March 4th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead" stands out as one of the best of the series so far.
Certainly, this was the right episode at the right time. Just when it seemed like the war with the Governor might be running out of steam, it was good to take a breather and examine where things stand with Rick and how far he's come.
A few questions were answered and there were quite a few interesting character moments throughout as Rick, Michonne and Carl returned to the Grimes' hometown.
Here are a few of the things we learned – some big, and some subtle – last night:
1. Morgan is alive – and he's not all there
Morgan, the man who saved Rick's life in the first episode, was the mystery sniper on top of a building. Carl shot Morgan, and that's when the trio discovered his identity.
They took Morgan back to his home, which was booby trapped and had writings about being "clear" scrawled all over the walls (among other things).
That's where Rick saw that Morgan was the one who raided his gun locker, and he discovered Morgan's walkie-talkie, which reminded Rick of the broken promise he made to him to turn on his walkie-talkie every morning.
2. Duane was turned
Rick first found out the fate of Morgan's son by seeing it written on his wall.
Morgan awoke and attacked Rick, but soon realized who Rick was. He was nonetheless angry at him for breaking his promise - Rick tried to contact Morgan at the start of season two, but never again.
Morgan explained that Duane could not kill his mother when he was confronted by her, and so he was bitten. That gave Morgan the motivation to finally put her down, but it was too late for Duane. He'd been turned.
Morgan started to lose it, and kept a list of all of the walkers so he could clear the town of all of them.
Rick offered to bring Morgan back with them, but Morgan decided to stay there.
3. Carl's lone mission
Carl set out to find a crib for Judith, and Michonne went with him. Carl tried to lose her but she told him he couldn't stop her from helping him.
Michonne retrieved what Carl wanted: an old photo of his family, so that Judith could see what her mother looked like.
4. Hitchhiking is futile
The trio repeatedly refused a hitchhiker who desperately begged them to take him with them.
As they left town, they passed his body, torn to shreds by walkers. Rick picked up his backpack.
5. What Rick and Michonne have in common
This episode was also important in that it bonded Rick, Carl and Michonne. It seems like she will no longer be the outsider at the prison.
She confessed to Rick that she sometimes sees things too. She said she used to talk to her dead boyfriend.
It was terrific to see Lennie James back on this show, and he once again delivered a powerful performance as Morgan. Hopefully, this is not the last we'll see of him.
This episode put Rick's journey into perspective: he could have very easily suffered the same fate as Morgan. Morgan lost a grip on his sanity, but maybe this encounter will keep Rick from going down the same path.
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