The idea behind this very successful cable show is that the United States has been overrun with zombies. A zombie apocalypse. A frightening concept to wrap your brain around. Bands of human survivors have gathered together to fight off the flesh eating monsters. It is demonstrated that most will do almost anything to stay alive.
I am a little confused as I watch this as it seems to me that very little about this series has to do with zombies or a struggle against them. Zombies are the living dead (which I am aware of) so I don’t expect them to be rocket scientists, but these ones are so brain dead that they are not really a threat at all. The real conflict is man vs. man in season three. It is a show that has evolved from a fight for survival against the zombies to one that is focused on the human reaction to being in such a perilous situation.
Episode 1: Seed: The survivors make their way to a prison for shelter. Lori (played by Sarah Wayne Callies) is very pregnant and the tension between herself and Rick (played by Andrew Lincoln) is very obvious.
Episode 2: Sick: Herschel’s (played by Scott Wilson) life is in danger. Rick and the others realize they are not the only ones in the prison.
Episode 3: Walk With Me: After seeing an accident Andrea (played by Laurie Holden) and Michonne (played by Danai Gurira) find another group of survivors. There is tension between the two groups and a decision has to be made.
Episode 4: Killer Within: Merle (played by Michael Rooker) has a request of The Governor (played by David Morrissey). There is chaos and mayhem going on in the prison.
Episode 5: Say the Word: Rick is really struggling with everything. Michonne remains leery of The Governor.
Episode 6: Hounded: Rick is still having trouble dealing with Lori’s death. Andrea and The Governor grow close.
Episode 7: When the Dead Come Knocking: Michonne arrives at the prison. The Governor attempts to pump Glenn (played by Steven Yuen) and Maggie (played by Lauren Cohan) for information.
Episode 8: Made to Suffer: Those in Woodbury prepare themselves for danger. The prison survivors are in danger yet again.
Episode 9: The Suicide King: Rick and others save Merle and Daryl (played by Norman Reedus) from The Governor. Many in Woodbury are in a panic and want to leave.
Episode 10: Home: Daryl and Merle are not sure about the choices they have made. Rick looks for a lost friend.
Episode 11: I Ain’t a Judas: Rick and the group are faced with a difficult choice to make. Andrea is not a comfortable in Woodbury as she once was.
Episode 12: Clear: Realizing that if they have to fight The Governor that they are woefully under armed, Rick and a group head out on a search for more weapons. On the search they come up against Morgan (played by Lennie James).
Episode 13: Arrow on the Doorpost: Rick and The Governor try to negotiate a peace treaty. In the prison, Merle is doing his best to convince those there that they should attack The Governor.
Episode 14: Prey: Andrea tries to get back to the prison. The Governor’s plans might not go off as he had planned as he has a traitor in his midst.
Episode 15: This Sorrowful Life: In order to have peace with The Governor those in the prison are asked to make a big sacrifice. Merle does not think that Rick has the stones to go through with what he has promised The Governor.
Episode 16: Welcome to the Tombs: The attack by The Governor could happen at any moment. Rick and the others try to decide if the prison is worth defending.
Special Features: Rising Son, Evil Eye, Gone, But Not Forgotten, Heart of a Warrior, Michonne vs. the Governor, Safety Behind Bars, Making the Dead, Guts and Glory, Deleted Scenes