Hello Walkers! WOW, now that is a quality episode of The Walking Dead! Lots of different plot threads with good character moments all culminating in one all-out battle at the prison. Doesn't get much better than that for a show about surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. I'm going to stick to my abbreviated recaps for the show for now. As I mentioned last week, it seems appropriate for this show. Plus, as I may have mentioned one too many times lately, I've been super busy! Let's get to it!
- Okay, so Rick is sorting things out in this episode. He's chasing the "ghost" of Lori around the entire prison yard. Any LOST fan will have been reminded of Jack chasing Christian Shephard around the Island only to be led to an empty coffin and fresh water. There were even mirrored moments of Jack talking out his issues with Locke vs. Rick talking out his issues with Hershel. Of course, Hershel already lost a wife so he may be able to provide some guidance to Rick on coping. As confirmed by Robert Kirkman on Talking Dead, Lori is not a ghost on the show. Rick is just dealing with stuff in his head. He's got that whole leadership complex. And of course, it set him up to be in bad shape when the Governor came a callin. At least we know that Rick knows Lori isn't ACTUALLY there. But, it is a little creepy that he's hoping it's all a sign leading to something. But, given that this is a TV show based on a comic where Rick's character dealt with this stuff, I'm sure it's leading to SOMETHING.
- Speaking of which, ol' Phillip is still playing mind games with Andrea. He told her he is not retaliating against Rick and the prison crew. And he also told Andrea that they need her there to help lead while Phil sorts out his own issues. The part where he said he was keeping his daughter "alive" while Milton searched for a cure, was probably true. But the rest was all BS to keep her under his "eye" (literally). Governor asked Milton to keep tabs on Andrea as he does not trust her. Milton did a pretty lousy job of that! Andrea, seems to be getting some wits about her as well as she didn't necessarily buy that the Governor was going to leave Rick and crew alone. She expressed interest in going to the prison to talk to her friends, so we'll see what happens there.
- The Daryl and Merle stuff went pretty much as expected. Daryl has grown, Merle hasn't. He wanted to go back to his friends at the prison, but he also wanted to bring Merle with him. We got some interesting back story stuff though. We found out that their original plan was to rob the crew of everything and fend for themselves. But, since they got separated things changed. Loved the little rescue mission Daryl went on to save the woman and child. And then putting the crossbow to Merle was a great touch too. All of the derogatory comments from Merle were hysterical too. In particular him calling Glenn Chinese and Daryl correcting him that he's Korean. We may have heard some of this stuff before, but we found out both Merle and Daryl had some pretty rough childhoods stemming from an abusive father. In the end Daryl got his way and headed back to the prison, and Merle reluctantly followed.
- Was anyone else getting the creepy vibe from Axel when he was asking Carol how to use a gun? Meanwhile, we hear him telling his sob story of how he really didn't even break any major laws. Yeah he robbed a convenience store with a water pistol, but it was his brother's REAL gun they found at their home that got him an Armed Robbery charge. Ouch! Of course, just when we were starting to like the guy, he got himself shot in the head by the Governor!
- Maggie came clean to Glenn on what happened during the interrogation. Of course, she was annoyed that Glenn needed to know the details. Meanwhile, Glenn was on a war path and wanted to take down the Governor himself. He ended up storming off in a truck at a bad time as well.
- So the group is all over the place, outside and exposed. And Phillip brought his men to hit them while they were in disarray. Conveniently the season 3 addition of Axel was the only man down in this episode. But, that didn't mean that we weren't on the edge of our seat the whole time! They were surrounded. Governor was fearless standing out in the open and smiling, firing off his gun. I thought for sure that it was Andrea that barricaded the gates in that van, but when those walkers came out it was a whole different story! Loved Michonne taking heads, loved Rick getting back in the zone. And LOVED Daryl saving Rick at the last possible moment with an arrow!! We were certainly cheering at home! (Hadn't cheered for a TV show like that since Hurley stormed the beach in the DHARMA van) Not sure how they got that shooter in the prison tower, but it was great to see Maggie take him down.
- So, it would look like Rick will have no choice but to align himself with Michonne and Merle for this battle against the Governor. By the way, it was typical behavior of a TV/Movie Villain to not stick around and see their work done. Did he really expect that van full of walkers to do his job for him?
- It seemed like Rick, Merle and Daryl were trapped on the outside of the prison by the end of the episode, but surely a seasoned team like this can wipe out those walkers standing between them and the prison. The bigger issue will be that it seems they have a breach in the prison that is not contained. Surely, that information wasn't provided just for filler! The prison does not seem to be much of a safe haven anymore. We'll see what happens!