The Walking Dead Season 3 – Episode 16 – Welcome to the Tombs – Recap

by Rob Caprilozzi

By The Big Bad Wolf

Synopsis: Rick and the group have to seriously consider if the prison is worth defending as the Governor’s impending attack looms over their heads.

Our thoughts: Ok so this is what we waited for folks, the big pay-off, right?

The episode starts with Milton being gutted by The Governor after refusing to kill Andrea when ordered to.
As Milton lays in a puddle of his own piss and blood, The Governor then takes his blood-thirsty troops to the prison and the battle begins… or so we think. The only problem is that Rick’s group is MIA. The Governor’s group goes through the prison and encounters a clever trap set by Rick’s squad which forces them out of the prison into a waiting Maggie and Glenn in full body armor. The duo unleashes loads of ammo. The Governor and his team high-tail it out of there. Well most of them…Carl proves once again that he is a STONE COLD KILLER as he guns down a teenager from The Governor’s group, who is genuinely scared and handing over his weapon.

An angry Governor orders his group to pull over and he decides to kill everyone in his group except for three people because they decided to retreat. Ummm…what? This is when you know the guy is completely off the rails as he screws up the numbers game when it comes to winning the battle.

As Rick, Michonne, Daryl and a survivor from The Governor’s group head to finish off what’s left of the gang from Woodbury, they find Tyrese and Sasha and quickly explain the situation. They team up to find a bitten Andrea. After a scene of goodbyes, Andrea kills herself with a gunshot to the head. Rick then brings a busload of people from Woodbury to the prison as the episode ends.

Ok, Andrea dies which is a big scene. Carl shooting a guy and then pretty much schooling his father then dismissing him is also a great scene. But am I the only one sort of disappointed with this episode? I was expecting a bloodbath of Rick’s people and a huge, fantastic battle. We were treated to neither. The Governor and three guys from his group are seemingly still around somewhere and we have no closure. There were PLENTY of slow moments this season that could have been nixed in order to have a two episode big shootout at the prison. After a great build up over the last few episodes, the episode felt like a pretty disappointing ending to a long season if you ask me.

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