The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 7

When the Dead Come Knocking (25 Nov. 2012)

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Michonne leads Rick, Daryl and Oscar to Woodbury to rescue Glenn and Maggie. Merle tries to force information out of Glenn.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lori Grimes (credit only)


At the prison, everyone is surprised by the arrival of Michone but they have no intention of letting her stay and join the group. She tells them about Glen and Maggie being taken to Woodbury and offers to lead them there. She makes no mention of Andrea or Daryl's brother. In Woodbury, Merle interrogates Glenn rather forcefully but he refuses to tell him where the others can be found. The Governor decides to interrogate Maggie himself and has more success. Meanwhile the Governor has asked Andrea to help Milton with an experiment. Written by garykmcd

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25 November 2012 (USA)  »

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In season 3, they use grayer make-up on the walkers to show further decay. See more »


Before the Governor enters the room to interrogate Maggie, she is shown from behind, wearing a racerback tanktop with bare shoulderblades. After the Governor enters the room, she is shown from behind again, except now she is wearing a bra with regular straps under the racerback. See more »


Carl Grimes: Daryl's been calling her Ass-Kicker.
Rick Grimes: Ass-Kicker? Has he, now?
Carl Grimes: I've been thinking, what we should really call her?
Rick Grimes: What do you think?
Carl Grimes: Remember my third grade teacher, Mrs. Mueller?
Rick Grimes: Of course.
Carl Grimes: Her first name was Judith. Do you think that's a good name?
Rick Grimes: I think that's - that's a fine name. Judith it is.
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Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Jo Stafford
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a thrilling episode setting up an explosive midseason finale
25 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everything is setup. The battle lines are drawn. Loyalties will be tested. Worlds will collide. After watching 'When the Dead Come Knocking,' there is no doubt that next week's midseason finale will be an explosive conclusion to what has been a very solid half season of the hit AMC series, The Walking Dead.

Before the credits rolled this week, Merle gets some revenge and lets a little anger out on Glenn, a member of the original group that left Merle on a rooftop in Atlanta in season one. Demanding information from Glenn, Merle gets a headbutt to the nose when he gets a little too close to Glenn, and of course, doesn't take kindly to it. He beats Glenn to a pulp, as we see later int he episode.

Meanwhile, outside the prison, Michonne is growing weak from her gunshot wound and some dehydration. When the walkers around her start to realize she is not really a zombie, they turn on her. She fights off a few, but it takes the heroics of Rick and Carl to save her and get her and the supplies she carries safely back into the prison. Once inside, Rick tries to question her, but Michonne stays the quiet type.

Eventually, Rick heads back to the cell block when Darryl tells him he has something to show him. He is happy and very emotional to find that Carol is safe inside one of the cells and has survived her ordeal in the prison chase. A tearful reunion is observed by Michonne, who may see that these people are a little bit more honest and trustworthy than the occupants of Woodbury.

When Rick talks to Michonne again, she comes clean on why she came to the prison and that she witnessed Glenn and Maggie being taken captive. Michonne explains that she knows a way they can sneak into Woodbury and believes she can get Rick and his gang to where Glenn and Maggie are held captive.

Back in Woodbury, the interrogation continues with Glenn. Seeing that Glenn won't talk, Merle brings in a walker and tells Glenn that it is his last chance to talk. He doesn't talk and the walker is released. Just when it seems like Glenn may be meeting his end, he kicks down the zombie and starts using items in the room to hold him off while he tries to break the chair he is tied to. Eventually, Glenn is able to break out, and he puts a piece of broken chair right into the geeks head, killing the monster and saving his own life. This was easily one of the coolest scenes Glenn has ever been involved in and shows he is more than just squirrelly and quick: he is tough and can survive.

In another part of Woodbury, Andrea has put her clothes back on and is taking part in an experiment in the lab. One of the citizens of Woodbury had prostate cancer and the town did not have the means to treat him. The man volunteered to be a part of a test in the lab to help understand the walkers. Knowing he will die, he is put through an experiment where a series of questions are asked to him and he must respond if the answers are true. Pictures are displayed throughout the room and music is played reminding him of his life. The experiment is to find out if he will have any recollection of his life after he turns into a member of the living dead community. Andrea's job is to simply put him down when the experiment is complete.

In the other interrogation room, The Governor has Maggie take off her shirt and bra and threatens to rape her if she won't reveal where the group is. But Maggie proves to be just as strong as Glenn. She doesn't peep a word of the location of the group and The Governor leaves when he realizes he can't get any information from her.

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