Rick is willing to clean out another Cell Block for the abandoned prisoners. He brings his own fighters to work with them; they will, however, have to prove themselves in a crash course on dealing with the Walkers. The prisoners prove how much they need to learn about the Walkers, when they attempt to subdue the first wave with typical prison riot tactics, rather than follow Rick’s clear instructions. It’s not really a surprise when convict Big Tiny (Theo Crane) is bitten. What is a surprise is how gleefully and brutally Tomas attacks his fellow prisoner.

When the cleanup crew becomes surrounded, Tomas and Rick find themselves in close proximity. Tomas manages to just miss hitting Rick with his knife, and when he sees the chance, throws a Walker on top of Rick. Rick is saved by T Dog, but doesn’t appreciate Tomas’ act. When the battle ends, he cleaves Tomas’ skull with his own machete. The other prisoners babble that they had nothing to do with Tomas’ plans, but one prisoner makes a break for it, and winds up in a courtyard with several Walkers. Rick simply locks the door behind the prisoner, and tells him he’d better start running.

As Herschel hovers between life and death, Carol has Glenn help her procure a female walker, so that she can practice the caesarean operation that Laurie may need. Maggie and Beth nurse their father, but wonder if it might not be for the best should he die.  A one-legged man in a post apocalypse world will find it hard to survive. But Herschel pulls through, after a tense CPR resuscitation performed by Lori.

Season Three of The Walking Dead is a whole new ball game. No one is under the illusion that there are any safe places left in the world. Even the youngest member of Rick’s group, Carl, is tougher and harder than the hard men they find in the abandoned penitentiary. This is a group of seasoned survivors. And heaven help anyone who tries to take away what they’ve fought so hard to attain.

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