Hello fellow Walking Dead fanatics! Wow, I've been really impressed with this show the past couple of weeks. Sure, some may not enjoy the change of pace, but I'm a fan. I long defended season 2 stating that the slower pace gave an opportunity for more character moments making any subsequent stakes/action even more intense. I love the fact that we got to see characters on both sides bond a little bit and that we finally got interaction between Rick and the Governor. It was a nail-biting hour of television and it sets the stage for the climactic battle to come. Let's get to some of the discussion points.
- Convenient how we were given time to bond with Michonne last week and now we know that's who the Governor wants. Of course, we know it's all a lie and he'll kill them all anyway but it poses a dilemma for Rick in either case. Of course, even if we didn't get to like Michonne more last week, I think we still would have known that they wouldn't be trying to kill off a fan favorite character from the comics any time soon!
- Looks like Andrea finally got up to speed on the monster she's been playing house with. She knows vaguely what happened to Maggie and she knows that she's being played by him. Yet, for now, she's still on the inside. Surely, that will come into play somehow. Perhaps she'll start to spread the "anti-Governor virus" from within. It's clear that she's not the only one that isn't on board with his tactics.
- Milton and Hershel had a nice moment this week. It makes sense that both of them would get along since they share similar philosophical views on the "plague". Loved the whole "not showing you my stump, buy me a drink first" exchange. We found out that Milton has been recording every encounter they have had, and I'm sure other things as a means to capture the history for when they overcome the Zombie outbreak. The fact that Milton sees that the "enemy" may not be so bad is probably a strong indication that his loyalty to the Governor may break. Of course, the writers may be leading us down that path only to throw a twist our way.
- As they asked on the Talking Dead, and we were asking ourselves during the episode: Who let Merle near the guns!?!? The dude was all about going after his brother in the episode to keep him safe and maybe getting a shot at taking down the Governor. He make sense when he told Rick that he should have shot the Governor when he had the chance. Of course, then we wouldn't have 3 more episodes of the season!
- Glenn had a take charge attitude at the prison while Rick was gone. His strategy was to wait for Rick before making a next move. This also gave him time to reconcile with Maggie and get some fun time going on. Of course, did anyone else think that the fact that they weren't on watch during this would be leading to something bad?
- And then of course, Daryl and Governor Henchman bonded after trying to 1 up each other with their walker kills. Loved them calling each other Dbags and Aholes and what not before they were able to get on the same page over a smoke.
- And of course, the end result of the conversation with Rick and the Governor seems to be moving them to war. Rick did not mention the Michonne thing to the whole group, only Hershel. And he wanted Hershel to talk him out out of turning her in. The Governor told Milton that they will kill anyone that comes with Michonne. There is no way for him and Rick to co-exist. Have it your way Phillip! You're going down! Now, it'll be interesting to see how it all goes down. Maybe Rick will let Michonne in on the Governor's demands as a means to seemingly play along, but while having a secret plan of their own. Of course, I wouldn't even trust the Governor to wait his 2 days he gave Rick. He still has Tyreese in his back pocket and the knowledge of the prison that they possess. They may try for a sneak attack. But, I'm also convinced that Tyreese will side with the right side in the end and hopefully before it's too late!