Vagary writes: "Over the course of The Walking Dead’s two and a half seasons, it has shown that it is at its strongest when it is dealing with human drama, human conflict, with the dead themselves being a catalyst for that drama. As the second half of season three opens, the group faces their biggest conflict yet. Daryl, captured after the rescue of Glenn and Maggie, has been pitted against his brother Merle in the Woodbury arena in a fight to the death. Injured and undermanned, Rick and company launch another rescue, causing general mayhem to ensue in the arena but ultimately freeing Daryl and his brother. After this exciting escape and the tension filled reunion with Merle, the show fragments drastically."