Walking Dead Discussion Thread: S3 E16, “Welcome to the Tombs”
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.
Season finales are always a mix of emotions for me. On one hand I am excited because (usually) the season has been building momentum and this will be a major moment in the story. On the other hand I am sad because I am about to endure a long break without one of my favorite shows (in the case of TWD this will be about 6 1/2 months). But there’s also a bit of relief because as finales happen it frees up time for me to pursue other hobbies or other TV shows.
My initial assessment is that the finale managed to surprise me in a lot of ways. One of my personal predictions came true which is that the Governor would survive the finale but it wasn’t in the way I thought he would. As for the death of Andrea? I never saw that one coming. This is partially due to comic book spoilers I have read but also because I thought her character had really been elevated to a key element this season and her redemption seemed to signal a return to the prison group. Regarding her death though…WTF? Keep in mind that Andrea has killed a LOT of walkers in three seasons and several times it was a very narrow escape. Just two weeks ago we saw her stop a walker with her knee while dealt with another that had her pinned to a tree. She survived ninja zombies while sneaking through the warehouse on the same episode. So to finally suffer a bite from one Milton-walker with her hands free and a pair of pliers to use for a weapon? It seems almost implausible.
The attack on the prison started off strong but it was amazing how quickly they folded when faced with a counter-attack. The Governor’s frustration in how they retreated so fast manifested itself in a final orgy of violence and anther hard-to-swallow point was his two henchmen allowing him to survive it. I’m very curious about how he will be involved with Season 4. Will he recruit new people or wage a three-man guerilla war? Will he return to Woodbury, now surely overrun with walkers, or stay on the road?
As for Carl’s ‘gunning down’ of the attacker from Woodbury, I’m on his side. His explanation of why he did it to Rick was even more convincing. He’s become so cold though that if they don’t balance it out, it seems like he will become the new Shane next season. Maybe there was a girl his age on the bus from Woodbury and she will have a softening effect on him. If not, he may become a liability down the road.
The return of Rick, Michionne and Darryl with the Woodbury residents was interesting even if it seems like it will set up problems down the road. How do they keep these people fed? The show glosses over a lot of every day logistics like food and water (Rick looked freshly-showered within hours of his rampage after Lori died). With so many people though and the main prison yard now even more damaged, it seems like they may need a new home that can support this group.
All-in-all this season didn’t disappoint. The ‘soft’ conclusion was actually welcome in my house because it was so unexpected. It also gives us a breather over the summer and also perhaps creates more room for speculation. Anxious to hear everyone’s thoughts. Thanks for hanging with these posts all season.