TWD: The episode that gave me so many feels, Season 3 Episode 12: Clear

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Fandoms | 0 comments

Heeeey!  So I’m currently in the midst of a rewatch of The Walking Dead, to prepare for the new season which starts Oct 23.  This particular episode resonated with me the first time I watched it and this time it is AGAIN making me feel all the things.  There’s so much beauty in this episode, yet so much sadness.  Alright, so let us start at the beginning, shall we?

Back to where it started

The Governor has pretty much called a war between Woodbury and Daryl’s group. (I know, everyone calls it Rick’s group but I’m #teamDaryl so I’m calling it what I want!)  daryl-the-walking-dead-episode-10

Rick has decided that it’s time to go back to the old neighborhood and see if they can find any supplies and weapons so they can fight against the Governor.   Carl begs to go and Rick allows it, so he, Carl and Michonne set off to a new adventure! #cheesy

While driving they pass a dude running along the street begging for them to stop.  I’m sad for him, but I understand why they don’t stop, as they definitely have to have a trust no one  way of life at this point.  It’s clear that Carl is sad about passing him up as well, but he keeps quiet  about it.  Michonne is driving and has to go around some stopped cars on the road and of course, the car gets stuck.  Zombies show up, a bit of chaos ensues, they kill all the zombies and innovatively (pretty sure I just made that word up) they use zombie body parts to get themselves unstuck, zombies CAN be useful!  The whole time, dude is running along the street screaming for them to wait for him.  They don’t, because at this point you have to fear the living, right?

As they get closer to the neighborhood, there are many warnings written on walls and on the ground.  Those should certainly be ignored, because most likely the people that wrote them are dead anyway.

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The trio get to the town and discover that it’s been taken over by booby traps, but that doesn’t deter them as they work their way through the traps until a man on a roof starts shooting at them.  They have a decision to make, leave as the man is telling them to, or take him down so they can push forward.   They discuss it, because there’s obviously time for that since the guy is literally counting to 10, and they decide to take the guy out.  Rick tells Carl to go to the car and in true Carl fashion, he doesn’t.   Instead he shoots the guy in the stomach.   Rick lifts up the guys shirt to see if he was hurt and found that he was wearing a bulletproof vest, lucky for that guy!  Eventually he gets around to taking off the guys helmet and then my world was rocked.

MORGAN IS BACK!!!! MORGAN IS BACK!!!!!

YES!  It’s Morgan, the guy from the very first episode, who literally saved Ricks life. I was a huge Morgan fan from the get go ( I guess I was a Lennie fan, I loved him in Jericho, so I just wanted to see him again) and was sad when I realized he wasn’t going to be a part of the main cast, so I was SO SO SO beyond excited when I saw his face again!  Of course, he’s unconscious so I have to wait anxiously for him to see that Rick is still alive.  They get Morgan inside the building and find that he has all of the weapons that Rick was trying to go get.  Michonne wants to take the weapons and go, but Rick is adamant that they will stay until Morgan wakes up, he still has a huge sense of loyalty to him and I LOVE that!  Michonne starts eating Morgans food, which Rick questions, her reply of “the mat says welcome” is literally what made me fall in love with Michonne.  I love me some smart ass.  Carl tells his dad that he’s going to go find a crib for Judith, and Michonne says she will go with him while Rick waits for Morgan to regain consciousness.

Michonne and Carl bond

It’s so sweet.  Carl has totally had mixed emotions about Michonne until this moment, they come across a cafe that Carl and his parents must have frequented often because there is a framed photo of them on the wall.  There’s zombies, rats as bait and lots of gore while Carl is trying to get the picture.  Eventually they are overrun and have to leave the building.  Carl gives Michonne the big eyes and she goes back in and gets the photo like it’s no big deal.  She also grabs a painted cat sculpture for reasons, seriously this woman is the shiz.

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Meanwhile, Morgan is awake!  It’s pretty apparent once he wakes up, that he is a few zombies short of a full horde.  The first couple of minutes after he wakes up results in him trying to kill Rick, he claims that Rick is “wearing dead man’s faces.” and ends up stabbing Rick in the shoulder, no big deal for Rick though, he finally talks Morgan down and they are able to sit and have a semi civil conversation.  We find out that Morgan’s son Duane was turned by his mother which is absolutely the most heartbreaking thing ever, if Morgan had simply shot her in the head like he really really should have, his boy would still be alive.  Tragic, and the story brought me to tears, (Lennie James is a phenomenal actor.) Rick tells Morgan he should come back to the prison with them, but Morgan has already figured out that there’s a war based on their need of weapons.  He agrees to give Rick the guns, but has no desire to be a part of the war.

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I’m heartbroken again as Rick, Michonne, Carl and a pack and play head back to the prison minus my second favorite character.  They start the drive  and pass a mess of a human on the side of the road, a few feet further is a pack that looks exactly like the pack that was on the dude that was begging them to stop for him.  They reverse the car, grab the pack and are on their way.

In closing…

I loved everything about this episode.  Michonne showed her sassy side and it was everything.  I plead with The Walking Dead Gods that Morgan will come back and actually become a full time cast member.  (Spoilers, he does and I can’t wait to get to that point in my rewatch!)

I really enjoyed doing this blog, I think I might do recaps of all my favorite episodes from all my favorite fandoms!  If you don’t already watch The Walking Dead, you should.  It’s got gore, it’s got love, loyalty, friendships, more blood and guts and stuff and super creative ways to kill zombies and your favorite characters!  It’s on Netflix, you should watch it.  For real, just go now.  Report back when you’re done!

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