Welcome back, Walking Dead! I was so looking forward to this episode and I must say I was a little disappointed. The mid-season finale set us up at the top of a roller coaster and I was ready for the crazy ride to come--but instead we got some plot movement, some questions answered and a ghost--more of a kiddie ride.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad Merle and Daryl made it out of a situation that looked like certain death. Of course we still lost Daryl, and if you've been reading my reviews you know I'm pretty disappointed about that. I'm sure he'll be back, but I bet we get stuck with Merle as well.
The episode really felt like it was mostly there to set up further action. Our group is in trouble, maybe more than ever before. Rick is disintegrating and Glenn doesn't seem far behind. They've lost Oscar and Daryl. They have a wee baby to care for and they are all very tired, tired of losing people, tired of fighting and mostly tired of trying to make sense of any of it. Of course the Governor will retaliate and Rick is not even open to taking in "new recruits". Glenn is right: they are up to their necks in shit.
At least Woodbury is a mess as well. Carol says that they are outmanned and outgunned but the citizens of Woodbury are weak, sheep who fall apart at the first big problem. Instead of coming together and taking care of the attack by people and zombies, they screamed and ran. Then they were all packed up and ready to leave into the zombie-infested world. They have no idea of the reality of their world but the Governor has kept them that way to control them and feel good about himself. It is ironic that he now holds it against them. I found Andrea's little speech annoying rather than inspiring. What the heck is she still doing in Woodbury? Why didn't she follow Daryl and Merle?
Speaking of that, we have a new group of people who look like they could be helpful. (Well, except for Allan and Ben who wanted to attack and take control of the prison.) They would only have to take on a kid, a woman, a girl, a crippled old man and a convict. It really would have been interesting if they tried. I think they would have been surprised, although I'm sure there would have been big losses on both sides. I do hope that at least Tyreese and Sasha join our group, even though Rick has waved a gun at them.
Bits and Pieces
Tyreese and Sasha hung out in a neighbour's bunker which explains why they haven't been out in the world that long. However, wouldn't a real survivalist have years of supplies around? I wonder what happened to Jerry?
Merle is still an asshole. You would think he'd be smart enough to behave at least for a while. Of course, he might have done it on purpose to grab his brother.
Thing I could live without: Glenn pulling the macho crap about and with Maggie. Ya, she was sexually assaulted - you were beat to a pulp - get a grip.
Loved the baby in a file box. People used to put new babies in drawers. They don't move much so they really don't need a thousand dollar crib. It should be interesting once the baby gets mobile. Why am I concerned that it won't get that far?
Any ideas about the title of this episode? Are they referring to the Governor? Rick? Both?
Tyrese: “It only getting worse out there. The dead are everywhere and it’s only making the living less like the living.”
Tyrese: “I must be the first brother who wanted to break into prison.”
Axel: “Makes me the first white boy that didn’t want to break out.”
Daryl: “No him, no me.”
Carol: “It’s easy to forget how loud the world used to be. I used to complain about it all the time. What I wouldn’t give for the sweet sound of a jumbo jet.”
Andrea: “We’re never going to be the same, ever. So what do we do? We dig deep and we carry on.”
Carol: “Men like Merle get into your head, make you feel like you deserve the abuse.”
Hershel: “Hey, don’t disappear on me.”