Season 3 of The Walking Dead drew to an anticlimactic conclusion of sorts, although a seemingly martyred death severed an interesting link between Woodbury, The Governor (David Morrissey), and our protagonists.
AMC’s original series, The Walking Dead, started off strong in 2010 and quickly built a fan base and tremendous following. Through the first and second seasons, audiences watched as Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) awoke from a coma after being shot in the line of duty to chaos and “walkers” eating people alive.
Season 3 brought on new complications as Daryl’s heinously bigoted older brother Merle (Michael Rooker), equipped with a hook for a hand, joined The Governor at Woodbury to carry out an attack on the protagonists holed up in the Georgia prison, but eventually had a change of heart — perhaps a bit too late for Daryl’s comfort — and went down fighting.
The anti-climactic finale left little resolved, with more inner turmoil and complication than action and progress. Rick’s group — along with the residents of Woodbury who stayed behind — face an opportunity to rebuild at the prison, still awaiting The Governor and his henchmen to attack, or move on to find a new place. Season 4 will likely bring about more intricate storytelling and character development as Rick tries to bring Carl back to morality after his “shoot first, ask later” mentality lead him to gun down an undeserving citizen of Woodbury.