The Walking Dead Recap: The Winds of War

The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 7Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead is titled “When the Dead Come Knocking.” However, the hour doesn’t feature zombies knocking, ringing doorbells or cheerfully announcing that Avon is calling. So what’s the meaning of this? Read on and find out!

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION | We open with Merle torturing Glenn in hopes of learning where the rest of his group is holed up. It doesn’t work. In fact, our hero responds to the redneck version of the Jack Bauer treatment by head-butting his captor! In response, Merle sicks a walker on him! This doesn’t work, either. Though Glenn is duct-taped to a chair, he still manages to take down his undead attacker. (So badass!) Unfortunately, at that point, the Governor decides to take matters into his own hands by forcing Maggie to remove her top and implying that he’s about to rape her. (Perv that he is, it’s a wholly believable threat!) When she doesn’t crack, he instead holds a gun to Glenn’s head. Then, at last, she finally blabs that the rest of their crew is living down the block at the prison.

JAIL TIME | Speaking of the prison, back there, Michonne and Rick are busy eyeing one another warily when the walkers finally figure out that she isn’t one of them. Since she’s weak from her gunshot wound — so weak that she collapses! — she’s looking like dead meat until Carl opens fire on the zombies. Inside the prison, everybody’s poor people skills result in lots of sword-grabbing and crossbow-pointing. But, in the end, it’s established that Glenn and Maggie have been abducted to Woodbury. (Michonne clearly knows that this is Andrea’s old group, right? Yet she doesn’t disclose that Andrea is in Woodbury. Nor does she mention that her assailant — and Glenn and Maggie’s kidnapper — is Merle.) In no time, a posse is rounded up to go after the young lovers.

TODAY THE ROLE OF IGOR WILL BE PLAYED BY… | When not boinking the Governor (eww!), Andrea busies herself helping Milton with an experiment: They are going to wait for nice old Mr. Coleman to die, the scientist explains, then ask his zombified self the same questions that they do his pre-zombified self to see how much of his memory remains. There won’t be any memory at all, Andrea says. But Milton, having never seen anyone transformed into a walker, is sure she’s wrong. She isn’t wrong, a point driven home when she has to re-kill Mr. Coleman just as he’s lunging for Milton’s throat.

BARBARIANS AT THE GATE | While heading for Woodbury, Rick, Michonne and Co. are forced to hide out from a pack of walkers in a shack. But surprise! The shack isn’t deserted: A crazy mountain man lives there! Mind you, he doesn’t live there for much longer, because when he freaks out over his unexpected houseguests, Michonne kills him, and Rick feeds him to the zombies so they can be on their way! At the end of the hour, Glenn and Maggie’s rescuers have made their way to the perimeter of Woodbury. And, since Merle told the Governor that Michonne had been killed, she is presumably “the dead” that has “come knocking.” (At least that’s my theory.) Anyway, the stage is now set for not only war but for some of the most awkward reunions in television history! (Michonne: “Andrea, your new boyfriend sent assassins after me! And inept ones, at that!” Daryl: “Merle, you kidnapped my friends! Not cool, bro! Not cool!”)

Okay, your turn. What did you think of the episode? Looking forward to the battle that is obviously brewing? How sweet was it, seeing Michonne realize that Andrea’s old group is made up of decent people? What did you think of Carl’s decision to name little Ass-Kicker after his third-grade teacher, Judith? Hit the comments with your, um, comments.

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41 Comments
  1. Venkman007 says:

    Awesome. Love that immediately following the shot of the zombies eating the “mountain man”, there’s a commercial for KFC.

  2. KenBud says:

    Loved, loved, loved the score during the last few minutes. The beat was intense!!

    • Dandilyons says:

      The beat was awesome, but it didn’t fit the closing scene between Andrea and Gubby. We would have been better off with some Spielbergian close ups of people staring at something intensely.

    • Britta Unfiltered says:

      I noticed that as well, and really liked it! It was so scary, it was making me squirm in my seat.

    • Edward says:

      Yeah that beat was intense.I also like the camera shots between Merle and Dixon and that shot of Andrea right behind the gate.It’s like everything that has happened has been leading up to this.

    • Alan says:

      glad some people are mentioning the music, i feel like music isnt talked about enough even though its a major factor in how a viewer will react to the scene

  3. Matthew Bartley says:

    I liked it, but way way too many commercial breaks….just basically unfair to the viewers who have to wait seven days between episodes.

    • Dandilyons says:

      More unfair – looks like AMC is about to pull the DISH move on Verizon next.

    • b. says:

      I noticed that too! What’s going on? Well, it is money time! Please chill on the commercials for the MS Finale!… Loved the episode! There were fabulously Intense moments. The upcoming confrontation is going to be insane! I just hope Daryl will choose Rick and the group over Merle. I love how this season has been unpredictable, unlike last season.

  4. Britta Unfiltered says:

    That episode was bad ass. I really thought Maggie was getting raped there for a minute, I’m so glad she didn’t, but he still violated her pretty bad. The Governor needs to die. He’s horrible!! Take Merle down with him too. Glenn’s rescue of himself while being in the chair was pretty awesome! Judith is a lame name, but I’m kinda glad they aren’t going to be calling the baby ass kicker. I imagine Daryl still will though. So…I was wondering…how do we know Michonne knows this is Andrea’s old group. I can’t see how she would know that?

    • Adam says:

      I believe she would know that was Andreas old group because when Glenn and maggie got abducted michone saw that merle and glenn knew each other and merle kept asking where his brother is to Glenn and michone knows that his brother was apart of that group.

    • Alan says:

      governor has really blown me away this season, i knew about the reputation he had from the comics but damn he is creeping me out so much. a confrontation between him and rick, and their second in commands merle and daryl is easily my most anticipated moment in tv this season so far

  5. Louise says:

    Glenn was awesome with his combat chair style.

    • Jaime says:

      I know! Glen kicked ass!! And then his roar at the end was epic!

    • Alan says:

      that has to be the most badass moment this show has had, and its had quite a few. i love the ingenuity of glen in that scene, he really used everything that was available to him in that room

  6. clutterbuck says:

    this is gonna be awesome :DDDDD

  7. Jaime says:

    Last week I asked for a Michonne/Daryl walker killing spree… not only did we see them fighting together, but Rick and Oscar bonuses!! Better than any girl can ask for :)

  8. Betsy says:

    Who knew Flennwas such a bad ass?!

  9. Babybop says:

    The episode was intense! I’m terrified for the next episode. How will the people at the prison survive when the people the governor sent come for them? All the good fighters are gone!
    On a separate note, Glenn is 10 times more attractive now that we know how tough he is…

    • Alan says:

      they’ve still got carl who has taken several levels in badass this year, and axel who im convinced is more capable than he lets on to the rest of the group

    • Brigitte says:

      THe prison is also pretty large and they know where is safe and where isn’t so hopefully they can hole up if need be. Of course a baby crying might tip off attackers.

  10. Blue Moon says:

    Does anyone know the title of the song that was playing during Mr. Coleman’s scene?

  11. fiona says:

    honestly ff throu andreas scenes…

    but otheer than her the rest of the epi was hella awesome.

    • Alan says:

      andreas scenes were quite interesting, they took a different perspective on the walkers and it was a nice change of pace. you missed out

  12. James says:

    Wow. Glen is a total badass. And David Morissey creeps the bejesus out of me. can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

  13. libby says:

    personally tired of watching Andrea climb in and out of bed, and her pants.
    Kill that character off, she is boringly stupid.

    • Nicotine says:

      If the television writers make her anything like she is in the comics, she’s going to get really awesome… really soon!

  14. I am afraid that Merle will kill Carol as revenge for Daryl who chose Rick’s team – despite of what they did to him back in the pilot episode. Oh no :(

    And I guess something will happen to Governor’s face to make him look like the Governor in the comics.

  15. Ipkiss says:

    Anyone notice the black man in the end scen looked alot like the man Rick meets in one of the first episodes?! I really hope its him!

  16. Ang says:

    Morgan! That would be awesome. The part with Andrea was a little interesting because as they mentioned on the talking dead, morgan’s wife seemed to have a memory of where they last were and kept coming back to the house.

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