Well, we have a whole new ballgame, and nobody had to die to shake things up. Well, nobody we cared about, well, not yet anyway. The mid-season finale has left us with the required cliffhanger, but it wasn’t what I expected and it’s more like the top of a rollercoaster. You can see that all kinds of things are about to unfold, but you’re not sure how they will fall out.
Woodbury has been a sanctuary, a creepy sanctuary run by a manipulative fascist, but a sanctuary none the less. I can’t imagine that it will last long if the Governor goes up against Rick’s group and/or loses it which appears he is about to do. And we have a new group of people. They seem like a decent group, but it looks like all they have are shovels and knives and a girl who screams a lot. They can’t have been out and on the run for long, or they would have figured out that screaming is a really bad thing. I wonder where they came from and how they will mesh with what’s left of our group.
Andrea is starting to figure out that the Governor is maybe not the best date. He tried to explain away the heads and she must have seen his zombie daughter. She seems to have tried to accept that he is obviously a little off and didn’t even balk at Michonne coming to kill him, but how exactly is she going to deal with him trying to kill Daryl? And speaking of Daryl, there he is, one of my favourite characters surrounded by the gentle townsfolk screaming “kill them”. I was particularly disturbed by the young boy who was joining in. I will be severely displeased if they kill off Daryl. Not that the writing gods particularly care about my displeasure, but I’m just putting it out there anyway. My prediction (and I have absolutely no basis for this) is that Andrea jumps in to help them and all three escape, although I would be okay with Merle sacrificing himself for his brother. Maybe even Milton will join in. The last shot where they panned the crowd, focusing on the Governor, ended with Milton in the background. I guess we have a bit of a wait to find out if I’m right.
I was pleased that Maggie and Glenn managed to escape. Glenn is so smart and has really proven how tough he is in the last two episodes. Maggie was no slouch, either. I was worried when they were kneeling execution style with bags over their heads. They fought so hard to stay alive.
I really warmed to Michonne in this episode. We got to see her pre-apocalypse personality when she thought Penny was a little girl that the Governor was keeping captive. It says a lot about her opinion of the Governor that she thought he could do such a thing, but she was actually wrong about that. He may be evil but he is also human. I actually felt sorry for him when Michonne “killed” Penny. He was absolutely heartbroken. Michonne was also rocked by what happened. She didn’t just go back to kill the Governor. She went to rescue Andrea and instead, Andrea held a gun on her. She looked really vulnerable when Rick was threatening her but she is right, he needs her if they are going to get out of this.
Carl showed his stuff. He insisted on going to investigate when they heard screams and knew he was the only one who could really be trusted to/capable of doing it. He led Tyreese and his group back and was smart enough to lock them in until they could determine if they were safe. He is trying to be his dad and he isn’t doing a bad job.
Bits and Pieces
It was interesting to enter the episode from the viewpoint of the zombie.
Andrea looks like the Governor’s dead wife.
Gross thing I could live without -- Glenn yanking the bones out of the zombie to use as weapons.
The Governor, master manipulator that he is, called our group "terrorists".
I can tell already that I am going to like Tyreese, but I’m starting to wonder if there is a limit on how many black men they are allowed to have on the show. T-Dog was killed and we got Oscar. Now we get Tyreese and Oscar is killed (I wasn’t happy about that, either).
Rick has still not dealt with his guilt about Shane. If he hadn’t hesitated, he might have saved Oscar.
Tyreese: “Sasha, we can’t do this.”
Sasha: "You want to drag her around. She’s suffering and when she finally turns..."
Tyreese: "Ben’s not ready."
Andrea: “All these people you’ve brought together, they’re here for more than just protection. They’re helping each other through this mess.”
Carol: “Is this about you trying to repopulate the earth?”
Axel: “You’re not a lesbian? My, my, this is interesting.”
Carol: “No, it’s not.”
The Governor: “There’s no need for her to suffer.”
Michonne: “She doesn’t have needs.”
Tyreese: “Sasha, back away from that door and let the man go.”
The Governor: “I’m afraid of terrorists who want what we have, who want to destroy us or worse, 'cause one of those terrorists is one of our own.”