The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 13

Arrow on the Doorpost (10 Mar. 2013)

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Rick and The Governor meet face-to-face, ostensibly to make a peaceful resolution to prevent further bloodshed. Back at the prison, tensions arise between Merle and the rest of the group.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lori Grimes (credit only)


Andrea arranges for Rick and the Governor to meet at a neutral site. They no sooner arrive than the Governor makes it clear he's not there to negotiate but to tell Rick he and his people have to clear out. When Andrea interjects, the Governor tells her to leave. He decides to offer Rick a deal: give him Michonne and he will leave Rick and his group alone. While the two are talking, those that accompanied them wait patiently outside and find that they have more in common than they might have thought. Back at the prison, Merle tries to convince those still there that they should seize the opportunity and attack the Governor. With their negotiations complete, Rick and the Governor agree to meet again in two days time. The Governor has no intention of making a deal however and Rick sees through him and knows they will soon be going to war. Written by garykmcd

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The title "Arrow on the Doorpost" comes from the practice of many native American tribes of sticking a tomahawk or arrow into a tree or gatepost marking the the outer boundary of their land during times of war with other tribes. The tomahawk or arrow would be planted at the beginning of the conflict and not removed until the conflict was resolved. In some modern native American families this tradition has been updated, and the family will similarly mark a post on a verandah or tree in the front yard while a family member in service to the military is deployed in combat. See more »


When Hershel and Milton are seated and talking outside the barn (while Rick and The Governor are inside trying to strike a deal), you can see a hearing aid in one close up shot of Hershel. You don't see the hearing aid again. See more »


Daryl Dixon: Look what he's got.
[offers a cigarette]
Caesar Martinez: Nah. I prefer menthols.
Daryl Dixon: Douchebag.
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13 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's certainly not new in this series, but this episode makes a few things abundantly clear .

The protagonists have the moral, intellectual and social capacity of a 5 year old . Weak personalities, scantily clad in the writers characterizations of something more capable and heroic .

The groups exist due to the script, but would never be able to cope even on a camping trip .

It's not the actors; they are 3rd tier, if that, but the material wouldn't anyone allow to shine .

I can only hope they kill off the Asian guy and the boy asap; and maybe add some believable leaders, to replace those sorry excuses for Alpha males .

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