‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3, Episode 4: ‘Killer Within’ Recap

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As the producers of The Walking Dead established before season 3 hit the air, the living would begin to pose a more immediate threat to Rick and those following him than the walkers, and they’ve certainly proved that with ‘Killer Within.’ And that’s a good thing. As much as everyone seems to love the fictional landscape that zombies create, as far as actual characters go, they’re rather one-note. Human interaction beyond the bickering group dynamic – even if it’s as brief as the reappearance of the presumed-dead Andrew (Markice Moore) finding some way to use the undead as a weapon – is something of a welcome sight.

Given what happens as a result, it’s no wonder then that the distrust Rick feels toward those who walk with a spring in their step has been fairly well documented this season. Rick’s as quick to send a man down the road, as he is to bury a machete in his head. Each act having the same result: One less potential killer to worry about, and one more reason for Rick to convince himself the group is closer to securing a place where they can successfully start over. But as much as Rick is comfortable assuming the worst in others, he really mustn’t assume anything when it comes to the living. They’re just as ruthless as he is.

So, while the group takes a few minutes to celebrate Hershel (Scott Wilson) making his way around the yard, Rick has to make another decision regarding the fate of Axel (Lew Temple) and Oscar (Vincent Ward). Turns out neither man is too keen on staying in their cell block with a bunch of dead bodies, and they’d like to join up with the fine folks who’ve taken over C Block. T-Dog (IronE Singleton) believes the men could be of some use and (finally) speaks his mind, which is too bad considering the fate that awaits him. But in what turns out to add insult to eventual life-ending injury, after all this time barely having any lines at all, T-Dog at long last shares something with the rest of the group and Rick blows him off. Perhaps that’s the new harbinger of doom for the series.

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If that’s the case, then considering how taciturn and generally uncommunicative Michonne (Danai Gurira) is, it may be in her best interest never to cross paths with Rick and suddenly have an opinion on how things should go. At any rate, she’s still dealing with getting the newly smitten Andrea (Laurie Holden) away from Woodbury, but the Governor/Phillip (David Morrissey) is just so darned convincing and congenial (he has booze!) that Andrea just can’t seem to tear herself away from his quaint little township – even if Merle (Michael Rooker) is counted amongst its citizens. Besides, with a winning vote of confidence from Merle, the Governor is now A-OK in Andrea’s book. And before we question what madness this is that Andrea is seeking opinions on matters of another man’s character from a guy like Merle, let’s keep in mind her post-walker-slaying tryst with Shane last season. In any case, Andrea’s apparently harboring just the teensiest bit ill-will toward her former group for losing track of her during the fracas at Hershel’s farm, and likely figuring them for dead, offers up its location to the consistently ill-tempered redneck – because she know just how much Daryl (Norman Reedus) means to the guy.

Meanwhile, prior to finding out that Andrea would like to hang around Woodbury for a couple more days before heading off to the coast in search of a lifetime of uncertainty, Michonne pokes around the vehicles the Governor brought back from his little excursion during ‘Walk With Me,’ and comes to the conclusion that the time to get out of town has long since passed. But for whatever reason, Michonne’s not going anywhere without Andrea. For as little as we know about her at the moment, the one thing we can tell is that Michonne has a soft spot for people who monotonously dwell on the mysterious pasts of those who save them. Whatever her reason for sticking around is, it certainly isn’t going to end well.

And speaking of not ending well, what started off as a promising day quickly turns chaotic as Rick, Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Daryl prepare to shuttle Axel and Oscar out of the prison only to discover a substantial herd of the undead prowling around the formerly walker-free confines of the yard. While everyone scatters, the prison’s alarm system engages, telling them this isn’t some random occurrence, but the act of a duplicitous person with more on their mind than tasty, tasty flesh. As is nearly always the case when something dubbed a “walker,” or to use the parlance of those in Woodbury, a “biter,” manages to sink its teeth into a victim, said individual is typically preoccupied. In this case, T-Dog is working on getting a gate closed when a good chunk of his shoulder is taken off in one hungry chomp. Still, to his credit, T-Dog does what he can to save Carol (Melissa McBride) by running through the seemingly endless maze of non-descript hallways and just-in-the-nick-of-time rusty doors, to deliver the woman to safety before a pair of walkers snack on his delicious neck meat.

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But the body count doesn’t end there – because why should T-Dog’s death be significant when it can be overshadowed by the apparent death of Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies)? (Apparent, because it happened off screen, but it was certainly convincing, otherwise.) Lori hadn’t had the best go of it since the end of the world, and childbirth certainly wasn’t going to make things any easier, so naturally, running from a group of walkers would have to induce labor. Despite a lack of training and supplies, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) manages to save the baby, but simply can’t keep Lori from slipping away. As if all the death weren’t depressing enough, it’s Carl (Chandler Riggs) who takes the unpleasant duty of ensuring Lori doesn’t come back.

If the Governor  (deceptively) stands as proof civilization can be rebuilt, then Rick collapsing upon receiving the news of his wife’s passing, serves as the not-so-quiet reminder that death is quite literally at everyone’s door.

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  1. I’m not entirely convinced that Carl shot Lori. As a rule of thumb, I generally don’t believe things happen in tv shows unless I see them

  2. As soon as Glenn said “can’t we have 1 good day” you knew the s**t was going to hit the fan but I never thought we’d see 2 (possibly 3) characters bite the dust.
    T-Dog needed to go, even his name was terrible. I mean seriously, no matter how serious the moment when ever someone said T-Dog it was distracting. But IMO the main reason he needed to go was because of all the transitions of the characters from the comic to the series his was the worst. In the comics he was one of my favorites and served a purpose but as we all know on the show he was pointless.
    Lori on the other hand was a shocker. Even though I knew she would eventually die I never imagined it would be just her, Carl and Maggie, hidden away from the rest. And that rocked me. Broke my heart. And Ricks reaction tore me to shreds. Everyone in that scene was fantastic. Even though Lori wasn’t my favorite character it was still shocking to see her go and I hope the writers can handle the aftermath.
    Meanwhile in Woodbury…
    Michonne walks around looking tough while Andrea has a drink.
    With so much going on in the prison it would have been fine with me if we didn’t see them this week.

    • T-dog and Tyresse are not supposed to be the same person. Just because he is black, does not mean he is supposed to be the same character.

      • Thank you.

    • I agree! Burn Woodbury down and kill off that sub-plot before it completely destroys the show! Season 3 Stinks all the way to Denmark! I have wanted Andrea dead since the 1st season and Woodbury, The Gov., and Michonne have turned the show from a masterpiece to total garbage. Instead of seeing Rick and the group deal with all the tragedy (Lori,T-Dog,Carol), we get to watch the idiot Andrea and the thrice idiotic Michonne the mute. The show was split into 2 stories and now that Michonne has left…3 stories. Another show bites the dust in a similar way to “Supernatural” which had a perfect formula, hunting urban legends (and then veered into total stupidity).

      • I usually allow people to have their own opinions without objecting but everything about this post has me disagreeing.

        You seem to be someone that doesn’t like change, but shows need to evolve. The Walking Dead was becoming sour at the end of season 2 and a huge change up like this is exactly what it needed. (granted, that was the farm’s fault mostly, not the characters.) And you cannot tell me that the 8 or so characters we have at the prison right now could carry the show. They are great, but it would be last season all over again with lack of zombie attacks and them just walking around feeling bad for themselves in the prison boundaries.

        It is also the same with Supernatural, yes the boys hunting from town to town was a great premise but the show wouldn’t have made it passed season four if it didn’t evolve into the religion-heavy masterpiece it is now.

      • You seem to be someone that doesn’t like change, but shows need to evolve. The Walking Dead was becoming sour at the end of season 2 and a huge change up like this is exactly what it needed. (granted, that was the farm’s fault mostly, not the characters.) And you cannot tell me that the 8 or so characters we have at the prison right now could carry the show. They are great, but it would be last season all over again with lack of zombie attacks and them just walking around feeling bad for themselves in the prison boundaries.

        It is also the same with Supernatural, yes the boys hunting from town to town was a great premise but the show wouldn’t have made it passed season four if it didn’t evolve into the religion-heavy masterpiece it is now.

  3. The assumption that Carl did not shoot Lori is ridiculous. Carl is a bad-ass now, and not afraid to do what needs to be done. Let’s say for arguments sake he did not shoot her. She would still be bleeding out when they take the baby and run away. At which point she would surely die and then it would be one more walker to deal with. So yes. Carl did shoot his mother. People need to stop turning this into a debate.

    • What debate? Who is Rick looking for (in preview) when it is said she is not in there?

      Which COULD indicate she WAS in there but got up and walked out.

      There is nothing yet that indicates Carl is like his comic counter part. And while in the books he shot a few people he has yet to do anything remotely near that in the TV series.

      Also take into considertation the bleeding heart speech she gave to him, maybe he thought better, or missed, or closed his eyes and pulled the trigger…

      There is a CHANCE he did not put her completely down.

      I do agree that he probably did however there is a chance he didnt.

      How is that for ridiculous?

      • it was NOT SAID that she is not there, Glen said you shouldn’t be here!!!

        • + I read an article with LORI and SHE IS GONE and NEVER WEARS the zombie make-up.. ooops glen said to rick you shouldn’t be here! when rick attacked glen

          • I read an article where she states she would love to reprise her role…..

            What article did you read by the way?

            I will have to check my recording. Need to keep it semi low at tmes as my son sleeps in the next room.

            Regardless as I said “I do agree that he probably did however there is a chance he didnt.”

            There is always a chance.

            • It was a yahoo article and the guy doing the interview, interviewed her at comiccon wher she lied to him because she had already filmed the final scene in that show (june) I think it was when it was shot! but she was asked if she was excited about the season and something about when she dies will she become a zombie! she answered that she was not sure about her death blah blah blah… you know an interview, it was a Q & A with her…LOOK UP HER REAL NAME AND SEARCH IT ON YAHOO YOU WILL FIND THE ATICLE!!!
              BUT SHE IS CERTAINLY DEAD AND WILL NOT BECOME A ZOMBIE, at least thats what she told the interviewer!

  4. I really liked how they handled Lori’s death. It was really emotional and served as another bridge for Carl’s character development.

    T-Dog had a heroic outing for a character that was not a major player. If he had his riot shiel, he would have survived. :P

    • *shield

  5. Intense episode. I kept waiting for Lori to “wake up” before she was dispatched. A nail biter, to be sure. This show was slowing down but is now moving along at break neck speed.

  6. They might not have shown the lori being shot because even amc might have lines of how far they will go. I mean having a young child shooting his bled out mother with an umbilical cord hanging out of her stomach might be alittle much. But who knows. Im abit disappointed that they killed her that fast. They shouldve had her and rick patch it up alittle THEN off her. not like in the book but atleast have alittle “aww theyre making up” feeling then WHAM!
    Tdog shouldve been gone awile ago. No complaints there.
    The farm as a whole was annoying last season. This season it seems the woodbury story they came up with is annoying. Andrea is just annoying as all hell and the governor being manipulative has reached its point of meh to me.
    But my main question is how did the little guy get out of the prison and get back in with the deer THEN axe the gate? Felt like it was alittle backwards.

    • I think it plays better with Rick NOT patching things up with Lori…. The guilt he’ll carry, and the changes it’ll bring to his character will make for a interesting story arc. (Especially if they do the whole phone thing with him).

      T-Dog’s death was either “Long time coming” or “DAMN NOOOOOO!!!!”… Personally I have liked what his character became (kind of the heart of the group….. he oddly enough almost took on a Chewbacca role), and in this episode he was a bit of the Moral Compass that the group lacked since Dale (which teaches us another lesson…. play the Moral Compass in a Zombie Apocalypse… get killed). He went out like a champ and even though he didn’t have many lines or solo screen time, he was a original survivor and I’ll miss him.

      The Woodbury Arc is obviously super necessary to the storyline, I agree with you though that it sits in a crossroad… We don’t need it to be the farm all over again, but we also don’t want to rush through and lose beats that will drive the show further. Andrea seems to be an odd x factor at the moment…. she’s not the CB Andrea, so will she play a role more like Lilly Caul from the CB (someone on the Governor’s side who then tuns on him), or get back to the group with Merle in tow.

      Anyway I feel that the show is moving forward in a good direction and I feel that this episode was definitely in the Top 3 of the series so far

      • Yea tdog was finally the moral compass this last episode. I think glen is the quiet moral compass that will be there for atleast awile.
        Woodbury was taken a completely different way than the books. Instead of a bunch of blood thirsty rednecks we get 1955 heart of america. Thats what I think doesnt sit with me most of all. Instead of prisoners they are welcomed. No arena? I swear they better find some way of Rick losing his right hand. That was a pinnacle part in the book. Him overcoming being “less useful” and more of just a flat out leader.
        Merle I feel will be the one that will deal with the governor in his way. Maybe something happens to daryl. Who knows.
        But I do enjoy the show getting back to the feel of the first season big time.

      • @Ray I agree. I felt that it was better for Rick and Lori to not patch things up before her death. It will definitely put a twist to Rick’s character with remorse and guilt of not having closure.

      • Does anyhink that Merle will join the group? or will he turn Daryl against the group? ORRRR will he attack rick and daryl KILLS HIM??? thats my favorite! maybe he plays good oy with the group for a while maybe even gets them involved with the governor the goes for Rick and Daryl takes him out?
        Daryl is y favrite Character and HE BETTER NOT GET KILLED OFF!!! I WILL NEVER WATCH THE SHOW AGAIN, He is now Ricks Right hand man/2nd in command and it will SUCK without him in the show!

  7. Great episode! The ending was really tragic.

  8. Quite the episode! Did not expect any of it. Nail biter all the way through to the end. I think Andrea needs to go next. Her character is really wearing on me with her stupid “come hither” looks she gives the Governor who is playing her like a cheap harmonica. Perhaps her head would be a nice addition to the Governor’s flesh tank.

  9. Andrew Lincoln deserves some award for his portrayal of Rick in this episode.

    • The way he portrays Rick in every ep is award worthy.

  10. Prediction: Carol survived, but was raped and killed by Axel, who (despite appearing all harmless and whiny) will be revealed as bat-sh*t crazy.

    • could see that possibitiy for sometimes it is the ones you do not except to do the most horrendous thing possible and we have no idea why he was in there.

    • Oh yeah, that is a possibility. I had forgotten Axel’s true character from the comic.

      • What? Which comic did you read? Axel was a good guy through and through in the books. Well except for being in jail on a robbery rap.

        It was the accountant guy (well he said he was an accountant) that was the killer and he is not around at least not at this time.

        Again not saying any of the above wont happen but the Axel in the books was a gentle giant.

        • hm, my bad. It’s been a while since I’ve read the comics and I thought it was Axel cuz it was something that you didn’t quite expect.

      • No, you’re thinking of another character. You follow me? That character doesn’t seem to exist. The accountant guy.

    • Axel was with Rick and guys the whole time no way he got away from Glen long enough to get to Carol

  11. Wow…what an emotional roller coaster…first Lori is shooting then dying. I really cried I could not believe how hurt I was to see her go and the baby cry. Formula anyone…now to feed and keep the baby quiet…lol. I am not sure about him killing his mother but if he didn’t Rick will have to. I actually felt Ricks pain because he did not get that final goodbye to his wife is she is actually dead. So it was the prisoner we thought was dead that Rick said you better run to that sounded the sirens and broke open the gate…I thought they had prison uniforms on this person had black pants on since all we saw was his legs and shoes putting a heart at the gate. The governor or Philip looks like he might see Cupid…lol. Oh well waiting for next episode…this show has to win it is the Best!

  12. Amazing episode. The prison segments anyway. I was emotionally drained after watching. T dog finally got meaningful lines and paid the price and is a god fearing man suddenly? But Ricks reaction to Carl Maggie and the baby w/out his wife was crushing. When he tried to console Carl for a moment and just couldn’t pull it together I lost it.

  13. 1. So Glen closed the big hole in the fence in two seconds?

    2. How did the prisoner got out, then came with a dead animal, and THEN open the gate with an axe? Sounds wrong.

    3. Who kept the door closed when the black guy shot the prisoner and Daryl was behind him with a knife? There were more walkers!!

    Good episode…with mistakes, very emotional, but a lot predictable.

    • 1. Just a zig zag pattern taking less than a minute would SECURE the fence short time. Also its not like zombies can put together a cohesive thought saying oooo look a hole in the fence.

      2. Remember not all of the prison has been cleared. He was going in/out another section which our group locked that section off from them.

      3. If I remember correctly Daryl was having issue closing/securing the door. He opened it cleared the problem zombie allowing him to fully close and secure the door.

  14. VERY DISAPPOINTED!

    The episode was rushed, had plenty mistakes and at some point did not make sense.

    Ok maybe carl did or didn’t shoot lori but its like amy got a better death in season one that lori did in this episode.

    I read the comics and loved the TV show but this was the worst episode of the series.

    I am praying that this is not what is to come of this show. AMC you blew it on this one big time.

    • Luc, Im sorry but your the only 1 of 100 comments that feels this way! this was a GREAT episode, Of course some things rushed, it is only 40min long! and that HO lori is gone I HATED HER ANYWAY, I loved that Rick was dissing on that BEEOTch! AMY was a better character than lor, NOT more important to the show but LORI was the prisons HO BAG and deserved to be shot by her own son!!

      THIS is what this sho neede to not be so damn drawn out and SLOW TIS WAS A NEEDED EPISODE.

      I just cannot wait to see what the deal is with CARROL, thats Daryl’s Girl, she cant be dead, and if she did get raped by the prisoner They will strip his flesh while he is alive.

      + I always thought that zombies did not go for DEAD flesh like the deer??
      that wasto me the strangest thing about the whole damn episode all the other “mistakes” come with a T.V. show

      • Why not they went after the horse. While not dead meat is meat. The deer was probably a semi fresh kill the walkers are living off their base instinct……eat.

        These are Walking Dead Zombies in a world that has never seen or heard of a zombie (like Romaroetc.). Notice how they are never called zombies……..

        • Well, it took Romero movies 30 years to finally use the word ‘zombie’ in one of the movies. Romero was going with ‘ghouls’. I wonder who decided on zombies. It’s not accurate for the creature, really.

          • I only make the comment as I beleive Kirkman himself stated his world has no concept of ‘zombies’ as we know them currently prior to TWD TV show/comics.

        • Also not really clear is how Andrew killed that deer in the first place. Did he sneak up on it with the axe? Seems unlikely. But there are things you have to accept when you watch a show.

  15. When I was watching it,the part were carl kills his mother reminded
    me of norman bates!His look.(I wonder if norman started out this way).

  16. Lori dying kind of ruined it for me. I had this desire in the back of my mind, hoping that Rick and Lori would eventually live happily ever after.. It reminds me of Prison Break, the killed the girl (same actor as Lori actually), and I stopped watching the show (a friend told me that they resurrected the character somehow, but it still made me stop watching).

    Anyway, when I watch shows like these, there’s always something I want to happen in the end.. Now, I don’t know what I want, because the only thing that was there in the start is gone..

    I guess the two kids that want to get it in live happily ever after??

    • I agreeeee. Its crazy how they tried a little too hard to add that twist on Loris death like that. It was rushed. They wanted to make such a crazy episode. (In the comic book or not)that they ruined it pretty much. Yeah it will now be kindve interesting.But damn they left Lori for s***. So what was the point of the older lady practicing the c section. fail.

    • I agreeeee. Its crazy how they tried a little too hard to add that twist on Loris death like that. It was rushed. They wanted to make such a crazy episode. (In the comic book or not)that they ruined it pretty much. Yeah it will now be kindve interesting.But damn they left Lori for crap. So what was the point of the older lady practicing the c section. fail.

  17. We’ll see more of Lori. Her character will keep showing up in episodes. She’s dead, but Rick will have more and more hallucinations where he talks to her as his sanity slips away.

    In the Comic, he spoke with her through a busted Telephone. I can imagine something similar happening in the show.

  18. To the people crying about the first comment. Regarding their OPINION on how Lori and the Baby should have died. STFU, it’s FICTION.

  19. Spoilers! Come on guys! Comics or not, don’t talk about what will/might happen. If it happened in the comic, it could happen in the show. Courtesy, and like Ken said, it takes literally 2 seconds to add SPOILERS alert.

  20. Good points:this is a work of FICTION-and if people can’t handle the way characters die, they shouldn’t be watching. Go watch XFactor or some other drivel! The series doesn’t follow the comics, but it still is one of the best shows on tv (IMHO). I agree with the person who wrote that punctuation is a virtue – so is spelling!! Eek! Forget the spoiler alerts; learn to write!!

  21. Good points:this is a work of FICTION-and if people can’t handle the way characters die, they shouldn’t be watching. Go watch XFactor or some other drivel! The series doesn’t follow the comics, but it still is one of the best shows on tv (IMHO). I agree with the person who wrote that punctuation is a virtue – so is spelling!! Eek! Forget the spoiler alerts; learn to write!! Preferably English!

  22. @Kerrywhistle

    It’s not about fiction/nonfiction, it’s just a little disturbing that someone would wish a horrible death, so detailed, on a human being. Unless he thought it’d be cooler if it more closely followed the comic, that’s different.

    In hindsight, It almost came off as though he’d take pleasure in watching. Our opinion on his opinion is just as valid as his initial opinion :)

  23. Good episode. Cant call it great because Ive never liked Laurie. But Ricks breakdown was probably the best acting in the series.

  24. If you disagree with the group or take try to take the moral high ground you apparently get killed off. Dale and TDog were both killed in episodes where they tried to play the morality card. Actually, Dale predicted the death of himself and TDog way back when the group was stuck on the highway looking for Sophia. I believe Dale said that he and TDog were both dispensable. Note to self, follow the herd.

  25. “This show is broken”! Season 3 is simply dreadful. Instead of sticking with a perfect formula, they bring in this idiotic town, The Governor and spend half of the 48 minute show with people who are lame and a plot that I have guessed prior to all but episodes 1&2. I have wanted Andrea dead since the 1st season, but now she is taking up half the show. As for samuri girl, it is cartoon like. I never read the comic books, but I have produced some of the finest TV series (though my day job is as a Rock Legend songwriter). If they do not fix the show and go back to the core group, kill Andrea and either have michonne disappear or die….I shall be adding “The Walking Dead” to shows that really blew a perfect formula. When Rick killed Shane, they should have had a much less obvious bad guy or no bad guy at all. Morrisey is a joke, the man in the black (and such a lame character and mediocre actor). “The River” was a great show that did not last (even with Spielberg involved), and so many other great shows do not last. I always knew that 99% of people have no taste, but I never thought that they could ruin this show. RIP Walking Dead!

  26. I think we should remain hopeful. The entire Woodbury sub plot may seem really boring and all right now, but with the way things are going, it will probably build up to something really heavy. Especially as we get closer to the end of the season. Hopefully this is the calm and quiet before the spectacular storm…..

  27. The show creators crossed the line with this episode, they are sick in the friggin head for killing lori off this way, especially having her own son shoot her, what kind of retarded people comes up with such a sick story line as this?? I am so done with this Sick show!!!

    • Are you serious? lol

  28. I never understood the hate for Lori. She had made mistakes but she was a fundamentally good person and she really made herself useful this season (which made a nice change from the gender roll b******* from the last two seasons). I was in tears when she died – not so much when Rick found out though. Sarah Wayne Callies really proved herself to be a fantastic actress in those final scenes.

    I didn’t care much for T-dog. He was criminally underused as a character, so it was hard to connect with him. Nevertheless, I was sad to see him go. Still shocked though that the writers had the balls to kill off two major characters in episode 4 out of nowhere.

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