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The Walking Dead Review: Wreck-It Rick

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If it wasn't obvious before, it's obvious now: Woodbury is no Mayberry - and the Governor is certainly no Andy Griffith.

Severed heads in fish tanks, the Governor keeping his walker daughter around for family time and one-on-one fights surrounded by clawing walkers for the town's entertainment? I think I'd take one last shower, nab some clean clothes... and get out of the creepy community.

Time in Woodbury

Except as viewers, we have the ultimate understanding of the deep-seated secrets hidden with the leader and his home that Michonne and Andrea aren't really privy to yet. Sure, Michonne has her suspicions and she's seen the caged walkers, but she never really had any proof that her gut was telling the truth. As for Andrea, she seems too smitten with the Governor's smile and charming personality to even consider the dangers. But maybe experiencing the walker fights might snap some sense into her.

I wonder what Andrea's reaction will be when she finds out those darker surprises.

Certainly, I'm loving Woodbury and the Governor. There's so much to explore and learn, and each episode draws out more and more. On the surface, there is that happy town with cold drinks and friendly neighbors, which is a great contrast to the prison and it's dirty grimy drama.

And in turn, that's what makes the prison just as entertaining. It's stripped down to the bare essentials. There aren't secrets and everyone pretty much wears their emotions on their very bloody sleeves. Both locations are equally scary but for very different reasons.

But if Woodbury didn't have as fascinating characters as the Governor or Merle, I wonder if I'd still be interested in seeing what's going on because Michonne and Andrea aren't doing it for me.

I know Michonne's supposed to be a bad ass and it was great seeing her pull her weapon on all those caged walkers, but why would she open it just to slaughter them? Was that necessary, other than to show her skills? I just don't understand her motivations for her actions.

Andrea might have an understanding because she's been with the warrior for eight months, but we've only seen her for about four episodes. Maybe if we knew more about her past, it would all make more sense.

It's the same way I couldn't understand why she wouldn't just leave Woodbury. And then when Michonne was able to, she was mad that they were letting her. I know she wanted to save Andrea, and that's why she was sticking around, but I'm glad she finally did what she'd been wanting to do since they got there.

As for Andrea, she seemed too accepting of the place and I couldn't help but get a vibe that she's ready to hop in bed with the Governor. She just met him and she's already batting goo goo eyes and holding hands. C'mon, Andrea!

At least she's not creepily brushing a walker kid's hair with love. That's just freaky. As is the odd form of entertainment that everyone seems to be enjoying. What happens when those walkers do happen to still have their teeth one time?

Of course, "Say the Word" didn't just revolve around Woodbury, as the prison was sent reeling from last episode's shocking deaths.

Frankly, everyone took the loss of their friends pretty well, but Rick? Rick was a feral animal with a mission to take out his grief on every walker in the prison. And whatever you do, don't get in his way.

When Glenn tried to calm him down and take him back to the group, Rick growled with a possessed look that I'm shocked Glenn didn't get taken out. And Glenn's fought a lot of scary walkers, but he looked even more frightened with Rick inches away from his face. A great tense moment between both of them.

Really, Andrew Lincoln is providing one of the best performances of the season. Not only did he go from determined and focused leader to a heartbroken husband and father, but his turn into the dazed and angry mourner was another great one for his character.

Each stab and slash combined with plenty of graphic detail had him heading straight into the dark side. I feel for him and as much as I want him to, I'm just not sure if he will ever come back from it. And who the heck is calling him?!?

Daryl with a Crossbow

Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Daryl on daddy duty. Every scene with him is always true entertainment, so sometimes I gloss over his moments, yet it was enjoyable to see Daryl step up in Rick's absence. He and Maggie got the baby supplies, and now he's taking care of "Little Ass Kicker." What a classic name.

Daryl just delivers cool with each smart alec line, tender moment or straight shooting.

I do have to admit that when Carl was running through the list of names, there were a few I didn't recognize. At least "Little Ass Kicker" works.

Once again, The Walking Dead provided another gripping episode full of action, drama and surprises. I still want to know more about Michonne to better understand her, but overall this season continues to drive through with engaging force, much like Rick plowing his way through stumbling zombies.

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Fatin

Ilk_vomit, you just gave away a huge spoiler for those who haven't read the comics. That isn't right.
Thanks everyone who answered the questions!

Ilkvomit

In the comics Rick "Talks" to Lori after shes dead on the phone.

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5. Who the hell was Jacque? (That was well done bytheway. Reminding us of all they've lost.)
She was the black woman that was with Andrea's group in the very beginning. She stayed behind with Jenner as his lab exploded. Andrea wanted to stay but Dale talked her out of it.
6. Why does it make me so insanely happy that a dog has survived?
Because they bring us comfort and make us smile. But you already knew that. lol
7. The journal Michonne finds is a kill list?
I don't think it was a kill list. I think it was a list of early walkers being experimented on. Penny's name is at the bottom.
8. What are the experiments?
Attempting to find a cure. Read more tv spoilers at: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2012/...

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@Fatin
They bury the bodies of those they care about. Out of respect. They burn the rest.
As for your questions, I will try:
1. Why was Maggie suddenly so clean?
They have water, as evidenced by them making formula for Lil' Kick Ass. I can only assume she cleaned herself of the blood that was mostly Lori's?
2. How cute was Daryl's shawl?
Loved it!
3. So they attack and kill all these zombies, but what happens if the blood gets in your mouth? Or suppose your eye, like that scene from 28 weeks/days later? Shouldn't that be enough to change you?
Hmm..since they're all already infected, my guess is that it has to be transmitted via other means. Bite, scratch. Going out on a limb here and saying it's kinda like the AIDS virus.
4. The walker Rick kills, has he started hallucinating? Cause if it was her, shouldn't Lori's stomach be all bloody?
You already know that walker was fat and bloated from eating all of Lori.
5. Who the hell was Jacque? (That was well done bytheway. Reminding us of all they've lost.)
Jacque was the black woman that was with the group and decided to stay in Jenner's lab when it exploded. Dale talked Andrea out of staying there.
6. Why does it make me so insanely happy that a dog has survived?
Because animals give us comfort and happiness! But you knew that lol
7. The journal Michonne finds is a kill list?
I don't think a kill list, but perhaps some of the first walkers they began to experiment on. Penny's name is at the bottom.
8. What are the experiments?
Attempting to find a cure.

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Michonne knows in her gut that The Governer and the town AREN'T RIGHT! She releaed and killed the caged walkers so they wouldn't be used for something evil that the Governer and his town would want them for. I think the Governer has the guy researching things so as to possibly save his daughter. Can't wait until next week. The phone call cannot be good news.

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Why did Glenn dig 3 graves when it seems like they only buried T-Dog? Lori got eaten by the bloated zombie at the end and Carol is nowhere to be found. And speaking of Carol, I hope this doesn't turn into a Sophia ordeal again. 8 episodes later we find out she is a zombie and all that time had us wondering. Find her as a zombie, dead or still alive, but don't drag the whole thing until the end of the season. I find myself bored with Michonne's lack of dialogue. All she does is stare wide eyed. She's supposed to be a kick butt charater. Come on! More substance, please.

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Rick picked up the casing from the bullet Carl put into Lori and he saw the knife on the floor that Maggie used to cut open Lori. Who would be calling the prison? Michonne retrieving her weapon and going to town on the walkers was excellent. She knows exactly what world she's living in, and it's not this fake one the Governor is displaying. Could Andrea be any more blind? She was annoying last season and then I felt pity on her because she got separated from the group at the farm and fought until she lost her strength. Michonne stepped in and saved her. She wouldn't listen to Michonne because she 'needed more to go on.' I hope the gladiator-esque fighting she witnessed will snap her out of the daze she's in. Or her glance over to the guy placing his child on his shoulders so he could get a better look at the barbaric goings on. Not sure about Carol yet, but wasn't that a cherokee rose Daryl placed on one of the graves? Just like the one he gave to her when they were looking for Sophia.

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So, if Lori was eaten by a zombie and Carol is definitely AWOL at the moment, why did they dig three graves? I think this is the biggest plot hole in this episode. They wouldn't waste time on digging three full sized graves, put nothing in them, then fill them back up and put crosses there. It does not fit the MO of the gang. They have learned to be as pratical as they can and if it was for symbolism only they would have just put three crosses up. They obviously never recovered Lori's body because the last scene is Rick atill with that zombie who ate her getting the call. Can't believe the writers missed that in conti uity discussions. Oh well, it was a great episode anyways.

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Lori is dead eaten by the big gut zombie carol on the other hand is in the wind ( so to speak ) we don't know what happened to her darell was great with lil kick ass ! But Rick going mental over Lori instead of being there for his kid bummer . The govn is crazy but he has the scientist trying to find a cure because of his kid that's cool but what were they feeding the zombies or who should I say that is what I would have asked him when he told machonne he had nothing to hide ? Love the show !!!!!!!

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When I saw Lori's body gone, I thought that maybe Carl didn't shoot her and that Rick would run into her as a walker. I haven't watched it this year yet. I got caught up on a couple of shows using "On Demand" but not all of them. This is a great show.