Piers McCarthy reviews the thirteenth episode of The Walking Dead season 3….
Major spoilers follow…
Milton and Hershel are the two that connect the most. Milton is ingeniously collecting notes on the events of the apocalypse for future generations to look back on, something that Hershel (and most of the audience will) find endearing. Milton’s avid curiosity about the time of infection, amputation and healing of Hershel’s amputation breaks the ice, with an additional quip from Hershel. As men of medicine, here is a pair who would be a great duo were it not for the divide of colonies. It’s something that might develop later on (perhaps if the war is won by Rick, Milton may join with them).
As the two parties separate after lengthy discussion – to be resumed again at a later date – the episode ends with a juxtaposed feeling of divide and familiarity. Talk of war may be exciting for the action-loving audiences but as Rick mentions, it’s not a sought-after outcome (especially now that they have all talked with one another). Maybe war will not come and The Walking Dead will throw another curve-ball. As of now, we have our heroes on edge at the prospect of battle – “They need to be scared…’cause that’s the only way they’ll accept it” as Rick tells them. He’s right in a broad sense; not all of them are intent on risking their lives but if it is the only way, that’s what needs to happen. That’s a common theme of the series – the last resort – and the viewer continues to ponder over the extent/limit of it.
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