The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 7: ‘When the Dead Come Knocking’ Review and Analysis

There is only one more episode of The Walking Dead left until the mid-season finale, so something big is surely in store for this Sunday. Before we get there, we must look back at the episode from this past Sunday.


The episode opens with Glenn being interrogated by Merle in Woodbury. Merle wants to know where Glenn’s group is, but he insists that they have no permanent place to stay. Glenn decides to headbutt Merle, which turned out to be a poor decision considering Glenn was tied up. Merle begins to beat him, and Maggie is shown in another room seemingly reacting to the sounds of the beating.

At the prison, Rick comes to the fence to find Michonne standing among the walkers with a basket of supplies. She grabs her bleeding leg, which causes the walkers to react to the smell. Carl is the one who says that they should help her, as Rick simply goes off to grab the keys to the fence.

Michonne passes out and is about to be consumed by walkers when Carl shoots them before they can reach her. It is further evidence of how mature Carl is becoming, as he shot these walkers on his own without guidance.

Michonne is brought into the prison and given medical attention in a cell. She won’t talk until Rick walks up and puts pressure on her gunshot wound. Once she starts talking, she reveals the fact that she found the basket when Glenn and Maggie were taken by Merle. She does not let them know that it was in fact Merle, which would have certainly caused trouble within Daryl’s own mind.

Being locked in the cell makes Michonne feel like she is trapped once again, especially when Rick lets her know that she cannot leave. It draws parallels to Woodbury, until Carol is brought back to the group. She sees that they are in fact not monsters and are truly good people who are much more civil than those in Woodbury.

This gives Michonne the evidence she needs to reveal where Glenn and Maggie were taken. She tells of Woodbury, of The Governor, and how insane he is in the town. With this newfound information, Rick decides to get weapons together to go on a recon mission for Glenn and Maggie.

Merle is still interrogating Glenn at this time, who is starting to become unrecognizable due to the beating he has taken. He tells Merle that it is still the same group of people from when Merle was last at the camp but also includes Andrea’s name in there. Merle knows that Glenn is lying, as Andrea is in Woodbury.

Merle gets so mad at Glenn that he simply lets a walker into the room to finish him off. Glenn is able to use the chair he is tied to as a weapon, along with other items in the room. He breaks free and kills the walker. Glenn lets out a loud yell, and its importance is far beyond simple anger.

This yell shows how hardened Glenn has become and how he will do anything to stay alive to protect Maggie and the rest of his group. He has taken a beating and faced death just to keep his group alive, so considering him anything less than a leader is unfair.

The Governor has given Andrea the task of helping Milton with his experiment. Milton is with a man named Mr. Coleman, who is dying of prostate cancer. He wants to test to see if someone retains memories after they reanimate. Andrea knows that this will not happen, but Milton has had limited contact with walkers to know the truth.

He uses music and pictures from Mr. Coleman’s life as part of the memory test, but Andrea knows it will be all for naught. When Mr. Coleman reanimates, Milton tries to do the tests but they are unsuccessful. He wants to untie the hands of the man, but Andrea knows he will just be attacked. When he does untie them, Mr. Coleman attacks Milton, but Andrea saves Milton by stabbing Mr. Coleman.

Milton is upset by this occurrence, but it had no chance of success from the beginning, which Andrea knew. Milton seems like a decent man during these times and is just trying to understand what is going on. He is not as insane as The Governor, which became evident when Milton seemed disturbed at the walker fights.

While Milton is a sense of sanity in Woodbury, The Governor is the polar opposite. He takes it upon himself to begin the interrogation of Maggie and does so in the cruelest and most demeaning way possible.

When it becomes clear that Maggie has no intention of revealing information, he forces her to take off her shirt and bra. He thrusts her down on the table and seems like he is going to rape her. She reacts in a strong manner, basically telling him that it will not get any information out of her. He decides to simply threaten her with something more valuable, Glenn’s life.

Maggie and Glenn proved that they are two of the strongest characters in the entire show, in a mental sense. They love each other but care about the rest of the group just as much. This applies to Glenn more than Maggie, as she does finally crack, but she was in as tough a position as anyone could ever be in.

At the prison, Rick gets ready to go out to get Glenn and Maggie back. He tells Carl to watch after his sister, named Judith, in case anything happens. He then gets Oscar, Michonne, and Daryl together to go on the mission.

While in the woods they are swarmed by a giant hoard of walkers. They find sanctuary in a cabin, which turns out to be inhabited by a man, who is basically a hermit. He seemingly has no idea what is going on in the world, as he threatens to call the cops. He then attempts to run out the front door before Michonne kills him with her sword to prevent him from letting the walkers inside.

This man was an interesting inclusion in the episode. It is hard to believe that he would survive this long under the new circumstances in the world, given the fact that he is so out of the loop with everything that is occurring. Either way, he died in a dishonorable fashion and was fed to a giant group of walkers.

The group continues on towards Woodbury after they escape the cabin and prepare for the attack which will occur in the next episode.

In Woodbury, The Governor needs to find a way to get answers out of Glenn or Maggie. He brings a still topless Maggie in front of Glenn, who is badly beaten. He puts a gun to Glenn’s head, which finally gets Maggie to talk. She says how a group of 10 or so was able to clear out the prison, and The Governor finds this hard to believe. He was told that the area was far more dangerous and further suspects that Glenn and Maggie’s group must be strong if they were able to clear out the entire prison by themselves.

It is tough to blame Maggie for giving up the prison’s location. She was already emotionally scarred and had to see a beaten Glenn about to be killed. She said what she said to protect his life, which is the most valuable one to her. She knows that Rick and the rest of the group can find a way to survive against The Governor’s group, as they have found ways to do so before.

The episode concludes with The Governor asking Merle where his allegiance lies, to which Merle replies that is lies in Woodbury. This is the biggest question, as the eventual meeting between Daryl and Merle will surely be interesting.

Next week’s midseason finale will answer some anticipated questions but will surely leave us guessing on a variety of others.

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