October 22nd, 2012
09:33 AM ET
[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the October 21 episode of "The Walking Dead" - you've been warned!]
Sunday's "Walking Dead" episode was considered to be a "good day" by that character fans love to hate, Lori.
And on one level, it probably was the closest thing to a happy ending that this group has seen in a long time.
Hershel, who was on death's door after being attacked by a Walker, stopped breathing, and Lori saved him by performing mouth-to-mouth. (Carl's discovery of medical supplies - while defying his mother's wish not to go off on his own - didn't hurt matters either.)
Before this miraculous moment, we got one of the most touching scenes ever as Maggie thanked her father for all he had done for her family. She believed it was their last moment together.
We also had Carol's decision to be the one to deliver Lori's baby, as Hershel would likely not be in a position to do so anymore. Glenn helped her as she found a female Walker to use for practice - but who or what was spying on her from a distance?
In the meantime, Rick, Daryl and T-Dog met some surviving prisoners: Big Tiny, Oscar, Axel, Andrew and their self-appointed leader, Tomas.
Right away, Rick and Tomas didn't trust each other, while Axel tried to find common ground between the groups.
At first, Rick tried to teach the prisoners how to help them clear a cell block of Walkers. Their first instinct was to go "prison riot" on the Walkers, attacking them everywhere but the head. They finally got the idea, but Big Tiny was bitten by a Walker and Tomas didn't think twice before brutally killing him and chopping off his head.
The next time a horde of Walkers came at them, Tomas pushed one on top of Rick.
After exchanging a few words, Rick put a machete in Tomas' head.
Andrew ran off, and Rick ended up locking him outside, left as food for Walkers.
Axel begged for his life, while Oscar told Rick to do what he had to do. Rick left the remaining pair in their own separate area of the prison.
It will be interesting to see what becomes of these two as the season unfolds. It wasn't difficult to guess that at least one prisoner wouldn't survive this episode, but three of them - including Tomas - getting killed was a surprise.
So far, this season has served up plenty of action and surprises, compared to last season's slow-paced first half. I did miss catching up on the whereabouts of Michonne and Andrea this week, though. Still, I'm very excited to see where things are going.
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