After last week’s jam-packed episode, this one felt like a rest. And doesn’t everyone need one in the prison? They have lost a third of their people and are getting a little low on women, if you don’t count Little Ass Kicker.
We still had lots of zombies and zombie killing. As one of my friends on facebook said, “Rick’s gone loco.” He’s decided to singlehandedly clear the jail and woe be to anyone that gets in his way. I actually thought that he might take out Glenn. I realized that Rick hasn’t lost any of his family up to this point, while everyone else seem to have already been through this. There is the fact that the reason he lost his wife is because he didn’t kill someone he should have and even more than that, it was probably his traitorous best friend’s baby that was the actual death of her. While Rick is off losing his mind, the rest of the group is trying to figure out how to keep the baby alive, no easy task in this new world. Maggie has found two tins of formula, but that isn’t going to last very long.
The daycare was one of the saddest sights I think I’ve seen on this show. All those little hands with children’s names on them. All of those children are dead. Maybe it was a bit hokey but it really brought home the enormity of the loss that has happened. At first, I was worried that they were going to run into some little toddler zombie and then I actually hoped that they would find a live child in the closet, but everyone would have taken their children home long before either of those scenarios would occur.
We got to see a lot more of what is happening in Woodbury. Things are building at a slow burn there. I trust Michonne’s instincts. There is something rotten here but would I stay there given the choice? Damn straight. Andrea is right, there is food, shelter, other people and safety in Woodbury. I actually thought the first shots in the episode were leading to a flashback. I was kind of disappointed when we didn’t get Milton’s back story. If I had children I might do anything the governor wanted to stay there and if it only meant not seeing things, I would be only too happy. I’m not proud of this and I would like to believe that I would be Michonne, but I think most people would do the same thing. As the Governor says, “People follow the rules and whether or not it’s true, they believe it’s what keeps them alive.” Sometimes I think that applies in our society today just as easily as it applies to Woodbury. All you have to do is scare the heck out of people, and they are ready to do almost anything.
It easy to see the Governor’s side of things. He seems like a reasonable man. He didn’t even lose his temper when Michonne held a sword to his throat (I’m pretty sure she’s going to regret not killing him). Sure, he has a zombie daughter hidden away, but everyone is a little off now. Sure, they have gladiator fights ringed with zombies but hey, there isn’t any TV. What are people supposed to do on a Saturday night? That kind of reasoning is what keeps evil people in power, and the Governor is a master manipulator. Michonne says that nobody leaves unless they are made to leave. I think Michonne was just made to leave. Would Merle have let Andrea follow Michonne if she had tried? I was afraid that they were going to shoot Michonne, but they wouldn’t do it in front of Andrea. Maybe later.
Bits and Pieces
Rick is pretty broken. I am holding on to the hope that he finds Carol and that snaps him out of it. I know there’s a grave and everything, but maybe there isn’t anything in it.
It was obvious that Daryl is the second in command. He took charge as soon as he ascertained that Rick was out of it.
The poncho was a nice fashion statement.
The scene between Glenn and Hershel was lovely.
I actually didn’t want Michonne to find Penny, which is extra creepy of me.
Michonne seemed right with the world after killing those zombies. Andrea spoke about Michonne disappearing. I don’t think she meant physically.
Loved the changes in the Governor’s face as Michonne talked about Penny. He was genuinely scared that she actually knew, but she didn’t.
Axel and Oscar are working hard to become part of the group. Oscar is growing on me.
Gross bit I could live without -- the zombie that ate Lori. Seriously, that was over the top yuck.
Daryl with the baby was adorable.
Who’s on the phone?
Milton: “Mere words cannot describe the festivities ahead.”
The Governor: “I’m here. Daddy still loves you.”
Michonne: “People with nothing to hide don’t usually feel the need to say so.”
Governor: “She’s all personality, that one.”
Glenn: “It’s wrong, but I’d trade any number of people for one of ours any day.”
Andrea: “You go for a jog to blow off steam. This is sick.”
Daryl: “She got a name yet?”
Carl: “Not yet. I was thinking maybe Sophia. There’s Carol, too, and Andrea, Jackie, Patricia or Lori. I don’t know.”
Daryl: “You like that Little Ass Kicker. That’s a good name, huh, Little Ass Kicker.”