So it goes without saying that Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead was a decent lead in to a mid-season finale, it also goes without saying, that I’ll over use the titular phrase throughout this post.
So in good ol’ Woodbury, Merle is spending some quality time catching up with by Glenn, that is of course if catching up involves bloody interrogations. While I’m not squeamish about violence ( I watch The Walking Dead after all) what made that scene hard to watch was Maggie, in the other room, helplessly listening to it through the walls. It came as no surprise later (sorry for jumping ahead, that she gave up everyone at the prison for Glenn’s sake at the end, but we’ll get there). Glenn really stepped it up this episode. He’s slowly been gaining cool points at a pace similar too, though with a different style than that of Daryl, our favorite Dixon brother. He was awesome while he took the beating, and was quite epic as he took out the walker that Merle let loose. I was half worried he’d eat it, or rather be eaten, but I was thrilled to see him survive (and kudos to the writers for making that scene intense enough for me to actually fear for his life, when in hindsight I realize they’d never kill of that many vital characters in a half season, or so I hope).
While all of that’s going on the Governor is spending some time with Andrea, we watch as she pulls up her pants (did we really need that, I mean it’s not like we don’t know that she’s a slut and he’s a man-whore). He tells her, in so many words that she actually can serve in a capacity other than as his concubine, and sends her off with Milton, to assist in an experiment. Andrea isn’t really helping with the experiment itself, she’s there to help if things get out of control. It goes without saying that, this comes as no surprise, when Andrea’s skills are needed kill a walker, for a couple of reasons. First, because that’s really Andrea’s only redeeming quality at this point, and second, because Milton’s whole experiment felt like a mash-up of Young Frankenstein, and Pavlov, and Deep Space Nine (anyone remember those Bajoran birthing sessions with Major Kira?). While I’m certainly a “rank sentimentalist” (again cookies to the quote guesser), who would love nothing more than the *concept* of a potential cure, in this universe, it just doesn’t exist. I don’t like it, but I accept it. Why don’t I like it? Because if there was a possibility of life after, the life after death, what could be done with it philosophically? And who or what would want to be “revived” if you will, if they were already half decayed? *I suddenly feel inspired to write a zombie mini-series, I’ll add it to my ToDo list.*
It goes without saying, but as usual, I digress. Where was I, oh yes, still in Woodbury, where the Governor decides to interrogate Maggie, since Merle’s interrogation of Glenn was so useless. So, (insert phrase of mine, you’re already sick of here) the Governor lost almost any and all respect I had for him as the leader of Woodbury (how could I respect him at all you ask, read on, when I evaluate Rick’s interactions with Michonne when she’s first brought into the prison). His humiliation of Maggie was stomach turning (by the way, is it weird that I feel like the FCC should be protesting the show, because between Andrea’s tooshie and Maggie’s topless-ness) we nearly got a nearly nude woman…just saying). I think it’s awesome how tough Maggie was though. As badass as Glenn proved himself to be with Merle, I feel like Maggie completely outshone him, as she refused to let the Governor get under her skin. If she’d shown signs of weakness or fear, I think he would have kept pushing things, but she held herself together, and I think that made all the difference. That’s why he knew that threatening each of them individually was pointless, and he threatened Glenn and she gave in, I don’t blame her though. I also wouldn’t have blamed her or Glenn if one of them had kneed the Governor for touching her after she gave up the others at the prison.
Speaking of said prison, the Governor was not the only one who lost points this episode, and no I’m not talking about Rick. Michonne was so annoying. Why bother showing up there with the formula, if she’s just going to give Rick the silent treatment? It goes without saying, that she should have been able to put it all together, and know that those were Andrea’s people, considering that in a previous episode Andrea complained that Michonne had told her nothing, while she’d explained everything, not to mention the encounter Glenn and Maggie had with Merle, that she finally sort of explained. Why didn’t she mention Merle’s name? Also, why didn’t she explain more about Woodbury and Andrea. I know that she has trust issues, but they just feel like a plot device, so that next week we can get several slow shots of Andrew Lincoln, and Norman Reedus, staring in disbelief at Andrea, and Merle. (So yeah, Michonne’s new name is Plot Device, at least for now *I think I’ll start a “Plot Device of the Week” section, there seem to be plenty to choose from these days*.
So once she explains everything she’s going to she Rick and Daryl take off for Woodbury. I’d like to point out that she only gave up the information that she did AFTER Rick went through some of the same steps the Governor did. Keeping her guarded, taking her katana, talking about her behind her back, and using pain to get answers. Re-watch, it’s all there. I’m not saying Rick made poor choices, the same way I never said the Governor made poor choices, but when it came to Michonne, Rick’s were just sped up. I’m not sure if it was deliberately done to make Rick look better, or to simply save time, considering next week is the mid-season finale, I’ll say a bit of both.
Before they leave Rick shares a moment with Carl, telling him to take care of everyone, and agreeing with him on the name Judith, for the infant. Between you and me, I liked Lil Asskicker better, but Judith is easier to type.
As they head to Woodbury they run into a walker pack, and hide in a cabin, killing the hermit there, after he pulled a gun on them, and tried running out, which would have let walkers in. I felt bad that he died, and that he was used as a zombie dinner distraction, but if nothing else, it served as a great segue into the next commercial break, reminding us that The Walking Dead is brought to us by KFC (see my photo post below if you missed it).
By the time they reach Woodbury, it’s dark and the Governor is wisely assuming they’ll likely be headed there for the hostages. So, it goes without saying that next week will be pretty kicking, when it comes to the action factor. My prediction is that the episode will end with the aforementioned long stares of disbelief as the smoke clears, and Rick and Daryl see who they’ve been shooting at, you know just in case we fans aren’t already hooked enough to tune into the next half of this season after the break.
See you next week, please leave comments, and thanks for reading 🙂