- Last week: Tommy had finally gotten the cure for the zombie plague and was ready to save the world!!! If he could only get a ride and stop this goddamn hitchhiking. We also saw Morgan, and he wasn’t looking completely sane…
- This week, Rick and the Governor try too an agreement so both sides can learn to coexist. The Governor offers Rick a deal; he will leave the group alone if Rick turns over Michonne. Back at the prison, Merle tries to convince others to go and assassinate the Governor while he is vulnerable, but they decided to be honorable and not go through with it. Maggie and Glenn worked through their issues and decided it’s a good idea to have sex within a hundred yards of zombies.
- While this was mostly set up content for the inevitable war, I’ve been looking forward to this kind of episode for awhile, because we finally see Rick and the Governor meet face to face. They mostly tried to intimidate one another, and made a few offers to co-exist, but there were enough human moments that really made it distinctive. Andrew Lincoln was charismatic, even though he was just going through various phases of indignation. But you can see these little traces of his humanity and his own self-doubt that has been clearly evidenced recent episodes. Naturally, the Governor pounces on that. I’ve really enjoyed David Morrissey’s portrayal of the Governor this season, and we got to see a perfect example why he got the role as he shifts effortlessly from menacing villain, to the sympathetic leader who has taken whatever measures are necessary to protect his people (even though it’s all BS).
- The Governor starts off the negotiation clearly stating that he wanted nothing more than Rick’s surrender, and he is going into this knowing Rick and his group do not trust him one bit. But gradually, he wears Rick down with stories about his wife, his own reluctance about his role as leader, the strength of his army, etc. He is playing a game with Rick and is wearing him down to the point that he will seriously consider trading Michonne, even though he knows the Governor will not honor this deal.
-While the Governor’s character is still an untrustworthy psychopath, we do learn a bit more about him tonight that I believe sheds light on him. In the middle of the negotiation, the Governor tells a story about his wife dying in a car accident before the zombie outbreak. She tried to call him but he was busy at work getting bossed around by a man half his age that he did not respect in the slightest. He is a man who had all this potential and was powerless in the world that was. But the apocalypse happens, and suddenly he is a leader with people looking to him to protect them. The Governor telling Rick that he doesn’t like always being the one people turn to was a lie, of course. All he wants is power over this community he has created, and he is willing to do anything to keep that power. He killed National Guardsmen because they represented a threat to his right to be in charge. He wants Michonne dead above all others not just because she killed his daughter and took his eye, but she also reminded him of a time when he was powerless. Rick’s group is another community that has challenged him, and he will kill them all no matter what peace treaty is made.
-Will Rick turn Michonne over to the Governor? He knows he can’t trust the Governor to live by his word, but he is also outgunned and outmanned. I don’t want to believe that Rick will trade her away for only the faintest promise of peace, but his conversation with Hershel and the fact he didn’t tell the group speaks volumes…
- I loved the moments between Rick’s group and the Governor’s group. My favorite was the conversation between Daryl and the Governor’s henchman; it humanizes one of the Governor’s main soldiers and reminds us that these people are going to pay for having a megalomaniac as their leader…
- I wasn’t a big fan of the scenes in the prison, because until the end because they took away from the scenes at the grain silo. But they did help close one more piece of plot and prove that love conquers all, by having Glenn and Maggie apologize to one another (although Glenn was more in the wrong) and get their relationship back on track.
- Andrea has really been on a downward spiral this season, and this episode both did and did not help her. Trying to broker a peace is noble, and I admire her desire to protect those that would be caught in the Governor’s mayhem. But she also went back to Woodbury after all the things she learned from Rick and Hershel, and she told the Governor about the questionable paternity of Rick’s baby. What the hell, Andrea?!
- Zombie Kill of the Week: Daryl’s knife-throw to the head of zombie who he also hit with a bolt to the neck.
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