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Out Of The Grave: This Week on The Walking Dead (Episode 3 / October 28, 2012)

10.29.2012by: J.A. Hamilton
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EPISODE 3: Walk With Me

THE HOOK: With Hershel's farm overrun, Rick and company are on the move again. They come across a prison which Rick feels would be perfect...once it's purged of walkers. But the dead aren't the only danger lurking in the shadows.

THE LOWDOWN: Tonight was the night fans of the graphic novels have been waiting for--a closer look at Michonne in action and the introduction of the Governor-- and fans of the TV series get the special treat of seeing Merle back from the dead. I enjoyed the opening scene with the helicopter, forgetting that Michonne and Andrea have no idea about the fact that everyone's infected. It was sad to see Michonne behead her two walkers--for those unfamiliar with Michonne's storyline, the two walkers are her boyfriend Mike and his best friend Terry. The fact that she uses them for camouflage comes up later, but I'm for thinking she held onto them for sentimental reasons as well. The idea of walkers becoming docile when you take away their ability to feed is an interesting concept, but still creepy as hell and not something I'd hold a lot of faith in.

I'm a big fan of Michael Rooker so yes, I was happy to see Merle return. True, like his brother Daryl, Merle is a "show based" character, but his pairing up with the Governor adds a unique flavor to the irony pot. Merle's reaction to Andrea and Michonne was much tamer than I envisioned it. Of course, it's not like she cut off his hand. His meeting up with Rick and Daryl is what I'm waiting for. Definitely digging his new "hand" though (will he and Michonne have a blade fight? I'd love to see it happen). Michonne doesn't say much tonight, but damn if her facial expressions don't convey what she's thinking perfectly well. If looks could kill, she'd have severed many more heads from their bodies.

Which brings me to the Governor. David Morrissey's portrayal of the character's brooding, soulless evil is downright haunting. The man's got shark eyes, dark and unfathomably evil. Sure he talks a good talk, and that's the one reason I'm sold on the character's physical changes. The way he looks in the comics would betray the "nice guy" persona he's selling in the show. Not sure why he's trying so hard to win the hearts of the people seeing as how he doesn't need them, unless there's an ulterior motive still to come (that said, I was hoping for an answer to the question surrounding his daughter's character--mainly if she'd be here in the show, but no sign of her yet). All in all, I'm still on the fence about this Governor, but I'm anxious to see more.

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 3's third episode branches off from Rick and the crew to focus on the newer additions to the cast, something that worked extremely well. Rest assured this isn't GAME OF THRONES and the story doesn't usually jump like this as these characters will all end up in the same place eventually. There are still many unanswered questions at this point like who's the mystery watcher in the bushes from the closing moments of last week's episode, to what the hell that mad scientist dude's cooking up in the basement (the heads were a nice touch) and what exactly is he putting in that Tea to make is so delicious? Tension didn't run as high tonight, but the plot certainly did thicken.

ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: The Governor takes out one of the helicopter pilots who turns after being sliced in half by a propeller blade. That dude had one hell of a bad day.

BLOOD AND GORE: Bodies sliced in half, beheadings, shootouts and the weirdest collection of jarred "specimens" you've ever seen.

MOST ANNOYING CHARACTER: . Now I'm not saying her and Michonne should've offered the Gov a threeway in thanks, but shit baby, you'd have died without his help. They didn't rape or pillage you, yell or slap you--instead they cooked you breakfast. And despite all that, she's pissing and moaning about a couple walkers she saw hanging in the trees on the way in. Be thankful they didn't pull a 28 DAYS LATER on your asses.

COOLEST SCENE: For me, the coolest scene comes from seeing the Governor reveal his true colors. The look in his eyes spoke volumes. I sincerely hope he continues to impress.

FINAL VERDICT:

 

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: So how do you think the Merle and Daryl situation will play out? A fight to the death between them? Daryl killing Merle to save Rick? Or maybe Merle gets pulled over from the darkside in a RETURN OF THE JEDI type scenario?

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8:59AM on 10/29/2012

michonne in action? ---and--- lazy zombies

yeah sure. if by "action" you mean scowling for 45mins. move over Karl, fantastic job you did, but, we've got a new Judge Dredd.

i like the scenario that WD has been playing with---when the walkers are unstimulated for a time, they tend to "wind down'' and become somewhat static. the zombie on the bus (who shouldve initially slammed into the window to get to rick upon the surprise of seeing him and his horse. instead he ''remembered'' how to get out of the bus in an orderly fashion.
yeah sure. if by "action" you mean scowling for 45mins. move over Karl, fantastic job you did, but, we've got a new Judge Dredd.

i like the scenario that WD has been playing with---when the walkers are unstimulated for a time, they tend to "wind down'' and become somewhat static. the zombie on the bus (who shouldve initially slammed into the window to get to rick upon the surprise of seeing him and his horse. instead he ''remembered'' how to get out of the bus in an orderly fashion. okaaay.). the zombies in the church--one of them looked like it was stuck in the corner!
also, ive always wondered how long it should take for an ''unfed'' zombie, in any media representation, to rot away as any corpse would. also, also...does feeding actually prevent that rotting effect to any degree?
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11:52AM on 10/29/2012

Eh

Just one of those necessary episodes that kinda stinks because it's not as high-octane like the first two, but good in its own right. I'd give it more like a 6 or 7 because it was more talking than action, and there's no Shane-infused Rick running around being a BAMF
Just one of those necessary episodes that kinda stinks because it's not as high-octane like the first two, but good in its own right. I'd give it more like a 6 or 7 because it was more talking than action, and there's no Shane-infused Rick running around being a BAMF
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3:55PM on 10/29/2012

Loved it!

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4:00PM on 10/29/2012
Great episode. I just get the impression that A: the Gov has no intention of letting Andrea and Michonne leave and B: Things are going to get very bad for Andrea and Michonne when they try to leave without the Gov's graces. I think Daryl and Merle's meeting will be one of the highlights of the series. I dont see Merle ever joining Rick and I dont see Daryl leaving Rick so fisticuffs should ensue.
Great episode. I just get the impression that A: the Gov has no intention of letting Andrea and Michonne leave and B: Things are going to get very bad for Andrea and Michonne when they try to leave without the Gov's graces. I think Daryl and Merle's meeting will be one of the highlights of the series. I dont see Merle ever joining Rick and I dont see Daryl leaving Rick so fisticuffs should ensue.
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5:35PM on 10/29/2012
Good times. Yeah it's a slow burn of sorts but the tension building tactic is what made tonight shine. Merle and Daryl will definitely have it out and I can't wait to see the sparks fly.
Good times. Yeah it's a slow burn of sorts but the tension building tactic is what made tonight shine. Merle and Daryl will definitely have it out and I can't wait to see the sparks fly.
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11:47PM on 10/29/2012
The Governor was badass, not too watered down or over the top. You're right about his eyes, they can send shivers up your spine. Good episode.
The Governor was badass, not too watered down or over the top. You're right about his eyes, they can send shivers up your spine. Good episode.
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9:21AM on 10/30/2012
The Governor is definitely one scary dude, especially the way he looked at his "jarred specimens" as you put it. I think the line will be drawn when Daryl finally meet Merle and I guess Daryl has to choose a side - to stay with Rick or with Merle.
The Governor is definitely one scary dude, especially the way he looked at his "jarred specimens" as you put it. I think the line will be drawn when Daryl finally meet Merle and I guess Daryl has to choose a side - to stay with Rick or with Merle.
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