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Episode 312: “Clear” Recap

After the huge episode “Home,” last week’s “I Ain’t a Judas” was a bit quieter, as we finally saw what happened when Andrea met up with her old friends at the prison. If anything, we got a much better feel over the last two episodes for how out-gunned Rick and company are. This sets up tonight’s episode, “Clear,” which finds Rick, Michonne, and Carl on the road in search of supplies.

 

The episode opens with our three-man team driving down an abandoned highway. They pass a hitchhiker with an orange camping pack who yells at them to help him. They just drive by with no discussion at all of stopping. This is the new reality.
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A bit farther down the road they have to drive by a car accident. We see a walker pinned underneath an overturned car. As they slow down to get around the wreck, the car gets stuck in the mud. While Carl and Rick build a pack to shove under the wheel for traction, Carl wonders why they even need Michonne. Rick says they have the same problem and they can work together. Carl asks, “Just for right now?” “Just for right now” says Rick. Michonne hears them from the drivers’ seat. I don’t think it’s a secret to her that she’s a bit mistrusted and on the outs. The question is if she cares.

As they get the car unstuck the hitcher comes running down the road, again pleading for them to help him. They move out before he catches up.

The three of them arrive at their destination, a town with some strange markings on the buildings: arrows and writing. They go into a police station and the weapons locker has been emptied out. Rick kicks the wall. It’s his old station.

The three of them head into town to check some for weapons, passing more writing and a pile of burnt walkers.
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As they near the center of town they come to a series of pikes, fences, cars, and barb wire. It’s a walker trap.
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As they make their way through, a masked man shoots a walker that was approaching behind them. He orders them to leave their weapons and leave. Michonne says they need his gun and she thinks she can get it, so Rick fires on him. They split up to take him down, and when he comes down to street level, Carl shoots him in the stomach.

Now unconscious, Rick examines him. He was wearing body armor, so Carl’s shot didn’t actually penetrate flesh, just gave him a nasty bruise. Rick removes his mask and it’s Morgan (who you’ll hopefully remember from the first episode). FINALLY!
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Rick and Michonne go into Morgan’s hideout, narrowly avoiding multiple booby traps. They carry Morgan upstairs and find not just the guns from the station, but guns and weapons from all over. Also in abundance: crazy writing on the walls.
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While packing up supplies, Rick finds Morgan’s walkie talkie and then sees a note on the wall reading “DUANE TURNED.” It affects him. He tells Michonne and Carl that they’re going to wait for Morgan to wake up. Michonne argues but Rick insists. He zip ties Morgan’s hands.
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Carl sees a map on the wall of the town, which includes his house. It’s labeled “Rick’s House Taken BURNT OUT.” Carl says he wants to go get a crib. Michonne volunteers to go with him to help him carry the crib.

After Michonne and Carl leave, Morgan wakes up, slips his bonds, and attacks Rick. Morgan accuses Rick of wearing a dead person’s face as they fight. He stabs Rick in the shoulder but Rick is still able to draw his gun on him. Morgan begs to be killed.
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Rick manages to tie him up again and bandages his wounds. He continues to try and convince Morgan that he’s who he says he is. When Rick brings up the radios it gets through to Morgan. Morgan says it took him a while to use it but when he did it was no good. “You said that you would turn on your radio every day at dawn AND YOU WERE NOT THERE.”

Rick explains what happened and how he had to leave the area. He tells Morgan how Lori died and Morgan tells him what happened to Duane. They were checking a house when Duane was attacked by Morgan’s wife. Finally he had to kill his wife. Too late for Duane though.

While this is all going down, Michonne and Carl are on their way to the baby store. Carl is trying to convince Michonne that she doesn’t need to come. He gets her to take care of a couple walkers and then tries to give her the slip. She catches up and he tells her that she’s only with them while they’re interests align. He says Michonne can’t stop him from going on his run, she says he can’t stop her from helping him.
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Michonne helps Carl rig some baited traps to keep the walkers busy while Carl goings into a bar to get a picture of his family. Just as Carl grabs the picture, they get swarmed. Carl drops the picture. Michonne won’t let Carl go back in. She goes back for him while he stands out front distracting the walkers. She comes back with both the picture and the ugliest cat statue I’ve ever seen. “I just couldn’t leave this behind, it’s just too damn gorgeous.”

As they walk back, Rick is trying to convince Morgan to come back with them. Morgan points out that they’re taking a lot of guns for a reason. He won’t go back with them just to watch them die.

Morgan goes back outside to take care of the walkers that have been caught in his snares while Rick loads up the guns and ammo. Carl and Michonne return. Carl apologizes to Morgan for shooting him. Morgan tells him “don’t ever be sorry.”

They load up the car and while Michonne steps away Rick asks Carl how it went. He says that Michonne “might be one of us.” Rick smiles for maybe the first time on the show.

Carl gets in the car while Rick finishes packing. Michonne comes back and tells Rick that she knows he sees things. She confides in him that she used to talk to her dead boyfriend. Rick asks if she wants to drive. She says yeah. Rick: “good, cuz I see things.”

They drive back past the crazy writing and burnt bodies. On the highway outside of town they see a blood slick where a body has been recently ripped apart and just past it the hitchhiker’s orange backpack. After initially driving past, they stop, reverse, take the backpack, and move on.
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So what did you think?! It was a different kind of episode than we’re used to. No prison. No Woodbury. And we saw Morgan again! You knew it had to happen at some point. Lennie James, who plays Morgan, was awesome.

Michonne, are we feeling her more now? Is she part of the group?

Will we see Morgan again?

Is Carl more of a badass than before?

How changed is Rick that a man who used to try and help everyone now won’t even look twice at a person screaming for help?

If you’re in Morgan’s Gun Emporium during the zombie apocalypse, and you get one weapon, what are you taking?

 
Note: I had to delete some comments below that were super-confusing and not advancing or contributing to the conversation. Try to stay at least somewhat on-point and remember that comments have a “reply” button!

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  1. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    This episode had me so tore up I wanted them to pick up the guy walking but I understand why they didn’t . I wanted Morgan to go back to the prison man this was such a good episode

  2. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Morgan has got to end up in the prison

  3. Amber Turner March 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    what was up with michonne and the rainbow cat..

  4. Dori4n March 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply
  5. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    It’s funny to me back in the first season glen and everyone called the walkers geeks

  6. fan of carl March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    duane’s mom says i brought you into this world i can take you out damn it. walking dead rocks it’s about time that michonne is looking like she will be accepted into the group and that she seems to want to be accepted. also glad to see merle with the group he brings alot to the table.

  7. SofiaR March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply
  8. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I felt so bad for the Orange Backpack Guy, I mean, I imagine myself hitch hiking like that in the Zombie Apocalypse, then get killed, and then people steal my stuff. Thank alot, other surviors!

    • Guest March 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      So did I but you see what can happen when you trust the wrong people and right now Rick doesn’t even trust himself. What’s left of his sanity is devoted to keeping the group together & safe. That’s his first priority.

  9. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply
  10. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    whats with Michonne after she ate Morgans food she became happy ? Morgan must have put rainbows in the food.

  11. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    It was real funny that they got his backpack lol

  12. Mary Valerie Trinidad March 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I was devastated when Morgan told the story of how his son died. Such a good episode, though. I feel that Rick and Morgan are both on the brink of insanity… maybe they can help each other escape this state of mind?

  13. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I was like when they got his backpack “what! No! You just…. Dont do that…

  14. Jess Haar March 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I love that we finally got to see some of Michonne’s sense of humor.

  15. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    They should have Michoone say anit nobody got time for that.

  16. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    It was funny it looked like Carl was pouting standing in front of the door

  17. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    I like the rat-attractor cages, they were pretty awesome

  18. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    or she should go kill a walker and say how u doing honeybooboochild!

  19. Josie Boyette March 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I think it is important that people not get left behind easily. It makes Rick seem cold and cruel. We have to keep cheering for him, and when Rick casually left the backpacker behind, it made me like him a little less. If he can’t help others, why should he think that others will help Carl or Julia? I know could have been a threat, still, it was hard to hear the begging and see no response to it at all. And – they need people.

    • Brenda Sue Shade-Reynolds March 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      I totally agree! How can they ever hope to rebuild civilization? And, if they don’t, then why are they fighting at all? Why not just kill each other and be done with it?! The only thing the ‘new world’ will teach is that you can only care about yourself, and in which case, no one would ever need to lift a finger for someone else – which will lead to everyone perishing. You need to rely more on others than ever before in your lifetime.

  20. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm - Reply
  21. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    But Josie, the guy couldve been bit, dangerous, crazy, etc.

  22. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Besides, he was alone, he could have been like Morgan

  23. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Michonne had zombie kill of the week this week

  24. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm - Reply
  25. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    i speak honeybooboochild.And hello to all u honeybooboos,and honeybooboochilds.

  26. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Did you guys think that this is one of the best episodes?
    Just wondering

  27. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    im ailna im six years old an ima… buttie…queen.

  28. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply
  29. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply
  30. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    No because this is The Walking Dead

  31. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply
  32. Tirza Doyle March 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I wish that Morgan would have went with Rick! I feel so bad for him.

  33. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    It’s amazing that some of the people on the show have are English Rick,Morgan the governor.

  34. Fan of Walkers March 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    The episode was good but sad to see Morgan”s mental decline. He would have been a great asset if he would have joined Rick’s team

  35. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Morgan had quite a collection of weapons.

  36. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply
  37. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply
  38. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm - Reply
  39. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    excuse me all of you if got something to say

  40. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Nadim what do you want us to say?

  41. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply
  42. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply
  43. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply
  44. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply
  45. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm - Reply
  46. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Remember in Season 1 when Morgan was shooting all those Walkers with his Sniper, and there were ALOT of them? I wonder how he survived the attack…

  47. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply
  48. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    hello any one home u guys r as slow as walkers

  49. disqus_DcapcQenjg March 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    time to find a new show to watch

  50. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    well sometimes walkers r fast

  51. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply
  52. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply
  53. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply
  54. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply
  55. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply
  56. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply
  57. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    What was your favorite part of the episode Nadim?

  58. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply
  59. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    i was so happy they found him

  60. Dylan Starnes March 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Do you think that Morgan will show up again?

  61. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Like when they revealed it was Morgan?

  62. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply
  63. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply
  64. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply
  65. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I think Morgan will live the rest of the apocalypse by himself

  66. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    he has so many guns hes the king of guns

  67. april teal March 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I think we will see morgan again. I think carl is growing up to fast.

  68. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply
  69. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    ya in the last he looked so small

  70. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Maybe if the group loses the Prison, then they will crawl back to Morgan.

  71. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Kinda missed Daryl and Merle this episode

  72. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply
  73. Larry W March 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    What if gun control had been enforced prior to the outbreak? How much more difficult would it be to handle the zombies?

  74. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply
  75. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply
  76. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Well, how strong? Like no guns? Or hunting guns are allowed?

  77. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply
  78. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    aint nobody got time for that

  79. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm - Reply
  80. Nadim March 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    hes climbing ur windows snachting ur people up

  81. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    What if a Nuclear Reactor breaks and Zombies get mutated by the radiation?

  82. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Rick needs Sam and Dean Winchester

  83. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Holy crap next week is going to be good

  84. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply
  85. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    The governors eye patch looks like a baseball cover cut in half and painted black

  86. Nick Kaiser March 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I wanna see the battle between the Prison and the army of Old Arthritis people and Puberty infested asthma kids.

  87. Chris Bigger March 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    It would have been really funny when the picked up the backpack the guy would have come running out of the woods yelling

  88. disqus_jgkwf1L025 March 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Morgan will show up at the prison when the final battle starts between Rick and the Governors army.

  89. Brenda Sue Shade-Reynolds March 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Didn’t one of the zombies look an awful lot like Morgan’s wife? One that Michonne and Carl killed in the cafe? I sure thought so, but nobody seemed to mention it on The Talking Dead that I noticed.

  90. TiredGuy_86 March 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Gosh this was a really good episode I have to say it just tired up the lose end of what happened to Morgan. IDK I really wished that he would have joined the group for at least one more episode then died in an attempt to Kill the Governor lol. set with at rest

  91. Jackson hein March 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    What’s the song at the end of the episode?

  92. Dustin Breeden March 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Why are they still so casual around zombies? Just havin a conversation..doo doo doo…
    When walkers are up against the fence there is 0 danger! Just poke them through the fence!If they ever do get through, there will be many less that enter the prison. I hope the producers see this and change accordingly. I don’t think I’m the only one that feels this way.
    Other than that this show is sweet….

  93. Dustin Breeden March 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Answer me this, if the hitchhiker was a woman would they have picked her up?

  94. Sarah Simerly March 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    i wonder if Morgan will end up changing his mind and come looking for the prison because he doesn’t want to be alone anymore.

  95. SN1604 March 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    It was great to see Morgan, and growth in Michonne’s relationship with
    Carl and Rick. Our group enjoys the episodes when Rick’s group is prominent
    in the storyline rather the “Governor” and company. Since the “Governor” is continuing for now, Rick’s group need
    more people for defense.The
    hitchhiker should have been picked up.

  96. […] and now the main industry is walking dead tourists and their walking dead tour. The episode “Clear” from season three was filmed there. It’s the one where Rick, Carl, and Michonne find a […]


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