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TV Show: The Walking Dead Season 3 Ep. 5 "Say the Word" Recap and Review

Updated on November 16, 2012
Promo poster for season 3 of The Walking Dead
Promo poster for season 3 of The Walking Dead | Source

Last weeks episode left millions of teary eyed viewers in shock when it killed off 2 main characters on the show, and left another one M.I.A.. We saw the heroic death of T-Dog who was finally becoming a major part of the group after fans complained about his back, back seat role in season 2. It was quite sad, but he went out being a hero. Lori's death was handled extremely tasteful and was the source of the most of the tears shed during the hour. She died giving birth, while Carl was forced to shoot her so she wouldn't come back as a walker. Seeing Rick reaction to it was all was what sent me over the edge, along with many other viewers. This was a very powerful, very sad episode and it was only the fourth one of the season. How could any other episode stand up to this one? One of the producers appeared on The Talking Dead, the half hour talk show that follows The Walking Dead on AMC, last week and revealed that although the episode may have felt like a mid-season or season finale we haven't seen anything yet. It's pretty clear that this season is going to fast paced, and brutal. Let's check out the aftermath.

This new episode begins with a bang, revealing the second major secret of the Governor that fans of the comic, like myself, have been eagerly waiting for. We get a shot of the Governor combing the hair of a little girl, which turns out to be the zombified version of his daughter Penny. He is unable to let go, especially after losing his wife. It appears that she does not have any teeth left, and she is kept in a straight jacket. This is a huge moment, and those not familiar with the comics probably needed a few seconds to pick up their jaws off the floor. It's not something you could have easily predicted, thought I could be mistaken. In the meantime the town of Woodbury is having some sort of festival, celebrating another year in Woodbury. The Governor looks out his window and sees Michonne staring back at him. It's unclear on what she's actually seen.

Back at the prison, Rick appears extremely shaken up, as he should be, while Hershel mentions that they MUST get the baby formula. Daryl, Maggie and Glen volunteer to go, and Daryl asks Beth to look after Carl while they are gone. Rick picks up the ax he was using last episode and storms off into the prison, killing any and all zombies that get in his way. He is seeing nothing but red, appearing as if a switch was flipped, and go all terminator on those walkers. Daryl, Maggie and Glen try to leave but decide that they won't be able to take on of the cars, and will have to take Daryl's motorcycle. Only thing is is that two of them can go. Maggie pushes to go, and Glen decides to stay behind.

Screen shot of Rick (Lincoln) in season 3 of The Walking Dead
Screen shot of Rick (Lincoln) in season 3 of The Walking Dead | Source

Over in Woodbury the Governor calls a town meeting, giving a speech about how great they have become, while Michonne sneaks into his place. He retrieves her sword but stumbles upon a notebook with a list of names with Penny, the Governor's daughter, being the last one on the list. The Governor, Merle, and Milton enter the house and Michonne hides at first, then sneaks out through one of the windows. Outside she comes across a cage with at least 6 zombies inside. She breaks open the gate, and proceeds to kill all the zombies in typical Michonne fashion. Someone spots her. We next see Michonne sitting in a chair with the Governor, discussing his course of action for her. She mentions Penny, and after a bit of a discussion he agrees to forget about the incidents if she joins his research team. She pulls her sword on him and storms out. All I want is for her to leave and finally meet up with Rick and the others at the prison.

At the prison we see Glen digging the graves for T-Dog and Lori, when Oscar and Axel come up and ask if he needs any help. Glen tells them about how great of a guy T-Dog was, and how when the outbreak began he would go around and help out the senior citizens. It's quite a cheesy speech Glen gives, and it would have been better if we learned of this before T-Dog, but it was still able to give us a better look into who T-Dog was. We learned very little about him during the first two seasons, so it's nice to see what kind of guy he was. Glen sees Hershel standing by the fence, hands Axel the shovel, and proceeds to go speak with him. Glen agrees to go into the prison to see about Rick. Back at Woodbury the Governor tells Andrea about the incident with Michonne, and Andrea tries to convince her to stay in Woodbury. Michonne warns her that Woodbury is not the place she thinks it is.

Glen goes through the prison halls in search of Rick, following the trail of dead zombies. He finds Rick standing in one of the hallways, covered in the blood and appearing quite dazed. Glen approaches him, and Rick pins him to the wall. After a moment Rick lets him go and storms off deeper into the prison. Daryl and Maggie arrive at a nursery and are able to retrieve some baby supplies and formula. Merle, Milton and some others gather up a group of zombies in a net, apparently part of their "research". I feel sort of sympathetic to Milton as he doesn't really give off the bad-guy vibe that both the Governor and Merle do. Time will tell what actions he takes, but I wouldn't be surprised if at some point during this season he picks the side opposite of the Governor's.

Screen shot of Milton and Merle in season 3 of The Walking Dead
Screen shot of Milton and Merle in season 3 of The Walking Dead | Source

Michonne and Andrea both have their bags packed and head for the gate to leave. After at first saying no to them leaving, Merle finally orders the gate to be opened, but Andrea is reluctant to leave. Michonne gives her an ultimatum, and when Andrea fails to respond she walks through the gate, leaving Andrea behind. Later on the Governor finds Andrea sulking on a beach and invites her to join him for the rest of the days festivities. I was quite surprised to see Michonne and Andrea split, which makes it quite hard to see what is going to happen next. I figure now Michonne will eventually reach the prison, inform Rick and company of this place, and then Rick and company will make a trek over to Woodbury. From there anything could happen.

Daryl and Maggie return with the baby supplies, and Daryl cradles the baby and feeds her. He is quite good with the baby, and I'm sure we'll get some background on this. Since they haven't decided on a name yet, Carl runs through the names of women who have died with him around, suggesting them all as names for the baby. Rick comes across the room where Lori died, but does not find her body lying there. He instead fines a trail of blood, and a walker leaning against the wall with an enlarged stomach. It appears as if the zombie made Lori's body its dinner. Rick shoots the zombie in the mouth point blank, and then in a fit of rage, repeatedly stabs the walker in its stomach. It's quite an unnerving and disturbing scene. I really feel bad for Rick. He fought his way through all those zombies in search of Lori's body and when he gets there he finds out that another zombie ate her. I don't blame him for going all psycho on the zombie.

In Woodbury the Governor takes Andrea to night festivities, which turns out to be a gladiator type arena fight between Merle and Martinez. The catch is that there are zombies chained up around the ring, and as the fight between the two goes on, the chains are loosened that much more letting the zombies get closer and closer. Andrea is disgusted by this, and calls it barbaric. The Governor tries to calm her down. He tells her that the whole thing is staged, that the zombies don't have any teeth so that they can not bite. It just done for show and entertainment. Andrea won't accept it. The outside of Woodbury with Michonne is probably looking pretty damn good to her now. She should have left when she got the chance. As a fan of the comics I was ecstatic to see the arena fight. Although it happens slightly different in the comics, with the pilot from episode 2 being shoved into the arena, but I was still happy to see they included it.

Screen shot of The Governor (Morrissey) in season 3 of The Walking Dead
Screen shot of The Governor (Morrissey) in season 3 of The Walking Dead | Source

Back at the prison we see that there are three graves that were dug. One is probably for the assumed dead Carol. We see Daryl place a flower on the last Grave, and then walk away. I still don't believe that Carol is dead yet. I feel that she is somewhere in that prison, holed up in a room, waiting for rescue or the zombies to clear out. Next episode teases this, but we'll have to wait and see. The episode ends with Rick sitting on the floor near the zombie, hearing the cries of a baby, which is interrupted when he hears a phone ring. He cautiously walks over to it and picks it up. "Hello?" Fan of the comics will recognize this, and might have the same initial reaction as me which was "Why now? This doesn't happen until later!", but after some thought this makes a lot of sense to happen now. I won't spoil it for those who don't know what happens.

This was a great follow up episode to the previous one, revealing a lot of secrets behinds the Governor and Woodbury. Even though for the entire episode Rick doesn't say one word until he answers the phone, Andrew Lincoln delivers a powerful performance yet again. Now I'm just waiting for Michonne to arrive at the prison, and things to start rolling in that sense. Seeing Rick go all terminator on the walkers was quite awesome, but also shows how he is heading into a darker place. We have yet to see how it all affects Carl, but I'm sure they will cover it soon.


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, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, Laurie Holden, Dania Gurira, and David Morrissey.

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    • Richard Perazzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Perazzo 

      5 years ago from Shirley, NY

      @thefilmguy In the comics the phone situation occurs after the prison, but since they have moved Lori's death so far up in the story line, it makes a lot of sense for it to have begun at the end of this episode. I won't say much more since you might not have reached that point in the comics yet. I really hope we get a Carl-centric episode, showing how much the death of his mother, and birth of his baby sister are affecting him. He's starting to become the Carl I know and love from the comics.

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      5 years ago

      This show is getting better and better everytime I watch it. The writers are really pulling out the stops to really keep us on the edge of our seats. I thought the scene with Michonne and The Governor was great since we as the audience knows that he is up to no good and Michonne is beginning to find out some dirt on him. The daughter scene was also a shock since I'm starting to read the comic and I was wondering if they would put this into the show. I just hope that they keep some of the story arcs intact or at least place them somewhere into the show. The phone story arc I'm not too familiar with it but I think that the way the writers introduced the story arc in the boiler room really makes sense since Rick just lost Lori and is starting to lose his grip on is sanity. Like what you said, I think that Rick is going down a really dark path and Carl may have to deal with the repercussions of shooting his mom since we don't know yet how it affected him. Great article. Voted up.

    • Richard Perazzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Perazzo 

      5 years ago from Shirley, NY

      @mctrey I agree. In the comics the phone story drags on a little too long. I didn't mind it so much at first, but after a while you'd think he would have gotten over it. For some reason, Milton's zombie-proof shirt reminded me of something out of the Wesley Snipes film Demolition Man.

    • mctrey profile image


      5 years ago

      Another good episode! I was not that big a fan of the telephone storyline in the comics, but it will be interesting to see where they go with it on the show. I also enjoyed Milton's zombie-proof shirt. It looked like something straight out of the '90s.


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