OK, this had to be, hands down, the best episode in season 3 of The Walking Dead. Not only did Rick, Carl and Michone find Morgan – the guy who helped Rick get on his feet in the first few episodes, but the show offered something that had been missing the whole season.
In season three, The Walking Dead has turned into an action show. In this episode, the show returned to something it hadn’t had in a long time, intimacy and horror. The show had always been about small stories, one-on-one fears and conflicts within a group. The isolation of the small ’ghost’ town also enabled a bit of that insecurity and fear back into the show.
And then, as the show came to a close, the icing on the cake…. Did you notice?
The shows end was clearly an homage to The Last Man on Earth. In that film, at the end of every day, the character, Morgan (Vincent Price) would burn the bodies of the dead zombies. This episode clearly ended the way it did to pay tribute to one of the earliest zombie apocalypse films.