I didn’t write about last week’s episode because there wasn’t a lot to say about another Governor show. I realize that those two episodes were standalone to give the rest of the cast time to attend ComicCon, but I feel like they had a missed opportunity with them. I think the story could have been a lot more interesting if Phillip realized he couldn’t keep his new family safe where they were and went and begged Rick to take them in. I think it could have been interesting to see a character try and come back from the horrific things they’ve done. Instead, we just got reinforcement about how insane The Governor is.
I think we all knew when The Governor captured Hershel and Michonne that something bad was going to happen to one of them. The sad thing is, I think The Governor thought he really had changed. In his mind, he was just doing what needed to be done to keep people safe. He killed people he thought were bad leaders that were going to get people killed. He’s insane so of course he didn’t realize the flaw in that logic. I thought for a second that Rick’s speech was getting to him. I guess it did but not in the way Rick was hoping. The Governor called Rick a liar because, in that moment, he realized that he couldn’t come back from the things he’d done. He may not have originally planned on actually killing Hershel but that realization sent him over the edge.
I find it really hard to believe that no one from The Governor’s camp (except Tara) was the least bit squeamish about killing a bunch of sick people and children to get the prison. Yes, “Brian” had told them that bad people were living there, but they could see with their own eyes that Rick was willing to make compromises to keep everyone safe while their leader was willing to kill people to get what he wanted. Other than Mitch, they all seemed like decent people yet no one objected.
I know some people were surprised that The Governor didn’t kill Michonne. He probably had plans for her later (I don’t think it occurred to him that he might lose) but he chose Hershel for the emotional impact. If he had threatened Michonne, he knew Rick wouldn’t cave. It was a tactical error on both of their parts. I don’t think Rick thought The Governor would actually kill Hershel either. They underestimated each other which seems pretty stupid on Rick’s part.
Where did all the walkers go? Last week, there were so many they took the fence down and this week there were none? They started coming after the noise from the fight started but before that…nothing.
Intially, I thought (and even tweeted) that Michonne should have put her sword through The Governor’s other eye. I see her reasoning for not killing him though. She was subjecting him to the same fate that he’d given Andrea. By leaving him there, she hoped that he would suffer being eaten alive.
Did anyone go back and kill Hershel’s head?
At the end of the episode, everyone is scattered. I’ve tried to figure out where everyone is/who they’re with.
- Glenn was on the bus.
- Sasha, Maggie and Bob were together.
- Tyreese went after the girls. (Where did the other kids go? They ran the other direction but the bus was gone.) Rick didn’t have time to tell him about Carol. Wouldn’t it be ironic if Ty and the girls met up with her somewhere?
- Daryl and Beth were together.
- Rick and Carl went off into the woods.
- Michonne? Didn’t see her after The Governor. I hope that she took Judith.
- Where did Tara and Lilly go?
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