- As we found out, Phillip experienced some repercussions for his actions. He didn't completely turn off his humanity for good after the incident. He got to the point where he had given up on life. We saw the 3 of them camping in the woods and the Governor letting a walker come straight for him through the campfire. Martinez saw the writing on the wall and they abandoned him when he was sleeping. They did leave him with a truck though, so that was nice!
- Phillip decided to do some soul cleansing by erasing any remnants of his former life. He burned down Woodbury and eventually burned the photo of his family. We saw the months go by and he was just walking and walking and probably hoping to eventually die, until he came to a town and saw a girl named Megan in a window, that clearly reminded him of his daughter.
- Over the episode we saw Phillip aka Brian (a name he read off a memorial wall in the episode) slowly earn the trust of this family. 2 women, the one woman's daughter Megan and their father. This family has been shut out from the rest of the world for the entirety of this zombie outbreak. They didn't even know how to kill walkers. And they especially didn't know that they're all infected. The father eventually died, even after Phillip painstakingly got some additional oxygen tanks for him. He tried to warn the family to get away from the body, but they needed their moment and he had already been dead for some time. One of the sisters almost got bit by the revived Dad, but Phillip bashed his head in with the oxygen tank. (Can't take credit for this but on the Talking Dead they mentioned the irony of being killed by the one thing that was keeping him alive)
- Phillip and Megan had been bonding over the episode, but this event scared Megan from trust him anymore.
- While the father was dying, Phillip got to play chess with Megan and the clearly had a metaphorical discussion about him being the governor. Megan drew an eyepatch on the king. And Phillip talked about how you can sometimes lose soldiers/pawns but still win the game.
- After the incident and Megan's rejection of Phillip, he decided it was time to move on. Of course, he knocked to say goodbye first and was convinced to bring them all with him. It wasn't safe to stay. They took their father's food truck and went on the road, living in the truck for as long as they could. Of course, this allowed the inevitable happen where Phillip and Megan's mother got together for some action in the van (while Megan and the sister were sleeping right next to them no less!). The van broke down and they had to continue on foot. And of course, the younger sister falls and hurts her leg and then they stumble into a walker community! They all drop their bags and make a run for it, but Megan stands still unwilling to trust Phillip. Eventually, she broke down and ran into his arms and you could see it in Phillip's eyes he had earned the one thing he had been craving. And he swore to protect her from then on.
- Of course, as they were running they fell into a nicely dug pit that happened to have a few wakers in there. We saw some creative take-downs by the Governor using only his hands. It was some nasty but entertaining stuff! In the background we could hear machine gun fire. While, they were dealing with those walkers, it would seem that Martinez and crew were taking out the rest of them. The episode ends with Martinez looking down in the pit at the Governor, seemingly shocked that he was still alive!
- So, what will happen? I'm assuming Phillip will find a way to assimilate with Martinez and company. But, he has a new motivation to keep this family alive and safe. He also lied to them about who he was. Will the truth come out now that someone who knows him is here? And it seems like we're still aways off from confrontation at the prison. Will next week still focus solely on the Governor and crew? It wouldn't surprise me if it did. But, the bigger question is what will be Phillip's intentions at the prison? Will he want to claim it from Rick? Will he want to join Rick to keep his family safe? Or, will we find out he somehow has been responsible for what has happened at the prison? Should be interesting!
Monday, November 18, 2013
At the end of last week's episode, we see that the Governor is right outside the torn down prison gates. We assume he's there for revenge, and that this week's episode would pick right up where that left off. But, instead we follow Phillip's journey ever since he spontaneously mowed down his remaining Woodbury community with a machine gun, with the exception of Martinez and the other dude.
One thing is for sure, this season of the show has been on fire! I think it might be my favorite yet. But, let's get through a full season before saying they've worked out all of their kinks! I'm assuming we're going on a hiatus again after 8 episodes, but I really have no idea. Maybe by then I'll remember the names of the new women in Phillip's life! Anyway, I look forward to our discussion in the comments. Hope you enjoyed my ramblings as always and I'll see you next week!