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Say the Word 

Rick struggles to cope. Andrea and Michonne part ways. Daryl and Maggie head out to find food and clothes for the baby.


Greg Nicotero


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (series of graphic novels) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes (credit only)
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Greene
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Michael Rooker ... Merle Dixon
David Morrissey ... Philip 'The Governor' Blake
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier (credit only)
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene
Lew Temple ... Axel
Dallas Roberts ... Milton Mamet
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Caesar Martinez


At the prison, Rick is nearly catatonic in his grief and heads off on his own inside the prison. Daryl and Maggie go off to find formula for the newborn. In Woodbury, the residents celebrate their survival with a town picnic. A suspicious Michonne takes the opportunity to look around and finds some walkers locked away. She kills them only to find she has interfered with a research project. Unable to convince Andrea that they are really prisoners, Michonne leaves on her own. Andrea is not too keen on the evening festivities. One of the Governor's secrets is revealed. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

11 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Glenn (Steven Yeun) suggests to Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) that they go to the "Piggly Wiggly" store for baby formula. Unlike most of the location names in The Walking Dead series, the Piggly Wiggly store is real. Piggly Wiggly was the first true self-service grocery store. There are presently more than 600 independently owned and operated stores in 17 states. See more »


When Glen is talking to Maggie in the car, his mouth does not match his speech. See more »


[Daryl cradles Rick's baby in his arm]
Daryl Dixon: She got a name yet?
Carl Grimes: Not yet. But I was thinking maybe Sofia. Then there's Carol, too. And... Andrea. Amy. Jacqui. Patricia. Or... Lori. I don't know.
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The parting of the ways
19 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Had heard nothing but great things about 'The Walking Dead' from friends and IMDb reviewers. It took a while to get round to watching, both from being busy and also not being sure whether it would be my cup of tea. Finally getting round to it a few years ago and slowly working my way through it, having had a very long to watch and review list, 'The Walking Dead' turned out to be very much my cup of tea and as good as the hype made it out to be, have found it extremely addictive.

"Say the Word" is another terrific episode to Season 3, after a hugely promising start to the season. Not as good as the brilliant first two episodes or the equally brilliant previous episode, but there is a lot to love. It is yet again a strong reminder of how Seasons 1-5 of 'The Walking Dead' to me were absolutely brilliant and seeing the show in its full glory days (Season 6 was uneven, Season 7 was a huge disappointment and am still debating whether to watch Season 8). It is as emotional, complex and as tense as one would expect, at the same time it has adrenaline and guts.

It still shocks me at how an intelligent, well-made (so much so that it is easy to mistake it for a film) show about zombies could be made when so many films have tried and failed abysmally to do so.

My only complaint of "Say the Word" is that at times it is a little too heavy on the talk.

Like all the episodes of the show, "Say the Word" is incredibly well made in the production values, with gritty and audacious production design, photography of almost cinematic quality, effects that look good, have soul and are not overused or abused and pretty frightening make-up. The music is haunting and affecting, having presence but never being too intrusive.

The writing generally is intelligent and thought-provoking, with lots of tension and emotional resonance and shows signs of character complexity and multiple layer storytelling. The more eventful parts are thrilling and terrifying as well as uncompromising.

Appreciated the ever strong and still progressing story and character building, which the episode has a bigger emphasis on, and that the pace is rarely dull or rushed, if not as taut or edge of your seat as most of the previous episodes. The character writing and the character interactions are what is particularly great here, most striking with Rick, while the Governor is wonderfully mysterious and already interesting character and Merle is always great value

Everything is nicely paced without rushing through the more important parts. The world building is already stunningly immersive and effective. Direction is smart and atmospheric while the show throughout has been strongly acted. Andrew Lincoln is excellent as ever, while Michael Rooker and David Morrissey in support are especially good and Laurie Holden and Danai Guirira hold their own.

Overall, terrific. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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