[TV] November 4, 2012: The Day AMC Fixed “The Walking Dead”!


Spoiler alert! The Walking Dead is officially good, no, great. In one swift blow they’ve managed to fix two major problems I’ve had with the show, and thus flipped it on its head. I’ll keep mum as to not spoil it for some of you who are behind (even though those assholes at Talking Dead #spoil everything during commercial breaks), but start chatting below and then look ahead to next Sunday, November 11 when AMC airs episode 03.05 “Say the Word”. We’ve also added a pair of making-of videos so you can go behind-the-scenes of this Sunday’s shocker.

In the episode, Rick struggles after another loss; Michonne is suspicious of the Governor. Check out the promo that aired tonight.

In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

  • wildgator25

    I am a grown ass man and that shit tore my heart up. Andrew Lincoln deserves a nomination for something next year because he is an excellent actor. I expected something was going to happen based on the comics events, but NOTHING can prepare you for what the live action show did tonight. Bravo, and thank you AMC for allowing this show to be on my TV!

    • K-Dogg

      I gotta admit, that was such an emotional last 5 minutes, I cried. That final goodbye to her son, then Rick’s reaction, was so gut-wrenching, that even with a character like Lori, who I disliked all of season 2, it was very sad indeed. It’s almost as though the writers/showrunners, listened to all the criticism from last season, and fixed all of it. This show has gone from very good to absolutely amazing for me.

  • bambi_lives8980

    Yeah I totally got teary-eyed over tonite’s episode. In fact the lack of people responding at this time is probably showing how many Walking Dead watchers havent picked their jaws and hearts off of the floor. wildgator25, totally agreed -homeboy deserves an oscar for that.

    • wildgator25

      I just watched Se7en again Saturday night, and Rick’s reaction to Lori’s death was eerily similar to Brad Pitt’s performance…. but much more heart-wrenching. I HAD planned on watching Boardwalk Empire after this, but I couldn’t focus on anything afterwards.

      I watched T-Dogg get teary eyed on The Talking Dead and also read on the net from Robert Kirkman and Glen Mazzara’s own words that Lori is not alive, nor a zombie. So any ideas that because you didn’t “see” Lori get shot, then she “may” be alive… you can dismiss. (Not directing this towards you bambi, just making a continued statement)

  • Zombie-Killa

    wildgator25, I agree with you 100%

    Tonight’s episode delivered TWO emotional gut punches. Seriously, I was just speechless ten minutes after the show. It’s time like this I’m glad I don’t have the knowledge of the comic books, because tonight’s episode totally caught me off guard. A genuine surprise, and I’ll never forget it.

  • Kroork

    I have been wanting the out come of today’s episode to happen for some
    Time now…. And I still cried. Good episode

  • djblack1313

    i freely admit i cried my eyes out. when Lori was saying goodbye to Carl….i lost my shit. having lost my mom & little brother this past year to cancer (2 months apart, no less), saying goodbye to my mom and then watching this scene tore me up. then Rick’s reaction at the end (and Andrew’s acting….as well as Lauren Cohan’s (Maggie) acting) was so fucking spot on perfect and heartwrenching.

    Mr.D, i’m not sure what the 2 “problems” you’re referring to. i never disliked Lori. so i never considered her a problem (unlike the woman haters club members over on the IMDB TWD board who blame/HATE Lorie for every problem this world has ever had. people blaming her for WWII i believe. lol). and i can only assume you thought T-Dogg was a problem. i never did. i liked both characters. getting rid of Shane was the best thing that HAD to happen.

    • cryocore

      The two problems are Brad’s ego and idiocy.
      The moronic cunt still shits out the same old crap he’s been spewing since season 1. He never seems to acknowledge that a lot people like the show and even before this season, and his assertion that his opinion is “correct” is frankly insulting.

      Brad you’re a waste of space and your ineptitude tarnishes this whole site. Do us all a favor and kindly fuck off.

      Anyway. I loved this episode and I am happy to see the emotional payoff of losing some key characters. The ramping up of the constant peril is great, but it only works because we’ve had ample time to get to know these characters and see how the interact and react to whats going on.

      While I’ve had some issue with the pacing of the show I have always appreciated that they tried to push the human drama and took time to fully explore the characters (for the most part).

      My gf made an offhand comment the other week that I thought was interesting she said “There’s two black guys now. One of them is going to be killed really soon. U.S horror cant deal with multiple minority protagonists at once.” Poor T, we were finally getting some good screen time with him. Maybe that should have been a warning.

      • Nothing333

        I’m not sure what the problems were either. Walking dead fixed itself near the end of season 2. Season 3 has been great so far and this ep was a surprising deeply emotional instalment. T dogg finally got a shred of character development and gets killed in the process. I did not see Lori coming at all. Great stuff

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    Another great episode, the ending really got to me too. I can’t believe how much this show improves with every season. Also, as stated above, I hope this show gets some love in next years Emmy’s because it’s definitely bringing the goods, both in story and acting.

  • pud3

    Yes. Yes yes yes. After the meandering season 2, I’m glad the show is back on track. I have always been annoyed by Lori and Carl, and they did me a favor by getting rid of Lori. Now all they have to do is kill Carl in the worst way possible, and I’m good.

    I found it hilarious that they basically pulled an Old Yeller. Also, it seems there’s a quota on the number of black guys allowed to be on the main cast at one time.

    I did enjoy this, but I was hoping for a zombie baby. Or Carl to be bitten by Lori when he goes to hug her right before he shoots her. Now that would have been shocking.

    At any rate, I think killing main cast members is a good idea. It keeps things fresh, it rotates the cast, and we get some pretty cool payoffs.

  • Phantasmaniac

    I knew Loris death in the comic was too hardcore for the show. Great episode though, shows always been good now its getting even better. And I’m glad they change stuff up from the comic, it would be pretty unsurprising for us comic readers.

    • pud3

      Even thought I read comics, I actively avoided reading TWD because I wanted to just enjoy the show. So I didn’t know she died differently until I read your comment so I googled it, and it seemed like a pretty cool way to go. Either way, she’s dead, and I’m happy.

  • wildgator25

    I think that Carol may be the bridge that ushers the Governor into the prison. How else are they going to find it?? Looks as if Michonne and Andrea are not going anywhere anytime soon, so there has to be some other way for the Governor to find the prison.

    Merle’s new sign of discontent with the Governor may prove beneficial when it comes time for the Governor and Rick’s group to meet up.

  • zaglewiz

    I jumped with JOY last night when Carl shot Lori. I couldn’t help it. She was the most annoying character in the show and I for one didn’t think it would happen this fast. I’m guessing by the end of the season Merle will kill The Governor so lets see 😀

  • HorrorManiac666

    Andrew Lincoln really does deserve a nomination for last night’s episode, He did a great job. This episode was the best episode in S3 so far maybe even the best episode of all three seasons.

  • Evil_Flip

    lol the title was enough to spoil it for me xD. but yeah great that she’s gone (cos I got tired shouting ‘shoot her shoot her shoot her’ at the tv every time she came on). Shame it wasn’t death by zombi baby though. What I also found kinda hilarious was that T-bone finally had something to say and now he’s dead. before, every time he appeared, i was surprised to see he was actually still alive. oddly enough there is apparently only place for one token black guy on the show, hopefully the two inmate get something more to do. I think they’re kinda funny together.

  • xxEnOxx

    Simply amazing! If the show can continue this path I can easily see it going down in history as one of the greats!

  • niuq

    Epic Episode! As a fan of the comics its awesome how the writers of the show are changing things up to keep us on the edge of our seats! This season is turning out amazing! Lets see how the Governor / Michonne story line turns out!

  • Bleak

    ****SPOILER**** She’s not dead. The kid couldn’t pull the trigger on her and Carol, who had more medical training, stumbles across her and is able to save her life. Rick heads back in to “put her down” and finds them both alive and well. ****SPOILER****

    • Jasonicus

      Sorry, but the actress herself recounted in an interview when she was told she going to be killed off. So, she’s dead.

      • Bleak

        She’s still listed for all episodes on IMDB and they are playing against the the story from the comic.

        • Bleak

          I could be wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time actors lied to keep from spoiling things, though.

          • djblack1313

            Bleak she’s dead. Carol “stumbling across Lori & saving her” is incredibly stupid. she was sliced open and had tremendous blood loss. what it Carol going to do, set up a triage w/ a blood transfusion going on? lol. Lori is dead. she dies in the comics too. never believe Wikipedia nor IMDB listings. them having Lori NOT die last night would cheapen/betray the amazing heartbreaking moments from last night and it would PISS OFF so many people who watch the show. there’s no reason for her not to have died a final death last night. i liked the actress and the character so i’m not just blindly wanting her gone. but yeah, she’s gone.

  • Jasonicus

    After last night’s episode, I am not sure my wife can handle anymore. I was shocked they would kill Lori so soon. Crazy show. They have veered so far off from the comic I have no idea what to expect at this point.

  • Taboo

    I cried like a bitch! That was a crazy emotional rollercoaster there at the end.

  • Melissa

    I am like a lot of you. I almost started crying like a baby! When she was talking to Carl and then finally when I stopped being all teary eyed they came out with the baby and Rick lost it! I burst into some major tears. It’s great to see a show where no one is truly safe.

  • undertaker78

    I cried my ass off. I’m glad I was alone when I watched this episode. :) The acting was superb and is the reason why this scene was so effective. Lori, Maggie and Rick were perfect. I hope TWD gets some love when the awards come around.

  • Bleak

    Well, T-Dog’s IMDB ends with last nights episode and Lori’s continues for every episode of the season. I’m going with the idea that they are just trying to pull a fast one on the audience and Lori will survive thanks to the intervention of Carol.

    • EvilHead1981

      Remember, flashbacks usually count as character appearances, be them clips from previous episodes or newly shot scenes meant to represent “flashbacks” of events that we didn’t see. For all we know, we got get a flashback of Rick and Lori when she was giving birth to Carl before the whole zombie apocalypse thing.

  • PrestonXI

    Absolutely incredible episode on all accounts.

    While Andrew Lincoln’s reaction at the end of the episode was heart-wrenching, just as much credit, if not more, needs to be given to Sarah Wayne Callies in her portrayal of Lori. I am a pretty emotionally closed off person, but her parting words to her son made me tear up a bit,

    If this is only a few episodes into the season, I can only imagine where it is going to go from here. Prepare for dark times, fellow viewers!

    On a separate issue, I agree with some of the posters that the news items on this site tend to have way too much personal opinion embedded in them. If you are doing an editorial that is one thing, but otherwise that is not journalism.

  • Remember-Slithis

    **this episode!Just when T-Dog was getting some charisma they off him.Lori’s death was great TV.I don’t know how they are going to keep the baby alive,feed,clean,and quiet.Carl is becoming a strong character.What a great season.

    • Melissa

      I am loving Carl this season and I agree. He went from the annoying kid and turning into quite the bad ass survivalist in a ZA. My thought on the Walking Dead is that this series can go on for years and become TV’s longest running program because anyone can die at any moment. The group will lose some and gain some and eventually the original characters could all be gone but since they were replaced by others joining then you gain new attachments to many different Characters so the main characters are not the focus it’s more of the group. Who knows that those 1 or both of those prisoners could very well be a beloved character by next season and a part of the main story. It’s one of the best long running series set ups because of this since it focus is not about a certain character anymore it’s about surviving.

  • diapers

    I’m not sure how they are going to top this one, but for now, it does not matter. Absolutely speechless. I’m all busted up. I think my wife may need therapy.

  • MachetAY

    Ah… great episode but I like the death in the comics more.

    I’m really hoping they don’t change what happens with the Gov.


    That episode was epic, I had it on the dvr and heard on the radio Monday morning how great it was but I did not expect that. I kept it together during the Lori scene but when Rick lost it I teared up a bit, my fiancee was crying. wow, great episode, this season is freaking great!! Glad im not familiar with the comics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ErnieT0770 Filmmaven

    i knew her fate and was wondering if and when they would follow that arc but i could never have anticipated how soon and the way it went down in the show. It was shocking when it happened in the comic but gut wrenching when it happened in the series i was about ready to cry. Tears did well up.

  • viking1983

    been a huge fan of andrew lincoln since he was in “teachers” and his acting just gets better, season 1 of this was ace except the really bad cgi explosion at the end, season 2 was boring as hell until the end, but season 3 is amazing, shocks every episode, only complaint is the stupid love story with the governor and andrea, I just hope he cuts her head off