ones they loved because they weren’t who they once were.  They see a walker and redneck chick shoots and misses twice.  Andrea goes half cocked, jumps the wall and stabs him in the head.  Andrea, as always, acts before she thinks.  Although, she was right to kill the zombie.  At least this time she knew it was one unlike when she shot Daryl.  Redneck chick tells her that it’s not a game.  This is true.  Andrea has been very lucky at the end of the world.  She thinks life is a game. One in which she only thinks of her own gain.

Rick paces and Hershel enters the boiler room.  Hershel talks about being able to still feel his foot.  Rick apologizes and Hershel says that Rick saved his life.  He then tells Rick that Lori was sorry for everything.  He tries to console Rick by telling him he was a good leader.  Rick tells Hershel that someone called him on the phone. Hershel clearly is alarmed.  He picks up the phone and there is no tone.  He tells Rick that he will sit with him and Rick says no.  Hershel crutches away.  Rick is really trying to be normal again.  But like Hershel’s foot, he still feels something that isn’t there.  He wants to, but it doesn’t exist.  I love this comparison and how subtle the writers can be.

Back in the woods, Merle and Neil run with guns drawn.  Michonne cuts Neil in the chest.  Michonne and Merle go head to head.  The noise attracts walkers.  They all get attacked.  Michonne cuts one open and lets all its guts poor out onto her.  I would rank it as number 2 reason why I don’t eat while I watch the show.  Number one is well zombie for sure.  Neil kills the walker that is on Merle and Merle kills the last of the three. When they look around, Michonne is gone.  We can all be enemies when the world ends, but we can all be friends when our brains are for dinner.

Oscar and Daryl walk through the prison to kill more walkers.  Carl is with them and Daryl and Carl talk about Daryl’s mother.  Daryl talks about not having a bike like all the other kids.  One day, there were sirens and everyone rode to see why.  Daryl ran after them.  The sirens were at his house.  His mother had burned down the house with her cigarettes.  He said it was better that way.  Carl tells Daryl that he shot his mom.  “I ended it.  It was real.”  A very poignant scene.

The Governor makes hatch marks in his notebook.  Andrea comes into his apartment and he closes the book.  Andrea tells him she wanted to practice by killing the walker.  He tells her she isn’t on the wall anymore.  She then says that she liked the fight and The Governor confirms that he knows she did.  She is shocked that he knew, but he tells her that she could have left.  Again he reels her in by suggesting she likes him.  Of course she does.  It is the only reason she has stayed.  There is nothing for her in Woodbury really except for him.  She hasn’t exactly made friends there.  But I truly don’t believe she liked the fights.  She just wants a way to stay fed and sheltered.  And possibly have sex.

Merle and Neil argue about whether to go after Michonne.  Merle tells Neil they are going to tell The Governor that Michonne was killed because she is pretty much dead already.  This was Merle’s mistake.  He shouldn’t have lied to The Governor, because he sees it as disloyalty.  It really isn’t, it’s just Merle’s assumption and stupidity.  Neil says that he will go after her.  He refuses to lie to The Governor.  Merle asks his name again and this time repeats Gargulio.  Then he shoots him in the head, takes his weapon  and repeats his name.  Merle is not disloyal to Woodbury, but he, just like most every other character, thinks of himself as number one.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s survival instinct.  But it can get you in trouble.

Michonne gets surrounded by walkers, but soon realizes they don’t notice her at all.  She is covered with the stench of gut spilling walker and is not untraceable to them.  Back on the phone, Rick tells a woman that he did not want to talk about Lori’s death.  This woman’s voice is different than the first woman, something that Rick doesn’t immediately pick up on.  And something many viewers didn’t either, I’m guessing. But then she calls him Rick.  She says, “It’d be good.  You should talk about it, Rick.”  This is Rick’s own mind trying to break through.  He knows he needs to talk about Lori’s death.  We aren’t given much of a time on when all of this is happening.  I would guess only a day or two.  It seems soon to talk, but everything in this world happens faster.  Rick realizes that she knows his name without him telling her.  She hangs up and Rick looks on terrified.

Michonne finds an area with cars and hears one coming.  Maggie and Glenn get out of the car and it is very reminiscent of when they went to the drug store in season 2.  Doing the errands are the few moments they have just the two of them.  They get out of the car, this time very armed.  They kiss and stare into each others eyes.  It’s very sweet.  They break into the store with bold cutters.  Very impressive.

Andrea and The Governor and share a drink.  Andrea asks about The Governor’s old life.  He says he wasn’t proud of his life.  She compliments him on building Woodbury and says it is unbelievable he wasn’t proud of anything in his old life.  He tells her he was proud of certain things.  He asks her how long it’s been and quickly asks since the last time she had good whiskey.  Innuendo anyone? He says he wants to forget the old life, even the good times because he wants to be here.  It is strange.  But this is the life where he is king.  He can do whatever and whoever he wants.  As much as he may love Penny, he likes it better this way.  It is terribly disturbing.  He tells her he just wants to talk to her and she responds that she feels special.  They continue their conversation and at this point it doesn’t matter what they say because they stare into each other’s eyes and then ewwwwwww… they kiss. Passionately.

Glenn and Maggie get a lot of food from the store and head back to the store.  Merle comes up behind them and points his gun.  Now watch closely because the next scene moves pretty fast.  Glenn and Maggie point their guns at Merle. Glenn confirms Daryl is alive.  Merle says that if Glenn takes Merle to Daryl there will be no hard feelings.  We all know this isn’t true.  Glenn tells Merle that he will bring Daryl to Merle and Merle says that Glenn can trust him.  Again… no.  Merle is this guy who kicked the shit out of T-Dog.  So go Glenn for not trusting Merle.  He telle Merle to trust him.  All the while Merle keeps walking towards them.  Merle then shoots the back of their car, grabs Maggie and puts his gun to her head.  He tell Glenn to get in the car and take them all to Merle’s camp.  They are forced to leave the food and all the while Michonne watches.  Now why wouldn’t she have just saved them then?  Well two reasons: because she is looking out for her own well-being and also, the next two episodes wouldn’t have happened if she did.

Oscar sees slippers in a cell and gets very excited.  I love that the littlest thing that would have made him happy in prison still makes him happy in prison.  He says its to relax. Classic.  A walker comes up and all three warriors turn and shoot at it.  Daryl finds a knife in it’s neck and realizes it is Carol’s.  He cleans it.  The phone rings again and Rick is reluctant to answer.  When he does he asks how she knew his name.  Again, it is a different woman’s voice.  She tells him it is because he knows them.  It was Amy, Jim and Jacqui he spoke to before.  The fallen.  The ones he regrets.  And the woman on the phone now?  Lori.  The one he feels the most personally responsible for.  But there really is no way he was responsible for any of their deaths. Especially Lori’s death.  He falls to the floor and cries, hyperventilating.  She asks what happened.  He tells her that he loved her.  And then he says what he really regrets; that he couldn’t put their relationship back together.  He wanted his family back together and keep her alive.  Keep them together.  What he wanted more than anything was his family.  Without Shane.  Without knowing that she was ever with him.  Lori tells Rick that she loves him and asks if he can do this.  Keep living.  And then she cuts out.  It is maybe one of my favorite scenes of Rick’s .  It is him at his most human.  Everyone wants to survive.  But more than anything, everyone wants a family.  Everyone wants to feel loved and important.  Even before Lori’s death, Rick didn’t feel his family because of Lori’s infidelity.  For him to long for it even after her death is natural and it is important that he feels all these emotions because it may be the only way he can keep on being Carl’s father.

The Governor and Andrea roll around in bed, and we see A LOT of Andrea’s legs.  Merle knocks on the door and tells The Governor that the men are dead and then the lie.  Michonne is dead.  The Governor asks for her head and the sword.  Merle says that they got caught up in a crowd of walkers.  Merle then offers Maggie and Glenn as a consolation prize.

Rick comes back to the group as they are making dinner.  He takes the baby from Hershel, holding her for the first time.  He may not be perfect, but he’s slowly getting there.  Daryl sits in the block hammering Carol’s knife into the ground.  He gets up and kicks the door he thinks a walker is behind.  When he is ready to kill it, he instead finds Carol.  It is a strange love they have.  It isn’t exactly romantic, but they love each other.  He picks her up and carries her.  Rick and rest walk outside and from a distance Rick notices something strange among the walkers.  Something red.  He goes closer and there is Michonne.  Bloody and holding the basket of baby food.  Among the walkers, she grabs at the gate with her dirty hand….

Written by Adrian Puryear

The Walking Dead Review “Say the Word” S3E5

The Walking Dead episode “Say the Word” starts off in direct opposition to what “Killer Within” left us with.  Woodbury is bright, sunny and the grass is unusually green.  Kids are running around and people are laughing.  Milton gets Andrea a cold drink and she is very thankful.  Milton says that he does not want the generators used for ice, but Andrea is very happy.  Again, how dumb is she?  She then asks what is to happen that night and Milton tells her that there aren’t words to describe it.  Andrea not once questions the use of the generators if not for ice.  She never thinks that maybe, just maybe, this is all too good to be true.  But then her foil, Michonne, is seen looking on in disgust.  She then bumps into Evil Glenn…. foreshadowing…?  The next scene is another of those, “Oh my, God!  Did they just show that on TV?” moments.  The Governor is brushing a little girls hair.  For those who have read the comics or novels, we know that Penny isn’t about to be alive, but for those who don’t know, I bet it was a shocker.  So he brushes the tiny little fiends head and a chunk of her undead scalp comes right off.  Yuck!  She then has a zombie freak out and he does something quite questionable to his loving daughter; he puts a hood over her head, and as he is doing this tells her, “Daddy still loves you.”  This is hard to watch because it borders on child abuse and the things abusers say as they are committing the abuse.  But this is a little different.. Why?  Because she’s a freaking walker, that’s why!  He looks out the window to see Michonne staring at him.  She is getting more suspicious and therefore, more dangerous to the precious Woodbury.  It is only a matter of time before she is either ousted or killed.

Next, we see a crying newborn being held by Maggie.  The sound is muffled and Rick looks ill.  Maggie hands it to Carl.  The group discusses feeding the baby.  Just like I said last time, how selfish was Lori?  Did she want everyone dead?  Last season she talked about the baby having a short and cruel life.  Starvation is pretty short and cruel!  Daryl then steps up as savior of children, again i.e.: Sophia, and decides he is going to get food.  Glenn and Maggie want to go, too.  Rick then picks up an axe and runs back into the prison.  Maggie and Daryl end up going alone because it will be faster. Glenn and Maggie share a tender moment proving yet again that love can still exist at the end of the world.  Crazy Rick goes through the prison hacking away at walkers.  The camera is right in his face as he grunts and sweats like a maniac.  Brilliant.

The Governor makes a speech on a porch to a crowd of Woodburians (?).  He talks about about the beginnings of the town and how they started in an apartment.  He makes a big show of being a diplomat, a likable person who saved them all.  He really is like a politician: calm and put together on the outside, but lying and conniving all the while.  Meanwhile, Michonne goes to his personal apartment to take a peeksy at what he might be hiding… including her beloved sword, which she steals back.  She sees the picture of his family and then she finds his notebook.  At first normal, but then with a list of names, the last one being Penny, underlined.  And after that pages upon pages of hatch marks   What do they mean?  We aren’t really sure, but it isn’t the sign up anyone who has all his screws, well, screwed.  She tries breaking into a locked door, but The Governor, Milton and Merle come in.  She quickly hides and hears them discussing the party that night.  Milton talks about the use of the generators for the party over powering his experiment.  At this point he doesn’t say what it is.  He asks to postpone the party by 10 days to which The Governor flatly refuses.  He tells Milton to start the experiment over in the morning to which he reluctantly agrees to.  Milton maybe a little more normal, but what ever his experiments and tea are are just as off-putting as everything The Governor is hiding.  Michonne then walks around Woodbury more. She is in an area not many people frequent and finds cages.  She hears the familiar growling of walkers inside the cages.  She unlocks them and in one of the best moments of this season, Michonne takes them all on with her sword.  She is gritty and gruesome.  This is her element.  It is all very well choreographed to make it look like she is a moving comic book character.  It instantly makes us want to know what she was before all this.  She was born for the apocalypse.  In the comics, we are told, but it does make me wonder how much of her past the television series will delve into.  She is then caught by someone coming to feed the walkers a bucket of bloody body parts (say that five times fast!).

Michonne is then in an interrogation room with Merle in the background.  The Governor enters and asks if she “gets off” on poking around other peoples things.  He tells her he has nothing to hide.  Michonne is a woman of few words, but her next line is proof positive why.  She says a lot with just a little.  She tells him, “People with nothing to hide don’t usually find the need to say so.”  Michonne mentions Penny when The Governor talks about secrets.  He tells Michonne he loved Penny, to which she responds, “I bet you say that about all the girls.”  Clearly she means something other than what he means, but really, everyone is thinking it.  And if you have read the comics, you know she isn’t too far from the truth.   He tells her that she was just about to get the sword back and that she fits in.  Clearly this is not the case.  He knows she’s been poking around the whole time.  He then tells her that she must follow rules, or else anarchy will ensue.  He then uses her zombie kill-a-thon to his “advantage” and tries to blackmail her into joining the research team.  To which in the middle of his speech, she turns quickly, grabs her sword and puts the tip of it to his neck.  The look of fear in his face is priceless.  She backs away and and leaves the room.  When Merle asks how it went, The Governor comically says, “She’s all personality, that one.”  The only thing The Governor has said that I have approved of.  He directs Merle to get Andrea to him and the Merle should take the research team out.

Back at the prison, Glenn digs graves for the presumed three who are dead.  Axel and Oscar have spread out the walkers and offer their help to Glenn.  They offer their condolences for the losses.  Glenn tells Hershel that he wishes they had killed the prisoners.  This is unlike the Glenn we have known.  If Glenn would have been part of killing the prisoners, his character would have changed.  He is not a heartless man, but with this comment, we can start to see that Glenn isn’t a weak guy.  Then Glenn talks about T-Dog after the beginning of the outbreak.  T-Dog used to drive around his church van to pick up survivors.  This is very a la the most awkward dinner in season 2 when we all learned of Otis’ musical gift.  Way to make us miss someone we didn’t really know until it was too late.  Glenn then says that he knows it’s wrong but he would kill others for their group any day.  Again, Glenn is not weak.  We will see this later.

The Governor tells Andrea that Michonne has become a problem because she stole her sword.  Andrea tells him that she can’t steal something that is actually hers.  This is one of the last points Andrea earns with me.  He tells her that Michonne killed captive zombies.  Note: The Governor calls them biters.    I still find this linguistically fascinating.  He sees them as harmful, yet he would not be the “great” man he is not without them.  Anyway, Andrea questions why he has captives and he poo-poos that moving on, and skipping a great deal, to Michonne’s sword at his neck.  Andrea stands up for Michonne.  Suddenly he says that people in the town want her gone.  This is very different to him saying Michonne fits in.  He tells Andrea that what works on the outside is not what works in Woodbury.  Andrea confronts Michonne, who is packing her bags.  Michonne points out that no one leaves, at least not willingly.  They will always make you stay; nothing is free will.

Glenn goes after Rick in the prison and finds the trail of walkers Rick has left behind.  Rick is bloody and delusional.  Glenn tries to convince Rick to come outside and gets thrown against the wall by him.  Rick then staggers away after attacking Glenn.  Rick was always someone who would kill for his group, just like Glenn.  Clearly, Rick is spiraling if he is willing to throw Glenn against a wall.

Merle takes a truck of men to a solar machine outside of Woodbury.  Inside a hole in the ground are two zombies.  The truck grabs a net and pulls them out.  Milton tells Merle not to kill them.  He sees something in one of their eyes.  Milton is dumb.  The thing he sees in it is hunger for flesh.  Duh.  Merle and the others taunt the female and then he kills her with his knife arm.  The other walker is also taunted.  They hold him down while Merle takes pliers to its teeth.  The research team is using the same tactics Michonne used on her pets.  But I’m guessing a little bit more brutal of a way.

Daryl and Maggie arrive at a preschool.  They break in and all the toys and cribs make the apocalypse seem all too real.  There are cut outs of hand prints on the wall and Daryl finds one that says Sofie.  Again, we see that Daryl has a soft spot for children.  It is odd the daycare hasn’t been totally wiped out of supplies.  But, it is clear it has been looted.  The suspense of the darkness and the music is kept alive throughout the scene.  They hear a banging and after quickly opening a door, find a possum.  At least I’m pretty sure it was a possum.  What can I say?  I’m more of a pop culture addict than an outdoorsy gal.  Daryl proudly exclaims “Dinner!”  after shooting it.  Maggie tells him she is not carrying it in her bag.  Even though she’s the farmer’s daughter, she isn’t much for the dead animals.  I like it.

At Woodbury, Andrea and Michonne are packed up to leave.  Merle calls after them.  He tells them they need an escort because it’s almost curfew.  Michonne tells Andrea there is always a reason they can’t leave.  After Merle opens the gates, Michonne and Andrea get into another fight and Andrea tells Merle to close the gate.  Andrea tells her that she can’t live for another 8 months the way they did.  Obviously.  She is incredibly weak and needs someone to look after her.  She clearly feels that The Governor can do a better job than Michonne now.  Michonne leaves and Andrea is locked in Woodbury.

The Governor consoles Andrea.  He offers her a drink and company.  He really likes to woo her with alcohol.  She accepts and they walk off into Woodbury arm in arm.

Daryl and Maggie return to the prison after dark and Oscar and Axel let them back in.  Inside the block, the baby cries and Daryl takes her from Carl to feed her.  And then it happened.  You know the meme when every woman in America looked at Daryl holding that baby and orgasmed.

Yup.. that’s the meme.

Carl and Daryl discuss her name.  Carl suggests Sophia, Andrea, Amy, Jacqui, Patricia or Lori.  It makes Carl likeable.  He is nostalgic already at his young age.  Daryl then calls her “Little Ass-Kicker.”  And now I know what I will name my first daughter… 🙂

Rick enters the room where Lori had the baby.  He sees bits of skin and blood and the knife that cut her open.  But where are her bones?  There aren’t any bones!  He finds the bullet Carl shot her with.  Again, I’d like to point out that he found the bullet itself, not the shell.  If she is dead, and I mean dead dead, the bullet would either A) Still be in her or B) in a walker’s belly but it would NOT be Ricks hands.  And thus I believe Lori is still alive, even if it means in the undead sense of the word.  I cannot believe the writers would make a mistake as big as this.  I don’t want to believe it.  Rick walks further into the room and finds a bloated walker dripping blood from the mouth.  Rick puts a gun in it’s mouth and shoots it.  Then he takes his knife and repeatedly stabs it in the stomach.  It is eery and gross.  He yells while he does it.  Symbolically he is killing Lori all over again, but he is killing the zombie her.  But still it can’t be Lori in his stomach.  It just can’t.

The people of Woodbury enter an arena.  The Governor takes Andrea by the hand to the best seats in the house.  There is music and everyone is cheering.  Lights go up and there are walkers chained to different blocks.  Merle, Martinez and Evil Glenn enter.  Evil Glenn is the ref who extends the chains of the zombies to get closer as Merle and Martinez fight.  They are all overly macho and wrestle each other.  They punch and kick and push the other closer to the walkers.  Andrea looks on in horror as every one cheers.  She tells The Governor that it’s barbaric, exactly what The Governor tells Michonne they aren’t earlier in the episode.  He tells Andrea that it is all staged and the walker’s teeth are pulled out.  She tells him that it is telling all the people that walkers aren’t dangerous.  Merle and Martinez keep fighting and Merle stands on Martinez’ chest as Andrea looks like she may vomit.  And this is Andrea’s last sane moment.

Back at the prison, Daryl places a Cherokee Rose on Carol’s presumed grave truly making him one of the top 3 characters in this series. Rick sits against a wall in the prison hearing the deafening cries of the baby.  It is suddenly cut by the loud ringing of a telephone in the room Lori died in.  He picks the phone up and as the episode ends, fans of the comics know that Rick has officially lost it.  Rick is not the stable leader anymore.  Which is perfect.  Maybe not for Rick, but no one could endure what Rick has gone through without losing it.  He must have a break in his psyche in order to cope with the death of his wife.

Written by Adrian Puryear

The Walking Dead Review “Seed” S3E1

Better late than never!

Sunday, October 14, was the much anticipated Season 3 premiere of “The Walking Dead” on AMC.
As the episode begins, one has to wonder, what the hell happened over the winter that the group so skillfully ransacks houses, they all can shoot guns, and most shockingly, not only does Carl have a gun, it has a fucking silencer on it.  Why does this little punk have a silencer?  I suppose we will find out what happened over the winter in flashbacks because that is crazy.
It clearly has been months since we last saw the group.  Everyone has longer hair and is slightly aged.  If this is the case the group must think Andrea is dead.  What is odd is that no one in the main group mentions her all episode long.
The other shock is how pregnant Lori is now.  I expect she will be giving birth fairly soon.  Will we find out if it is Shane’s baby?  I hope not.  We never do in the comic books, and I think it would take away from the show to add that soap opera drama.
One of the other interesting things happening is that characters in the show are assuming different roles to fill the roles the comic book created.  Now with Dale dead, Hershel is taking the wise old man role and saying and experiencing similar things to Dale in the comics.  Among our group of friends, we have taken to calling Dale “Summer Santa”.  I suppose Hershel will have to be Summer Santa number 2.  It also seems that Beth has taken the role of the young girl now that Sofia is gone.
Once the group finds the way to get into the yard of the prison they easily take out the walkers.  People, including Carol, Hershel and Carl (who were previously not shooters) are in sniper towers and Rick is being good ol’ Rick taking out walkers as he runs through the yard to get to the next gate.  The whole scene is very video game worthy and just damn awesome.  The silhouette shots they show of the different group members is very much like the comic books.  I love that they put that touch in there for those of us who are fans of the comics.
The night after the yard is clear, Beth and Maggie sing a drinking song called “Parting Glass.” It is really eerie to hear that soft song while walkers surround the fences of the prison in the background.  This scene was a great for creating horror.  The following day, the main five warriors of the group, Rick, Daryl, Maggie, Glenn and T-Dog create a Phalynx to enter the prison.  Again this scene is very video-game worthy.  Once they come into the main entrance of the prison, the walkers are ready and waiting.  Prisoners and guards.  The most media-worthy walkers were the Riot Gear walkers.  I have a question about them, though.  How were they bitten to become walkers?  It is possible they just died and became walkers, but even then, how?  I suppose it doesn’t really matter because putting that twist in for our heroes was scary to watch, which is the whole point.  But for me, the most noteworthy walker was the lady in a red dress.  Who would have been in a men’s prison wearing a red dress?  That’s right, Conjugal Visit Zombie.  And for me, she will always be known as that.   You can check out a picture at this link:
Cell Block “C” is cleared and the whole group moves in.  At this point, Lori tells Hershel to kill her if something happens during the child birth.  She also has a super gross out creepy moment where she tells Hershel she is worried her baby will be a walker and may eat her from the inside.  That may be the hormones talking, but that is some morbid shit right there.
Meanwhile, our Spartan army (Rick, Daryl, T-Dog, Maggie and Glenn) plus Hershel decide to go further into the prison to clear out the walkers.  This scene was horror at its best.  The dim lighting, the flashlights around corners and sudden appearance of a small herd of walkers.  The comics could not have captured the terror and fear the same way the TV series did.  The group does their best to kill the walkers, but in the chaos, everyone is separated.  Hershel tries to find his way back to someone and steps over a “dead” walker.  Now how in the world would anyone in the zombie apocalypse think it’s a good idea to step over something you know could kill you?  I would have bashed its brain in before I would have walked over it.  There weren’t any walkers behind him, he had the time to kill that walker on the floor.  But instead he walks over it and of course he gets bitten.  It was a good one, too, right on the back of his ankle.  The group finds him, quickly breaks into the locked cafeteria and lays Hershel on the floor.  Then the absolute craziest thing I have ever seen on basic cable happened: Rick Grimes, in a moment of insane heroism, took off his belt, made a tourniquet for Hershel’s leg, took Hershel’s hatchet from its case and cut off Hershel’s leg below the knee.  They showed that on TV.   Shocking.  Hard to watch.  And yet, it never ceases to amaze me how awesome this show is because it is changing standards for television every week.  And then the episode ends with the surviving prisoners looking on at the gruesome scene and living people.  The smallest inmate exclaims, “Holy Shit!”  And I would say he got that right.
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Written by Adrian Puryear