The Walking Dead has spent the first two episodes of its third season establishing the prison as Rick’s domain. He and his group “shed blood” in taking it from zombies, and in last week’s episode ‘Sick,’ Rick quickly flexed his ownership over the prison by mercilessly disposing of two prisoners. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep that prison for his group until at least the baby is born.
Tonight’s episode ‘Walk With Me’ is a game-changer and will define the rest of Season 3. Fans of the comic are already aware about the town of Woodbury and its ruler, the Governor (David Morrissey). In the AMC series, Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Andrea (Laurie Holden) will find themselves guests of the Governor in Woodbury and come to different conclusions about the safety of the seemingly perfect little secluded and zombie-free town.
Another big event tonight is the return of Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker), Daryl’s brother who Rick left to die on top of an Atlanta building unless he cut off his hand with a saw. Merle did and will certainly be happy to hear Rick is potentially still alive and out there to exact revenge upon.
I originally thought ‘Walk With Me’ would be set entirely in Woodbury or the events involving Michonne and Andrea leading up to their arrival in the town. Now I’m thinking Rick and the prison will get at least a few moments on-screen tonight, possibly to discuss the fate of the remaining two prisoners that Rick has left to fend for themselves in their own cell block.
Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead saw a small decrease in viewers over the huge Season 3 premiere. The arrival of the Governor and Woodbury could send the ratings north again. We’ll keep an eye on that and report the ratings results tomorrow when they come in.
Some of you who won’t have access to a television tonight can watch The Walking Dead: Season 3 episode 303 via a free online live stream here, though obviously the best and recommend way to watch it is in high definition on AMC. Unfortunately AMC is not offering a free online stream anymore after the Dish Network legal battle was resolved.