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The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 4 | Watch The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 4
Brutal. That's the only way you can describe an episode of "The Walking Dead" that kills off two major characters in a shocking reminder of just how nightmarish this world is.
The events of tonight's installment are even more tragic if you remember a few basic things:
- Rick wanted to find a safe place for Lori to have her baby. He thought the prison was that place.
- Rick was determined to keep his group safe from the prisoners. He thought killing Tomas and locking Andrew in a courtyard full of walkers would achieve that.
- Carol was practicing to assist Lori in a C-section delivery.
- Carl was still angry at his mother because of her affair with Shane.
- Lori was the one who saved the life of Maggie's father, Hershel, when it seemed like all hope was lost.
And the events are even more frustrating if you acknowledge one thing that's (arguably) beyond the show's control: A lot of fans hated Lori.
Like other polarizing women of AMC dramas -- Betty Draper on "Mad Men," Skyler White on "Breaking Bad" -- Lori had far more than her fair share of detractors. But even those haters couldn't be obnoxious enough to celebrate the death of a woman who sacrificed her own life for her child, who tried to leave her son with words of strength to carry onward in a world of darkness, who was lost and struggling in a life turned upside down by hordes of flesh-eating zombies ready to attack at any given second of any given day. Could they?
Even if you didn't like Lori, "The Walking Dead" was daring you not to choke up in her final moments on the show. The circumstances of her death were as harrowing and horrifying as anything ever seen on series television.
steven-yeun-andrew-lincoln-norman-reedus-walking-dead-killer-within-Season-3-amc .jpgBut let's back up to when things looked peaceful, because that was the most obvious sign that the worst was yet to come.
"Aw man, can't we have just one good day?" Glenn laments at the sight of a single walker. That follows a mini-debate about whether or not the group should accept prisoners Axel and Oscar into their fold. Rick is determined to stick with his deal that they could have their own cell block (full of the rotting corpses of fellow inmates) but T-Dog argues that the prisoners deserve a shot at joining the group. (This doesn't totally gel with T-Dog's total lack of support for Dale trying to save Randall back in Season 2's "Judge, Jury and Executioner" but it's officially too late to hope for a deeper understanding of T-Dog.)
Daryl, Maggie, Glenn and Carol side with Rick and that's that. At least until all hell breaks loose when walkers flood through a mysteriously busted up fence into the supposedly safe prison yard where everyone is gathered outside.
The threat forces the group to splinter: Carol and T-Dog duck into one shelter, but not before he's bitten by a walker. Lori, Carl and Maggie make it to a separate cell block, while Hershel and Beth retreat inside. In the middle of the chaos, prison alarms start blaring out, attracting the attention of all walkers nearby. Rick, Glenn and Daryl keep fighting and resolve to stop the alarms, which means they need help from people who know the prison: Axel and Oscar.
Things only get worse from there for the survivors as T-Dog knows his time is limited and resolves to get Carol to safety if it's the last thing he does. Meanwhile, Lori starts feeling labor pains at the worst possible time and Carl finds a boiler room they can duck into for some relative shelter. But it doesn't matter, Lori is bleeding and she and Maggie know it's bad.
iron-e-singleton-t-dog-walking-dead-Season-3-amc.jpgWith Lori's fate up in the air, T-Dog's future is decided: He sacrifices what's left of his life by running straight for a pair of walkers and allowing Carol just enough time to escape. The last thing Carol sees is T-Dog's throat getting torn apart by a walker's teeth.
Rick and company make it to the prison's "back-up generators" and discover who's responsible for unleashing the walkers and sounding the alarms: It's Andrew, the diminutive prisoner Rick left for dead after killing his buddy Tomas. Turns out Rick should've made sure he finished the job. But it's Oscar who ultimately kills Andrew and then drops his weapon, potentially proving his value to Rick in the process.
That is, if Rick will be in any condition to make decisions after he finds out about what happens next. Lori's delivery is not going well, but she's determined not to lose the baby. She demands Maggie cut her open for a C-section, even though Maggie insists there's no way Lori can survive.
Facing certain death, Lori is able to reconcile with her son and leaves Carl with one hell of a parting speech: "This is what I want. This is right. Now, you take care of your daddy for me, all right? And your little brother or sister. You're gonna be fine. You are gonna beat this world, I know you will. You are smart and you are strong and you are so brave. And I love you. You gotta do what's right. You promise me you'll always do what's right. It's so easy to do the wrong thing in this world. So if it feels wrong, don't do it, all right? If it feels easy, don't do it. Don't let the world swallow you. You're so good, my sweet boy. You're the best thing I ever did. I love you."