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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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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 Rick watches Michonne walk back after talking to the group about his decision he lifts his rifle then puts it down. As he puts it down blue sky can be seen through the sight which wouldn't be visible if the sight was real. 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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Disappointed in the season, but this was a solid episode
25 March 2013 | by bmdecker93See all my reviews

As a whole, there has just been too much "lets find ways to kill more zombie's" moments. Obviously, this approach appeals to the masses but unfortunately it doesn't make for good television.

Nonetheless, I found 'This Sorrowful Life' to be particularly good. Merle's return and subsequent story arc was handled nicely by the writers and Michael Rooker. Norman Reedus has done a wonderful job all year long as well.

Now let's hope they end the season on a high note (for better or worse). While I am an avid comic book reader, I haven't read the comics so I'm excited to see how the season ends (and moves forward).


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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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