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The Walking Dead: "The Suicide King" (Season 3, Episode 9) & "Home" (Season 3, Episode 10)

We left with a brewing civil war between mentally disturbed survivor leaders. Well, consider it brewed. “The Suicide King” is a little weak, but “Home” ends with a certified bang.

People are still dropping like flies, Rick is still falling apart, and that does not bode well for his overmatched group. The Governor is a full blown sociopath at this point, which doesn’t bode well for his group even if he wins. Nothing like a little lose-lose confrontation in a post-Apocalyptic world to bludgeon hope to death. Maybe that’s why Mad Max never stuck with any group for long.

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The Walking Dead: "When the Dead Come Knocking (Season 3, Episode 7), "Made to Suffer" (Season 3, Episode 8)

Today, for the season ending finale, we look for the positives in everyone. The Governor is a family man, if in a totally demented way. Merle may be a total jerk, but he is handy to have around if you want to torture someone. Michonne is a bad ass with a sword, but she actually cares about children in distress. Rick, is well, our everyman who still tries to sort of pretend he has a conscious. Darryl is pretty much the switch hitting utility infielder who’s also good with tools that everyone needs when catastrophe comes a knocking.

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The Walking Dead: "Hounded" (Season 3, Episode 6)

Merle is still a jerk, Michonne is still a badass, the Governor is still a bad guy, and Andrea is still a truly dreadful judge of men. Meanwhile, Rick conducts a therapy session with himself. Yet despite these repetitions of theme, a lot actually happens in this episode. And, to use a science fiction pun, we finally see worlds colliding at the end.

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The Walking Dead: "Say the Word" (Season 3, Episode 5)

We open with the governor brushing a girl’s hair. When a piece of her scalp comes off, she snarls and just like that we meet his dead daughter, Penny. So the Governor, who up to now has been a more successful version of Rick, becomes an echo of Hershel as well in trying to salvage walkers.

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The Walking Dead: "Walk With Me" (Season 3, Episode 3), "Killer Within (Season 3, Episode 4)

We spent one week meeting a psychotic Andy Griffith in Woodbury, Georgia. We spent the next in a truly harrowing prison zombie fight. The first one was kind of slow, but the second was quite the ripper. All in all, it was entertaining, but I wonder how long a show can go on like this. Short seasons are a big help. Sixteen straight weeks of this might burn out even the old Fangoria readers.

“Walk With Me”

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