Written by John Edward Betancourt
The war with Woodbury has come at last, who will live? Who will die? These were all important questions we asked before the show, only to find that this was an episode full of twists and turns that we never saw coming and a war that ended in an unexpected manner. So without further ado let's dig right into the guts of the Season Three Finale of The Walking Dead; "Welcome to the Tombs".
The Good: I spent the day steeling my nerves. After the losses we have seen this season, I expected nothing less than a complete and utter bloodbath the moment the Governor would finally wage his war against the prison. Leave it to The Walking Dead to surprise us all yet again. This time around, the losses were lighter than expected on Rick's side, and the battle was spectacular.
Absolute suspense ruled the show when the Woodbury army rolled in, blasting the prison to bits. It only got worse once Philip and the gang made it inside and that's when we found out that Rick and his group decided to stay their ground, turning Philip's incredible army into a group of frightened children. It was so sweet to watch these "soliders" turn tail and run. But what came next was the biggest surprise of the night, Philip murdered all of them in cold blood when they refused to continue the fight. All the buildup and fear mongering meant nothing when The Governor finally showed that he is nothing more than a petty man out for revenge.
Yet the wholesale slaughter of the good people of Woodbury was only the beginning, as Milton's attempt to finally show a pair paid off with his heroic death, and we once more said goodbye to a series regular in Andrea, played by Laurie Holden. I may be chastised for this, but I shed no tears for Andrea, and I will tell you why. Sometimes you wonder if a character is doomed on a show or in the story, and that's how I felt about Andrea this year. With her wild decisions, her torn loyalty, her story arc had a feeling of doom, just like Shane's story arc did last year. It felt like it was the right time for Andrea to go.
The Bad: The fact that the Governor got away. Because we will likely see that piece of garbage once again, and I know I'm not alone in saying this but I wanted to see Philip Blake get what he deserved in the most painful and horrible fashion.
The Verdict: Our four episode finale is finally over and it made the grade. Solid stories, solid acting, a suspenseful ending, and some incredible evil courtesy of the Governor. I love the fact that this one threw us for a loop and it was great to see a season of The Walking Dead finish with a surprise happy ending.