The Walking Dead

Season 3 Episode 4

Killer Within

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 2012 on AMC

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  • Heartbreaking, emotional and gripping, a fine hour of television indeed!

    Spoiler Alert

    I know I keeping saying it week in and week out, but honestly The Walking Dead keeps on managing to be create more emotion that has everyone on the edge of their seat while watching. Once again the writers have proven no one is safe in this new world, and we should hold our loved ones close while we still can.

    We start off with what is a seemingly normal day at the prison, the group is moving cars, cracking a joke about Maggie and Glenn in the guard tower when suddenly things shift after they notice the fence has been cut open and walkers are making their way into the prison guards.

    The group is split, with Rick leading Daryl and Glenn on a mission to shut off the sirens that are drawing walkers, while T-Dog after being bitten makes it his mission to lead Carol to safety. Hershel and Beth find shelter behind a fence, while Maggie, Carl and Lori are forced to hide in a boiler room after Lori enters labor.

    While we see the tension filled ride through the prison, we are also treated to a more talkative day in Woodbury. The loyalty and bond between Andrea and Michonne isn't as strong as it once was and Merle wants to try and find his brother. David Morrissey continues to play the Governor as a borderline psychotic character, whose every action seems like it could have ulterior motives.

    However in this episode the best acting came from Sarah Wayne Callies, Chandler Riggs and Andrew Lincoln. T-Dog was a goner right from the start, so the heroics from Irone Singleton were a good send off. The death that no one saw coming was Lori Grimes, who after starting to bleed asks Maggie to do a C-Section in order to save the baby. The scene between Sarah Wayne Callies and Chandler Riggs was emotional, heartbreaking but most all it was genuine. Lori held her son close, telling him to always do what was right. The flashback to season two added even more emotion, showing how much more mature and grown up Carl was having to face the death of his mom and do what needed to be done.

    Andrew Lincoln has his moment to shine when Maggie and Carl return with the baby and he calls out for Lori but Maggie shakes her head. Rick begins to sob uncontrollably, crashing to the ground due to emotion. Give this show the Emmy for best drama already. These writers, these actors and the crew have continued to step it up and deliver top notch performing and showmanship. There is a reason The Walking Dead is as big as it is, and that is because they do what needs to be done, no character is safe at this point. Next year at the Emmy's this should be the episode that is used to campaign for best drama, a long with best actor in a drama for Andrew Lincoln and best writing for a drama for the entire writing crew.

    Keep it coming! There is no doubt I'll be watching. The Walking Dead is no doubt the ballsiest show on the air right now.

  • Very emotional

    I admit that by the end of Killer Within I had tears in my eyes. This has to be one of the best episodes of Walking Dead since so much emotion was involved as well as IronE Singleton (T-Dog) and Sarah Wayne Callies' (Lori Grimes) acting was fantastic. It's a shame two great characters were killed off as they had big parts, though I think T-Dog deserved to have a storyline for himself. You'd have to admire Carl shooting his own mum, I'd never be able to do that. Chandler Riggs (Carl) is excellent the way he is able to put so much emotion into his acting. I cannot wait to see the next episode!

  • Sacrifice

    Wow. This was a great episode and one of the most gut wrenching to watch. First off, T-Dog's death was the most tear jerking part of the episode for me. Laurie's scene was well acted by Sarah and seeing Maggie cut her open with the dirty knife was brutal and Carl nonchalantly killing her and the efficient flashback to Rick's no more kid stuff speech last season. This was pretty darn good for only the fourth episode and Michonne playing detective on the Governor showed that she is just as efficient in mind as she is in sword and Andrea trying to stay while Michonne is trying to get out the door. The flashing in between Woodbury and building up Merle to go looking for Daryl eventually and the Governor hitting golf balls into the street was reminiscent of Fight Club which made me smile. Anyway, fantastic episode and some great acting for Andrew Lincoln, Sarah, and the tragic "Go!" shouting of T-Dog after Carol runs out the door and made me lament how he had survived with so little characterization and when he finally had a seeming conscious with not putting the inmates out on the road. Also the black inmate shooting the thought to be dead one from last week and then handing the gun over to Rick really solidified just which side he's on. Hope other episodes will keep the pace going but at this rate we'll be down to Rick and Carl by midseason.
  • I cried like a baby.

    This episode was by for the most tragic. I cried like if I was watching an episode of One Tree Hill. Love this show and would recommend it to anyone. If you're not watching this, you better start now!
  • Amazing Job!

    My favorite episode so far. Unexpected deaths are what made it great, i know some of us were attached to the characters but its a zombie apocalypse and whether we like it or not, not everyone can survive. Carl is one of the of those characters that were truly hated during season two and what he did during this episode made him bad-ass, he did what had to be done. In the other hand Lori was not able to get to the likable list but her birth scene was fantastic. Then comes Tdog who was barely seen for two seasons and when given more scenes his time was cut short, but we can not complain he saved someone and for that we will remember him. The writers have really stepped up this season, done an amazing job and finally got the hint that season two was a snore-fest.
  • Oh God!

    This was incredible....simply the end of this episode, I was crying as if I have lost these characters myself..........Best episode of ANY TV SHOW by a LONG MILE!
  • Made me cry.

    When Carl had to shoot his mom and the way Rick reacted to it just made me lose it. Kinda sad that Lori died so early in the season though. Would have hoped she would have at least made it for a couple more episodes even if she was like unconsious or something. But other all the episode was great and a real attention getter.
  • I got no imagination for titles

    Maaan! That was the best episode so far for ME. It kept getting more and more intense every second! And to the guy below me who said that was the worst acting on televison, DUDE, it was the complete opposite of what you said. Andrew made me cry so bad in the end. I'm shocked on how perfect this episode was, keep it coming AMC!!!
  • Epic Epicness

    One of the best eps of any series I've seen, and it wasn't even a season or series finale. I can't believe I cried watching a zombie show! Keep 'em coming!
  • Great Episode

    What got me upset was the peoples reaction to Lori`s death. Rick`s complete meltdown was tough to watch. It`s amazing television. Rick was the one who broke down and was crying on the ground in the fetal position understandibly of course. But did you notice Carl? After shooting his mom he walked out of that room like a robot no feelings semingly. Then when Rick found out Carl just stood there no emotion no reaction, it`s as though he let it all out before she died and when she did no more tears for him.
  • the best episode

    yes this episode was the most dramatic and best of all.

    So good that i even sign up to just to leave this message.

    I never thought that I would let a tear glide,with a zombie series.

    Realy well done.

    Pity lori is now dead,just when i getting to like her, but they have done everything to make the best possible end.realy big box of kudo's voor this.

    Very impressed by carl, this sucks for him, and rick.

    One of the best moments if not the best!is when they came out with the baby,and to see the dynamic between the group and especially rick and carl.

    Season 3 is realy the best season,right now this show is on top of my list.

    I hope they can hold on to the level where the writers are now,en they go on for at least 2 more season's on this level.
  • Revolving Cast Door

    One thing I like about this show is the number of characters that come and go. With that said, SPOILER...... Lori dies and I like that, But a baby.. That's like walking around with a snack size siren
  • In response to the death of major characters..

    First to the guy wondering if they are 'cutting short to end the WD tv show'.. the answer is, most definitly not. I highly suggest reading the graphic novels which is much different than the TV series but if you did, you would know that characters in the WD die left and right. **kind of a spoiler** Many of the characters you think will live forever will die. This is what makes the GN and TV show so good, is that they do not hold back anything. It is one of the most pseudo-realistic zombie apocalypse stories ever written, in my opinion. Not to mention the ratings for the show are off the charts. So no, I don't think the show is going to be cancelled any time soon. I actually think we will see many more seasons to come.

    Just for the record, reading the graphic novels will not ruin the show and watching the show will not ruin the graphic novels. But like most movies/shows, the books are always better. You think the show goes overboard? oh man, you have no idea ;) So if you like the show, you are totally missing out if you haven't check out the GNs.
  • OMG !

    Incredible episode that had me sadly affected. Man, didn't see it or ahem, them coming. Beyond Brilliant ! Cannot wait for the next episode to see how on zombie earth they're gonna tie this season up nicely. I dun think I could ever recalled a major series where they nicked off so many main characters so early in the season. Guess downsizing can happen anywhere anytime apocalyptic too. Yikes!
  • Killer Within

    Best episode so far. May I remind you all that till now season 3 has provided us with so many zombie action in EVERY episode. Great twists and switching between the new characters of the village and the original characters of the series (which have been improving evidently this season) create a new dynamic in the series. Not to speak even about the tension with the inmates, this storyline is even scarier than the zombie action, which is done fantasticly. Great work keep it up.
  • Amazing episode

    The plot just keeps on getting more twisted and the acting was solid i held back the tears near the end because i was watching it with family but if i was alone i would have let them roll! ..... episode 5 is to far away now.
  • Wowzer


    We lost so many characters in this episode and some of my favorites, T-dog among them. Laurie's' loss was an emotional one and Carl having to deal with the "clean up" was very strong and disturbing.
  • Killer Within

    Killer Within was a heart wrenching and very exhilarating episode of The Walking Dead. I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome and had lots of great character and plot development. It was awesome to see some zombie action but very sad to see what happened to one of the main characters. There were a few touching and very emotional scenes. It was awesome to see Carl have flash backs and grow up the hard way. The ending was beautiful yet sad. I liked how every thing played out and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!
  • too sad!

    man.. one the best characters that could have been needed for the group died..talking about t-dog. it shouldn't mean that two characters were going to be added to their team that two roles should die.. how sad!

    what should happen to rick now!!so devastated.

    --can he blame himself for not killing the prisoner he chased???

    but it made me shed a tear.. one of the best episode..worth the wait!
  • WOW, how good is this for drama/action!

    I hope there's plenty more actors on tap. lol

    Coz they're dropping like flies in this show.

    Best of all, I'm not watching this show thinking "oh that's rubbish, that would never happen" or "why didn't those idiots do this or do that"....which (apart from forgetting to cut the babies umbilical cord) makes this so believable. Loads of raw emotion delivered by a bunch of fantastic actors puts this as one of the best episodes in three seasons. The final scene was 'off the chain' perfectly acted.

    Sorry to sound mean but I wont miss Lori.

    That Govenor is also a piece of work....couple of cans short of a 6 pack i think.
  • Intense

    I have to admit this is an intense episode and I have like 5 day delay due to a surfing trip in a resort with poor wifi speed but yeah! killing lorie is relieving but as a medical practitioner, how will that baby survive? I mean they barely have food to eat but I guess we will see in the coming episodes. I remember crying while watching this, laughing and when I realized it's not just Lori that is dying I found myself speechless. I also love Magie now, I remember her from an annoying episode from Supernatural but surely she redeemed herself in TWD. I love the tension and the suspense. Keep it coming yet , I realized that we are halfway through the season :( now, this made me realized some crappy tv shows get 24 episodes but good ones have 10-12 like Game of thrones and dexter, anyone?
  • What a great episode!

    This episode was great. This is one of my favorites episodes of the season. The performances were amazing and the end was just shocking. I loved it
  • Amazing!


    In this episode we return to the prison where someone is seriously being a douche; opening gates, ringing alarms and placing animal intestines all over the place. Maggie, Lori and Carl end up in the prison, T-Dog and Carol end up in another part of the prison, Beth and Hershel lock themselves in a small fenced area while Rick, Oscar and Daryl try to find and shut down the emergency generators.

    T-Dog got bitten and he realized that he wasn't going to make it and made it his final mission to get Carol to safety. And I really hope Carol is alive.. Just so T's sacrifice didn't go to waste. T-dog died like a hero and I think he deserved because of the second season. ( And yes I consider it a sacrifice... even though he was bitten )

    Rick, Oscar and Daryl manage to find the generator room and find out that the presumed dead Andrew was the one playing games and getting people killed. Oscar seems redeem himself a spot in the group while Daryl is being a badass as usual and keeping the generator room's door shut and killing zombies in the process.

    Meanwhile in Woodbury, the Governor manages to make Andrea feel so safe that she is starting to question Michonne's judgement (Though I can't blame her. If I didn't read the comics I would stay at Woodbury too) and Andrea gives Merle the location of Hershel's farm stating that she would want the same if it was her in Merle's situation. I have to say that Merle doesn't seem like such an asshole in the 3rd season... Maybe he has learned a thing or two.

    TWD made an attempt to make Lori a better character and they were slowly pulling it off and then they decided to kill her off. Which to me felt like it happened too soon. I expected them to use the first half of the season to make Lori a fine member of the group and then kill her when she'd reached some sort of a fanbase so it surprised me profoundly. Great acting on Sarah Wayne Callies' behalf... One of the most touching scenes in the series and followed by such a bloody end. And great job by Chandler Riggs and Lauren Cohan. I seriously think that Cohan's Maggie has been near perfect in the 3rd season and Chandler's Carl has gotten a bit darker, more serious and more awesome.

    The final scene was so paralyzing that forgot to breath during it... As Rick sees Maggie carrying a baby and Carl carrying a weapon, I think he realizes two things A) Lori is dead B) Carl was the one who finished her off. And it was just so heartwrenching to watch. I can only say: Bravo Andrew Lincoln... Bravo!
  • "The Killer Inside" was a great foreshadow

    Great episode. The series has just been reset and there are a lot of moving parts to keep you guessing.
  • A clever title goes here!

    This was a great episode. So sad that two of the group died. You get to know these characters so when one of them dies it is heart wrenching. I feel so bad for Rick. So devastated about Lori. And T-dog gosh he is one that was handy. What are they going to do with the baby though. I mean you can't keep a baby quiet when you are near walkers. Not to mention formula for the baby. It is going to be hard to find it around. I hate it that Lori and T-dog had to die. What about the other woman (don't remember her name) but she got away because of where did she go? Is she still alive? Will they find her before she gets bit. And what about the new guys...
  • Where's Carol? **SPOILER**

    Great episode with many "cast changes". The Governor continues to reveal himself as the creepiest survivor around and Mich is that much closer to going medieval on him. A very hectic and nerve-wracking episode and I agree the acting was solid, too.


    Finding Carol's scarf isn't the same as finding Carol so I'm hoping they resolve this and maybe show her having gotten lost or trapped outside the prison where she can be rescued. It would be awful if they wrote her out without any sort of send-off at all. I expect to see her again in the next week or so and I also hope it's not the way we saw Sophia again. T-Dog went the way I expected him to but after all this time I was beginning to think he'd become a permanent character. Just goes to show that none of the cast it all that permanent so they must look at each week's new script with a hint of worry that they'll be leaving.

    I for one was tired of the Rick-Lori story line, he clearly couldn't get over the multi-layered betrayal so I'm glad that's over and they couldn't exactly have Rick die without the entire group disintegrating so bye bye Lori. As with Shane, having Carl step in to finish things will probably be too much for some but this isn't an after-school special, its the zombie apocalypse and he can't afford to be a whiny dependent child.
  • lives might

    Lives might be put in jeopardy, but do we get a major death, ofcourse not, even 3 seasons later no major deaths has occured.

    Season 2 left me with low expectations for the show but NOPE it is actually fantastic. I love the way it can turn from peace to mayhem in seconds and that no character is truly safe. They draw out the character death so you still believe they will live then NOPE all hope is torn away. I was sad to see T-Dog go but it was worth it to get rid of Lori I mean holy shit thank god she is gone, now we can just hope that Rick will go on a murderous rampage and kill Carl. Also I hope the prisoner with the moustache joins the group, I like him. The other guy can come too.

    Also I totally called that guy coming back to haunt them I totally friggen called that.
  • Mayhem & Misery

    I think this is the best start to a season that this show has had. I love the new setting and also the new, separate plots. I'm sure they'll both run into each other somewhere down the line but never the less I'm looking forward to following them unfold. As for the episode though...Incredibly fast paced, exciting, yet harrowing capture my general feelings this week. I can't quite believe that we lost TWO main characters however, it looks like we've gained two more in the form of (ex) cons so that should be interesting. Can't wait til next week!! :)
  • A clever title goes here!

    walking dead just keeps getting better & better

    love it
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