The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 9 "The Suicide King" Review

Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 9 Suicide King

The Walking Dead returns with the mid-season premiere: Season 3, Episode 9 titled “The Suicide King”. Will Daryl and Merle survive? Will Rick finally meet the Governor face to face?

Let’s dissect the episode! Continue reading for my review and spoiler filled thoughts.

Mid-Season Premiere

For some fans it was a long grueling wait to find out what happens to everybody’s favorite Daryl and his foul-mouthed brother Merle. For myself, time has flown by and I can’t believe it’s already Feb 10th.

Most of this episode dealt with the emotional aftermath of the assault on Woodbury and rescue of the Dixon Brothers. It was a good idea to take the time to establish where each character’s mindset is at and let the natural course of events play out rather rushing ahead to the next arc, which I assume will be the Governor retaliating.

Dixon Brothers

Phew! As hoped, both Dixon brothers survive the battle to the death.

Other than some brief words and punches, the brothers didn’t get the reunion I expected. Not that I expected any hugs or fist bumps, I’m just curious what these two men have to say to each other.

Thanks to Rick knocking out Merle, we’ll have to wait until next episode to see what’s going to happen between the two brothers.

Should Rick have allowed Merle to join the group? Was Rick right to give Daryl an ultimatum?

Personally, I think Rick made the right decision. Merle will only cause trouble and create division within the group. Anyways, there was no way Maggie and Glenn would have allowed Merle to come back to the prison.

Will Daryl regret his decision to go with Merle? Before Daryl became an integral part of the family, he was distant and cold like a stone. He’s still a tough bad-ass but over time he’s opened up and developed a personal relationship with Carol, Carl, even naming Lil Asskicker. Maybe when he realizes what he gave up, he’ll come back around to the prison.

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Panic in Woodbury

When the chaos broke out during the rescue, The Governor has this look on his face that suggests he’s become numb to everything. He’s gonna love every minute of thinking of ways to payback Rick’s group.

Where do the people of Woodbury think they are going? Sure, a half dozen of them died but they’ve been sheltered for so long they don’t know the real dangers out there or how to survive on their own.

The Governor killing the man in agony was an act of mercy. In the past, the Governor likes to keep the killing away from the sight of the residents but now he doesn’t care. He’s done sheltering his people from the harsh realities of living in a zombie apocalypse. No more BBQs and picnics.

A lot of viewers may have rolled their eyes during Andrea’s speech, but at least she did the right thing to calm down the residents.

Seems like the leaders, Governor and Rick, are going through something similar and they’re both pushing people away.

Family Ties

My kill of the week goes to Glenn for viciously head stomping the walker. Nasty! Looks like he needed to release some pent-up anger.

I liked how both Glenn and Hershel acknowledged they’ve become a family. But what’s going on between Maggie and Glenn? I think Glenn feels he failed in his duty to protect Maggie, especially from the Governor’s interrogation (aka sexual intimidation).

Glenn wants revenge and lashed out at Rick for not killing the Governor when he had the chance. This is not the old Glenn that was overly accommodating and going down a well with a walker inside because he was asked to.

I feel for Carole when she finds out Daryl ditched her. But she’s not devastated. She tell’s Beth if her [deceased] husband asked her to leave with him she wouldn’t.

And when Beth says the group is weaker without Daryl, Carole just replies Tyreese’s group looks strong. I don’t think she’s just putting on a brave face. It seems she’s really come a long way from being the abused wife from Season 1.

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What’s Up With Rick? Is Lori Back?

Michonne should really speak up and give Rick a reason to keep her around if she wants to stay.

What was going on when Rick was holding Lil Asskicker? Maybe he’s not in an emotional state to care for his baby and can’t imagine raising her without Lori? Does he think the biological father is Shane?

Tyreese and his sister look like great potential members to Rick’s team. Unfortunately they come attached with Alan and Ben.

Has Rick given up faith in people? Other than his family, he doesn’t want to be responsible for anyone else. 

What’s happening to Rick? First the telephone calls from the dead, then seeing Shane last episode and now hallucinating of Lori. That was a creepy silhouette of Lori.

I think it would be great if Lori came back as a figment of Rick’s fractured mind. There’s still a lot to be resolved between the two and that might be the solution to end his haunting visions.


Would you have let Merle join the group? Should Rick have allowed Tyreese’s group to stay? What do you think of Daryl leaving the group (at least for now)?

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