The Walking Dead S03E05 Recap "Say the Word"

"This place is not what they say it is."

I have an idea that could help spice up the fading UFC. Surround the inner cage with chained up zombies and watch how fighters no longer burn a round clinching against it. Oh, and get Merle under contract.

Yes crazy old Merle is the champion of Woodbury, winning a fight in the town’s arena with citizens cheering on. Four walkers are chained to posts, which forms a fighting ring, while two human fighters engage each other in the middle of it all. The whole thing seems barbaric if you ask Andrea, who was enraged by what she was witnessing and not afraid to show it to The Governor. The Governor insists the whole thing is staged though and that the biters have had their teeth removed. I guess it’s safe then.

The Governor insists though that they’re not barbarians, at least that’s what he told Michonne right before she held her sword to his throat and ditched the town without Andrea. Michonne had been onto The Governor since they were brought to Woodbury and she never let up. Who could blame her though, The Governor is one messed up individual. He’s probably under a lot of stress though having to govern a town at the end of the world and also raise his young daughter as a single father. It was nice to watch him comb his daughter’s hair, at least until the comb ripped part of her scalp off because his daughter is actually dead and has turned into a walker. The Governor knows she’s dead though, he’s just keeping her around because he loves her and probably has the most serious case of “just can’t let go” I’ve ever seen.

After the ordeal with his daughter, The Governor notices from his window that Michonne is staring up at him from the street and no doubt he is wondering if she saw any of the funny business that just went down. Later on, Michonne breaks into The Governor’s office and takes back her sword. After some snooping, she finds an abandoned school yard in the town and finds a bunch of caged up walkers. Naturally, she lets them out of their cage and slaughters them all. This doesn’t sit well with The Governor who needs those walkers for the town fight later than evening. After Michonne and The Governor have a heart to heart, she finally decides that after days of threatening to do so, she is leaving Woodbury with or without Andrea. Andrea decides to stay while Michonne leaves, but I bet Andrea is regretting that just a little bit after what she witnessed in the town arena.

Over at the prison, the group is trying to pick up the pieces after losing Lori and T-Dog. We’re still waiting for confirmation of Carol’s death. She does have a grave though, as we saw Daryl place a flower upon it. The grave could be empty though or have a body that isn’t really Carol. I might just be grasping at straws, but if Andrew wasn’t dead after we heard his screams when Rick locked him outside, then I’m not ready to concede that Carol is dead. (Call me Mitt)

Most of the group is ready to move on though, mainly because they now have a baby on their hands and no way to feed it since it’s mother is dead. Daryl and Maggie take off on his motorcycle to find food while the rest stay back and clean up the mess. Daryl and Maggie manage to find an abandoned house that has baby formula, imagine that. They return just in time to feed a hungry baby.

I said most of the group because Rick is actually not ready to move on, he’s gone off the deep end. He grabs an axe and decides to take out his frustration on the remaining walkers in prison hallways. Not a bad idea at all actually. He slaughters them all pretty easily and then makes his way to find Lori’s body. He finds the room, but not her body, just a very stuffed walker sitting in the room who looks like someone who has overdone it at an all you can eat buffet and is just filled with regret. Rick makes the walker swallow a bullet and then proceeds to stab its stomach numerous times. I’m not sure if he was trying to free Lori’s chewed up remains, but I am sure that he is crazy. Just as it seems he’s found some relief, the phone in the room rings and Rick picks up. “Hello?”

If you’ve read the comics then you already know who’s on the other line, but I’m not going to spoil it here.

The Walking Dead Season 3 Survival Index

Here is the latest update to our Survival Index.

1. Rick Grimes - no change
Current: 95%
Note: He's gone crazy, but we saw that even that won't stop his ability to easily slay walkers.

2. The Governor - no change
Current: 90%
Note: He clearly has a full bag of crazy, I wonder what he'll pull out next week.

3. Carl Grimes - no change
Current: 90%
Note: He continues to grow on me.

4. Daryl Dixon - no change
Current: 85%
Note: He can go out and get baby formula quicker than I can get a pizza delivered to my house.

5. Michonne (-5%)
Current: 80%
Note: She's left Woodbury and I'm not sure if that means she's safer or not.

6. Andrea (-10%)
Current: 75%
Note: She's vulnerable without Michonne.

7. Glenn - (-5%)
Current: 70%
Note: He's turning into the guy that's just there.

8. Maggie Greene - (+5%)
Current: 70%
Note: With Lori out of the picture, she's become the lead female of the group.

9. Hershel Greene - (+5%)
Current: 60%
Note: He seems to have made a full recovery except for not growing his leg back.

10. Milton - no change
Current: 50%
Note: There's something sinister here.

11. Baby Grimes - (+50%)
Current: 50%
Note: Obviously the most dependent character on the show. It's not going to be easy being a baby in this world.

12. Axel - no change
Current: 40%
Note: Looks as though he's joined the group as expected.

13. Oscar - no change
Current: 40%
Note: see Axel

14. Merle Dixon - no change
Current: 35%
Note: Sure he won an arena fight, but the fact that he was involved in it doesn't help his survivability.

15. Beth Greene - no change
Current: 15%
Note: She was there, but did you notice?

16. Carol Peletier - (-5%)
Current: 5%
Note: She's hanging on by a thread. She even has a grave now. Still waiting for confirmation...

Comment 1
George Prax's picture

I decree that Baby Grimes shall hereforth be named Baby Chalupa Batman (has a better ring to it than Lil Asskicker).

Felt like a filler episode other than the phone reveal at the end. Rick was going all sorts of crazy/badass in there, and other than the zombie UFC thing the episode was sort of forgettable.