Glenn and Maggie are interrogated and Michonne joins the prison gang in The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 7 titled “When the Dead Coming Knocking”.
Let’s dissect the episode! Continue reading for my initial reactions and spoiler filled thoughts.
Glenn Versus Merle
The opening scene was riveting. Merle owns his vileness with a pathological glee. It was creepy how Merle was violating Glenn’s face with his hand knife as if it were soft sweet kisses.
Overhearing the threats in another room is Maggie. She is completely helpless and frightened for her lover’s safety. All of these moments were perfectly played.
The writers deserve credit for reinventing Merle from the over the top racist in the first season to a deliciously deranged villain in season three. He’s still racist but not as extreme. Merle got in the best lines of the episode.
Glenn’s bluff had Merle a bit tense until he mentioned Andrea was still apart of their group. It was a good try though.
Watching Glenn still tied to the chair while fighting the walker was incredibly suspenseful and well choreographed. Glenn is not afraid to die but he knew he had to survive to keep Maggie alive. Merle threatened that the walker could get hungry again in an hour, meaning the next meal might be Maggie. Glenn’s primal scream after the kill was fantastic! This was my kill of the week.
Take Off Your Shirt
The Governor’s feigned civility is frightening. He first tries to offer safety and assistance to Maggie in the most gentleman like manner.
When that doesn’t work he tries a psychological threat. “Take off your shirt or I’ll bring Glenn’s hand in here. Go on.” I actually believe the Governor would have chopped off Glenn’s hand if she didn’t obey him.
Maggie was so vulnerable half-naked in front of her interrogator. The Governor takes it a step farther; sniffing her hair and slamming her down over the table. Maggie telling the Governor to just go ahead with it meant she was prepared to protect the prison location even if it meant being violated. I’m pretty sure this will be most people’s favorite scene for obvious reasons.
Officer Friendly & Team Prison
So I’m assuming that Michonne’s own bleeding caused the walkers to turn on her after initially ignoring her. After watching the group care for each other like a family and seeing the baby, Michonne realized that Rick’s group were just being precautious in their treatment of her. This made her trust in the group; at least enough to reveal information about Glenn, Maggie and Woodbury.
Even with all the big moments in this episode, the writers found time for little moments of humanity. Carol’s facial expression from joy having reunited with the group to sadness as she realizes Lori didn’t make it was heartfelt. The short conversion between Rick & Carl, naming the baby Judith, and then later acknowledging Daryl for taking care of his family were also nice touches.
Instead of using the cabin scene as a cliffhanger to be resolved in the next episode, Team Rick found a quick, smart solution. When Rick was telling the crazy hermit, “I’m just gonna reach down …” it reminded me of the scene where he killed Shane. It was pretty gruesome watching the walkers chow down on the hermit.
Who Is Mr. Coleman?
The least engaging scenes this week once again belong to Andrea. The level of intensity in Andrea scenes didn’t match everything else going on.
I do find Milton’s experiment on Mr. Coleman to be intriguing. However, does it really make a difference if there are traces of memory and consciousness remaining in walkers? If there is some way to control the walkers using visual and sound cues then maybe the experiments are worth while.
The final scene where Andrea pours herself a drink with the Governor over her shoulder felt like a soap opera shot, especially with the Governor looking out the corner of his eye while hugging.
Overall, this was a fantastic episode. Next week will be the mid-season finale so I expect it’s going to be crazy!
Whose interrogation was worse: Glenn or Maggie’s? Do you think Michonne realizes the prison people are Andrea’s former group? Do you want walkers to retain traces of their memory? Is Woodbury capable of taking on Rick’s battle tested crew?