This week’s episode of The Walking Dead focused entirely on Andrea and Michonne. After watching a military helicopter crash, the girls go to it to look for any survivors but are eventually caught when the Governor and his men arrive on the scene.
This episode had its fair share of zombie action but it was mostly about getting to know the Governor and the community he’s in charge of. This group of survivors is as capable as Rick’s. They know to aim for the heads of zombies and that a dead person will eventually return if their brain is left intact. Their town of Woodbury has walls surrounding it and armed men on those walls.
The group runs like a well-oiled machine thanks to the Governor. Although he appears like a normal guy, you can tell that he’s anything but. The way that he looks at people lets you know that this man isn’t one to cross. The Governor is willing to lay down his life to protect the community he’s created and expects the same of those under him. You get to see just what kind of person the Governor really is when he and his men murder another group of people that would have posed a threat to them. The very end of the episode was pretty damn disturbing and makes you wonder just how mentally screwed up the Governor really is.
This episode also had a few scenes of the Governor and a scientist talking about what makes the zombies tick. The show rarely delves into the science behind the zombies so it was cool to see this. The Governor seems to need information about the zombies for some unknown reason. There’s got to be a connection between the zombie experiments and the Governor’s “aquarium” that we see at the end of the episode. If you’ve read the comics then you probably have a small idea of what may be happening here.
Before I wrap this up I have to talk about everyone’s favorite racist who made a comeback this week. That’s right folks it’s good ol’ Merle. Darryl’s big brother is part of the Governor’s group now and he seems to have lost none of his charm. He’s even sporting a new hook attachment where his right hand used to be. Rick was the one that handcuffed him to a rooftop which led to Merle having to chop off his own hand so you know this dude is aching to pay Rick back for that. Merle, like his brother, wasn’t in the comic books so it’s going to be interesting to see where his storyline goes and how it connects with the main one.
This was a great episode. There was more talking than zombie slaying action but this was one of the tensest episodes yet. The Governor will be a great villain for this season and I can’t wait until him and Rick finally cross paths. It doesn’t look like that will happen next week but when it does that’s when this show will really go into overdrive.