Hello fellow Walkers and welcome back! Whew this show started the season at a 9 intensity and has been cranking way past 10 ever since. Even with this episode being a setup for next week's "Winter Finale" it still was packed with some crazy scenes and character moments. By the way, if anyone has Verizon Fios, you better do your part to contact Verizon and tell them to keep the damn channel on the air (of course non-Verizon subscribers can contact them too if you want this recap to keep happening on a timely basis!) We've already seen DirecTV and Dish lose the channel for a few weeks during negotiations. We don't want to be missing any episodes of Walking Dead, Mad Men or Breaking Bad whenever we might lose the channel.
Anyway, enough complaining about corporate suits and their silly games. Let's talk about the Zombie Apocalypse!
I'm a little short on time this morning so each of the below sections may be a little brief!
So we finally had Michonne clashing with Rick and crew. It took some warming up but they seemed to genuinely hit it off. The basket of baby goods probably was a good peace offering. Long story short, Rick and Crew were debriefed on the Woodbury crew and the Governor (no mention of Merle being with that crew yet) and that they have Glenn and Maggie. Rick assembled a team of him, Daryl, Oscar and Michonne (maybe the other inmate guy too?) and shipped off to infiltrate the town.
- Rick and Carl finally had a moment to reflect on how Lori was put down. Carl said he did what needed to be done. Rick apologized for him having to go through it. He also entrusted Carl in charge of the group. He told him to lock everyone in their cells if anything goes down. I sense a bit of foreshadowing!
- Rick and crew all find out that Carol is still alive and there is lots of emotional looks passed along with no need for words on what has gone down. (i.e. Lori's death. Poor T-Dog. He only gets mentioned in a hate speech by Merle later on)
- Rick and Daryl have their 1 sentence moment too. Rick basically thanks Daryl for taking care of the baby when he was "sorting through stuff".
- They drive to about a mile out from Woodbury and Michonne recommends to go on foot from ther.e They encounter a group of Walkers and Michonne basically looks on scoping out Rick's tactical approach to taking them down. That is until they make a run for a cabin not too far away.
- They find a smelly dead dog and a very alive nutcase in the cabin looking for the police. Loved Rick pretending to reach for his badge to trick him and get his shotgun. Of course, the guy was still too loud so Michonne stabbed him to death. And if that wasn't enough, they threw him out there as bait to feed the walkers and snuck out the back door! OUCH!
- The last we see or Rick and crew is right outside the gates of Woodbury. Basically just an appetizer to the main course to come next week!
Woodbury - Milton's ExperimentAs suspected, we got a further look into Milton trying to find the humanity in these reanimated beings. Andrea was brought in as the muscle to take down their volunteer patient once the experiment was done. Mr. Coleman had terminal cancer, and the only reason it was terminal was because they didn't have the equipment to treat him. So, he volunteered to be their guinea pig. Milton kept asking the same questions over and over again and looked for a raised hand as acknowledgement that they were correct. He would ring the same weird music bowl and ask the same questions when Coleman reanimated. Andrea tried to convince Milton he was wasting his time. But, having never seen a person die and come back as Andrea has, he still believed something could be done. (We learn that Milton is an only child who didn't get out much, as he even telecommuted to work.) When Coleman did die and reanimate, Milton could have sworn he saw his braced hand move. So, they unbound him and the first thing he did was reach for Milton to bite him. Andrea took him out in time. So, you can either take that as a "RAISED HAND" or just a Walker being a Walker! I'm going with the latter until told otherwise!
Woodbury - InterrogationThis was some creepy stuff! First we have Merle interrogating Glenn. He brought in all of the guilt trip stuff we expected ever since he was left on the roof in season 1. Glenn retorted with the fact that they went back for him. But, that wasn't enough. Merle wanted his information. He wanted to know where his brother and "the sheriff" were. Glenn didn't spill the beans. But, he did spill that they think Andrea is dead. He also had to take out a walker while being roped to a chair. Pretty badass, Glenn!
Governeor Phillip decides to bring his creepiness to the interrogation of Maggie. He threatens to bring her Glenn's hand if she didn't take off her shirt and everything underneath it. Then he threatened to have his way with her but never acted on it. But, this was all a manner of breaking her down and then putting a gun to Glenn's head to have her spill the beans on the prison. How creepy was him "consoling" still topless Maggie in front of Glenn after this informations spillage?
The Governor seems a little intimated by the fact that this band of 10 people took over an un-"takeoverable" location in the Red Zone. (This is the first time we learned that the prison was in the red zone) These are some seasoned "biter" killers they're dealing with. And Merle's brother is part of the crew. He is starting to wonder where Merle's loyalty will lie when the fight gets on. Maybe it was just me, but I did sense some hesitation before Merle said he was with the Governor. Of course, things may not be as cut and dry for Daryl on the other side either. He definitely is part of the family Rick put together, but if his real family shows up things could get messy!
At the end of the episode, we have Andrea returning for some Governor Lovin and for some comfort from the big strong man in charge. Seeing Milton fail to find the humanity in the walker must have hit her hard. And, while Phillip probably already knew that Milton failed, he asked her about it anyway and then consoled her all the while giving his most sinister expression.
So, that's it for this week! As I mentioned, basically a setup episode. We'll be back next week to cover the mid-season finale. Not sure how many episodes are in the "2nd half" and when they're airing. I had heard rumors it might be a 16 episode season, but I can't confirm that. Anyway, tune in tomorrow for a Revolution Recap. Fringe gets the week off and will be back next week. And, as always, we have our weekly sections to discuss all other television. Hope you enjoyed my ramblings and I'll see you next week!