'The Walking Dead' recap, episode 307: 'When the Dead Come Knocking'

'I'll bake a cake with pink frosting, would they like that?'

  • Like father, like son... Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - (Background) Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson)
Like father, like son... Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Rick… (Blake Tyers/AMC )
November 25, 2012|By Andrew Conrad, aconrad@tribune.com

Ooh, it's about to go down on The Walking Dead! In Sunday night's episode, Merle and the Governor interrogated Glenn and Maggie, respectively (but not respectfully!) and Michonne stumbled into the prison — sending Rick, Daryl and Oscar on a mission to Woodbury. As the episode ended, Rick and Daryl found themselves just outside the formidable walls of Woodbury, while inside, the Governor planned a recon mission to the prison. I reiterate, ooh, it's about to go down.

Especially since during the teaser to next week's episode, the midseason finale I might add, they showed some awesome gunplay going on between Woodbury and our friends from the prison.

I've been fooled by those teasers before, though. They show something that is supposed to happen in "the next episode" and it doesn't happen until like five episodes later.

Some other whack stuff happened this week...

Now I'm not complaining about sweet and sultry Maggie removing her top and showing some skin, but that was kind of messed up when the Governor ordered her to strip down, and then hovered over her like a creepy uncle. He was all up in her business, smelling her hair, implying that he was going to rape her. I don't care what ghastly atrocities they commit against zombies or one-time appearance characters on this show, but they need to keep some things sacred...

They were doing good-cop, bad-cop. But they were both kind of dicks...

And what was going on with this Michael Coleman character? At first I thought that it was actually a zombie that they had healed with some kind of secret Milton elixir Celestial Seasonings tea, but then it turned out that it was just Milton trying to figure out what happened at the moment a person turns into a zombie. He's all making soothing sounds with a singing bowl and talking sweetly to the kindly old man.

Andrea's like, "Dude, you don't know..."

And can we please talk about that hunter/fisherman/hermit who was just chilling in his lean-to like Rip Van Winkle? Rick is like, "Hey bro, we need to hole up here for a few ticks" and the hermit is like "I'ma call the cops!" What the what? Call the cops!? And Rick humors him, like, "I'm a cop!" And even after the guy pulls the trigger, Rick STILL doesn't ice the fool! I think that's showing that Rick has gathered his mind again, because throw-Glenn-up-against-the-wall-and-breathe-heavily Rick would have definitely offed Joe Hunter. Joe Hunter gets blood-feasted anyway. They're all grabbing his entrails like a big all-you-can-eat festival like it's a Dario Argento horror movie from the 70s.

Then, what was up with him just lying in there under the blanket with a dead dog on the floor? It had to stank in there. And what was he doing under the blanket, reading a comic book with a flash light? How did he not know about the zombies? It's been almost a year by now, right?

This week's episode was a little plodding, but I have a feeling next week is going to be sick!

Did you know/notice? (Thanks Talking Dead!)

  • The guy with the backwards baseball cap is named Martinez, and his submachine gun is a 9mm Heckler & Koch "Maschinenpistole" MP5, extensively used by military, paramilitary and police forces.
  • Milton's last name is Mamet, like David Mamet? Darn, I guess I have to add him to 'What everyone is up to?' now...
  • The guy they were experimenting on was named Michael Coleman. His wife was Betty Coleman, and his children were Michael Jr. and Emily. Apparently his favorite song was "It Could Happen to You" by June Christy. And it seems that his favorite painting was one of a dumb boat sitting on an even dumber beach.
  • There was a danger sign above the door in the room where they experimented on Michael Coleman.
  • Milton was an only child, and his parents died when he was young. He telecommuted to work.
  • One of Michonne's zombie kills wasn't CGI, they lopped some prop head off of a fake torso. Awesome!
  • They're using grayer make-up this season to make the zombies look older.
  • They sometimes use barbecue sauce for parts of the guts that zombies eat.
  • The real Woodbury is an actual town in Georgia called Senoia.
  • When Rick stabbed the living daylights out of one of the zombie's temple, it's eye bugged all out like a big googly eye, but it was just hanging there in CGI looking all fake.
  • The only other acting credit for Peter Kulas, the guy who portrayed Mr. Coleman, is as "Bartender" in the 1982 film, Lookin' to Get Out.
  • Alex Van, who was the hermit, is a prolific character actor, with his most notable roles coming in Lawless, The Crazies, and Ray.

That thing I said was gonna happen is gonna happen

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