The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 4 – ‘Killer Within’ Review and Analysis

It is rare that a television show can continue to keep viewers shocked and surprised week in and week out. The Walking Dead was able to do that once again in easily the best episode in the show’s history.

the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-4

Sunday night’s episode kicked off with a scene of one of the prisoners opening a gate in the prison. The face of the prisoner was not shown, but it was easy to figure out that it was neither Oscar or Axel.

They are seen at the beginning of the episode asking to become part of the main group but are quickly told by Rick that they will never be allowed to join. The only one who shows any sympathy is T-Dog, who believes that these men have shown that they can be a productive part of the group.

The chaos ensues when walkers begin walking in through the open gate. Hershel, who is now walking with the assistance of crutches, is caught up in the chaos the first time he leaves his cell.

While this is going on, Michonne and Andrea still remain in Woodbury. Michonne is investigating the military trucks obtained by The Governor, and is easily able to tell that they were not taken peacefully. She notes the bullet holes on the truck, and The Governor knows that she must be looked after.

Michonne wants to leave Woodbury with Andrea, but Andrea seems to have a soft spot for The Governor. She gets further confirmation of her belief when she asks Merle about The Governor. He tells her that he is a great man, as he took Merle with him when he was near death.

Merle is simply trying to find his brother, which is the main reason he talks to Andrea. He would like to go out and look for Daryl, and The Governor even agrees to help with the search if Merle can get more evidence that Daryl is indeed alive.

The Governor is able to manipulate Andrea by offering her a drink and finally revealing his name to her, which is Phillip. She sees the good in him and tells Michonne that they should stay. Michonne can sense that the town is not a safe place.

Back at the prison, the yard is filled with walkers. The group splinters off into small groups as they attempt to survive. Rick is with Glenn and Daryl, as they were far away from the group when the walkers invaded.

Hershel and Beth are safe inside a locked gate, while Maggie, Carl, and Lori run inside the prison. Carl is able to get the three to safety inside the prison by hiding in a back room. The two left in the yard are Carol and T-Dog, and they are in the most danger. T-Dog is bitten in the shoulder while trying to fight, and Carol follows him into the prison.

Right after this main surge of walkers, the alarm system in the prison yard goes off over the speakers. This only leads more walkers to the yard, and Rick is told by the two remaining prisoners that they have to shut off the generator.

Rick takes Oscar and Axel with him to shut off the generator, and it is clear at this point that they had nothing to do with the situation. They would not openly help Rick if they were the ones to set off the alarm. It would also put them in danger as the walkers are attracted to the noise, so an outside person must have been responsible.

At this time Lori is beginning to go into labor. Maggie is trying to calm her, but it is clear that the baby is on the way. Maggie lies down Lori and begins to help Lori, when blood comes out of Lori. The only solution for the issue is a C-section, which is a certain death wish for Lori.

The chaos is continuing, which is a great shift from last season’s continual lack of action. T-Dog knows that he will not make it even though Carol is following him telling him that she can help him. This does not last long as the two are confronted by a group of walkers. In the first, and final, memorable moment of his character’s existence, T-Dog sacrifices himself to help Carol escape. It is unclear if she actually makes it, as she is nowhere to be seen at the end of the episode.

T-Dog’s death was certainly a surprising happening. He has barely spoken during his tenure on the show but was very vocal last night. He spoke out to Rick about not letting the prisoners into the group. This drew flashbacks to last season when Dale was against killing Randall.

Dale spoke out about not letting the group lose its humanity, which is essentially the same thing that T-Dog was talking about. He did not want to let the two men be left for dead, when they were perfectly willing and able to join the group.

The similarities carry on as T-Dog was killed. Dale was killed in the episode where he defended Randall’s life. It makes sense to give the character a full identity before being killed, but that does not make it any less shocking.

Rick and his group finally reach the room where the generator is housed and has Oscar help him shut it off. At that instant Andrew, the prisoner who was left for dead by Rick, reappears and attacks Rick. They are fighting when a gun ends up in Oscar’s hands. Andrew is pleading for him to shoot Rick so they can take back the prison, but Oscar shoots and kills Andrew. It was a moment that shows Oscar’s true self, as a man who is truly good. It is tough to say the same for Axel as he comes off more cowardly than heroic.

The most shocking part of the episode, and the season, occurs at the end.

Lori is on the verge of dying and losing her baby if a C-section is not performed. It is clear that the action itself will kill her, but she wants her child to live. Maggie reluctantly cuts Lori open after she gives some final words to Carl. It was a very emotional moment to watch a son lose his mother, especially in the fashion in which it was done.

Lori immediately passes out and presumably dies when Maggie cuts her open. Maggie takes the baby and tells Carl that he must shoot Lori to avoid her becoming a walker. He says that he cannot do so, and Maggie leaves the room. A gunshot is then heard and Carl walks out with as stoic a face as he could have.

It has been discussed that it is possible that Carl did not shoot Lori, as it was not done on camera. While I do not find this to be true, it is certainly possible. Carl could have shot a walker or simply fired the gun to give the impression that he had shot her. Either way, she is dead, in the sense that she is at the least a walker, so her character is officially gone.

It was a creative and emotional way to kill off Lori. She has been a pain to Rick for the entire tenure of the show, but he still loved her. She finally does something in a heroic fashion, but unfortunately it leads to her death.

The episode concludes with Rick finding out that Lori did not make it. He breaks down in front of everyone as the episode ends.

Rick’s character will surely be more intense as the show continues. He may risk his life more often because he knows that Carl is old enough to get by in the world. It may even be better to die, which is a view Rick may attain. The only question now is who will take care of the baby, which seems like Maggie at the moment.

With this episode being as great as it was, the next one should surely be just as good as the deaths are dealt with, and the story in Woodbury continues on.



About Steve Kubitza

Being a native of the Cleveland, Steve Kubitza has endured many years of sports torture. He is a die-hard fan of his hometown teams, and also is a fan of professional sports in general. His articles will cover many different stories regarding the latest news, along with his opinions, in the world of sports. He also gets into the world of professional wrestling, offering his views on the current landscape of the WWE. Follow him on Twitter (@KubitzaMSF) to hear his opinions on everything from Cleveland sports to the WWE.

Comments

  1. Paul Harris says:

    Slightly disagree with your take on Carl shooting Lori. I reckon Maggie is fumbling for her gun and when Carl says, “No, she’s my Mom.” he’s saying it in a way that as it’s his mother, HE should take the responsibility.

    • Steve Kubitza says:

      I never thought of it that way but I do see how that makes sense. I think it shows how quickly he is maturing. Now do you think that he did in fact shoot her, even though it was off camera?

      • Paul Harris says:

        I’m thinking that he probably did, otherwise he might have said otherwise when he came out an Rick broke down.
        As a plot mechanism, if he did not shoot her, it does leave the chance that Lori can survive and been seen again, like Andrew(?), unlikely IMO, or as a walker. Personally, I think he shot her though and agree with J.

  2. Yeah I think so. The usual case with the show is that less is more. It would not have any on-screen benefit emotionally or plotwise to show the shooting. The emotional consequences are shown at the end with Ricks reaction.

  3. I agree with Paul Harris, Carl wanted to perform this last act of love and care for his mother (by shooting her to stop her turning into one of ‘them’- the Walkers), further showing the accelerated maturation of the boy in a hostile world. There is no doubt in my mind that Carl has carried this out (see later when Rick finds out about the death of Lori).

    “T-Dog sacrifices himself to help Carol escape. It is unclear if she actually makes it, as she is nowhere to be seen at the end of the episode.”
    We do see Carol after T-Dog sacrifices himself to save her. She was found dead in the prison by Rick, Glenn and Daryl and had been badly eaten. It is difficult to tell it was her but Daryl picked up the headscarf she had been wearing and their reaction indicated that it was her, and that she was dead.

    Another important thing that wasn’t brought up in this review is that Merle also is aware of something sinister in the Governor’s settlement, and obviously wants to escape but has had to bide his time.

    “Sunday night’s episode kicked off with a scene of one of the prisoners opening a gate in the prison. The face of the prisoner was not shown, but it was easy to figure out that it was neither Oscar or Axel.”

    Thanks for this, I hadn’t noticed. Going back to watch again to pick up on any other subtleties I missed!

    • Just rewatched the episode and the body (only 1 body) is definitely not carols. Unless she suddenly put on 100 pounds, wore baggy clothes and became black. They just found her headscarf (near the door and nowhere near the body)

      • You beat me to it, I was just about to write the same that the body clearly is not carols, and is definitely T-Dogg, Daryl found the head scarf and seemed to decide that this indicated Carol is dead so they head off to regroup with the other survivors, but her fate is not confirmed.

  4. Paul Harris says:

    “Another important thing that wasn’t brought up in this review is that Merle also is aware of something sinister in the Governor’s settlement, and obviously wants to escape but has had to bide his time.”

    Merle is there when the National Guard guys are attacked and he also knows about the geeky guy experimenting on the walkers (sorry, I didn’t get his name).
    Whether he knows about Philip’s collection, I don’t know, but I reckon he has enough street smarts to realise he’d be silly to defy the Governor.

    I’m interested to see what must be (not read the comics yet), the inevitable Daryl,Merle and Rick confrontation.

  5. Justin Davis says:

    Daryl and Merle are not characters in the comics. They are characters made just for the TV show.

  6. Carol isn’t shown to be dead – that body was T-Dog. She escapes through the door.

    I did watch the episode again though and she goes through and out of the door with her head scarf still completely on. She doesn’t lose it when T-Dog gets eaten. So either its a minor plot hole where they just wanted something to hint at Carols presence to the rest of the characters or she comes back at some point. Either way – there is no evidence to suggest she’s dead. Daryl just assumed she was because he found her headscarf next to T-Dog

  7. Your way of describing all in this piece of writing is genuinely good, every one be able to without difficulty be aware of it, Thanks
    a lot.

  8. I just want to mention I’m beginner to blogging and site-building and seriously liked your website. Likely I’m planning to bookmark your website . You certainly come with impressive posts. Kudos for sharing your website.

  9. I merely desire to notify you that I am new to blog posting and absolutely adored your information. More than likely I am most likely to save your blog post . You undoubtedly have outstanding article information. Appreciate it for telling with us all of your url webpage

  10. Faytech North America is a touch screen Manufacturer of both monitors and pcs. They specialize in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of Capacitive touch screen, Resistive touch screen, Industrial touch screen, IP65 touch screen, touchscreen monitors and integrated touchscreen PCs. Contact them at http://www.faytech.us, 121 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, +1 646 205 3214

  11. Good ? I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related information ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, web site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task..

  12. Hello, you used to write great, but the last few posts have been kinda boring… I miss your tremendous writings. Past several posts are just a little out of track! come on!

  13. I went over this internet site and I believe you have a lot of wonderful info, saved to favorites (:.

  14. I do consider all of the concepts you’ve introduced in your post. They’re very convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for novices. Could you please prolong them a little from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  15. Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  16. I gotta favorite this internet site it seems very useful extremely helpful

  17. Hi, Neat post. There’s an issue together with your web site in web explorer, may check this¡K IE nonetheless is the marketplace leader and a large portion of other people will leave out your magnificent writing because of this problem.

  18. I like this post, enjoyed this one regards for putting up.

  19. I merely wish to share it with you that I am new to putting up a blog and extremely cherished your write-up. Very possible I am most likely to remember your blog post . You really have amazing article content. Admire it for share-out with us all of your internet site report

  20. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your web site offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done a formidable job and our entire community will be thankful to you.

  21. But wanna remark that you have a very nice web site , I love the style it really stands out.

  22. Good write-up, I¡¦m normal visitor of one¡¦s web site, maintain up the nice operate, and It’s going to be a regular visitor for a lengthy time.

  23. I think this website has got some rattling good information for everyone. “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.” by Napoleon.

  24. Wow, awesome weblog layout! How long have you ever been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The total look of your site is wonderful, let alone the content!

  25. Somebody necessarily assist to make severely articles I would state. That is the first time I frequented your website page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to create this actual submit incredible. Magnificent activity!

  26. Its good as your other blog posts : D, regards for putting up. “Music is the soul of language.” by Max Heindel.

  27. Thank you, I’ve just been searching for info about this subject for ages and yours is the best I have discovered so far. However, what in regards to the conclusion? Are you certain concerning the source?

  28. I gotta favorite this web site it seems invaluable very useful

  29. I really appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thanks again

  30. Thank you for sharing excellent informations. Your website is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched all over the place and simply couldn’t come across. What a great web site.

  31. Thank you a lot for providing individuals with remarkably brilliant opportunity to read articles and blog posts from this web site. It’s usually so great and packed with amusement for me and my office co-workers to visit the blog at a minimum thrice in one week to read through the latest guides you will have. And definitely, we’re at all times impressed with all the great principles you give. Certain 2 points in this posting are easily the most suitable we have had.

  32. I just couldn’t depart your web site before suggesting that I extremely loved the standard information a person supply in your visitors? Is gonna be again steadily to investigate cross-check new posts.

  33. I just could not leave your web site prior to suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the standard information a person supply for your visitors? Is going to be again incessantly to investigate cross-check new posts.

  34. I really like your writing style, excellent info, thank you for putting up :D. “Silence is more musical than any song.” by Christina G. Rossetti.

  35. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my website thus i came to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to improve my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  36. you are actually a good webmaster. The site loading velocity is amazing. It kind of feels that you’re doing any unique trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterpiece. you have performed a wonderful process in this subject!

  37. As soon as I found this website I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.

  38. Hi my family member! I wish to say that this post is amazing, great written and come with almost all vital infos. I would like to see more posts like this .

  39. F*ckin’ awesome things here. I’m very satisfied to see your post. Thanks a lot and i’m taking a look forward to contact you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

  40. I simply couldn’t go away your website prior to suggesting that I actually loved the usual information a person supply for your visitors? Is gonna be back steadily in order to inspect new posts

  41. Simply wanna input on few general things, The website style and design is perfect, the subject material is real superb : D.

  42. Super-Duper blog! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also

  43. Perfectly indited subject material , Really enjoyed studying.

  44. My brother suggested I might like this website. He was entirely right. This post truly made my day. You can not imagine just how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  45. I was looking through some of your posts on this site and I think this site is really informative ! Continue putting up.

  46. naturally like your website however you need to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very bothersome to inform the reality on the other hand I’ll certainly come back again.

  47. I am also writing to let you know of the excellent experience my friend’s child went through going through the blog. She even learned a good number of details, which included how it is like to possess a great coaching mood to let most people smoothly learn certain complicated issues. You actually surpassed our own expectations. Thanks for presenting such interesting, healthy, revealing and as well as cool tips on your topic to Sandra.

  48. Hey, you used to write fantastic, but the last several posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your tremendous writings. Past several posts are just a bit out of track! come on!

  49. You have brought up a very great points , appreciate it for the post.

  50. There is visibly a bundle to identify about this. I think you made certain nice points in features also.

  51. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all people you really know what you are speaking about! Bookmarked. Kindly also seek advice from my web site =). We will have a link exchange contract among us!

  52. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

  53. excellent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not realize this. You should proceed your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

  54. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  55. Thank you so much for giving everyone an extraordinarily spectacular opportunity to read critical reviews from this site. It is usually so pleasant and stuffed with a good time for me and my office friends to visit your blog at a minimum three times in a week to find out the latest items you will have. Not to mention, I’m so at all times happy with your staggering principles you serve. Selected 1 tips in this article are really the finest we have all ever had.

  56. You really make it seem really easy along with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I believe I would by no means understand. It kind of feels too complex and very huge for me. I am having a look forward in your next post, I will try to get the grasp of it!

  57. hello!,I really like your writing very a lot! percentage we communicate more approximately your post on AOL? I require an expert in this house to resolve my problem. Maybe that’s you! Having a look ahead to look you.

  58. Of course, what a splendid site and revealing posts, I definitely will bookmark your website.Have an awsome day!

  59. I simply had to say thanks yet again. I do not know the things that I would’ve achieved in the absence of the type of opinions shown by you relating to this theme. This was the difficult condition for me, however , witnessing the professional manner you handled the issue forced me to leap over gladness. I’m happier for the information and trust you comprehend what a powerful job your are accomplishing instructing many people thru a blog. I am certain you’ve never got to know all of us.

  60. You made a number of good points there. I did a search on the theme and found the majority of persons will agree with your blog.

  61. Wow! Thank you! I constantly wanted to write on my blog something like that. Can I take a fragment of your post to my site?

  62. Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to far added agreeable from you! However, how can we communicate?

  63. I’ve been surfing on-line more than 3 hours lately, but I by no means discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours. It is lovely worth sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made just right content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

  64. Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  65. I think other site proprietors should take this website as an model, very clean and great user friendly style and design, as well as the content. You are an expert in this topic!

  66. I really like your writing style, good info , regards for putting up : D.

  67. I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my difficulty. You’re amazing! Thanks!

  68. I really appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thanks again

  69. I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thank you again!

  70. I just could not go away your website prior to suggesting that I really enjoyed the standard information a person supply to your guests? Is going to be back often to check up on new posts.

  71. It¡¦s in point of fact a nice and helpful piece of info. I¡¦m glad that you just shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  72. Helpful information. Lucky me I found your site unintentionally, and I am stunned why this twist of fate didn’t happened in advance! I bookmarked it.

  73. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

Speak Your Mind