‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3 Mid-Season Return, “The Suicide King”

by on February 10, 2013

in Entertainment, tv reviews

'The Walking Dead' TV series, s3

The Walking Dead returned from its mid-season break on AMC, with the episode titled “The Suicide King.”  If you remember, the Dixon brothers were being forced to face off in a Woodbury fight match, the governor’s dead daughter is now truly dead, and Rick and the gang were looking at some new threats to his prison stay.

This review of The Walking Dead will have spoilers and if you’re planning on some time-shifted DVR viewing, you might want to come back.  (That despite my not wanting you to leave Brusimm, but I’d rather you not have the story spoiled.)

The governor wants the Dixons to fight to the death.  It doesn’t look good.  And Merle lets loose on Daryl.  But then Rick and the gang show up and rescue them.  The governor, amongst the gun fire and confusion, is grinning to himself and strides through the smoke of the rescue, as if daring the fates, or if he’s immune to harm.

Folks, he’s not right in the head.

Merle on the other hand, is rather instrumental in finding a way out of Woodbury.  But Merle, in his own “special” way, is even more annoying than ever.

It looks like the different groups in the prison are co-habitating spaces.

Rick doesn’t want Merle in the prison, and questions Michonne.  Daryl’s loyalty is with his blood and leaves the group to stay with his brother.  Rick tells Michonne once she’s patched up, she’s out of there.

Glenn on the other hand, could be our new Daryl.  He gets surprised by a walker, but instead of recoiling, he grabs it and kicks the ****! out of it, bare-handed.

Unbeknownst to folks, our four new prison residents (Tyreese, Sasha, Alan and Ben.) were plotting to overthrow Rick’s group at the prison, but not everyone is on board with that.  They then decide they would like to stay with the group. Later on in the episode, they ask, but Rick has other issues.  He thinks he sees Laurie and decides that our new folk have to leave.

Can we say cuckoo for cocoa puffs?

Meanwhile, Woodbury is breaking down after the ruckus with the Dixons.  Andrea starts to calm them down, yes, I just said that.  But can she actually take control?  (The governor doesn’t seem to be running on all cylinders right now.)  Temporarily, she seemed to soothe the crowd.  (Doesn’t say much for that crowd)

Wow, both the Woodbury and prison groups are fractured, each in their own way.  Neither the governor or Rick are at their best.  And Carol took Daryl’s leaving pretty hard.  And I’m sort of ticked at Daryl.  He’s always been on the abusive end of Merle’s “love.”  Almost like an abused spouse.  But blood is either thicker than water or he truly can’t take control of himself around Merle.  I wonder where they’ll head off to.  And then there’s Glenn and Maggie.  Hopefully, whatever is between them, will take care of itself.

But more importantly, The Walking Dead is back from its mid-season break, and so far, it promises to be on par with the preceding episodes.  But showrunner Glen Mazzara was booted from left the series, despite helping set TV ratings numbers.  But Robert Kirkman, the franchise creator, is the guiding mind behind the overall story.  So we’ll see how things pan out.

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