If you’re reading this, you’ve survived the viral outbreak and have somehow managed to find a connection to the outside world. You may find yourself asking, “is this outbreak regional or is it worldwide?” You may never find the answer to the question. While you still have a connection, maybe reading about what’s going on in the world of The Walking Dead can give you some answers or survival tips.
In the comic book, the Grimes family has been reunited and Rick is introduced to the other members of the camp. It’s here that Rick Meets Allen and Donna, their two kids (Billy and Ben), Amy and Andrea, Dale, Jim, Carol and her daughter Sophia. Later that night, Rick and Lori start talking about what happened during the outbreak. Lori tells him that she thought Carl would be safer in the city and that Rick would be safe in the hospital, abandoning him was never the plan. Lori also explains that the walkers don’t come very often, which is why the group has been able to survive with only two guns and a few shovels to protect themselves. After the conversation, they go to bed as a family for the first time in a long time.
In the morning, Shane has plans to go hunting with Rick after he takes a shower in the RV. After Shane leaves, Dale walks into the RV. He tells Rick there’s something funny about Shane and Lori and that Rick should keep an eye them. Rick doesn’t think twice about it and goes hunting after he is finished. During this time, many of the women of the camp head down to the nearby water to do laundry. This is a scene didn’t really sit well with me because of the fact that Donna tries to make the situation into a women’s rights debate. Seriously? You just survived the zombie apocalypse and you’re worried about doing laundry and whether or not you’ll have the right to vote when and IF this all comes to an end? This seemed like a ridiculous thing to throw into the story.
While Rick and Shane are hunting, they encounter a zombie eating a deer, and debate on whether or not it would be safe to try to get the deer away from it and if it would even be safe to eat. They decide against it and before they know it, they hear gunfire and run back to camp. A walker spotted the women as they were walking back to camp. As the women move to quickly to get out of the way, Donna finds herself frozen in fear and within arms length of the zombie….
Episode three, entitled “Tell It to The Frogs,” is completely different from the comic. Rick has not reached camp just yet, Lori is cutting Carl’s hair and Shane is talking to him about catching frogs and cooking them, when they realize the scavenger group has returned. Amy and Andrea are reunited, along with Morales and his family. And finally, Rick and Lori see each other.
Later on in the episode, Rick thanks Shane for all that he has done for his family. Little does Rick know that POSSIBLE SPOILER Shane and Lori have been carrying on like a makeshift family. In the morning, the camp’s hazy early morning is shaken up when they hear a scream coming from Carl. He has discovered a zombie eating a deer. The men begin beating the zombie to death (…again…) and Dale ends up decapitating it. At this point, Rick is about to meet yet another member of the camp.
Daryl returns to camp, fired up about a zombie eating the deer he caught. That’s not the only bad news that Daryl gets that day. Shane gives him news that someone very close to him did not make it back to camp; POSSIBLE SPOILER his brother, Merle. It goes without saying, that Daryl is not happy. Rick interrupts and mentions that he was a safety issue and he handcuffed him to the roof. Daryl is REALLY not happy. After being attacked, Rick says he’s going back for Merle.
Everyone tries to talk Rick out of going back for such a “winner” like Merle, who was a violent, racist pig. Rick cannot let a man die on his watch, but also mentions that he left a bag of ammunition and guns in Atlanta. He also wants the radio in the bag so he can warn Duane and Morgan to avoid the city.
Meanwhile, Carl and Shane are catching frogs while the women are doing the laundry. Jaqui takes the same stance as Donna did in the comic book, minus the women’s right argument, and Andrea jokes that she misses her vibrator. The girls are laughing and enjoying a discussion about what they miss about their old lives when Carol’s husband, Ed, wanders up and breaks up the discussion by saying “this isn’t a comedy club.” In the comic book, Ed was dead. Sophia mentions to Carl that since his dad came back, maybe hers would, too.
In Atlanta, Daryl, Rick, Glenn and T-dog park the truck outside of the city and decide to walk in. They return to the department store where they were trapped earlier in order to get to the roof to find Merle. Back at camp, Ed is not in any better of a mood. He and Andrea get into an argument and he slaps Carol. Shane is not pleased with what he has just witnessed and proceeds to nearly beat Ed to death. Shane warns him if he ever raises a hand to anyone in the camp again, he’ll kill him. Carol, in shock, and also scared and very upset by the whole situation, runs to be by her critically injured husband.
The group in Atlanta finally makes it to the roof where they abandoned Merle. They are in no way prepared for what they are about to stumble on.
The show and the comic book differ completely, for one, they have a completely different storylines (with a few similarities such as the laundry, the deer, and the reunion). While they have a few similar characters, they also have different characters as well. Personally, I enjoyed the show more than the comic book at this point.
If you made it through this entry, you might stand a chance to survive. Maybe you can contact other survivors and devise a plan… End Transmission.