‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3, Episode 5 Review – Fun & Games

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The Walking Dead needed to step back and take a breather after the events of last week’s ‘Killer Within‘ - if for no other reason than to allow the losses suffered by Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group a chance to be addressed. There’s still plenty to be done in the episode, though; Andrea (Laurie Holden) tries to convince Michonne (Danai Gurira) that her fears about the Governor (David Morrissey) and Woodbury are unfounded, while everyone back at the prison rallies together to make things safer while keeping their new ray of hope from being extinguished.

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The most intriguing aspect of ‘Say the Word’ is the strikingly silent Rick, who has splintered off from the group to perhaps find some closure in his wife’s sudden death. Rick wanders the cellblock, delivering second-deathblows to anything that shuffles toward him, and at one point even tosses Glenn (Steven Yeun) aside with little more compassion than he has shown the walkers. It’s likely because this is Rick that we’re talking about, and the loss he’s suffered is a major one, but his decent into (temporary?) madness is one of the more convincing looks into grief and loss that The Walking Dead has managed to convey in any season so far. It also does a nice job of exposing the emotional fragility of a man who has lost so much for a group of people who have, at one time or another, doubted his ability to keep them safe. It’s a daunting task and the burden has clearly taken its toll.

While the focus is really on Rick and the Governor, there’s quite a bit going on in ‘Say The Word’ – like Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) on the search for baby formula, and Glenn admitting to Hershel (Scott Wilson) that he wished they’d killed all the prisoners at first glance. He even says this within earshot of Oscar (Vincent Ward) and Axel (Lew Temple), who’re helping out by digging graves for those who were lost last episode. (On that note, it looks as though the survivors are counting Carol (Melissa McBride) among the casualties, but there’s something fishy about her disappearance, so it might be too soon to count her out just yet.)

What lies at the core of the episode is the growing comparison between Rick and the Governor – since they’re both just “trying to do right by the people [they] care about.” As a result, Rick seems well on his way to complete psychosis, while Michonne (courtesy of the increasingly crazy notes she finds) becomes convinced that the Governor is, by now, fixed firmly in his own lunacy – a fact that was well established by Phillip’s need to keep around a wall of fish tanks filled with human heads and a zombified daughter whose hair he still takes the time to brush. While Michonne required little evidence to encourage her to leave, it took more convincing for Andrea to look past the apparent safety and security of Woodbury and see what kind of world the Governor is building. And now it may be too late for her to leave it all behind.

There’s an underlying menace to both men right now; one has seemingly lost control, while one has given over to his insanity, and in doing so, managed to seize a great deal of control. It’s hard to tell which one is more dangerous at the moment, but judging from the fact that he pals around with Merle (Michael Rooker) and considers walkers a viable addition to some already lowbrow entertainment, the early money may be on the Governor.

Once we find out just who is on the phone with Rick, though, it might be time to adjust our bets.

Laurie Holden David Morrissey in The Walking Dead Say the Word The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 5 Review – Fun & Games

Highlights from the episode:

  • Daryl never misses an opportunity to shoot dinner.
  • I guess we know where the CGI budget for Michonne’s pets went.
  • Michonne may not speak much, but when she does, it’s little nuggets of wisdom like: “People with nothing to hide don’t usually feel the need to say so.”
  • “She’s all personality, that one.”
  • Bite-proofing sleeves with duct tape is a post-zombpocalypse Mythbusters episode in the making.
  • For some reason, Skynyrd seems like the appropriate choice for some pre-zombie games.

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The Walking Dead continues next Sunday with ‘Hounded’ @9pm on AMC. Check out a preview of the episode below:

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  1. Maybe i know its far fetched but one twin died inside her and munched its way out of her then when Lori becomes a zombie her mothering instincts come back and she the zombie mother cares for her zombie baby. Lol i know i have a vivid imagination but this would be a cool story line. ..

  2. Maybe i know its far fetched but one twin died inside her and munched its way out of her then when Lori becomes a zombie her mothering instincts come back and she the zombie mother cares for her zombie baby. Lol i know i have a vivid imagination but this would be a cool story line

  3. Maybe i know its far fetched, but one twin may have died inside her and munched its way out of her.
    then when Lori becomes a zombie her mothering instincts come back and she the zombie mother cares for her zombie baby.
    Lol i know i have a vivid imagination but this would be a cool story line… What do u think?

  4. Maybe i know its far fetched, but one twin may have died inside her and munched its way out of her.
    then when Lori becomes a walker her mothering instincts come back and she the walker mother cares for her walker
    baby.
    Lol i know i have a vivid imagination but this would be a cool story line… What do u think?

  5. Maybe i know its far fetched,
    but one twin may have died inside her and munched its way out of her.
    then when Lori becomes a walker her mothering instincts come back and she the walker mother cares for her walker
    baby.
    Lol i know i have a vivid imagination but this would be a cool story line… What do u think?

    • Okay, I think we got the gist of what you’re saying the first four times you said it. That’s not the way it’s going to happen. However, I think it would be tragic if the baby starts showing signs of being a zombie…she starts to try and bite people and suddenly stops growing, etc.

  6. ***Spoiler alert possibly*****

    Tyreese is probably the shadowy figure watching Carol. While running from the walkers, Carol runs into the gym and is surrounded by walkers, but tyreese shows up. Darryl and Co search for her and find them exhausted with walkers all dead. This leaves a love triangle between Darryl, Carol and Tyreese.

    Other scenario, the cannibals have kidnapped her, but I think that role is for Hershel.

  7. About Carol being dead.. Greg Nicotera did slip up on the Talking Dead. When talking about Daryl being compassionate with the baby, he made a reference to how he was at “Carol grave” Host Chris Hardwick caught it right away and asked him. So Carol is really dead? The look on his face told it all, he slipped up and couldn’t back track. Since the the show is live I am guessing it was a real slip.

    • Bronxster,

      One of the very last shots of that episode was Daryl placing a Cherokee Rose on a grave (Carol’s) But they have yet to find Carol’s remains, so she can still be alie.

      For me, having Daryl accept that Carol is dead with out a body is a faux pas by the writers for Daryl’s character. To me, he would not have accepted Carol’s death with searching for her first.

      • I seen the last shot, and yes that Rose being placed tells you something. You made a great point, Daryl would not be visiting the grave if he thought she could be alive, I didn’t even think of that.

  8. I feel that all of this Michonne hate by certain people on here is really unfair. First of all, people are faulting her for being suspicious of the Governor when we, as viewers, already know the Governor is the batsh*t crazy. So I don’t get the point people are trying to make. Whatever her reasoning for distrusting the Governor, she’s right. Period, end of story. Its not like the Governor turns out to be this wonderful guy just giving them shelter and a place to live. No, actually he’s a psychopath.

    Also, as for Michonne’s reason for distrusting the Governor, the actress who plays Michonne already said that she distrusts the Governor and Woodbury because her Gut and her Instinct is telling her to. She said that Michonne’s gut is what has kept her alive in the ZA, where she survived alone most of the time, then cared for and protected Andrea as well. So she believes in trusting her gut and her instincts. She immediately dislikes and distrusts the Governor because her gut tells her to, then the evidence she later uncovers supports her suspicions- bullet holes in the army tank, the governor’s psycho notebook… red-rum!

    Its just like meeting someone and immediately disliking them, you may not know why but there is just something about them you know you don’t like. What is that? Is called your gut telling you something isn’t right, you may not have all the evidence laid in front of you but you know how you feel. We all have a gut, but some choose to ignore their gut (ie. Andrea).

    I would think that if there’s anyone people have a problem with it would be Andrea. After all, Michonne saved her life and kept her alive for all those months and is her best friend. But now, instead of leaving with Michonne she abandons her and lets her go out into the wilderness alone. Then she goes to a party and doesn’t seem to think about Michonne again at all, like maybe my friend is being eaten by walkers right now. If anyone deserves the scorn here its Andrea, for being disloyal to Michonne for the Governor who she’s known for like a day. Andrea is like that crappy friend who ditches her best friend the moment she meets a new, hot guy. But even then I can understand Andrea’s perspective. But all the Michonne hate is highly unreasonable and unfair.

    The Governor reminds me of Jim Jones. Remember Jonestown and how that ended? This thought really came to mind in the scene where everyone is walking around drinking the kool-aide. Michonne is the only one who senses something is amiss in Woodbury and isn’t drinking the kool-aide, good for her!

  9. what if lori and carol are still alive because since lori’s body isnt there, maybe carol finished the c section and they r both alive running away from walkers somewhere in the prison and thats going to be the major shocker for the finale or something idk maybe it just me

    • Its just you

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