The Walking Dead Recap 3.16: “Welcome To The Tombs”

by Joseph Lamour

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So, everyone… like… I’m annoyed.

Here are the reasons I am annoyed, because I cannot bear to recap this season finale in my typical way, since nothing happened, and everything happened (that I did not want to happen.) As a fan of The Governor arc… I am sad. And annoyed. Don’t forget annoyed.

MAJOR SPOILERS for The Walking Dead 3.16: “Welcome To The Tombs” are under the cut…

And now, for the questions:

  • Why didn’t Milton, after being beaten and stabbed by The Governor, stab himself in the ear or the eye with something? Since he knew Andrea was going to be his first post zombie meal, he could have done something to ensure his not eating her so quickly like…

    • Maybe if he didn’t have the strength to end himself, maybe tying his leg or arm to the pipe near him?

    • Or, pull his pants down so he couldn’t get up?

    • Or something, depending on his energy level.

This way, at the end of the episode, he wouldn’t have died, zombied, then chewed on her shoulder, leaving her to shoot herself in the head. RIP Andrea, and RIP Milton, you terrible planners you.

In other news, it looks like I was right about Carol. She’s the new Andrea.

  • Also, why didn’t the giant army of Woodbury citizens, upon finding where the Atlanta survivors were guerilla-ing, shoot that enormous rocket launcher they used to blow up the watchtowers? Like… right into Maggie and Glenn’s faces? Not that I want those lovebirds dead, but… the motives and actions of every single character in this episode proved terribly confusing. Related gunfight questions…

    • Why did the Woodburies run away when only some of them could have been affected by that tear gas? If they were all affected by that tear gas, who was driving the cars away?  I can only assume this retreat was to imply that they were all unprepared for war, instead of how it is in the graphic novel: a bunch of people fighting tooth and nail for their lives. I guess this is more realistic, but…it’s not good.

    • Why didn’t that kid Carl shot just put the gun down like a normal person? Why was he putting it down towards Carl and Herschel like he somehow was going to magically put the rifle back into shooting position and kill two people before they got a shot off even though their firearms were already drawn? Why doesn’t somebody just pour a bucket of cold water on Carl and tell him to get it together?

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  • Why did none of the 12 or so armed Woodbury citizens turn around at any point and shoot The Governor as he massacred all of them? I mean…at least try. Why didn’t Schupert and Martinez shoot The Governor? I know you all will reply that they were shocked and scared and #woeisme but, not one of them? How are people so hypnotized by him that multiple people will let all of their friends be shot! in! the! face! and then allow themselves to also be shot in the face…Allen?

    • Why didn’t Allen shoot The Governor after he gave him eight seconds (I counted… angrily) to shoot him?

  • Two more Andrea questions, while I’m at it:

    • How did Zombie Milton chew on her shoulder while she was wearing a coat?

    • When did Andrea have time to do her toenails in Wet n’ Wild Coconut Creme?

  • Why did they move the citizens of Woodbury to the prison, when they realized that 20+ is a bigger number than 3? Since Paula is a part of the group now (she could be the new Andrea, since she showed some smarts in playing dead, and the book Andrea was smart) With the plot how it is now, they have no reason to leave the prison or Woodbury. So what’s going to be different next season since… well…

  • The Governor, you guys! For my biggest question: Why isn’t The Governor dead?

My biggest pet peeve is when everyone is expecting something to happen, and then it doesn’t. The one person who was supposed to perish during this episode was The Governor. Instead, about 16 people and 240 zombies did. This is okay if the story surprises or amazes, but last night, that didn’t happen for me. The season finale here reminded me of another AMC show that needs to get a clue: The Killing. Remember Season 1? Sickening.

I think I’ve calmed down now that I’ve asked all of my questions. Do any of you have any questions regarding the ridiculosity on display last night?

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  • Shona

    Well I didn’t absolutely detest the season finale. I give it 2.5 stars out of five. I really wanted to see Andrea get the nerve to kill the Governor. Guess it was really not meant to be. As far as the questions about Milton and why he didn’t do what he could’ve/should’ve done, Milton has been confusing me ever since he visited the prison and it was clear as day to him that the Governor was wrong/delusional. I think he was in an even better position then she was to off him; especially since I feel that the Governor has had a sly eye on Andrea for a while…but he still trusted Milton pretty far into it.

    My biggest disappointment was the attack on the prison scene (and all they way up to the massacre). Maybe I need to watch it again…but it just seemed very off. Even with a mostly unskilled group, how did Glenn and Maggie with their two guns run off all those people and with all that firepower? The Woodbury people acted surprised; but didn’t the Governor tell them from the jump off how lethal they were? And to be such a ragtag, sucky bunch, why didn’t the Governor and his two top dudes just stay and try to duke it out with Maggie and Glen? The massacre demonstrated the Governor’s insanity and evilness well; but you are right, why did they not fight back, try to get away? It was just all really weird and could have been scripted much better.

  • Son of Baldwin

    Did y’all see Mammy crying over Miss Scarlett? Wasn’t it just PRECIOUS? (I mean that literally and figuratively.)

    And folks are killing me with that “But they were friends!” defense.

    No. Re-watch all of those
    episodes. Michonne was Andrea’s CARETAKER. Andrea just liked being
    taken care of. Until she found that crazy dude The Governor. Then Andrea
    was all: “Bye, gurt!”

    In what universe is that friendship?

  • ozoozol

    Yet another thing Milton could have done? wrapped his shirt around his head or pulled it up over his face (make it into a hood like the Governor did with his daughter).

    So. Many. Things.

  • Jonathan Woodworth

    Why didn’t Milton, after being beaten and stabbed by The Governor, stab himself in the ear or the eye with something? Since he knew Andrea was going to be his first post zombie meal, he could have done something to ensure his not eating her so quickly like…

    Maybe if he didn’t have the strength to end himself, maybe tying his leg or arm to the pipe near him?

    Or, pull his pants down so he couldn’t get up?

    Or something, depending on his energy level.

    His energy level indeed. I’d have to rewatch the scene to be sure, but by my memory Milton doesn’t even lift his arms after he hits the floor—he’s clearly in shock and bleeding out, and if anything his staying coherent as long as he did is the belief-stretcher.

    That being said, didn’t Jenner back in 1.5 or 1.6 establish a substantially longer timeline from death to zombie-rising? Though I guess they’ve been ignoring that since at least Shane.

    • schismtracer

      I recall Jenner giving a really variable timeline, like a few minutes to a few hours. I always took that as the writers implicitly acknowledging that it takes whatever amount of time would be most dramatic.

      • Jonathan Woodworth

        Ok, I reviewed the relevant bits. You were right on the zombification timeline; he gave an observed range of three minutes to eight hours.

        As for Milton, from the time we see him on the floor after being stabbed, the first time he so much as twitches below the neck apart from breathing is when he zombifies. That raises the question of why so many people apparently expected him to be able to move around, to the point that when he doesn’t it’s taken as Milton (or the writers) being dumb rather than a sign of how badly injured he is. Maybe it has something to do with the expectations set by cinematic conventions of violence? I guess it is unusual to show someone so incapacitated while retaining consciousness from purely torso damage (rather than head trauma or injury to more of the body including broken or detached limbs); the closest example I can think of offhand from another source is Quentin Tarantino’s character in Reservoir Dogs, who loses his sight shortly before dying from a gunshot to the stomach—but that’s a matter of seconds, it isn’t left to linger like it is here.

        Not sure.

  • elikit

    This was the most disappointing, underwhelming season finale they could have thrown together.

    I didn’t buy the Governor’s break, at all.

    Also, I a, annoyed by Carl for a lot of reasons, but he wasn’t wrong to shoot that kid. The kid kept coming forward while still holding the gun. It was a classic fake-out manoeuvre. If they wanted to portray Carl as a tiny psychopath they should have directed the other kid’s movements in a less ambiguous way. As it is, I feel like Carl acted on the instinct that something was hinky with that other kid, so he shot him. But since he’s only 12 he doesn’t have the vocabulary to explain his gut instinct.

    Also, I feel like having the entire emotional payoff for this season hinge on a character who has been so much maligned and kinda hated by fandom was such a mistake. It’s like the writers haven’t been reading what people have said about their characters. Blah.

  • Ordinis Nyx

    In general, I was very disappointed with the show but I will say this. I liked Tyreese and Sasha becoming the only voice of morality (wouldn’t join the Governor in killing the living). Most of the white folks on this show, even the kid Carl, are morally ambiguous, at best, but Tyreese and Sasha brought a smile to my face. I kind of wish they figured out a way to keep Merle and Andrea and kill off Rick though.

  • schismtracer

    I’m kind of curious where The Governor went. When I realized the prison gang was going to take in the Woodbury civilians, I figured Guv was going back there to spin some woeful bullshit and a showdown would occur. But, no, he just vanished into the ether. Maybe he’s like those guys with secret families in different states and has Woodbury 2.0 hidden in the forest somewhere.

    I’m also wondering if there was some kind of scheduling/financing snafu. The whole episode felt kind of rushed and jury-rigged.

    • Jamie Norwood

      I took the slaughter of the Woodbury people as his writing the whole stupid thing off, and riding off with his fellow psychopaths to start over, or do something else, or whatever. I can’t bring myself to care, because he should be dead. This wasn’t a good surprise, AMC people. Gotchas and switches are one thing, but this was just… Bad. And of course, now you have him around to drag out again when your writing gets (HAH! AS IF!) worse.

      And why, WHY, would you move people into the now even more broken prison, instead of the town they were in that was /already well fortified/ and could even, with some gas, manage electricity and stuff. Why, why wouldn’t they stay THERE?

      The only hope they have now is to release the real finale next week and joke about how this one was the April Fool’s joke.

  • Christian Berntsen

    RE: Milton – Or why didn’t he just hand Andrea the pliers or help her cut her bonds? That bugged me.

    I was disappointed the Governor didn’t die either. I didn’t like him in the comic (where he was more brutal, and less charismatic), and only liked his character a little more in the show because he seemed to have more going for him. It seems they are going to drag him out because often that’s what TV shows do, sometimes well, sometimes not so well. I keep comparing it to the comic series in my head, mostly because it’s interesting where they’ve veered off from it in the show, and what elements stuck around longer on TV than in the comic. But really, the Governor should have died, and they should have moved on, because this world is relentless yet and they seem to be staying in this same neighborhood, and I fear that it will stagnate because of it.