'The Walking Dead': Five things we learned
March 4th, 2013
12:15 PM ET

'The Walking Dead': Five things we learned

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.

Do you agree that this was one of the stronger episodes so far? Share your video recap or comment below.

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  1. CFriends

    its addicted and we will take it from here.......its goin....

    March 27, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. And this one time...

    Watch out!!! its a 'squatch...oh wait...wrong show

    March 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ajax

    After that episode we watched "Talking Dead" and came to wonder whether the host of that show actually watches the show and if so how much he comprehends when and if he does. when he was corrected by a guest he actually blew her off. Anybody recognize what I'm talking about? As well, the poll question about whether it would fix things with Woodbury if Rick gives up Michonne was pointless because we all saw the governor state he intends to kill Rick and anyone else who shoes up with him with the exception of capturing Michonne. We heard him say it therefore the poll question was moot.

    March 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 14, 2013 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sunny

    Can this season of Walking Dead get even more boring? I mean the storyline.. guv wants surrender and yet those two guv and rick keep talking after.... Good goddess! Pretty soon I'll be joining the Zombieland. Or the writers turned zombies!! I mean making Rick crazy too... geez.

    March 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Try reading the source material, it's how the story goes.

      March 27, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Yep


      March 27, 2013 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • maria

      Pretty simple my dear ,it is a buttom in your Tv control ,just go there and change the channel or turn the Tv off it is very easy and simple way to do! If you dislike the show stay away from thsi forum we like the show we love the show! if I dislike a show I don't watch it and I don't visit the forum about it! PRETTY SIMPLE!

      April 1, 2013 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Yezzer--

    me lud him too.

    March 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. QueenVelveetaJamimaLaqueetaTelmaColenderDaKeeshaaLaWafflez

    I lubs me Tdogz!

    March 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lucifer666

    The walkers sat down in their seats after being trapped in that bar? Cmon Animals sitting in chairs, nice and proper like, wow the walkers are getting smarter and smarter, or the show writting is getting really bad.

    March 10, 2013 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tina Tricked (again)

    Tina Tricked...

    the 24 hour mocking you did the other night ....you gave us amy...i told you guys she's gonna give it too me...

    we are the best in the us

    March 7, 2013 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tina Tricked...

    the 24 hour mocking you did the other night ....you have us amy...i told you guys she's gonna give it too me...

    we are the best in the us

    March 7, 2013 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. a great performance folks...

    which led us to amy accomplice

    March 7, 2013 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dud1

    we are much more advanced intech then you will ever be.

    March 7, 2013 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Controlling

    work on that privacy dude..

    March 7, 2013 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Beefburger

    I agree, Lennie James did a fantastic performance. Good old fashioned storytelling that frightens the crap out of you without all of the need for CGI blood splatters. Good job!

    March 7, 2013 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Diehard Republican

    Good thing Obama didn't take away all their guns or those liberal zombies would have won by now and the show would be over. Just like a liberal to want the zombies to win. I bet all those zombies are communists.

    March 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Boo?

    Do you make zatte's .. so i don't have to dd anymore. xo.

    March 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Up All Night

    we can her then also....its too easy

    March 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  18. styleinform

    This was by far the best episode of the season and perhaps the entire series. This was not about killing zombies... but rather about the carnage of a post apocalypse world, on people's psyches, their relationships and their ability to find joy/happiness where none is present.

    March 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Surprise 3 - Soon

    Up all night and still not good at it.

    March 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jethro

    The pacing of the show – again – disappoints. Last week ended with Andrea not being able to kill the Governor. Well, what is she doing now? Making him breakfast? That thread was just left hanging. The idea that Andrea would return to the Governor after all she learned about him was a false note in the first place. So instead of returning to Andrea, instead we turned to another thread left hanging since the very first episode of season 1, Morgan. The zombies have seemed to lose any sense of threat as well. I just think this show is full of bad writing.

    March 5, 2013 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Morgan deserved an episode. The Governor arc is pretty typical of zombie apocalypse stories...warring factions. Boring.

      March 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  21. eat my brains

    i wonder who keeps the lawns manicured in the background......

    March 5, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  22. rayzav

    I'm a fan of the show – although I liked many aspects of yesterdays show I was somewhat disappointed in some of it. I alsmost feel the walkers are losing their threat. Basically anyone of these characters can easily defeat & walk through them fearlessly. Also, when the show started the walkers would always be standing (if they had legs) and if they had no chase they would be motionless but at the bar they are sitting & etc.. I try not to let the little details ruin my perspective but I hope that they bring real fear of the walkers back otherwise the only fear are the living and walkers are just an annoyance

    March 5, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • JustAnObservation

      Did you forget about the "lurkers" in the very first episode? The walkers who were dormant on the bus until a meal (Rick and his horse) walked by. Similarly, the walker who bit Herschel was "playing possum" until Herschel walked by. There have been several instances of this in the series.

      March 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Shikabane Hime

    I loved the episode! Finally Rick can come out of the madness, Carl can finally look his dad in the eye, I LOVED THE CAT STATUE! Too funny. They really need to allow more people in! I missed Morgan and really looked forward to his return and was not disappointed! Sad about the kid, but I think that followed with the graphic novel. But i felt bad for carl for once when he realized their house was gone. Nice to see Michonne smile! This was great writing. Liked all the details of the different signs, grafitti, the Erin-Sophia connection, and still want to know what exactly was on the walls (only caught a few things).

    March 5, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  24. allen dinson

    morgan's return saved the series..rick dissed morgan after he united with his family.the way morgan described his son's death,was powerful and sad.i hate rick for doing the brother the way he did.carl is a brat,needs a good butt kicking.no respect.i hope one of those walkers get him.if not for my girl,ms.M,that boy would have gotten killed at that bar.for a photo! be for real.p.s. tyrese is a brown nose sell out! a real brother wouldn't do that!

    March 5, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  25. i had too tell her--sorry guys

    its too sad yet hilarious...

    March 5, 2013 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  26. Maroon 1

    try working on gullible. thanks.

    March 5, 2013 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  27. brel

    I think rick not picking up that hitch hiker was wrong, he needs more people to help his group. And as for carl, he is alittle out of control with his gun and not listening to his dad which is suppose to be the leader.

    March 5, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Beefburger

      Who knows what danger the hitchhiker could have represented? For all they knew there could have been a trap set for them just wating for them to stop. He could have gone serial killer on them when not looking, maybe a gun pulled on them when driving. This is why you never swim to a person that is drowning, they will pull you under trying to save themselves.

      March 7, 2013 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  28. Bob

    Poor sweet cupcake. He has it so much worse than people with actual problems. Maybe he can get a facial and a spa day to make it all better.

    March 4, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Lisa

    One of the best episodes of the season. Lennie James performance was spectacular. The writers on this show continue to amaze me.

    March 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Melody

    Best episode of the Season!

    And it was Andrea free!!

    March 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Dan

    It was funny when they got the backpack at the end. For some reason I laffed.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Angela

    Rick sure didn't get many of Morgan's guns. Just one empty looking duffel bag. Looked like just ammo maybe. Er that's all it showed when he was leaving Morgan's room.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Penguin Polly

    You know, Michonne really is a kind deacent person. I wish Rick would give her a chance. I sure hope she doest get killed of like in the graphic novels. She is great.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Tim

    Well. I recorded it last night and am watching it right now. It may be the best episode of all the seasons, including the first. It's back to the gritty, rough, post apocalyptic fun. It is incredible. When I'm done watching it guess what I'm going to do? Watch it again, and mane again tomorrow. It is that good.

    March 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sarah

    Boy was that a good one! I thought about how far they had come, leaving the hitch-hiker,seeing him chewed up and taking his stuff...Carl keeps up his bad behavior...he is toast, which I don't want to happen only because that would kill Rick. I wish next week that the town of woodberry would kill the govener then feed him to the walkers, like the comic strip

    March 4, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      I think Carl did great. I'm proud of him. He's a zombie killing kid !

      March 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      It was a little irresponsible trying to rush into the cafe willy nilly to get the picture. Glad Michonne was there to help him.

      March 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peace

      @Angela, Didn't ya find it a bit odd that she got that pic when it was in the middle of all those walkers? In record time, I might add.

      March 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • maria

      Carl is a good responsible kid,he grow up fast because the circunstances,he had to kill his own mother sad ! he is taking care of the people in some way when dad is away,he kill this guy because he don't trust not one anymore ,he is full of hate and dissapointement ,imagine you have to kill your own mother, it is not a piece of cake ! he is a man now not more a kid, with a mentality of a grown man !

      April 1, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  36. Stammy4La

    The fact that Morgan was disturbed and Duane was dead is why I love this show. The writers could have had Rick find Morgan and Duane surviving and taken them back to the group but they didn't. This is a harsh world they live in and the show is much more cerdible because the writers don't forget that in search of a happy ending.

    March 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Munwell

    It was so nice to get away from the Governor for a while. This was one of the best episodes so far. I hope Morgan joins the group.

    March 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim


      March 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      Not me. Morgan seems like a nut. Hopefully the writers won't kill off Michonne. She'd be a nice addition to the show as a perminant member of the group. Them having Darryl and Michonne would be awesome.

      March 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  38. TheWire

    is ok as long as its just boo - not the world - if he likes too see the still heavy 50 year old... then make it more real.

    i have to go screaming at people for no reason when we could have had 50 conversations by now..by the way i deserve this rest.

    March 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Emile'

    Morgan is a great and very likeable character. I wish he could regain his senses and join Rick's group.

    March 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Professor

    Is Carl possibly slightly retarded? Not meaning to be rude. Just asking.

    March 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Relationship

    Move along please...before we start yawning..

    March 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Lacy

    Why even get on here if you dont like the show? Morons. I thought this episode was really good. I was glad to take a break from super psycho gov for a minute too. It is amazing how far Carl has come since the show started. He has grown up so fast. And I am starting to like Michonne too. The stuff with the hitchhiker was kinda crazy. It shows how much they have changed since the show's start. I couldn't imagine just leaving someone there like that and they wouldn't have either before. Idk how I feel about that for real. I hope this is not the last we see of Morgan. I can't believe after all this time and then they just leave him? All in all it was a really good episode.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  43. LucyandJanine

    ...both hearts skip a beat ... leave it at that..

    March 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Poodlegirl

    Bravo ! Such a well written, thought provoking episode. It was refreshing to take a step away from the prison/Gov. storyline. Awesome scene where Rick and Michonne start to show some compassion only to blow it all away with a quick snag of a backsack.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Awful

    Worst Show on TV–

    March 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebbeca

      You are one of the morons! Worse show on TV? Thats why it has the largest following. I am guessing you are a Brainless Honey Boo Boo watcher.

      March 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beefburger


      March 7, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  46. Mandy

    It can't shoot to save its life...that's why its always in a jam...get over it already....the show sucks.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Janine and Lucy Leech

    She deserves it. everyone is sick of this show–the show has no common sense and is dumb from the day it began.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stammy4La

      You obviously don't ever check the ratings this show is getting. If you hate it so much why comment?

      March 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Please

    nobody will be around cuz u iz.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Waitress

    the best...she's a darling girl and professional...

    March 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |

    according too our reports you didn't have a sticker on your car for yrs...

    March 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  51. MANDY

    you don't know what your doing and you will be pounded on for this and you deserved whatever you do too people–it won't be your real name but you will know who you are....

    happy 123–was created especially for you....

    March 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  52. DramaMomma

    Who else thinks Carl needs a huge whipping?!!! That stupid little snot is going to get someone killed! He may be good at shooting but he is a loser at common sense!

    March 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • sylvia

      i disagree, i think Carl was right, in his decision,he has really grown up, go Carl

      March 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  53. FordFocusCamera4

    i will have too annouce the name so we don't have this anymore...sorry you asked for it...

    it will not be your real name but you will know who you are.....

    March 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Missknowitall

    IT is about TIME they brought back Morgan. I dont think he really killed Duane (zombiefied)...he could have shot him in the head right away..but he turned? I think Morgan shot the wife but not the kid. But i hope he will be back soon. I look forward to seeing the episode tonight. It is time to bring Rick back to some reality and be a leader again!

    March 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  55. FordFocusCamera

    Gov is not acting today.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Zack

    It was good, but not the best of the series. Probably the CDC episode, or the finale of last season would be the best. Personally though I really dislike the Governor and his acting, I hope the show moves on soon....

    March 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Focus Camera

    Number 4

    March 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Angie

    One of the best episodes of the series thus far.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • SYLVIA

      I agree, it was nice to have a break, from the Governor, now i hope Rick can put everthing behind him, and go forward, hope he kill's the Governor soon, i am so sick of him. can't wait until next Sunday

      March 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nobody will be around...

      cuz u iz....

      March 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Nancy

    WOOOOO It sounds like a good episode. I'm gonna watch it tonight.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      It is not. One of the more boring episodes of the season. I completely disagree with the author of the article. We did learn a good way at stopping the Walkers ... however the show seems to let the walkers do more when they need them too ... They have shown them to be able to maneuver some difficult places but in this episode they get hung up on a wire..

      March 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |

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