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The Walking Dead: The Suicide King

The rescue party returns with Glenn and Maggie, but Daryl decides to leave with his brother. The newcomers at the prison wait to know if they can stay.

Meanwhile, the denizens of Woodbury become scared, as the Governor has gone AWOL.

Episode Info  

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

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Feb 15, 2013

Starring Roles
Melissa McBrideMelissa McBride
As Carol Peletier
Scott WilsonScott Wilson
As Hershel Greene

Guest Stars
Emily KinneyEmily Kinney
As Beth Greene
Lew TempleLew Temple
As Axel
Dallas RobertsDallas Roberts
As Milton Mamet
Chad ColemanChad Coleman
As Tyreese (credited as Chad L. Coleman)
Sonequa Martin-GreenSonequa Martin-Green
As Sasha
Jose Pablo CantilloJose Pablo Cantillo
As Caesar Martinez
Alexa NikolasAlexa Nikolas
As Haley
Melissa PonzioMelissa Ponzio
As Karen

Co-Guest Stars
Tylor ChaseTylor Chase
As Ben (credited as Tyler Chase)
Travis LoveTravis Love
As Bowman
Daniel Thomas MayDaniel Thomas May
As Allen
E. Roger MitchellE. Roger Mitchell
As Paul

Greg NicoteroGreg Nicotero
As Walker
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

DeveloperFrank Darabont
Executive ProducerGail Anne Hurd  |  Glen Mazzara  |  David Alpert  |  Robert Kirkman
Co-Executive ProducerGreg Nicotero  |  Evan Reilly  |  Denise Huth
Supervising ProducerScott M. Gimple
ProducerPaul Gadd  |  Sang Kyu Kim  |  Angela Kang  |  Nichole Beattie
Co-ProducerJolly Dale
Associate ProducerKenneth Requa
Production DesignerGrace Walker
EditorJulius Ramsay
CastingSharon Bialy  |  Sherry Thomas
Unit Production ManagerTom Luse
First Assistant DirectorVeronica A. Hampton
Second Assistant DirectorVincent G. Gonzales
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Costume DesignerEulyn Womble
Set DecoratorKristen Walker
Location ManagerMike Riley
Transportation CoordinatorKeith Collis
Property MasterJohn Sanders
Production Sound MixerMichael P. Clark
Script SupervisorAmy Blanc Lacy
Assistant EditorDan Liu
Supervising Sound EditorJerry Ross
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
Director of PhotographyRohn Schmidt
Stunt CoordinatorRussell Towery
Production SupervisorCaleb Womble
Post Production CoordinatorMichelle Trujillo McKibben
Based On The Works OfCharlie Adlard  |  Tony Moore (2)  |  Robert Kirkman
Key Makeup ArtistDonna M. Premick
Casting AssociateGohar Gazazyan
Key HairstylistTaylor Knight
Post Production AssistantDesa Larkin Boutte
Second Unit DirectorGreg Nicotero
Dialect CoachJessica Drake (1)
Payroll AccountantChris Wade
Makeup ArtistMalika James  |  Caley Brooks  |  Jake Garber  |  Andy Schoneberg  |  Mark Ross  |  Garrett Immel  |  Kevin Wasner
Special Effects Make-upGreg Nicotero  |  Howard Berger
Second Unit Director Of PhotographyMichael Satrazemis
Location CastingLisa Mae Fincannon  |  Craig Fincannon
Key Assistant Location ManagerRyan Taylor (1)
Writers' Production AssistantAlex Brown (2)
Produced ByTom Luse
VFX SupervisorVictor Scalise
Key Craft ServiceZach Kane
Key GreenspersonDenette West
ClearancesLaura Sevier
Adr/dialogue SupervisorLou Thomas
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