The Walking Dead Recap: The Winds of War

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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.



Comments (41)

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

    Comment by Venkman007 – November 25, 2012 07:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hahaha I am soo glad someone else caught that

      Comment by bfool125 – November 25, 2012 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, it took me awhile to stop laughing at the timing there…

      Comment by Guest – November 25, 2012 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But the best part was the KFC tag line “fresh is best”

      Comment by Plain_ol_t – November 25, 2012 08:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I noticed that too! Ha ha. It was slightly disturbing.

      Comment by Babybop – November 25, 2012 10:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hahaha my husband said the same thing.

      Comment by Wanda – November 26, 2012 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • that was brilliant ad placement

      Comment by Fumble Skin – November 26, 2012 08:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • EPIC EPIC EPIC :D

    Comment by Adam Bramble – November 25, 2012 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved, loved, loved the score during the last few minutes. The beat was intense!!

    Comment by KenBud – November 25, 2012 07:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Dandilyons – November 25, 2012 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I noticed that as well, and really liked it! It was so scary, it was making me squirm in my seat.

      Comment by Britta Unfiltered – November 25, 2012 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Edward – November 25, 2012 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Alan – November 26, 2012 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked it, but way way too many commercial breaks….just basically unfair to the viewers who have to wait seven days between episodes.

    Comment by Matthew Bartley – November 25, 2012 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • More unfair – looks like AMC is about to pull the DISH move on Verizon next.

      Comment by Dandilyons – November 25, 2012 07:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by b. – November 26, 2012 05:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – November 25, 2012 07:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Adam – November 25, 2012 08:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Alan – November 26, 2012 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glenn was awesome with his combat chair style.

    Comment by Louise – November 25, 2012 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know! Glen kicked ass!! And then his roar at the end was epic!

      Comment by Jaime – November 25, 2012 08:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Alan – November 26, 2012 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this is gonna be awesome :DDDDD

    Comment by clutterbuck – November 25, 2012 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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 :)

    Comment by Jaime – November 25, 2012 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Who knew Flennwas such a bad ass?!

    Comment by Betsy – November 25, 2012 08:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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…

    Comment by Babybop – November 25, 2012 10:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Alan – November 26, 2012 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Brigitte – November 26, 2012 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does anyone know the title of the song that was playing during Mr. Coleman’s scene?

    Comment by Blue Moon – November 25, 2012 10:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The song is Long Ago and Far Away

      Comment by Madriley – November 25, 2012 10:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thank you so much, Madriley! Is it Rita Hayworth or Doris Day’s version?

        Comment by Blue Moon – November 25, 2012 10:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’m not sure if it’s Rita, but I know it’s not Doris Day. I Love classic Doris Day!

          Comment by Madriley – November 26, 2012 01:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • honestly ff throu andreas scenes…

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

    Comment by fiona – November 25, 2012 10:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • andreas scenes were quite interesting, they took a different perspective on the walkers and it was a nice change of pace. you missed out

      Comment by Alan – November 26, 2012 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Not really. Anything with Andrea is awful. All she did was kill the old guy once he’d turned. Not much to miss.

        Comment by tripoli – November 26, 2012 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by James – November 25, 2012 10:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • personally tired of watching Andrea climb in and out of bed, and her pants.
    Kill that character off, she is boringly stupid.

    Comment by libby – November 26, 2012 04:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If the television writers make her anything like she is in the comics, she’s going to get really awesome… really soon!

      Comment by Nicotine – November 26, 2012 04:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Mark Pempengco (@MarkPempengco) – November 26, 2012 06:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Ipkiss – November 26, 2012 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Ang – November 26, 2012 06:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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