For me the real part of this week’s story is Woodbury, specifically Glenn and Maggie’s interrogation and torture. Merle begins by beating on Glenn, asking where the group is, while Maggie listens in the next room. Glenn won’t talk. In fact, he goes a little Bruce Willis and head butts his torturer. I thought that made me love Glenn. But then Glenn gets too bold and bluffs about how the whole team will be there soon to rescue him and Maggie. He includes Andrea in the list of people on their way, which would be difficult as Andrea is currently sexing up the Governor.

Fed up with Glenn, Merle unleashes a walker and a racist remark. This is where things got interesting. Glenn is bound to a chair, with no hope of defense. But he manages to kick and scrap his way to survival. And then smashes the chair against the wall and stabs the walker with the chair arm. Season 1 made me appreciate Rick; season 2 made Daryl an unlikely hero; and now season 3 has made Glenn the breakout hero of the show. It’s not just how badass the moment was, but that he did it for Maggie. He did it to survive for her, and it only happened because he refuses to give up his friends.

”One of you is going to give up your camp.” – The Governor

The Governor chooses to interrogate Maggie, and in the process gets his creepster on. Telling her to take off her shirt, then her bra. Then he clearly threatens some rape, and knowing the horrible things that happened in the comic I was honestly concerned the show would go that far. And it really could have worked, but I don’t think it’s necessary. She succumbs to the Governor’s commands initially because he threatens Glenn, and that’s all the information the Governor needed to know.

So Maggie and Glenn are brought back together, and Glenn is outraged when he sees Maggie topless. But it’s not Glenn who the Governor is interested in. He turns his gun on Maggie for a moment, and then points it at Glenn. “Prison,” Maggie tells them. Revealing the location of the survivors, and how many are there. I wish Maggie had been stronger, but she was outwitted and emotionally tortured into giving up the information.

On the side were Milton and Andrea working with a dying man to test if some form of the subconscious is still around in the walkers. The findings are clear that there’s nothing left of the former human when they turn, but I think Milton’s a little unhinged. In any case, I’ve now lost all respect for Andrea. She wants things to be good in Woodbury, and so she makes them so. I think that’s how it is for the general populace there, but that makes them weak. I thought she was stronger than that, but it appears that she needs a Shane or Michonne around to derive strength. She relies on someone else to give her a direction; right now that’s the Governor.

Everything is in place for an epic midseason finale that’ll be heavier on character than zombie action. The real question is what are Daryl and Merle going to do when they find each other? Who has the stronger allegiance to their team? We’re about to find out.

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