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The Walking Dead: When the Dead Come Walking

Notes from this week's episode of the Walking Dead after the jump! Spoilers.

Another week setting up for what looks to be an epic mid-season finale next week. Michonne arrives at the prison and is difficult for some reason (TV drama - people don't share information when they should!), and then leads the heavy hitters from Team Rick on a rescue mission to Woodbury, leaving the prison short-staffed in terms of defenders. After evading a small-ish herd of walkers, the hit squad makes it to just outside the walls of Woodbury.

Meanwhile, Glenn and Maggie are interrogated/tortured - this, especially the scene with Maggie and the Governor - was tough to watch. Eventually, under threat of Glenn's death, Maggie cracks and spills the beans on their group - location, strength of numbers.

Finally, Andrea's relationship with the Governor continued on (and became all the more creepy after the scenes with Maggie). She assisted with an experiment by Woodbuy's resident Science Guy, which didn't go exactly according to plan. Science Guy would be better off working on Mythbuster-esque zombie killing contraptions, but that wouldn't be nearly as crazy.

The previews from next week show Team Rick launching their attack, Andrea joining in the defense of Woodbury (I foresee a showdown with Michonne), the Governor ordering the execution of Glenn and Maggie, Rick and Daryl debating about Merle, and a look at things going south with Carl at the prison. It will be big, and I would guess that we'll see a death or two on Team Rick...hopefully none of the favorites!

Anyone notice the glaring bad sound effect of the week? Pump action shotgun sound for the sleeping cabin dude's double barrel scatter gun!

Survival learnings for this week:

  • Avoid putting couples into the same combat units, if possible. No one can be blamed for treating their significant other differently than another, or cracking under threat of their death or dismemberment.
  • When people are taken prisoner, it's almost inevitable that they will break. Have strategies in place to mitigate the damage that compromised individuals can cause. 
  • When operating as a small force against a superior enemy (Rick vs. Woodbury, insurgents vs. invaders, group of families vs. armed gang), the ability to relocated quickly is important. If the superior force can pin point your location and launch an attack, you're going to have a difficult time surviving. It's unlikely that Team Rick will vacate the prison any time soon, which means a looming battle with Woodbury.


  1. This was a good episode and shows some points to keep in mind.

    1) Women will be sexually assaulted in some way if they are captured. Especially in a time/place where there aren't a lot of women.

    2) Have plans for if you are captured. What to say regarding your group, etc.

    3) Everyone will break, it's just a matter of time.

    4) Easy to say now from the comfort of my home and not in that situation. But if a group that has captured you has tortured you and you give up your group, they will attack and try to kill your group. False information would protect your group.

    5) I am sure that Glenn didn't want to kill Merle just because he was part of their group at one time and he was literally "back from the dead." You need to have a plan to function in that kind of situation.

    6) Assume that if you are taken hostage, you are dead anyway. Glenn should have taken the head shot, but it's understandable why he didn't.

    7) Communication between parts of your group would be good. If you have walkie talkies, etc. Can arrange check in times, etc.

    Can't wait til next week.

  2. people watch this??

  3. Great episode, super tense. The Governor is really starting to reflect his comic counter-part. I also noticed the bad sound effect as well as a bent barrel on the prop-rifle in the first shot of Woodbury.

    1. I thought it was my HD-TV Channel having a hiccup.

    2. I caught that prop rifle thing, too...but thought it might have been a crossbow or bow at a weird angle.

    3. As much as I love the TV series, there have been a few mistakes here and there. the bent rifle, missing sights on the AR and I'm not sure if anyone else has commented on it but none of the guns in season 3's first episode recoiled at all.(Muzzle flashes with no slide movement) All that aside it is still the best written and overall well-done TV series of all time in my opinion.

  4. What did I miss that made the scene with the sleeping/hiding shotgun-wielding guy in the cabin with the dead dog (?) make sense? Don't recall dozing off during that scene, but don't get it. He's less than a mile from Woodbury with apparently no knowledge of the towns existence, said he was going to "call the cops"?, and didn't know to shutup with walkers outside the door? He pull a Rip Van Winkle and sleep through the last year or something? Can someone clue me in here? Thanks.

  5. I wish I could remember where I read it, but in some war fiction an officer was telling the troops what to do when they get captured. he says that all the young troops swear up and down that they'll resist under the worst possible torture and the seen-it-all officer tells them to just go ahead and spill their guts right up front. The newbies ask why. The officer tells them that under real torture, the enemy will get the information anyway. By giving the info up front, you avoid debilitating and crippling torture...thus being in shape to resist or escape later. Any info you have thats worth anything will be changed when your capture becomes known.

    An interesting viewpoint on the subject, dontcha think? Reallistically, they should have agreed on a cover story long ago. Maybe tell them they were still staying at the farm.