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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “This Sorrowful Life”

SPOILERS, mates. Plain and simple. Thar she blows!

What happened this week? Well, Rick made a bad call, and Merle paid for it with his life in an effort to earn redemption. BAM! RECAP OVER!

No, not really. But, that’s really what happened! After the show was over, my husband looked at me and said, “Well, there goes one of my main reasons to watch this show!”

“This Sorrowful Life” opens with Rick confessing to Daryl that he plans to offer Michonne to The Governor (TG). See, TG told Rick that if they gave up Michonne, Woodbury would leave the prison folks alone. I thought Rick saw through TG and his plan. In fact, I was sure he did. But, the former lawman seems to do a bit of a flip flop and is now fine with offering Michonne up in an effort to escape the wrath of TG.

Daryl, along with the ever-present hover-bot that it Hershel, is uncomfortable with the plan, but Rick has made his mind up.

But, who will help Rick? How about the black sheep of the group, Merle? Brilliant! Rick approaches Merle with the plan as the elder Dixon brother is tearing apart mattresses in search of drugs. When Rick tells Merle TG’s deal, Merle doesn’t think Rick will go through with it. But, he  advises binding Michonne with wire, and it’s later as Rick is looking for wire, that he gets a flash of conscience in the form of pregnant-ghost Lori. When he sees her, it’s all over; he can’t give up Michonne! (But, that’s later.) Merle totally called that one!

The prison is making fortifications against further attacks from TG’s Woodbury douchbags. They put down some barbed wire in the road, so no one can just drive up to the prison, anymore. Nice, guys. When Rick compliments the move, Daryl gives him a look and tells him it was Michonne’s idea (This was before Lori appeared to Rick, so we got to see the guilt play out and Daryl’s disapproval of Rick’s plans.).

Michonne interjects that they don’t have to win in a fight, they just have to make it really difficult for Woodburyites to bug the prison people.

In the common area of the prison, Carol tells Merle to grow a pair and pick a side. Everyone knows Merle is just there for Daryl, and Merle is acutely aware of everyone’s feelings toward him. He looks like he feels bad about it but isn’t quite sure what to do about it. (What I loved about this scene is the rare Judith sighting. Can I just say again how shockingly quiet this baby is? Shockingly!)

Outside, Daryl approaches Glenn and asks him to forgive Merle, believing that’s all that is needed for Merle to finally assimilate into the prison group. But, Glenn won’t budge; the hurt is just too strong and fresh.

I had to wonder if Glenn (and Maggie) had actually forgiven Merle if things would have gone differently. Can we lay Merle’s death at Glenn’s feet? Would Glenn’s forgiveness have been the bridge to Merle’s redemption? Interesting.

Daryl goes and finds Merle, who is in the boiler room supposedly still looking for drugs. Daryl tells his brother that he must do something to make up for torturing Glenn and Maggie, but Merle doesn’t believe anything can make a difference. Merle tells Daryl that people like Rick and TG always need someone around to do their dirty work, and that he’ll (Merle) never truly fit in at the prison.

After Daryl leaves, Merle grabs a phone and shoves it into a bag. He was totally getting the wire ready to restrain Michonne! That was my guess, anyhow, and it proved to be spot on.

Perhaps it was dredging up what Merle did to Maggie and Glenn that makes Glenn consider his relationship with Maggie. He’s ready to take the next step and go steady! Glenn goes and speaks with Hershel and asks for Maggie’s hand in marriage. Awww!

Then, comes the most romantic moment of this ENTIRE show! Glenn goes ring shopping! He goes to a section of fence and pulls off the fingers (and ring) of a snarling walker. Nice. But, what else is he going to do? Gross. I hope he washed it REALLY well.

Merle decides to take matters into his own hands and doesn’t wait for Rick to tell him to go ahead and grab Michonne. He lures her into the tombs and cracks her over the head. We then see him pull her to the boiler room, where he puts a bag over her head! Next we see the pair, they are on the road, with Michonne’s hands bound with telephone wire and Merle following behind holding a length of her wire like a leash. Dun, Dun, DUN!

At the prison, Rick has just had his revelation from ghost Lori and rushes into the common area to find Hershel, Maggie, and Beth gathered around a Bible. Hershel comes over and starts to dissuade Rick again from going through with the plan to give Michonne to TG. Rick cuts him off and says that he’s definitely changed his mind; they can’t give Michonne to TG!

But, HE CAN’T FIND MERLE OR MICHONNE! Oh, no!

Rick and Daryl look for Merle and Michonne, but can’t (obviously) find them. So, Daryl takes off after them, intent on saving Michonne and his brother.

Nasty skinny walker wants a taste of Michonne...nom, nom! Image courtesy of AMC.

Nasty skinny walker wants a taste of Michonne…nom, nom! Image courtesy of AMC.

Back to Merle and Michonne, who have made their way to a motel. Merle hotwires a car, and they escape just in the nick of time! Of course, walkers were closing in because OF COURSE the car Merle chose has an alarm. Seriously? An alarm? Did you guys see this thing? I can’t imagine that car having an alarm!

So, down the road they roar, all the while Michonne is trying to convince Merle to let her go and return to the prison. She tells him that this is his chance, that he has an opportunity to finally redeem himself and become an asset in the prison group.

Michael Rooker is a phenomenal actor. The emotions played across his face, and you could see the pain and rejection he felt, that he had felt his entire life! He thought that he had found his niche: the guy who did the dirty work that others couldn’t do. But, now he’s not so sure. Does he want to be that guy, anymore? But, how can he change? Is it even possible?

Merle stops the car and lets Michonne out, telling her to go back to the prison. He says there’s something that he needs to do by himself.

On her way back to the prison, Michonne runs into Daryl. She tells him what Merle said, and Daryl takes off after him.

Meanwhile, it’s all about love at the prison! Glenn gives Maggie the ring and she says, “Yes.” Of course! Then, they meet up with the others for a session with our beloved leader, Mr. Crazypants. (It’s totally manageable, now, though! I mean, he told pregnant-ghost Lori that she wasn’t real! … He still listened to her, though.)

Rick confesses what he was going to do to Michonne. He says that he reconsidered, but it was too late; Merle has already taken her, and Daryl has gone after them. Rick tells the group that he can no longer lead as a dictator, that they would all have a say, a vote.

In Merletown, the elder Dixon parks in front of a store and starts blaring music to attract walkers. He’s got some liquid courage, and I knew right then what he planned to do. Moving at a slow pace, Merle leads the walkers to the meeting site where TG and his men await Rick and Michonne (they think).  Then, he jumps out of the car and lets it continue, bringing the walkers right to TG’s men! In the ensuing confusion, Merle ducks into an outbuilding and starts to shoot TG’s men. He almost gets TG, but Ben (Allen’s son –from Tyreese’s group), steps in the way at the last minute.

Darn! (But, it’s not like they would have let that happen! I mean, Rick has to have that showdown!)

Merle gets in some good shots before a walker wanders in (Why didn’t you close the door behind you?!), and Merle has to fight it off, revealing his position. Almost immediately, Martinez and some other TG guys jump on Merle. But, TG is the one who wants to finish him off!

They fight, but TG gains the upper hand. Merle tells TG that he won’t beg, but TG isn’t interested in even hearing that. With a look of manic glee, TG shoots Merle! Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Oh, also, in the TG/Merle fight, did I mention that TG FREAKING BIT OFF TWO OF MERLE’S FINGERS? Gross!

Ben was young! Tender and tasty, right, Merle? Image courtesy of AMC.

Ben was young! Tender and tasty, right, Merle? Image courtesy of AMC.

When Daryl finally gets to the meeting scene, TG and his men have cleared out. Daryl picks his way through bodies and munching walkers before finding…WALKER MERLE! Merle is eating Ben, but pushes him aside when he sees Daryl…fresh meat!

Daryl, in tears, has to put down his own brother. It was sooooooo sad! And even in death, Daryl shrank back from his brother. For a different reason perhaps (Nom, nom), but it was a brutal depiction of what their relationship kinda was in reality.

“This Sorrowful Life” ended with Rick in the prison’s watch tower, peering through the scope of his rifle at Michonne as she made her way back.

I usually harp about the theme of you can’t survive alone, and I’m going to do it again! In this episode, Merle was faced with an impossible path to redemption. He realized that he doesn’t fit in this world of group living. He’s a loner, and he doesn’t think he can change like Daryl did.

But, still, he sought acceptance from his brother, from the prison group, and Merle did the only thing he knew how to do: he struck out on his own. And he died. Because you cannot survive alone in this world.

What did you think about “This Sorrowful Life?” Overall, I thought it was much better than last week’s episode, but I was really sad to see Merle go!

 

[[Featured image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-15-merle.php.]]

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Arrow on the Doorpost”

This is a recap. There will be SPOILERS. You’re my best friend.

Glenn finally made nice with Maggie! Emphasis on the “nice.” (Bow-chicka-wow-wow!) He got to step up and be the leader he so desperately wants to be. In this world, one’s mettle is often shown in the physical realm. Having brains to back it up is a must, but sometimes it’s not until a show of force that characters taken seriously. Last week, Morgan pointed out that the weak have inherited the earth, and that is (or will be) true eventually. But, not until everyone else it dead, right?

But “Arrow on the Doorpost” really wasn’t about Glenn and Maggie, was it? They had several scenes that really stuck out, though, and I was pleased that Glenn got to “prove” himself in a manner he obviously wanted.

On to the rest!

There was a lot of measuring going on in this episode, but something that really piqued my interest was a theme of “twos.” One of the over-arching themes of this season is that you can’t survive alone (without going crazy, anyways). That larger theme was reinforced by the obvious pairs throughout “Arrow.”

(An aside: When the episode was finished, I looked at my husband and said, “Why the heck was it called ‘Arrow on the Doorpost?'” Utilizing Google-Fu, a totally legit, for-realz martial art, we discovered it to be an allusion to “Blind Willie McTell,” a song by Bob Dylan.

Go ahead. Make fun of me for not knowing!

The first part of the song is:

“Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem”

Nice. This land full of walkers and the walking dead –the “live” inhabitants– is indeed condemned.

From the last verse:

“Well, God is in His heaven
And we all want what’s His
But power and greed and corruptible seed
Seem to be all that there is”

Does The Governor (TG) fit this? I think so. And Rick? Perhaps.)

“Arrow” was another ping-pong episode, jumping back and forth between the prison and the meeting between TG and Rick. I’m going to follow the storylines as it makes sense, without necessarily keeping to how they edited the show to air.

Rick doesn't really trust The Governor. Good decision, Rick. Image courtesy of AMC.

Rick doesn’t really trust The Governor. Good decision, Rick. Image courtesy of AMC.

“Arrow” opens with Rick, Daryl, and Hershel arriving at a farm. After Rick and Daryl scope out the surroundings (Hershel stays with the vehicle until later), Rick enters a barn/storage shed, and we see a table with two chairs set up on a raised platform. TG enters, and we find out they are there to negotiate. (Ooo! I found out that they’re meeting at a feed store! Really? Huh. Looks more like a storage shed to me…)

Negotiate what? That’s to come…

TG makes a big show of taking off his gun, but we see another duct-taped to his side of the table. Rick wisely doesn’t remove his at all. Go, Rick!

The pair are the first of the “twos” theme.

Andrea has arranged the meeting, and she, Milton and TG minion Martinez arrive a bit later. Daryl and Hershel are standing guard outside the barn, and Andrea is surprised when they tell her that TG is already there. She rushes into the barn to facilitate the meeting, but, it’s already underway, and both TG and Rick make it quite clear that Andrea has no business being there. I got a very apparent “let the grown-ups talk” vibe as they dismissed her. (Teehee!)

She leaves and sits down in a huff outside.

At the prison, Glenn is leading a fortification effort; tons of guns and ammunition are on the common room tables. Merle looks on and says that they should instead go and kill TG while he is distracted at the negotiation. I totally agreed with Merle, but Glenn doesn’t know what I know about the comic books, and told the elder Dixon brother no. It was another thematic “twos” pairing and an opportunity for Glenn to prove himself as back-up leader. He argues that an attack could put Rick, Daryl, and Hershel in danger. Merle is displeased.

Later, Merle fills a bag with weapons and starts for the door, intent on killing TG at the negotiation. Again, Glenn tells him no, but this time, Merle isn’t going to listen. Glenn blocks his path and the two start fighting! Maggie and Michonne lend aid, but it’s not until Beth discharges a gun that the scuffle breaks up.

(Oh, Beth…what do you do all day? Take care of Judith? Who, by the way, is the quietest newborn EVER.)

When Glenn is in the cage (that fenced in area around one of the doors to the prison yard), Maggie comes out (“twos” theme) and they finally talk about the awkwardness that followed their time in Woodbury. Glenn apologizes for making the situation about him (THANK YOU!), and Maggie reassures him that she’s on his side. Always.

They have prison concrete floor sex (ouch!), and it’s all better.

In the common room, Merle and Michonne (more “twos” theme) discuss Merle’s wish to go kill TG. He wants her to help, but she declines. (Come on, Michonne! You know he’s right! I mean, I know he’s right…)

Back at the negotiation, the theme of “twos” resurfaces as Daryl and Martinez measure each other up and compete to take down a small batch of walkers that wander into the area. Andrea gets in on the walker clearing with the first kill, but it’s largely the two men who show off for each other (more measuring).

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I can kill walkers better than you! Image courtesy of AMC.

It was interesting to watch their competition turn into an honest chat, though. After killing all the walkers, Daryl offers Martinez a cigarette (which he initially refuses but later accepts) and the pair bonds. But, they come to the unsettling conclusion that the two groups (another “twos” theme reference) will most likely never be able to peacefully coexist.

Milton, who introduced himself to Daryl and Hershel as TG’s advisor, is spending his waiting time by writing down historical moments. Hershel sits beside him, and we see another pair in the “twos” theme. They seem friendly and companionable…even to the point of joking around. Since Milton is writing down their history, he is interested in seeing Hershel’s leg and the site of amputation. Hershel jokes that he can’t believe Milton would even ask that without buying him a drink beforehand.

It’s obvious that without the rabble-rousing and personal vendettas between the two leaders (mostly on the side of TG), that Hershel and Milton and even Daryl and Martinez would probably get along just fine.

In the feed store, TG and Rick flop ’em out and measure, both men posturing and trying to intimidate the other. TG makes it clear that he’s not really interested in negotiation at all. He’s there to accept Rick’s surrender. Rick doesn’t take to keenly to this and the two go back and forth. But, TG’s tactics change as the meeting goes on, and he does several things designed to loosen Rick’s guard: he brings whiskey and he opens up about his wife’s fatal car accident (which happened prior to the walker apocalypse). At first, Rick refuses the whiskey, but I was disturbed to see him drink after TG’s wife story.

(Don’t fall for it, Rick!)

Finally, it comes down to what TG really wants: Michonne. In a dramatic moment, TG removes his eyepatch and tells Rick that the fighting can end if he simple surrenders Michonne. TG says Rick has two days to consider.

Outside, Andrea asks Hershel (he’s no longer sitting with Milton) what happened with Maggie, and he tells her simply that TG  is a sick man. She tearfully tells him that she can’t stay in Woodbury, and Hershel tells her that if she comes to the prison, her decision will have to (must) stick. No more waffling!  But, when TG and Rick come out of the feed store, Andrea, after giving Hershel a look, still gets in the vehicle with TG!

WHAT?! Gosh, I hate you, Andrea.

When TG, Andrea, Milton, and Martinez get back to Woodbury, TG tells Milton about the deal he offered Rick and how it’s false. Of course! TG says they’re going to have to kill Rick sooner or later, anyhow, so, if he or anyone from the prison shows up, they are to be shot on sight! Except of Michonne, that is. She is to be brought alive to TG. (So, he can do all manner of evil things to her before killing her, I guess.)

Milton seems surprised at TG’s savagery (really, Milton? Gah.), but does little in the way of protesting. The short scene was yet another powerful “twos” theme pairing.

After he’s finished with Milton, TG calls out to Andrea and thanks her for setting up the meeting. She seems skeptical, but accepts his thanks, and they part ways. Oh, and another “twos!”

Oh, Andrea. Sigh.

When Rick, Daryl, and Hershel get back to the prison, Rick tells everyone that there is no deal, and that TG wants to kill them all. (I wondered at that point if Rick was the one who wanted a war, or if he actually saw through TG’s crap.)

Later, Rick is on the fenced-in catwalk that he always seems to drift to when contemplating things. As he stares soulfully into the distance, Hershel hobbles out (“twos” theme alert!), and Rick tells him of TG’s offer. But, Rick also allows that he knows TG will likely kill them all, anyway.

But, Rick is faced with making the call on whether or not to give Michonne up. Would Hershel be willing to sacrifice the lives of his daughters for Michonne? It’s a hard question, and Rick indicates that he’s considering giving her up.

And why did he lie to the group? Rick tells Hershel it’s because they need to be scared to face what’s coming. (What? Giving up Michonne? Defending the prison? Both?)

When Hershel asks why Rick has told him the truth, Rick says, “Because I’m hoping you can talk me out of it.”

Whoa. No pressure, Hershel!

What’d you think of “Arrow?” Did I read too much into the “twos?” And how about that title and the song it references? Hit me up in the comments!

 

[Featured image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-13-rick-governor-2.php.]

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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: “When The Dead Come Knocking”

The new fake James Bond movie has a great Bond Girl. Did you hear about her name? It’s SPOILERS Galore.

Little Ass-Kicker got a real name this week! I’m okay with the fact that a newborn now sounds like at 54 year old woman. Really, I am. Judith will fit right in, I’m sure, pulling her weight as soon as she’s able to lift some kind of pointy object. (How cute would a baby katana be? Squeee!)

“When The Dead Come Knocking” was an “in-between” episode. Not a whole lot happened plot-wise, but it served to set up the mid-season finale, positioning main characters in various dramatic story arcs. You will no doubt hear my angry yells next week when the show comes to a close, and everything is up in the air. I’ve already singled out a couch pillow to scream in so I don’t wake up my kids.

I’m such a good mother.

The episode starts with Merle beating the crap out of Glenn in a basement/cellar somewhere in Woodbury. Merle’s got that knife/stump cover on his right hand, and as I was watching him punch Glenn, my mind wandered. (This show paid special attention to gory details this week, and I had to look away more than once, so I had the time. It was definitely more blood and guts than normal, and I’m chalking it up to the lack of actual story. Sure, some stuff happened, but it seemed like they didn’t have quite enough to fill the hour.) Was Merle left-handed to begin with? He didn’t seem to have any trouble pounding Glenn with his left hand. Huh.

Merle wants to know where Daryl, Rick, and the others are. Glenn is duct taped to a chair, unable to fight back, of course, but he’s manfully keeping his trap shut about important details. Finally, goaded into answering, Glenn tells Merle that his people will come looking for him, and he mentions Daryl, Rick, and…Andrea. Merle gets a huge, nasty smile on his face because he knows Andrea’s in Woodbury, dancing to The Governor’s (TG) tune. Glenn realizes that he’s stepped in it, and the beating continues.

Maggie is in the next room, and she can clearly hear what’s going on. She looks terrified, and you can tell things are not going to end well.

Help me, Obi-Wan-Rick! You’re my only hope! Image courtesy of AMC.

Back at the prison, Rick and Michonne are still giving each other the disbelieving stink eye. She’s on the outside of the prison fences, camouflaged with walker guts. But, they’re old walker guts and are apparently losing their potency, because the walker next to her suddenly turns and sniffs at her. Deciding she’d be tasty, he lurches forward. Michonne backs away, drawing her sword, but other walkers catch on and start to surround her. After dispatching several, Michonne falls to the ground, weakened by her gunshot wound (on her thigh. Thanks, Merle.)! Then, she passes out!

Oh, no!

But, Rick and co. can’t leave her to be eaten. Carl shoots walkers that are about to rip into Michonne, and Rick comes out to clear off more before scooping up the wounded woman and taking her back to the prison. Carl grabs the shopping basket of baby formula and Michonne’s things.

Michonne comes to in the prison common room, just outside the group’s cell block home. Rick asks for her name, but she stays silent. He tells her that they’ll see to her wound, give her provisions, and send her on her way…after she answers some questions. Michonne, who has the look of a trapped wild animal about her eyes, thinks she’s traded one prison (Woodbury) for another. (I came to this conclusion after they shot her –with the camera, silly!– through the prison bars.)

Daryl draws Rick away with news, and they go back into the cell block, leaving Michonne.

It’s Carol! It’s a happy reunion that turns bittersweet when Carol sees the baby and realizes Lori is dead. Tears!

Then, back to Michonne. Rick demands to know how Michonne found them, and I was sure she’d tell them about Andrea. But, she doesn’t, instead telling them about Glenn and Maggie’s capture and how she overhead them saying the prison was a straight shot. She tells them that the kidnapped pair are most likely in Woodbury, and the men make an easy decision for a rescue. Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne (Hershel sewed up her thigh.) set out.

Before they leave, however, Rick becomes a dad again, talking to Carl away from the others and comforting him about Lori’s death. Yay, Rick! FINALLY. Of course, Carl will still feel terrible that he had to shoot Lori to prevent her turning, but I’m sure his dad’s acknowledgement of what happened will make it easier.

They also decide on the name Judith for the baby. Carl’s third grade teacher? Huh.

They leave the prison in the hands of the weakest among them: Hershel, Beth, Carl, Axel, and Carol. Judith, too, but she totally doesn’t count. I’m not saying that Carol and Carl couldn’t hold their own…for a while, but still…Yeah. I’m saying they couldn’t hold their own for long.

Parking about a mile away from Woodbury, Michonne leads Oscar, Rick, and Daryl into the woods, so they can sneak up to the town. Rick, getting all his good guy/good dad stuff out of the way, thanks Daryl for stepping up while he went a little nuts and cleaned out a cell block of walkers (Remember Crazytown?). They share a comradely head nod. Very manly.

All of a sudden, walkers are everywhere! Rick decrees no guns, and they start hacking and retreating, trying to find some place to hide. They come upon a conveniently placed cabin and duck inside to find a crazy man huddled under a blanket. The crazy guy starts making a lot of noise, agitating the walkers who are already pawing at the front door and yelling that he’s going to call the cops.

Perfect! Rick says that he’s a cop and offers to show his badge. When did he start carrying his badge again? PSYCH! Rick grabs crazy guy’s gun, and crazy guy goes for the door. But before he can open the door to let in the mini-horde on the other side, Michonne kills him with her katana. STAB!

But, how to get the group away safely? Simple! See, there’s a convenient back door, so all they have to do is throw crazy guy out the front door and escape out the back. He hasn’t turned, yet, so they chuck him out and dash away. (BTW, why are there varying turning rates? I smell a plot device…)

In Woodbury, Andrea gets a job (in addition to boinking TG). TG wants her to hang out with Milton in his research lab, where a Mr. Coleman is dying. We’re supposed to think it’s from old age, and, sure enough, the guy looks old, but I’m suspicious of what Milton is ladling into Mr. Coleman’s mouth. Suspicious, I say!

Milton is trying to find a way to control walkers. Mr. Coleman actually volunteered, because he knew he was dying. So, Milton runs him through a series of memory exercises starting with auditory cues (a bell and a song). He also shows him pictures of family.

When Mr. Coleman finally dies, he’s strapped down in preparation for his turn. Andrea is skeptical FOR ONCE, but stays close to assist should something go awry.

When they’re sure Mr. Coleman has turned, Milton starts the memory exersises and is convinced it’s working on the dead guy. However, the restraints are obviously hampering Mr. Coleman’s participation, so Milton lets one of his arms go against Andrea’s warning. Sure enough, Mr. Coleman tries to eat Milton’s face. Luckily, Andrea is on her game and swiftly stabs the old guy in the head, ending the day’s research.

((UPDATE: I’m almost ashamed to say that there was a part of the show that I missed! I have no idea how it happened, and I’m going to blame it on a combination of my DVR and my son’s unwillingness to go to bed on time. Suffice it to say, there was a scene with TG and Maggie that I didn’t see. Here’s a description from AMC:

The Governor decides to question Maggie himself.

The Governor cuts Maggie’s bonds and offers to return her to her group. When she gives him the silent treatment, he orders her to remove her shirt and bra. He unbuckles his belt, sidles close, shoves her head against the table and leaves.

Now, back to my recap!))

Merle doesn’t play nice! Image courtesy of AMC.

Meanwhile, Glenn is still being beaten to a pulp. He remains resolute in his silence, however, and Merle seems to give up. Not that that will save Glenn, though! Merle brings in a walker and turns it loose! Glenn is still duct-taped to the chair, but he manages to get away, kicking the walker back and stumbling around, pushing stuff over and in front of the walker. He ends up breaking apart the chair and stabbing the walker at the last minute. The DRAMA!

Merle comes back with a minion, TG, and…Maggie! She’s still shirtless, braless, and covering herself but doesn’t appear to have been brutalized. I assume they left her in this state to demoralize and humiliate her. But, it’s clear she still hasn’t given up anything when TG again asks where their group is, holding a gun to Maggie’s head. Glenn hesitates and TG shifts his aim, crossing to hold the gun to Glenn’s head.

Maggie breaks, telling them about the prison and how many are in their group. TG allows her to run to Glenn, and he, Merle, and the minion leave to discuss what to do.

TG tells the minion to get a group together to scout the prison, and Merle, of course, wants to go along. But, TG is cautious of Merle, questioning his loyalty. Would he side with his brother or stay true to TG and Woodbury?

Merle declares himself for Woodbury, and TG seems satisfied. It made me wonder what TG has over Merle. Is TG just the alpha dog? Or is there something more?

As night falls, Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne arrive at Woodbury’s walls; they hide and assess the defenses as the camera shows us Andrea walking back to TG’s rooms after her day with Milton. She seems a bit overwrought and goes for some liquor as soon as she gets to TG’s apartment. TG, ever the solicitous man of her dreams, asks about her day, and she tells him that things had not gone according to Milton’s hopes.

Andrea snuggles into TG’s chest, and he comforts her, stroking her head and saying, “It’s alright; it’s over, now.”

SHIVER!

So, where does that leave us? There’s a Woodbury group headed for the prison; Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne are about to break into Woodbury to attempt the rescue of Glenn and Maggie; and Andrea is all about TG and will probably defend him against the would-be invaders (who she won’t recognize until it’s too late!).

The mid-season finale should be a good one!

What do you think? Leave your conjecture in the comments!

 

((Featured image courtesy of AMC and can be found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-7-merle-glenn.php.))

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Hounded”

I uncovered an ancient map yesterday. It was at the bottom of an old chest that smelled of brine, and I had to assume it was a pirate’s. The map had a picture of your computer with the words “Here be SPOILERS!”

The mayor of Crazytown is talking to dead folks, but the upside is that he realizes they’re dead. So, there’s that.

At the end of last week’s episode, Rick received a telephone call in the room where Lori met her grisly end. After Rick’s tentative “Hello?” the screen went black, and I shouted unkind things at the television. This week, “Hounded” let us listen in on Rick’s conversation with a couple of people from the Great Beyond, a painful journey of self-soothing and coming to grips with a series of incidents Rick couldn’t handle in real time. It took mowing through a cell block of walkers and several fake phone convos to help him through. Plus, it wasn’t until he had Lori on the line that he realized it was all in his head.

As usual, I shall follow the plot lines not necessarily in screened order.

“Hounded” jumped back and forth between the prison and the goings-on of everybody’s favorite town, Woodbury. But, the episode started with Merle and three henchmen searching for Michonne. Woodbury must have a “What Happens in Woodbury, Stays in Woodbury…Or If We Let You In, You Gotta Stay Or We’ll Kill You” policy much like Las Vegas, except there are no slots (Hear that, Andrea? I’m judging you!), and there’s killing and whatnot. Little differences.

Michonne’s nasty message. Image courtesy of AMC.

So, Merle and company are tracking Michonne in the woods when they come on a message left by the irate, katana-wielding BA. She’s arranged walker limbs to spell “go”, and left an upside down torso to complete the tableau. New minion Neal correctly reads “go back,” and Merle is amused.

Good ole Merle! Always seeing the humor!

They push on and are ambushed by Michonne. Hack! Stab! Two minions are down, and Neal is sliced but still in working condition. Merle, of course, is fine, and makes squeamish Neal buck up, stab one of their two dead compatriots in the head and continue on. When Michonne returns, they are a bit more ready, but things don’t go quite as they’d like when walkers attack at the same time.

Fighting! Slashing! Stabbing! In the midst of the fray, Michonne, who was knocked down, disembowels a walker, inadvertently spilling rotting guts all over herself.

“They’re not going to do that, are they?” I said, looking through my splayed fingers. They did. Gross!

As Michonne retreats, Merle manages to get off a shot that hits her leg. Merle figures she’s as good as dead and tells Neal they can head back to Woodbury. But, Neal’s got the blood lust now, and he wants to pursue her. Merle, being the kind and gentle new soul that Woodbury has transformed him into, tries to convince him again. But, after Neal declares that he won’t lie to The Governor (TG), Merle shoots him in the face and leaves.

In Woodbury, Andrea is enjoying the town, watching a group of kids playing when TG slithers up and says she’s welcome to join in the game. She defers but tells him she’d like to help out on the wall. But, bullets don’t grow on trees (How’d you trim those suckers?), and TG asks her to train with a bow instead. Andrea flirts, accepts, and we next see her atop the wall with a younger woman named Haley, who is a self-identified bow expert. As a walker approaches, Haley jumps up to show off her skill, but cannot hit the lurching target. Andrea, eager to prove herself, jumps off the wall (Why is it so low?) and takes out the walker with a knife.

Haley is scandalized because Andrea went over the wall; TG says no one is supposed to go over the wall. Uh-oh! Andrea’s crush is going to be upset!

Back in the prison, Rick hasn’t yet realized he’s crazy. He’s talking to a woman on the phone (not Lori), who says she’s part of a group that’s in a safe place. Rick is desperate to move his people to safety and pleads with the woman to tell him where she is, telling her about Carl and the new baby.

“We’re dying,” he breathes into the receiver. She tells him that she’ll talk to her group, and that she’ll call back in two hours with an answer.

Rick then goes back to Cell Block C to ostensibly check on everyone. We see Hershel holding the unrealistically quiet baby before Rick takes off again, fleeing back to the room with the phone. It was like he had to remind himself that reality still existed, that his kids and the rest of the group still needed him. I think he was steeling himself to do whatever he had to do to get to the mysterious caller’s haven. His brief contact with his family (the kids and Hershel and Beth, who also happened to be there) gave him needed resolve.

Hershel eventually follows him back to the phone room, and tells him that Lori was sorry about how things had gone. (When they had first gotten to the prison, Lori confided in Hershel) The older man tries to comfort Rick, but Rick is too obsessed with what he’s convinced is their ticket out of the prison and to safety. He tells Hershel about the phone call, and Hershel picks up the phone, not really expecting to hear a dial tone. Of course, there is no dial tone, and that’s when I knew for sure Rick was making it up. I wanted to believe, however improbable it was, that there was a working phone and hope at the other end of the line.

I did want to believe, but I knew it probably wasn’t so. And, it wasn’t!

But, Rick’s still convinced and tells Hershel to leave after the older man offers to stay and wait with him. Hershel knows there isn’t anyone on the  phone; I could see it in his eyes.

Two more calls, and then Lori is on the line for Rick’s fourth and final conversation with his psyche. Amid tears and confessions, he makes a sort of uneasy peace with what happened between them. I don’t think he’ll ever fully forgive himself, but talking to dead Lori gives him a much needed outlet for his pent up emotions.

She doesn’t hang up like the previous callers, and I think that’s important. The other callers stopped the conversation, hanging up on Rick and leaving him frustrated and needing more. But, with Lori, the connection seems to break up after he’s poured out his heart, after he’s told her what he had to in order to feel some small shred of closure.

Meanwhile, Daryl is being useful and clearing walkers from the prison with help from Oscar and Carl. They pass by a door that is being feebly pushed from the other side, and Daryl states they’ll get the walkers on the other side on the way back.

No rush, guys. Just flesh-eating creatures clamoring for your faces. Or are they? (Insert mysterious eyebrow raise)

I gotta say that Daryl is proving himself a better mother than Lori ever was by taking Carl under his wing and bonding with the boy. As they wander through the hallways, Daryl tells Carl about his own mother’s death in a fire, and Carl looks up at him like he’s grateful for the attention. Poor kid.

After killing a cheap-scare walker (You know the kind. They pop up, and you go “Ahhh!” from your spot on the couch. Is that just me? Don’t lie! You do it, too!), Daryl finds a knife stuck in its neck. He recognizes the knife as Carol’s, and the scene closes to a dramatic music crescendo!

Later, we see Daryl sitting across from the door that is still being pushed against. He’s alone, and it’s obvious that he’s all torn up about Carol. I’m sure he’s probably blaming himself for somehow failing to protect her. Ridiculous, I know, since he was no where near Carol and T-Dog, but, still, that’s how these things work. Trust me.

A large dead (deader?) walker is blocking the door, preventing whatever is behind it from getting out. Finally, Daryl grows tired of the walker(s) behind the door and leaps up to take them or it down. He throws open the door, ready to stab with the knife, when, lo and behold, who is there but Carol!

I so totally called this RIGHT before it happened.

He picks her up and carries her back to (I assume) the group’s cell block.

Back in the woods, Michonne is limping along in the forest still covered in walker guts and blood. She realizes the camouflage potential when a small group of walkers wanders by without giving her a second groan. (We already knew this, though. Remember in the first season when Rick and Glenn wrapped intestines around their necks? Ewww…)

Michonne hobbles into a small town and takes cover just as Glenn and Maggie drive up and park in front of a store. The two are on a supply run for more formula, along with other supplies, I’m sure. Michonne obviously doesn’t know the pair, but I had to wonder if she suspects who they are from previous talks with Andrea.

After a time, Glenn returns with a shopping basket full of formula, declaring they’d hit the mother lode to Maggie, who was keeping watch by the vehicle.

Suddenly, Merle comes around the corner, fresh from offing Neal!

Glenn and Maggie draw a bead on Merle. Image courtesy of AMC.

I had to wonder why he just happened on Glenn and Maggie. Before killing Neal, Merle referred to a vehicle that they were to take back to Woodbury. So, where is it? Was his car parked by Glenn and Maggie, and we just didn’t know it? Hmmm.

“Merle?” Glenn says, not believing his eyes. Merle seizes on the moment, quickly recognizing Glenn and ascertaining Daryl is still alive. Merle advances, hands in the air but gun in his belt. Glenn keeps ordering him to stop, but Merle doesn’t under the auspices of friendship.

No such luck.

Merle attacks, taking Glenn by surprise and Maggie hostage. Oh, no! Merle orders them into their vehicle and takes them back to Woodbury. Michonne, who observed the whole thing, watches them go. The camera focuses in on the shopping basket of formula, and I immediately became worried. Crazy Rick’s baby needs that formula!

Back in Woodbury, Andrea is called in to see TG to answer for breaking the rule of not going over the wall. TG is not pleased, but Andrea bats her eyes and flirts up a storm (**cough, coughMORONcough, cough**), and soon, they are out in TG’s garden enjoying a drink. Andrea comes on to him (See what I did there? Ewww.), confessing that she actually did like the undead fighting match, and they end up in the sack together.

But, a knock on the door interrupts them mid-coitus; it’s Merle! TG steps out into the hall, and Merle tells him that, sadly, none of the henchmen made it. But, he says that Michonne was killed (Liar, lair!), so it’s all good. The short conversation makes it obvious that TG was involved in the planning of the trip, and makes the sinister feel of the too-good-to-be-true Woodbury all the more apparent…to EVERYONE (me) but Andrea, that is! Gah!

Merle glosses over Michonne’s “death,” telling TG that her head and sword were lost in a biter scuffle. (Interesting to note that TG’s people refer to the undead as biters, while Rick’s group calls them walkers. Might it be construed as a description of their outlooks on this post-apocalyptic life? Have TG’s people always seen the undead as mindless aggressors? Rick’s group seems to hold a certain respect for the people the walkers used to be. Or, at least, they used to.)

Merle further distracts TG from Michonne by telling him about the capture of Glenn and Maggie. After finding out that Andrea knows the pair, TG becomes quite interested. Just what is he planning, and how does Andrea fit in? Now that she’s slept with him, she could be easier to control. But, the sight of Glenn and Maggie could change her mind pretty quickly!

At the prison, it seems that Rick’s imaginary talk with Lori did the trick, and he is ready to rejoin the group mentally and physically. He makes his way back to Cell Block C, and takes his daughter out into the yard, trailed by Carl, Beth, and Hershel. He comes from the literal dark of the prison into the light of day; it was clear symbolism of his transition from Crazytown to Saneville and his choice to take responsibility for his family (both blood and other).

But, then something catches his eye, and he hands the baby to Carl before walking to the fence line. There, still covered in camouflaging walker grime, is Michonne clutching the shopping basket of formula! Their eyes meet, and “Hounded” slams to a close!

The DRAMA! I love it.

So, what do you think? Is Andrea a stupid moron not to see TG for what he really is? What’s TG planning to do with her? And Glenn and Maggie! What will happen to them? Michonne will obviously lead Rick to Woodbury, but will that happen before Merle shows up at the prison?

So many questions! Speculate in the comments!

 

((Featured image courtesy of AMC and can be found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-6-merle.php.))

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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: “Killer Inside”

If you’re new to the Interwebz, I suppose you wouldn’t know that I’m about to talk all up on the latest episode of The Walking Dead. So, here’s your warning. Also, go crawl back under your rock. SPOILERS!

I don’t want my son to have to shoot me in the head. Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so. After last night’s episode, I told my husband that he better do the deed. I don’t want my son to put me down. No, thank you.

Holy crap! What an emotional episode! Lori’s dead, T-Dog’s dead, we don’t know if Carol made it, and there’s a newborn who will soon be a itsy bitsy walker (crawler?) if they don’t find some way to feed her.

I am not ashamed to say that I cried during “Killer Inside.”

Let’s start from the top, shall we?

A mysterious hunter drags a dead dear by the camera. Gross. You can’t see the hunter’s face, but the pants look like the lower part of the prison coveralls. Next, we see the coveralls leaving parts of the dear around what looks to be the prison yard. A couple of walkers take the bait, and coveralls dashes past them to hack open a chained fence. He places a bloody heart in the opened gate, the music comes up and under and they cut to the opening credits.

Ominous!

Rick and the others (minus Lori, Carl, Beth, and Hershel) are trying to get the prison yard more organized. They want to get the vehicles arranged in case they need to make a speedy getaway, and the walker bodies strewn about need to be dealt with. So, they busy themselves, tidying up what is to become their safe home.

Before they start, however, they invite Glenn and Maggie to join them. The couple has been using the guard tower for a little bom-chicka-wow-wow, and Glenn exits tugging on his pants, this show’s only brief moment of levity.

The two remaining prisoners, Oscar and Axel, approach the group, asking to amend their deal. They’re literally sick of living in the other cell block alone, having to deal with all the bodies of their former friends. After a short discussion, T-Dog voices his favor of allowing the men to join them. Rick remains firm, though, and tells the prisoners they can stick to the deal or hit the road. Go, New Shane!

The prisoners decide the road would be better, and preparations to see them on their way begin.

Back in home sweet Cell Block C home, Hershel is starting to get up and hobble around on crutches. That should mean that a couple of weeks have passed, but I’m not so sure that’s the case judging from Andrea and Michonne’s story arc in scary, too-good-to-be-true-why-the-heck-won’t-Andrea-listen-to-Michonne Woodbury. But, more on them later.

The proverbial crap hits the not so proverbial prison when a siren starts to sound at the prison. Suddenly, walkers are everywhere, drawn by the sound. But, not only are they gathering on the outside of the prison fence, but, inexplicably, walkers are now swarming the inside of the prison as well, most likely due to the cold open of coveralls opening the gate. Plus, I’m thinking that other doors and fences all around and in the prison were intentionally opened to let in the dead.

By this time, Hershel’s little hobble walk has taken him, Lori, Carl, and Beth out into the yard. Of course, they don’t see the walkers until the shambling dead are almost upon them. And the siren didn’t start to sound until they were outside the relative safety of their cell block. Of course!

Rick, Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, T-Dog, and Carol rush back to the prison yard followed by the prisoners.

“Lori!” Rick yells, scared for his wife. And, I’m so glad! The episode before last had the pair at distinct odds, and Lori was sure their marriage was over.

Rick’s group starts shooting and cutting down walkers, and the prisoners hang back. I mean, you can’t blame them, though. It’s not like they have any weapons! The two seem to be good eggs, but I know you’re supposed to be doubtful. After all, someone had to let the walkers in and turn on the siren. And that someone definitely had prison coveralls on!

Rick must think like me because he immediately starts to suspect the prisoners. But, at the moment, there are more pressing matters trying to eat his loved ones. Oscar and Axel deny any involvement with the siren and influx of walkers, but Oscar offers that someone must have turned on the back up generator. After shooting out the nearest siren speakers, Rick and several others head inside to find the generator.

In the craziness, the group is scattered and separated. Hershel and Beth barely make it into a fenced in area around a door. Maggie, Lori, and Carl escape back to the cell block only to find it overrun! They turn into the bowels of the prison, desperately trying to find a safe haven. Walkers are everywhere!

Then, Lori starts to go into labor.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

Of course you’re not kidding me, AMC. You like to see me like this, you sadistic creep!

Carl finds a safe room, and Maggie prepares to help Lori deliver. But, something goes very wrong and Lori starts bleeding out of her hoo-hoo. I’ve given birth before, and I’m pretty sure blood before a kid is a bad thing. Yeah, it is.

Lori tells Maggie that she’s going to have to cut her open and get the baby out. It’s the only way to save the baby. You get the feeling that if Maggie doesn’t cut the baby out, Lori will probably die anyway. Eeesh. Maggie doesn’t want to, of course. Who would? She wasn’t even the one who was practicing for this! Carol was! Oh, Carol where are you?

T-Dog, look behind you! Nooooo! Image courtesy of AMC.

Carol and T-Dog are also in the prison after escaping the walker-infested yard. But, T-Dog’s been bitten; a walker nailed him right before he and Carol ran inside. Now, they are trying to find a place to hide. T-Dog’s struggling, but he hasn’t turned and is determined to get Carol to safety. It’s dark and the lights are flickering in a very horror movie-esque manner, and we see a pair of approaching walkers’ shadows trundling toward them. With a yell, T-Dog barrels into the two walkers, moving them out of the way to let Carol escape through a nearby door.

It was very heroic, especially for a character who didn’t have a real name or ANY KIND of a back story. You were robbed, T-Dog. Rest in pieces.

TIME FOR A SUSPENSE BREAK!

Meanwhile in Woodbury, Michonne is busy not trusting the Governor (TG). She wanders around the new military vehicles that TG and his men brought back, noticing bullet holes and looking suspicious. TG approaches her, obviously trying to win her over. Honey Badger Michonne don’t care. The women are about to leave, anyway.

Andrea, on the other hand, is getting to be more and more all about TG. She has drinks with him, and he reveals that his real name is Phillip. Aww! So, he’s totally a good guy, now, right? Too bad she and Michonne are leaving…

Not really. They aren’t leaving, of course. Andrea wants to stay for a couple more days. Michonne doesn’t, but for some reason, she hangs around to be with Andrea.

Pffft!

Andrea meets Merle and hands over a map. She’s circled where the farm is and confides that she’d want someone to do the same thing if her sister was still alive. They bond over hurt feelings of being left behind and then Merle, ever the gentleman, propositions her. Classy! She brushes it off and walks away. He leers.

Merle then approaches TG, asking to take a couple of men to look for Daryl. TG doesn’t want him to go, saying that Merle is needed in Woodbury. However, if Merle were to get more concrete information about Daryl, TG himself would join the search party.

NOW, BACK TO THE PRISON!

Rick, Daryl, Glenn, Oscar and Axel are on a mad dash to find the back up generator. They have to get the power off, so the siren will stop. Once they reach the room where the generator is, Rick begins to wildly search for the right switch.

WATCH OUT, RICK! It’s Andrew, the prisoner we all thought was dead after Rick left him locked outside with a bunch of walkers! Andrew is a bit upset and tries to chop Rick with an ax. He misses, and Rick tries to shoot him. Rick misses. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM, NEW SHANE? GET IT DONE!

Andrew is the one who has been causing all the trouble, opening gates, letting in walkers, and turning on the power and siren. There’s a scuffle, and Rick’s gun goes flying. Before either of them can pick it up, Oscar grabs it. Andrew yells for Oscar to shoot Rick, letting the prisoners take back their prison. A brief, nail-biting hesitation later, Oscar blows Andrew away. SHWEW! Close one, New Shane.

Rick finds the right switch with Oscar’s help and turns off the power. Then, they all rush back out to the yard.

Lori proves that she’s a good mother, after all. Image courtesy of AMC.

Back in the delivery room, Lori is trying to convince Maggie to cut her open. After she does, Lori proves that she can be a decent mother and turns her full loving attention to Carl. She tells him that he is “good” and to not let this terrible new world change him. He must watch over Rick and his new baby brother or sister. They’re all crying. I’m crying. I think my husband was crying.

EVERYBODY’S CRYING!

Lori holds Carl, and I’m still crying. I’m holding my sleeping, seven-month-old daughter, who I had by c-section. I’m crying. Gosh.

Then, it’s time, and Maggie takes Carl’s knife (CARL’S KNIFE), and cuts along the underside of Lori’s big belly, tracing over the c-section scar left from Carl’s birth. Lori cries out in pain but tries to hold it in before finally passing out. Maggie delivers the baby with assistance from Carl and works to get the child to breathe. A small shaky cry confirms the baby is going to live (at least for a short time), and Carl gives Maggie his shirt to wrap up the baby.

Maggie turns to leave, but stops when Carl says, “We can’t leave her here like this! She’ll turn!”

It’s utterly heart breaking.

Maggie tries to give the baby to Carl, so she can take care of Lori, but Carl refuses.

“She’s my mother,” he says.

And Maggie leaves. SHE DOESN’T TRY TO ARGUE. SHE DOESN’T TRY TO PLAY HER ADULT CARD. SHE JUST FRACKING LEAVES!

Maggie peeks out the door, sees some walkers and closes it again. Then, she hears a gunshot, and Carl comes around the corner looking completely numb. He’s just shot his mother. HE JUST SHOT HIS MOTHER! I can’t believe Maggie let him do it! She should have done it!

Cut back to the prison yard as Rick and the others make it back. He rushes over to where Hershel and Beth are still in the fenced in area, asking where everyone is. Then, he hears a baby cry and turns to see Maggie clutching his daughter to her. Carl follows with his head down.

It doesn’t take Rick long to figure out what has happened. He starts in after Lori, but Maggie confirms that it’s too late. Rick appropriately loses it, and I’m totally fine with that except for one thing: Carl. Rick should have gone to his son. True, we don’t know for sure if Rick was aware that Carl shot Lori, but he had to know the immense trauma his son had just experienced. The boy’s mother had just died, and Rick can’t give him a hug?

Bad form.

That’s where “Killer Inside” ended. It was abrupt, terrible and awfully good television.

“Killer Inside” could have several different meanings. The first one that occurred to me was Lori’s baby. Maybe it’s because I recently just had my second child, but I couldn’t help but think that this child could be seen as a kind of killer. After all, it’s her fault her mother is dead. Rick looked to be in pretty bad shape at the end of the show. Let’s hope he doesn’t blame the baby.

The more obvious meaning refers to Andrew, the man who turned on the power and let in all the walkers. That’s pretty self-explanatory.

Then, there’s Rick. None of last night’s calamities would have befallen the prison group if he had not abandoned Andrew to the walkers in the first place. It’s all on his head, and it looks like he knows it judging from the preview for next week’s show.

What did you think of “Killer Inside?” Were there any other killers inside? Let me know 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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