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The Walking Dead Recap: The Grumpy King

Guys, I’m speechless. Only one character annoyed me last night on the midseason premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead


Last night’s episode, “The Suicide King,” began exactly where we left off in December. After storming Woodbury, Daryl is caught and made to face his long-lost brother Merle in the Governor’s gruesome arena as Andrea looks on. As I predicted, familial love wins out and Merle only pretends like he’s going to kill his brother in order for them to escape. Though I’m not sure how that would have happened had Rick and Co. not shown up and starting randomly shooting people.

As soon as the gang was clear, the arguing started over Merle and Michonne. Needless to say, no one but Daryl wanted to invite Merle back to their prison sanctuary, and with good reason, but really, what else were they going to do? Oh, right, he and Daryl can strike off on their own instead. Sad for the show and the group, though I doubt it’s permanent, but it makes sense for Daryl. I’m glad at least someone tried to use Carol as a reason for him to stay because they are supremely enjoyable to watch together. As for Michonne, Rick decides she’ll stay until she’s patched up.

Back at the prison, our new refugees are locked away but at least being visited by Hershel and the rest. He sees them as trustworthy people but tells them it isn’t up to him whether or not they’ll be allowed to stay.  They’re told they can bury their friend with all the other casualties in the yard and while doing so, two of the group decide it’s a good idea to jump Carol and Carl, because they’re only a woman and a kid, and take over the prison before they’re forced to leave. To which Tyreese says, you must be joking and I say, you obviously don’t know Carol and Carl. They will shoot you in the head before you can even noticed they pulled a gun.

In Woodbury, the attack took a major toll. Not only were several of their people killed, a hole in their perimeter allowed walkers to gain access to the town. The Governor was not handling his loss of control well and the town freaked out without his influence. Many tried to storm the gate but Andrea took the leadership role and calmed them down. That is, until the walkers started eating people. Woops. After a chat with The Governor, Andrea finally learns Glenn and Maggie were in Woodbury but still doesn’t get as angry as I feel she should considering what’s gone down in the last day or two. But I have a feeling we’re going to see her make a turn around soon.

And now for the character who annoyed me – Rick. All I can say is, that dude needs a nap. They need people to defend themselves against an impending attack from The Governor and Hershel vouched for the Tyreese but he still said no to them joining the group. Which frankly, is really, really stupid. Hershel made a logical case and told Rick he needs to start trusting people but Rick is a stubborn idiot. Plus, he basically put Carl in charge then yelled at him when he found out it was his decision to let the new people in. And oh yeah, now he’s seeing his dead wife in a wedding dress hanging around the prison. Someone needs to knock him out like he knocked out Merle.

Overall, this was an enjoyable episode. My only real issue with it was the feeling it could have fit into the midseason finale. I guess I expect more when a show comes back from an extended break and this not only felt like a run of the mill episode, it felt like all that happened here could have been covered in a much shorter time. The Governor and Rick still haven’t come face to face and now it feels like we’ll be waiting until the end of the season to see that happen. Carol took the news that Daryl left better than expected but what is up with Beth now? She looked to be getting a bit too friendly with Rick with that kiss on the cheek.

Let us know what you thought of the new episode in the comments and we’ll see you back here next Monday for another recap!

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  • Ividia Kt

    In a brief back and forth on FB, we have decided Carol needs to take over the group. And, yes, when they were talking about jumping Carol and Carl…”just a kid and a woman”…heh, I’d like to see you try, walker bait

  • Lisa Wardle

    The writers might be getting Beth to take on some of comic Carol’s traits. They’ve done switcheroos between characters already, so this one wouldn’t surprise me.
    In the comic, Carol developed strong feelings for Lori and Rick, wanting to establish a polyamorous relationship. With TV Lori dead, it might be widely accepted if Carol and Rick got together, so perhaps we’re instead seeing Beth develop those feelings.

  • Anonymous

    While the show was on break I convinced a friend of mine who never saw it that he’d enjoy the show if he did. I was right, he was caught up on the whole series about two weeks ago.

    I laughed when his only question for me after watching it all was “Who do you think Rick hooks up with now?”. It seemed, at best, an after-thought given all the loose ends.

    After watching last night, I have to say, that may have been the only thing that was truly advanced in the storyline, and it was a touch depressing.

    Beth? Carol? His dead wife’s ghost? More questions than answers people, tune in next week to find out! (Oh, and that other stuff too.)

  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one who was like ‘Yeah, good luck with that’ when the two guys were like we can totally take the woman and the kid.

  • Anonymous

    This episode really wasn’t that enjoyable to me. The fight scene should have been longer and I wanted an explanation for why Andrea wasn’t more upset about her friends being Woodbury prisoners. I feel like we’re starting to see Glenn and Maggie’s relationship go dark, Rick is completely off his rocker (which is quickly becoming commonplace) and I’m still left craving for more everything from Tyreese, The Governor and Michonne.

    I thought it was kind of a weak episode overall and enjoyed the new hour long format of The Talking Dead more. Then again, I live for character analysis and that was just 50 minutes of Steven Yeun being cute and analytical…

  • Anonymous

    I watched The Suicide King last night, and I feel that Rick is definitely out of his mind, with seeing his dead wife in her wedding dress at odd and inopportune times throughout the narrative of last night’s episode… Granted, that could have been happening more often than that up until now… I haven’t been watching The Walking Dead as religiously as needed to have any idea how the story is working its way out…

  • John Wao

    This show always feel like it takes two steps back for every step forward.

  • Kiki Y

    Beth was SO annoying the whole episode haha. Just glad to see the show is back though!

  • Anonymous

    I recently read the two compendiums of the comic and I have to say I enjoy the show, but the comic feels nowhere near as disjointed as the show can from time to time. Last night as my wife and I were watching we got super pumped at the beginning with the Daryl/Merle break out. Then it just slid off the deep end of interesting. It wasn’t even a graceful slide either, it kinda tripped and fell flat on it’s face and then slid down.

    After the fight every interaction seemed just off, like all of the characters forgot how to interact with each other. To add to the awkwardness during the show was the promos for The Talking Dead. Yes this is a cool show and it’s neat to watch from time to time. But the one promo felt like it butted right into the show itself!

    I am holding out hope that the rest of this season goes much smoother and this episode was just a bump in the road. I will say though, that the whole Lori ghost thing is nowhere near as crazy as the Lori phone in the comics.

  • regularjoe

    the person i got annoyed with was Andrea and her when history remembers us speach. iwatched that and said really? and after finding out the governor had her friends imprisoned etc does she get mad? or offended ? nope she might as well jusr said fine you stay heare i willl go quell the riot

  • Melissa Stolasz
  • Anonymous

    Beth and Rick would be a very creepy combo.

  • Ryan Colson

    I really liked ‘ghost Laurie’, I hope Rick goes increasingly insane. I reckon he’s the titular King in this episode since he’s kinda like “Screw off, potential allies!”…

  • Ryan Colson

    We already knew that from the ssn 3 return videos and next week’s preview stuff….

  • Ryan Colson

    Has everyone forgotten Rick literally just saw Shane mere hours before seeing Lori???!!

  • Ryan Colson

    I think Beth’ll be dead by the finale’s end, considering the title is “Tombs”.

  • Robin Wright

    Yeah the last episode was months ago.

  • Annika Raaen

    I’m disappointed that you didn’t talk about Glenn losing his shit at Rick. I thought it was an important development with that character. He’s seemingly starting to go down the same road as Rick, but will he end up as looney as him?

  • Nico Strachan

    friends left her for dead

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    This episode may be my penultimate episode/show jumping off point. There isn’t a single character that can’t be reduced to a single one or two word description aside from Carol and Daryl. Somehow, the comic book has lasted for more than a hundred issues without losing my faith, but this show started screwing up in season 2.

  • Addie/Annie D

    Technically, they got separated at the farm and assumed she had died till Michonne told them.

  • Addie/Annie D

    I swear there’s something …. Zombism about Ghost Lori as she lurks in the shadows.