If you thought Season Two’s ending had you on the edge of your seat, wait until you see Episode One of Season Three.
After barely escaping from the farm and losing several members of their group, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the remaining survivors travel along smaller roadways until forced to camp out in the open, after running low on fuel. It is at this desperate moment that they learn from Rick that they all carry the disease. Some are upset and want to head out on their own, but in the end they stay, with Daryl (Norman Reedus) becoming Rick’s second in command.
The survivors are continually on the run with the walking dead close behind. Rick is worried about Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and her advancing pregnancy. They need food and water and she can’t risk giving birth out in the open. Talk about your high risk pregnancy. In their search for sanctuary, they come across a large prison facility. Sanctuary at last, but there is one small problem. Meet me after the jump.
The prison yard is full of zombies. The group needs to fight their way inside to get to the food and water. Reminds me of a camping trip I was once on. Inch by inch the survivors fight their way inside the prison grounds killing the zombies who were once incarcerated criminals. After securing a fenced in section of the prison grounds, our survivors rest and we get to share some tender moments, like Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl sneaking away. Even during the extinction of mankind, there is always room for intimacy. Beth (Emily Kinney) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) sing songs around the campfire and for that night, all is well in the world.
While Rick and the group make plans to get inside the prison to the food supply and safety, the scene shifts to another part of town where we find Michonne (Danai Gurira), the katana wielding warrior separating a zombie from his head. This is the woman who had saved Andrea at the end of Season Two. Michonne is keeping Andrea (Laurie Holden) safe. Oh, and did I mention that Michonne has two pet zombies who she keeps chained and close to her side. Not to worry, they’re missing their arms and lower jaws.
Back at the prison, after the group fights their way past several zombie prison guards, they make their way to one of the cell blocks and kill all the zombies in that section. Sanctuary is finally theirs and they rest for the night. The next morning, they make plans to go from cell block to cell block to hunt down the remaining walking dead.
They find danger at every twist and turn inside the walls of the prison. In one of their search and destroy missions, Hershel (Scott Wilson) is bitten by a zombie. Rick is forced to amputate Hershel’s leg to keep the poison from spreading through Hershel’s blood. Hershel is bleeding out and as Rick and the others try to stop the bleeding, they discover that they’re not alone…
…Tune in next week to see who their new roommates are.