'The Walking Dead' Recap: Who Died and Who Survived on the Season 3 Finale?
SPOILER ALERT: This recap for the "Welcome to the Tombs" episode of "The Walking Dead" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Remember when you heard those rumors about 27 people dying in the third-season finale of "The Walking Dead"? And you thought to yourself, "Wait, are there even 27 people on the show?"
Yes, yes there are, if you count the citizens of Woodbury. Or what used to be the citizens of Woodbury, as more than half of them did not make it out of the season finale alive. Along with Milton. And Andrea.
We know, we know -- Milton's death was pretty much a forgone conclusion after he got lippy with the Governor and then barbecued those walkers, and Andrea has been working most fans' last nerves all season, but these were tough losses.
See Andrea's final moments:
And then there was the most shocking loss of all: Carl Grimes's humanity, or maybe the last remaining tiny shred of innocence, depending on how you look at it, and most definitely any remaining faith he had in his father, Rick.
The evil eye
"Welcome to the Tombs" opened with a close up shot of an evil eye, the Governor's, as he's looking into the face of someone he's punching. Andrea in the torture chamber? Nah, that was our first guess, too, but it's Milton, his man of science pal, who's been bloodied and beaten by the Governor.
They chat, with the Governor, of course, ticked off at Milton's betrayal, and telling him that eight men died because Milton burned that zombie pit. Milton tells the Gov he only liked him when he was turning a blind eye to his madness, and then asks him, "What would your daughter think about what you are?"
"She'd be afraid of me," Gov replies. "But if I'd been like this from the start, she'd be alive today."
"Did you kill Andrea?" Milton asks. Funny you should mention her … no, she's not dead yet. She's in the other room, the torture room, bloodied herself and still handcuffed to the chair. The Governor tosses Milton into the room and tells him he won't leave the chamber without killing Andrea.
He makes Milton collect all those torture implements and bring them to him, and Milton, poor, he's a thinker, not a fighter Milton, drops them, but then takes a stab at the Governor. Which, of course, backfires on him, and leaves him stabbed and certain to die on the floor, thus achieving what the Governor promised. Milton will die, become zombified, and then attack Andrea. "In this life now, you kill or you die, or you die and you kill."
Important note: All this happened before the opening credits even flashed across the screen.
At the prison
Everyone's packing up their stuff at the prison, and doing some bonding. Michonne tells Rick she understands why he had to consider the Governor's offer, and she thanks him for taking her in back when she first showed up at the prison gates with that basket of baby formula.
Rick tells her it was actually Carl who decided she was one of them.
Oh, Carl … he packs up his important stuff -- that family photo Michonne helped him secure, Rick's sheriff badge, and his hat -- but trudges past his pa as the prison crew is packing up their stuff into cars. Carl's ticked at Rick, because Rick has banished him, Beth. and Lil' Asskicker to the woods with Hershel while … well, we don't know why yet, but clearly it's to keep him safe during whatever Rick has planned to thwart the Governor's impending attack.