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|This Sorrowful Life (TV Series)|
|Season 3, Episode 15|
|Air Date|| March 24, 2013|
AMC (United States)
March 29, 2013
Fox (United Kingdom)
|Written By||Scott Gimple|
|Directed By||Gregory Nicotero|
|U.S. Viewers||10.99 million|
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"Welcome to the Tombs"
| Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes|
Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden as Andrea*
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon
David Morrissey as The Governor
* does not appear in this episode
| Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier|
Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene
Jose Pablo Cantillo as Caesar Martinez
Rick tells Daryl about The Governor's offer. Daryl and Hershel try to dissuade Rick from giving up Michonne, but Rick insists it's their best shot at saving lives. "It just ain't us, man," says Daryl.
Rick then enlists Merle's help. Merle warns that The Governor won't kill Michonne; just torture her. "You're cold as ice, Officer Friendly," Merle says, advising Rick to use wire to bind her.
The survivors work together to lay spike strips at the prison gate. "We don't have to win," Michonne later tells Rick of the plan, which she conceived. "We just have to make their getting at us more trouble than it's worth."
Daryl then finds Merle in the boiler room. Merle reflects on how the group despises him, but points out that Rick is no better for agreeing to The Governor's deal. "Maybe these people need somebody like me around to do their dirty work," Merle says. "I just want my brother back," Daryl replies.
Outside, Rick finds a cable to bind Michonne. Lori appears on the catwalk. "You're not there," he mutters, cradling his head. When he looks up, Lori is still there. He throws the cable away and leaves.
Hershel, Maggie and Beth are praying in the cell block when Rick enters. He pulls Hershel aside and declares the deal is off.
Meanwhile, Merle takes Michonne to the tombs under the pretense of clearing out walkers. He then knocks her unconscious, drags her to the boiler room and binds her wrists.
Later, Merle walks Michonne down an abandoned road and explains The Governor's proposition. He says Rick would never have gone through with it. "But not you," she says.
Rick and Daryl search for Merle and Michonne, concluding that Merle abducted her. Daryl leaves to track them down.
Meanwhile, Merle tells Michonne that this is his chance to save Daryl and the others. Michonne notes that Merle has a conscience, but Merle disagrees: "I've killed 16 men since all this went down," he says.
Back at the prison, Glenn asks Hershel for Maggie's hand in marriage. Hershel gives his blessing.
At an abandoned motel, Merle tethers Michonne to a post while he hotwires a car. He accidentally triggers the alarm, attracting walkers. While he is trying to turn it off, a walker attacks him. He was almost bitten, but managed to kill the walker. Merle and Michonne jump in the car, and drive off.
In the car, Michonne tells Merle that the prison group would have eventually welcomed him, but he chose to be an outsider. He calls her an outsider, too. "Maybe," she says, "but once The Governor's done with me, at least I won't have to live with myself."
At the perimeter of the prison, Glenn scans a group of walkers at the fence. He finds a female and cuts off two of her fingers.
Back in the car, Michonne wonders why Merle wants to help The Governor when he's the one who turned Merle into a killer. "You know we can go back," she says. Merle stops the car, cuts her bindings and sets her free. "I got something I gotta do," he says before he drives off alone.
Daryl later runs into Michonne, who tells him Merle let her go. He tells her not to send help and continues on after Merle.
In the car, Merle drinks a bottle of whisky as walkers mob the vehicle. He blasts music and slowly drives down the road, letting walkers gather in his wake.
Merle arrives at The Governor's meeting spot and jumps out of the car. He hides in a building as The Governor and his men investigate the blaring music. They begin shooting at the walkers.
Amid the gun blasts, Merle opens fire on The Governor's men. He aims at The Governor but accidentally hits Allen's son Ben, who gets in the way.
A walker attacks Merle and they tumble outside, where he's discovered. The Governor beats up Merle and bites off his fingers. "I ain't beggin'," Merle says weakly as The Governor raises his gun and shoots him.
At the prison, Glenn finds Maggie alone and places an engagement ring in her hand. She smiles and they kiss.
Rick gathers the group and discloses The Governor's offer. "I couldn't sacrifice one of us for the greater good because we are the greater good," he says. "I'm not your Governor. We choose to go. We choose to stay. We stick together." He concedes that he doesn't want to be the only person making decisions for the group anymore.
From the guard tower, Rick watches Michonne making her way back to the prison.
At the feed store, Daryl spots a walker feasting on Ben's corpse: It's Merle. Daryl breaks down in tears. When Merle tries to attack, Daryl tearfully stabs him in the head multiple times.
- Tyler Chase as Ben.
- Travis Love as Bowman.
- Daniel Thomas May as Allen.
- Dango Nguyen as "Mean Guard". (Credited as "Guard")
- Adelaide and Eliza Cornwell as Judith Grimes.
- Lauren Henneberg, Coleman Youmans, Jacque Tenpenny, James Barker & Jeremiah Scott as Walkers.
- Last appearance of "Mean Guard".
- Last appearance of Ben.
- Last appearance of Merle Dixon.
- The name of this episode refers to Merle accepting that he cannot be a part of Rick's group and knowing there is no place left for him to go.
- This is the first episode since "Killer Within" to have a main cast member die.
- Andrea is the only main cast member who did not appear in this episode.
- The songs Merle plays to attract the walkers were "Fast and Loose" by Motorhead and "Turn It Up" by Ted Nugent.
- When Merle attracts walkers to the meeting point is similar to when The Governor released walkers out of a truck into the prison yard (dubbed a "Walker Bomb" on Talking Dead.)
- Glenn cut off two fingers from a walker to obtain a wedding ring. Ironically, The Governor bites off two of Merle's fingers during their fight.
- The wheels on the car that Merle took from the motel appear to change in one scene before he jumps out, but the car has two different wheels on one side.
- This episode marks the second time Daryl has cried in the series. The first was "Tell It to the Frogs" when he, Rick, Glenn and T-Dog found Merle's bloody hand on the rooftop.
- Merle is the fourth main cast member to die, He also has the least amount of appearances of any other main cast member before his death with 14.
- After appearing for many episodes in this season as an uncredited Woodbury member, the long-haired man (played by Dango Nguyen) is finally credited as a guard who dies at the feed store ambush.
- This episode is very similar to Better Angels where Shane tries to kill Rick and fails, which in this case Merle tries to kill the Governor and also fails and gets killed, while both becoming walkers in the process and also getting put down by someone different to the person that killed them the first time. In this case, The Governor kills Merle alive and Daryl kills Merle zombified.
|Episodes of The Walking Dead|
|Season 1||"Days Gone Bye" • "Guts" • "Tell It to the Frogs" • "Vatos" • "Wildfire" • "TS-19"|
|Season 2||"What Lies Ahead" • "Bloodletting" • "Save the Last One" • "Cherokee Rose" • "Chupacabra" • "Secrets" • "Pretty Much Dead Already" • "Nebraska" • "Triggerfinger" • "18 Miles Out" • "Judge, Jury, Executioner" • "Better Angels" • "Beside the Dying Fire"|
|Season 3||"Seed" • "Sick" • "Walk With Me" • "Killer Within" • "Say the Word" • "Hounded" • "When the Dead Come Knocking" • "Made to Suffer" • "The Suicide King" • "Home" • "I Ain't a Judas" • "Clear" • "Arrow on the Doorpost" • "Prey" • "This Sorrowful Life" • "Welcome to the Tombs"|
|Season 4||"30 Days Without An Accident" • "Infected" • "Isolation" • "Indifference" • "Internment" • "Live Bait" • "Dead Weight" • "Too Far Gone"|
|Season 5||To Be Announced|