November 5th, 2012
10:03 AM ET
[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the November 4 episode of "The Walking Dead" - you've been warned!]
Sunday night's episode opened yet again from the point of view of two Walkers. They were drawn away by an unknown person (perhaps the same person watching Carol a few weeks ago?) so that he could cut open a hole in the prison gate and place a deer's heart in front of it.
While the main action this week took place in the prison, there were some developments in Woodbury as well, such as the Governor's successful attempt to convince Andrea to stay "one or two days longer." Michonne – who does "are you kidding me?" better than anyone – wasn't exactly thrilled with this news.
Meanwhile, Merle requested to go on a mission to find his brother Daryl.
Back at the prison, Axel and Oscar were back, trying Rick's patience. Axel tried once again to convince him to allow them to join the group, but Rick wouldn't budge from their deal, despite T-Dog taking the prisoners' side.
Just as Hershel is back up on his feet using crutches, the joyful moment was interrupted by attacking Walkers. "Can't we have one good day?" asked Glenn.
The survivors split into three groups: Carol and T-Dog; Rick, Daryl, Glenn (joined by Axel and Oscar); and Hershel and Beth, who were soon separated from Lori, Maggie and Carl.
As Carol and T-Dog fought off Walkers, T-Dog was approached from behind and bitten by one. They made a getaway down some corridors and T-Dog told Carol that God had meant for him to help her get out alive. As a herd of Walkers approached, Carol ran out of bullets, so T-Dog ran straight into the Walkers and got eaten alive, distracting them long enough for her to get away.
Glenn discovered the gate was cut, and just as Rick accused the prisoners, an alarm sounded. Someone was definitely "playing games" as Rick observed.
After Glenn and Axel separated from the other three, Rick soon found out who that someone was: the very-much-alive Andrew.
Rick and Andrew fought, then Oscar joined the fray. Oscar grabbed Rick's gun, and Andrew told him to shoot Rick. Instead, Oscar shot Andrew and gave Rick his gun back. (I'm pretty sure he's finally dead now.)
As Lori, Carl and Maggie sought safety, they kept getting cornered by Walkers. Lori then announced – in the best timing ever – that she was in labor.
The three escaped to a boiler room, and Maggie attempted to help Lori deliver the baby, but soon there were complications, and Lori told them that the only way the baby will live is if they slice open her belly.
Carl tearfully shared a final moment with his mother, and she told him he was strong and would watch out for the group. She advised him, "Don't let the world spoil you."
Then Carl handed the knife over to Maggie. As Maggie removed the baby, Lori soon lost consciousness.
Carl insisted that he should be the one to shoot his mother in the head so she didn't turn. He recalled a conversation with his father last season, about making tough life-or-death choices with his parents. As Maggie attempted to get the child to safety, she heard a gunshot.
The rest of the group found the remains of T-Dog, and a scarf that belonged to Carol, then reunited with Hershel and Beth in the prison yard.
Maggie and Carl emerged with the baby, and Rick, realizing what happened, had a complete breakdown.
First of all, there were incredible performances this week, especially from Andrew Lincoln, IronE Singleton, Sarah Wayne Callies and Lauren Cohan.
Lori certainly had more than her share of detractors (she got booed at New York Comic Con), but you have to admit her death scene was absolutely heart-wrenching. This will almost certainly be a turning point for Rick, Carl and the survivors as a whole.
We also have to say a fond farewell to T-Dog, who was a true hero in his final moments, despite never having much of a storyline of his own. I have little doubt that Carol survived (but it could very well be another Sophia situation).
The group lost two, but apparently gained two this week in Axel and Oscar, so that will be interesting to follow.
And I'm still puzzled as to what the Governor's ultimate goal is in keeping Andrea around Woodbury, unless he just likes her. At the same time, he can't be too fond of Michonne sticking around.
Needless to say, this was a huge episode, setting up the next three for this fall. What did you think of it? Were you sad to see the loss of two characters, or is it "good riddance" to Lori? Where will things go from here?
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