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When the Dead Come Knocking 

Michonne leads Rick, Daryl and Oscar to Woodbury to rescue Glenn and Maggie. Merle tries to force information out of Glenn.

Director:

Daniel Sackheim (as Dan Sackheim)

Writers:

Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes (credit only)
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Greene
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Michael Rooker ... Merle Dixon
David Morrissey ... Philip 'The Governor' Blake
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene
Lew Temple ... Axel
Dallas Roberts ... Milton Mamet
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Caesar Martinez
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Storyline

At the prison, everyone is surprised by the arrival of Michonne but they have no intention of letting her stay and join the group. She tells them about Glenn and Maggie being taken to Woodbury and offers to lead them there. She makes no mention of Andrea or Daryl's brother. In Woodbury, Merle interrogates Glenn rather forcefully but he refuses to tell him where the others can be found. The Governor decides to interrogate Maggie himself and has more success. Meanwhile, the Governor has asked Andrea to help Milton with an experiment. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official iTunes Season 3

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In season 3, they use grayer make-up on the walkers to show further decay. See more »

Goofs

Michonne tells Rick she knew where the prison was because Glenn and Maggie mentioned the direction to the prison and that it was a "straight shot". However Glenn and Maggie never even knew Michonne there and never mentioned the prison's location. All she heard was that they were living at the prison. The fact Michonne found the prison isn't hard to imagine, its location would be printed on any local map and/or road signs could have directed her there. See more »

Quotes

[Rick thanks Daryl for being their for his newborn baby Judith]
Rick Grimes: You know, what you did for me, for my baby, while I was... working things out... thank you.
Daryl Dixon: It's what we do.
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Connections

References Lassie Come Home (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

It Could Happen to You
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Jo Stafford
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Killer conflict comes knocking
29 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Had heard nothing but great things about 'The Walking Dead' from friends and IMDb reviewers. It took a while to get round to watching, both from being busy and also not being sure whether it would be my cup of tea. Finally getting round to it a few years ago and slowly working my way through it, having had a very long to watch and review list, 'The Walking Dead' turned out to be very much my cup of tea and as good as the hype made it out to be, have found it extremely addictive.

Actually really liked Season 2, where the weakest episode ("Cherokee Rose") was very good still, but do share others' feelings about many episodes being on the talky side and moments of slowness. Season 3 started excellently and keeps going strong with one of the season's best "When the Dead Come Knocking", which was brilliant. And a strong reminder of how Seasons 1-5 of 'The Walking Dead' to me were absolutely brilliant and seeing the show in its full glory days (Season 6 was uneven, Season 7 was a huge disappointment and am still debating whether to watch Season 8). It is as emotional, complex and as tense as one would expect , at the same time it has adrenaline and guts.

It still shocks me at how an intelligent, well-made (so much so that it is easy to mistake it for a film) show about zombies could be made when so many films have tried and failed abysmally to do so.

"When the Dead Come Knocking" is one of the tightest, most exciting, most harrowing, most suspenseful and most emotionally investable episodes of the show in general. One of the season's best and a show high-point.

Like all the episodes of the show, "When the Dead Come Knocking" is incredibly well made in the production values, with gritty and audacious production design, photography of almost cinematic quality, effects that look good, have soul and are not overused or abused and pretty frightening make-up. The music is haunting and affecting, having presence but never being too intrusive.

The writing generally is intelligent and thought-provoking, with lots of tension and emotional resonance and still shows signs of character complexity and multiple layer storytelling. The more eventful scenes, in one of the show's most jam-packed episodes, are thrilling and terrifying as well as uncompromising.

Appreciated the ever strong and still progressing story and character building. The human drama is balanced well with the action, which the episode wastes no time in getting to. Also that the pace is never dull or rushed. There is a lot of tension and the ending is harrowing and emotional

Everything is tautly paced without rushing through the more important parts and emotionally complex. The world building is stunningly immersive and effective. Direction is smart and atmospheric while the show throughout has been strongly acted. Andrew Lincoln is superb, as are Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus.

Overall, brilliant. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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