This episode opens were the last one left off. Darryl is ordering the prisoners out of hiding and Maggie and Rick are trying to save Hershel. One prisoner holds a gun on Darryl. T.Dog opens the freezer and kills the guard inside. The prisoners don’t know what to make of the situation and Rick’s group does not have time to explain because of Hershel’s injury.
As the group races through the hall, Darryl shoot a zombie to keep the way clear. The prisoners walk slowly out of the room in pursuit of Rick all carrying pipes and one a gun as a weapon. By the time they get Hershel on a bed, he looks pale. Somehow Carol has started to act as a medic and when Glen suggests cauterizing the wound, Carol says that the shock will kill Hershel and that they need to let it heal on its own. Darryl confronts the prisoners and tells them that they have been pardoned and are free to go. The prisoners want to know why a group of civilians are breaking into a prison and a stand off has begun. Glenn goes to follow and Rick instructs him to stay by Hershel’s side because Maggie is going to need him.
The prisoners want to know why they don’t take Hershel to the hospital and reveal that they have been locked in the cafeteria for ten months. They say that one guard looked out for them and locked them up and gave them a gun for protection. Rick reveals that society has completely broken down. The prisoners start to worry about their families and Rick tells them that half the population has been wiped out and when they doubt him, he says, see for yourself. The prisoners head out and see the dead bodies in the yard and say that they never thought they would be so happy to see the fences. One asks if its a disease and Rick says that they’re all infected because everyone who dies comes back as a zombie. One prisoner asks where they came from and where they’re headed and Rick says Atlanta and are not headed anywhere for now. Tomas suggests that they separate but Rick makes it clear that they are not going to be bossed around and that they took the prison and set the prisoners free. The agreement is that Rick will take out a cell block for them, if they agree to share the food and stay away from their people. At this point, we are fifteen minutes into the series and we have not been given names for any of the prisoners. It’s also interesting how the prison population matches prison population demographics, but that is not the case with the survivors.
They have managed to get the bleeding to slow down for Hershel. Lori says that they could use some bandages, gauze, pain killers and antibiotics. She and Carol are convinced that they will get through this.
Rick goes back to the cafeteria to check out the food supply and of course they are far more stocked up than the prisoners let on. The prisoners try to tell Rick that he can only have a little, but Rick reminds them that they agreed to. Maggie hugs Glenn and says that it was stupid of them to let Hershel go because they could have cleared the whole cell block with just the five of them. Maggie is worried about what will happen if he does wake up, because they spend a lot of time running and now he be able to walk. Glenn tries to reassure Maggie and says that they have been through so much already.This incident makes Hershel the first disabled person on the show.
When Maggie checks on Beth, she is ripping Hershel’s pants and Maggie says that there’s a good chance he may not wake up. Beth is not pleased but Maggie does not want her to get her hopes too high because they are not equipped to deal with this. Beth say that they have Carol but once again, the ever so grounded Maggie says that Hershel only taught her a few things. When Rick learns that Hershel’s position is not good, he instructs Glenn to put his cuffs on Hershel because he is not taking any chances. Lori pulls Rick aside and she is worried about the living conditions but he says that his only option is to kill the prisoner. Lori admits to being a shitty wife and says that she knows he is not a killer and does not have any malice in his heart. Lori instructs Rick to do what he has to do, to keep the group safe and to do it with a clear conscience.The last time he followed that advice Lori did not react well.
The prisoners want to know why they shouldn’t shoot guns and Darryl says that the noise brings attention to them. Rick instructs the prisoners to only take head shots, but they are not impressed by the instructions.
Glenn handcuffs Hershel just as a Maggie is walking in. Carol assures Maggie that this is just a precaution and Maggie asks for a moment alone with her father. Maggie holds Hershel’s hand with tears in her eyes and tells him that he doesn’t have to fight anymore. “If you’re worried about me and Beth, don’t worry about us, we’ll take care of each other. Go ahead Dad, it’s okay, be peaceful. You don’t have to fight. If it’s time to go, it’s okay. I just want to thank you for everything.” Maggie then kisses Hershel. This is a powerfully acted scene and really brings a sense of exactly what the survivors are going through.