Hershel: “We can’t stay here.”
Glenn: “We can’t run.”
Be careful what you wish for. Here I thought the roller coaster ride had wimped out but they were just holding us in that place at the top, just before the drop. Our little group can’t stay at the prison anymore. They are being overrun by walkers on all sides. They could clear it out again but there are fewer of them and the Governor is likely to come back if he thinks they are still alive. It was nice while it lasted but it’s pretty clear that nothing lasts in this new world.
Rick is continuing to lose his grip on reality but as Carol says, can you blame him? Lori was his rock, even when he wasn’t speaking to her. He has had to deal with so much death and responsibility and it is eating away at him. I think that the safety and the stability of the prison has also given Rick permission to lose it. He will have to get his proverbial “shit” together if they are going to get out of this. Hershel was right. The prison is not “home” anymore. It can’t be. But Glenn is also right. They are in a worse spot than they were before. Hershel is not as mobile and the baby is a definite liability. On the bright side, Daryl is back!
It didn’t take long for Daryl to return but I really enjoyed the bits with Daryl and Merle alone. Daryl has changed and perhaps he always was the better man. Merle continues to be a jerk, treating Daryl like crap, standing by while Daryl tried to help people and then attempting to steal their stuff. I loved it when Daryl took Merle on. Merle is a coward and a bully and Daryl finally called him on it. Merle is in a difficult place. He is not welcome in Rick’s group but he won’t survive long without it. I hope it actually knocks some sense into him but I’m not holding my breath.
In Woodbury things have settled and the Governor is working his psychopathic magic again. He knows exactly what buttons to push and how to lie effectively to each person. He uses Andrea’s sense of responsibility and his own vulnerability to keep her in Woodbury while he attacks the prison. Maybe she will be the one to kill the Governor when she finally gets a clue. The Governor manipulates Milton with a mixture of fear and friendship. Woodbury is probably one of the few places that Milton could survive and continue to be his own geeky self. He was obviously shaken by the acts of the Governor and perhaps that contributed to him being a terrible liar but he knows that he will not survive either the wrath of the Governor or the destruction of Woodbury.
Hershel was lovely during this episode. He tried to calm Glenn and get him to see reason. He could see how much pain Glenn was in and he tried to calm his fears and rage. Thank goodness Glenn didn’t go storming out after the Governor. He would have met him halfway and been slaughtered. Hershel also tried to reason with Rick but to little avail. I half agreed with Rick when he said that perhaps Hershel should take over the leadership. At least he has some wisdom. Unfortunately, Hershel would make a good leader in a settled situation but not so much as a battle commander.
Kudos also to Maggie who isn’t putting up with Glenn’s bullshit and doesn’t feel like it’s her job to make him understand. She wants him to man up in a very different way than we usually think of it. He needs to take responsibility for his own feelings and get a grip. It doesn’t look like there is going to be much time to work such things out anyway as it looks like the rollercoaster ride will continue next week.
Bits and Pieces
The “walker bomb” was interesting. Of course, clever people are going to figure out how to use the zombies. Michonne used them for pack horses and the Governor uses them as a weapon.
Loved Michonne hacking her way out to Hershel even though they had relegated her to sleeping in a prisoner van.
I cheered when Daryl showed up and saved Rick, especially the little nod between them. No hugs for these macho guys.
So there are other babies still around. I wonder how that little group has survived this long. Too bad they didn’t stick around so we could find out.
We finally get to know Axel and he gets shot in the head. For those who read the comics this was strangely a relief.
Things I could live without - the zombie head being squished by the hatch and then the same car running over a zombie head. I find it hard to believe that this appeals to some people.
Daryl: “Ain’t nothing out here but mosquitos and ants.”
Michonne: “He had fishtanks full of heads, walkers and human, trophies, he’s coming.”
Glenn: “Did he?”
Maggie: “Rape me? No, no. Do you feel better?
Daryl: “Man, I went back for you, you weren’t there. I didn’t cut off your hand neither. You did that. Way before they locked you up on that roof. You asked for it.”
Daryl: “You lost your hand because you’re a simple minded piece of shit.”
Merle: “I damn near killed that Chinese kid.”
Daryl: “He’s Korean.” (Nice loop back to one of the first episodes)
Glenn: “With Daryl gone and Rick wandering crazy town, I’m the next in charge.”
Heshel: “What are you proving?”
Hershel: “This rage is going to get you killed.”