Oct. 31, 2010
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60 min.
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The Walking Dead - 03x13 Arrow on the Doorpost

3x13 Arrow on the Doorpost

4.25/5 (32 votes)
First Aired: Mar. 10, 2013 on AMC
Summary: In this filler episode Rick and The Governor meet face-to-face, to make a peaceful resolution to prevent further bloodshed. Back at the prison, tensions arise between Merle and the rest of the group as Merle knows exactly what kind of man Phillip is and he's worried about his brother.

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Main Characters in this Episode


Guest Stars

Andrea Harrison played by Laurie Holden
The Governor played by David Morrissey
Carol Peletier played by Melissa McBride
Milton Mamet played by Dallas Roberts
Caesar Martinez played by Jose Pablo Cantillo
Throwing Knife Walker played by Jay Cavanaugh
Walker played by John Jaret
Walker played by Ellie Decker

Episode Quotes

Daryl Dixon: Look what he's got.

Caesar Martinez: Nah. I prefer menthols.
Daryl Dixon: Douchebag.
Milton Mamet: The Governor thought it best that he and Rick spoke privately.
Daryl Dixon: Who the hell are you?
Milton Mamet: Milton Mamet.
Daryl Dixon: Great. He brought his butler.
Milton Mamet: I'm his adviser.
Daryl Dixon: What kind of advice?
Milton Mamet: Planning. Biters Uh, you know, I'm sorry. i don't feel like I don't need to explain myself to the henchmen.
Daryl Dixon: You better watch your mouth, sunshine.
Caesar Martinez: Look, if you and I are going to be out here pointing guns at each other all day, do me a favor, shut your mouth.
Milton Mamet: What about the deal?
The Governor: Well, they'll bring Rick, Merle's brother, maybe Glenn, Merle himself. We can take care of the whole crew. Best way to avoid a slaughter.
Milton Mamet: That is a slaughter.
The Governor: Not at our end. We're gonna have to eliminate Rick soon or later. No way we can live side by side.


  • Goof (continuity error): When Hershel and Milton are seated and talking outside the barn (while Rick and The Governor are inside trying to strike a deal), you can see a hearing aid in one close up shot of Hershel. You don't see the hearing aid again.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): When Andrea appears to open the sliding door of the feed store you can see the shadow of the stagehand who actually opened it through the holes in the door.
  • Goof (factual errors): Glenn is shown cutting a metal grid with a household propane torch. This type of torch does not get hot enough to cut metal in the manner shown - an acetylene and oxygen torch would be required to do that.


  • The title "Arrow on the Doorpost" comes from the practice of many native American tribes of sticking a tomahawk or arrow into a tree or gatepost marking the the outer boundary of their land during times of war with other tribes. The tomahawk or arrow would be planted at the beginning of the conflict and not removed until the conflict was resolved. In some modern native American families this tradition has been updated, and the family will similarly mark a post on a verandah or tree in the front yard while a family member in service to the military is deployed in combat.
  • The episode was originally titled "Pale Horse". Writes TV critic Keven Skinner said, speaking of the episode name, that he didn't get it and wishes showrunner Glen Mazzara had stuck with 'Pale Horse' and kept the original scene with Daryl finding a headless rider on a living horse which tied into the episode title.
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