**SPOILER ALERT** If you have not watched Season 3 Episode 4 “Killer Within” of The Walking Dead and don’t want to know what happens, stop reading here as it is a re-cap and kill count.
Chopped up deer carcass. Walkers feeding on pieces of fresh venison. Gates being cut open. Someone’s up to something at the prison, but who? Whoever it is and whatever they’re doing, it spells trouble for Rick and his gang.
Rick, T-Pain, Daryl and the gang are none the wiser. They’re out in the yard getting ready to start their day while Glen and Maggie are waking up in the crows nest after a night of bumping uglies. I almost lost my shit when Daryl yells out, “Hey Glen, you coming?” PRICELESS, Daryl. Priceless.
The gang looks up and sees Axel and Oscar out of their cell block. They walk up and see what they’re up to. They don’t want to stay on their side of the prison, they want to join the group. Rick’s having none of it, T-Pain says to let them join the gang. After some deliberation, everyone except T-Pain seems to agree with Rick that it’s unsafe and they tell the prisoners it’s a no-go.
Each party brought up some good points in the deliberation. They were all strangers before they became a group, and who knows what the two men are capable of. I think they are making the right choice by keeping separate, as those guys were in jail for a reason.
Jump on over to Woodbury where we see the Governor talking to Michonne. Apparently Michonne and Andrea plan on leaving the community the following day, but the Governor seems to be doing everything in his power to get them to say. “We could use a soldier like you” the Governor says to Michonne. She’s not interested. Her woman’s intuition is on point.
Back at the prison, Rick and the gang are starting to plan to plant crops. Herschel’s up and hobbling around on crutches when oh shit! Walkers! Rick, T-Pain, Daryl, Glen and Maggie are separated from everyone else. They hustle over as fast as possible to close the holes in the fence and lock the gates. Carl’s popping off at walkers left and right. T-Pain gets in the thick of it and starts shooting as many walkers as possible while trying to seal the gates. Even Carol gets in on it. In the madness, everyone’s getting split up. Carol is with T-Pain, Rick, Glen and Daryl are with the two prisoners, Herschel is with his other daughter (the fuck is her name again?), and Maggie is with Carl and Lori.
As T-Pain rushes to close an open gate, he gets attacked from the back by a lone walker who bites a chunk right out of his shoulder. You gotta be kidding me. He knocks the walker off of him and puts two bullets in his dome, but he’s royally fucked. You can’t chop off someones shoulder. T-Pain is going to die. Carol can only look on in horror. Herschel and his youngest daughter are safe, Rick, Glen (who executes one of the most bad-ass walker kills of all-time) and Daryl are running to help, while Maggie, Carl and Lori are inside the prison being chased by walkers at every corner. Things aren’t looking good for the group.
Back at the community, Andrea is showing Merle on a map where the farm is. Merle is trying to smooth talk his way into her pants, but I doubt she wants to hook up with the old stumpy white supremacist. She asks him if the Governor is a good man, to which he gives some sound reasoning as to why he hasn’t left. He says he was in bad shape when the Governor found him, and should have kept going. I hope Andrea is smart enough to know Merle isn’t all of a sudden some great guy, and goes with Michonne anyway.
At the prison, everything’s gone to shit. An alarm starts to sound which is attracting walkers outside the gates. Rick is flipping out, trying to shoot the megaphones to quiet the sound. He thinks the two prisoners did all of this, but they’re right behind them there’s no way they could have set off the alarms. To make things worse, Lori is going into labor! What timing!
Aaaand back to the community. Seriously starting to get whiplash with the back and forth here. The Governor is teeing off with a driver on top of one of the walls. Merle wants to take a couple of the Governor’s men to go out and find Daryl. The Governor isn’t feeling it. Merle says he’ll go on his own. The Governor still isn’t feeling it. Says he needs him at the community, but if Merle gets more concrete information he’ll go out with him himself.
Back to the prison. Seriously. Rick is still going nuts, yells out “Somebody’s playing games!” His little group splits up so they can find the back-up generators and shut the alarms off. Maggie, Carl and Lori are in a secure room where she’s going to have the baby, while Carol and T-Pain are in a dimly lit hallway where they’re confronted by two walkers. Of course, they’re out of bullets. T-Pain’s last living act is a heroic one, as he charges the two walkers and presses them against the wall so Carol can escape. After taking a chunk out of his forearm, the other walker bites T-Pain’s Adams apple off for the most gruesome walker-kills-cast member since Dale got his gut ripped open on the farm.
Guess what? We’re going back to the community to check in on Andrea and the Governor having a nice little chat. He pours her a drink, she politely declines but ends up taking it anyway. I’ve been to enough frat parties and seen enough movies to know when someone’s gonna get roofied, but surprisingly Andrea walks out on her own power. That Governor is one smooth dude though, he definitely has her thinking about staying in Woodbury.
Andrea and “The Gov” knock back a cocktail before she is about to leave.
Back to the prison one last time. Rick, Daryl and the prisoner they’re with (Oscar) make it to the back-up generator room. As they start shutting off the alarms, Rick is attacked by Andrew, the prisoner he had left for dead! We finally figure out who’s responsible for this whole mess. Not only does he have the jump on Rick, he’s got an axe. After knocking down Oscar, he wildly swings at Rick and misses. A struggle ensues, and Rick loses his gun. Daryl can’t help, he’s holding the door closed as walkers are trying to barge in. Just when Andrew is about to land a fatal blow to Rick, Oscar hits Andrew with a trashcan or something and picks up the gun. Awww shit. We got ourselves a standoff. Andrew is begging Oscar to shoot Rick, saying they could take the prison back. It’s Oscar’s time to pick sides, and he chooses to roll with Rick. BLAM! Andrew is smoked as Oscar hands the gun to Rick.
Meanwhile, Lori is telling Maggie she needs to perform a C-section using Carl’s knife. With no medical supplies, this could likely kill her. She gives Carl a heartwarming speech about being strong and brave as she prepares for the worst. This is truly one of the most touching moments in Walking Dead history. “If it feels wrong, don’t do it. If it feels easy don’t do it, don’t let the world spoil you,” she tells Carl as she prepares to be cut open. Lori screams in pain as Maggie performs the makeshift surgery. Carl looks on as his baby sister is born, and his mother dies. Lori lays on the ground motionless as Carl stays back to put the bullet in her head when she turns. Powerful, powerful stuff.
Everyone starts to make their way outside. Rick, Daryl and Oscar see two walkers feeding on T-Pain’s body and ice them. Next to that they find Carol’s head wrap. When they make it outside, They tell Herschel and his youngest daughter that T and Carol didn’t make it. They hear a baby crying, and see Maggie and Carl walking out a door. It doesn’t take long for Rick to figure out what happened. His wife is dead.
4 people died this week (T-Pain, Andrew, Carol, Lori) and 26+ walkers got iced at the prison (I counted 26 on screen, but tons of gunshots were going off during the initial attack) for a total of 30+ kills this week. They say Carol didn’t make it, but we haven’t seen her body or the kill itself so it’s possible she’s still alive. If that’s the case, we’ll be sure to update the numbers next week. I still can’t believe T-Pain is gone, but Oscar could be a solid addition to the team.