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The Walking Dead: The Suicide King

Two brothers are reunited in the battle arena. The group argues over whether or not they should let newcomers into the prison. Rick starts seeing things that shouldn't be there.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x9
Airdate: Sunday February 10th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Feb 15, 2013

Special Guest Stars
Sarah Wayne CalliesSarah Wayne Callies
As Lori Grimes (Appears As Hallucination To Rick)

Starring Roles
Melissa Suzanne McBrideMelissa Suzanne McBride
As Carol Peletier (Survivor At The Prison)
Scott WilsonScott Wilson
As Hershel Greene (Father of Maggie and Beth Greene)

Guest Stars
Alexa NikolasAlexa Nikolas
As Haley (Woodbury Army Member)
Chad ColemanChad Coleman
As Chase Tyreese (Leader Of Group Who Finds The Prison)
Dallas RobertsDallas Roberts
As Milton Mamet (Woodbury Resident, Researcher for The Governor)
Daniel Thomas MayDaniel Thomas May
As Alan (Member Of Group Who Finds The Prison)
E. Roger MitchellE. Roger Mitchell
As Paul (Rioting Woodbury Resident)
Emily KinneyEmily Kinney
As Beth Greene (Taking Care of Judith, Hershel Greene's Daughter)
Lew TempleLew Temple
As Axel (Prison Inmate)
Sonequa MartinSonequa Martin
As Sasha Tyreese (Sister of Chase Tyreese)
Tylor ChaseTylor Chase
As Ben (Member Of Group Who Finds The Prison)

Co-Guest Stars
Cherie DvorakCherie Dvorak
As Donna (Member Of Group Who Finds The Prison)
Donzaleigh AbernathyDonzaleigh Abernathy
As Dr. Stevens (Woodbury Resident and Doctor)
Jose Pablo CantilloJose Pablo Cantillo
As Caesar Martinez (Woodbury Army Member)
Melissa PonzioMelissa Ponzio
As Karen (Woodbury Resident)
Travis LoveTravis Love
As Bowman (Woodbury Army Member)
Main Cast
Andrew LincolnAndrew Lincoln
As Rick Grimes
Norman ReedusNorman Reedus
As Daryl Dixon
Steven YeunSteven Yeun
As Glenn Rhee
Lauren CohanLauren Cohan
As Maggie Greene
Chandler RiggsChandler Riggs
As Carl Grimes
Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
As Michonne
David MorrisseyDavid Morrissey
As Governor Phillip Blake
Michael RookerMichael Rooker
As Merle Dixon
Sarah Wayne CalliesSarah Wayne Callies
As Lori Grimes


The episode begins and it's Daryl vs. Merle with the whole of Woodbury screaming for blood. Andrea runs out into the circle and pleads for Daryl's life. "He's my friend" she screams, in utter desperation. The Governor dismisses her appeals and tells Merle to prove his loyalty by dealing with Daryl. So Merle begins to kick and punch his brother, as per the Governor’s wishes. While they grapple, Merle whispers: "Just follow my lead little brother"; it seems Merle has a plan and hence all that he is doing is simply an act. So they stand back to back and begin to fight off walkers led into the ring by the Governor's goons. Suddenly, while they are at it, shots ring out, much to everyone’s surprise. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 12.26 Million Viewers

Locations: Scenes filmed in Woodbury take place in the town of Senoia, GA., and the arena in town is actually an abandoned mill located in rural Georgia.

Trivia: The walker that attacks Woodbury is played by special effects make-up artist Gregory Nicotero.

Episode Quotes
The Governor: I asked you where your loyalties lie, you said here. Well prove it, prove it to us all. Brother against brother, winner goes free. Fight, to the death!

Daryl: He helped us get out of there.
Rick: Yeah, right after he beat the shit out of you.
Merle: Hey, we both took our licks, man.
Daryl: Jackass.

Tyreese: I must be the first brother in history to break into prison.
Axel: Makes me the first white boy that didn't want to break out.

Merle: Man, look like you've gone native, brother.
Daryl: No more than you hanging out with that psycho back there.
Merle: Oh, yeah, man. He's a real charmer, I got to tell you that.

Tyreese: Pretty nice having medical training.
Hershel: It only gets you so far...
Tyreese: You were bit?
Hershel: (nods)
Sasha: How old is the baby?
Hershel: Barely a week.
Sasha: To be honest, we never thought we'd see another baby. Beautiful.

Carol: It's so quiet. It's easy to forget how loud the world used to be. I used to complain about it all the time. The traffic, construction, car alarms, noise pollution. What I wouldn't give for the sweet sound of a jumbo jet.
Carl: It would be even sweeter if we were all on it.
Carol: Your mom was proud of you.
Carl: For what? Being mean to her?
Carol: No, you can't think about that.
Carl: It's all I think about.

Hershel: You two seem to be holding something back. You want to tell me what happened? I rest easy knowing you can handle yourself, you've got your mothers spirit...and her stubbornness. You hungry?
Maggie: No.
Hershel: Hey, don't disappear on me.

Rick: I can't be responsible.
Tyreese: You turn us out, you are responsible.
Hershel: Rick, you've done so much for us. I appreciate that, we all do. We owe you our lives. We've done everything you asked, without question, and I'm telling you. You're wrong on this. You've got to start giving people a chance.
(Rick sighs and nods, but then he see's a hallucination or Lori)
Rick: (to Lori) No, no. No, no, no, no. Why are you here, what do you want from me.
Carl: Dad?
Rick: Why are you...I can't help you. Get out, get out!

Episode Goofs

The fight scene between Daryl and Merle and the morning after in the streets were filmed on two separate days, and so, the people making up the town of Woodbury are not consistent.


When Daryl is trying to convince Rick, Glenn and Maggie to let him leave with Merle, Glenn brings up Carol as an excuse for why Daryl needs to stay. Glenn was being held captive in Woodbury when Carol was found, and so, he should have no idea that she is actually alive.

Cultural References
Ten Little Indians: Sasha tells Rick that it is "like Ten Little Indians" outside of the prison, in reference to their dwindling group of survivors.

'Ten Little Indians' is a children's nursery rhyme.

"One little, two little, three little Indians
Four little, five little, six little Indians
Seven little, eight little, nine little Indians
Ten little Indian boys.
Ten little, nine little, eight little Indians
Seven little, six little, five little Indians
Four little, three little, two little Indians
One little Indian boy."

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 8: Daryl and Merle were reunited in 3x08 "Made to Suffer" when Daryl stormed Woodbury to help save Maggie and Glenn.

Season 3, Episode 8: Tyreese and his group sought protection inside the prison in 3x08 "Made to Suffer" and Carl locked them in a separate room.

Season 3, Episode 4: Rick has a hallucination of his dead wife, Lori, while talking to Tyreese. Lori died in 3x04 "Killer Within" during childbirth.

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerJolly Dale
Associate ProducerKenneth Requa
Unit Production ManagerTom Luse
First Assistant DirectorVeronica A. Hampton
Second Assistant DirectorVincent G. Gonzales
Music EditorMichael Baber
Costume DesignerEulyn Womble
Set DecoratorKristen Walker
Location ManagerMike Riley
Transportation CoordinatorKeith Collis
Property MasterJohn Sanders
Script SupervisorAmy Lacy
Supervising Sound EditorJerry Ross
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Stunt CoordinatorRussell Towery
Production SupervisorCaleb Womble
Post Production CoordinatorMichelle Trujillo McKibben
Key Makeup ArtistDonna M. Premick
Casting AssociateGohar Gazazyan
Key HairstylistTaylor Knight
Post Production AssistantDesa Larkin Boutte
Second Unit DirectorGregory Nicotero
Dialect CoachJessica Drake (1)
Makeup ArtistCaley Brooks  |  Jake Garber  |  Kevin Wasner  |  Garrett Immel  |  Andy Schoneberg
Special Effects Make-upHoward Berger  |  Gregory Nicotero
Second Unit Director Of PhotographyMichael Satrazemis
Location CastingCraig Fincannon  |  Lisa Mae Fincannon
Key Assistant Location ManagerRyan Taylor (1)
Writers' Production AssistantAlex Brown (2)
VFX SupervisorVictor Scalise
Key GreenspersonDenette West
ClearancesLaura Sevier
Adr/dialogue SupervisorLou Thomas
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