There is an entire planet full of zombies, but all that matters right now in The Walking Dead is the battle between Woodbury and the prison. Both sides are preparing for war that will surely occur at season’s end.
Preparations for War
Both sides have been attacked by the other, but those were mild compared to the battle that will ensue. The Governor is gearing up Woodbury by getting all able-bodied members of the community armed and prepared to fight.
He is getting all the manpower he can, which is evident when he allows the 14-year-old boy to join the fight. The Governor knows that his town is falling apart, and the only hope is to eliminate any and all outside threats.
It is always a risky decision to arm those who have little or no experience with weapons. The Governor surely knows that he will lose many during the inevitable battle, but it is a risk he is willing to take. It is tough to tell whether he is fighting for Woodbury or for himself, but it appears as if he is simply in it for pride.
Even with that, he is not afraid to die. He walks through gunfire like he is hoping to get hit and be freed from the miserable existence he has to live in.
Andrea’s Inner Struggle
Andrea has always strayed away from the ideas of Rick’s group, opting to team up with Shane. She is easily drawn to powerful men, such as Shane and The Governor, and fails to see the evil in them.
She tries to play peacemaker between the two sides, which is simply an awful idea. It is an optimistic way to view things, but it is simply unrealistic. Andrea does not have enough information to understand the full extent of why the two sides are at war. This does not make her a bad person but one who is naive.
Andrea had a chance to end things by killing The Governor in his sleep. It was the suggestion made by Carol and one that would end the war between the prison and Woodbury. Taking out The Governor would bring peace, but it would require Andrea to kill a man who she truly cares about, even though he does not care about her in the same way.
The issue now for Andrea will be which side to choose when it comes to fighting. She has a connection to those in Woodbury, but it would seem likely for her to stay loyal to her original group.
Rick Regains Sanity
The last two weeks saw Rick slipping away. He was obsessed with the vision of Lori that he also saw briefly in this episode. He was close to completely losing it when The Governor showed up and started the attack.
It seems that the only thing keeping Rick sane is the fight with The Governor. He must be kept busy in order to get his mind off of Lori, and his newfound obsession of killing The Governor is just the distraction that he needs.
Carl telling Rick that it may be best for him to step down as leader may have also helped Rick see that he was beginning to lose it. It is bad when a child is telling his father to step down as leader, but it also shows how far Carl has come in the series.
He went from doing schoolwork with Lori to going on a mission to infiltrate Woodbury, which will take place in the next episode. Carl’s progression is something that is a main feature of the show, but it is often overlooked in favor of Rick’s struggles.