Again, The Waking Dead proved to be an amazing piece of Sunday night television. Both Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and David Morrissey (The Governor) continue to be two of the best things about The Walking Dead adding to its weekly success of being a fantastic television show. This writer may have included some spoilers but he promises that he did not spoil the end for you!
The Governor promises Andrea that there will be no retaliation from Ricks attack and that he would leave the prison alone, also confiding that Andrea makes a better leader than he does. The Governor really lays on this ‘defeated’ ploy rather thick.
We cut to Daryl and Merle who are trying to find food out in the wilderness. Daryl comes to the realization that he and his brother are completely different now after their separate experiences. Daryl wants to take him back to the prison but Merle is against such things.
The Governor doesn't trust Andrea and has his right hand man, Milton, check in on her. Of course Andrea receives a lot of retaliation from the people of Woodbury as nobody wants her in charge and not many are giving her the time of day.
Glenn makes Maggie comes to terms with what happened to her in Woodbury. The Governor didn't rape her but he might as well have. This is one of the differences between the comic and the series. Also there was a mention again of Maggie's coarsened actions because the Governor threatened to take off Glenn's hand if she did not remove her shirt, another nod to what the Governor did to Rick in the comic book, a mistake Kirkman said he will not make again as he claims a one handed Rick Grimes is a tough task to write.
This has become an incredible dichotomy of the brothers, far different from the first season, which comes to a head with the two having an argument about Rick and the events in Atlanta. The truth comes out that the brothers were planning on robbing the camp. We then get treated to a little character backstory as Merle learns that Daryl suffered the same fate at the hands of their father. Daryl leaved Merle to his own devices as he returns to the prison with Merle finally in tow.
This episode seems to bring us closer to the conclusion of the prison arc from the comic book. In a way this is Kirkman writing an alternate 'What If...?' style of The Walking Dead comic book. Being a weekly syndicated network series, this seems to be the best way for Kirkman to exercise his ability to tell the story differently. However Kirkman still proves that no one and we mean NO ONE is sacred in The Walking Dead and anyone can be killed off at any time…