Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes…a boy without a childhood.
Warning: There are spoilers in this post.
If you have not watched the season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead,
now is the time to stop reading.
The last thing I want to do is spoil the episode for you.
On Easter Sunday, I watched The Walking Dead episode 16 of season 3 and DVR’ed Game of Thrones.
Welcome to the Tombs….
I was just beginning to come to terms with the fact that another one of my favorite characters from The Walking Dead is dead. First it was Dale, then it was TDog , last week it was Merle Dixon and on Sunday it was Andrea.
The decision to kill off her character was a major surprise. I thought that Herschel and Judith were next on the zombie buffet but, nope…..Andrea became a snack for a zombified Milton Mamet. Yes, Milton Mamet who resembles a real life version of Smithers from The Simpsons died as well.
How in the heck did that happen?
Well, the episode opened with a close shot of The Governor’s eye.
He was beating up another character which I assumed was Andrea.
I was wrong…..it was Milton.
Poor, poor Milton.
He was paying the price for barbecuing all of those zombies in the episode before last.
While, Rick was making his decision about Michonne in last episode….Milton became a human punching bag.
If the beating was not enough, the Governor decided to make him go into his torture room. There he would pick up all of the instruments used to on Andrea. While on his knees behind the chair Milton noticed a pair of plies but, he “failed” to pick them up.
All of a sudden, the Governor decided that in order for Milton to redeem himself, he must kill Andrea with a scalpel.
Milton who could not hurt a fly, tried to use that same tool on the Governor.
It was a bad idea but, noble one nonetheless.
However, he did not notice the knife that the Governor held.
Let’s just say that he paid the ultimate price for his effort.
The prison group ( Rick, Glenn, Michonne, Daryl, Beth, Carol , Herschel and Maggie) are packing up prepared to leave the prison.
Rick does one last walk through to make sure that they did not leave anything behind. Michonne walks beside them.
There is something new between them.
I can see some sort of friendship that is forming.
I am delighted because now Michonne will no longer be though of as a bargaining chip.
That story line did not sit well with me.
Carl is very upset with his father, Rick.
I agree with him regarding his feelings.
Rick decided not to kill the four prisoners in episode three. Due to that decision, Lori and Tdog lost their lives because of Andrew’s warpath.
He persuaded Merle to return Michonne to Woodbury so that this conflict would be resolved.
Thank goodness that Merle had a change of heart and let her go.
Unfortunately, he died attempting to complete a plan that he had from the get to go.
Carl was upset that Merle died because his father was unable to man up in that situation.
Though it is unspoken, I am sure that he did not like idea of sending Michonne to her death.
However, Michonne forgave him for the decision which surprised me.
Then again, she tried to convince Merle Dixon to return to the prison last episode even after all that he had done to her.
Meanwhile, Tyreese and Sasha are very skeptical of the Governor and his motives.
As the Governor’s army prepares to leave for battle, Tyreese tells them that they would rather stay behind with the women and children
When the Governor walks away to grab a rifle, I am a little freaked out. I feel like this it for Ty and Sasha.
They feel the same way as per the look of shock in their eyes.
However, he hands it to Tyreese and the Woodbury army depart.
They arrive at the prison with guns blazing.
One person even fires a grenade launcher.
For those who are thinking wtf….remember that group of national guards men from the first episode of season three.
The ones who were gunned down by The Governor and his men (plus Merle), yeah that is where they acquired the firepower.
Or should I say that is where they stole it.
Anyways, the Governor’s ground troops rush towards the entrance.
They manage to break in and low and behold…..
no one is there.
The Governor can not believe his eyes.
To make matters, worse someone ( Herschel) left a bible in one of the prison cells.
It was open to a passage that is highlighted in yellow. I am not sure which verse but, my guess is that is from the book of Revelation.
Rather than retreat the Governor decides push his troops to survey the rest of the prison.
They end up walking into a trap which sends them running.
During the retreat, the troops realize that they are a bit out of ammunition and they hightail it out of the gate.
The Governor who is beyond pissed decides to mow down his troops with a spray of bullets.
Martinez and the silent henchman are in complete shock.
They leave in a truck with the Governor to spend time “sleeping with one eye open” to quote Chris Hardwick of The Talking Dead.
However, one person is still alive.
This is a character who annoyed me this whole season.
She was the biggest complainer in Woodbury and the same one who tried to keep her asthmatic son from fighting.
Maybe I am wrong but, that boy’s name was Jody. I believe he is child that Carl killed.
Did I mention that?
Carl hid in the woods during the battle with Herschel.
A teenage boy came running towards them with a gun.
He was scared out of his mind and was about to hand over his gun when……BAM.
Carl shot him.
It was a hard decision to make but, at that moment it was kill or be killed.
And….. Beth killed a walker this episode.
Meanwhile, Rick and his crew decide to go to Woodbury and continue the fight.
However, they stumble upon a horde of Woodbury zombies and the last survivor who locked herself in a truck.
He is nearly shot by Tyreese who informs them that Andrea is somewhere in Woodbury.
However, when she is found it is too late.
Milton took a bite out of her neck.
(During the scuffle I assumed that Tyreese rushed in to save her, boy was I way off.)
If only, she had stabbed the Governor in his sleep like Carol instructed her to.
She tried her hardest to keep the peace but, in the end, it was too late.
Michonne remained with her while she shot herself in the head.
It was nice to see them iron out their issues together before she died.
Tyreese shows Rick, the people who are left in Woodbury which include, women, children and the elderly.
Rick decides to add them to the prison bunch.
I thought that this was a good idea because Woodbury had a heck of a lot of food so why not?
However, Carl did not agree with that idea.
Plus Herschel bought up the situation that happened in the woods.
This was bound to happen sooner or later.
It is sad that Rick has found a small bit of peace only to have it torn from him.
His wife’s vision is gone but, now he must contend with The Governor’s return, the new people and the fact that his little boy will never be the same.
Oh, and one more thing, there will be a change is Daryl, the problem with the episode is that there was no time to crack the surface but, for those who are wondering…..the sweet, gentle Daryl Dixon is slowly fading away.
Well, folks thanks for reading my reviews.
October 13, 2013 Season Four of The Walking Dead will begin.
New York Comic Con 2013, here I come.
Until October everyone.