TV Recap: 'The Walking Dead' Episode 316 - 'Welcome to the Tombs'



the walking deadThe Walking Dead Episode 316
“Welcome to the Tombs”
Written By: Glen Mazzara
Directed By: Ernest Dickerson
Original Airdate: 31 March 2013

In This Episode...

The Governor is beating the crap out of Milton. He takes him into the room holding Andrea to collect his torture tools. Milton drops them and leaves a pair of pliers where they fell beneath Andrea’s chair.  The Governor takes a knife from the pile, hands it to Milton, and tells him he is not leaving until Andrea is dead. Milton tries to stab the Governor instead, but the Governor defends himself and Milton takes the stabbing. “I told you you were going to do it,” the Governor tells him. “Now you are going to die, and turn, and tear the flesh from her bones. In this life you kill or you die. Or you die and you kill.” He locks the two of them in. Milton isn’t dead, but isn’t in good shape. He tells Andrea about the pliers and encourages her to grab them, free herself, and kill him. Andrea prefers to believe the two of them will make it out together.

The prison gang packs up the cars and rolls out of the prison - a wise plan, as the Governor readies his troops and rolls in with military-grade turrets, rocket launchers, and all kinds of insane weaponry. The Woodbury contingent blows up guard towers, rams gates, and mows down walkers. They head inside - find no one. They move into the sleeping quarters - empty. The governor keeps moving them in, determined to find someone to kill. Deep in the catacombs, flash bombs go off. Gunshots. Walkers. It is chaos, and the Woodbury army streams out of the prison. As they leave, Maggie and Glenn, in riot gear, start shooting from the catwalks. Michonne, Rick, and Daryl all join the fight. They take out a number of the Woodburians and confiscate some of the vehicles and weapons. The Governor has no choice but to retreat. The prisoners consider this a victory. One young man - still a child, really - runs into Beth, Hershel, and Carl in the woods. Carl demands he drop the gun. The kid hands it over fearfully. Carl still shoots him dead.

On the road, the Governor is incensed. He forces his caravan to stop in the road, and the debate begins on whether to return home to lick their wounds, or go back and continue the fight. Some are willing to fight; others are done killing humans. The Governor is sick of them all - and kills them all. Every single one, save for Martinez and one other lackey. The three survivors get into one of the trucks and drive.

The prison group decides they need to follow the Governor and finish this, once and for all. Rick, Michonne and Daryl head out while the others stay and hold down the fort. Carl is pouty about not being included with his dad. The trio head out and stop when they discover the abandoned Woodbury trucks. They realize that many of the walkers milling about the area were once the Governor’s army. Those shot in the head became zombie food. Rick and his group are stunned. A woman, Karen, is hiding in the truck cab. One of the other soldiers fell atop Karen, protecting her from the Governor’s hail of bullets. She explains what happens and joins Rick’s group in storming Woodbury.

At the gates of Woodbury, Tyreese and Sasha (left to protect the children and the infirm) open fire on Rick’s group. Karen begs them to stop and explains what happened. The whole reason that Tyreese and Sasha didn’t join the army was because they didn’t want to kill humans. They open up the gates of Woodbury to them and tell them that Andrea left them several days ago. She never made it to the prison, so Rick leads the team back to the interrogation rooms the Governor kept Glenn and Maggie in. This is all news to Tyreese.

Andrea has spent much of the episode struggling to pick up the pliers with her toes and cut herself free. She works overtime as Milton finally dies and she knows she only has a few minutes  before he returns as a zombie. Rick finds Andrea - Milton is dead. Michonne is crying, she is so happy to see Andrea - but she is burning up. Andrea reveals a huge, nasty walker bite in her neck. Andrea insists on taking care of it herself and Rick, sadly, hands over a gun. Michonne won’t leave Andrea’s side. We go into the hall with Rick and, after a moment, hear a gunshot.

Rick’s team returns to the prison with a converted school bus in their command. They pull in and begin to off-load the bus. It is filled with Woodbury refugees, including Karen, Sasha, and Tyreese. It is no longer the time to fight amongst themselves. They are joining the prison crew. Carl is not happy. Rick looks to the catwalk and doesn’t see Lori looking down at him. He has an uneasy peace.

Dig It or Bury It?

This was an emotional episode. I was very sad to see Andrea go. She had been one of my favorite characters. More than anyone, I am sad to see her go - even more than Merle (but I think my affinity for him has more to do with the fact that I adore Michael Rooker than my feelings towards Merle). So much happened here, I am having a hard time putting my thoughts together. The Governor’s massacre of his people was chilling. It was totally in character, yet shocking. 

It ended... on an odd note. It was both sweet and sad. Rick has some closure with Lori, but then he realizes he may be raising a psychopath. Something about it ended on a very chilling note. I think it was supposed to be a happy - or at least positive - note. But it left me feeling cold, sad, anxious. And salivating for season four.

It is interesting to note that the season finale of The Walking Dead fell on Easter, which, from what I understand, is a holiday celebrating a man coming back from the dead....

Kill O’ the Week

Three-way tie. For most horrifying, the Governor coldly mowing down a dozen of his once-friends. For chilling, Carl killing the boy who was turning himself in. For sad, it was Andrea.