Walking Dead Discussion Thread: S3 E8, “Made to Suffer”
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.
What a fall finale! I’m just going to say from the start that I LOVED the show last night so it will probably be apparent in my comments. The show’s writers and director did a great job in bringing together plot points and also setting up the tension for the second half of the season.
The introduction of four new characters (five if you count the woman who died) in the opening segment was great. As most people know by now, the black man leading that group is Tyreese, who plays a major role in the comic book. I admit I was scared when I saw them entering the back of a damaged prison because I assumed this was the result of Woodbury forces attacking. Apparently it was just old damage, although it seems like a liability in the future. Carl’s rescue was brave and he has clearly become a kid that can take care of himself.
The infiltration of Woodbury and the rescue of Glenn and Maggie went about as expected. It was always going to be hard and losing Oscar was not surprising (a character death seemed inevitable for the finale). Darryl’s capture will drive the fans nuts. I have read several threats online of, “If they kill Daryl I am not watching it anymore.”
The information loop was partially closed between Michionne and the Survivors.They now know Merle is in Woodbury and kidnapped Glenn & Maggie. The last piece of the puzzle is Andrea. With her knowing about Darryl how long can the Governor possibly keep her from hearing the whole story?And how the heck do Merle and Darryl get out of the jam they are in without her help?
The most important element of the show was the fight between Michionne and the Governor and its aftermath. Michionne finds Penny and the zombie heads and is horrified by it all. She then kills zombie Penny which drives the Governor into a violent rage. Their fight was brief but well done and the Governor lost an eye and would have been killed if it weren’t for the timely arrival of Andrea. Amazingly Andrea seems to accept his explanation about the heads and Penny but the best acting of the evening goes to the Governor. You can literally see him go from overwhelming grief to hate and resolve within the last 15 minutes of the show. That sets up a fantastic plot for the spring.
So what did you think?
Just as a FYI – AMC is playing the entire series from start to finish on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. If you are like me and have a spouse or loved one that you want to try to get hooked, it’s a good time to set the DVR.