This episode of The Walking Dead was so gut-wrenching that I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to watch the show again.

Things started off quietly, yet menacing when we saw someone cutting the chains and fences around the prison that had been reinforced by the group.

For the first time since having his leg amputated by Rick, Hershel got his hands on some crutches and decided he needed to venture out.

The entire group was out on the prison grounds, in the sunshine, looking hopeful of some kind of future. The two prisoners also wandered out in an effort to convince the group that they should be able to join them.

Things were so quiet that I had to ask what’s next? It didn’t take long to have that question answered when the prison sirens went off and completely shattered the silence.

As we know, walkers are attracted to noise so they came swarming in droves. Suddenly, the group was surrounded by triple the amount of walkers they could handle on any given day.

They fought and ultimately scattered in different directions.

Lori, Maggie and Carl found a boiler room and ‘locked’ themselves inside. Lori went into labor. There was quite a bit of blood, so she knew the baby had to be delivered right then/there without any sort of instruments, antiseptic or comfort. It was a harsh reminder of what the world had become. Carl offered his pocket knife when there wasn’t anything else available, so Maggie could cut Lori open and deliver via C-Section. Lori knew there wasn’t any way she’d be able to survive the birth, but insisted it happen anyway. Maggie crudely performed the procedure under duress and Lori died. Knowing she’d come back as a walker, Carl insisted on being the one to shoot her in the head.

So not only did we have to watch a main character that has been there since the beginning, die in a horrible, agonizing fashion, we also had to have an Old Yeller moment with her young son shooting her. Yeesh!

T-Bone and Carol ended up together in one direction and he was bitten. Knowing his time was close to an end, he sacrificed himself to save her. She watched him get devoured before moving along.

Meanwhile, Rick and a few of the others including the two prisoners track down the origin of the siren and shoot out the equipment. Turns out the third prisoner that was left for dead was the one behind all the destruction — his grand plan was for them to take back the prison. In the struggle between the two, Rick lost his gun and it ended up on the hands of Oscar. Andrew tells him to shoot Rick. Oscar shoots him instead and hands Rick’s gun back to him, thereby proving his loyalty and good intentions.

Talk about cliché – not only did we get to see another member of the group that has been there since the beginning die, it was essentially a trade-off of one token black guy for another. They killed off T-Bone and replaced him with Oscar.

Even though Rick had been acting cold toward Lori, he was completely devastated when he saw the baby and received the news that she didn’t make it.

By now I’m used to the idea that they will kill anyone and no character is safe. However, they really hammered the idea home this episode by killing a couple of long-term characters – one in truly heinous fashion. As a result, I’ve been unable to get this episode out of my mind.

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This episode of The Walking Dead was so gut-wrenching that I didn't know if I'd ever be able to watch the show again. Things started off quietly, yet menacing when we saw someone cutting the chains and fences around the prison that had been reinforced by the group. For the first...