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This Sorrowful Life 

While Rick decides the fate of Michonne, Merle takes matters into his own hand.


Greg Nicotero


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison (credit only)
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Greene
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Michael Rooker ... Merle Dixon
David Morrissey ... Philip 'The Governor' Blake
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Caesar Martinez
Scott Wilson ... Hershel Greene
Tyler Chase ... Ben


Rick's resolve weakens and he decides to let the Governor have Michonne in exchange for peace. He tells Daryl, Merle and Herschel about what he's decided. Merle doubts that Rick has the gumption to go through with it - he's right as Rick changes his mind again - and so kidnaps Michonne to take her to the Governor and see if he can make things right. On their trip there, she has a few choice words for him that cause him to reflect on what he is doing. At the prison, Rick decides on a different approach to leading the group. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Official iTunes Season 3





Release Date:

24 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The title comes from Volume 6 of the Collected Editions of the comic book series. In said volume, Rick, Glenn, and Michonne, having been captured by the Governor upon their first meeting in Volume 5, escape from Woodbury and make it back to the prison. See more »


When Merle and Michonne are driving, Merle's window is down on shots from inside the car, but when he stops the car, the shot from the outside shows that the window is up. See more »


Merle Dixon: I don't know the reasons for the things that I do. Never did. I'm a damn mystery to me.
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Referenced in The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far (2016) See more »


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Choices in Life
26 March 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Rick discloses to Herschel and Daryl that the Governor proposed a peace treaty provided Rick delivers Michonne to him. Rick decides to betray Michonne and asks Merle to do the dirty work, but he regrets. However Merle has already abducted Michonne and heads with her to Woodbury. Along their journey, Michonne questions his attitude and tells to Merle that never is too late to be back on track. Merle is surprisingly affected by Michonne's words and takes an unexpected decision.

"This Sorrowful Life" is one of the best episodes of this Third Season about choices in life and centered on Merle, with characters making choices along the show. Rick decides to double-cross Michonne; Daryl and Herschel accepts the decision of their leader without any argument; Merle makes his choice regarding Michonne. This rude and brutal character has a surprising redemption affected by simple words that probably made him think that he could have another chance in his miserable life after "a whole lot of maybes". Michonne surprisingly reaches the heart of his forgotten feelings with her calm conversation. Daryl's reaction in the end of the episode is heartbreaking and Rick is getting more and more deceptive with his disappointing decisions. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "This Sorrowful Life"

Note: On 13 April 2016, I saw this show again.

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