‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3, Episode 10 Review – Zombie Delivery

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If Glen Mazzara’s short-lived period as showrunner of The Walking Dead leaves behind any guiding principle for incoming showrunner Scott Gimple (and those who will probably follow him), it is that the series functions best when the characters are in motion, dealing with the unbearable tension and life-or-death stakes of the inhospitable world they find themselves in. Mazzara’s time should also inform any successor that this series has not demonstrated it is well equipped to handle the beats between such showcase moments, and therefore those should be kept to a minimum.

If anything, ‘Home’ does an excellent job of showcasing The Walking Dead‘s strengths and weaknesses in a single episode. When given the opportunity to slow down and ponder what’s going on, the writers tend to have the characters engage in the same bickering that bogged down most of season 2 and derailed the midseason premiere, which was riding on the substantial momentum built by the previous eight episodes.

There was plenty of that on display early on in ‘Home.’ This week’s collection of arguments are brought to you by Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Hershel (Scott Wilson), as they discuss Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) continued abandonment of his senses and, seemingly, his role as the leader of the group. Meanwhile, Andrea (Laurie Holden) and the Governor (David Morrissey) discuss his role in Woodbury and what he plans to do with the people in the prison. And finally, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and his brother Merle (Michael Rooker) wander the forest in search of squirrels to eat and wind up scratching at old wounds long enough that it appears Daryl leaves his brother in the woods to search for squirrels all by himself.

Norman Reedus and Micheal Rooker in The Walking Dead Home The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 10 Review – Zombie Delivery

While the thought of Michael Rooker pursuing woodland creatures he intends to consume sounds like a wonderful one-off episode, ‘Home’ must attend to the notion that Rick and the Governor both seem to have abandoned their posts in favor of pursuing more personal quests (i.e. both their levels of madness appear to have skyrocketed off the charts). This leads to Glenn taking the proverbial keys to the Hyundai and proclaiming himself the next in line to shepherd the group into whatever future misfortune awaits, while Hershel attempts to steer the young man away from a sneak attack on Woodbury in favor of fortifying the prison against the imminent reprisal from the bloodthirsty folks in that quaint little burg down the street.

With the introduction of the cowed residents of Woodbury and their trophy-collecting leader came the realization that Rick’s group would not just be pitted against them in a physical sense, but that the show would be weighing Rick’s leadership ability against that of the Governor. Now, The Walking Dead wants to compare their mental states against one another.

On one side, Rick confesses to Hershel that he’s been chasing Lori’s ghost, which has been leading him further away from the relative safety of the prison. Rick tells the kindly old gent he’s searching for “meaning” and that there’s likely an answer in his hallucinations, but he just can’t seem to figure out what it –or even the question, for that matter – is. On the other side, there’s Philip, who’s actually been crazy for a lot longer than his opponent, and, at least until he lost an eye and his zombie daughter, was a lot better at hiding it – provided you think putting on zombie-enhanced gladiator matches inside the otherwise picturesque confines of Woodbury counts as “hiding it.”

Norman Reedus in The Walking Dead Home The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 10 Review – Zombie Delivery

While there is the option of the show using Rick and Philip to focus on a deeper examination of themes like what is good and evil in a post-apocalyptic world, such subtlety doesn’t leave a lot of room for smashing zombie heads. Instead, ‘Home’ seems to put forth another question that’s understated enough one questions whether or not it was deliberate. While the sweaty mess that Rick Grimes has become is busy vetoing new members for the group and yelling at empty prison walkways, Daryl manages to put forth the kind of heroic effort Hershel wants everyone to remember Rick was once capable of performing. It’s not as nuanced, but the (hopefully unspoken) question of who is best suited to pick up the slack of Rick’s leadership could have turned out to be a better fit for the Walking Dead‘s narrative. If anything, Daryl’s moment in the episode displays the right kind of balance between dialogue with a purpose and the likely reason so many viewers consistently tune in to watch the show.

It may not be handled as efficiently as Daryl’s brief subplot, but in the final moments of ‘Home,’ The Walking Dead gets to show off its undeniable strength of placing characters in a situation that forces them to react – like using Axel’s (Lew Temple) body as a shield, for example. As the Governor and a few of his henchmen fire wildly into the prison yard, both Rick and the episode seem to lurch back to life. It is a brief, brutal encounter that shows how engaging the series can make these set pieces, but it also serves as a reminder how drab the moments in between them can sometimes turn out to be.

Danai Gurira in The Walking Dead Home The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 10 Review – Zombie Delivery

Various Items:

  • No sign of Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) or Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) in the episode. Hopefully, they’ll be back soon.
  • The Dixon brothers’ reunion made good use of what the audience knows about each character, and the differences that exist between them. The fact that what sets them apart has been brought to the surface in part by Rick serves to make their dynamic a little more interesting. As much as Merle is sometimes a one-note reminder of the guy Daryl could become, when he’s around his brother the writers are able to use that to make character seems fuller.
  • “I dunno. Something. I know it doesn’t make sense. But in time, it’ll make sense.” This bit of dialogue is a perfect example of what can happen between events.


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  1. Anyone know what happened to the mystery driver?

    • Ghost Dale was driving

    • Have u thought maybe its a surprise so Callies is hiding it?

    • Ah, yea, Lori’s “gone” alright. That would explain her being cast in the last two episodes as a figmant of Rick’s imagination. She couldn’t ever be cast in a future episode as a walker, now, could she…

      • No need for the sarcasm. Gone as in the sense she won’t be returning as a walker. She said so herself here. Don’t get pissy because I don’t agree with your theory.

        • Haha. Not being “pissy” here, as I readily admit, anyone else’s theory could be as valid as mine. All I’ve been saying is there was a conscious decision made not to show here being shot or eaten, so the door is open to her returning as a walker. When I originally proposed this in other discussions, shortly after her “death”, some people jumped all over me, claiming that we have seen the last of her, and she would never return, yet here she is, in the last two episodes, as a figment of Rick’s imagination. If the intent is to have her appear as a walker in a future episode, do you think anyone would actually announce that? Of course not, and also obviously, there would be denials about it. The writers may not have even informed her yet, if they truly want to keep it a surprise. On a show about the walking dead who cannabalize the living, anything can happen…

          • “On a show about the walking dead who cannabalize the living, anything can happen…”
            ^what is this b******* excuse? This is an intelligent show which, yes, involves zombies, but that by no means means that absolutely anything can happen because if zombies can exist than reason goes out the window.
            Your theory doesn’t work because it was stated by the people who MADE the show that Lori’s dead body was EATEN. Yes, that isn’t the best of writing, but that CLEARLY proves that Lori’s body is gone. The show-runners can purposely keep us in the dark about what might happen. But they cannot outright lie to us. Lori’s gone.
            As for her returning as a figment of Rick’s imagination that isn’t really her “returning” so really that is by no means the same thing.
            WHY are you being so obtuse?

            • Obtuse? I’m merely conveying a theory, my friend, that is quite valid considering what was actually shown and not shown on screen. You, however, are adament in your denial of the possibility and even seem to be emotionally/irrationally offended by the suggestion. Who’s being obtuse?

  2. Anyone saw the governors eye? Check out on the next episode trailer at the end. AHAHA. right or left eye?

    • He was facing a mirror and we saw the mirrored image

  3. Who else thinks that Andrea was the driver of the truck?

    • Interesting question. I just saw the episode on demand and thought the same thing for some reason. I noticed the drive was a thin woman who had blonde hair. But I can’t, for the life of me, think why Andrea would do that, unless the Governor convinced her somehow that the group deserved it. It would be a huge shocker if she was the driver of the truck.

  4. I’m going to throw this conspiracy out there even though it’s absolutely untrue: maybe Rick is still in that coma and the whole zombie apocalypse is in his mind. Maybe Lori’s apparition is appearing because Lori is actually standing over his hospital bed begging him to wake up.

    I know if that were true, then the show would go down in infamy as being one of the worst rip-offs in TV history, but if you think about it, it does kind of make sense. After all, Rick does tell Herschel that “the answer” is in his hallucinations.

    Getting back to reality, though, where the hell was Tyreese?

  5. I have been reading this writers reviews and the common theme he seems to in stow is that there is to much dialogue and arguing. I have to laugh at a reviewer who opposes dialogue. That just seems ironic since you’re a writer of some sort…

    Do you want the show to have constant mindless violence? Wouldn’t that get boring? You have to have dialogue and back story of as many of the main characters as possible. The arguing displays the passion the characters have and the hope that in some way they still have some say in their life even if they have a leader.

    Season 2 showed us a open minded Rick that constantly got undermined by people that have free will. Not everyone just sits and wants to be told what to do. If you think about it to survive in that world you have to be a fighter not just with your fists but with your mind as well. I think the bickering as this writer constantly complains about displays us this dynamic group of survivors that aren’t willing to sit around and wait to be saved whether it be Rick or Shane or some other outside miracle.
    Let’s face it when you have a 45 minute show and cast of 15 or 20 people it’s hard to develop every character to its fullest extent. I do think this shows has done a god job of not over developing the characters. We learn a little bit at a time about each character and there motives. Some mystery is good.
    I have to say your reviews are how a teenager talks about a mindless shoot them up game. Your hasty attempt to act like the show was bogged down is so tired and ridiculous that I can’t believe I even come to your blog. Bogged down? It’s a ZOMBIE Apocalypse? They were lucky to have that farm and we all knew it wouldn’t last. One could see it was coming to a head with Shane and Rick and the farm. The way season two wound up playing out. I thought was spectacular in the end and all the build up (DIALOGUE) to it made it that much more intense.

    Season 2 was not your action packed Stallone flick from the 80s but man you are doing an injustice to act though in the arc of the series this was not the most important season of all… It set everything in motion…

    Season 3 has had a lot more action so you violence junkies should be happy. Though the dialogue has not been lost and the passion these survivors have is undoubtedly inspirational. To see Rick loose his mind is what would happened to 90% of people at the very beginning of the apocalypse. He’s been through hell because he is shouldering all the burden of his group for a good amount of time. Not surprising at all to see him crack. It makes Rick look like is human not just some action hero.

    The writing in this show is amazing and ground breaking to say any less does an injustice to shows that have an edge to it. This is a gritty, cutting edge show that is frightening and inspirational at the same time.

    Nice job to AMC to be willing to take a chance on such a non mainstream story. You have the two best shows on TV…. (Well had) MISS the BB SHOW…..

    In my opinion you don’t even like this show so please don’t review it anymore. You’re just sad at it…