This episode centers around Rick, Carl, and Michonne on a supply run, almost immediately they come across a lone man walking along the road crying out for help. Bringing us back in time to the series’ beginning when Rick was fresh from the hospital bed walking down abandoned streets trying to make it home. Our callused crew does not help the man, just drives by intent on completing their mission, which does not include adding a member to their group.
Sure enough, when they reach Rick and Carl’s hometown, an old friend we’ve been waiting two seasons to see again greets them with gunfire. Remember Morgan and Duane? They saved Rick in episode one from the walkers and explained to him what the state of the world had become while he was unconscious. Well, Morgan is still alive and bunkered in a building surrounded by booby traps – One Eyed Willie Style. Carl is forced to shoot Morgan to defend Rick, when Morgan finally regains consciousness it turns into crazy versus crazy (Rick vs. Morgan).
Morgan’s story is tragic like so many other characters but I have to give a shout out to Lennie James (the actor who plays Morgan) for giving a spectacular performance. I would not be surprised if he is nominated for an award next year, his monologue about the events of his life leading up to this episode was outstanding. Although Rick tried to bring Morgan into the group, he refused and opted to “clear” instead. Morgan had lost his will to live and I believe this was his swan song although we do not see him go.
During this interaction between Rick and Morgan, Michonne and Carl are off scavenging for the baby. Michonne has suddenly taken a semi-humorous attitude, (e.g. “the mat said ‘welcome’”) and we learn she has penchant for cat art. Maybe this is a ploy to ensure we like her before she’s inevitably sacrificed in a future episode. I don’t know about the other Deadheads out there but I already like her, she’s badass.
In the final scene, we see that the lone man from the first scene has succumbed to walkers but left his gear behind – snag. This episode was reprieve before the impending war between Woodbury and the prison gang. Next episode brings the action. Only four episodes left in season three – keep watching Sundays on AMC and check back here for a recap and commentary!