When one falls, another shall rise. See the new black male character arrive, watch as the old one is killed off. I hope it’s accidental that this has happened twice in the season, but it’s odd that Team Grimes Penitentiary can only have one black man in the group at a time. OK, we’ve gotten that out of the way let us move on to the cliffhangingest episode ever. Governor v. Michonne; Rick v. Shane; Daryl v. Merle; it was a madhouse this week and we capped off the finest group of episodes the show has yet done with a doozy.
Chippity choppin’ faces, this is the introduction of Tyrese. A character that appears in the comics at the very beginning; I’d thought they just decided to have T-Dog as the Tyrese character and we’d never see the man, but he made his debut in true survivor fashion. It was beautiful to watch this small band of people struggling with the issue of whether they can kill a friend who has yet to turn. There was a time when everyone on the show had the internal quarrel.
”Now that I see him, I do pity him.” – Frodo Baggins, Lord of the Rings
Two sides, one man. Andrea sits and looks at a picture of the Governor’s family, then he comes over and they discuss how Woodbury is so nice. Oh this quant little town where everything is safe and wonderful, and oh yeah….I’m keeping my zombie daughter in the other room. There’s pure madness in the Governor, but watching as he desperately pleads for his daughter to look at him you realize that this is a man driven beyond the brink. Is this Rick’s future? We’ve already seen him go a bit mad with the phone call incident. Are we, at this early stage in the overall story, seeing a glimpse into the future?
”When a good man goes to war.” – River Song, Doctor Who
Glenn and Maggie reconnect, and Glenn’s first worry is for Maggie. Which I understand as a viewer, having watched the Governor get his Rape Creep Show on. But the dude is pulverized; yet he worries for her safety and sanity. And then proceeds to rip off a walker arm, rend the flesh from the bone, and give the walker shiv to his lady. It’s the hot engagement gift of the post apocalyptic zombie world.
Cut to the Grimes Posse + Michonne waiting outside the walls of Woodbury. For a woman who wants to be accepted by these people, Michonne sure does go off half-cocked at times. I understand she’s trying to balance her desire for revengeance against the evil Governor with her need to be with people she can trust, but pulling ninja disappearing reappearing tricks is of no help in that regard. Quick cut to the Governor and Merle talking about the prison – in the comics the Governor wants the place because it’s defensible from walkers in a way the town could never be, but our version of the Governor talks about how people need to be surrounded by what once was. This man is far more calculating than anyone understands.
The Grimes Strikeforce Team penetrates Woodbury and holes up in a building, but a resident spots them. Coming to investigate the man is captured. What we’re about to have here is a failure to communicate. I mean, they’re rolling around the town with weaponry, knocking out and capturing average middle-aged dudes. How could Rick expect anything but the worst possible outcome from this trip?
“My, my…that is interesting.” – Axl
Back at Carl’s Penitentiary And Headshot Emporium Axl says the wrong thing to a young girl. There are a lot of responses to a girl when she tells you her age is seventeen. “17? That’s interesting,” is not one that is acceptable. Carol takes Axl aside to tell him to stay away. But the man explains that it’s been a long while, and there are no available women for him. OK, gotcha. Totally overreacted to you skeeving on a young girl. Wait, no, it’s still wrong. Carol also explained that having short hair is not indicative of having a case of the lesbians.