Will Rick hold on to his “Ricktatorship?” What will happen to the Dixon Brothers? The Walking Dead mid-season finale was so good it had record-breaking viewership with a cliffhanger that had us at the edge of our seats.

The Walking Dead, Season 3, Episode 8, “Made to Suffer”—This last episode could have easily been the season finale, and that’s why it’s so great. With such a great mid-season cliffhanger, we know we’ll get to find out what happens when the series picks up again in February, and not have to wait a whole year. Going into zombie withdrawal is not an option at this point. To say this episode was exciting is an understatement.

The start of the episode was intriguing as we followed a group of survivors on the run (one of them has been bitten). One big dude named Tyreese, along with his sister and a few others. Fighting off a band of walkers, they find refuge in the prison.

For those of us who don’t know Tyreese, he’s a popular character from the Walking Dead comic who also has natural instincts as a leader. In the comics, he was revealed much earlier on so I guess it’s safe to guess that he’ll be around for a while, and will probably knock Rick down from his “Rictatorship” rule, but hopefully in a good way. From the promos, it appears that Rick will share in his leadership duties when Carl says, “Maybe you shouldn’t be the leader anymore.”

It’s Carl that actually discovers this new group in one of the prison areas and he leads them to safety. While dealing with one of their group members who was previously bitten, Carl locks them in the cell. Way to go Carl! Sasha’s is pissed but it seems that Tyreese understands that he’s just doing it for their safety. After all, they are a new introduction and we know how that usually plays out. Even though Carl has become smart, it’s kind of disturbing that a kid his age has so much responsibility. But then again, I don’t live in a post-apocalyptic zombie world.

While Carl has the prison activities under control, Rick, Daryl, Oscar and Michonne finally get into Woodbury and, with a few casualties along the way, rescue a very beaten Glenn and Maggie. The Governor then declares that they’re under attack by terrorists and Andrea joins in on trying to find the culprits. She doesn’t realize that Merle and the Gov’s crew are chasing her original crew members. But would she even care? After everything that’s happened so far, I have no faith in Andrea.

Throughout the attack Oscar gets shot and Michonne leaves the group. Rick, Maggie and Glenn make it out. While they’re waiting for Daryl who stayed behind to hold off the Gov’s men, and Merle, Michonne waits for the Governor in his apartment. She finds his aquarium of walker heads and finds Penny. She hold her sword to Penny’s neck once the Gov shows up who is noticeably distraught that she has his “little girl.” She ends Penny’s miserable zombie existence causing the Gov to attach her. A huge fight ensues between her and the Gov (best fight for Michonne!) in which he gets his eye sliced from a piece of glass she picked off the floor. It ends with Andrea coming to the Gov’s rescue holding Michonne at gunpoint but she lets Michonne leave. It could’ve taken Michonne about 30 seconds to tell Andrea that she came with Rick to get Maggie and Glenn, but I guess that would’ve been too easy for the story.

Michonne makes it over the wall and to Rick who is angry that she left them. In her own way, she pleads with Rick to let her stay by saying, “You need me.” Actually, they don’t, but she does need them.

Having lost any ounce of humanity he had left, the Gov, now clearly off his rocker,  gathers the whole town and announces that Merle is the guy responsible for letting the terrorists in.  I guess he’s pretty pissed that Merle lied to him about Michonne being dead. He then reunites Merle with a captured Daryl, who no doubt got caught on purpose. “You wanted your brother,” the Governor tells Merle, “you got ‘em.”

Will the Dixon brothers be able to get themselves out of this mess? Will Andrea help? Why is the Governor hell bent on killing Rick’s crew? So many questions!


The Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC and returns February 2013 for the last eight episodes.


—Toni-Marie Ippolito

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