The Governor and the town of Woodbury are about to come face-to-face with Team Prison on ‘The Walking Dead’, relegating zombies to little more than a nuisance nowadays.
Walkers aren’t what they used to be. They can still be dangerous in huge packs, but on the whole, they’re aren’t as feared as they once were. Rick and crew find it bothersome to even engage a solitary zombie, like the one ambling along the roadway when they get out of their pristinely clean (totally winnable!) Hyundai SUV. This, in a microcosm, is what Walkers have become on the show. Instead of threatening death-dealers, they’re something more akin to really large, annoying flies with appetites. It took Rick and company two seasons to finally learn how to take out large numbers of zombies with systematic attacks, rendering much of their menace and scariness null.
In order to fill the gap that the unthreatening Walkers have left, the show has introduced the Governor and reintroduced Merle as a deranged Captain Hook. The Governor wants power; Merle wants death. The two fit together rather nicely.
Every week, the Governor slips further down the villain hole, and this week takes the cake. At times, we’re led to believe that he’s not all that bad, but then a scene comes along where he forces Maggie to strip while eyeing her like he’s a sex offender just released from prison. Yeah, he’s a bad dude.
Rick finally gets around to naming his new child, which he’d all but forgotten about. In one of the most “Is this supposed to be meaningful?” moments of the season, he and Carl name her after Carl’s 3rd Grade teacher, Judith. Did anyone else say, “Huh? Well, OK then. That seems rather pointless”? Personally, I think Ass-Kicker Grimes is a much more apropos post-apocalyptic baby name.
With all the horrible things going on in the world, it’s good to know that Andrea still has access to sexy, clean undies to keep the Governor entertained.
Glen has become a badass though, right? I mean, his little fight with the Walker in that confined room while duct-taped to a chair is a perfect view of how his character has changed from wily, annoying kid to a mixture of Rick and Shane.
Speaking of character changes, how about Rick and Daryl offering up a hobo sacrifice to the waiting horde outside that cabin? After Michonne dispatches the crazy loon who’d been hiding out there, they throw him to the masses and let his body get devoured. Season 1 Rick wouldn’t do that. Neither would Season 2 Rick. I like Season 3 Rick.
With Rick, Daryl, Michonne and Convict Number Two all bearing down on Woodbury, I’m reminded of an episode of ‘Seinfeld’ where George’s worlds collide. It’s been a long time coming, and I wonder if we’re ready for the outcome.
My predictions for next week’s mid-season finale: Merle gets killed by the hands of Daryl, Andrea shoots the Governor, and I’m setting the over/under for Michonne decapitations at 4.5.