The Walking Dead returns, now with increased moral abandon! [SPOILERS]


30 Responses to “The Walking Dead returns, now with increased moral abandon! [SPOILERS]”

  1. blitzkriegthecat says:


    Nice Recap. I was shocked at how quick Rick came to the decision to lop off Herschel’s leg. I’m also intrigued to see what the (living) inmates will have to say, knowing that their first contact with the group was watching one of them butcher their own.

    On a more serious note, during the camp-fire sing-song I had a demented vision of the zombies turning their heads at the sound of the group’s voices and begin crooning in soulful, un-dead harmony.

  2. tyger11 says:

    If Rick had waited any length of time at all, there would have been little point to the amputation. It may not do any good, it may not have been necessary, but there’s no way to tell either of those things in the moment, but one thing is for sure – waiting to make a decision when no more information is going to be forthcoming anyway – is pointless and is simply a risk. RIck’s the man.

    I thought his son was pretty amazing in this episode, too. When he sees the pet food in the cupboard, he barely hesitates – he has adapted to the new reality better than most of the adults.

    • Tichrimo says:

      Yes yes yes.  I love that Karl has become the first ‘native’ of the new age.  Gives the character a lot more depth (and hopefully means the multiple episodes of “Where’s Karl?” drama are far, far behind us).

  3. unit_1421 says:

    They lost me with the whole “everyone already has the virus” thing. We’re just watching them kill until they flat line and join the horde. They did this about 25 years ago in an issue of The Savage Sword of Conan, except it was a curse. If there’s no hope of a cure, this is just right wing torture porn.

    • Peter says:

      Everybody dies eventually, and there’s not really any hope of a cure… does that make life just torture porn?

    • tyger11 says:

      I suppose it depends on what you think the zombiefication process IS. If it’s actually a virus, then the whole thing is impossible: biology just doesn’t work that way. If, however, it’s a supernatural process (“When there’s no more room in hell the dead will walk the earth”), then of course everyone will turn into a zombie after dying. They’ll just die quicker if bitten.

      Seriously, if THIS is what you have a problem with in a zombie show, I think you’re missing the point – and all of the fun.

  4. Ha, I welcome Carl’s development into “fellow killing machine” as a step-up from the
    let’s-practice-gun-control-during-the-ZOMBIE-APOCALYPSE theme of Season 1 & 2. But a 10-year-old’s instant ability to hit headshot after headshot from 50 yards with a pistol is about as believable as Rick’s stare-acting.

  5. spenze says:

    I did like that they finally crafted some silencers for their pistols. That seems like one of the first things you’d do once you had the time and equipment.

    • ryuthrowsstuff says:

      Well in reality “silencers” aren’t going to make a gun that much quieter. The real deal (actually called suppressors) basically bring the volume down to the point where it doesn’t cause hearing damage, and apparently make it difficult to pin point where a shot came from. A homemade one is gonna at best be worse and only last a few shots. So no practically speaking its not really worth the effort.

      In tv land, where even a soda bottle stuffed with socks gives you “wiff” instead of “bang”, yeah they should have been on that shit. And being in Georgia where these things are available, having been to police stations, military bases, and gun shops you’d think they would have come across some ready made ones by this point. 

  6. Evan Dinger says:

    Whoa, Rick and Lori may be past the whole “Rick’s or Shane’s” saga, but they are NOT getting along.  What do you think about that?  Is it because RIck doesn’t show much remorse over killing Shane?  Is it because Carl witnessed Rick killing Shane?  

    Or is it the existential angst of bringing a new life into such a brutal, pitiless world?  An angst which Lori may feel like Rick is too preoccupied to help her with..

  7. I want to know what bothered you so much about the Governor.

    • Andy Snee says:

      Oh, I dunno. Everything about him.

      • Thad Boyd says:

        Well sure, but is it “bothered” as in he is one of the most legitimately disturbing characters to appear in a comic book in recent memory, or was she “bothered” by him because he felt out-of-place, poorly-written, or something along those lines?  Or just because his arc revolved around (IMO) the two most disturbing issues of the entire series?  It’s a vague choice of words.

  8. Peter says:

    I just hope they do Axel justice, you follow me?

  9. Preston Sturges says:

    As always the missing weapon is the 22 rifle, semi or bolt action that could have efficiently cleared that prison yard.

    Also, they could have set up a sort of gauntlet (Indian style) where the zombies are let out to be slaughtered one by one.

    It would not be hard to set a trap for zombies – consider a nice steel industrial stairway going up 3 stories. Saw off the railing and maybe remove a couple steps about 20 feet up and replace that with a springloaded trapdoor to drop them to the ground, or any variety of traps to send them back to the ground. They’ll get busted up. Or set it so they fall into a large dumpster. 

    What they really need is the kid from “Home Alone.”

    • Daemonworks says:

      The stock plague-zombie, being slow, stupid, only slightly infectious (it requires a bite) and easy to kill once you get the hang of it, is hard for me to take as a credible cause for an apocalypse. Humans are remarkably good at killing things – especially slow, stupid things.

      • Thad Boyd says:

        Minor comic spoilers:

        At this point in the comic the zombies have become basically a nuisance — somebody in the lettercol recently pointed out that it’s been over 25 issues since somebody actually got bitten.

        The zombies are a threat, but they’re easily avoided once you get used to them.  The real threat is the other survivors.

        Which is going to be the major theme of this season’s arc, I should think.

    • Halloween_Jack says:

      That’s the problem with the vast majority of zombie movies, and practically all slow zombie movies; not only do they take place in worlds where there apparently are no zombie movies and therefore no one has any idea initially of how to deal with them, but people regularly carry the idiot ball and even smart people will pick it up at the worst times.

      I tend to think that the more likely scenario is Shaun of the Dead; quite a few people get bitten, die, and spread the plague initially because of the surprise factor, and more people who are either incapable of defending themselves or have literally nothing with which to do so will die, but then you have the rest of the people who can keep their shit together for long enough to wipe out the zombies, and after that, even if everyone automatically becomes a zombie when they die, everyone adjusts to the “new normal” where part of the way in which the dying are treated is to put them in restraints, with a relatively non-gross method of performing the necessary postmortem head injury (I’m thinking of a captive bolt pistol, such as the one that Anton Chigurh used in No Country for Old Men), and accident victims are given a wide berth until someone can find the emergency machete. (Fido did their own version of this, albeit in a more satirical fashion.)

      • cdh1971 says:

        Plus, in Shaun of the Dead, after the normals cleaned things up and restored order, the zombies were retrained to do simple, useful repetitive tasks such as corralling shopping carts, or in the case of Shaun’s friend, given a garden shed and an Xbox.   

  10. Tedhealey says:

    “…introduction to Michonne’s badassery with some hot machete action”

    Ahem. Samurai Sword. (adjusts nerd glasses)

    • Tony Fannin says:

      Ahem. Katana. (adjusts uber-nerd glasses)

    • Bobsyeruncle says:

      I was going to comment on the original summary about the amputation, but here is as good a place as any.  It was a hatchet Rick used, not an ax. How badass is it taking off a leg with a much less formidable weapon?  0_o.

      Yeah, the Katana was impressive. Chris Hardwick used it to take out a chunk of wall with a bad swing. :-D

  11. Stephen Gordon says:

    My major problem with the tactics in Season 3 is why nobody is making the zombies come to them. There was no need for Rick to run the gauntlet to clear the yard so soon when they were easily killing zombies from the safety of the other side of the fence. Also, Hershel would still be bipedal if they had just opened the door to the next block, yelled a lot and leisurely killed what came through.

  12. Emo Pinata says:

    If it’s like the previous two seasons everything but the last three episodes will be awesome, and the end of the season will just kind of unravel. Going beyond just the weird omissions and changes from the source material, every season drags to a halt before a climax followed by a lot of bad dialogue that seems endless.

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