Walking Dead Discussion Thread: S3 E3, “Walk with Me”
*Spoiler Alert: Do not read this post or the comment section if you have not seen the show. Also, for those who have read the comics, please do not discuss plot elements not revealed on the show.*
It always gets a little complicated when a show splits its plot in half, but The Walking Dead tackled that last night. Our main group of survivors took the week off so they could get out the Ajax and clean that prison. While they are doing their chores we followed Andrea and Michionne as they went to check out a helicopter crash site. They arrive just before some new survivors and watch as they clear the site of ‘biters’ and dispatch the newly-turned crew of the helicopter. To conceal their location Michionne is forced to take out her two pet walkers, which she does at a different point in the comic books. It seemed sudden as they were such a cool detail, but it at this point I trust the show’s writers pretty well. It didn’t work out though as our old pal Merle got the drop on them.
One thing I noticed this week is how so many questions were asked and answered. The Governor had to explain to Andrea and Michionne that everyone is infected. The Governor’s scientist-minion explained how Michionne’s walkers were made to be so docile and speculates that they retain an ‘echo’ of their former selves. The term ‘lurkers’ is used for the first time (this would have been handy info for poor Hershel in Episode 1). We find out some details about walker biology (they can starve to death?) Andrea gives Merle a good recap of the events since they left him on the rooftop and does her best to explain that Rick tried to come back and save him.
The Governor seems pleasant at first, though serious. Then he takes his men and kills a National Guard unit so he can get their weapons, vehicles and supplies. Okay, that seemed pretty messed up but it’s a cutthroat world out there. Any forgiveness of that decision seems to be dispelled in the final scene as he enters a locked room to stare at a bunch of heads floating in fish tanks, including what appears to be the head of the helicopter pilot they brought back to Woodbury. Yikes.
One other note of record: I’ve been working on a novel off-and-on for 10 years. One of the main locations was a town called Woodbury. Guess I’ll have to reconsider that one.