'The Walking Dead's' loose cannon
March 25th, 2013
12:15 PM ET

'The Walking Dead's' loose cannon

[Note: This post contains spoilers for the March 24 episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead."]

Going into Sunday's "The Walking Dead," I wondered whether someone would come to save Andrea, and whether Milton would continue to sabotage the Governor.

We didn't get an immediate answer to either question, although I suppose we'll get some resolution next week with the season three finale.

But we did get an answer to one of last week's burning questions: Will Rick attempt to deliver Michonne to the Governor? The answer: Kind of.

While at first it seemed like Rick had decided to turn in Michonne to save the rest of the group (did Hershel put him up to this?), he finally had a change of heart.

Merle explained the torture that the Governor could deliver on Michonne, and then compared Rick to the Governor himself. But what really sealed the deal was seeing Lori in a vision, and perhaps feeling a little judgement.

Psalm 91, which Hershel read to his girls around a prison table, is all about God delivering the believer from violence and sickness. Very appropriate to the zombie apocalypse, and also a good backdrop as the scenes rolled back and forth to Rick's third sighting of Lori.

Merle's last ride

Being a lone wolf, Merle wasted no time in making a fateful decision to go after the Governor alone. And not knowing of Rick's change of heart, he tried to redeem himself by letting Michonne "off the hook."

Let me say that again: Merle was trying to redeem himself. I did NOT see that coming.

In true Merle style, he went about it by smashing her over the head and kidnapping her - although he did later let her go on the side of the road.

You know what else happened on this episode that no one saw coming? An engagement!

Glenn first asked Hershel for Maggie's hand, and then proposed to her. He didn't get down on one knee, but it did the job. Also doing the job was that huge rock on the ring that he cut off from a zombie lady. Diamonds ARE forever!

But back to Merle's attempt at redemption. No one liked Merle, and I'm not even sure Merle liked himself. He was just one crazy (and creepy, and violent, and all-around a*hole) guy along for a crazy ride. And then, after the whiskey was gone and he'd killed at least four Woodburians and the Governor had bitten off his fingers, the ride was over.

Michonne made a comment to Merle about how hard it is to live with oneself after all of the tough choices and the tragedies, and it must be. Yet it was apparently too hard for Merle, who - still battling a fierce meth withdrawal - decided to make a suicide run for the Governor.

But wait! Before meeting his maker, Merle had a few good rock-n-roll scenes. He slayed zombies with Michonne's katana, drank whiskey while jamming to Motorhead and cruised on a sweet ride with a zombie parade all the way to his spur-of-the-moment drunk ambush.

I did love the aftermarket stereo system on that old '80s car that Merle hot-wired. I was surprised that the battery on a car like that would still have any power left after months of no use, but I'll suspend my disbelief because it was such a great prop. (Here's a tip for next time, show producers: You're in the South. How hard is it to find a decked-out Monte Carlo SS with 20-inch rims for our heroes to slay zombies with?)

Daryl finds his big brother

At the end of the hour, and after looking for him all day, Daryl found his brother. Kind of.

Undead Merle was located ripping the flesh off one of the Woodburians he shot during his ill-fated ambush. Daryl, being the more sensitive little brother, turned on the waterworks and continued to woo everyone, ever.

Was it fate that Merle wasn't shot in the head? I wouldn't put it past the Governor to leave Merle behind like that deliberately. It was ironic in that Merle himself once said, as he put his knife-hand through a just-killed fellow Woodburian's skull, "We don't let our own turn."

The end of the Ricktatorship

Rick bequeathed his reign and returned power to the whim of the group when he asked for a vote as to what they should do next: stay and fight at the prison, or leave to fight another day.

I felt relieved that Rick owned up to his mistake of not telling everyone outright the outcome of his chat with the Governor. I remember thinking at the time that the smartest thing to do would have been to air that out immediately after he came out of that barn, for everyone there to hear. If he had, maybe Andrea wouldn't be posted up on that dentist's chair.

Speaking of her, did Milton save Andrea while all this was going on? What's going on in Woodbury? We didn't get one peep in there!

So what do you think will happen in the finale? Will the gang stay and fight off a siege, flee while they can, or strike first? Upload a video with your finale predictions, or tell us what you think in the comments.

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  1. Woodrow


    Redditor JimmyLegs50 noticed some strange similarities between the Toy Story movies and the TV series The Walking Dead.

    March 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paul

    Prediction: Rick booby traps the prison for the Woodbury's. They all die. Rick and the team come in to liberate the Woodbury's and hands over leadership to the Herschel and he goes back to just being Sheriff.

    March 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      @Paul. That would be kind of neat.

      Since Merle was killed off last week, I bet no one much will in Sunday's episode. It wouldn't suprise me if Maggie got shot or bitten though. Especially after getting the wedding ring. Shows like to do that for some reason.

      March 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Trish

    I wonder if the virus has spread everywhere? Even to places like Samoa and smaller pacific islands. I don't see how it could have spread absolutely everywhere.

    March 27, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • cassius

      in one of the earlier seasons they said the virus is air born. so even with a natural death someone would still turn.

      March 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • dl

      According to the wiki, the 1918 flu pandemic infected 500 million people, including Pacific islands and the Arctic, and killed 50 to 100 million of them. In some towns and villages only a few people survived. So it is possible that a zombie pandemic could kill most people, leaving only a few alive.

      March 28, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Trish

    The Governor should maybe catch a bunch of walkers then put those protective police helmets or motorcycle helmets (with face shields) on them. That would protect their heads from getting smashed in. Then he could release them in the prison.

    March 27, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mitt Zombie

    It was stupid that 30 minutes after Merle died he was soft and decaying, it should take a while.

    March 27, 2013 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      I was thinking the same thing. His face color was all gone already and sores on his face with the decay look. Like you just got shot. And they had that same look on Shane too. hmmm.

      March 30, 2013 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Andrea has to go. She is just a soap opera character.

    March 27, 2013 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Timmie

    Maybe next season will be better. Didn't they get a new director or producer?

    March 27, 2013 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Poodlegirl

    A new backdrop for next season would be welcome. Ricks group could take over Woodbury. Whole bunch of new group dynamics goin on there. Can't wait for Sundays finale.

    March 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timmie

      I like when they are on the road fighting walkers, but the walkers are no longer a threat. A 4 year old with a twig could easily kill these zombies. Maybe the group could go to Port Charles and be on the General Hospital soap opera.

      March 27, 2013 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Debra

    I hope no one rescues Andrea in the final episode. While the townspeople are attacking the prison, Michonne should sneak into the town and set it afire. She is the only one brave enough to actually do anything now that Merle is gone. Rick is a weak person. Darrel is only good for shooting squirrels with the crossbow. The rest are whiny and useless. It would be poetic justice if Michonne totched the town with Andrea the betrayer still in it.

    March 26, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kind of funny

    Having watched again the first 3 episodes last night people kind of forget just how bad Merle actually was. Deep down at his core he's a racist/bigot. Oh sure, he has a decent conversation with Michonne in the car, but there is no real inclination that he has changed. Then they kind of gloss over all that in the end and make him a hero.

    The other thing to notice is just how lame they have made the zombies from season one. In the first few episodes you see them climbing chain link fences like are around the prison, and in the case of breaking into the store you actually see one using a big rock to smash the windows.

    Huge difference to what they are now. I just never noticed that before.

    March 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra

      Now you can kill a zombie by just stomping on its head. They are no longer scary. Just seem to be nuisances.

      March 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      The zombies used to be awesome. Fearsome and feroceous creatures. Now they walk into pointy sticks and get trapped. It seems the only way one can hurt you is if you get bored from them and fall asleep and one of them bites you in your sleep. The whole show has become just a soap opera with silly marshmallow zombies.

      March 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • lara99

      My understanding (not sure if this was the case in the comics) is that the zombies do actually weaken over time. It's been over a year now; they're more decayed. They've been through a winter. Now when you hit their heads, they explode like melons. They used to give some resistance. I assume that's intentional.

      March 27, 2013 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rebbeca

    Merle was an excellent character and so sad to see him go and the scene with Daryl was so awesome! Excellent acting by both men as usual. Totally love this show and can't wait for next week!

    March 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. citizenUSA

    I think Rick and the rest are going to hit the road but booby, (Ha, I said booby), trap the place. We saw the governer and his crew in trucks presumedly going to the prison as well as hearing the governer saying they were.

    March 26, 2013 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. drunkenunkle

    Never been a better time for this song! This should've played during the end credits, lol. Sorry You Got Turned Into A Zombie (I'll Be The One To Put You Down):

    March 25, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cosmodeus

    they never did find lori's body and who was watching from the outshirts of the prison when they first arrived there?

    March 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZombieChum

      The zombie that Rick found and killed when he went looking for Lori (in the episode where she delivered) had a very swollen stomach and the Rick started hacking at the zombie's gut. Kinda led you to believe that he did indeed find what was left of her...

      March 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • lyn

      the person "watching" them was the prisoner who let the walkers in...the episode that Lori died in.

      March 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Peace ✌

    Last pm's ending was pretty good. Wonder what's in store for the finale...?

    March 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Same Sh!t


    March 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ever wonder...

    if the zombies have to p!ss and sh!t? They ingest "food," so to speak, so it stands to reason they that digestion would occur. Do you think the just stop, drop trou and vacate their bowels and bladder? Or are they just so far gone that they soil themselves while walking around?

    March 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I would say just soil themselves. I mean they do "eat" food but if they cant talk or "think" for themselves I would imagine them to consider actually dropping their pants and squatting to p.oop.

      March 26, 2013 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      internal organs cease function upon death. only the brain is active. no digestion occurs. Maybe decomposition occures that breaks down some of what they eat, but since they feel no pain or anything, they would eat until the stomachs expand so much that it tears open from too much volume or it piles up in the esophagus. Remember, only the brain works as far as orgasn go. The more you know (cue the visual fx).

      March 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Truth

    It's an ok show. If you wish to see a truly great show then watch The Vikings on The History Channel. It is a great show. What The Walking Dead ws the first season. Just try it.

    March 25, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Sarah

    Ratings down? the Bible is the only thing on that would steal away watchers. i already know 27 die next Sunday...just who I don't know

    March 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  20. ZombieDave

    So, the Gov and every last one of his "troops" is off to storm the prison with every gun from Woodbury? Wonder who/ whats minding the store while he is off playing Patton? Be a darn shame if someone stopped by, helped themselves to his stores....then lit a match.
    This would also, by chance, leave said "someone" with the oppurtunity to liberate Andrea and maybe recruit Tyreese.

    March 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Maybe they could start the fire then forget to rescue Andrea. She would' be nice and done for the walkers

      March 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobby2478

      Kind of what I was thinking. You see everyone and their grandma from Woodbury attacking the prison, only to appear to find it empty. Smart move if they bailed on Rick's part since Woodbury on top of the vehicles and numbers of people being far superior also have stolen military hardware such as explosives, grenade launchers and the humvee with a .50 cal. Hopefully they did booby trap the joint and kill a few of the governor's goons.

      They should have free reign to sneak into Woodbury and get Andrea and possibly Milton. Of course the smart thing to do would be to setup an ambush of their own and once everyone comes back kill the governor and his main lieutenants so no one else wants to continue the war against them. As long as the Governor lives, war will be inevitable unless they pack up and leave. And if they kill the Governor, then his top lieutenants will continue the war on his behalf, so you need to kill them too.

      March 26, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  21. Jarred

    I sure hope Andrea doesn't escape. The governor seems to have interesting plans in store for her.

    March 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Andrea is dumb. And a weak character. She is too weak to be a survivor. Hopefully the zombies will get her.

      March 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ZombieGirl

    I like this show alots. Merle wasn't my favorite so I don't mind him being gone. He just didn't seem trustworthy. You could never tell what he was going to do, and he was kind of a bigot. In the next episode I hope either Rick or Andrea get killed off. Most people seem to like them but I don't. The old guy or the bow and arrow guy should be their leader. They seem ok.

    March 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Andrea is very yucky. She slept with Shane and the Governor and who knows else. It'd be funny if she ended up pregnant with the governor's child. Hopefully on the season finale they will be overrun by zombies and everyone but Darryl gets gobbled up. Well, maybe Darryl and his girlfriend lady with the short hair cut. That would make for a better series.

      March 25, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • cole

      I'm black and in the zombie end of the world , merle could call me nig##r all he wants, I'll call him Crack##r but we would know we would have each others back, merle could fight, one hand knife wielding carjacking, a zombie slashing son of a bitc$, in this new world its survival of the fittest, i was in the military, alot of racist, but when your in that fox hole, that mutual respect comes in when a man knows you can hold your own I know your a racist and you know I know but I don't care because that enemy is trying to kill both of us, and we.

      March 26, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  23. Rosie

    I NEED TO SEE more zombie eating action... not enough of that gore going on... too much drama with the chinese guy and the girlfriend... can't they get over their ordeal with the governor already, it's getting boring to hear them still dwelling... they have bigger problems, like flesh-eating zombies... I think Andrea will be saved and Michonne will have her moment with the governor, and a tacky wedding will take place. Hope it's not too mushy... let's get back to the GORE!

    March 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      He's Korean!

      March 26, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • TexasChick

      I agree! I've been saying that all season. This show is about ZOMBIES. Need more zombie attacks and fighting off zombies. ZOMBIES ZOMBIES ZOMBIES!!! Just seeing them "grazing" like cattle in the prison yard isn't exciting at all.

      March 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jan

    I was very surprized and dissapointed in Rick. His values have always been spot on. But 2 weeks ago he left a hitch hiker who was running after his car & screaming for help. You would have thought he would have at least checked him out. And now, he was planning to turn Mishawn in to the torture chamber. She is one of his best assets due to her loyalty and great fighting ability. I think we all knew that he would not go through with it but the fact that he planned it wa extremely out of character.

    March 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  25. lavett

    I'm soooooo locked in when this show is on..sooo blowed Merle died. Can't wait 2 c wuts next.

    March 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Terri

    Why doesn't it rain? The only episode I've seen where it rained was in Atlanta, when rain washed the zombie guts off of Rick and Glen when they were trying to escape. Think a main character is going to die next week, just can't decide who it will be? Maybe Milton will try to save Andrea, and die in the process....

    March 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  27. guest

    Please, SOMEONE do something with Daryl's hair. Weirdist hair ever.

    Let's hope Carl joins Andrea in the chair and they both get sent to the land of the undead. 2 more irritating characters I can't think of.

    March 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Harley

    Love, love, love this show! But I'm having trouble understanding why there are no cell phones. They have power so they could charge the phone or simply use a car cell phone charger. The satellite and towers shouldn't be affected by the plague. What am I missing here? Can someone explain so I can put this to rest in my mind?

    March 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      There is almost no power, except for generators in the few tiny little encampments like Woodbury. There certainly aren't any network engineers to keep something as complicated as the cellular telephone network operational. Do you honestly think all the tech just runs by itself every day with no maintenance what so ever? Why does Verizon pay network engineers all that money if the system is truly hands off?

      Basically your comment is dumb and you should feel bad for posting it. You have lowered the collective IQ of the planet.

      March 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      You can't be that dumb. Who's maintaining cell towers during the ZA? Of course they can use walking talkies and lots of spectrum should be pretty clear.

      One thing I wish they'd run into is a ham radio(with you I think I need to explain that it's not made out of ham). But an amateur radio where you can communicate with the rest of the world, even in an apocalypse. We'd get a better understanding how the ZA is affecting other parts of the world outside of Georgia.

      March 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD2

      of course I meant walkie talkies, so used to typing walking dead.

      March 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Shikabane Hime

    Oh, and I will be happy to comfort Daryl! Momma has many comforts!

    March 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Shikabane Hime

    I say they escape but maybe with a few more casualties. Sorry to see Merle go though, a loose cannon can be fun and useful. But I have no idea if Andrea will make it.

    March 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Leigha

    I was definitely shocked by last night's episode, and saddened. Merle wasn't a very likeable guy, but he did attempt a heroic sort of end. He had redeeming qualities underneath it all. And Daryl....I just wanted to hug him. Very good performances last night on the show. I'm really looking forward to the finale.

    March 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimmy

      Me too. I teared up at the end. Such great acting. I could really see Merle struggling during the conversation with Michonne in the car. Merle was a great character that you never knew what he was going to do. Love this show and cannot wait for the finale.

      March 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobby2478

      Yeah you got the sense there was still some good in him underneath it all, Darryl saw that too. I think even Michonne saw it. He was a loose cannon, but as he showed by planning a single person ambush on a whim and him killing 8 (and should have killed the governor too if it wasn't for the zombie) he had very sound military tactics and was a great asset to have when you need to fight a war. They will definitely miss him, but perhaps Rick will show some tactical planning and setup an ambush of some sort to take out the Governor once and for all. Glenn has shown he is capable of being tactical as well.

      March 26, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  32. artbrokop2

    I agree...awesome episode. Loved the Zombie parade...good ol' Merle...died a hero! Guess the group is voting to leave, at least that's what the preveiw seems to show.

    March 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  33. dbtunr

    from the coming attractions and from what I counted, Merle killed 8 from Woodbury.

    March 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Yvette

    when the Governor shot Merle – I turned to look at my boyfriend and all I could say was....Damn! Did Not see that coming........! Freaking awesome episode last night! and Merle.......you freaking ROCK dude! I knew you'd come around!

    March 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |

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