More thoughts, recaps, and analysis of Sunday night’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” entitled “The Suicide King.”
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At the prison, Carol and Carl are on watch. She points out to him how quiet the world is now. She tells him his mom would be proud of him, and he says all he thinks about is how he was mean to her. They hear Rick’s car coming, and they open the gates. Rick hugs Carl, and Carol asks about Daryl. He tells her he left with Merle, and she’s shocked.
Andrea goes to the Governor’s office and tells him the people are panicking. He says to let them leave if they want to, because the easy times are over, now they’re at war. He tells Andrea her friends are responsible for seven deaths now. Milton comes in and tells them the whole town is out on the street, and it could get ugly.
Rick tells Hershel about the Governor pitting Daryl and Merle against each other in the circle, and what a sick mind that must take. Rick goes down to see his daughter but as he holds her, he hears her crying as if from far away, still haunted by Lori’s death.
In Woodbury, Milton tries to calm the crowd down, but they’re not having it. Andrea steps in and says they’re never going to be the same, but they’re going to have to persevere. That seems to get them on board, and the Governor watches from his apartment window.
Beth and Carol talk about Daryl, and they both agree Carol has grown tremendously in the past few months. Hershel tells Glenn he’s beaten up pretty badly, but has no broken bones. Maggie comes by but leaves, and Hershel asks if they’re okay. Hershel tells Glenn he’s like his own son, and goes to check on Maggie. He tells Maggie he knows they’re holding something back, but she doesn’t want to talk about it.
That night, Rick asks Hershel about Michonne, as they lock her in. She’s got a concussion, it’ll be a few days before she can travel. The group gathers to discuss things, and they all know the Governor will retaliate. Hershel says they need reinforcements, and Rick goes to Tyreese. Rick asks how they got there, and Tyreese explains. He tells Rick they’ll do anything to contribute, but Rick says no. Rick says he can’t be responsible, and Tyreese tells him if he turns them out, that makes him responsible, too. Hershel calls Rick aside and tells him he’s wrong, and he has to start giving people a chance.
Rick takes a deep breath and exhales as if letting a huge weight off of his shoulders, and as he looks up, he sees what appears to be the ghost of Lori looking down on him. He starts to freak out, scaring both Tyreese’s people and his own.
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Kind of a quick-hitter for a first episode of the year, with Daryl and Merle getting reunited, then taken out of the mix. Rick being crazy is a very appropriate plot to revisit, since in the zombie apocalypse world, he really hasn’t had a chance to get over his grief. The whole episode seemed to be pushing the coming conflict between Woodbury and the survivors, which should make for a tense next seven episodes, at least.
Rating: Eight out of a possible ten biters peering through the hole in the wall.
— Reid Kerr wishes Daryl and Merle would get a spin-off. Follow Reid on Twitter and yell at him.