Andrea: “Let’s end this. Save the bullets for the real threat.”
Another developmental episode but I didn’t mind. Someone was asking why we like this show and this episode reminded me. This type of show encourages us to reflect on who we are and who we might become if the world went to hell.
We all like to think that we would be good and noble and hang on to our humanity, but the reality is that we would probably be dead, or if we survived, someone that we didn’t like very much anymore. The Governor was nobody special, but this catastrophe has let him shine. He says he didn’t want the job, but it is obvious that the death of his wife and child and the end of the world let loose a psychopath that was deeply buried in civilization. It is amazing how well he reads and manipulates people. I watched him use his vulnerability and loss again to try and manipulate Rick. He gave Rick the one opportunity that he couldn’t pass up but which will rip the group apart and make them even more vulnerable. If he gives up Michonne, Rick loses another part of his humanity, but how can he not? Being noble gets you killed very quickly in this world.
Rick may be crazy - what really happens to noble people who survive huge losses - but he’s not stupid, thank goodness. I enjoyed watching him follow the Governor’s ploys and not be taken in by them. I think it might have been a different story a year earlier but maybe not, he was a cop. Rick tried a few of his own tactics, but the Governor is a master. He just put the devil’s choice in front of Rick and stepped back. I’m glad that Rick was smart enough to not tell his group what the Governor actually said and to confide in Hershel. I really hope that Hershel talks him out of any deal with the Governor.
There is a lot of tension in this episode between doing the right thing and doing the necessary thing. Andrea has called Rick and the Governor together for a truce talk, but should Rick have just shot the Governor? Should they have let Merle go take him out? Why did the Governor risk going to meet Rick on his own? He had a gun taped to the table (I was actually pretty sure he was going to use it) but he would have been dead before he could get to it. He actually trusted Rick to not kill him, to want to talk it out. And he didn’t kill Rick and everyone in the prison when he had a chance, and he could have ambushed Rick at the truce, but he didn’t. I’m just not sure why. It doesn’t seem that he is hanging on to any sense of what is right, so is he just playing with them?
I know I go on about gender but the macho posturing in this episode was pretty flagrant. Rick and the governor talking about surrender and come and get it, etc. made me think of young boys on the playground as did Daryl and Martinez showing off their zombie fighting skills. Andrea’s look of disgust said it all. I wish they would just put their you know whats back in their pants and start to use their brains. Asking Andrea to leave, the only one who seems to have any sense, was also a macho, bonehead move. Daryl and Martinez connected over killing the zombies, but they will kill each other if “given the word”. I just find that frustrating. Hershel and Milton seem more reasonable, but we will see if they actually are. Will Milton tell Andrea about the Governor’s plans? If he does, will she do anything? I certainly hope so. I’m not sure why she hopped into the Governor’s car, but I’m hoping it’s because she means to be useful.
Back at the prison it looks like Glenn is the one in charge when Daryl and Rick are gone. He took on Merle which, considering their history, was very brave. He needed Maggie and Michonne to help him, but still. I was glad it was Beth who stopped the whole thing. Merle says that the people at the prison are not killers, but he hasn’t really seen them in action. Michonne has and she seems pretty confident. It looked like Merle, Maggie and Glenn have come to some kind of understanding which seemed to hold even after Merle tried to leave. I was particularly happy that Glenn finally did “nut up” and apologize to Maggie. He didn’t let Merle’s taunts get to him and he recognized Maggie’s strength while owning his own feelings.
This episode had me asking more questions than getting answers, but that was the point. There are three more episodes and I am hoping they are full out, although I'm worried they may draw out this confrontation to the point of boredom.
Bits and Pieces
Tension plus! I thought the silent opening was well done and it set the stage for an episode where I kept waiting for something terrible to happen.
The Governor has the most smarmy smile I’ve ever seen. Good acting by David Morrissey.
Milton is recording a history. He is thoroughly convinced that the human race is going to make it through this.
The Governor obviously has spies. He knows about the guns they brought back. I wonder if he knows about Morgan?
Merle let Michonne go. I wonder if he really would have executed Maggie and Glenn?
Glenn couldn’t make love with the zombies watching. They were on watch and I kept thinking they would miss something horrible.
Things I could live without - well, of course, the macho posturing and maybe the smashed zombie heads, although such things aren’t bothering me so much anymore. Not sure what that means.
Daryl: “Great, he brought his butler.”
Martinez: “You know this is a joke, right? They’re not going to work anything out. Sure they’ll do their little dance but tomorrow, the next day, they’ll give the word.”
Daryl: “I know.”
Governor: “I thought you were a cop, not a lawyer.”
Rick: “You’re the town drunk who knocked over my fence, ripped up my yard.”
Governor: “This fight, it will go down to the last man.”
Merle: “I must have been seduced by your sterling personality.”
Milton: “That is a slaughter."
Hershel: “Why are you telling me?”
Rick: “Because I’m hoping you can talk me out of it.”