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3/4/13

The Walking Dead: Clear


Spoilers below! You have been warned.

Episode starts off with Rick, Carl and Michonne on a road trip to destinations unknown--I was thinking the national guard armory. They pass a hitch hiker who has somehow survived alone for this long and is apparently unnarmed. They drive by without a second look.



After some minor troubles, they arrive in Rick's hometown to raid the police armory, only to find it empty. Further exploration of the town leads to an ambush by none other than Morgan from the first season, who has lost his mind and son since last met him. He's also set up elaborate zombie traps and fortified the Main Street of the town. The initial encounter with the group doesn't go so well and leads to Carl popping a cap in Morgan's chest. He is protected by a bullet proof vest and spends the next portion of the episode KOed.

Recognizing his old buddy, Rick wants to see what he can do to help Morgan out, while Carl and Michonne head out to retrieve a crib for baby Judith. Of course, not all goes according to plan. Morgan stabs Rick and Carl heads off on a detour to grab the last known family photo from the local zombie infested eatery.

In the end, we learn the fate of Morgan's son and Rick fails in his attempt to get him to come back to the prison. There are several strong scenes between the two, with Rick trying to talk some hope into Morgan--but I also got the sense that Rick was trying to talk some hope and sanity into himself, too.

Carl and Michonne do some bonding--this is the most talking that Michonne has done all season--and eventually return from their secret mission unscathed.

Team Rick leaves his ol' crazy pal to go about his task of "clearing" zombies from his traps, but not before borrowing a portion of the massive arsenal that Morgan has built up.

On their way out of town, Carl passes along his approval of Michonne to pops, and they pass by the partially devoured corpse of hitch hiker guy from the beginning, stopping only long enough to grab his bug out bag and then speed off into the distance.

So - we find out the fate of Morgan, Rick seems to be sane again, Michonne has won some measure of approval, and Team Rick has restocked their arms and ammo. 

A few talking points from the episode:
  • In Rick's position, would you have stopped for hitch hiker guy? Why or why not? What else could you do?
  • After the police station turned up nothing, Rick was going to go check out several local shops where he had signed permits for guns. What kind of threat would you expect from former LEOs looking for firearms from concealed carry holders or other known firearms owners?
  • Carl risked his life for a photo of his family. Do you have printed photos as a part of your supplies or kits?
Anything else you got from the episode?

Next week looks like we'll see a showdown/negotiation between Rick and the Governor. Should be intense! Any predictions?

24 comments :

  1. I was curious if the loan hitch hiker dude was a "spy" working for the governor at the beginning of the episode, however it turned out otherwise. As for Team Rick finally acquiring more firearms and ammunition I'll say this: Morgan had a HUGE arsenal and Team Rick only took 2 or 3 bags. And when they were carrying the bags to the car, they were obviously not completely full. If they really wanted to eliminate the governor and end the threat for good, you think they would have grabbed more. Oh well...

    Regardless, It was nice to see an episode that wasn't so dreary and gloomy. All the sunlight and getting to know Michonne a little better really made this episode enjoyable. Best series on tv!


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    1. Ditto. At least they should've picked up more long range weapons (rifles, etc)... something tells me that when it's showdown time with the Governor, our favorite ragtag group of survivors will have tons of more guns/ammo available coming out of nowhere

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  2. But how did Michon get in and out of that bar to pick up the photo so quickly....didn't seem do-able, or she's just THAT good! One of the best episodes of the year so far.

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    1. Carl stayed at the door keeping the walkers occupied . She is more stealth that head on gun's blazing. Had Carl gone alone.... well morgan and rick would have had one more thing in common :)

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    2. Well said Owen and Bonnie. Totally agree.

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  3. I wonder if there was some forshadowing of things to come, Morgan talking about a (reckoning) from not shooting his wife and then she came back and killed his son. Are we really sure Carl shot his mom, and was that really Lori that Rick cut out of the walkers belly and buried? Will we see a walker Lori? Will Rick or Carl be confronted by their wife/mother?

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    1. I thought the first time we left Morgan that he would return. I predict we will see him again. This was a much better episode. Up untill this week i've been disappointed.

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  4. My impression was the hitchiker could have been 'bait' for an ambush by other survivors. The road was narrow and had heavy cover on both sides. If I coulda spared it, I'd've continued a 1/4 mile or so down the road where the guy could see me, stop, and drop some gear on the road for him before continuing on.

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    1. I figure at this point into the apocalypse, you really can't trust anyone you haven't already vetted. Dude could have been a crazy cannibal, ambush bait, etc. 'sides, few people pick up hitchikers pre-zombiegeddon...it's not going to get better after the dead rise.

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  5. Morgan had more guns than one guy could ever hope to need. But hey, no one else was using them to why not amass them! I'd be chasing cans of beans more than the guns by that point though. A few ranged/scoped long arms, and Rick's team, provided they use the height and cover the prison provides, AND they put their eyes on their scopes for a change, would be pretty formidable in the prison. But seriously, I think they need to mobilise and move on, now that the Governor is on to them and has the numbers.

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  6. The hitchhiker bothered me. How does anyone that has survived this long into the apocalypse find themselves in such a bad situation? No weapons, not much gear, alone, running and screaming down a road in the middle of nowhere? If someone made it that far I doubt they would get overtaken by zombies in the middle of an open road.

    Great episode though. Next week's looks spectacular.

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    1. Yep, its been so long since apocalypse started, and yet he didn't even have melee weapon, what not enough baseball bats laying around ? wtf...
      Also even driving to this guy would have been dangerous, imo shoot him from 200-400m and drive past him. that could have been anything, or he could be anyone. (maby he had IED on road or something, you never know)
      Unless new member can prove loyalty and bring something to the table you don't invite ppl in.

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    2. He could have been robbed by the convoy of cars or disarmed by someone else he encountered and allowed to leave without weapons. Who knows. The randomness and unanswered questions are a plus in realism... if you leave someone out there, well you don't get to find out their story when they're eaten. He could have been exhausted, much like Andrea was in the bushes at the end of the second series.

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    3. "imo shoot him from 200-400m and drive past him. "

      Just arbitrarily kill other survivors because they happen to be walking down a stretch of road that you're going to drive down? There's a guy in Woodbury looking for guys like you.

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    4. you should go play DayZ, its very good representation of what would happen to world if zombies came.
      People kill you for can of beans of due to danger or just for the heck of it.

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  7. I still want to know how they're getting drinking water...it really hasn't been addressed in the show.

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    1. When they took over the prison there was dialog that said there was a creek running outside the prison. They talked of diverting it under the fence for irrigation.

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  8. On the road again....

    In a straight up fight the Govnor has all of the advantages over our intrepid group. Attitude/training, raw numbers, arms (even their latest haul of weaponry will only bring "team prison" to some bare parity with Woodbury, if that), vehicles, medical support, secure base of operations, long term rest and health factors. I don't see any way Rick's group can prevail.Only Andrea's intervention with a kill from inside the enemy's camp can turn this thing around. Rick needs to be in contact with her to arrange that. Rick can't just expect her to have an epiphany and act to save their group, or, even asume she can on any given day.

    Option: long range/close range sniper/sapper kill on the Govenor then open woodbury to the zombies?

    It would suck, but a tactical retreat makes a whole lot of sense to me. Fall back to the old homestead and take out his buddy Morgan if he has to. Keeping his team alive and functional is the best option he has at this point.

    Colorado

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  9. Did anyone else notice the ginormous box of grenades sitting in the room with all the guns...been me, woulda grabbed as many as I could carry...then come back for more later....firearms are great...but nothing clears out a fieldof walkers or barricaded hostile like a grenade tossed into them!!

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    1. First thing I saw! And think alike. THOSE ARE THE ONES YOU NEED TO BEAT GOVERNOR.

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  10. Ok the preview of the next episode(313) appears to be Rick on his way to meet with the Governor to discuss a possible peace treaty.

    Tour of Margon's Apartment

    http://www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/videos/spoilers-tour-of-morgans-season-3-apartment-inside-the-walking-dead

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  11. Sorry Morgan not Margon

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  12. In Rick's position, would you have stopped for hitch hiker guy? Why or why not? What else could you do?

    In general I would try to parley if it could be done safely without risking ambush. See what they know, share what we do, maybe trade. In that situation I probably would have just left like they did. The area was too easy for somebody to hide in and they were just a small group.

    After the police station turned up nothing, Rick was going to go check out several local shops where he had signed permits for guns. What kind of threat would you expect from former LEOs looking for firearms from concealed carry holders or other known firearms owners?

    Not really worried about that. First most cops I know are pretty squared away there. Second the issue with taking guns from people is that the people have guns. If the guy knows you have 2 years worth of food for 8 people, 30 guns and 50 cases of ammo maybe but not for an old shotgun and a .38. Also it bothered me how Rick knew what they had because "he signed the permits." In most of the free parts of the US permits are to my knowledge not linked to a specific gun. In Georgia you do not need a permit to keep a gun in your home, car or business. Call it a minor glitch.


    Carl risked his life for a photo of his family. Do you have printed photos as a part of your supplies or kits?

    We have some actual photos here and there but not really in a planned/ coordinated way. We should get on that.

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