–The Walking Dead episode titled “Walk with Me” opens with a helicopter taking a hard crash into the woods, where Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) witness it.
As our intrepid duo make their way to the chopper crash, Andrea is still pretty sick. But as Michonne starts to check out the crash, trucks pull up and we get to meet The Governor (David Morrissey) for the first time this season.
And while hiding out and watching the goings-on, the girls are captured, by none other than the long missing Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker)!
Andrea explains what happened way back when Merle hacked his hand off. And of course, Merle, being Merle, doesn’t seem to accept it. But then the ladies meet the Governor… and explains to them how everyone who dies, turns.
The next day, they learn there are just over 70 citizens in the Governor’s little enclave and how his rules have seemed to keep everyone there safe.
The Governor has his smart people (Dallas Roberts) figure out Michonne’s escorting/pack mule zombies, and Michonne’s ingenuity. Using them as camoflouge (blending in with other walkers), removing their will to feed (cutting off their lower jaws) and as pack mules.
At breakfast, the girls and the Governor have a pretty in-depth conversation, but neither party trusts each other. But Andrea seems to trust him more than Michonne does.
Michonne might be on to something, considering the Governor got the helicopter’s pilot’s group location from him, and then, well, as you can see, he doesn’t seem to be open to negotiating with new groups. He just wants their gear for his small group.
So did he want their gear without the hassle of them not wanting to let go of it? Or does he just want absolute control? (I never read the comics, so I do not know what’s up with him.)
When he returns to the walled town, he lies through his teeth about the convoy. I’m starting to wonder though, if this place isn’t right up Andrea’s alley. I remember how rogue she was getting as she continued her slide into Shane’s camp/mindset of taking action outside of any group’s decision. And I see her eyes light up, as if she’s enjoying what she’s seeing in this new encampment.
But the Governor’s secret room of fish tanks, with zombie heads in them, seems to indicate he’s not quite on his rocker. That’s for sure. And is it me, or did Merle seem to be highly respectful of him. (Or in other words, afraid?)
Not knowing anything from the comic title, I’m finding these new developments, (the prison, the Gorvernor) rather fascinating developments in the season of The Walking Dead.
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