WOW. They certainly pulled out all the stops for our mid-season finale! Welcome all fans of The Walking Dead to our ongoing discussion of the gore-iffic and introspective show that we just can't get enough of. Things certainly heated up to a "sort-of" climactic moment to culminate these first 8 episodes, but they left some key moments to come in the back half of the season. So, we'll all be tuning in on February 10th, to see it pick right back up! (well, that is if everyone with Verizon Fios continues to have AMC of course) Anyway, let's dive in and discuss what happened and where we go from here!
Okay, short again today. I'm writing these later in the day so don't have much time to work on them! Here we go!
So, we see what a regime under Carl may look like in the future. And another favorite from the comic joins the cast!
- That's right, Cutty from The Wire is Tyreese! I, as mentioned many times before, did not read the comics but apparently this guy is a big fan favorite as well. And of course, the timing couldn't be better. Just as T-Dog was replaced by Oscar, Oscar needed a replacement by the end of the episode too. This has to be a running gag of some sort with the show.
- Tyreese comes with some baggage though. He seems to have his stuff together but his crew are a little antsy and willing to bring along bitten friends, girlfriends, whatever. (Of course, after refusing Carl's assistance in destroying her brain, Tyreese seemed to be willing to get that done)
- Tyreese and crew made their way to the E-Block of the prison where Carl found them, saved them and then locked them in a secure area. NICE!! You could tell Carl was already seeing the one of them he could trust in the future. The rest of them? Red shirts I'm guessing.
- I always forget the redneck's name but his exchanges with Beth and Carol were hysterical in this episode. Beth tells the guy she's 16 or 17 or whatever. And he says that's interesting. Immediately, we think we know what got this guy in prison. Then he confesses to Carol that he has needs and with her being a Lesbian and everyone else shacked up Beth is the only choice. Carol denies being a lesbiand and he talks about her short hair. Ahhh I can't do the scene justice....but it was very...as he would say, "INTERESTING"!
- Carl learned from his daddy well. He isn't holding on to hope that Rick and crew will be coming back so he said he would take Carol out for baby supplies in a week or so. Of course, he went into the dark Prison halls like his dad would have too. This ain't crybaby Carl from Seasons 1 and 2! Of course, we did see him hesitate at the Boiler Room where he shot his mother. Chilling.
This is where the main action of the night went down. The Governor's pristine image is slowly being torn apart, one eye at a time! And Rick and crew pull off an "almost" successful infiltration and escape from the town hiding many secrets.
- Maggie and Glenn have a little heart to heart in their cell. Maggie tells Glenn that the Governor barely touched her. And then Glenn goes and rips a limb off of the walker he killed in the last episode. They got themselves some SHIVS from the bones! Creative!
- The Governor's plan with the prison is to infiltrate, take out Rick's crew and then get the walkers back in there. He'd never want to move in. People want a sense of normalcy and that's what Woodbury brings. He also promised Merle that he'd get to see his brother alive.
- We find out that the Governor keeps his daughter Penny caged in the "Aquarium" room. He took her out and eventually got frustrated that she wouldn't look at him.
- Meanwhile Rick and Co are strategizing on a way to get in. Michonne disappears and the distrust starts to build. Of course, she comes back with a way in. They sneak in, grab one of the residents, knock him out and gag him. Michonne doesn't seem to be providing any answers for the crew so the distrust goes further. (she apparently doesn't want to reveal all of the cards, but she surely knows that one of their brothers is in there and also that Andrea is there. But she remains mum)
- Leave it to Glenn and Maggie causing a disturbance with their bone shivs for Rick and crew to know the way. They went all military tactical unit up in that piece with smoke grenades and heavy duty machine guns.
- They get to Glenn and Maggie. Glenn reveals that Merle is with the Governor. This leaves Daryl in an akward position. Rick says that he needs Daryl's help. Have to think big picture here. They'll come back for Merle or deal with it later. Daryl does agree that he is with Rick and will help.
- Governor starts strategizing. The town is panicking. He tells them all to lock their doors and stay inside. He sends Andrea on "calm the neighbors" duty which of course annoys her to no end. He doesn't want Andrea finding out that her former crew are the "terrorists" in town. All Andrea wants to do is shoot something!
- Rick and crew regrouped outside of the Woodbury city limits. And they weren't alone. Michone showed up to guns pointing at her. She wouldn't explain where she was, but she did notice that Daryl was gone. She told Rick that either way they need her. To bring the injured back to the prison or to rescue Daryl. She did all but beg for them to keep her. (And another Talking Dead note: They cut a line of her saying "PLEASE?" to Rick because they thought that made it a little too obvious.)
- Back in Woodbury, the Governor got his eye patched up and didn't have many good answers for Andrea who was asking many questions of what she saw. Instead, he rallied the town in the "arena" to tell them about their intruders, their terrorists. He apologized for not being able to protect them. He apologized for them feeling the fear that they never thought they'd have to fear again. But, he didn't come empty handed. He said that one of the terrorists was one of them. And the guns pointed into Merle's back. OUCH, Merle! And then they brought Daryl out who must've been captured. At this point, Andrea must have realized who the "terrorists" are and must know that something shady is going on here. But, it is Andrea, so maybe we shouldn't jump to conclusions that she's using logic.
- Governor asked the crowd what should be done with their "bad men". And they all yell out like their in the Colliseum in Rome for Daryl and Merle's heads. The Governor walks up to Merle and said "You wanted your brother, now you got him." Andrea looks panicked, Governor looks more evil than ever.
The show returns on February 10th. It's either 5 or 8 more episodes. I thought I had read somewhere that we had a 16 episode season this year. If so, that will be a nice treat in the spring possibly leading into Breaking Bad's final run of episodes! Anyway, we're on hiatus here until February for The Walking Dead and March for Revolution. But, we'll be covering the final episodes of Fringe in December and January in the meantime. And of course, there are weekly posts to discuss everything else! Hope you enjoyed my ramblings and I'll see you next week!