After a lackluster return from hiatus, AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead bounced back last night with a solid installment. Entitled “Home,” the end sets the stage for an all-out clash between the band of survivors at the prison and the Governor’s (David Morrissey) forces from Woodbury. Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) mental state leaves something to be desired, and they really have no idea what they’re up against. These two new sneak peeks at the next episode, “I Ain’t a Judas,” touch on those important topics.
Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t seen last night’s episode yet!
You know you’re in a bad place when your young son tells you that you need to step back and take a rest, but that’s exactly what Carl (Chandler Riggs) says to his old man. He knows it won’t be easy, but it’s a testament to how far Carl has come as a character that he’s willing and able to approach his father like this. It’s also a very sweet moment. His father is hurting, he hasn’t taken the time he needs to actually try to deal with the trauma and tragedy he’s experienced, and Carl knows that, as much as he is needed, dear old dad needs a rest.
“Home” ends with a shot of what I like to think of as Rick’s revenge face, and you’re left with the impression that he’s going to pull himself together for the good of the group, and a little ass kicking. From this clip, he’s still got a ways to go—he looks like he just woke up from a week-long bender—but you walk away with hope that he may get there. We’ll have to wait and see how this all shakes out.
While the Governor is most definitely a bad dude, fans of Robert Kirkman’s comics have been waiting for the brutal, sadistic, psychotic villain we all know. The retaliatory sneak attack on the prison is a step in that direction, but Merle’s (Michael Rooker) description of the man in this clip sounds familiar to some of us.
It looks like we’re moving towards the violent, catastrophic clash between groups of survivors that season three of The Walking Dead has been promising all along. Will the group at the prison be able to repel more attacks from the Governor? In the aftermath of “Home,” will they move on before they lose more people? Will they strike first? There are tons of ways to proceed, so which avenue would you like to see them take?