'The Walking Dead' recap: They couldn't have just one good day
This undated publicity photo released by AMC shows Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes in a scene from AMC's TV show, "The Walking Dead," Season 3, Episode 4. The show airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on AMC. (AP Photo/AMC, Gene Page)
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Killer Within" episode of "The Walking Dead" contains major storyline and character spoilers.
Glenn and Maggie had enjoyed a little morning romp in the watchtower, Hershel was proving to be pretty spry on a pair of crutches, and Rick and the rest of the survivors were about to do a little more prep work to make their new prison home more permanent.
So, of course, when packs of walkers appeared suddenly out of nowhere right behind the gang's backs, we knew it was going to get bad.
And when a frustrated Glenn asked, "Can't we just have one good day?" viewers should have, but probably still didn't, guess just how bad it was going to get.
For this, in the fourth episode of "The Walking Dead," Season 3, turned out to be the gang's terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day, with two more members of the original Atlanta survivors bidding farewell to the group.
And the group gets smaller … again
So long, T-Dog (IronE Singleton). You were a goodhearted soul, and you valiantly sacrificed yourself to that band of biters so that Carol could try to escape.
And, in one of the series' most heartbreaking, and totally gross, moments ever, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) sacrificed herself -- begging Maggie to cut her belly open without anesthesia -- so that her unborn child could live.
Welcome to the world, Baby Grimes. Your dad may not really be your dad, since your mom had an affair with your dad's best friend, whom your big brother later had to shoot; and said big brother just had to shoot his dead mother in the brain so that she wouldn't become a zombie and try to eat the very newborn she had just given her life for.
So, yeah … you're walking into some dysfunction there, kid.
And you're just half of the double meaning of the episode's title, "Killer Within."
Back to the beginning
Glenn and Maggie getting caught with their pants down -- literally, as Glenn answered a shout from Darryl while still buckling up his britches -- would be one of the very few moments of levity in the installment.
Mere minutes later, the zombies came a-callin', and everyone scattered to take on the walkers and lock down the prison as Rick and company tried to understand how the walkers had breached the fences.
Their suspects: prisoners Oscar and Axel, who had wandered out of their little corner of the world and wanted to join Rick's group, when they became too creeped out about living among dead bodies.
Rick told them they could stay in their own wing or leave the prison altogether, but before they could hit the road permanently, the walker attack began, an alarm started blaring, and Rick and his crew set off on a frantic search to shut down the prison's backup generator and thus the zombie-drawing noise.
With the survivors scattered, Lori went into labor as she, Maggie, and Carl tried to evade a group of walkers, and that ended, well, it ended, for Lori.
As for Rick, Darryl, Oscar, and the generator room, Darryl kept approaching zombies at bay while Rick shut down the power, but when Andrew, another prisoner who'd been hiding in the room, attacked Rick, Oscar picked up Rick's gun and shot Andrew.
Andrew was the titular killer within. Cast out by Rick in last week's episode, he had somehow survived the walkers and, as was teased at the beginning of tonight's episode, had opened the gates that allowed this most recent zombie attack to begin.