This week’s episode of The Walking Dead was nothing short of jaw dropping awesomeness. The first 20 minutes started off slow…it was lacking the usual chaos that goes on in a normal episode, but the ending was insane!!. Hershel is healing from his wounds…well sort of. The gang doesn’t know if he’s going to come back a zombie or regular Hershel. They’ve bandaged up his severed leg…it looked absolutely disgusting…Carl even took a trip by himself to the infirmary to grab more bandages. This kid has no fear, when his mama finds out he went off on his own she obviously freaks out, but she’ll get over it. Lori has bigger issues to worry about- like that huge pillow under her shirt they call ‘the baby’. Her due date is coming up, and with Hershel useless, Carol decides she needs to learn more about cutting into a woman’s body and dragging a baby out of Lori’s biscuit. Glenn helps Carol use one of the zombies outside as practice. In the end, Carol’s doing her thing with the dead zombie…and there’s a weird shot of someone hiding behind a bush watching her? Not sure where this is going to take us in the next episode…but hopefully nothing happens to Carol.
Back to the beginning, the episode starts off from the continuation from last week. Hershel is lying on the floor, as the gang try and stop the bleeding, we see a group of prisoners behind a caged fence. Rick opens the gate for the prisoners so that they’re free…and gives his group enough time to leave the cafeteria. They don’t want to stay and chat with the prisoners, it’s obvious Rick doesn’t trust anybody else. As the group wheels Hershel back to safety…the prisoners chase them (not violently) they just wanted to see where they were going. Rick and Tom are clearly off to a bad start when the prisoners demand to have their prison back. Clearly they were there first…Rick refuses…he needs a safe place for the next few months for his crew. They come to a deal, Rick, Dale and T-Dog will help the prisoners clear out another cell block to live in, if they share half of their food supply. They agree on the deal, Rick never lets his guard down. As they make their way to the other cell block, they come across some zombies. Instead of listening to Rick and Dale, the prisoners charge at the zombies, yelling and hollering. Big Tiny forgets to check his backside, a zombie rips into his arm…they shoot the zombie down but it’s a little too late. Big Tiny freaks out because he knows they’re going to have to cut off his arm.
Rick obviously doesn’t want to do it, he just chopped of Hershel’s leg. Tom decides to take matters into his own hands…and basically kills Big Tiny. Covered in blood, Tom gives Rick a haunting stare…and it’s obvious this guy is crazy and violent. Then they come to a huge door where they can hear a bunch of zombies on the other side. Rick makes Tom open it…when he does they all start chopping down zombies. There’s a lot of them, and in the chaos Tom turns his back on Rick and the others when he throws a zombie right into Rick, thankfully Dale was right there to save him. When all the zombies are dead, there’s a huge moment of silence. Rick knows that Tom set him up to get him killed. Having no other choice, Rick has a standoff with Tom…but Rick is faster and he plants a machete right into Tom’s head. Andrew, who was also in on the plan makes a run for it…Rick catches up to him but he doesn’t have to finish the job because Andrew ends up walking right into a trap of zombies. Later Sucka!
The other two prisoners, Axel and Oscar admit they had no idea of the plan, Rick decides to let them go. He escorts them to the other cell block and wishes them all the best. You can tell they don’t want to be alone, but Rick doesn’t trust them enough to bring them back into their block. I never suspected the prisoners to get killed so suddenly, especially Tomas the leader of the group. Some articles indicated that the prisoner gang would be a crucial part of the second season story…but obviously that isn’t the case anymore. I’m sure Oscar and Axel will make their way into Rick’s crew, they seem like genuine guys…and it would be weird if there were only 2 of them living in a huge cell block alone. They have no idea what they are getting into, they don’t even know that the outside world is gone and I won’t be surprised if they come back to Rick asking for help.
Also, Andrea’s side of the story was not in this week’s episode. Tune in next week to see what happens to her!