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The Walking Dead Review: Life and Major Death

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That was certainly not what I expected would happen when I tuned in for The Walking Dead this week.

Everything seemed to be going well in both the prison and Woodbury. Glenn and Maggie were getting it on like a couple of bunny rabbits, the Governor was doing his best Tiger Woods impression, Andrea was drinking the Woodbury Kool-Aid, and even Hershel was walking and talking.

It was nice for the moment to see plenty of smiles on the characters' faces.

Yet, while the Woodbury portion was more of an extension of "Walk With Me" - with the conflicting opinions of Michonne and Andrea - the prison got another unfortunate dose of blood and death.

Can the characters ever catch a break? Is anyone really safe on this show?

Lori with a Gun

In a lot of ways, I'm surprised that two main characters were killed off (and I say two because I don't buy Carol's so-called death. We never saw it happen on a show that loves to depict every bloody detail). It just felt too soon.

I had a nagging feeling that T-Dog was going to meet his demise this episode. For a character who hasn't had a ton of lines and spent most of his time agreeing with the majority of the group on issues, as soon as he began to question Rick and voice his thoughts, I knew he was done.

Granted, his final bow-out was full of heroics - from closing the gate from the walkers and even getting Carol further to safety - before he was violently ripped apart. He definitely didn't whine or cry, so I give his character props in that regard, but at the same time, I'm not sure we ever really knew T-Dog.

Which makes me wonder, was T-Dog's death necessary?

Yes, I understand the walkers were everywhere and backup was pretty non-existent at the moment, and I even understand that with the way the world turned out, everyone's going to die at some point. But was T-Dog's death done because it would add a level of scary drama and a chance to get rid of a member for the sake of a show killing off one of its characters?

Maybe I just wish T-Dog had gotten a little more story to him before he kicked the bucket.

But I was certainly shocked and grossed out by Lori's death and the baby's birth. I never saw that coming... definitely not this season at least.

Frankly I couldn't believe what was happening at the same time Maggie was cutting into Lori's stomach. She can't die. Sure, she loses Carl all the time and cheated on her husband, but this is Rick's wife!

And to top it off, Carl had to pull the trigger on his own mother to keep her from returning as a walker. Say what you will about the acting, but as a character, for Carl to have gone through all the crazy experiences he has gone through? I'm not sure he can ever get off the dark path now. An intense moment for sure.

Poor kid.

Yet it was the heartbreaking performance by Andrew Lincoln that gut punched the show's closing moments.

Those tears and uncontrollable emotions were so raw and real that I felt for him. And even with Rick and Lori having that huge distance between them, it was evident that he still cared for her. For a guy who has been pretty stone cold, to watch him sob and collapse to the ground threw out a real vulnerability on not only Rick but the group as a whole.

What a way to end the hour.

I bet Rick won't make the mistake of letting anyone go next time.

It will be interesting to see how Rick handles the two prisoners after all this, even after Oscar saved him from the vengeful Andrew. Will Rick let them join?

And as much as I liked Merle sort of squaring off with the Governor and asking to search for Daryl, or the Governor mentioning his past (he never said his daughter was killed, did he?), the prison sequences truly overshadowed everything else.

"Killer Within" started off following something of a routine path that we've seen on this show, but by the end I was left speechless. I'm still not sure if I'm just shocked Lori is actually gone or that the show chose to go there so early, but one thing is for sure: The Walking Dead Season 3 has done a great job of sucking me in and not letting go. This is probably the most compelling season yet, and continues to have me clamoring for more and more.

What did you think? Were you shocked by the deaths? Did Carol survive? Will Rick be able to recover? What will they name the baby?

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Since I never liked Lori her gone was ok. The death was written very well her having her baby but losing her life in the process fit with the bizarre reality they now live in. I like T-Dog and it's sad his character was killed. He was strong but silent and every show needs a few of those.

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And yes, you DO need a new cover graphic. The only people in it who are alive are Rick, Carl and Glenn!

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I can't wait to see someone push Rick's buttons now, especially since in reality, this all comes down on his shoulders. It was all caused by the guy he threw out to die in a way he would not have done 8 months ago. Lori and T Dog are dead as a result of that single action. Fantastic character development.
Andrea. Yawn.

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You think Lori would have said "my estranged husband can't do it, but sure, my 12 year old son can - no damage at ALL there.". SMH
Did Lori just die from the blood loss? I don't really get it - dying from C-Section, even in those circumstances, isn't the norm. Maybe Carol finds her? I don't think Carol is dead (to the commenter who asked why everyone keeps saying that, it was because when Rick and Darryl went back looking for them, they found her scarf, but not her).
Rick brought actual tears to my eyes at the end. So did Carl, actually.
I am a mom, and I don't honestly know if I COULD have the same universal "save the baby" mentality Lori did this time, not knowing A) if it was alive, B) if it was a zombie, and C) its chances of survival, especially without me and breastmilk. Interesting angle.
I can't wait to see someone push Rick's buttons now, especially since in reality, this all comes down on his shoulders. It was all caused by the guy he threw out in a way he would not have done 8 months ago. Lori and T Dog are dead as a result of those actions. Fantastic character development.
Andrea. Yawn.

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I think I tend to agree with Ganesha33 the most. Lori did irritate me - a LOT a LOT a LOT! - but this season she was coming into her element (they all were) and I was starting to appreciate her.
I knew about the comics but don't expect them to follow it to a "T" so this did shock me. I was equally shocked - then relieved, then worried again - that the baby was alive and not a zombie. When I saw the blood that's where I thought they were going. I say worried again because I see little chance of that baby surviving, so we are just going to have to watch her die a different way.
I hadn't even considered that maybe Carl didn't really shoot his Mom. Sure, plausible... but I doubt it. He has grown into a shockingly adaptable and - gasp - respectable character this season. I was pissed at Maggie though. If Lori said "It can't be Rick" about who kills her, why the hell did she think it was okay to let Carl do it?!?!?! You think Lori would have said "my estranged husband can't do it, but sure, my 12 year old son can - no damage at ALL there.". SMH
Did Lori just die from the blood loss? I don't really get it - dying from C-Section, even in those circumstances, isn't the norm. Maybe Carol finds her? I don't think Carol is dead (to the commenter who asked why everyone keeps saying that, it was because when Rick and Darryl went back looking for them, they found her scarf, but not her).
Rick brought actual tears to my eyes at the end. So did Carl, actually.
I am a mom, and I don't honestly know if I COULD have the same universal "save the baby" mentality Lori did this time, not knowing A) if it was alive, B) if it was a zombie, and C) its chances of survival, especially without me and breastmilk. Interesting angle.
I can't wait to see someone push Rick's buttons now, especially since in reality, this all comes down on his shoulders. It was all caused by the guy he threw out in a way he would not have done 8 months ago. Lori and T Dog are dead as a result of those actions. Fantastic character development.
Andrea. Yawn.

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Gotta say i was more shocked by T-dogs death than Lori's..I just didn't expect it to happen in this episode.As usual i can't wait for the next episode!

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I'm SO glad that Lori is FINALLY dead. Her whiney, wishy washiness was irritating. I was hoping she'd be offed when she crashed Maggie's car. She always had that annoying big eyed surprise look, no matter what the scene.
Carol is not dead, she's proving too useful to the group. I want Beth gone soon, before she starts singing again! I actually teared up when TDog was bitten, and he went out a hero.

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I knew she was going to do soon due to reading the comics, but I was extremely surprised that it was this early. I found myself standing on my couch fist pumping the air. The baby is a girl and her name is Judy according to the comics

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Also, I find myself not really blaming that convict. Rick left him for dead, who can blame him for reacting the way he dead?
Bad move on Rick's part? He should have killed him right in the start?

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Andrew Lincoln, I worship and grovel at your feet, always...a stellar performance I will never forget and that's from someone who watches too many shows for it to be a healthy habit! I admit I found Lori irritating in the earlier seasons however she grew on me this season, she was one tough woman, and loyal in her own way - maybe not in the 'nuclear family' traditional way, something which seems to have upset a lot of viewers. Come on viewing public, it's a crazy world they live in, someoone cheating in the past shouldn't be an issue when you need all your energy to survive, take a deep breath and move past it...Sarah Wayne Callies gave Lori dignity and strength in her last moments and I for one am glad she did :)

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