Season 3, Episode 4, The Killer Within

TheWalkingDead_KillerWithinThis episode, deemed as a favorite for many fans, had its share of joy and sorrow. Hershel emerged for the first time since his amputation, drawing a smile from the group. A new baby is born.

Life is good…

But death is lurking around every corner, and that always creates tough choices.

The group still doesn’t know what to do with the prisoners. T-dog floats towards extending grace and mercy.

Rick: We’ll give the prisoners a week’s worth of supplies for the road.

T-Dog: They might not last a week.

Rick: Their choice.

T-Dog: Did they really have one?

Rick: Hey, whose blood would you rather have on your hands? Glenn’s? Maggie’s? Or theirs?

T-Dog: Neither.

But chaos breaks out before a final decision is made, and before the episode finishes, we’ve lost two lead characters, each of them choosing to sacrifice themselves to save others.

Lori sacrifices herself to save her child. Who wouldn’t? Admirable nonetheless.

T-Dog gives his life for Carol. The pivotal scene was about 21 minutes into the episode:

Carol: Stop!

T-Dog: Why? Sit here and wait to die?

Carol: I’ll do what I have to. You’re not becoming one of those things.

T-Dog: I can’t ask that.

Carol: It’s the pact, remember?

T-Dog: This is God’s plan. He’ll take care of me. Always has. He’s gonna help me lead you out of these tunnels.

This is the last episode for both Lori and T-dog.

SEASON 3, EPISODE 4 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Who do you think is sabotaging the group?
  2. Do you think the group should trust the prisoners? What would you do?
  3. Why did Lori decide to give her life?
  4. Why did T-dog give his life?
  5. What would you have done?

T-Dog’s sacrifice is the example of the unconditional love that is ultimately shown in Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

Read the following passage:

Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:7-8, NLT)

  1. Would you want to die for a random person? How about someone especially good or close to you?
  2. Why was Jesus sacrifice so unique?
  3. How can we respond to that sacrifice? (Romans 10:9-11)
  4. Have you ever made that decision?
  5. Would you like to?

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen's Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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