The Walking Dead: When the Dead Come Knocking (11-25-12)

the walking dead when the dead come knocking

Little baby “Ass Kicker” finally has a name, Michonne finds the prison, and Maggie spills the beans… This episode wasn’t as action-packed as some of the previous ones, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good.

I actually spent most of the weekend re-reading the prison story arc from the comic books, just so I could get a feel for the differences between page and screen, but also because I’m anxious to know what happens next. Sure, I’d already read the comic books, but seeing as how this arc was from books like 17-42 or something, and they are now on book 103, it was a long time ago, and I couldn’t remember details. I plan to do a page-to-screen analysis of the first half of season 3 after next week airs, so be sure to check back for that.

As for this weeks episode, Michonne shows up at the prison with formula, but Rick’s still a bit hesitant. They eventually bring her in, take her sword and lock her in her own area. Obviously Rick doesn’t trust anyone he doesn’t know, but it did seem like she gained his trust pretty quickly. She informed them of Glenn and Maggie’s whereabouts and agreed to lead the group to Woodbury. Meanwhile, at Woodbury, Merle beats the crap out of Glenn trying to get information on the location of the camp, and his brother, but Glenn won’t budge. Merle even goes so far as to release a walker into the room where Glenn is duct taped to a chair. Miraculously, Glenn is able to break the chair against the wall and use the arm of the chair, which is taped to his arm, to kill the walker and survive. The only time Glenn slipped up is when he was telling Merle the names of the people at their camp. Glenn did the right thing by trying to exaggerate the numbers with people that were dead, or missing, but he doesn’t know that Andrea is with them in Woodbury, so Merle knows he’s lying.

Maggie, being held in a room next to Glenn’s, can hear all of this, but Merle hasn’t had a chance to talk to her yet. The Governor decides to take it upon himself to talk to her, but he takes the more psycho-logical route. Yeah, I spelled it like that on purpose. We’ve gotten glimpses of it in the past, but we’re really starting to see how psychotic The Governor really is. In the books, this might be a slight spoiler going forward, but I don’t know, it’s not Glenn and Maggie that are tied up, it’s Michonne and Glenn and The Governor repeatedly rapes Michonne as she’s tied up. Thankfully that doesn’t happen here with Maggie. Maggie is made to take her shirt off and it appears that The Governor is going to have his way with her, but he stops. He decides that it would be more beneficial to threaten one of their lives in front of the other (Glenn and Maggie) in order to get the other one to talk. So when The Governor puts a gun to Glenn, Maggie breaks and tells him that they are at the prison.

This leads to some tension between Merle and The Governor as their group had apparently passed that prison a while back, but it was so overrun with walkers that Merle didn’t think they could clear it out. But either way, they now know the location of the prison, and the fact that there are only 10 people there.

Meanwhile, back at the prison, Rick, Oscar, Daryl and Michonne pack up to head to Woodbury to get their guys back. Before they leave, Carl discusses baby names with Rick, since apparently “Ass Kicker” isn’t a proper baby name. Carl mentions his third grade teacher and for some reason says they should name the baby after her. It was a slightly odd conversation, only because Carl never gave a reason for wanting to name the baby after her, all he said was “remember my third grade teacher…” and that was it. Having just read the books, I hoped they were going to follow suit and name the baby the same, so when I heard the name Judith, I was pleased, although I still don’t know the point of the 3rd grade teacher story.

After naming the baby and hitting the road, the group soon has to ditch the car to avoid detection from the patrols. They quickly get pinned down by a large number of walkers and run off into the woods. Thankfully they happen upon a cabin that appears to be abandon. With walkers piling up against the front door, they seem to be trapped. Rick does some investigating and notices a figure laying the bed. Upon removing the sheets they find a man, very much alive and very surprised to find people in his house. With shotgun drawn he is completely on edge and just wants them to leave. Rick tries to reason with him, but he makes his way towards the door. Before he can open it and let the walkers in, Michonne kills him. She knows what has to be done and isn’t afraid to kill the living if it means her survival. It takes the group off guard for a minute, but they quickly take advantage of the fact that they now have a warm dead body. They throw open the front door and toss the body into the horde of hungry walkers, as they escape out the backdoor. The episode ends as the group comes up on the gates of Woodbury.

There was another side-story involving the doctor at Woodbury and Andrea, but it wasn’t all that interesting because we knew what the outcome of the experiment was going to be. Walkers have no cognitive function once they reanimate. They don’t remember anything about their past life or who they were, they are just brain-dead, vicious creatures, with no purpose.

I thought the episode was a good one, it was a good lead-in to the mid-season finale next week. I can’t wait to see how things go down in Woodbury. It looks as if there is a gunfight right in the middle of town, none of which happens in the books, so I’m curious to see what happens. If they are following the books, even just a little bit, I feel like there are only two ways that the next episode can end, and I’ll be extremely satisfied if we see either of them. So check back next week for our recap of the mid-season, as well as a post comparing the first half of season 3 to the comic books.

Oh, and one last thing… did anyone notice how bent that patrolman’s gun barrel was during one of the daytime scenes in Woodbury? I thought I was just seeing things, but clearly not.

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