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About Last Night – The Walking Dead, “Home”

Posted on February 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm by Amanda Andonian

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We’re back again for another week of The Walking Dead. If you listened to episode 32 of the Geek Legacy Podcast, then you know already that Justin, Jess, and I were a teeny bit disappointed with the slow start to the season. Curious to see whether this week was more action-packed? Then read on! Haven’t seen it yet and don’t want it spoiled? Then you probably don’t want to read further because last night was a doozy.

There Be Spoilers Ahead!

walking-dead-s3e10-5After last week, I’ve been the most curious about Rick’s apparent descent into madness, and the opening of season 3, episode 10, “Home,” did not disappoint me. Right off the bat, we see Rick at the top of the prison, surveying the grounds, looking for something. Or someone? As he chases Lori’s apparition, finally coming face-to-face with her outside the fences, Michonne looks on in confusion (and perhaps horror), wondering what the hell has gotten into him.

Rick is MIA for the majority of the episode after that, only coming out of the woods when Herschel calls for him at the fences. He finally confides that he’s seeing Lori, but refuses to return to the prison because he’s still searching for the answers as to why he’s having these visions. Lori’s death has seriously unhinged him, which we knew already, but his conversation with Herschel makes it all the more obvious how much the decisions he’s made have been weighing on him. After everything he did to protect his wife, it all amounted to nothing since he couldn’t save her in the end. Now he’s chasing her memory, hoping that she’s there to offer him some kind of answer or absolution. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s going to find it.

walking-dead-s3e10-3The real focus of the episode, in my mind, was the conflict between Merle and Daryl. With the two of them together for the first time in the history of the show, we finally see what their sibling dynamic is really like. No surprise, Merle is an asshole, and Daryl just tries to get along with him as best he can. Fortunately, though, Daryl has changed for the better, and he finally admits it to himself, deciding to go back to the prison and leave it up to Merle whether he’s going to follow or not. For once, we actually see some vulnerability out of Merle when he says, “I can’t go with you,” basically pleading with Daryl not to be left behind.

We return to Woodbury a little too soon for my taste as the Governor pleads with Andrea to stay with him and lead the town. He seems to value her contributions, but still doesn’t trust her yet, as demonstrated by the fact that he tells Milton to keep an eye on her. On the one hand, I feel like the whole thing with Andrea was just an act to keep her out of the way, but it also seems like he has some bigger plan for her in mind. Whether that plan is to mold her into someone who will lead Woodbury with him, or if he just wants to use her against Rick, still remains to be seen.

walking-dead-s3e10-4The other interpersonal conflict of the episode occurs between Glenn and the rest of the group. With Rick going crazy, Glenn tries to step up and take charge, but he’s much too aggressive about it, putting everyone on edge rather than rallying the troops. The result is huge fights right and left with Herschel and Maggie, who’s angry with him for how he’s been acting since they got back from Woodbury. He doesn’t know how to handle what happened to her, so he faces it with anger, which just pisses her off because it’s not about him. Herschel makes an attempt to talk some sense into Glenn, but to no avail. I think the root of the problem is summed up quite nicely when Herschel asks Glenn, “What are you trying to prove?”

Of course, the coup de grace of last night was the Governor’s attack on the prison, which made it pretty clear how much more resourceful Woodbury is compared to our intrepid group at the prison. Within moments, they rip apart the prison’s defenses; but to be honest, those defenses were really only effective against slow-moving walkers, not a frontal assault complete with machine guns and armored cars. The Governor doesn’t even stick around to witness the havoc he’s wrought, taking off with a demented smile on his face. What makes it even more depressing is that it’s just the beginning—no doubt the Governor was just testing the prison to see how formidable they’d be. Now that he knows they’re no match for him, it’s only a matter of time before he comes back to finish the job.

What did you guys think of last night’s episode? Is Rick going to snap out of it, or is this just the beginning of his downward spiral? Will Glenn snap out of his anger, or continue to push Maggie and Herschel away? Do you think that the Governor will continue to escalate the violence between Woodbury and the prison? Tell us in the comments!

The best line of the episode comes from Daryl: “He’s Korean.” 

Biggest “WTF?!?” Moment – Poor Axel getting shot in the head out of nowhere.

You can follow Amanda’s ramblings on Twitter at @reiko516.

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