The Governor is easily one of the most complex characters in the world of The Walking Dead. He is complex in the sense that the other characters in the show are unable to see his true self, as he is able to mask his madness to preserve his leadership role. Michonne has her suspicions but simply feels uncomfortable, as opposed to witnessing The Governor commit any serious acts of violence.
Sunday’s episode began with Merle and three others from Woodbury looking for Michonne. They come across a “biter-gram,” which is a message made from walker body parts that is to be interpreted as “go back.”
One young man in the group, who Merle calls “Neil” (whose actual name is Gargulio), is not comfortable with the situation at all. His worries become reality when Michonne appears and kills the two other men in the group. She cuts Neil, but he is able to escape from death. Merle tries to shoot her but can only hit her leg. Once Merle is able to convince Neil that they must continue on to find her, Neil finally begins to lose his fear.
Back at the prison, Rick is on the phone with what is revealed to be a woman’s voice. She says that she is safe but cannot reveal where she is. She only says that she is safe and hangs up the phone, which leaves Rick visibly upset. He cleans himself up and returns to the group in the cafeteria but quickly goes back to sit by the phone.
It is almost funny how much better Rick looks when he comes back to the cafeteria, as he completely cleans himself up after sitting in a pile of sweat and blood for hours. There must be a secret shower somewhere in the prison, along with a washing machine.
The next call is from a man who asks Rick how many men he has killed. It pains Rick to say it, but he is finally able to tell this man the answer. The next question startles Rick, as the man asks how Lori died. Rick had mentioned that his wife had died, but the man was persistent in trying to find out how she died. Rick could not tell him, and the man hung up.
A third call asks Rick why he could not reveal how his wife died, and he just stresses that his group needs a place to stay. He notes that they are dying in the prison, which is a very powerful statement. Rick and Hershel have a conversation by the phone, and the image of Hershel is enough to show that the group cannot survive much longer in the prison.
It is surprising that Hershel did not overreact to Rick’s claim of receiving phone calls, as it is the last thing that would occur under the circumstances found in that scenario. Hershel realizes that Rick is going through the toughest time of his life, so he is able to stay calm and wait for Rick to regain his senses.
In Woodbury, Andrea is granted her wish of being part of the defense team on the wall. She is with a girl who is using a bow but cannot hit a walker in the head with the arrows. Andrea takes it into her own hands by jumping the wall and stabbing the walker in the head.
She is later called in to see The Governor and reveals to him that she did enjoy the gladiator-style walker fights. She simply hated the fact that she enjoyed the fights, which leads to the beginning of an affair between the two.
Andrea falls into the trap of The Governor, which only Michonne knows about. She saw his journal filled with the names of women and knows how shady of a man he truly is. Andrea is falling under the trap of seeking comfort after her long period of surviving day-to-day with Michonne. She finds comfort in The Governor, but that should quickly fall through once he begins to show his true self.
A powerful scene occurs back at the prison when Daryl is talking with Carl. He tells the story of how his own mom died, by burning in their house. Carl counters with a straight face and says that he had to shoot his mom before she turned. This completely puts down Daryl’s story, as Carl had to watch his own mother die in front of his eyes, and then kill her before she became a zombie.
Carl is becoming well-equipped to the new lifestyle and has the advantage of growing up in it. Those who are older are so used to their old, “normal” way of life that it is tough to fully adjust and let go of the past.
Merle and Neil are still in the woods looking for Michonne when she once again confronts them. The three of them encounter a giant group of walkers, and Michonne is able to escape. Neil desperately wants to continue looking for her, but Merle insists that they go back and just tell The Governor that she is dead. Merle admires how much Neil has changed before shooting him in the head.
The final call to Rick is the one that finally reveals the truth behind the past three callers. The caller calls him by his name, and Rick immediately recognizes this voice as Lori’s. She admits that the past three callers were from Amy, Jim, and Jaqui, who all died early on in the series.
Rick finally realizes that he is hallucinating and can now move on from Lori’s death. He decides to clean up and finally holds his baby for the first time since it was born.
While life at the prison improves momentarily, Maggie and Glenn are in town getting supplies for the baby. They do not know it, but they are being watched by Michonne. They also encounter Merle, who comes off as peaceful and simply wants to know if Daryl is alive.
Glenn tells Merle to stay put and he will tell Daryl that he is alive, but Merle draws his gun and takes Maggie hostage. He forces Glenn to drive the three of them back to Woodbury. Next week’s episode is going to feature Glenn being beaten and interrogated for information on where his group is staying, which is a reference to the comics. It will be interesting to see what happens to Maggie, as it may be brutal if it relates to the comics.
Merle returns to Woodbury while Andrea is in bed with The Governor and tells him that Michonne is dead. He also lets The Governor know that he has two people with him who know Andrea, in Glenn and Maggie.
The episode ends at the prison with Daryl angrily stabbing a knife into the ground. It is the one he found in the neck of a walker, that he recognized as Carol’s. He opens a door and discovers that Carol is in that door, clinging to life. He heroically carries her out, where she will be reunited with the group.
The fact that Carol’s body was never found was enough to believe that she was still alive. T-Dog gave his life for her, so she honored that sacrifice by finding a way to live.
While this is occurring, Rick goes out into the yard and sees something that he cannot believe. It is Michonne at the gate, and none of the walkers are attacking her, due to the walker blood all over her. She is carrying the supplies that Maggie and Glenn had gathered, so that should be enough for Rick to let her in.
Next week will surely address the two main issues of Glenn and Maggie in Woodbury, along with Michonne at the prison. The Governor should also begin to make a visible change to the villain he truly is.
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