TV Show: The Walking Dead Season 3 Ep. 4 "Killer Within" Recap and Review
Wow. And to think, this is only the fourth episode of the season. Things have just starting moving forward and bam!, there goes two main characters, killed off so early into this season. As a fan of the comics one of the deaths in this episode changes the entire dynamic of the story, and deviates so far off course from the comic that it pretty much eliminates the chance for a series of events to make the transition from the page to the screen. I admit it though, I cried. It was an extremely emotional episode, that felt more like a mid-season or season finale then a beginning of the season episode. A similar thing in the show Revolution occurred in their fourth episode of the season, where they killed off what was assumed as a main-stay character. It was also quite sad and surprising, but The Walking Dead on-upped them by taking out two characters.
Last weeks episode focuses on Michonne and Andrea and their encounter with the town of Woodbury and the Governor. It also set up, for those who have not read the comics, the fact that the Governor is an evil SOB. There is still much more to learn about the Governor, but the basics were laid out for everyone. It also marked the first episode of The Walking Dead that did not feature Rick in any scenes whatsoever. It's good to have him back in this episode, but it was far from a good episode for him and the group. I feel worse for Carl than anyone, even Rick. In this episode Michonne and Andrea take a back seat to the events of the prison, but are a much welcome relief and chance to catch our breaths when the story shifts to them at Woodbury.
The episode begins with us witnessing an unidentified person scattering the innards of a dear carcass along the ground up to the prison gate. The person is then show breaking the chain that is holding one of the gates to the prison closed, and places the heart of the deer on ground right in front of it. Walkers can be seen taking the bait and entering into the prison. On the other side of things, Rick and the group decide that to movie the vehicles up just in case they need to make a quick escape. The two prisoners, Axel and Oscar, appear outside, against Rick's demands to stay within their cell block. They refused to stay within the block, alongside the dead bodies of other inmates, and Rick decides that if they don't want to stay within their block they can try their luck outside the gates of the prison. Everyone agrees to this except T-Dog, who defends them and thinks the group should give the two a chance.
Over in Woodbury Michonne inspects the vehicles that the Governor brought back from his venture to meet, and kill the National Guardsmen, and finds bullet holes in the side of one of the vehicles and blood on another one. She questions the Governor about what happened, saying that if they were attacked by walkers at least one of the men could have escaped via one of the vehicles. The walkers are slow, and those men were heavily armed. She easily sees right through his guise. Michonne wants to leave Woodbury, but the Governor tries to convince her. Michonne makes Andrea aware that she does not trust the Governor.
Back at the prison Rick orders the prisoners to be sent off with at least a weeks worth of food, much to the dismay of T-Dog who still wants to give Axel and Oscar a chance. Hershel with the help of Carl and the girls, is using crutches to walk, and heads out to prison yard for a stroll. Rick, Glen and Daryl, who are just returning from outside the prison gates, see this from a far and show great support for Hershel along with the others. Things take a turn for the worst when a herd of walkers appears behind the group. Rick, Glen and Daryl, who are on the other side of the prison yard, between the two fences, race over to try to help. Hershel and his daughter Beth lock themselves behind a gate, Maggie, Carl and Lori make a break for the cell block, while T-Dog and Carol heads towards the open gate to try to stop the flow of walkers. During the chaos, T-Dog is bitten on the shoulder. It was quite sad to see, and I was shocked that they were going to kill him off. I still held out hope though, as him and Carol retreated into the prison, that maybe, just maybe he would be able to come out of this alive. I really liked T-Dog, even though they never gave him much lines or things to do. This season he was stepping up to plate, becoming more front and center than the previous two seasons.
Back in Woodbury Andrea reveals the Merle the location of Hershel's farm, while Merle reassures her that the Governor is a good man. Merle reveals to the Governor that he wants to head out the farm and search for his brothers, but the Governor needs him there and will only let him go if he can find more concrete evidence that Daryl is still alive. The Governor and Andrea share a drink and he reveals to her that his name is Philip. She decides to stay a few more days, much to Michonne's dismay who is willing to head out on her own than stay any longer within Woodbury. Michonne knows something is up with the Governor and doesn't trust him one bit. His charm may work on Andrea but it is unable to work on Michonne.
When Rick, Glen and Daryl finally reach the the gate where the zombies go through, the others have completely scattered. Hershel from behind a gate, tells Rick that the others went inside the prison somewhere. Glen reveals that the gate was sabotaged, and Rick begins to blame the prisoners for it, but just then the prison alarm begins to sound attracted more walkers. Oscar reveals that the backup generators must have came on, indicating that someone inside is messing with them. They head inside to shut it off. While Lori, Carl, and Maggie navigate the halls of prison, trying to escape walkers that got inside, Lori begins to go into labor. T-Dog sacrifices himself so that Carol can escape, and is officially killed. It's quite the sad moment. I had really hoped that he would have been able to pull through. The second you have a conscience, the writers decide it's time for you to die. Same thing happened with Dale when he disagreed with the group over Randall last season.
Lori, Maggie and Carl take refuge inside of the boiler room, where Lori's labor pains being to get worse. Rick and the group head for the generators to shut them off. Here they are attacked by Andrew, who surprisingly survived being left out to die by Rick. It appears as though he is the one who sabotaged the gate, and turned on the generators. Rick loses his gun, which is picked up Oscar who shoots Andrew and gains the trust of the others. Maggie is forced to perform a C-section on Lori, knowing that if the baby is to survive Lori will die. After a very emotional speech by Lori, Maggie performs the C-section and pulls out the little baby, and Lori appears to have died. To prevent Lori from coming back as one of the walkers Carl says that since she is his mother he will do it, and after Maggie walks away with the baby Carl uses the gun on his mother. It's an extremely sad and emotional scene, and I admit, I began to cry when Carl decided that he was going to be the one to shoot her.
Rick and his group come across T-Dog's body, and find Carol's scarf/do-rag laying on the ground. It's another sad reminder that we lost T-Dog this episode as well. Rick and the others get outside and find Hershel and Beth, wondering where the others are. Just as Rick announces that they are going to head back inside to look for them, Maggie, Carl and the baby appear. Ricks asks where Lori is, then comes to the realization of what happens and completely breaks down, and if you were trying to stifle back the tears this moment would be enough to send you over the edge. I know it did for me. From here on out, things are never going to be the same.
The performances in this episode were some of the best performances in any of The Walking Dead episodes. Kudos to Maggie, Lori, and Carl for handling the birth and death of Lori with such emotion. Andrew Lincoln's episode ending meltdown as Rick was much more emotional than either of the deaths, and I know sent me over the edge. The big question left at the end of this episode is what happened to Carol? Is she dead or did she run off somewhere? Hopefully this question is addressed, and answered in the next episode. Rest In Peace to T-Dog and Lori.
Where will things go from here? We'll its obvious that Rick is going to be heading further down the path to darkness, and things will most likely take a darker, gloomier turn in the coming episodes. The evolution of Carl continues as he now had to shoot his own mother. Everything that has happened is going to take it's toll on him, and its going to be interesting to see how the writers of the show handle this. I'm still waiting for Michonne and Andrea to make it to the prison, so hopefully this will happen in the coming episodes. Next episode I think we are going to see Rick trying to deal with the loss of Lori, and Hershel and others trying to figure out what to do with the baby. It appears as though Daryl and Maggie head out to get formula and supplies for the baby. Will Daryl possibly run into Merle? I guess we'll have to wait and see.
This was a very sad, emotional episode, but was also one of the strongest episodes of the entire series. We lost two main character, one who many people probably hoped would go while the other was quite the surprise, at least for me. This episode also featured some truly fantastic performances. Farewell to IronE Singleton as T-Dog, and Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9PM EST on AMC
Created by Robert Kirkman
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Callies, Lauren Cohan, IronE Singleton, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, Laurie Holden, Dania Gurira, and David Morrissey.