Here we are with the premiere of season 3. We last left the group with them just camping out on the side of the road, after all hell had broken loose on the farm. In between seasons, the winter season finished, and the group has been traveling continuously looking for safe shelter. I won’t have the usual play-by play at the end of this article, because I didn’t have my laptop with me as I watched this episode, but that’s alright. Not a whole lot of different things happened. Sure, it was a good, full episode, but extended action sequences make the recapping portion much easier. Some spoilers below.
After accepting that going from house to house looking for shelter isn’t going to work, the group stumbles upon a prison. Rick believes that if the prison was taken over early, there may still be plenty of provisions inside. The only problem is, the prison is overrun by walkers. But, that’s not really a problem. The group is able to shoot the walkers in one fenced in area, as Rick runs through them to close off a gate to separate this yard. It’d be a walker massacre, except I’m not certain you can massacre something that’s already dead. They secure the yard, but Rick’s not satisfied. He leads a group further inside, and secures another section of the prison area and a cell block for the group to call home. Still not content, Rick leads a group to look for the cafeteria and infirmary. On this trip however, Hershel gets bitten on the ankle. They take him to what seems to be the cafeteria, and Rick hacks off his lower leg, in hopes of stopping the infection from spreading. There, they find four inmates that were holed up. In a town, Michone has been taking care of Andrea, who’s been sick, but they decide that they need to leave.
This was an episode for everyone that believed there hasn’t been enough zombie killing in the series, because this episode was mostly gruesome zombie killing. There were some character moments thrown in. Carol “jokingly” propositioned Daryl. Lori told Hershel that she’s worried about her baby possibly being miscarried and turning into a walker inside her. Personally, I think that would be an awesome way of killing her off. She’s also worried about dying during childbirth, and turning and attacking the baby. Not as awesome. I don’t know what it is, but I just don’t like Lori. And Rick is on the edge of snapping. He’s walking along the cliff, feeling responsible for everyone and exhausted.
The hacking off of Hershel’s leg was brutal. All Rick had was a small hatchet, and it took several attempts to finally do it. I just cringed with every shot. And to go from that, to the inmates looking at them, and *poof* episode over. Damn, I hate cliffhangers. I should just watch full seasons at a time, but gosh darn it, I want to see it as soon as I can. It’s quite a conundrum.
As for the rest of season 3, it’ll likely include lots of zombie killing as they continue to secure the prison, but what’s really interesting is what is going to happen with the Governor. He’s only appeared in teasers, but it looks like Michone and Andrea are the ones that find him.
See you next week.