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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “After”

I hate Carl.

I could end this article right there and be totally fine with it. Seriously.

I don’t hate him because we got an exposition-y episode about him last night. Quite the contrary! I, for one, enjoy character development. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who didn’t hate the farm season. (Really. I rather liked it.)

I hate Carl because he’s a dumb kid going through contemporary teen stuff in the apocalypse. He doesn’t have music to blast or tires to screech as he roars away from his parents in typical spoiled teen-drama fashion. So, he pitches fits, attracts walkers, and almost gets himself killed on a regular basis. It drives me insane.

Now, I’m sure they’re trying to make Carl relatable to today’s teen audience, but I just don’t buy it. It just doesn’t make sense that he would be so reckless after what he’s been through. And maybe that’s just it; maybe they’re trying to say look how this terrible situation is affecting this teenager! But, this teenager was a boy when this all started. He didn’t have the luxury to age into the selfish adolescence that is so common in today’s society.

Trauma does terrible things to people, to be sure. But, in this world, Carl would be more likely to put a gun to his own head than act out in a way for which there has been no real precedence… beyond what the audience thinks they expect out of a teenager.

Ugh.

At least the entire episode wasn’t about Carl. We got some flashbacks and insights on Michonne, and they were quite welcome!

(Before I do my recap, let me touch on the fact that I was in no way eager for last night’s episode. Downton Abbey is a much better way to spend the 9 o’clock hour.)

“After” highlights:

– After the prison battle, Michonne selects a couple of walker pets, hacks off their arms and jaws, and sets off. Before she leaves, though, we get to see Hershel’s head, complete with milky rolling eyes and mindlessly chomping mouth. Michonne stabs it and leaves.

Stupid Carl. Image courtesy of AMC.

Stupid Carl. Image courtesy of AMC.

– Carl and Rick keep moving and come to some kind of roadside restaurant and/or convenience store. They kill a walker there, loot what’s left of the supplies, and continue on their way. Rick’s in pretty bad shape, by the way. If you’ll remember, The Governor beat the ever-loving crap out of him, and he’s wheezing like his lungs are punctured. Oh, and Carl is a jerk, walking too fast and being a smart mouth to his father. Eventually, they reach what seems to be a subdivision of some kind and hole up in an abandoned house. Rick passes out from his injuries, but not before helping Carl block the front door with a couch. (Rick insisted the add the couch after Carl tied the door shut…because, you know…Rick LOVES Carl and wants to keep him SAFE.) Carl shouts at the unconscious Rick and generally hates on him, cementing my loathing of the teenaged character. Also, it’s generally a bad idea to make a bunch of noise in the zombie apocalypse, because, you know…WALKERS. And, sure enough, Carl’s hissy fit draws a couple walkers, who start clawing and pushing on the door.  Carl goes out a side door and lures the walkers away. But, the idiot keeps walking backwards, and you know something is going to happen. (!!!) Sure enough, it does and a couple more walkers wander up. Carl ends up wasting a ton of bullets and buried under a pile of dispatched walkers. Ugh. Later, he goes out looking for supplies and almost bites it again when another walker almost gets the best of him. He escapes, leaving his shoe behind.

Oh, and pudding. Carl finds a huge tin of pudding and sits on a roof eating it while the shoe walker tries in vain to reach him through a partially open window. Rawr.

– That night, Carl is sleeping next to unconscious Rick, when something wakes him up. Rick is stirring, and Carl thinks he’s died and walker-fied. He scoots away and readies to shoot his father, then breaks down in tears and confesses that he can’t do everything on his own, that he needs his dad, and that he’s scared –stuff he pitched a fit about earlier. But, Rick isn’t dead. Yay!

Michonne's new pets. I hope she named them Fido and Spot!

Michonne’s new pets. I hope she named them Fido and Spot! Image courtesy of AMC.

– Okay, so during Carl and Rick’s story line, we got cut-ins of Michonne. She and her new walker pets cross Carl and Rick’s trail, and she notes the fresh tracks. But rather than following them (not that she knows who left the tracks), she heads into the woods and joins a mini-horde. She, in a sense, briefly loses her humanity and becomes one of the walking dead as she trudges along with the pack. It’s during this time that we get a look at who she used to be and see her “lover” and another guy in a nice apartment. There’s also a small child, who turns out to be hers and her boyfriend’s/husband’s. We see the men change and worry about what to do. They refer to a camp they’re in, and the boyfriend/husband seems pretty hopeless. Suddenly, the men have no arms, and I assumed we were being shown Michonne’s original pets.

– Michonne snaps out of her reverie and seems to become aware of the mini-hoarde around her. She kills them all, even her new pets, and returns to the road where she saw the footprints. She follows them, comes to the same roadside restaurant/ convenience store and monologues about what we assume is her lost family. I got the idea that her boyfriend/husband killed himself and the small child after deciding there was no other choice.

– She continues to track Carl and Rick (she doesn’t know it’s them, though) and enters the subdivision. After finding an empty giant tin of pudding, she sneaks up to the first house, looks in, and sees Carl and Rick, who have since made up. Michonne politely knocks on the door, and Rick peeks out, sees her, and tells Carl it’s for him.

Aaaaaand that’s how the episode ends. It was rather a high note, actually, endowed with more of a sense of hope than we’ve had from this show in a long time. Michonne was overjoyed to find people again, and Carl and Rick seemed to have patched things up admirably. See, Rick told Carl what the idiot kid wanted to hear: You’re a man.

Whoopie. Great. So, let’s hope Carl starts acting like one, then.

 

[[Featured image courtesy of AMC.]]

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Infected”

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Patrick? You okay, buddy? Image courtesy of AMC.

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

– As predicted, Patrick munched his way through the Woodbury survivors in cell block D. Aren’t you glad we have a nice batch of walker bait so our main cast isn’t really at risk? Thanks, Woodbury! Rick, Daryl, Glenn, Sasha and others charged in and saved the day…or what was left of the day. Lots of people died, but, let’s face it: we really don’t care because, after all, they were just Woodbury-ites, right? But, wait! There are a couple of folks we’re supposed to care about: Tyreese’s love interest (she’s okay, but has developed a curious cough…more on that later) and two little blonde sisters who have an unhealthy interest in the wellbeing of walkers. In fact, I’m pretty sure Blonde 1 (the seemingly older of the two) is feeding rats to walkers at the fence during the night. In fact, that may be one reason the walkers are congregating at certain places along the fence. Anyhow, the sisters’ father didn’t make it, and Carol takes charge of the pair. Later, we see some major crazy when Blonde 1 throws a fit at the fence because one of her pet walkers, Nick, had been killed. Carol fears Blonde 1 is “weak,” and I had to shake my head, because dear heart is basing this on Blonde 1’s inability to kill her own father before he turned. Really, Carol? Really? Blonde 2 sticks up for her sister and tells Carol that Blonde 1 isn’t weak, just crazy. Greeeeaaaat.

– The council (Hershel, Daryl, Carol, Glenn, and Sasha) get together to discuss what’s happened. (In my house, we think it’s the Spanish flu. Look it up; it’s gross.) So, the explanation is that Patrick had the flu, died, turned, and went on a spree. How they knew Patrick was patient zero? Carol did mention that he was sick the day before, but… Weak. Right after they decide there’s an outbreak of some kind of flu, right on cue, we hear Tyreese’s love interest coughing in the hallway. Uh-oh! Time for some quarantine action. Tyreese’s love interest and another dude are to be quarantined on Death Row. That’s some nice overt foreshadowing right there!

– Michonne, is resting in secure cell block C (the home of the main cast), because she hurt her ankle during Woodbury munch-fest. Beth, who is Judith’s stand-in mommy, hands the baby to Michonne, and we see tough girl cry. She totally had a baby at some point that died, ya’ll. I know I’m right, because she and Beth had just been talking about widows, orphans, and the like, and Beth specifically mentioned that there’s not a term for a mother who’s lost her child. Then, boom, Michonne holds the baby and cries. I’m just saying that we better not see that flashback! I don’t want to see that flashback! DON’T SHOW ME THAT FLASHBACK, AMC!

– Carol has a heart-to-heart with Carl about her knife lessons. In the last episode, Carl saw her teaching the kids how to use knives, and for some reason, this was a huge deal. It’s ridiculous to me that anyone would be against teaching children how to survive, but apparently Rick is? Maybe not. Carol explains that not everyone would be okay with it (stupid Woodbury parents, amiright?), and that if Rick finds out, he’ll tell everyone what’s going on. Carl says he won’t lie to his dad. Go, Carl! The kid is starting to grow on me. He just needs a haircut.

– The congregating walkers at the fence are starting to be a serious problem. In fact, they almost break it down at one point, but Rick, Daryl, Sasha, Tyreese, Glenn and Maggie get there just in time to brace it up. But, it’s not enough! Rick, who for some reason is conflicted about walker violence, decides to sacrifice the pigs to get the walkers away from the fence. Daryl drives Rick outside of the fence, and the former lawman cuts and throws off a trail of pigs to lead the bulk of the walkers away. The trail of bleeding pigs distracts the walkers long enough for the fence to be shored up. This seemed to be a huge turning point for Rick, who was trying to be more of a farmer/provider rather than a protector/hunter. Remember, he wouldn’t even carry his gun for some reason! Crazy.

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Uncle Owen? Aunt Baru? Image courtesy of AMC.

– Carl finds Rick tearing down and burning the pig enclosure and tells him what Carol is doing with the kids (teaching them how to use knives, protect themselves, etc.). Thanks, Carl. I’m proud of you! Rick decides not to get involved. Thanks, Rick! I’m proud of you! Then, after Carl asks when he can have his gun back (I’m assuming it was taken away after he took out that Woodbury kid last season), Rick goes to a toolbox, gets it out, and hands it over. More importantly, though, Rick retrieves his own gun and holster and straps it on. It was meant to be a singular moment, I’m sure. Rick was making a decision to reenter the fray, to take up his gun again. In doing so, he lost what little hope he had accumulated when he took up farming. Farming represented a new beginning, and that beginning died along with the screaming pigs Rick fed to the walkers. Heavy.

– Tyreese finds nothing but blood when he goes to visit his lady on Death Row! Told you about the overt foreshadowing… She and the other dude have been dragged out into a courtyard, and their bodies have been burned. It’s not clear whether or not they died from the flu before this happened, but the trails of smeared blood looked like too much to have come from flu-induced bleeding orifices. Were they murdered? Tyreese thinks so! Who would have done something like this? My money is on the guy who caused the chopper to fall through the roof in the first episode. Just putting that out there.

So, what did you think of “Infected?” Are you glad Rick’s taken up his gun again? Will it lead to Crazytown and ghost Lori again? And what about this flu? I’m thinking it’s going to go through a bunch more people before we’re done. And the “murder!” Who killed Tyreese’s love interest and that dude that no one cares about?

 

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The Walking Dead Returns on Sunday!

Before we start geeking out together about the return of The Walking Dead (TWD) in the scariest month of the calendar year (Yes, October is scary. Don’t you watch television? All of the scaries are in October! I’ll have you know that my husband is planning to make me watch Aliens this month. I’ve never seen it! Isn’t that shocking? Well, yeah, kinda. But, still…scary!), I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about AMC’s undead flagship.

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Pssst! Rick! Behind you! Image courtesy of AMC.

I’m dreading the emotional drain I know is coming. I’m dreading the hopelessness, the bleakness.

I can’t go straight to bed after watching an episode of TWD. Seriously. And no, it’s not because I stay up to write my recap (Catch up on TWD by reading ALL my recaps! They’re clearly marked. Don’t be lazy; just scroll and click!). It’s because I can’t stand the thought of going to bed with such a sense of  despondence weighing on me. It’s like a physical pressure on my chest. I usually have to catch a sitcom rerun or watch a snatch of something fluffy to snap out of my TWD funk.

That being said, I AM pumped about the return of Over-the-Cray-Cray Rick, B.A. Carl, Dreamy Daryl, and the piece of Swiss cheese they call a prison (Oh, yeah…totally safe! I mean, there’s giant holes EVERYWHERE, and walkers shamble in at an alarming rate, but it’s fiiiiiiiine. Just fiiiiiiiine. ). There’s Michonne, too, and Carol. And let’s not forget about the quietest baby ever to be born: Judith! (Seriously, have the writers ever been around a newborn? I think not!) Hershel, Glenn, and Maggie, too, I suppose. My interest in them is waning, though. Frankly, I’m surprised Hershel has made it this far.

Prediction: Hershel is not going to make it out of this season alive! I don’t really have much to base this on other than a general gut feeling and the need for something else to torment Rick…besides burgeoning B.A. Carl. You read it here first!

AMC has been releasing webisodes on and off, and that’s been nice. Their latest was last week’s “The Oath,” an uplifting (not really) three parter. Check it out:

Turns out the hospital with the Angel of Death was the same in which Rick woke up in at the beginning of TWD. Nice Easter egg. However, it begs the question of why the creepy doctor didn’t find Rick and abandon him to the same fate as Paul.

Details, details.

TWD returns this Sunday, Oct. 13, at 9 p.m. on AMC.

 

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The Sons Return for More Anarchy, “Better Call Saul” Gets a Greenlight

*Sons of Anarchy SPOILER ALERT*

RECAP!

For Season 6, the show starts off shortly after where Season 5 left off. Clay (Ron Perlman) and Tara (Maggie Siff) are in prison, Lee Toric (Donal Logue) is still torturing Otto (Kurt Sutter) for the murder of his sister, Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) is taking a break from the MC to clear his head after finding out Jax framed Clay, and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is continuing his ongoing fight to keep his club and family alive and together.

Lee Toric (Donal Logue)

Lee Toric (Donal Logue)

As always, the show opens with Jax narrating what he’s writing in the journal he’ll one day leave for his sons about his life within the club. Soon after, the show makes its way to the prison where Otto is being held, and apparently raped on regular basis thanks to some connections of Mr. Toric. All part of his torture. You have to wonder why Sutter would write this scene in for his character. All for the sake of the show and storyline, I guess. It takes some guts on his part and on the part of FX for showing the scene. From there Toric makes his way to the other two inmates, Clay and Tara, in order to convince them to rat out Jax and the club. This is gonna lead to more trouble for the club, especially since Clay will do whatever he can to keep from getting killed in prison. I don’t believe Tara will rat, even though she has a chance to get herself and her boys out of Charming for good. At the end of the episode, you also find out that Mr. Toric is a very odd man. Very odd.

Opie’s ex, Lyla (Winter Ave Zoli), gets the crap beat out of her by some Iranian torture porn crew which leads the club to mess up said Iranian torture porn producers even worse, make a new connection with a crooked cop (Peter Weller), and set a new business with a new partner, Colette (Kim Dickens). At the same, one of the Iranian sleazebags makes the wrong comment about Tig’s (Kim Coates) daughter, who was murdered last season, which leads Tig to kill him in quite a unique and disgusting way. It’s easy to see he still isn’t quite right in the head after everything that happened last season.

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) moves up to VP of the club.

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) moves up to VP of the club.

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) is still worried about Juice (Theo Rossi) after he almost sold out the club, killed a member, and then tried to kill himself. Jax wants to give him a chance to redeem himself, which Chibs isn’t okay with but he goes along with it. However, he does give Juice a heavy beatdown and he takes it like a man. There’s also the remaining problem of the repercussions from the death of Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau). They’re working with the club to kill Clay because they believe he killed Pope, but they still want Tig turned over to them for the death of Pope’s daughter. Another stressful decision Jax is going to have to make. Will he hand Tig over or find another way to keep him alive? Or will Tig, not being in a stable state of mind, do something that will lead Jax to hand him over easily?

Throughout the episode, you may have noticed a well-dressed, nameless, blonde boy making his way to school in different scenes. He remains in the background of a lot of shots, just passing through, until the end of the episode. When he arrives, he takes off his jacket, folds it, and lays it on a bench. He rolls up his sleeve to reveal multiple cuts on one of his arms, more than likely from self-harm caused by an unhappy childhood. From his backpack, he takes out a journal and continues to write something in it, as he was shown doing in the beginning of the episode. From there, things become somewhat shocking and unsettling.

After the events at Sandy Hook Elementary in the recent past, it might seem a bit in bad taste to have a school shooting on television, but Kurt Sutter has never been one to shy away from pushing limits and taking his show to places where most wouldn’t go. The boy lays his notebook on the bench, revealing many disturbing writing and drawings. He then takes out a gun, walks into the school, and proceeds to shoot up a classroom. For those weak of heart viewers, worry not, the scene is shown from the outside of the classroom and all that viewers are witness to is the flash from the gun and blood spatter on the windows. Screams and gunfire can be heard as well. I’m not sure how this event pertains to the story, but my guess is that the gun he uses will somehow be traced back to the club or Nero (Jimmy Smits), leading again to more trouble for the MC.

I’ve been looking forward to this season for a while now, and so far, I don’t believe it’s going to disappoint me.

Saul has some of the best advertisements.

Saul has some of the best advertisements.

In television news for next year, AMC has green-lit a prequel, spin-off series of Breaking Bad called Better Call Saul starring Bob Odenkirk as the beloved shyster lawyer, Saul Goodman. The show will focus on the time before Saul was Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) lawyer and everything that led him to become the Saul we all know and love. I’m wondering if he’s always been the smooth-talking, do-anything-to-stay-out-of-court, ambulance chaser type or if he was an honest, hard-working, by-the-books type and something changed his perspective. It’ll be interesting to find out and see if a show about Goodman can stand on it’s own legs with the help of Walt and Jesse (Aaron Paul). It would be nice, since it will be a prequel, to see the return of Mike (Jonathan Banks) and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito).

Unfortunately, just like Doctor Who, I’ll have to wait until next year to see what happens.

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Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse and Earn College Credit at the Same Time!

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What better place for a zombie to eat brains than college?

The AMC Network and the University of California, Irvine, have decided that the best way to prepare for a hypothetical zombie apocalypse is with a free online course. The eight-week course, titled “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead,'” will cover a little bit of everything pertaining to the zombie apocalypse. According to The Wrap, the course “will explore concepts as varied as post-disaster nutrition, the foundations of human survival and stereotypes in a Darwinian environment.”

I wish something like this would’ve been offered when I was in college. I probably would’ve taken it every time it was offered, just for the hell of it. But this got me thinking…what other television shows could be used for college courses?

Here’s some ideas:

  1. Batman: The Animated Series – Learn how to fight crime, solve intricate riddles, and deal with a variety of lunatics. Hone your skills to become a master detective. Construct gadgets such as batarangs, smoke bombs, grappling hooks, etc. Train in several forms of martial arts. Become the ultimate vigilante. For extra credit, take on your own ward/sidekick.
  2. Supernatural – Learn about all of the creatures that go bump in the night. Demons, angels, vampires, ghosts, goblins, and everything else. Become a trained hunter, learning now to dispatch your unearthly foes. Learn the do’s and don’ts of dealing with crossroads demons. Become fluent in speaking and reading Latin, for incantations and expelling demons.
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Students learn the importance of overcoming adversity by learning how the Turtles face each day as outcasts to the human world. Train to become a master of ninjitsu and learn how to use weapons like katanas, sais, bo staffs, and nunchuks. Understand the highs and lows of the effects of mutation. Experiment with a variety of pizza toppings and preparation techniques.

Those are my top three at the moment but I’m sure I’ll think up some more later on.

What are some ideas do you have for television shows turned college courses? Leave your comments in the comments section.

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The Walking Dead Season 4 Trailer

I knew this came out. I was procrastinating, honestly.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for season four of The Walking Dead, but I’m also dreading it! You may find it silly for me to think this way, but I’m truthful when I say it takes an emotional toll on me each time I watch it. The survivor’s struggle is just so…hopeless. It’s draining.

Watch the trailer, then circle back around, and we’ll talk about it.

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Listen up, children! The pointy end goes in the walker. Any questions? Image taken from video.

So, all the leftovers from Woodbury have taken refuge at the prison, and our intrepid band of misfits are doing their best to make it work. Did you see Carol giving knife lessons to the children? Geez. And that little girl who takes her hand by the chain-link prison wall? Totally a stand in for Sophia.

Speaking of children, there are so many more children, now! Criminy! Maybe it’s because I have two of my own, but when they start killing the kids left and right, I will have to leave the room. Seriously.

 

Also…Tyreese. I’m calling it now: Tyreese’s sister, Sasha, is toast. Also, maybe Tyreese. There’s a scene in the trailer where Tyreese, who is looking totally shell shocked (after what I’m guessing was finding his sister dead…you know the scene, I mean…he walks out of a door with flowers and is confronted with what I’m guessing is Sasha’s body. Plus, she’s not in the rest of the trailer! Just sayin’.), is surrounded be walkers and looks like he’s about to be overrun. But, probably not. I’m sure the others will come to his rescue at the very last moment.

(Remember, I haven’t read all the comic books, so I’m making wild assumptions, here. BTW, if you have read the comics, don’t spoil the story for me and others!)

And the prison is being overrun, because someone keeps letting in the walkers! And someone’s a traitor! And someone’s been “feeding” the walkers (what?)! And maybe they’re safer on the outside than in the prison (Oh, wise Hershel)!

The trailer ends with a hint of “Sanctuary.” Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese and another dude we haven’t met, yet, are in a car, and the radio is working. “Sanctuary,” a female voice says. “Those who arrive, survive.” Another wild goose chase for those desperately seeking a safe place?

Most likely.

What do you think? Excited for season four of The Walking Dead?

Catch up on season three with my recaps, which can be found here.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC Oct. 13 at 9 p.m.

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First The Walking Dead Season 4 Art Released

So, THIS:

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AMC released the first poster for season four today. The banner will be displayed at San Diego Comic Con.

First impressions?

My first thought is that they are definitely catering to fan favorites. I do like me some Rick and Daryl, though, so I’m good with it! Tyreese and Michonne are pretty kick-butt, too.

The Walking Dead is set to return this October on AMC.

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Prey”

Pssst! Hey, you! Yeah, you. This article contains SPOILERS and lots of them!

The Walking Dead is trying to make me like Andrea. At least, that was my take-away from last night’s episode.

See, this entire season, Andrea has pretty much been a walking (teehee! “Walking!”) disaster, forcing me to hate her for decisions that could only lead to ruin. In her efforts to cling to a society that has clearly been destroyed, Andrea has knowingly (I believe) swallowed lie after lie from The Governor (TG) and turned her back on Michonne, the woman who saved her life and saw her through an undoubtedly perilous winter.

In “Prey,” Andrea finally sees the light and decides to leave Woodbury and TG behind.

The episode opens with a flashback, and I was excited to think that the whole show would be dedicated to what we didn’t see between season two and three. No such luck.

Michonne and Andrea warm themselves by a campfire, while the walker “pets” shamble at the ends of their chains. Andrea asks Michonne about the pets and who they were before they changed. Michonne doesn’t really want to talk about it, but tells Andrea that they weren’t people to begin with; they got what they deserved.

From there, the scene switches to present day and TG, who is readying chains between two poles in what looks like a basement or hidden room. (I assumed we were seeing his preparations for Michonne’s inevitable torturing after Rick hands her over…or at least when TG gets his hands on her.) It was an obvious allusion to the fact that TG, while not a walker, or biter as the people from Woodbury call them, is an inhuman member of the walking dead. He’s a monster.

In Woodbury, Martinez and other TG lackeys are stocking a truck with all manner of guns, ammunition, and heavy artillery. The plot requires Milton and Andrea to observe and Andrea to stupidly question Milton about it, referencing the supposed deal on the table with Rick. Mousy Milton tells her that it’s probably only a precaution (Ha!) and skitters away.

Milton finds TG in the secret torture room, where he observes the one-eyed man laying out an array of medical implements. Milton jumps to the correct conclusion that some torture is planned and tries to dissuade TG. TG pats Milton on the cheek and blows him off.

Pirates like to torture folks. That's just common knowledge, right? Image courtesy of AMC.

Pirates like to torture folks. That’s just common knowledge, right? Image courtesy of AMC.

Milton then experiences a rare burst of balls and goes and finds Andrea, telling her that TG is planning on killing Rick and the rest of the prison group. He leads her to a room that overlooks TG’s torture chamber (complete with scary dental chair and handcuffs), and Andrea is properly aghast. She determines that TG has to die (Oh, really? Shocking!), and while they are discussing it, TG wanders into the torture chamber with more tools of dooooooooooooooom. Andrea draws her gun and readies to shoot TG, but Milton stops her.

What? Why, Milton? GAH! Maybe it’s because Milton remembers who TG used to be. He told Andrea that he knew Phillip (TG’s real name) before he was TG. What were they to each other? Coworkers? Friends? Family? I want Milton to be TG’s brother-in-law. I think that would fit nicely!

They watch as TG records himself whistling, sits down in the dental chair, and listens to the recording with a smile. Creeptastic.

So, Andrea decides she has to leave and go warn Rick and the prison group. Brilliant! On her way out of town, she happens upon Martinez and a couple of TG lackeys who are collecting weapons and ammo from townspeople. It’s for the coming fight, he explains…Not that they want to kill people…They have to be ready for anything, of course!

Riiiiiiiiiight.

Andrea protests but ends up giving up her gun and extra clip. Then, TG stops her and asks her to be present at the meeting with Rick. It’s happening the next day, and he needs her to be there since the two groups distrust each other.

Riiiiiiiiiight.

She smiles and plays along, promising to be there. They part, and she makes a beeline for one of Woodbury’s entry/exit points guarded by none other than Tyreese and Sasha. Andrea tries to get them to leave, saying Martinez needs them, but they don’t buy it, and she comes right out and tells them that she has to leave Woodbury. She tells them that TG isn’t what he seems, and that Woodbury isn’t the place they think it is.

Tyreese and Sasha are confused and don’t think they should let her go, but they end up standing aside as she goes over the wall and jogs away. Later, they meet with Martinez and TG to tell them what happened. TG puts on a nice show of concern and then proceeds to lie to Tyreese and Sasha, telling them that Andrea was crazy. TG says Andrea spent the winter on her own before making her way to Woodbury, leaving Michonne out of the story and making it sound like Andrea went cuckoo while on her own.

Tyreese falls for the story after being assured that Woodbury isn’t a prison camp, and TG tells him that Martinez needs their help with a particular task. Tyreese and Sasha follow Martinez to one of the walls where a truck is waiting to take them and several others on a job. At the wall, they meet up with Allen and his son, who are also going on said job. There’s a tense moment as Allen yells at Tyreese for possibly jeopardizing their stay in Woodbury, and we find out that Allen’s dead wife was saved by Tyreese. Apparently, it’s a sore spot for Allen, because he felt emasculated in front of his family…or something? I mean, it didn’t make a whole lot of sense… “I hate you for saving my wife’s life!” Huh?

Things simmer down, and they all get in the truck and drive to…the biter pit! Remember this place? This is where Woodbury has a wind-powered noise contraption that attracts biters, who then fall into a pit and are used for nefarious purposes…like biter fighting in the arena, punishment, torture, etc.

It’s a nice place.

Tyreese and Sasha are taken aback by the pit and don’t understand why biters would be needful to Woodbury. Martinez is sketchy and says only that they have uses for everything these days. Tyreese surmises that the biters are going to be used in some way during the following day’s meeting with Rick and co. and is understandably uncool with the notion.

Allen and his kid seems fine with it, thank you very much, and tells Tyreese to go along with it. Another spat erupts between the two of them and ends with Tyreese holding Allen over the biter pit. But, he gets a hold of himself and doesn’t drop Allen in. What a shame! You know that guy’s going to be trouble later!

Tyreese tells Martinez that he doesn’t want any part of the biters, and Martinez says that they’ll have to explain themselves to TG. Dun, Dun, DUN!

In Woodbury, after telling Tyreese to help Martinez, TG heads out after Andrea. But before he leaves, he runs into Milton, who confesses to telling Andrea about the ambush plan against Rick and the prison group. TG loses his temper and slams Milton up against a pointy looking fence. He doesn’t kill him, though.

Cut to Andrea, who is running down the road toward the prison. (I wonder how far away it is…) Suddenly, she hears an engine and ducks off the road into the trees. Smart! We don’t see the driver, but it’s the big white truck we’ve seen TG in before, so you know it’s him. There’s a cheap scare, and she kills a handful of walkers before continuing through the woods. What a fine sense of direction she must have! Or maybe she just knows the way that well?

Oh, and about that cheap scare: Why didn’t she hear the walkers right before one dramatically grabbed her through a small grouping of trees? They are undead, and they don’t make noise? In dry, crackly leaves? Seriously? I don’t buy that.

As she’s crossing a field, the truck appears again and chases her into more woods. We see TG squinting after her and are supposed to feel an impending sense of doom, I think. But, honestly, I’m not sure who I was rooting for. Did I want Andrea to escape? I’m not so sure!

She comes to an old factory/warehouse and ducks inside just as the truck pulls up. Night is falling, of course. How about that for timing? Good job, TG, on READING HER FREAKING MIND AND KNOWING EXACTLY WHERE SHE IS. (As you can see, I have an issue with this, too. Did he just assume she was there? Was that the only cover available to her? Bah.)

They play a game of cat and mouse as he stalks around looking for her. He whistles the tune he recorded earlier, and I wondered if that was supposed to mean something. Did anyone else recognize the song? Or was it supposed to be foreshadowing? (More on that later.)

Andrea watches what she hopes to be the end of TG. SPOILER: It's not. Image courtesy of AMC.

Andrea watches what she hopes to be the end of TG. SPOILER: It’s not. Image courtesy of AMC.

Andrea kills some walkers and makes noise that eventually leads TG to her. He backs her up against a door, and she ducks behind it, letting out a mini-horde that goes after him. She dashes up some stairs and escapes the building, and we hear TG yelling and fighting. That’s the end of him! Riiiiiiiiiight.

So, at this point, I was yelling at Andrea to steal his truck. Why didn’t she steal his truck? I’m pretty sure he left the keys in it, because he left the lights on! WHY DIDN’T SHE TAKE THE TRUCK?!

The next time we see Andrea, she’s approaching the prison walls. She made it! Yay! Her relief is obvious as she starts to wave to get the guard on duty’s attention. The guard happens to be Rick, by the way.

BUT, TG JUMPS OUT AND GRABS HER!

First of all, there’s no way he could have made it out alive. Secondly, if he was following her, how could she not have heard him? Especially if he DROVE!

Rick, who is scanning milling walkers, thinks he sees something at the treeline (where Andrea is being held down by TG), but dismisses it when he goes back for another look through his gun scope. Aw, so close!

Soon, TG’s big white truck is approaching Woodbury again. TG pulls to a stop to speak to Martinez, who he tells Andrea is still on the loose. Martinez, who has no reason to believe otherwise, accepts the story and tells TG about Tyreese’s refusal to help out at the pits…and SOMEONE BURNED THE BITERS!

During the night, while TG was chasing Andrea around, someone in a black SUV went to the pit and poured gas all over the biters and lit them ablaze. The same person also set a horse trailer full of biters on fire. Was it Tyreese? Was it someone else?

TG assumes it was Tyreese. Uh-oh!

Tyreese, Sasha, Allen, and Ben (Allen’s son) gather to see TG and talk about the biter pit. It kinda had a waiting-to-see-the-principal feel to it. TG tells Tyreese that the biters are a scare tactic, and that they would never be used against people. Riiiiiiiiiight. Tyreese seems okay with the explanation, and apologizes for making trouble.

TG accepts his apology and asks where Tyreese got the gas (to burn the biters, of course.). But, TG doesn’t say anything about the fire at the pit, and Tyreese expresses his confusion. He doesn’t know what TG is talking about.

So, Tyreese didn’t do it? Hmmm. Who did, then? TG meets Milton on the street, and Milton asks if TG has found the person who set the fire. TG’s one eye narrows, he declares that he just has.

It was Milton! Go Milton!

“Prey” ended with Andrea in the dental chair of torture. They tried to make it extra dramatic, but you knew it was coming. Seriously. The camera winds down a dark hall, around a corner, and through a door…and there she is! Tied down with duct tape across her mouth!

SHOCKING!

Not really.

So, what about that song TG whistled and recorded. Was that for Andrea? Was she the “Prey” all along? Was that why he was whistling it in the abandoned factory/warehouse? Was the dental chair and torture items for her? Or was he prepping for Michonne, and Andrea just fell into a terrible situation?

Like I wrote earlier, I feel like this whole episode was tailored to make me like Andrea. She finally tried to do the right thing, but TG thwarted her. Did she fail because she struck out on her own? After all, one of the bigger themes of this season, as we’ve talked about before, is you can’t survive on your own. Andrea tried to get Milton to come with her, but he wouldn’t, saying he belonged in Woodbury. Would Andrea have made it if Milton went with her?

I don’t really think so. I mean, it’s Milton, and he’s pretty much worthless in a fight. But, her journey alone was unsuccessful, which emphasizes the theme of group survival.

If they were trying to get me to like Andrea, it didn’t really work. As TG stalked her, I found myself not so much rooting for her as interested in how the plot would move forward without her should she get caught. I assumed TG would kill her, and, really, he should have. But, she’s obviously a plot device, and she lived.

Overall, I thought “Prey” was one of the weaker episodes this season. While, we got plenty of cheap scares and forced dramatic tension, the writing was full of holes (Why didn’t she take the truck? Why didn’t Tyreese question TG further about the walker pit –TG said they didn’t share tactics with people they didn’t know, but they take people they don’t know to the pits in the first place?– How did TG get Andrea into his torture room unnoticed? Oh, the QUESTIONS!)

What did you think? Hit me up in the comments!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “The Suicide King”

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Shared from http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-9-daryl-merle-2.php      Photo by Tina Rowden/AMC

So, this show scares the crap out of me.

Last night, I discovered that I can’t even watch episodes that I’ve ALREADY SEEN when I’m alone. My husband was away, and I thought I’d watch some of AMC’s marathon. Nope. Couldn’t do it!

I LOVE THIS SHOW!

If you’re new to this whole “Recap/Review” thing, let me just tell you a little something: there will be SPOILERS!

I’m not going to waste time getting you caught up on stuff that happened during the first half of the season. I will, however, give you a link that will take you to all my previous recaps! I’m so nice.

Now, them Dixon boys was in a heap-a-trouble! (Bonus points to anyone who gets this! Tell me in the comments.)

The show opens with Daryl and Merle facing each other in what The (Pirate! He’s got an eye patch, now, remember?) Governor (TG) calls a battle to the death! They are in the walker arena that we’d seen before, and the townspeople surround the pair, a la blood-thirsty Romans in the Colosseum, yelling for blood and justice. Or maybe just blood. These people are whack. But, they’re scared whack, and scared people do stupid things. (However, I don’t really think it’s too far of a jump from the walker fight clubs they had already come to enjoy…yuck.)

Andrea recognizes Daryl and is suitably horrified. She begs TG to stop the fight, but he blames the yelling crowd, saying they demanded it. You could see he totally wanted it, too.

Since Michonne re-killed his daughter, Penny, TG doesn’t really have anything left to live for. He doesn’t have the need to preserve a piece of what the world used to be. I think that’s why he worked so hard for Woodbury, because it was his legacy for Penny. That’s also why he was so interested in testing walkers…because his daughter was one, and he didn’t want to give up hope that she could be healed in some way.

Merle, the loving brother we know him to be, starts beating up on Daryl. The younger Dixon looks pretty traumatized and goes down fairly easily. Then, walkers are trotted out on leads for an extra level of difficulty (+5 to the walkers for all attack rolls).

Merle gets close to Daryl, and tells him to follow his lead, saying they were going to escape. But, the pair doesn’t have to worry about it when gunfire erupts and Rick and Maggie swoop in to save the day (night)! Rick throws in a smoke bomb to provide cover, and Daryl and Merle escape. Huzzah!

Right away, though, there’s a problem with Merle. Rick doesn’t want to even let Merle come with them through the Woodbury fence. But, Daryl smooths things over, and they duck through a hole in the wall, leaving it open for a wandering walker to accept the invitation to the best meal he’s had in ages! (I thought that was kind of low. Sure, the town had just tried to murder Daryl, but leaving the perimeter breached? There were kids in there! Blood-thirsty kids, yes, but still! I dunno… Do you think Rick did it on purpose? Or was it just something that happened in their haste to get away? To the comments with ye!)

The light of morning greeted us when we saw Rick, Maggie, Daryl and Merle approach the SUV where Glenn and Michonne were waiting for them. The waiting pair had been left because they were both too injured to assist in Daryl’s rescue.

When he saw Merle, Glenn understandably freaks out and pulls a gun on the one-handed Dixon. The man had tried to kill him, after all! Michonne isn’t feeling very forgiving, either, and makes ready to cut him down with her katana. But, Rick intervenes, and a lot of shouting happens. Glenn declares Merle can not accompany them back to the prison, Rick and Maggie agree with Glenn, Michonne looks murderous, and Daryl balks.

Merle is Merle and insults everyone. He’s so pleasant!

Rick doesn’t bend, though, and Daryl decides to go off with Merle. The bond of blood proves to be thicker!

So, back to the prison go Rick, Glenn, Maggie, and Michonne. But, Rick made certain Michonne knows she’ll be sent on her way as soon as they could get rid of her. Trust is hard to come by in walker-world!

Glenn pitches a fit on the way back during a stop to clear the road (Are they taking a different road? Had this happened –walker in a truck and a tree blocking the road– since they came through the day before? Weird.). He was upset that Daryl left with Merle, the man who had done so much to Maggie and himself, and that they were all just supposed to move on. He was also obviously consumed with rage about the whole torture thing.

Man! Some people just can’t let go and move on!

The fit seems to drive a wedge between him and Maggie, and we are witness to a scene later in the prison in which Maggie refuses to go check on Glenn, preferring to take her father’s word that Glenn was okay.

Back at the prison,  Hershel warns Tyreese and his group that Rick will probably toss them out. This doesn’t set well, and later, when Tyreese, Sasha, Allen, and Ben go outside to bury Donna, Allen and Ben suggest they take over the prison, guessing the current residents wouldn’t put up too much of a fight. But, Tyreese and Sasha, don’t want to do that, saying that “these are good people!”

So, heads up, Allen and Ben are definitely going to be trouble. I’m calling it, now!

In Woodbury, folks are freaking out and trying to leave the town. It’s a mess because everyone is yelling and blowing car horns. The scene escalates as the wall guards tell everyone to get lost, and the people realize that they are basically prisoners. (Word, Michonne. Word!)

But, let’s just stop to consider this for a moment, shall we? These mob-mentality, crazy, blood-thirsty, people (who were calling for the death of a man just hours previous!) are freaking out because people broke into their town the night before. Yes, some townsfolk were killed during the night, but the whole scene just seemed incongruous to me.  They’re horrified at the violence that has befallen their town when they were calling for violence in the walker arena? And now, they want to leave Woodbury. Are these people really THAT sheltered? They have NO IDEA what the world is like now? They want to leave a (mostly) fortified town?

TG is noticeably absent, and Andrea wades into the fray, trying to calm everyone down. Then, there are screams as walkers (or biters, as they’re called in Woodbury) mosey down the road, grab some takeout, and begin a nice tasty meal of some poor idiot who wasn’t minding his surroundings.

WALKERS IN WOODBURY! OH, NO!

The walkers are dispatched, and the takeout lays moaning on the ground. As the townspeople gather around, they beg for someone to help the dying man, but, Andrea, who is closest and who has a gun, is frozen, torn between exposing the people to more violence and a mercy killing.

She doesn’t have to waffle long, though. TG silently strides out, shoots the man in the head, and returns to his rooms. LIKE A BOSS.

The townspeople are shocked. (Again with the shock? It just seems odd to me in this world.)

Andrea follows TG back to his rooms and tells him that he needs to suck it up and be a leader. He’s rather over the whole benevolent leader thing, now, though. BUT, he’s ready for a war! Andrea watches as he gathers all kinds of guns and berates the town and the false sense of security that he created. He’s going to go after our prison group, and he’s going to go hard.

She leaves him and goes back out to the street. People are still milling about, and a sense of general hysteria is in the air, so Andrea steps up and makes a speech. (Stumping to be the new TG?) No doubt drawing on her days as a lawyer (She totally used to be a lawyer, remember?), Andrea basically tells everyone it’s gonna be okay, that they’ll heal eventually, and that they have a good thing going on in Woodbury.

The rabble agrees and disperses while TG glowers from above through the window blinds of his rooms. Andrea looks up and sees him and gives him a “this should have been you talking to these people” look.

Meanwhile, Rick, Glenn, Maggie, and Michonne arrive back at the prison and Carol and Carl let them through the gates. Rick jumps out to hug Carl (dad achievement!) and tells Glenn, Maggie, and Michonne to continue on to the prison proper. He tells Carol about Daryl, and she is upset, of course. She has a thing for the rugged bowman and was certain he felt the same way, I’m sure. (They belong together! Anyone can see that. I mean, their names even rhyme!)

Back in the cell block, Beth presents Rick with Judith. (Beth has become the babysitter, and I have to wonder if it’s only because she feels the need to contribute like she indicated to Carol in a different scene, or if there’s another reason. You know what I mean: Beth has a crush on Rick! When Rick reached the inner prison yard with Carol and Carl, the rest of the group came out to greet everyone, and Beth gave Rick an awkward kiss on the cheek. Awkward, I say!) When Rick takes Judith from Beth, he starts to go a little fuzzy. We see the blurriness and hear the voices become muffled as Rick holds his daughter.

You have to remember, Rick hasn’t been back from Crazytown all that long…if he even left in the first place! It wasn’t too long ago that he was answering fake telephone calls and talking to his dead wife. Plus, when he and the others were in Woodbury, he saw Shane’s ghost! So, he’s still having…issues, shall we say?

Rick hands the baby back and then goes into the common room to deal with Tyreese and company. At first, Rick is stalwart; Tyreese’s group must leave! Then, he starts to soften, listening to Hershel, who implores him to start trusting people again.

Just as he’s about to relent and let Tyreese and the others stay, he sees Lori’s ghost! BOO! She’s standing above the group on a walkway, and her face is in shadow. She’s wearing a white dress, which indicates innocence and perhaps an angelic quality. Rick’s guilt about her death and really about the entire situation he’s gotten his family into (Not that the zombie apocalypse is his fault, but it seems like he blames himself for overmuch, here.) is forefront in his mind, hijacking his brain and sending him to Crazytown.

He starts yelling at the ghost, commanding it to get out. Everyone else interprets this to mean he’s ordering Tyreese’s group out, and Glenn shoos them through the door leading into the prison yard.

It’s no surprise that everyone looks at Rick like he’s crazy! In fact, the last shot we get of him shows a confused, shifty-eyed guy who looks like he’s just seen a…(ready for it?)…ghost!

So, what’d you think of “The Suicide King?” Was it worth the wait?

 

 

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The Walking Dead: An Eye For An Eye

Yesterday, AMC released the midseason poster for The Walking Dead. Behold!

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Image courtesy of AMC

If you’re into the comics at all, you know that Rick isn’t likely to lose an eye. (Unless the showrunners take us for a little ride away from the original story!) But, I love how the poster art cuts his face in half to hide his left eye! (Not so for the larger graphic that we used as a featured image, but you get the idea.)

Retribution and revenge is sure to be on the slate for the second half of this season. You knew it was coming, but the use of “An Eye For An Eye” definitely confirms it.

Let’s review a little bit, shall we? Michonne re-killed The Governor’s (TG) dead daughter, Penny; TG found out that Merle lied about Michonne’s death; Andrea will probably be stupid and want some kind of comeuppance for Michonne’s actions (re-killing Penny and stabbing TG in the eye with a shard of glass); Glenn and Maggie were held and tortured in the bowels of Woodbury; Rick, Daryl, and Oscar (RIP…such a shame AMC will only allow one major black guy on the show at a time. Since Tyreese and company arrived at the prison, Oscar had to be offed.) rescued Glenn and Maggie; some Woodbury folks were killed during the rescue.

And so much more! Check out my recaps for more goodies.

TG is obviously going to reveal his evilness. I mean, we all knew he was a bad seed, right? Walker heads in fish tanks, slaughtering soldiers, doling out death sentences…tends to make me think he’s a pretty bad dude.

But, there was always something holding him back from complete evil: Penny. His undying hope that his dead daughter could somehow be saved or taught to be un-walker-y kept him in line. Now that she’s gone for good, there will be nothing standing in the way of TG’s complete spiral downward.

I CAN’T WAIT!

The Walking Dead returns Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

 

[[Featured image courtesy of The Walking Dead Facebook page]]

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Made to Suffer”

It’s December! You know what that means…SPOILERS! (What did you think I was going to say?)

The Governor (TG) is now a pirate! ARGH, me matey! I just need him to start carrying around a sword, and I’ll be all set. Savvy? Plus, he gets extra points in my book because this is the first time I’ve actually liked him. Sure, the character is amazing and a great addition to the show, but last night was the first time I’ve really empathized with TG.

“Made to Suffer” was the mid-season finale on The Walking Dead, and I must confess to a more than average level of gasping from my wallowed-out corner of the couch!  Plot lines actually intersected, and Tyreese was finally introduced! Be still my heart!

The episode opened with Tyreese running through the forest, trying to track down the screams heard in the distance. Sasha, his sister, almost brains him with a shovel (she thought he was a walker, I guess. Also, lemme just insert right now that it wasn’t clear Sasha was his sister. She could have been a girlfriend/wife/companion of some kind. However, thanks to my keen understanding and mysterious ways, you now know for certain! You can thank me later.), before joining him. They come upon three people (a woman, a man and a teen-aged boy) surrounded by walkers, and it’s implied that they all know each other and are traveling together. (So, how did they get separated, and why in the unholy heck is the woman screaming her head off?)

They fight off the walkers and escape, but not before Donna (the screamer) gets bitten on the arm by a walker. CHOMP! They stumble out of the forest to discover a large blown-out building. Sasha wants to leave Donna behind, but the group decides to bring her along as the enter the back of THE PRISON! That’s right, there’s a HUGE hole in the back of the prison!

WHAT THE WHAT?!

In Woodbury, TG is still being creepy. (Shocking, I know) Andrea, preparing for the day by fixing her fluffy hair in a mirror, picks up TG’s family picture (FORESHADOWING). When she hears TG coming up behind her, she sets it back down and they cuddle. TG observes that Andrea is really starting to like Woodbury, and she practically purrs before tripping off to help Milton cremate Mr. Coleman.

TG stares creepily into the mirror, his eyes going a bit glassy before he turns to visit dead Penny. Yeah, that’s right. He keeps her right off the room with the walker head aquariums. And where is the walker head aquarium room? Oh, right off his main rooms. Huh. Seems terribly conspicuous  don’t you think? Can anyone tell me why Andrea hasn’t stumbled upon Penny, yet? Last time Michonne was in TG’s rooms, she definitely heard the dead girl. So, why hasn’t Andrea?

Because she’s stupid.

Quality father/daughter bonding time. Image courtesy of AMC.

TG settles down into a chair, turns on some music, and opens Penny’s cage door. Snarling, Penny rushes out but is caught short by a chain around her neck. She has a straight jacket on, and her head is covered with a bag. TG tries to spend some quality bonding time with her, but grows frustrated when she won’t look at him and pushes her back into the cage.

I mean, to be fair, she’s DEAD. Plus, TG has a bowl of disgusting flesh bits sitting beside him. Dinner, I suppose.

Elsewhere, somewhere in the bowels of Woodbury (near the left part of colon), Maggie and Glenn sit huddled against the wall. After making sure Maggie wasn’t raped by TG, Glenn seems to get a renewed sense of mad survival skills. He tears off the arm of the walker (the one Merle sicced on him and he re-killed) and rips out shards of bone, arming himself and Maggie.

Outside of Woodbury’s main wall and gate, Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne skulk about, hiding behind a conveniently placed car and LOTS of dense vegetation. (Don’t you think TG would have had that area cleared? Seems like he would want a completely clear view of the approach to Woodbury…)

Then, miraculously, Michonne leads them around to a door that opens in the back of a store on Woodbury’s main drag. (So, there’s easy, unguarded access to Woodbury? You don’t have to go through the gates? You can just walk to the side, open a door, and walk in without so much as a “Howdy do?” That’s…ridiculous.) But, someone has seen them inside the building! A man enters the front door, telling them they’d better leave. The man thinks they’re just some townsfolk in a building they’re not supposed to be in. They take him down…kinda nicely. They didn’t kill him, so that’s something, right? He’s gagged, knocked out, and left in the building.

In the confusion, Michonne slips away, intent on her own personal mission. She makes her way to TG rooms and enters, settling in a chair in front of the door, her katana on her lap.

IT’S GONNA GO DOWN, SON!

Back at the prison, Axel is macking on Beth. It’s the end of the world…why not? Gross. Carl is busy trying to shoot flames from his eyes at Axel when Carol decides to talk to the former inmate, pulling him aside and telling him to stay away from Beth. But, there are no other women, Axel whines! Maggie’s with Glenn and Carols a lesbian, the man complains.

Huh? Carol’s a lesbian? Um, no. Despite her short hair (which led to Axel’s misconception, apparently), Carol assures him that she is not playing for the other team. But, before Axel can turn his attention to her, Carol shuts him down and walks away. (Because she totally wants Daryl. Search your feelings. You know it to be true.)

Rick, Daryl, and Oscar locate Maggie and Glenn just moments after the hostages attack their captors. Maggie stabs a minion in the throat, and Glenn gets punched (poor Glenn). Merle’s there, and I was hoping that this would be the moment when Daryl discovers his brother’s still alive! Alas! It’s not to be. A smoke bomb/flash grenade/something that makes a lot of smoke is thrown, and Maggie and Glenn are rescued! Huzzah!

They escape under the cover of smoke and duck into a building. Glenn tells Daryl about Merle, and the younger Dixon is understandably shocked and, I think, a little bit excited. He wants to go talk to Merle, but Rick steps in, demanding Daryl to stay and help them escape Woodbury. Daryl agrees (but you know SOMETHING is going to happen! It always does!).

Would Daryl side with Merle? TG thinks it’s a possibility. In fact, before Maggie and Glenn escaped, TG  proposed the idea to Merle as they discussed attacking the prison. Daryl could be their “inside man,” TG said. Merle looked a little skeptical, but acted like he’d go along with the plan. Who knows how something like that would go down, though? After all  Merle isn’t always fully truthful with TG…

Rick, Daryl, Oscar, Maggie, and Glenn decide to make a run for the wall to escape and start flinging smoke bombs and laying down cover fire. In the cover of a nearby building, TG quickly organizes his minions to find the intruders and shoot back. Andrea wants to help, but TG won’t let her, telling her to check on Woodbury residents instead. Andrea is miffed, but agrees, leaving the building to carry out his orders.

But, OF COURSE, Andrea finds herself on the street when gun fire erupts afresh. She shoots back, and later tells TG she saw someone in prison coveralls. She, OF COURSE, doesn’t see anyone that she recognizes. TG tells her that the “terrorists” must be from the prison.

In TG’s rooms, Michonne waits. Suddenly, she hears something coming from the next room (you know, the oh-so-secret-that-Andrea-has-never-noticed-it-before room?). She investigates, discovers the walker head aquariums and Penny’s cage. Her disgust is plain, and we saw a new layer when she saw Penny’s small figure walk out of the cage. Michonne’s worst fears of TG were realized! He was mistreating an unfortunate child!

Michonne unchains Penny and removes her hood.

Michonne discovers that Penny takes after her father. Image courtesy of AMC.

SHE’S A WALKER! Michonne hurriedly pulls back and makes to re-kill Penny, but she’s stopped when TG enters! He’s pointing a gun at her and pleading with her not to hurt his daughter. In an effort to convince her, TG puts down his gun and removes his belt and holster. (This was the first time I ever felt bad for TG. She’s dead, but Penny’s his daughter!)

Then, something changes in Michonne’s eyes. They go from shock to disgust to heartless resolve. Michonne runs the length of her blade through Penny’s head, dropping the little body. TG loses it and charges Michonne. They ferociously battle, and he smashes her head into the aquariums. Glass goes everywhere! Michonne gets in a few good hits, but overall, TG overpowers her. It’s not looking good!

Struggling, Michonne grabs a shard of glass and rams it into TG’s right eye! OHMYGOSH! She’s about to finish him off when Andrea comes to his rescue! OHMYGOSH!

The two women lock gazes in a stand-off, Michonne ready with her katana and Andrea with a gun pointed at her former friend. Several beats pass, and Michonne realizes she’s lost…not just the fight to kill TG, but she’s lost her friend. I believe Michonne returned to Woodbury not to help save Maggie and Glenn, but to save Andrea from the monster she knew TG to be. Now, Michonne realizes that she’s the monster in Andrea’s eyes.

Her katana’s point drops, and Michonne turns and leaves. Andrea lets her go before rushing to help TG. But, he won’t be comforted; he’s holding the lifeless body of his daughter, crying around the shard of glass sticking out of his eye.

Super gross! (And sad! I will admit that I felt bad for TG at this point.)

Back on the street, Oscar, Maggie, and Glenn make for the wall and begin to climb over, with Rick and Daryl providing cover. The street is a mess of haze and smoke, but no one gets shot. Except Oscar. (He had to, right? The Walking Dead can’t have more than one black guy on there at a time, right? CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THAT? T-Dog died and was replaced with Oscar. Now, Oscar is dead, and he’ll be replaced with Tyreese? Come on, AMC! Really? Ugh.) Maggie pauses long enough to shoot Oscar in the head to prevent his change before scurrying over the wall.

Rick takes a quick side trip back to Crazytown and sees Shane walking out of the mist shooting at him. He pauses AND DOESN’T GET SHOT. (No one can hit this guy? Really?) After he gathers his wits, Rick shoots the approaching Shane and rushes over to look at the body.

It’s not Shane, of course. What is this? Resurgent guilt? Come on, man! Pull yourself together!

Back at the prison, Carl hears screams coming from the scary depths. Walkers don’t scream, so he sets off to check it out. He soon finds Tyreese’s group being attacked by walkers and intervenes, leading them back to the cleared cell block. When they get to the common room, we see Donna has died. Carl steps up, offering to shoot her, but Tyreese stops him, saying they take care of their own. (How nice of Carl!)

Also, Carl isn’t the stupid kid that everyone has hated for the past two seasons, anymore. He leaves Tyreese’s group in the common room, locking them out of the main cell block. Sasha flips out, demanding to be let out, but Tyreese sees it differently, telling her that they’re safe for the first time in a long time.

In Woodbury’s infirmary, TG gets his head wrapped in gauze after an unnecessary gross-out, up-close shot of his nasty eye. He’s now a pirate! Arrrr!

Andrea, tactful after the re-death of Penny (snort!), questions TG about the walker head aquariums. He feeds her a line about needing to look at them to desensitize himself and to steel himself for the new world. She buys it, OF COURSE. Then, Milton comes in to check on TG followed by Merle.

HOLD ON! Didn’t Merle tell TG that Michonne was dead? Uh-oh, Merle! UH-OH! But, TG keeps his cards close to his chest and tells them he was attacked, not going into any detail. There is some SERIOUS stink-eye going on, though.

Watch your back, Merle!

Rick finally scampers over the wall to regroup after seeing the Shane ghost. As they wait for Daryl, Michonne appears, dazed and bloody from her fight with TG and stand-off with Andrea. Rick, suspicious of her disappearance and sudden reappearance, wants to kill her, but Michonne convinces him that he needs her help getting the group (Maggie, Glenn, and Daryl –when he shows up) to safety. There’s a desperation in her eyes, and it made me realize she was looking for a new human connection. Michonne had always played the loner card, but she wasn’t really alone. Up until now, she still had Andrea. Andrea was her family in a way, but Andrea just rejected her, and Michonne is reeling.

The townsfolk gather in the walker fighting arena to discuss what had just happened. TG is not his usual optimistic self, telling the people that they had been attacked by terrorists. It’s very effective; TG standing there with his gauze eye patch, looking for a scape goat…

Scape goat, you say?

TG points out Merle, saying he let the terrorists into Woodbury! (Told you, Merle!) TG whips the townspeople into a frenzy, and they begin to demand Merle’s death. Then, TG has several minions bring out a hooded figure. IT’S DARYL!

TG taunts Merle, telling him he gets to see his brother again, after all…BEFORE THEY DIE! (Now, them Dixon boys…they was in a heap o’ trouble!)

And Andrea? What does she do? Well, she sits in the stands, starring. Go, Andrea. You think she might suspect something is amiss, now? She knows Daryl! Will she just accept some tripe TG feeds her?

The Walking Dead’s mid-season break lasts until February, dang it! So, here’s where we’re at:

At the prison, Hershel, Beth, Carl, Axel, Carol, and baby Judith seem safe at the moment…kinda. Tyreese and his group are locked just outside of the cell block in the common room, also safe-ish.

Outside Woodbury, Rick, Michonne, Maggie, and Glenn are waiting for Daryl to show up. However, he’s not going to since he obviously struck out on his own to find Merle. Unfortunately, Daryl was captured, and now, TG plans to kill the Dixon brothers! Judging from the preview for the next show, I’d say Rick and co. will attempt to rescue Daryl. But, what of Merle? Will Daryl insist he come, too?

What did you think of the mid-season finale? Sound off in the comments!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Say the Word”

So, yesterday was a holiday for me, and I took a break. Here’s a nice Tuesday extra for you! Aren’t you excited? I know you are. As always, SPOILERS abound. You’ve been warned! (It DOES say recap…)

Just so you know, I’m going to follow the pieces of Sunday’s story as they make sense to me, not necessarily how they played out on the small screen. So, pay attention, will you? There’s a flow.

“Say the Word” jumped back and forth between the prison and not-so-idyllic Woodbury. It was a satisfying mix of stories that let us keep tabs on all the main plots and bits of crazy floating around.

Speaking of cray-cray, Woodbury is in the midst of some kind of celebration. Everything is dudded up like the 4th of July, only not so much. But, this was the first time I can remember seeing kids run around in Woodbury. Maybe I’m just not that observant, but I’d like to think they were trotted out for a purpose, and I think they were. More on that later, though.

Andrea’s wandering around, talking to folks, and generally falling in love with the town. Michonne, on the other hand, is not. She’s skulking about, looking for the evil she knows is there.

Hold still! Daddy loves you! Image courtesy of AMC.

Evil, huh? Take a gander at what happens next! We’re treated to a charmingly domestic scene with The Governor (TG). He’s gently brushing the hair of his…DEAD DAUGHTER! It’s all fine and dandy (Um, not really.) until he pulls a chunk of scalp and hair away from her ROTTING HEAD.

But, it’s not like he’s totally out of his mind; at least he has his walker daughter restrained. Kinda. Not enough to suit me! She, of course, tries to BITE him, but he, being the understanding daddy, puts a bag over her head, makes sure her restraints are intact and expresses his love.

It’s frighteningly similar to how I express my love to my children.

Not really!

Maybe.

Totally kidding!

Probably.

You can see the struggle in TG’s eyes even as he struggles with the monster that used to be his daughter. I almost felt sorry for him (Darn you, AMC!). He happens to look out the window, and who is looking up at him? Michonne, of course! There’s no way she could have seen anything, let along TG’s exchange with his daughter (who we later find out is named Penny), but you know TG has just about reached his limit with Michonne.

Back at the prison, we pick up right where we left off, with Maggie holding the new baby, Carl looking distraught, and Rick losing his $hit. It’s kinda already gone, though, because he’s just staring, unable to hear what’s happening around him. Finally, his eyes lite on a nearby ax, and he goes for it. We know Rick has understandably jumped off the deep end, and I was pretty sure what he was about to do.

Sure enough, Rick begins to helpfully run amok in the prison, hacking through walkers and probably being mistaken for Chloë Grace Moretz’s Carrie stand in. It’s gory, and frankly, I was turned off by it. It felt like something from the Saw franchise. Ugh. But, at least he’s using his profound grief to do some house cleaning. Half full, right guys?

Back in the prison yard, Daryl steps up and takes control. (GO DARYL!) After Hershel declares the baby healthy, the old coot says what’s been on my mind since Lori bought the farm last week: the kid’s going to die without something to eat. Soon. Formula is the answer, and Daryl readies to go scavenging. Maggie hops on the back of his motorcycle, AKA the loudest FRACKING means of transportation in the area, and they head off down the road.

They find a daycare center fairly easily (what luck!), and get creepin’. Maggie finds some baby bottles in the first cabinet she looks in (so much luck!), and they continue into the facility’s darkened hallways.

By the way the camera kept zooming in on kid-specific decorations and creepy, deserted cribs, I was sure we were about to be set upon by a pack of baby and toddler walkers. Would there be anything more terrifying? As a mother of two, I tell you there would not be!

Sure enough, a rattling sound starts coming from the kitchen. It’s in a cabinet! Oh, no! Don’t open the cabinet! There’s going to be a flesh-eating baby in there! Daryl takes point and Maggie throws open a cabinet to find…a possum (opossum?). It looks scared, and Daryl quips that they’ve just found dinner.

Yum.

Of course, there are several cans of formula in another cabinet.

Let’s talk about the luck of this, shall we? There’s so much luck. So much. Also, I’d like to point out that the little bit of formula they found will not last that long at all. I’ve had to use formula with both of my children, and they go through it like sand through the hour glass on Days of Our Lives.

Back they roar on the loud, fecking motorcycle to the prison. Glenn is keeping an eye out for them, and Oscar and Axel open and close the gate for the motorcycle.

The prisoners are slowly being accepted into the group. That afternoon, while Daryl and Maggie were out, the pair approached Glenn as he was digging a grave. Oscar and Axel definitely want to join the group; they made overtures last week, and their quest continued in this episode when they expressed their sorrow for what had happened. After a time, Glenn bends and accepts their offers of help, telling them that two more graves need to be dug.

Why was Glenn digging in the first place? For the three members of the group who supposedly died in last week’s episode. I say “supposedly” because while Lori and T-Dog are most certainly dead, Carol is still MIA. I don’t think she’s dead. Do you? Also, it’s not like they have bodies to bury. It was more symbolic than anything.

After he leaves the prisoners to dig, Glenn confides to Hershel that he wishes the group had just killed all of the prisoners when they had first discovered them. I don’t mean to insinuate that Glenn doesn’t like Oscar and Axel. After all, Glenn’s pretty easy going overall. But, he regards the people they’ve lost more than the people he’s just met.

It’s during this time that we actually get some backstory for T-Dog! Now that he’s dead, we find out a little more about him.

Nice.

Apparently, T-Dog was a pretty upstanding guy. Last week, we found out he was religious as he accepted his fate and tried to protect Carol. This week, we got a little more of that as Glenn revealed that T-Dog had driven a church van to try to help some old folks after the walker outbreak. It was a nice send-out for a great character we barely knew.

Later, Glenn goes in search of Rick. It’s not hard to find him; Glenn just follows the mangled walkers to find Rick at the end of a hallway, half in shadow and covered in blood and bits of walker. It was very Luke Skywalker battling against the Dark Side. When Glenn tries to reason with Rick, the crazed man pins him to the wall, and then throws him back, ignoring Glenn’s offers of help and assertions that Rick doesn’t have to do this alone. Rick staggers on, leaving Glenn to return to the group.

The positive here is that Rick is slowly ridding the prison of walkers. Everybody wins!

When Daryl and Maggie arrive with the formula, the baby is screaming her head off. Babies don’t wait well. After a brief discussion about what the baby’s name should be, Daryl christens the baby “Little Ass Kicker.”

I gotta say, that wouldn’t have been my first choice, but, hey, I guess I’m not in a walker apocalypse, so who am I to judge? Yeah, here’s hoping they come up with a real name, soon.

It was nice to see Daryl taking such a keen interest in the baby, though. I wanted to think it was because he felt a certain kinship with her; she’d been abandoned by her parents, rather like he was abandoned by his. We’ll see how that pans out.

In Woodbury, the celebration continues. They never come right out and say what’s being celebrated, but you get the idea it’s a party to celebrate survival. I can get behind that.

While Andrea is off drinking the Kool-Aid, Michonne decides to poke around TG’s personal quarters, recovering her katana (finally!) and finding a notebook with a list of names followed by pages and pages of odd hash marks. The last name on the list is Penny, and while Michonne doesn’t know who Penny is, she surmises it’s someone important.

You know she’s about to find the real Penny because she hears TG’s walker daughter in the next room. You just know she’s gonna hack her little head off! But, no such luck! The evil trinity (TG, Merle, and Milton) enter and set about gathering some supplies for the party, I assume. Michonne ducks in the next room to avoid detection and listens as Milton asks TG to postpone the evening’s festivities. Milton wants to save the power for an upcoming experiment. They’ve been using the generators and (one must assume) plenty of fuel all day for the celebration to cool drinks and provide various creature comforts, and Milton wants to conserve. But,  TG denies the request, saying the town needs the entertainment.

After they leave, Michonne escapes and wanders into an area we haven’t seen before that looks like a mini warehouse district. Why this is in Woodbury, I have no idea. It seems out of place, and as Michonne explores, she comes on some captive walkers. Looking pleased, Michonne releases the walkers and steps back, readying her katana.

Hack! Slash! Stomp! Splat!

Michonne takes down the walkers, but, of course, she gets caught by someone with a bucket of walker chow. You don’t see who it is, but I think it was probably Merle coming to “feed” the walkers.

You’re supposed to wonder why TG is keeping walkers, but since we’ve already seen his unhealthy obsession and curious aquarium exhibit, I just chalked it up to one of Milton’s experiments. Or, could they have something to do with the list that Michonne found? I wondered if these walkers were perhaps former Woodbury residents. Hmmm…

I was wrong.

Michonne is taken to TG for some good old fashioned scolding –jr. high. principal style. She takes it up to a point, because TG has HER point (katana). There are some tense moments of conversation, and at one point, Michonne mentions Penny, throwing the name out there to test the waters and to see if TG will reveal anything.

Penny’s obviously a secret, but from whom? Do the other members of the evil trinity even know about her? The way TG reacted has me thinking that they don’t. But, he figures out Michonne is largely fishing and pushes on.

When TG proposes Michonne join the “research team,” Michonne finally makes her move! She whips around, grabs the blade, and holds it to his throat.

(DRAMATIC INTERLUDE)

Research team? Does this have something to do with Mad Milton? Maybe. Milton’s with Merle and several others on the research team when we see them out in the field gathering more walkers from a pit. It’s obvious that they trapped them on purpose, but it’s unclear what they’re going to do with them. We do know, however, that they’re being gathered to replace the ones Michonne disposed of.

When the research team begins to pull out the walkers’ teeth, my husband mentions that the walkers Michonne just put down didn’t have any teeth, either. Huh! I hadn’t noticed that…

(END OF DRAMATIC INTERLUDE)

Michonne presses the katana to TG’s throat, making you wonder why she just doesn’t go ahead and kill him. I counseled her to do so, but she didn’t listen. Do they ever listen? Then, she backs out of the room and goes to gather her gear, intent on leaving Woodbury.

Meanwhile, TG tells Merle to bring Andrea to him. Merle obliges and stupid Andrea breezes in, wide-eyed and ready to believe whatever TG feeds her. He doesn’t go into a ton of detail, but tells Andrea that Michonne just isn’t fitting in. Andrea’s gotta talk to her, gotta get her under control, or she could be asked to leave.

Andrea, who definitely has a crush on TG, tries to reason with Michonne, but Michonne sticks to her guns and convinces Andrea to pack up as well. As they approach the town gate, Merle stops them, confirming Michonne’s complaint that they are not actually free to go. But, after a few moments, Merle opens the gate and invites them to go if they wish.

Michonne takes him up on his offer, and strides out after a terse exchange with Andrea. Andrea balks and stays behind.

Stupid, stupid Andrea.

After night falls, the town’s celebration is all set to commence. The people of Woodbury stream into the same area where Michonne killed the walkers. I had to wonder if TG was planning to kill them all! Oh, sick! There’s kids and everything! Why do I watch this?

But, the people instead sit on bleachers and wait for the entertainment to begin. The area is well-lit and music blares from unseen speakers. TG is with Andrea and guides her to sit on the bleachers. She looks puzzled, but doesn’t really question anything. Stupid Andrea.

Then, walkers are staked in a circle, and stupid Andrea finally begins to realize something is very wrong. Merle and a cohort come out and start to fight in the ring of walkers, and she finally begins to question TG about what is going on. FINALLY.

Merle and the other guy start beating the crap out of each other, and the crowd goes wild while the walkers strain against their bonds, trying to get at the fighting men. Talk about a death match! Kids are hoisted up so they can see; it’s a real family affair.

Andrea tries to leave, but TG stops her, telling her that this was a good way for the people to let off some steam. Besides, it’s really just staged because the walkers don’t have any teeth. Oooooh! So, that’s why the research team was pulling out walker teeth. Gross.

Andrea still wants to leave, but TG makes her stay, and she realizes that perhaps Michonne had been right all along.

Dun, Dun, DUUUUUUUUUN!

Of course Michonne has been right all along! Gosh! I haven’t even read all of the comics, and I knew that! You can just tell by TG’s creepy smile and voice (that reminds me of Liam Neeson) that he’s a bad egg. Plus, we’ve got some pretty good evidence: Exhibit A – Walker Head Aquarium; Exhibit B – Slaughtering Nice Military Men; etc.

Dead walker is dead. Image courtesy of AMC.

“Say the Word” wraps up with a final scene with crazy Rick. He’s finally made his way to the room where Lori died, and looks for any sign of his dead wife. He sees a trail of blood and follows it to a bloated walker, too engorged too move. The creature sits against a wall, and, at first, I thought it was walker Lori because the camera zoomed in on the big belly.

Gosh, I’m glad it wasn’t Lori.

But, apparently, it did EAT Lori, hence the large stomach. Rick figures that out, too, and takes out his rage on the walker, shooting it in the head and stabbing it repeatedly in the stomach.

I thought he was going to try to carve what was left of Lori out of the walker, but that went out the window as Rick stabbed and stabbed.

Finally, spent from his rage/grief fit, Rick drags himself away and sits against an opposite wall to stare at the walker that ate his wife. He starts to hallucinate and hears a baby cry. Strange, but understandable considering he’s basically abandoned his newborn daughter. But, stranger still is want happens next: a nearby telephone begins to ring. The sound snaps Rick out of his reverie and he moves to answer the phone. Makes sense to me! I’d probably answer a ringing phone, too.

The episode goes to black with Rick’s “Hello?” into the receiver.

So, who was on the phone? Was it even real or was Rick still hallucinating? Will “Little Ass Kicker” ever get a real name? Is Andrea the biggest moron ever?

Gah! So many questions!

What did you think of this week’s episode? Hit me up in the comments!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Walk With Me”

You’re smart. You know that this recap will contain spoilers, so I don’t really see the need to warn you of them. But, I love you, so I will. There will be SPOILERS and conjecture, so don’t drink my milkshake. 

So, we all now know what Merle is going to be for Trick-or-Treat! He’s going to be a pirate, obviously. Garrr, Cap’n Hook! Gosh, I hope he has a hook! Last night, all we saw was a knife attached to a prosthetic of sorts, though. It was more of a stump cover, really.

Gross.

We got some much-needed girl time during last night’s episode, “Walk With Me.” But, before our girls Andrea and Michonne could put on their pjs and watch a chick flick, the Governor (who I will be referring to as TG) was introduced, marking a long-promised story arc that should lead to the old gang eventually getting back together. I haven’t read this far in the comic books, but I know TG is supposed to be a pretty nasty guy. Judging by all the conspiratorial  looks that he and Merle were tossing back and forth, I’d say Rick’s hand may be on the line for some good ole fashioned payback.

But, AMC tried to make me think TG was an upstanding guy…at least until a certain point. More on that later, though.

The episode starts out in a helicopter, and it’s clear that they’re in distress. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was watching a flashback or if these military guys were about to get VIP tickets to WalkerCon. (I wanted to go with ZombieCon, but darn if they don’t call them walkers!) I got the picture when the helicopter crashed, and the scene switched to Andrea and Michonne watching smoke billow into the sky from the crash site.

The Governor. Looks about as trustworthy as any politician. Image courtesy of AMC.

The two woman arrive on the scene (along with Michonne’s pack walkers) just before TG and some of his men. They sensibly hide in the bushes. This made me happy, because folks usually go tearing out to meet the new guys. That’s usually not a good idea in a post-apocalyptic world. It usually gets you shot.

But, the pack walkers begin shuffling about, rattling their chain leashes, and Andrea had some issues with coughing. Michonne (I REALLY like her) dealt with the pack walkers swiftly, taking off their heads with her katana. Unfortunately, she couldn’t do the same with Andrea.

TG and his men investigated the crash site and found the pilot still alive. They extricated him and it seemed like he was going to be rescued. Then, the women watched as TG stabbed a different soldier in the head, one that the women had seen was already dead. The soldier had turned, but the women didn’t know that. So, they assume (rightly, I’m sure) that TG and his men are bad dudes.

If you’ll recall, Andrea wasn’t with the main group when Rick revealed that everyone is already infected with the walker virus. So, she just assumes TG is just abnormally cruel and demented…which he may be. My money is on yes, he is.

TG and his men take the pilot and leave, and the women think they’re in the clear. Then…MERLE!

Everyone knew he was coming back to the show. Seriously, it would have been hard not to know, especially in light of last week’s teaser for this week.

Andrea promptly faints and goes in and out of consciousness as she and Michonne are blindfolded and taken back to what we soon learn is Woodbury, a seemingly idealic, walker-free town of less than 80 people. She wakes up in a medical facility, and Michonne is with her.

Merle is there and Andrea tries to explain that Rick and Daryl went back to look for him. But, it’s clear that Merle is still harboring ill will against New Shane (Rick) for cuffing him to a roof in Atlanta, forcing him to cut off his own hand in order to escape what he assumed was a walker onslaught.

Andrea also briefly recounts her own story, telling about all the people who died from the group and how she was separated from them after the farm.

Then, TG comes in and tells them they are guests. Skeptical Michonne is skeptical. To be fair, so is Andrea, but she leans toward too trusting, and we see her begin to fall for this attractive bedtime story over the next couple of days.

Their weapons have been confiscated, but they’re told they can have them back in the morning. TG tells them that they need rest in a safe place. He invites them to have breakfast at his house the next morning. There, he’ll give them their weapons, refresh their provisions, and send them on their merry ways.

Skeptical Michonne is skeptical.

TG leads them to a room for the night and wishes them well. Michonne looks disgruntled and shuts the door to block to view of a guard posted outside.

The next day, Andrea and Michonne get a tour of the town from a random Woodbury resident. Andrea is beginning to be taken in more and more. Michonne is still reserved and untrusting, leading to a small spat between the two friends.

The evil trinity: Merle, Milton, and TG. Image courtesy of AMC.

Meanwhile, TG is visiting Milton’s shop of horrors. Milton is a bespeckled man with a keen interest in walker anatomy and operation. It’s clear he’s testing walkers and trying to figure out how they work. It’s even intimated that they’re working on a way to use walkers against other walkers. TG observes that Michonne’s pack walkers were used as a sort of camouflage, making me think he’s working on something along those lines.

I was fine with this. I mean, I guess I was supposed to be repulsed by severed walker heads that were still blinking and looking around, but…meh. Seems like a good idea to investigate what you’re up against.

TG also visited the rescued helicopter pilot. He’s in bad shape, but it looks like he’ll pull through. The pilot tells TG that the rest of his unit are not too far away, and TG promises to bring them back safely to Woodbury.

TG is a liar.

He drives up to the unit and quickly gains their trust, telling them he rescued the pilot and was sent to rescue them. Their guards down, the unit is summarily mowed down by Merle and other assorted TG lackeys. Achievement Unlocked: More Supplies.

Upon returning to Woodbury, TG sells the townspeople a load of hooey, saying walkers had gotten to the unit before they could be rescued. He’s quite inspirational and tells them that Woodbury will muster on, using the recovered supplies. How convenient.

Then, TG tells the people that it’s almost time for curfew and to head home. Woodbury’s strict curfew is one of the reasons it’s remained safe, according to Andrea and Michonne’s earlier tour guide. So, the crowd disperses, and Andrea stops TG to offer her help and support. She also asks what his real name is, and he tells her that he’ll never tell.

“Never say never,” Andrea says almost playfully.

He stares at her for a while, and you wonder if he’s going to be a love interest (at least I did). But, no dice. He coldly replies, “Never,” and walks away.

Back in what I assume are his personal quarters, TG glances at the naked form of the tour guide that showed Andrea and Michonne around earlier and then looks at a family picture complete with wife and son. He looks grim, so I’m guessing they got eaten. In this world, that’s probably a safe bet. He puts the picture aside before settling into a recliner. A weird light is glowing on his face from off-camera, and the music got extra dramatic as we see what he’s staring at.

The wall in front of TG is full of severed heads in fish tanks. Some are walkers, some aren’t. At the top of the wall is the rescued pilot’s head.

It looked surprised. I think I LOLed.

So, yeah, TG has issues. New Shane’s going to have his hand (yes, that’s singular on purpose…) full when they finally meet up!

What did you think of “Walk With Me?” Does Woodbury seem to creepily idyllic to you, too? And why the heck to they have electricity? Generators? Seems like a waste outside of the medical facilities.

Sound off below!

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