Where do I even start? How do I make you, as a reader, comprehend my feelings for this episode? Bare with me… This is a tough post.
If you’re a weekly watcher of AMC’s The Walking Dead, you went into this episode with no idea of what would happen. All the previews showed was that walkers had entered the prison.
At the beginning of the episode, we see Michonne inspecting the Governor’s vehicles that are riddled with bullet holes, and asking him some pretty hard hitting questions, but at the same time keeping her distance, she does not trust him. Andrea is not ready to leave Woodbury though, that is very clear, and it annoys Michonne.
Rick is ready for the group to start breaking ground outside the prison, clearing out the rest of the yard and burning the walker bodies. But things are never THAT easy, are they? Glenn and Maggie are busy occupying their time up in the guard tower “again” and Darryl and Carol find this funny.*sigh* I love Darryl and Carol, it’s the little things, right Delena fans? The two prisoners Axel (O’ Brother Where Art Thou looking prisoner) and Oscar (The other black guy) appear, and really piss Rick off. They’ve broken their promise to stay in their cell block. Axel pleads with Rick that they just can’t stay in there anymore with men that used to be their friends, and that they just want to be apart of their group. After the men discuss it, Rick is the final decision and he decides to lock them outside the prison gates where they’ll be safe, but still outside.
Hershel is tired of his bed rest, and with the help of crutches, his daughter, Carl and way-to-pregnant Lori, he insists they “take a walk”.
Everyone is out in the yard at this point, when they notice something is VERY wrong… there’s walkers, inside the prison walls!
WHAT?! Who could have let them in?!
Carl open fires, Hershel, limping on one leg, slaps a walker with his crutch and gimps up the stairs with his daughter to safety. Carol and T-dog are holding off the walkers on their own, when T-dog gets his shoulder bitten, Carol screams for T-dog to get inside.
Rick, Glenn, and Daryl are sprinting to the yard, unlocking all the gates as they go. Maggie, Lori and Carl run into the jail, as well, to try to escape.
Is everyone accounted for ,as of now?
Back in Woodbury, Andrea gives Merle a map to find Hershel’s farmhouse, so he can track Daryl. She say’s that if it was her sister she’d want to know. Merle tells Andrea that the Governors “a good man”. Oh okay…
Glenn finds that the prison gates have been cut with bolt cutter and Rick immediately blames Oscar and Axel,who are standing there.
Just when you’re feeling nervous enough for the group, the yard alarm sounds! NOOO! That will draw every walker for miles! Oscar states that he used to work at the jail and that someone must have fired up the back up generators. Rick grabs Oscar, leaving Axel with Glen, Daryl follows Rick. Rick shoves Oscar inside and makes him show them where the generator would be.
Meanwhile, Carol and T-dog are trying to navigate through a walker infested jail. There’s only one way through… T-dog is looking bad, he knows this is the end of the road for him. He looks at Carol and simply tells her that, “This is God’s plan” and runs head on into the walker crowd sacrificing himself for Carol to get by. It’s a brutally gory, sad scene.
Lori, Carl and Maggie are still wandering around when Lori announces that she thinks the baby is coming. OH GOD! Carl leads his mom and Maggie into a safe place, the boiler room. Maggie tells Lori to lay down and take her pants off and Carl looks on helplessly. Lori is standing pushing, when Maggie screams for her to stop…. there’s blood.
Back in Woodbury, I really hate it when we go back there… Merle asks the Governor if he can go look for his brother but the governor says he can’t risk it, the place would fall apart with Merle. Andrea has a drink with the governor and divulges to much information. (like always) The governor tells Andrea he lost his wife 18 months before the outbreak in an accident, leaving him with their daughter. The Governor reveals his name is Philip.
Rick, Daryl and Oscar finally enter the generator room…. Do we all remember the little black guy that Rick locked outside? Ya, he’s in the generator room, and ready to kick some serious behind! Rick’s gun goes flying, and it’s not looking good. That’s when Oscar picks up the gun, shoots the other inmate and hands Rick the gun. BOOM! Rick has just made a new best friend.
Lori is suffering by now, and tells Maggie that she has to cut her open. Maggie refuses, but Lori pleads saying, “My baby must survive for all of us.” Carl shares a quite moment with his mommy. Lori tells him, “My sweet boy, you’re the best thing I ever did, I love you.” Maggie takes Carl’s knife and cuts Lori open across her lower stomach. Lori screams and then nothing… Maggie fishes for the baby. After a few minutes of holding your breath, wondering if Maggie will have a hand, she pulls out the baby gives him a quick pat and it begins to cry. Maggie gets up with the baby and tells Carl that they have to get out of there and find the group. Maggie gives Carl a finale moment with his mother. Carl remembers the conversation his dad had with him about people he loves dying. Carl then, off screen, shoots his mother, he doesn’t want her to become a walker. Maggie gasps.
By this point I’m sobbing.
Rick, Daryl, and Oscar come barreling back into the prison yard. Daryl has Carol’s head scarf, they haven’t found a body but she’s missing. Hershel and his daughter are safe. Glen is still with Axel. Carl and Maggie holding a whimpering baby, come into the yard with the others. Rick asks where Lori is. Maggie shakes her head and sobs into Glen’s shoulder.
Rick looks at his son Carl’s blank expression and starts with the, “NO NO NO NO… LORIIII” he falls to the ground and begins to sob.
I’m ugly crying. Mascara and snot are everywhere.
Now that Lori is gone, I want her back. I’ll have no one to blame Carl’s bad behavior on. How can they so easily replace T-dog?! All I have to say, if they keep this killing spree up, and they kill Daryl, you’re going to have to find someone else to blog about this show.
Please share your respect for our fallen friends below. Comments, concerns, theories, they’re all appreciated.