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Episode 315: “This Sorrowful Life” Recap

Last week ended with Andrea strapped into the Governor’s torture chair, which is a really horrible place to be. But if you’re looking to see how that turns out for her… you’re gonna have to wait just a bit longer. No Andrea this week. And sadly, no Tyreese and his gang. Saving that for the finale I suppose. But before we get there, we’ve got tonight’s penultimate episode to discuss, so onto it!

NOTE: I didn’t have a final cut of this episode, so fair warning that his might not be exact, but how fun if it’s not, right?.

The episode starts with Rick telling Daryl that the Michonne trade has to be done but they’ll need one more person: Merle. Daryl isn’t completely on board with the plan, but he gets it. When he offers to talk to Merle, Rick insists on doing it himself.

When he goes to talk to Merle, Rick finds him ripping up mattresses looking for dope. After Rick tells Merle the plan, Merle tells Rick that the Governor is sick and lays out what the Governor will do to Michonne and reminds him that it’s not even a guarantee that the Governor won’t attack them. It doesn’t sway Rick. Merle says that Rick doesn’t have the spine to go through with his plan. We’ll see!

After the opening credits, Rick goes outside and the rest of the group is laying down a spike strip so the Governor’s men can’t drive up to the gate again. Rick says it’s a good idea and Daryl says “it was Michonne’s” and stares at Rick.

Carol and Merle have a talk about who’s side Merle is on. Merle mentions that Carol isn’t the same scared person she was back in the camp outside Atlanta. He calls her a late bloomer, she says maybe he is too.

Outside, Daryl and Glenn have a fairly one-sided conversation about how Merle is sorry. After Daryl talks for a while, Glenn tells Daryl about what Merle and the Governor did to him, which is forgivable, but not what happened to Maggie. Daryl doesn’t defend Merle, he just walks off.

Daryl finds Merle in the machine shop and Merle says he’s looking for drugs. Merle accuses Daryl of having no balls because he’s just going along with Rick’s Michonne plan. When Daryl brings up the crap Merle did to Glenn and Maggie for the Governor Merle says that they’re going to do the same thing to Michonne. After Daryl leaves, we see that Merle is getting a kit ready to abduct Michonne.

While Hershel sermonizes to Maggie and Beth, Rick’s outside looking through debris for wire to tie Michonne’s wrists. He looks up and sees Lori again. Regular clothes, pregnant. He says “you’re not there” but she doesn’t disappear.

Rick goes inside and tells Hershel that he can’t do it. He can’t give up Michonne.

Merle is with Michonne in an uncleared part of the prison. While she’s distracted with walkers he knocks her out and ties her up. He starts walking her to Woodbury. He says that Rick wouldn’t have had the guts to go through with his plan so he did it himself.

Rick finds Daryl and says the plan’s off but he can’t find Michonne or Merle. Rick and Daryl go looking and find a bloody hood in the machine shop where Merle’s kidnapping kit was. Daryl says he’ll track Merle and tells Rick to get the prison ready while he’s gone.

Merle and Michonne are still walking to Woodbury. Merle says he thinks that if he does this and saves the prison maybe they’ll forgive him, and he can stay with his brother.

At the prison, Glenn talks to Hershel about the pocket watch Hershel gave him and says he understands what it means now. He says he wants to marry Maggie. Hershel gives his blessing.

Merle and Michonne stop by a motel. Merle ties Michonne to a post and while he’s hot-wiring a car, he sets off the alarm, drawing all the nearby walkers. Michonne struggles to fight them off while tied up and Merle finishes the rest of them off when he’s done starting the car.

As they drive off, Michonne and Merle talk about their roles/places within the group. She says that Merle will always be on the outside, and he says that she’s no different.

Back at the prison, Glenn goes down to the fences and cuts an engagement ring (with finger) off a walker’s hand. So romantic.

Michonne asks Merle if he ever killed anyone before he met the Governor. She reminds Merle that the Governor is a piece of s**t and says they can just go back to the Prison. Merle says he can’t go back then cuts Michonne loose and says he has something he has to do on his own. He continues in the direction of Woodbury.

Michonne runs into Daryl on her way back and lets him know that Merle let her go. Daryl runs after his brother.

Merle is sitting in a parking lot outside of a liquor store or bar, blasting Motorhead’s “Fast and Loose” and having a drink.

He’s luring in walkers then slowly drives off with them following. He heads to the area where Rick and the Governor had their meeting. He lets the car roll on while he jumps out (now Ted Nugent’s “Turn It Up” is playing, FYI). While the Governor’s men fight off the walkers, Merle starts taking shots at them.

He gets a good number of them (including a shot on Allen’s kid—I don’t think we see his fate) before Martinez and the Governor find him. The Governor says “you leave him to me!” and takes on Merle. Mid-fight the Governor bites off two of Merle’s fingers and has him beat. Merle says “I ain’t gonna beg! I ain’t beggin’ you!” and the Governor shoots him.

Back at the prison Rick calls a meeting, but before Glenn and Maggie head over, Glenn proposes to her. She says yes, and they go to see what Rick has to say.

Rick lets them in on his plan and how he changed his mind but Merle had already taken Michonne. He tells them that these things should be everyone’s decision, not his. He isn’t their Governor, he doesn’t tell them what to do. He says they can stay and fight or they can go. He goes to the watchtower and sees Michonne walking back.

Daryl tracks Merle to Woodbury and finds him zombiefied and eating one of the Governor’s men (update: apparently Ben, Allen’s son, didn’t even realize). Waling Merle sees Daryl and shambles toward him. Daryl continually pushes Merle off until he finally decides to kill him. He stabs him in the head repeatedly, sobbing. The episode ends.

Ah man, poor Daryl. And poor Merle. I knew Merle would go out a hero. Merle, you may have been a bigoted, racist murderer, but by the end you were OUR bigoted, racist murderer.

What happens now? Does Rick’s group attack Woodbury? Does Woodbury attack the prison?

Will Andrea live to see season 4?

Was Glenn’s proposal weak sauce?

Does Daryl now have dibs on the Governor? Man, everyone has a good reason to kill that guy.

Reminder: if you know something about NEXT week’s episode beyond AMC’s teasers, don’t post it here. Don’t ruin it for others. I know you want to talk about whatever you might have heard or seen, but let’s do our best to keep it fresh for others. Thanks gang!

  1. Chris Bigger March 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm - Reply
  2. Chris Bigger March 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Man that was a tear jerker with Daryl

  3. Chris Bigger March 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Michonne zombie kill of the week

  4. Chris Bigger March 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Daryl sad zombie kill of the week

  5. disqus_DtJmzTU4k4 March 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm - Reply
  6. Guest March 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    ben wasnt that thick govener

  7. gfockersson March 24, 2013 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    ben wasnt that thick the govner would be dead

  8. Chris Bigger March 24, 2013 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Just really wonder what this is going to do to Daryl

  9. SamiZombe March 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply
  10. Doreen March 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Merle was one sexy beast! RIP Merle.

  11. Chris Bigger March 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Man Glen saved a ton of money on that rock

  12. jj March 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Bye bye merle. U will b missed..

  13. Chris Bigger March 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    See if everyone would have listened to Merle a few weeks back they could have already took the governor out.

  14. joe gibbs March 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Why is there not a zombie sex scene?

  15. Angelique March 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Ah, man Daryl! My heart goes out to you; beautiful performance. Merle, I was hoping to see you around a little longer. I salute you! You sacrificed for the team. You all have me at the edge of my seat. Yeah!

  16. Chris Bigger March 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    The last episode is going to be sooo good

  17. Gail Vergato March 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Hey – BIG HAIR DUDE – There’s nothing Mystical about Michonne. She’s just one of those QUIET people who never tell you what they’re really thinking!! LOL!!

  18. Kelly March 24, 2013 at 6:37 pm - Reply
  19. Chris Bigger March 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Who should be the person to kill the governor?

  20. Dusty Rogers March 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    I knew they were gonna kill either Daryl or Merle in this episode since the game came out last Tuesday. The game was pushed to soon, so reason for so many flaws in the game. But I still enjoyed it. R.I.P. Merle.

  21. poopiefacetomatonose March 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    the gov needs to die a slow painful death and be eaten by biters

  22. Allyson Wink McNeill March 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    I hope ricks group leaves the prison and takes over Woodbury while the gov finds an empty prison.

  23. Tasha Stevens March 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Gonna miss Merle! Daryl was awesome as usual! Wondering if Andrea gets bathroom breaks from her torture chamber? She has been there a long time…….

  24. parks4242 March 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Merle: “I ain’t no goddam anti hero”
    Daryl: “No shit brother”
    Brutal way for Merle to check out but I’m glad he didn’t puss out.
    All hail the house of Dixon.

  25. Alfredo Lugo March 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Why didn’t Merle take out Martinez, instead of going after two random ass rednecks first?

  26. Kelsey Rae March 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Man…. i cried like a baby…

  27. Bastet March 25, 2013 at 5:14 am - Reply

    I really wasn’t all that sad about Merle until Daryl found him.

  28. Brady West March 25, 2013 at 5:17 am - Reply

    Man I thought the Governor was a pussy until he beat the fuck outa Merle haha.. Shit son..

  29. Dennis Heaning March 25, 2013 at 5:33 am - Reply


  30. Janet Roberts March 25, 2013 at 6:02 am - Reply

    RIP Mere! If Rick hadn’t hee-hawed about Michone things could’ve been a lot different but I guess that’s how it was supposed to go. I’ve had my different special ones to kill the Governor but now I Believe Daryl should do it!

  31. Dcarp March 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Merle, got a Governor beat down…one hand, eight fingers and a taste for Kentucky Fried Zombies….RIP Merle, nubs and all….

  32. Slik_Karl March 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I felt it had to go that way or Daryl would always be torn between looking after Merle or doing what’s right.

  33. TWD_Enthusiasts March 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I didn’t find myself crying for Daryl or for Merle…I guess my heart has grown cold.

  34. Bill Pappin March 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Why are ppl saying Daryl and the rest of the group will never know what Merle did? Remember, Daryl is a tracker and could easily see that there was a fight in the area by examining the surroundings like he did when tracking Shane and Randall. Plus it was in the spot where they were supposed to meet up with the governor. Freshly killed humans with gunshot wounds, bullet casings on the ground, governor no where to be found, Michonne set free… it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what happened.

  35. AllThingsZombie March 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I think that the governer will get killed and Milton will become the leader of woodbury , Follow @ZombieLoversUK

  36. Wanda Sandridge March 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I really didn’t want Merle to die even though he is a ahole. But like everyone said he’s our ahole. I am going to miss Merle very much and I really hope we do not lose Daryl and I really hope Daryl and Andrea make it back to the group. However we don’t know which way it will turn we came only wish it goes our way. The group need good people like the group and I also hope Tyresse and Sasha will be added. Will see what happens on the Finale.. Happy watching everyone….

  37. Ricardo Ramos March 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    My question is… How come the radio in the car have music?

  38. Ricardo Ramos March 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    It would be nice if they make a episode about whats going on in other states or other parts of the world…

  39. SN1604 March 25, 2013 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Darn good show. Wow, Merle! (I ain’t gonna beg”), and Daryl (poor guy!). Practical way to get an engagement ring in Zombie country.

  40. Axel Hoffstedt March 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I think Rick should kill him. Or Andrea

  41. Ruben March 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Got some manly tears when Daryl started crying…

  42. Manoel Bily Galdino March 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply
  43. March 28, 2013 at 8:01 am - Reply

    how about ricks ‘crazy phone’ merle took with him when he left the prison??

  44. Ngoc Phuong March 29, 2013 at 12:26 am - Reply
  45. MyDinosaurHands March 29, 2013 at 10:48 am - Reply

    I was so impressed with the way the Walking Dead writers turned people’s feelings around about Merle. Instead of it being the death of a douchebag, it was the death of a man sad with himself, and who was desperately trying to turn over a new leaf, and become accepted at the prison.

  46. Shandi Lee March 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm - Reply
  47. Shandi Lee March 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    ive never seen daryl cry that deffently hurt

  48. Donna Battle March 31, 2013 at 12:59 am - Reply

    The Governor needs to be turned into Michonne’s new zombie pet.

  49. masoud afshari March 31, 2013 at 11:46 am - Reply

    the governor will turn into a walker .that’s for sure

  50. masoud afshari March 31, 2013 at 11:50 am - Reply

    and one more thing…there’s no way in hell a man can bite off another man’s not one, but two’s scientifically impossible

  51. Cameron Ezell March 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    will the group mourn merele or will it just be daryl or will daryl mourn at all?

  52. Cameron Ezell March 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    does anyone think that the governer went cannibal right there?

  53. oljw March 31, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply
  54. Naomi Romano March 31, 2013 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Milton is a walker now? All righty then……

  55. Naomi Romano March 31, 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Everyone leaves….that’s the way to go. Yay!

  56. Double Stuff ✌ March 31, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Daryl is going to become withdrawn and cold I know it

  57. pjbodani March 31, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    How far ahead do the actors know their scripts? Do they know how far into the series they will live?

  58. Weil Hamilton April 2, 2013 at 4:47 am - Reply

    Anyone else notice the car Merle drove to go kill the governor changed from 20’s to wire hubcaps after he jumped out. Watch carefully and you will see that it was a different car.

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