Monday, April 1, 2013

"Welcome to the Tombs" The Walking Dead S3 Ep 16 Recap

Spoilers, obviously.

We start off with a close up of an eye, Lost style.  The Governor is beating up Milton for burning the walkers.  I guess it took an extra episode or so for The Governor to do something about it.   He tells Milton that "It's time for him to graduate."  But he ain't getting a diploma.   Milton asks him, "What would your daughter think?"  Answer: "She'd be afraid of me", but if he was like this from the start, she’d be alive.

Milton asks if he killed Andrea.  The Gov decides to show, rather than tell, and throws him into the torture workshop where she has been cuffed to a dentist's chair.  He announces that he is going to the prison to kill them all.  He orders Milton to collect the tools.  Milton gets them but leaves pliers on the floor behind Andrea.  The Governor tells him to kill her now. No way he’s leaving this room without doing it. He turns around and tries to kill The Governor, but nope. The Governor saw it coming, counters, and stabs Milton.  It was a pretty weak attempt.  Now he's going to die and come back and tear the flesh from her bones. The Governor proclaims, "In this life now you kill or you die.   Or you die and you kill.”  Sounds just like a Hallmark Card!

Carl is packing up.  He looks at the family photo Michonne helped him get and puts it in a bag, along with a mixtape for Beth.  He has Rick’s sheriff badge, which is pretty shiny.  First Glenn's engagement ring to Maggie, now the badge, there definitely has to be a few bottles of polish around.   Carl's all mad, and I don't know why.  At first, I thought he was mad about Rick almost betraying Michonne, but later I think it was because he wasn't allowed to fight with the group at the prison.  As they pack up the cars outside, Rick tells Glenn, Carl is still a kid; it's easy to forget. 

Daryl and Carol share a brief moment outside, which involves hand holding (!) albeit it was more or less Carol helping Daryl up.  Daryl and everyone else knows what Merle did, which I'm really happy about.  I'm glad they know that he helped.  And it probably did really help.  Merle took out some of their "real" soldiers (and Ben).

Michonne is surprisingly really understanding of Rick almost handing her over to The Governor. She thanks Rick for taking her in. Rick tells her it was Carl that made the call; he said she belonged here and was "one of us."

Before they all take off, Rick sees a vision of prego Lori happily rubbing her belly.

At Woodbury, The Governor is in full on demagogue mode and is stirring the makeshift army up. "They’re not going to stop until they kill us all."  Tyrese bravely tells The Governor that he and Sasha aren't going to fight other people.  They will stay here and protect the children, or whatever.  The Governor probably does everything to prevent himself from killing them and thanks them (almost deadpan like).

The Governor and his "army"  drive through the prison.  They blow up the guard tower. Take out the walkers in yard. Whatever happened to The Governor's rule about now wasting bullets?  Spikes take out  the wheels of one of the gun trunks. They blow up the other tower because they can. I don't really get who all these people are.  I didn't recognize too many faces of the extras, and I didn't see any of the adolescent's like Karen's asthmatic Noah, but they still seemed to have a lot of people.

The Governor and the Woodbury army enter C block, but its empty.  Gov walks past a cell, then goes back to pick up a bible with John 5:29 (which I only know because I googled it) highlighted.   How was he able to see that?  I'm supposed to believe that one eyed Governor was able to walk past a dark cell and see a small bible in the corner?

Milton isn't dead yet.  He tells Andrea about the pliers behind her. If she drags her foot she can get them.  He instructs her, " You are going to find something very sharp, and you are going to stab me in the head."  Wise words.  Maybe it's a proverb.

The Woodburian army is searching the tombs.  Smoke grenades or something goes off, alarms start, and they all start freaking out.  They run out.  Glen and Maggie, who are actually wearing the gear for once (thank you!), start firing, but it looks like it was more to scare them away because they weren't really shooting at anybody, more like, near them.  The Woodburians drives off. Glen takes off helmet, and I got scared that it was going to be like the that guy in the opening of Saving Private Ryan who gets shot right after he takes off his helmet, but all's good.

A young/teenage guy from the Woodburian army, whose name, I learned from The Talking Dead, was  Jody, runs into Carl, Herhsel, and Beth in the woods.  They point their guns at each other.  Hershel tells him to drop it. He says he will and that he is going to hand it over, but still hasn't. Carl shoots.

Uhhh, what if The Governor had guys attack from the woods?  What would have happened then?

They regroup. Beth and Judith are wearing matching hats heh. 
Carl tells Rick he is coming to Woodbury and that he took out one of the soldiers, that’s what he was there for. Hershel tells Rick that the kid was handing the gun over.   Hershel tells him Carl did not have to shoot. "He gunned that kid down."

Gov wants his fleeing army to pull over.  He drives in front of them to stop. 
They don’t want to fight.  They aren't soldiers. They can keep the prison.  Gov loses it.  Man, he's a sore loser.  I wouldn't ever want to play Risk or anything with him, but that may be more of Milton's game.  He starts shooting his own people.  Allen points his gun at The Governor, but does nothing. Gov shoots him. Martinez and other guy Shumpert look like they don’t know what to do, but don't stop him.  

Gov walks over and starts shooting bodies.  Karen is hiding under one that the Governor actually doesn't shoot.  Looks like he’s taking a road trip with Martinez and other guy.  Well you know what they say, if at first you don't succeed, massacre your makeshift army and drive into the sunset with your henchmen.

Andrea is still trying to get the pliers. Using her perfectly pretty pedicured feet (Wow, Woodbury has everything!) she tries to pick up the pliers.  She keeps freaken stopping to see if Milton is still alive.  She drops them. Eventually she gets them in her hands and starts using them on the cuffs, but stops AGAIN to look at Milton. 

Rick, Michonne, and Daryl are getting ready to go to Woodbury.

Rick goes to talk to Carl about the boy he shot.  
"Was he handing it over?" 
 "He just attacked us." 
"Yes he had."
"Was he handing it over?" 
Carl explains that he couldn't take the chance.  He didn't kill the walker that killed Dale, Rick didn't kill Andrew, he came back and (more or less) killed mom (and T-Dog).  Rick let the Governor go and he came back and killed Merle. "Now go, so he doesn’t kill anymore of us". Carl totally Lawyered Rick.  He drops the sherrifs button. 

"Carl, tell me what to do."

Carol and Beth are clearing the fence of walkers.  Beth kills her first walker! (I think).   

Darly, Rick, and Michonne find the bodies of The Governor's ex-army, and some of them are walkers now.  Karen is in one of the trucks.  Karen meet Rick & Co. Rick & Co. meet Karen

Andrea STILL isn't free yet.  She AGAIN stops to look at Milton, who has now turned.  She tells Milton why she stayed at Woodbury and that she didn't want anyone to die, not even The Governor, which is why she didn't kill him.  She spends time reminiscing instead of picking up the pliers and using them.  Eventually, She gets free, but just as walker Milton is walking to her...  Cut away.  WHAT HAPPPENED.  Surely, she has to be fine, seeing how we didn't see anything.  

I thought Tyrese said he didn't want to hurt anyone!
Rick, Michonne, Daryl, and Karen approach Woodbury.  Tyrese and Sasha start shooting. Karen tells them about The Governor's Ball massacre and that Rick saved her.  Tyrese and Sasha open the door, "What you doing here?"  Rick replies that they were coming to finish this until they saw what the Governor did.  Now, they are going to try and find Andrea.

They find Andrea in The Governor's workshop.  She took out walker Milton and all seems good, until she reveals a large bite on her neck.  I actually gasped.  It's all very touching.  She repeats, she just didn't anyone to die.  Her story really is tragic.  Michonne, crying, stays by her side, as Andrea goes out on her own accord, i.e. shoots herself.  

Rick, Daryl, Michonne, Karen, Tyrese, Sasha arrive with a busload of Woodbury residents, who I will refer to as the "unimportants."  Carl's not too happy about it.  

So, why didn't they just move to Woodbury?  Well, Robert Kirkman explains in an interview with TVLINE
The Governor is still out there. He’s already killed a great number of people from Woodbury. And I think they were able to repel him at the prison, so moving into Woodbury and setting up shop in his backyard – a place he’s very familiar with — would be very dangerous for Rick. They see the prison as something that is much more easily defended than Woodbury. They were able to get into Woodbury easily themselves. The Woodbury defenses are very effective against zombies, but not very effective against humans. They see it as much more of a defensible position.

I may create another post for my thoughts on the episode.  If I don't, I'll just add it here.

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