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Say the Word (The Walking Dead)

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"Say the Word"
The Walking Dead episode
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Andrea watches in horror as the town of Woodbury cheer a fight between Merle and Martinez.
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 5
Directed byGreg Nicotero
Written byAngela Kang
Featured music"Saturday Night Special" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Original air dateNovember 11, 2012 (2012-11-11)
Guest appearance(s)
  • Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
  • Lew Temple as Axel
  • Dallas Roberts as Milton Mamet
  • Jose Pablo Cantillo as Caesar Martinez
  • Lawrence Kao as Tim
  • Vincent M. Ward as Oscar
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"Say the Word" is the fifth episode of the third season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead. It was written by Angela Kang and directed by Greg Nicotero, and originally aired on AMC in the United States on November 11, 2012.

Plot[edit]

Prison[edit]

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is traumatized after the death of his wife Lori during childbirth, and abandons his responsibility as both a parent to his new daughter and to the other members of the group, instead releasing his anger on walkers. Daryl (Norman Reedus) steps up as an interim leader, and offers to go with Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to locate infant formula and other supplies for the newborn. Glenn (Steven Yeun), Axel (Lew Temple), and Oscar (Vincent Ward) dig graves for their fallen, Lori, and T-Dog; Glenn remains resentful towards the prisoners Axel and Oscar due to losing his friends as a result of their fellow prisoner Andrew's sabotage. Glenn then goes to look for Rick in the prison tunnels, who is still mindlessly killing walkers. Glenn tries to convince Rick to return with him, but Rick throws him against the wall and Glenn, recognizing that Rick is in a dangerous head space, decides to leave Rick alone. Daryl and Maggie successfully recover supplies from an abandoned daycare center, and they see to tending to the newborn. Daryl asks Carl (Chandler Riggs) what to name his sister, and Carl considers the names of those that they have already lost. Daryl later visits Carol's makeshift grave, placing a Cherokee Rose to honor her memory.

Rick has found the boiler room where Lori died, finding a bloated walker inside with no trace of Lori's body. Believing the walker had eaten her corpse, Rick proceeds to execute it, and considers opening it up to look for Lori's corpse but forgoes that. As he sits in the boiler room, thinking to himself, the phone in the room suddenly rings. He goes to answer it.

Woodbury[edit]

The town prepares for a celebration as directed by The Governor (David Morrissey). Michonne (Danai Gurira), still suspicious of The Governor, attempts to retrieve her katana from his quarters. As soon as she gets her katana, she is forced to hide as The Governor returns and overhears Milton (Dallas Roberts) warn The Governor that his celebration will delay his experiments. She opts to exit out a back window to avoid being caught and discovers a courtyard with several cages filled with walkers. She proceeds to open the cages and methodically kill them. However, she is caught and taken to The Governor, who orders her to become part of the "research team". This team, including Milton and Merle (Michael Rooker), is tasked to bring still-animated walkers that are trapped in pits back to Woodbury.

The Governor speaks to Andrea (Laurie Holden) regarding Michonne, warning her that she is creating tension in Woodbury. Michonne again tries to convince Andrea to leave with her; Andrea believes that The Governor will not let them go willingly, but is surprised that Merle allows them to freely leave the town. Andrea wavers, and opts not to leave, unwilling to spend another eight months surviving for her life. Michonne decides to leave on her own. That evening, The Governor has Andrea join them to watch Merle spar against Martinez (Jose Pablo Cantillo) while surrounded by chained walkers. Andrea considers the event barbaric, but The Governor insists it teaches the townspeople to not be afraid.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The episode was generally well received. Zack Handlen, writing for The A.V. Club, gave the episode a 'B' on a scale from 'A' to 'F'. He highlighted the "feverish intensity" of Rick's speechless rampage, but he reserved some criticism for uninteresting characters and the "pretty anticlimactic" reveal of Woodbury's festivities.[1] Eric Goldman at IGN gave the episode an 8.5 out of 10, praising the development of Woodbury, The Governor, Rick, Daryl, and Michonne in this episode.[2] Both Handlen and Goldman singled out Glenn's dialogue with Hershel as a weak point, saying that Glenn's dialogue was too straightforward[1] and his description of T-Dog's unseen heroism was "near self-parody".[2]

Ratings[edit]

Upon its initial broadcast on November 11, 2012, "Say the Word" was watched by an estimated 10.37 million viewers,[3] increasing in roughly a million viewers from the previous episode.[4]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handlen, Zack (November 11, 2012). "Say the Word". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Goldman, Eric (November 11, 2012). "'Say the Word' Review". IGN. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
  3. Bibel, Sara (November 13, 2012). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Walking Dead' Wins Night, 'Breaking Amish', 'Dexter', 'Homeland', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' & More". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Kondolojy, Amanda (November 6, 2012). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Walking Dead' Easily Wins Night, + 'Real Housewives of Atlanta', 'Breaking Amish', 'Talking Dead', 'Long Island Medium' & More". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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