AMC’s, The Walking Dead is currently cable TV’s most popular offering, averaging 10.1 million viewers through its first 5 shows for season 3, as reported by A.C. Nielsen. AMC has picked up the series this season for 16 episodes, with 8 being shown in a mini-season currently being offered, and the last 8 scheduled for the February and May 2013 sweeps period.
So let’s review what has happened so far in season 3.
Last season’s final episode had the group questioning Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) leadership and decision making process, and in the last frame, a large building is placed in view, apparently to give viewers a look at next seasons story line.
The group had been forced away from Hershel’s (Scott Wilson) farm, and Andrea (Laurie Holden) was separated from the main group. She was being attacked by a group of walkers, and it looked like Laurie might meet her end, when she is saved by an unknown person in a cloak, with 2 leashed walkers in tow.
In Episode 1, “Seed” winter has passed, Lori’s (Sarah Wayne Callies) pregnancy is almost at full term, and the group has been run off from the house they spent the winter in, by a group of walkers. It is then that Rick and Daryl (Norman Reedus) find the prison grounds, while out on a food run.
Meanwhile, Andrea’s savior is revealed. Michonne, (Danai Gurira) has been nursing Andrea back to health, as she has become deathly ill. While on a medicine run, Michonne encounters numerous walkers, and realizes the she and Andrea must flee and find safe refuge elsewhere.
Back at the prison, the group clears a cell block of walkers, and finds keys to lock the gates and create a safety zone. Part of the group ventures into the unknown areas of the prison, looking for resources, and when Hershel backtracks to find his daughter Maggie (Lauren Cohen) and her boyfriend Glenn, (Steven Yeun) he gets bit on the leg by a walker. In a panic, Rick chops his lower leg off, and Daryl then discovers they are being watched by 5 prisoners from their safe vantage point.
Episode 2, “Sick” opens with the 5 prisoners not believing their eyes, after being locked away for a year with no idea of the world outside of the prison, or the extent of the devastation. Hershel is in critical condition, and is handcuffed to the bed in case he dies and then turns zombie.
The 5 prisoners are processed somewhat and in the ensuing difficulties, Big tiny is scratched, and then killed by Tomas, the arrogant and cruel leader of that group. When Tomas pushes a walker on to Rick, he kills him and then tracks down his right hand man, Andrew, who inadvertently runs thru a door into a yard full of walkers, and Rick locks the door so he can’t return to the inner prison, and it is assumed that he is killed by the walkers.
In Episode 3, “Walk with me” we see a helicopter flying overhead, only to encounter engine problems and crash. Andrea and Michonne quickly try and reach the crash scene, only to find other survivors also at the scene. They are overtaken by the newcomers, and moved to their safe haven, a town called Woodbury, where a large group of survivors have taken up refuge, and seem to have returned to the way things were previous to the zombie apocalypse. When captured, Andrea once again encounters Merle, (Michael Rooker) Daryl’s brother, who they assumed was dead, because Rick had handcuffed him to an a/c unit on a rooftop in season 1.
Once at the town of Woodbury, they meet the Governor, (David Morrissey) who explains things to the ladies, and tries to ease their fears, but Michonne is skeptical. The Governor seems to be hiding something, and a room with a fish tank full of walker heads is revealed in the last scene.
Episode 4, “Killer within” we find an unknown intruder attempting to bait the walkers into entering the previously secured areas of the prison that the group had cleared. In the ensuing madness of the walkers entry to the grounds, T-dog (IronE Singleton) get bitten on the shoulder while trying to protect Carol, (Melissa McBride) and all hell breaks loose. The prisons sirens go off, and this provokes the walkers. Rick believes that the 2 remaining prisoners created the current melee’, but Oscar (Vincent Ward) convinces rick that the back-up generators are the source of power for the alarms, indicating that someone else is to blame.
Meanwhile, Lori has gone into labor, and Carl (Chandler Riggs) finds her in the boiler room. Rick and the group reach the generator room, and Rick is attacked by Andrew, thought to have died in Episode 2. In the process, Rick drops his gun and Oscar picks it up. Andrew then tells Oscar to kill Rick, but Oscar proves his worth to the group by shooting Andrew in the head, and then handing the gun back to Rick.
Maggie finds Carl and Lori, and performs a caesarian section to deliver Rick and Lori’s baby, but Lori dies in the process. Not wanting his mother to turn, Carl shoots and kills her. In the final scene, the entire group meets up, and when the baby’s crying is heard by Rick, he goes into shock, and he begins loud crying and caterwauling, and disbelief ensues.
Episode 5, “Say the word” starts off where Episode 4 leaves off, with Rick grabbing an axe and returning to the prison interior, hell bent for leather. Daryl and Maggie go on a run for baby formula, and Glenn and the 2 surviving prisoners dig graves for Lori, T-dog and Carol.
Back in Woodbury, a celebration is planned, and Michonne retrieves her trusted sword, and discovers the governors secret, that his daughter is a walker, and he is trying to figure out a way to save her in his laboratory. During the celebration, a staged fight is presented for the entertainment of the town, and Laurie is shocked and dismayed at the happenings. With Michonne gone, she now has to figure out what is going on, and try to make sense of it all.
In the final scene, Rick, after killing the walker that ate Lori, hears a phone ringing. He then goes over and answers the ringing phone and says “Hello”, and that’s where it leaves off.
For more, watch Episode 6, “Hounded” Sunday night at 9/8 central on AMC.
Watch the Season 3, Episode 6 Trailer here: http://guardianlv.com/2012/11/amcs-the-walking-dead-episode-3-06-hounded-preview-trailer-video/
Article by Jim Donahue