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The Prison as it appears in the Comic Series.
|The Prison as it appears in the TV Series.|
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Video Game (Mentioned)
|Issue/Episode|| Issue 12 to Issue 49|
"Beside the Dying Fire" to "Too Far Gone"
The Prison is a main location in both the comic series and the television show.
The exact location of "The Prison" is ambiguous, but judging by the length of travel from their original campsite, conversations between the Governor and Gabe, and the appearance of the crashing helicopter containing a television news crew, it is most likely located a few miles away from Atlanta in the surrounding countryside. The prison is where the survivors settle after the decision is made that Atlanta campsite is unsafe. It is also where most of the character and continuity's story-arcs were formed. It was also the second longest lasting location the survivors remained in; being present there for seven months, beginning with their arrival in Issue 13, right up to the climactic and tragic destruction by The Governor and the Woodbury Army in Issue 48.
The Prison is the central location of Season 3 and the first half of Season 4 of AMC's The Walking Dead. The prison set, as shown in the TV series, is located on the grounds of the Raleigh Studios Atlanta, in Senoia, Georgia.
When they first move into the prison's Cell Block, Rick's group must clear the walkers infesting the prison before it is safe to occupy. While clearing the prison, they run across a group of surviving inmates:
- Dexter - An African-American victim imprisoned for murder. Partner to Andrew.
- Andrew - An African-American victim imprisoned for dealing drugs. Partner to Dexter.
- Axel - A Caucasian victim imprisoned for armed robbery.
- Thomas Richards - A nerdy, Caucasian victim imprisoned for "tax fraud," but, as a matter of fact, is a serial killer.
Soon afterwords Rick and company made the prison their home. They invited former friends to join the community. The group proved they would do anything to protect their home. The residents of the prison consisted of:
- Rick Grimes - Leader of the group that found the prison and cleared it of the walkers. Father of Carl & Judith, known to do whatever it takes to keep his people safe.
- Carl Grimes - Son of Rick & Lori.
- Lori Grimes - Wife of Rick and Mother of Carl and Judith. Killed by Lilly Caul during the prison assault.
- Judith Grimes - Daughter to Rick who was born at the prison.
- Michonne - Joined the Prison soon after the group arrived, love interest to Tyreese.
- Glenn - Resident who lived in the prison, boyfriend of Maggie.
- Andrea - Resident who lived in the prison, girlfriend of Dale.
- Dale - Resident who lived in the prison, boyfriend of Andrea.
- Carol - Resident of the prison, mother of Sophia.
- Sophia - Resident of the prison, daughter of Carol.
- Allen - Father to Ben & Billy.
- Ben - Twin of Billy, and son of Allen.
- Billy - Twin of Ben, and son of Allen.
- Tyreese - Father of Julie and close friend of Rick's.
- Julie - Resident who live in the prison, daughter of Tyreese and girlfriend of Chris.
- Chris - Resident who lived in the prison, boyfriend of Julie.
- Hershel Greene - Resident of the prison, father of Maggie, Billy, Rachel & Susie.
- Maggie Greene - Girlfriend of Glenn and daughter of Hershel.
- Billy Greene - Resident of the prison and son of Hershel and brother to Maggie.
- Rachel Greene - Daughter of Hershel and twin to Susie.
- Susie Greene - Daughter of Hershel and twin to Rachel.
- Patricia - Resident who lived in the prison.
- Otis - Resident who lived in the prison.
- Alice - Resident of Woodbury, left and moved to the prison.
Discovery and ClearingEdit
Simply referred to by the survivors as "The Prison," it was found by Dale and Andrea after the group departed the Greene Family Farm. The Prison boasted three fences that surrounded the entire penitentiary, as well as having its back to a hill and only one main dirt road leading to the entrance. Starving and desperate, the group quickly surmised that it being in a relatively isolated area, and without any other potential safe havens to move to, it was the most viable option to stay safe, for the night. The decision was quickly made to search and secure the penitentiary.
After the initial clearings of the zombies inside, Rick Grimes and Tyreese found four inmates who were trapped inside the cafeteria that had been living inside since the outbreak's beginning; Axel, Thomas Richards, Andrew, and Dexter. Even with this risk, Rick deemed it worthy for the entire group to settle in, and make it their new home. Tensions soon arose between the inmates and the survivors, while Rick primarily was busy dealing with the proper settling of their new haven, the witnessing of the end result of a suicide pact between Chris and Julie, and his subsequent discovery that anyone who dies of any cause (short of damage to the brain), reanimates.
Serial Killings and MutinyEdit
It soon becomes apparent the survivors and the convicts cannot co-exist, as Rachel and Susie Greene's bodies are soon found, decapitated. Dexter is wrongly accused, but after an attempt on Andrea's life, Thomas is found to be the culprit. He is brutally beaten by an overwhelmed Rick, before a distraught Maggie Greene later shoots him to death.
Dexter does not take kindly to the false accusations and concludes that cooperating with Rick's group was wrong. He organizes Andrew to sneak into A-Block, the building containing the guard's riot gear and weapons, to help take back The Prison. After confronting Rick with shotguns and a defecting Patricia, a standoff ensues that is only prevented due to zombies escaping from A-Block. While temporarily working together to hold the wave back, Rick makes the difficult decision to kill Dexter "in the crossfire," as he knew the convict would have killed or kicked them out afterwards. Andrew surrenders his weapons, but flees in distress, never to be seen again by the group. Michonne joins the group soon after.
In between the bloodshed and drama, several sub-plots develop. Carol and Tyreese's relationship is challenged after the mysterious Michonne joins the group. Maggie and Glenn struggle through the loss of more of her family and her father's strictness of their intimacy. Maggie and Glenn eventually marry in a ceremony performed by Hershel. Patricia is isolated and attacked by Otis after her temporary defection with Andrew and Dexter. Allen slowly begins to come out of his shell following Donna's death in the Wiltshire Estates, but he is bit and dies of an infection/blood loss while investigating the interior of The Prison. Dale and Andrea discuss the possibility of splitting off and finding somewhere safer and quieter. Lori's pregnancy advances rapidly, and she is strained by Rick constantly leaving, particularly when Rick, Glenn, and Michonne go missing when searching for a helicopter that crashes. However, when Rick returns from Woodbury with Alice, Alice is able to help with Lori's pregnancy and delivers the baby, named Judith. Carl and Sophia also establish a relationship.
Eventually, significant conflict within the group arises when Tyreese finds himself giving in to Michonne's sexual advances. Carol witnesses their actions and is evidently hysterical and upset, causing her to slit her own wrists. Rick finds out and confronts Tyreese. The pair's strong friendship is temporarily broken when their argument ends up in a brutal beating, leading to a schism between the group and their opinion on Rick's leadership. Carol later fed herself to a walker when rebuffed from a proposed relationship between her, Lori, and Rick.
A matter of days before the final Woodbury attack, Patricia and Axel were seen together, establishing a loving relationship.
First Woodbury InvasionEdit
Following the allowed escape of Rick and Glenn from Woodbury with the assistance of Dr. Stevens, Alice, and Martinez, The Governor awaited the return of Martinez on the location of the prison. Dr. Stevens did not survive the escape, having been bit on the outskirts of Woodbury. Rick, Glenn, Alice, and Martinez rediscover the prison overrun with walkers. Dale informs the group that they had accidentally allowed the walkers in when Tyreese was returning from searching for them. Otis was killed by the walkers in the ordeal. With Rick's return and the assistance of Martinez, the rest of the group was able to seal the fences and deal with the walkers, retaking control of the prison.
When Martinez did not return (having been discovered as a mole after fleeing the prison to inform Woodbury and ran down in the RV by Rick), The Governor set out a search party to find Martinez. The search party found Martinez as a walker and stumbled upon the prison. The Governor, further enraged by Michonne's mutilation and torture of him, convinced his town that the prison survivors were deranged monsters who deserved to die, and arranged an army of Woodbury citizens to assault and take the prison by force. The Governor drove his force en masse to just outside of the prison's outer gates and delivered with a megaphone an ultimatum to Rick's group inside the prison: surrender the prison or die. When they did not respond, The Woodbury Army began its assault, peppering he prison yard with gunshots while shooting and running down walkers with a tank around the outer fences.
This first assault was successfully repelled by Rick's defenders. The Woodbury army was preoccupied with keeping the walkers near the fences off of them, which allowed Andrea and Glenn (after some resistance and a grazed bullet to Andrea's head) to snipe enough of the attackers, to which The Governor called for a retreat. Axel also suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and Rick suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach, but they survived and recovered and the group was intact after the attack.
However, fearing for their safety, Dale, Andrea, Glenn, Maggie, Sophia, Billy, and Ben left the prison following this attack. Tyreese and Michonne also departed, but to assault the surviving army in a surprise attack. Rick was shocked, angry, and dismayed at the turn of events that occurred while he recovered, bedridden from his gunshot wound. He believed that they could no longer repel an assault from Woodbury with so many defenders absent. While Tyreese and Michonne were able to kill a small number of the Woodbury force, their guerrilla attack was a failure and Tyreese was captured and executed (beheaded) in front of the prison after Rick and the others once again rejected The Governor's ultimatum, believing that they would be murdered the second they stepped out of the prison.
Second Woodbury InvasionEdit
When the Woodbury forces returned for a second time, very little strategy had been altered from the first attack, at the beginning. Woodbury's invaders were still preoccupied with the walkers at the fences, while the prison's defenders fired upon the army from under cars that they had parked before the assault as a line of cover from the incoming gunfire. Billy had taken up sharpshooting in the watchtower in the absence of Andrea and Glenn, and even threw a grenade to great effect, taking several attackers out of the fight, as well as destroying an enemy vehicle. Andrea had also returned, surprisingly, and sniped several of the invaders from the RV's roof. However, Rick's prediction that they were hopelessly outnumbered with the absence of half their number was deemed true. Axel was shot in the head and killed by the attackers, while Andrea was knocked out of the fight when a Woodbury soldier drove his truck into the RV. When The Governor believed he was losing the fight once again, he drove the tank through the prison's fences, destroying the only true safety that the defenders had.
Overrun and MassacreEdit
Without the fences, Rick's defenders were at the mercy of the Woodbury army and the walkers pouring through the exposed opening. Patricia was shot through the head and killed as she attempted to escape from the cover of the guard tower where she had hid under fire with Hershel and Billy. Billy, too, was shot in the head and killed as he and Hershel made their rush from the doomed area.
Rick had retreated into the prison to collect Lori and Carl and discovered Alice pointing a gun at Lori, feigning allegiance to The Governor in an attempt to secure safe passage for them back to Woodbury. Rick, Lori (holding Judith), Carl, and Alice attempted to escape the prison by way of a truck left in the yard. Rick alerted the attackers to their position by screaming for Hershel to join them. Hershel had given up after the death of his son, requesting and granted death by ways of a gunshot to the head from The Governor. Alice sacrificed herself, waiting at the entrance of the prison yard to provide a gunfire cover for the Grimes family. Alice was shot through the leg by one of the invaders and executed by The Governor.
Rick, Carl, and Lori continued to try and make their way to the truck under heavy gunfire. Lori, trailing the other two, took a massive gunshot blast to her back, killing her and Judith. Rick, witnessing the murder, grabbed Carl and moved them through the walkers and out of the prison yard through the destroyed fences, realizing that they wouldn't make it to the truck under the massive gunfire. Once they made it safely past the walkers and into the hills on the outskirts of the prison, Rick broke the news of Lori and Judith's deaths to Carl, hugging him amidst the chaos that reigned around them.
Lilly, the woman from Woodbury who had murdered Lori and Judith, quickly realized that she had murdered a mother and her newborn, and finally realized The Governor for the true monster that he was. She then shot The Governor through the head, pushing him into the crowd of walkers that were bearing down on the remaining attackers' position inside the prison yard. The Woodbury army then attempted to make their way inside of the prison, but then ran out of ammo as they made their way to the doors, followed by the walkers. Their fate is unknown, but it is most probable that a brutal massacre of the remaining members of the Woodbury army occurred.
Woodbury Survivors' FateEdit
Creator Robert Kirkman wrote:
- "I'm not going to say the Woodbury survivors were all killed (when their bullets ran out), but it's very unlikely that we'll ever see them again. The prison is dead to me. I've moved on and so have the characters."
- Julie - Shot by Chris while alive and after reanimation due to suicide pact.
- Chris - Strangled to death by Tyreese after he killed Julie, killed again after reanimation.
- Rachel Greene - Decapitated by Thomas Richards and shot by Glenn after reanimation.
- Susie Greene - Decapitated by Thomas Richards and shot by Glenn after reanimation.
- Thomas Richards - Shot by Maggie Greene.
- Dexter - Shot by Rick in the head while defending against zombies.
- Mike (Zombified) - Decapitated by Michonne.
- Terry (Zombified) - Decapitated by Michonne.
- Allen - Bitten while exploring interior of The Prison. Although his leg is amputated, he died of blood loss and was shot by Rick before reanimation.
- Otis - Devoured by zombies while Rick, Michonne, and Glenn were in Woodbury.
- Carol - Committed suicide by allowing a zombie to eat her. Shot by Andrea after reanimation.
- Jim Bridges - Killed by Tyreese.
- Eric - Killed by Michonne.
- Daniel - Killed by both Michonne and Tyreese.
- Matthew - Killed by Michonne.
- Tyreese - Decapitated by The Governor, killed by Michonne after reanimation.
- Axel - Shot by Woodbury soldier in the head.
- Gabe - Shot in the head by Andrea.
- Patricia - Shot by The Governor in the head.
- Billy Greene - Shot by Woodbury soldier in the head.
- Alice - Shot by The Governor in the head.
- Lori Grimes - Shot by Lilly in the stomach while escaping The Prison.
- Judith Grimes - After Lori was shot, Judith was crushed to death by her collapsing body.
- Hershel Greene - Shot by The Governor after his son's death.
- Brian Blake - Shot by Lilly after Lori and Judith were murdered.
- Numerous counts of Woodbury Soldiers - Nearly all killed by The Prison survivors.
- "It's perfect."
- —Rick Grimes.[src]
When they first move into the prison's Cell Block C, Rick's group must clear the walkers infesting the prison before it is safe to occupy. While clearing the prison, they run across a group of surviving inmates:
- Tomas - A Latino-American man imprisoned for an unknown crime, leader of the prisoners; the TV Series counterpart of Thomas Richards.
- Oscar - An African-American man imprisoned for breaking and entering.
- Axel - A Caucasian man imprisoned for armed robbery, the TV Series counterpart of the Comic Series character.
- Andrew - An African-American imprisoned for an unknown crime, the TV Series counterpart of the Comic Series character.
- Big Tiny - An imposing, tall African-American imprisoned for an unknown crime.
Soon afterwards Rick and company made the prison their home. After protecting it for months he allowed the abandoned Woodbury survivors to join his community. Afterwards, Rick and company agreed that anyone may join the community as long as they can pass the 3 question test. The prison community consists of:
- Rick Grimes - Leader of the group that found the prison and cleared it of the walkers. Father of Carl and Judith, known to do whatever it takes to keep his people safe.
- Lori Grimes- wife to Rick, mother to Carl and Judith, died during childbirth.
- Carl Grimes - Son of Rick and Lori, becoming more ruthless towards people not a part of his community.
- Judith Grimes - Rick's daughter who was born at the prison.
- Glenn Rhee - Engaged to Maggie.
- Daryl Dixon - 2nd in command behind Rick, brother of Merle.
- Carol Peletier - Resident of the prison, mother of her deceased daughter, Sophia, adoptive mother of Lizzie and Mika, banished by Rick.
- T-Dog - Member of the Atlanta group. Died when Andrew let walkers into the prison.
- Hershel Greene - Resident of the prison, father of Maggie & Beth. Known to always have wise words.
- Maggie Greene - Resident of the prison, eldest daughter of Hershel and half-sister to Beth. Engaged to Glenn.
- Beth Greene - Resident of the prison, youngest daughter of Hershel and half-sister to Maggie.
- Tyreese - Stumbled across the prison and even though at first was not allowed to live there, he was soon invited once he proved himself to be trustworthy.
- Merle Dixon- brother to Daryl, killed by the Governor
- Sasha - Stumbled across the prison, sister of Tyreese.
- Michonne - A mysterious but trustworthy new resident from Woodbury.
- Ms. McLeod - New resident of the prison from Woodbury.
- Bob Stookey - New member of the prison who is haunted by his past.
- Caleb Subramanian- Resident doctor at the prison.
- Luke - Child living at the prison.
- Ryan Samuels- Father to Mika and Lizzie, killed by walkers
- Lizzie Samuels - Daughter of Ryan and sister of Mika.
- Mika Samuels- Daughter of Ryan and sister of Lizzie.
- Molly - A little girl at the prison.
- David - A new resident at the prison, killed by Carol.
- Karen- former Woodbury resident who survived the The Governor's massacre, girlfriend to Tyreese, killed by Carol
- Chloe - A new resident at the prison.
- Charlie - A new resident at the prison.
- Jeanette - A new resident of the prison from Woodbury.
- Greg - New resident at the prison.
- Noris - New resident at the prison.
- Julio - New resident at the prison.
- Mr. Jacobson - New resident at the prison.
- Mr. Richards - New resident at the prison.
- Ms. Richards - New resident at the prison.
- Henry - New resident at the prison.
- "Woodbury Survivor" - A new resident of the prison from Woodbury.
- "Achey Woman"- A new resident at the prison.
- "Crying Mother" - New resident at the prison.
- "Sick Teenager" - New resident at the prison.
- Ten unnamed survivors.
The Prison is revealed to be in close proximity of Nunez, Georgia (an actual town located in Emanuel County, about 140 miles away from Woodbury) by Merle Dixon after Maggie divulged her group's location. One of the prisoners, Tomas, explains what happened to The Prison at the beginning of the outbreak. A large rebellion and riot erupted and chaos reigned. He and the other prisoners from the cafeteria were locked inside by one guard, and this guard promised his return and handed the prisoners a revolver, but this never occurred, thus leaving them locked inside the cafeteria with all The Prison's stock of food. This kept them alive for almost 10 months. It can be presumed that since a lot of people died during the rebellion, most of them began to reanimate, managing to kill the rest of the surviving prisoners and guards during the chaos.
The Prison is first seen in the Season 2 finale, "Beside the Dying Fire," indicating that the survivors had abandoned the Greene Family Farm, and were making their way to this location next. It becomes the main setting of Season 3. The building itself is given the name, The 'West Georgia Correctional Facility'.
Discovery and ClearingEdit
- "This place can be a goldmine!"
- —Rick Grimes.[src]
In Season 3, after spending the winter traveling around the area, the survivors still did not manage to find The Prison and had no idea of its existence. Rick makes a hard decision; it's time to leave the area and try to find shelter elsewhere. While Carl and Beth kept watch on the road and the others were looking at the map, Rick and Daryl decide to give a last hunt in the area, and luckily stumbled upon The Prison. At first, Daryl remarks that it is a shame that the place is overrun, but Rick reformulates his plan. The group enters the first fence of The Prison by cutting an opening and closing it after getting in. They take out the walkers that roamed through the field from the towers and Rick successfully closed the gate from the prison yard. The group spent the night in the field, celebrating their victory, and, after taking a good look at the yard, Rick informs the group that the place fell early on during the apocalypse and it's supplies (food, medicine, weapons, etc.) were most likely intact. Since most of the walkers are prisoners and guards, he warns the group that they are only beginning to clean up this place.
By the morning, Rick, Daryl, T-Dog, Glenn, and Maggie enter the prison courtyard and eliminate every walker present. They find yet another breach with much more walkers. Rick and Daryl manage to close the gate. They enter Cell Block C and guarantee that the place is safe enough for everybody to come in, and they spend the night sleeping in the cell block, one of the few safe nights they had spent since departing the Greene Family Farm. Once again, by the morning, Rick and his small group, now with the inclusion of Hershel, decided to search around the dark corridors of the Cell Block C in search of a cafeteria and an infirmary. While doing so, they end up being overrun by walkers on the both sides of the corridors and the group gets cut off from Glenn and Maggie. Worried about his daughter, Hershel decides to go back searching. After listening to Maggie's voice echoing through the corridor, he is bit in the ankle by a lurking walker.
They reunite with Glenn and Maggie, grab Hershel and while escaping the walkers and trying to find a safe place, they end up discovering the cafeteria, which was strangely locked with handcuffs from the outside. They break in and discover living prisoners. After amputating Hershel's leg, they decide to take him back to Cell Block C to receive medical treatment from Carol. After the prisoners, demanding their rightful place and claiming that The Prison was theirs, Rick and his group decide to clear Cell Block D so that the prisoners can live there, a sufficient distance from Rick's group. In the process of clearing the corridors of Cell Block D, two of the prison inmates die, and a third is presumed dead: one being scratched by a walker and then murdered by another prisoner, one directly killed by Rick, and the last one being locked in a closed yard with a group of walkers. The remaining surviving inmates, Axel and Oscar, make it into Cell Block D. Rick informs them that the area was now theirs and that it's sealed from the rest of The Prison, so they can do whatever they want with it, as long as they don't move any closer to Cell Block C.
- "How the hell can this be happening?!"
- —Rick Grimes[src]
A week later, Maggie and Glenn attempt to have sex in one of the guard towers while the others are moving the bodies outside the prison in order to burn them. Axel and Oscar approach the group. Rick, T-Dog and Daryl confront them, and Axel pleads with them to include him and Oscar into his group, and Rick declines.Daryl later explains that they are degenerates but not psychopaths, but maintains that they should not be allowed into the group. Meanwhile, Hershel, has almost fully recovered and is ready to walk with crutches. He decides to take a stroll with Carl, Lori and Beth, while T-Dog, Carol and Maggie move the vehicles into the prison near an exit. While Rick, Glenn and Daryl go outside the prison to collect firewood. When Rick sees Hershel and the others, the three have a moment of gratitude. Soon Carl spots a group of walkers that have entered the courtyard by breaching through a now-opened gate (the same gate that Rick and Daryl closed earlier). Carl and Lori begin shooting down walkers, while Beth and Hershel escape into a steel cage near the entrance to the cell block. The rest of the survivors rush to their aid, killing as many walkers as they can, just as a prison-wide alarm sounds, making huge amounts of noise. Rick starts to shoot out the speakers. T-Dog is bit on the shoulder as he closes the gate, and then escapes with Carol into a set of corridors. They find that the walkers are loose inside the prison as well. T-Dog, already bitten, sacrifices himself for Carol by charging at the group, clearing the path for Carol.
Elsewhere, Maggie, Carl and Lori escape into another set of corridors and into the machine room of the prison. Rick starts a search party for Maggie, Lori and Carl, and they split up into different areas of the cell block, one group finding more walkers inside the area where they sleep. Lori begins to feel contractions and tells Maggie that she must deliver the baby. She does, and then Lori begins to push, but also to bleed, so Maggie stops her. With no other way to deliver but with C-Section, she tells Maggie to use Carl's knife to cut the baby out. Lori says that she will die, and begins her final words to Carl, calling him smart, strong, brave, and asking him to take care of Rick and the baby when she dies. Maggie cuts into Lori, who then passes out from the pain and blood loss. With the assistance of Carl, Maggie pulls out the baby and uses Carl's coat to wrap it in. Maggie wants to leave but Carl declines reminds her that his mother will turn after she dies. Maggie gets up and walks away, rocking the crying baby. Carl hugs his mother, and reluctantly shoots her in the head with his gun. At the same time, Rick and Daryl go to Axel and Oscar to ask if they did this. Oscar explains that the diesel generators switched off a couple of days after the riots, and someone must have turned them back on. They make their way to the generator room, where they are cornered by walkers. Daryl holds the door while Oscar and Rick search for a switch. Out of nowhere, Andrew, apparently alive, attacks Rick with an axe. They battle, and soon enough Rick is knocked to the floor, where he drops his gun. Andrew charges toward him with his axe, and Oscar throws an empty barrel at Andrew, pushing him back. Oscar picks up Rick's gun, pointing it directly at Rick. After a moment of hesitation, he aims to the left, shoots Andrew in the head, then hands Rick his gun back.
They deactivate the generators, and head back outside through the corridors, where they find the corpse of T-Dog and Carol's scarf. Rick asks Glenn and the others about Lori. A baby crying nearby is heard, and Rick walks over to Maggie and Carl, asking where Lori is. Maggie shakes her head in response, crying, and Rick starts to sob and, in denial, repeats "No, no no", eventually breaking down into tears on the ground.
The Governor decides to retaliate due to the attack on Woodbury by Rick's group. The Governor, Martinez, Shumpert, and an unnamed soldier partake in a shootout at the Prison, which results in two casualties: Axel was sniped in the head by the Governor and the unnamed soldier was gunned down by Maggie. Martinez immobilizes Rick on the bridge outside of the Prison, while on the inside, the rest of the group defend themselves. Carl protects Beth and later Carol when she runs over after previously using Axel's corpse as a shield. Michonne uses the overturned prison bus as a cover while firing at The Governor. Maggie shoots back at the Governor's men, eventually taking out the unnamed man in a guard tower as Hershel lies in the grass by the chain-link fence, trapped. After the gunfire comes to a halt, a delivery van crashes through the gates of the Prison, and unleashes a herd of Walkers, which the armored driver escaping back onto the road and is picked up by the Governor's men as they drive away. Rick runs out of ammo and is almost killed by three walkers after being pinned against a chain-link fence, but the Dixon brothers save Rick's life. Glenn returns in time in his pick-up truck and is able to rescue Hershel with help from Michonne. Despite the return of the brothers, there is still a slew of Walkers roaming the prison yard.
- "That truck through the fence thing... That was just him ringing the doorbell."
- —Merle Dixon.[src]
In the aftermath of the attack, Rick and the group have retreated away from the courtyard due to it being flooded with walkers. They have also boarded up the catwalk as well as the fence with wood and are preparing for an attack of the Woodbury army.
Since Tyreese and his group are now in Woodbury and they know how to enter the prison, they inform Philip of this and thus put Rick and his group in even more danger.
Rick, Carl, and Michonne went on a scavenging run to King County, Georgia, and there they ran into Morgan Jones. After some discussion, Morgan didn't want to join the prison group. However, he allowed Rick's party to take some of his weapons that he collected. Rick's party took several bags of guns, ammo, a crossbow, grenades as well as a variety of other items. On the way back to the prison, they collected a backpack from the side of the road. The backpack was owned by a hitchhiker that had died and its unknown content may be valuable.
Rick had a meeting with Philip and the latter offered the prison group the deal that if Michonne was given, then Woodbury would back down. Merle Dixon took Michonne to fulfill the deal. However, he let Michonne go. He went to the feed shop and took out at least 7 Woodbury members before falling prey to Philip, and being shot and killed. His zombified corpse was later put down by Daryl.
Second Woodbury AttackEdit
Governor assembles his troops. Tyreese informs the Governor that he and Sasha will not join the fight but offers to stay behind to guard the elderly and children. After a tense moment, The Governor consents. The Governor and his soldiers arrive at the prison, where they shoot up the guard towers, mow down the walkers in the prison yard and storm the cell block. But they find no sign of Rick's group. The Governor splits up his troops to investigate the dark prison corridors (known as the "tombs"). Smoke grenades go off and the prison alarm sounds. Walkers attack The Governor's men, forcing them to retreat outside where Glenn and Maggie ambush them with gunfire. The Governor's army quickly flees the prison.
The Governor becomes enraged when his men ignore his orders to turn the convoy around and finish the fight. In his rage, The Governor guns down all of his own troops except for Karen, who survives the massacre by hiding under the body of a fellow soldier.
Rick and his group decides to go after them and after Rick and his group catches up with the convoy, they discover Karen and take her back to Woodbury where they find Andrea. Once Andrea commits suicide, the Group round up the remaining Woodbury citizens, mostly elderly and children, including Ms. McLeod, and are brought to live at the prison as well as Tyreese and Sasha whom rejoin the prison, and Karen, who escaped the Governor's massacre.
As of "Welcome to the Tombs" the prison's population has increased to 37.
- "Everything we've been working so hard to keep out... Just found its way in"
- —Hershel, about the threat over the prison.[src]
In the six/seven-month period between The Governor's failed attack and the beginning of season 4, The Prison underwent many improvements. For instance, a new gate was created to replace the one that was destroyed. In addition, spikes were added around the perimeter of the entrance in order to spear walkers, making them immobile. However, the walkers have been a bigger threat because now enormous hordes have been weakening the fences.
Additional improvements were made, such as multiple gardens, an outdoor kitchen, a wooden pen for pigs and one horse, and an electric shed featuring an engine generator and numerous power cords, bringing electricity to the prison.
Rick is no longer the leader of the prison group, choosing to focus more on raising his children, Carl and Judith. Instead, a council has been formed to make important decisions for the group, consisting of Daryl, Sasha, Carol, Hershel and Glenn. Anyone who desires entry to The Prison must answer the following three questions:
- How many walkers have you killed?
- How many people have you killed?
The community, up to when Season 4 starts, has grown to 45 people (including refugees from Woodbury and more than half consisting of strangers who have been recruited during the time-gap).In Too Far Gone (TV Series) the prison is attacked by the Governor and his men. Using a tank, much of the prison is destroyed. The fences are knocked down, and walkers flood the prison. Rick's group abandons the prison, as it is overrun with walkers.
- Big Tiny - A convict, scratched by a walker; Big Tiny's head was brutally smashed in repeatedly by Tomas before reanimation.
- Tomas - Killed by Rick after he attempted to kill Rick twice in a row; Rick approaches Tomas, and after an intense confrontation, he mercilessly drives his machete into Tomas' head, killing him instantly.
- T-Dog - Killed by walkers as he was bitten in shoulder and later devoured after sacrificing himself so Carol could escape.
- Andrew - Killed by Oscar as Rick dropped his gun. The firearm was picked up by Andrew's fellow inmate, Oscar. Oscar raised the gun at both Andrew and Rick, but decided to shoot Andrew in the head since Andrew attacked Rick in the prison's generator room.
- Lori Grimes - Died giving birth to her baby and was later shot by Carl to prevent reanimation. Later discovered by Rick that her remains had been devoured by a walker.
- Donna - Killed by Tyreese to prevent reanimation.
- Axel - Killed from afar by The Governor using a scoped rifle, during a conversation with Carol about prison life.
- Woodbury Survivor 12 - Shot and killed by Maggie during Woodbury's attack on the prison.
- Jody - Shot in the head by Carl outside the prison after the attack by the Woodbury Soldiers.
- Violet - Killed by The Flu
- Patrick - Killed by The Flu .
- Greg - Bitten by Patrick in his neck and stomach. Later he reanimated and was killed by Daryl
- Five Unnamed Survivors - Once Greg was eaten by Patrick, Greg reanimated along with Patrick and started attacking some of the survivors in Cell Block D. Those who hadn't reanimated yet were put down by Rick and Daryl.
- Chloe - Killed when Patrick's zombie attacked the cell block.
- Charlie - Killed by The Flu. Once he reanimated he was stabbed in the head by Rick.
- Mr. Richards - Killed when Patrick's zombie attacked the cell block.
- Ryan Samuels - Bitten twice by walkers, one on the arm and another on his neck. Stabbed through the head by Carol to prevent reanimation.
- Piglets - Killed by Rick to draw away the walkers leaning against the fence.
- David - Stabbed and burned by Carol alongside Karen.
- Karen - Stabbed and burned by Carol alongside David.
- Mr. Jacobson - Killed by The Flu then stabbed in the head by Glenn after reanimation.
- Four Unnamed Survivors - Killed by The Flu.
- "Crying Mother" - Accidentally shot in the chest by Noris then killed by Hershel after reanimation.
- Noris - Killed by his reanimated son then killed by Maggie after reanimation.
- Henry - Killed by The Flu then shot in the head by Maggie after reanimation.
- Caleb Subramanian - Killed by The Flu then stabbed in the head by Hershel after reanimation
- Hershel Greene - Decapitated by the Governor.
- The Governor - Impaled by Michonne, shot by Lilly.
- Alisha - Shot by Lizze.
- Sam - Shot by Tyreese.
- Mitch Dolgen - Shot in the chest by Daryl.
- Many unnamed people - Shot or eaten by walkers.
The West Central Prison is not shown in the Video Game. However, it is the prison in which Lee Everett was being taken to right before the outbreak began. He never reaches The Prison due to the police car he was being driven in crashing.
The prison is also where Vince, Danny, Justin, Jerry, and Marcus Crabtree were being transported to by Prison Bus when Vince's Story begins. Similar to Lee's story, the bus and group of inmates never makes it to the prison due to the outbreak and jammed highway.
- In the Comic, Rick, Carl, Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, Andrea, Dale, Sophia, Ben, and Billy are the only people of Rick's group to have made it out of The Prison alive after the second Woodbury attack.
- In a Q&A with Jake Rodkin and Harrison G. Pink, designers on The Walking Dead Video Game, it was stated that the prison that Lee Everett is being transported to in the beginning of the game is the same prison in the Comic Series of The Walking Dead.
- The prison is seen in the opening credits of Season 3 and Season 4 due to it being a major location for the seasons.
- The TV Series' prison was hand-built from the ground up by the production crew, rather than using a real prison. This includes the set, decorations, plumbing, and every detail, such as aging and blood splatters.
- Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich continually jokingly refers to The Prison as the Lori Grimes Memorial Prison.
- In the Comic, the Prison was completely secure and almost untouched, leaving the survivors free to reside in any part of the Prison; whereas in the TV series the front of the Prison is damaged by fire and destroyed, leaving gaping holes filled with walkers, referred to as the Tombs, and the survivors only having the ability to sleep in blocks C and D.
- The food seen growing on the prison grounds in Season 4 is real, which the cast and crew frequently eat from.
- In the Comic, the Prison was originally supposed to be a High School.
- In Issue 111's Letter Hacks, it confirms the prison was originally set to appear in Issue 7.
- ↑ Issue 46, page 25, "Letter Hacks"
- ↑ Issue 50, page 34, "Letter Hacks"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Entertainment Weekly #1269 (July 26, 2013)
- ↑ http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/s135/the-walking-dead/news/a499880/walking-dead-stars-on-bigger-new-season-theres-50-at-the-prison.html
- ↑ Darren Franich, 'The Walking Dead' recap: Can't Take Chances With These Terrorists, Entertainment Weekly, (December 2, 2012).
|Organizations (TV Series)|
|Linden County Sheriff's Department • King County Sheriff's Department • Center for Disease Control • Federal Emergency Management Agency • The Military • Mert County Department of Public Works • West Georgia Correctional Facility • Woodbury Army|
|Locations (Comic Series)|
|Cynthiana, Kentucky • Atlanta, Georgia • Atlanta Survivor Camp • Wiltshire Estates • Greene Family Farm • West Central Prison, Georgia • Woodbury, Georgia • National Guard Station • Fr. Gabriel Stokes' Church • The Hunters' Base • Alexandria Safe-Zone • Hilltop Colony • Washington D.C. • The Sanctuary • The Kingdom|