"Rick, you've done so much for us. I appreciate that, we all do. We owe you our lives. We've done everything you asked, without question, and I'm telling you. You're wrong on this. You've got to start giving people a chance."
Hershel Greene

"The Suicide King" is the ninth episode of season three of the survival horror series The Walking Dead and the twenty-eighth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and written by Evan Reilly. It first aired on the AMC network on Sunday, February 10th, 2013. In this episode, the Governor allows the residents of Woodbury enjoy some good ole' fashioned zombie pit-fighting - with the Dixon brothers taking center ring. Rick and the others struggle to rescue one of their own, and tempers flare when they meet up with the katana-wielding Michonne.

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  • On its initial broadcast, "The Suicide King" had a viewership of 12.26 million people, which was an increase of 1.78 million viewers from the previous episode, "Made to Suffer".
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"What do you mean you'd rather watch Z Nation?!

  • This is the first episode of The Walking Dead to air in 2013. It is the first of three episodes to air in the month of February in this year.
  • The arena is actually an abandoned mill that Production Designer Grace Walker stumbled upon in rural Georgia. With it's existing rusted steel and broken windows it already felt apocalyptic. [3]

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Meet Karen. Don't get used to her.

  • This is the 2nd posthumous appearance of Lori Grimes. She appears as an hallucination only in this episode. The character was killed off in "Killer Within", but also appeared as a disembodied voice on a telephone (again, as a product of Rick's nervous breakdown) in "Hounded".
  • This is the 1st appearance of Karen, played by Melissa Ponzio. She makes eight appearances in the series in total.
  • This is the 3rd and final appearance of Haley, who dies in this episode. She made three appearances in the series in total. She appeared last in "Made to Suffer".
  • This is the 8th appearance of Michonne. It is the character's 8th appearance in season three, and the 8th episode where she is played by Danai Gurira.
  • This is the 10th appearance of Merle Dixon. Chronologically, it is his eleventh appearance if one includes events from the Walking Dead: Survival Instinct video game.
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Buh-bye, Haley.

  • This is the 2nd and final appearance of Donna. She appears as a corpse only in this episode.
  • This is the 1st appearance of Paul. He makes three appearances in the series in total. He appears next in "Welcome to the Tombs".

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  • The fight scene between Daryl and Merle Dixon as well as the morning after in the streets were filmed on two separate days. As such, the people making up the town of Woodbury are not consistent. [5]

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Daryl's gone native!

  • Merle Dixon: Look at this. Pathetic! All these guns and no bullets in me?


  • Rick Grimes: Hey, do you know Andrea?
  • Merle Dixon: Yep, she does. Her and Blondie spent all winter cuddling up in the forest. Mmm-mmm-mmm. Yeah. My Nubian queen here had two pet walkers. No arms, cut off the jaws, kept them in chains. Kind of ironic now that I think about it.


  • Tyreese Williams: I must be the first brother in history to break into prison.
  • Axel: Makes me the first white boy that didn't want to break out.



  • The Governor: I asked you where your loyalties lie, you said here. Well prove it, prove it to us all. Brother against brother, winner goes free. Fight, to the death!


  • Merle Dixon: Man, look like you've gone native, brother.
  • Daryl Dixon: No more than you hanging out with that psycho back there.
  • Merle Dixon: Oh, yeah, man. He's a real charmer, I got to tell you that.


  • Hershel Greene: Rick, you've done so much for us. I appreciate that, we all do. We owe you our lives. We've done everything you asked, without question, and I'm telling you. You're wrong on this. You've got to start giving people a chance.

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