TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD Season Three Episode 13, 'Arrow on The Doorpost'

AMC's Emmy Award-winning series The Walking Dead is led by showrunner Glen Mazzara and based on the acclaimed comic book series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The next episode is scheduled to air March 17th, 2013.

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The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth.

Season 3, episode 13

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Since coming back from the mid-season break, The Walking Dead seems to be following the pattern of OK episode then groundbreaking episode and then repeat. 'Arrow on the Doorpost' was the calm before the storm as Rick and The Governor finally meet face to face in order to discuss terms and a potential peace treaty. Andrew Lincoln and David Morissey both provide some very nice intense scenes of dialog throughout and fans were never quite sure what may happen over the course of 'Arrow on the Doorpost'.

Speaking of the episode name – I didn't get it. I wish showrunner Glen Mazzara had stuck with 'Pale Horse' and kept the original scene with Daryl finding a headless rider on a living horse which tied into the episode title. I don't think it would have felt all that out of place and would have been a nice sign of the massive death that is about to come crashing down upon them all. While Rick and the Governor are talking over what to do, they both put Andrea in her place by telling her to get the hell out of the room, making it very clear that neither leader truly wants her opinion or presence in their respective groups. It was a nice representation as to how many fans are feeling about that character's position in the series in general.

Daryl has a great scene with Caesar as the two decide to play the "whose d*** is bigger" game by one-upping each other via brutal zombie kills. Caesar's baseball bat kills are some of the most brutal this season and the special effects were fantastic. I think it's funny that during the filming of this scene, Norman Reedus missed his zombie target and wound up smoking the back of Caesar's head twice with a rubber knife.

Herschel and Milton have an interesting back and forth discussion that ends awkwardly when Milton asks to see Herschel's leg stump and the old bearded farmer responds with a line about buying him a drink first. It was a cool scene to see two 'normal' people having a chat while two other guys are face-stabbing and head-smashing zombies. Rick and the Governor talk to each other for most of the episode until some intriguing terms are proposed to Rick's crew.

As the episode winds down, we find out The Governor's true intentions which isn't so hard to predict considering he's now adopted this sort of 'crazy swag' demeanor and really embraced how much fun he's having during these times of war. Rick scares the s*** out of his prison crew by prepping them for a potential war before revealing the truth of the terms to Herschel outside. In the end it won't matter because I truly do see a fire-fight and a nice little skirmish next week when the deal falls through on both sides. The fans are feeling a little safe right now, so it's about time we were shocked off our asses.

3 Stars

Inside Season 3 Episode 13

The Making of Season 3 Episode 13

AMC's Emmy Award-winning series The Walking Dead is directed by Glen Mazzara and based on the acclaimed comic book series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The upcoming season will star Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, Chad L. Coleman, Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride, Melissa McBride, Lew Temple, Emily Kinney, Dallas Roberts, Michael Rooker, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira and Norman Reedus.