Glenn and Maggie get the drop on Merle as he comes in, but their victory is short lived as backup arrives. But wait! There’s more table turning to come as the Grimes team shows up to rescue their friends. From here on out it’s a wonderland of smoke grenades and flashbangs as a full on firefight breaks out in Woodbury. Michonne slips away from the group. Glenn tells Daryl that Merle is responsible for what happened, and then comes the line you know the writers loved putting in there. “My brother’s this Governor?” Remember when we all thought that Merle would resurface as the Governor. Hashtag 2010Memories. Daryl insists on going to talk with his brother, but Rick reasons with him. Asking the man if he’s on the same team and willing to help them survive.

The Governor’s Core get together to formulate a plan to search for the infiltrators. Andrea wants to help, but the Governor tells her to go be a good little lady and check on the villagers. Someone should tell him that in the midseason finale a lot of the secrets that have been danced around are going to be revealed, so might as well make use of an able soldier since she’s about to learn the truth anyways.

The battle begins and I can’t help but think that these people need to talk more. You took our people, we came to get them…let us go. We’re only shooting to survive and rescue our friends. Hey, does anyone else remember that there are frakin’ zombies everywhere? We should really think about a truce so that we can focus fire on the real threat. Instead Oscar is killed and Daryl is captured.

Michonne ran away to go wait for the Governor, but instead finds Penny. The Governor shows up, pleads with Michonne, and watches his walking dead daughter become his all the way dead daughter via katana through the head. A bar brawl ensues between Michonne and the Governor which ends with the fish tank heads being strewn about the floor and the Governor with a glass shard in his eye. Unfortunately Andrea shows up before Michonne can take the man’s arm, or life. I’d have accepted either one.

”Back away from the door, and let the man go.” – Tyrese

Back at the pokey, screaming voices from within the prison are heard. Carl goes to investigate and saves Tyrese and his gang from the pursuing zombies. He then insists that the girl who was bitten needs to be taken care of. Tyrese insists that they’ll do it themselves. Then Carl does a big boy thing and sets the newcomers up in a nice cell, and locks them in. This moment could have been cheesy, but they keep a lock on Tyrese as he calls Carl a man in a nonchalant manner. It’s a good setup, and Carl isn’t abandoning them to the outside world. This arrangement is for the benefit of all, for the moment.

Andrea confronts the Governor in the infirmary about Michonne, the zombie heads, and Penny. He gives her excuses, I think maybe Andrea can begin her redemption, but she stays with him. Is this woman ever going to make a stand? Or does it have to be thrust upon her. Then Merle shows up, who didn’t kill Michonne like he said, and the Governor looks pissed.

”You need me.” – Michonne

Michonne rejoins team Grimes and their trust is thin. Rick takes her sword. Michonne tells them that she can help them get back to the prison, or go back to get Daryl. Now that she’s had her Governor showdown she’s ready to settle down a bit. Maybe even relax for the first time in months with friends nearby to protect her.

And then we come to it. The Governor cannot promise the people protection. So, like any good politician he distracts the public with false vengeance. The Governor accuses Merle of working for the infiltrators, and then Daryl is brought out. The two are together for the first time since episode one of the series. Pit against one another in a fight to the death. But we’ll have to wait until February to find out how that showdown ends.

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