Walking Dead Discussion Thread: S3 E4, “The Enemy Within”
*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.*
First off, let’s all take a moment of silence and tip a forty to T-Dog. We hardly knew ye.
Keep in mind we’re only 1/4 through the season. It feels like much longer with the sheer volume of stuff that has happened. I’ve decided this week to stop doing mini-recaps of the show. I am going to assume all the readers have watched the episode. If you’re depending on me for the cliff notes, you will find far better resources elsewhere. Instead I am just going to share my thoughts and invite everyone to do the same in the comments.
The scene with the entire group taking a moment to be thankful for Hershel being alive and for them to feel safe was nice even if a bit contrived. When the camera pans to reveal walkers flooding the yard I doubt anyone was shocked. We knew it was coming after unseen Andrew invited them in during the opening scenes. Glenn’s plea earlier that, “..can’t we just have one good day,” was interesting in retrospect as foreshadowing.
One thing I have noticed as of late is that whenever I see a walker behind someone my pulse quickens. Too many bites or near bites like this throughout the series. T-Dog was yet another victim. Giving his life shortly later to save Carol was the best way for him to go and we’ll hope that having his throat ripped out meant a quick death.
I never saw Lori’s death coming. In the comics she dies later and in a more senseless way, shot to death by enemies. Having her go out this way seems to be the writers’ way of redeeming her. I think they were successful and her last words to Carl were well-done. From a gross-out perspective a zombified Lori with her stomach slashed open would have been awesome, but having Carl put a bullet in her head was important for his development. If I caught her final words correctly she told him, “You are going to beat this world.” After he shoots her his resolve made me think of John Connor. I picture the series finale jumping ahead to show Carl in his early thirties and acting as the battle-hardened general of some new anti-zombie army.
The scenes in Woodbury were a bit odd. The governor has to know Michonne is on to him and yet why is she still breathing? His whole scene with Andrea was uncomfortable. After the fan questions about the tea (just an inside joke according to the show writers), the way he watched her drink her bourbon with such interest and the way she quickly decides to stay…it still feels like there’s some kind of mind-control drug in the drinks.
The dynamic with Merle and the Governor could be interesting. This is unchartered territory as Merle and Daryl are both characters unique to the TV series. Maybe Merle will challenge his authority at some point. Could be a good showdown.