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The Walking Dead "Walk With Me" Review: The Happiest Place on Earth

The Walking Dead S03E03: "Walk With Me"

Oh sure, you can look at a zombie apocalypse as a BAD thing while you're drinking your half-empty glass of toilet wine and watching the doors rattle as a zombie herd tries to break in to your rickety shelter. Or you can turn that frown upside-down and look at the positive things while drinking your half-full glass of American Standard Vintage Toilet Red while your dead grandmother patiently waits for you to open the door! The rise of the undead is all about perspective. While Rick and his survivor friends bitch and moan, there's a man out there who is making it work!

After last week's episode was exclusively prison set, "Walk With Me" stayed with Andrea and Michonne as they picked up and looked for a new place to live. This kind of dual storytelling is working incredibly well for the series as The Walking Dead goes further into its comic-book roots. The episodes in Season 3 so far almost feel like "issues" in this way, with a long-running drama chopped up into individual stories with beginnings, middles, and ends. Imagine how less potent "Sick" and "Walk With Me" would have been had they gone the traditional route and checked in with all the characters in each episode. No, this was the right way to do it.

"Walk With Me" was the big coming-out party for The Governor, a character from the comics made infamous for doing absolutely wretched things. But this Governor is a kinder, gentler Governor than the one that made out with his [comic spoiler] and [comic spoiler]'d Michonne, at least for now. While Rick was begging for camping space outside a farm or bouncing around from abandoned building to abandoned buildings, this Governor was building a small-town oasis straight out of Leave it to Beaver called Woodbury and rebuilding society. And he anointed himself supreme ruler of the town, probably because the apocalypse has afforded him the opportunity to rise to power.

Glenn Mazzara took some early flak for casting David Morrissey (State of Play) as The Governor instead of The Governor's comic doppleganger Danny Trejo, but let's give credit where credit's due: Morrissey is a better fit for this more quietly menacing version. Trejo would have looked the part, but Morrissey IS the part. The man has presence like J-Lo has booty, and that's so incredibly critical to make his character come alive as this Governor is followed by others on account of his commanding stature rather than the fear on which his comic counterpart used. (Fear and iron fisting to come later, I presume.)

But who is this man? The Governor is just a slightly skewed, more well-established version of the new Rick. He's willing to do what it takes to keep his people safe, and sometimes that means making sure that the guns and the resources in the nearby vicinity are in his hands. Sorry military dudes, but in The Governor's eyes, firearms are a lot safer in his hands than they are in theirs. And did you see how he scoffed when Andrea asked him if he was military? This guy has something against men in uniform, methinks. It's a shame, because the military really could have taught him some better tactics than to just drive up to a bunch of armed men and start shooting. For dramatic purposes, it worked. But common sense says one of those army guys would have put half a round in The Governor before his support opened fire.

"Walk With Me" also reunited us with Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker), Daryl's bro who is now one of those terrible "give this man a hand" punch lines. Though the episode was the introduction of The Governor and the reintroduction of Merle, the award for best new debut in the hour has to go to Merle's hand bayonet, which was cleverly held out of frame until Merle thrust it through the lower jaw of a walker like it was no big deal. I can't wait to see what other attachments he has for that thing. Salad fork? Egg beater? Toilet paper? The possibilities are endless! See, this zombie apocalypse ain't so bad!

That's the attitude The Governor is trying to foster inside of Woodbury, and while Andrea is fine as long as there are hot showers and scrambled eggs and tea, Michonne the cynic is ready to pack. Obviously Michonne is right, but in this situation wouldn't you welcome a safe place to rest your head after 10 months of running screaming from undead freaks? Andrea has little experience with what the apocalypse can turn people into, but I suspect something happened to Michonne that has made her an old pro at knowing a bad situation when she sees one.

"Walk With Me" was just a peek at the season's new villain and his version of an idyllic domain. There's a whole lot more behind the curtain than just fish tanks full of severed heads. And if The Governor sees a group of military men as a threat, what's he going to do when he finds out Rick has a well-stocked fortress a few clicks away? "Walk With Me" toned down on the zombie threat, but introduced something much greater.



NOTES

– Apologies if I didn't make sense in this article. I'm writing through a head cold and the keys on my keyboard are dancing around like ants due to hallucinations.

– Having Rooker and Morrissey on board doesn't just make things more creepy, it makes them a whole lot better. I praise the Mazzara-era The Walking Dead for its improved pacing, more tangible threats, and the occasional zombie face getting peeled off, but I don't often applaud the strength of the characters or the actors because, well, most of the characters in the show are weak. Sorry, The Walking Dead, but it's true! But with Merle and The Governor, suddenly there's more than gore and suspense to look forward to.

– Goodbye Michonne's pets! It was sad to see them go without any ceremonial sendoff, but Michonne doesn't have time for sentimentality. She's a survivor.

– So there was the explanation of her pets, given out by The Governor's resident science nerd. Without arms and jaws, zombies become docile and lose the urge to try to snack on people. And they also "camouflage" their owners from other walkers. That's consistent with the comics, and I had a problem with it then and I have a problem with it now. Even if I had no arms or mouth, I'd still bury my face in a plate of mashed potatoes because food is yum!

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IMO the helicopter crash was certainly caused by the Woodberry gang, since they were very quick on the crash scene...



And what about the creepy "special" tea? any ideas? First I thought it was brewed with water from those charming aquariums, but why would the governor himself drink it?

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Yes...The Tea!?! Wtf? I am currently re-watching TWD and reading reviews as I go and for me, the "special" tea was the first "What the f*** happened to this idea TWD writers??" moment during my re-watch. The Walking Dead doesn't really have many plot holes but this has to be the biggest plot hole on television in 2012!
I remember the first time I saw this episode, actually throughout most S3, I was wondering/guessing and debating just what the hell the Governor and Milton are up to with that tea!? I had all sorts of theories and yes one of them was that its the "head-fish-tank" water that's in the tea. Maybe as some sort of "experiment" that Milton was conducting to see if people can build up an immunity to the zombie-virus if they drink "dead-head-water"?! Lol
Another theory I had was that like Hitler, the Governor is putting methadone or some other addictive drug in the towns tea supply so that everyone's docile and compliant and nobody ever wants to leave. That totally would've explained Andrea's actions & attitude throughout the whole season: She was "under the Governors spell" from that first meal (in which she drank the tea and Michonne didn't) and she pretty much turned into a total airhead. But they NEVER explained the tea situation and in the end it seems like it was just good old regular tea! WTF TWD? I'm still REALLY pissed off about that! Andrea's whole s3 arc would've been a lot easier to comprehend as a viewer had we found out that the Governor was "drugging" her and the other Woodbury dummies. Ugh! PLOT HOLE!
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"The episodes in Season 3 so far almost feel like "issues" in this way, with a long-running drama chopped up into individual stories with beginnings, middles, and ends. Imagine how less potent "Sick" and "Walk With Me" would have been had they gone the traditional route and checked in with all the characters in each episode"

I totally agree!

That is why I had such a hard time watching Heroes and didn't go past season 1 --> it was excruciating how slow the action was... had the same issue with LOST but at least that was much better written...

I can't wait for the "oher shoe to drop" with the Gov'nor... now his "resident nerd" was plenty scary if you ask me...
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This episode wasn't good enough. The National Guard being taken out by the Governor's merry men was very contrived. Andrea didn't have her guard up against the Governor which is pretty ridiculous considering he had her under surveillance. None of the people questioned him when he stated that every one from the Guard had died in a zombie attack and he took their food and supplies. The Governor wasn't menacing at all even with his actions. Seriously, I wished we were back in the prison. The only good thing in the episode was the Zombie tank.
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It worries me a little that its now Tuesday, and we are still talking about a show that aired on Sunday. I guess that's a testament to the quality of this show.

As I said, I foresee the Gov. attacking Rick. The Gov will have several advantages: the element of surprise, the Intel from Andrea and Merle, expeience in killing humans with savage brutality and swiftness, and superior numbers. I like Rick, and do not look forward to having him seeing his world fall apart. So I think this TV show and I will part ways. To those who feel differently, enjoy the ride in my absence.
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Oh, you shouldn't give up that easily. Rick and his group won't go down without a fight - I actually think the Governor will finally meet someone who can stand up to him. Rick's group is the center of the narrative, they won't be crushed and disappear out of the blue. That's the way it is with every piece of writing. The audience needs someone to cheer for. Don' t lose heart.

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The Walking Dead is unstoppably good this season.
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Okay, "Lurkers", a new term for today, thrown out off hand by the guvna while discussing michonne's pets.

Is that what was watching the attempted practice C-section last week? - Walkers who are smart, and hang back until their chance arises?
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Was it just me who didnt like this episode? I needed to see more rick and gang. Not sure if I like this going back and forth. Also I thought last episode was disappointing too! I for sure thought that the people in the prison cell were going to have more of an impact than they did!
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Agreed. Hey there are still a couple of prisoners left. Maybe things will start to get interesting later on.
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Science guy reminded me of AMC's silent hard-on for Gale Boetticher. Yes...no one does awesome better than BB.
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enough with the comic book spoilers in the commenting section T_T.. I want to read the comments but dang u guys are making it hard :D
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I had so much fun watching this episode because I kept thinking that Andrea and Michonne are together - as in sleeping together. That would be so understandable! And they have a lot of chemistry! Too bad it's just my imagination (because I know what happened to Michonne in the comics).
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So we can strike off Merle as the person watching Carol at the end of episode 2.
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probably some scouts Governor orders to send.
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Or someone within the prison that they don't know about yet?
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I may be reading a little too much into this, but did y'all notice how The Governor's men is like the Bizarro version of Rick's men from season 1? There's an Asian dude--Bizarro Glenn, there's a black dude--Bizarro T-Dog, there's the redneck, Merle--Bizarro Daryl, there's a Hispanic dude--Bizarro Morales (granted, he's gone, but Merle didn't know that), there's the Governor--Bizarro Rick, and finally there's a short white dude who probably overcompensates--Bizarro Shane. Merle went and found himself an Injustice League, y'all.

Back me up here, Noel!
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Yeah, I think you're right. It's like doppelgangers. I thought the same when I saw the "evil" Glenn.

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Oh, and I forgot about the scientist guy. Presumably fragile guy providing unsolicited advice? Bizarro Dale!!
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When I saw the wimpy Asian kid and big yet silent black guy I thought the same...
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The close up head was of Welles, the helicopter pilot.



http://walkingdead.wikia.com/wiki/Lieutenant_Welles
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The close up you're asking about was of the pilot from the helicopter crash.
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I'd like to point out that the tanks are just "full of zombie heads" they are still alive. They are tanks full of LIVING heads. That is text-book nightmare fuel.
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Only way to kill a zombie is to destroy the brain. Decapitation only results in animated zombie heads.
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I was itching to get back to the prison story-line, but I'm glad they stuck solely to the Governor/Woodburn story-line (or rather, the Andrea/Michonne story-line. To have switched back and forth would have ruined things, and doing what they did helped hammer home the feeling of isolation from the rest of the group, and within the town confines of Woodburn. The two story-lines, as we've seen in previews, will converge WITHIN the story-lines, and that's what's important and what to look forward to.



And I agree with Tim -- Morrissey is very well casted. It was nice to see Merle again, and he was far less menacing in terms of character and actions than I thought he would be -- for now, anyway. It'll be interesting to see what happens when he meets the group, and Darryl, again. There will definitely be some tension!



And Tim, take care and get well.
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I wonder *why* Michonne's pets started going crazy though. Did they sense Merle trying to sneak up on the girls? Something had them in a tizzy, and Michonne looked a bit surprised about it, didn't she?
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And no, I haven't read the comics, so I have no idea.
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My guess is, as was hinted at, Michonne knew who the 'slaves' were before they became zombies, and was close to them. And as was also hinted at, even though zombies they may retain an 'echo' of memory as to whom and what they formerly were. Hence, if they knew Michonne (ie. I'm guessing related) and started getting all rattled when she was threatened, maybe that has something to do with it?
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Yup, she knew them, but she wasn't threatened until after they were dead. In fact, she chopped off their heads because they were making enough noise to give away their position. That's what I'm saying--did they sense Merle coming up behind them? Is that why they got agitated?
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Also, the two girls are acting in a perfect fashion for their surivival, if unintentionally. Andrea is a willing souce of info, while Mich (sp?) is not. So their captors have hopes of integrating them, or at least using them for intel a bit longer. Mich's reluctance to share info piques the interest of the captors, since she has more experience with zombie mules than Andrea, so there is more data availible for mining. And the bond of the two means you cannot eliminate one without upsetting the other. When the Gov. offered them food, their weapons back, and extra AMMO, i knew it was a trap. When he was at the helo crash site, he told his men to conserve ammo. Ammo is precious. The second the two girls stepped outside of the gates on their way to freedom, the Gov would have killed them like a typical Bond villian.
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Oh hell yeah it was a trap. Plus, he had Michonne's sword displayed like a trophy on his shelf. She's not getting that back without a fight.
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Why am I the only one seeing this. The Gov. pumped the wounded pilot for info, killed him, then raided the convoy. The Gov. is now pumping Andrea for info, a human is spying on the prison, ergo the Gov. will use Andrea's intel to raid the prison.
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I think you're the only who thinks he's the only who sees that.

One minor correction though--I doubt the governor realizes that Andrea's group and the prison group are one and the same. Otherwise, Merle's intel would be just as good as Andrea's, given how she's already revealed to him that Jim, Dale, Amy, Jacqui, and Sophia are dead, and she hasn't seen the rest of the group for 7 months.
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Good point. With Andrea's useful intel all but expended, only their curiosity about Mich's insights is keeping the girls alive.
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Nope their survival has nothing to do with curiousity, the fact that they are women is what's keeping them alive. In an end of the world scenario like what happens in The Walking Dead women young enough to have babies would be among the most valuable assets someone like the Governor could possibly get his hands on.
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he's probably gonna create a world where he's everyone's daddy. a new 'god'. the girl pregnant was probably his baby too, and there was a girl in his bed. Well it would make sense to me if it were like this (considering the spoiler with mich). guy has a god-complex.
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Seriously? They bought that crap that The Governor said that a National Guard platoon (Trained to kill) wouldn't be able to defend themselves against the walkers and that a bunch of civilians (albeit trained civilians) would? Pathetic. Not only the National Guard couldn't defend themselves but they also left food, medical supplies, ammo and vehicles with absolutely no damage whatsoever? Worst episode of TWD so far. After last week's awesome episode comes this piece of crap. Terrible.. Just terrible.
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Wait, i misread your post. Your incredulity was not the the incompetance of the Guard, but the pristine condition of the salvage. Yeah, the Gov is lying, and Mich may have both an intuition of this was well as your observation of the situation. Mich may note that 1) the supplies are way too conveniently acquired 2) the offer of the Gov. to let the girls go is way too generous 3) a lot of whispered comments 4) the two are under constant guard 5) a whole lof of questions are being asked
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Well...The National Guard has a reputation for being weekend warriors. Perhaps this unit is not a top-notch unit. Also, the Governor's squad may have done this sort of thing several times, and worked out all the bugs. Lastly, Merle was good at avoiding detection when he captured the girls. Perhaps any sentries posted nearby were similarly neutralized before the assault.
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the governor provided a nice noisy distraction by driving up in his car and then kept their attention with the news of a comrade. The soldiers got distracted, after all the threat is zombies not people.
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if it wasnt a top notch unit.. why do they even survive.... ? there is no way im beliving that a few civilians with no training got that close of that unit to ambush them that way.. its imposible.. where all of them deft and blind?
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ps. It's just a TV show lol
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Well, they were part of a larger unit. This is a smaller group that abandoned their brothers and grabbed what they could.

A common tactic used in the military is called rapid dominance. With practice, an amateur force could perfect this tactic and use it, as we saw it used in the episode. The small reaction time that it takes to recognize an attack from an unexpected source can be a death sentence.
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be strong
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Ooops! I had my money on Merle watching Carol's C-sec on the Walker but it can't be 'cause he's with the Governor ... and I don't think they know about the prison (yet).

Morrissey and the whole approach on the Governor is much appreciated, liked it more than in the comics. His madness is hidden, not in your face but therefore more creepy and seemingly bottomless - considering his "TV" and his joy of bashing a head in with a gun's stock(Platoon).

Loved Lori this episode!
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I especially loved Lori in this episode too.
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It may well have been Merle. See my comment above. Merle, running recon for the Gov., recognizes the folks at the prison and sees Andrea as a source of intel on numbers, tactical skills, armament, and enemy morale.
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You're right! See, damn comic spoilers!

In the books(BOOK SPOILERS) they followed Michonne,Rick and Glen back to the prison(BOOK SPOILERS). That's not possible now since M&A haven't been there. Merle is back in the pool!

Or it's some guy named Earl.
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I think the scene with the National Guard guys was so bad... a bunch of civilians find the way to surround and get like really close of experienced soldiers... way to stupid, even if they where the worst soldiers ever... they are living on a world where they have to look everywhere!



also common... they start the fight and not a single guy had enuff time to return fire.... plain stupid...



I do get that he has to kill them to maintain power, but still.. GUNS ARE OVERATED! if you dont have anyone to use them! I would take 10 national guard guys ANYDAY over 20 machineguns and some food!
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Against zombies, all you need is a clear line of sight, some fresh rounds, and time to react. Against an armed hostile force, you need barricades and cover from incoming rounds. Two completely different reactions to two different threats. They were unprepeared for the threat the Governor presented.
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It's interesting how the Governor was scary with a subtle change of expression when he said, "NEVER" after Andrea suggested he might tell her his name. It's something so meaningless and apparently harmless, I mean, what's the deal with his name anyway? She was just trying to be nice and social. But he changed and was so serious all of a sudden. This shows he's unpredictable and capable of doing something nasty if his mood changes.

On the other hand, there was nothing weird with his room full of zombie heads in fish tanks. You see, in this reality there's no television. And The Walking Dead was his favorite show. I'm thinking of getting one of those myself.
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Don't you mean he'd be watching the Headless Dead?
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No, they absolutely were not headless. They all had heads. I'm quite sure of that.
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wasnt daryl the one who kept all the walkers ears ??
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That's right. I'm happy the writers dropped that storyline.
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awesome, awesome episode.. Finally this show is showing its true potential! It was a long wait but def worth it :)))
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Great episode and having not read the comics at this point I'm very impressed with the story telling this season so far! The Governor is a scary man with power and I can't wait to see how things play out!
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I wonder how I might've reacted during this episode if I hadn't already heard all about how evil the Governor is. Probably would have been like "Ooo nice town. That leader guy seems nice, but also smarmy. I wonder if something's up with him? Andrea seems to like him, maybe he's ok. OMG he has a DIY tv made out of zombie heads OMGEEE EVIL!!!" I think I would have liked it to be a little more of a surprise (ahem spoiler givers)!

But, that town was so off from the beginning it was obvious something was up. Nearly every female in Woodbury was wearing a dress and every single person with a weapon was a dude? That's just a bad sign, zombie apocalypse or not. That's some cult sh*t right there.
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Plus, Merle was a valuable member of the team. If *that's* not cause for alarm, I don't know what is.
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http://popgoesthearts.blogspot.ca/2012/10/the-walking-dead-hits-bump-in-road.html



Sorry everyone, this is very brief. Would love to get your insight.



Tim? I LOVE your reviews. So AMAZING. Between the Walking Dead, Homeland and SOA, you're my favorite columnist here on TV.com Bravo :)
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I enjoy reading these reviews, but please, can you try and keep the review to just the tv show, i dont want to know potential spoilers based on what happened in the comics. I watch the tv show, not read the comics, so please try and stick to the events of the tv show instead of telling us how it relates to the comics.
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I agree, and I've read the comics. Even the fact people are saying the Governor is so evil based on the comic is a spoiler that would be better explored as it developed organically by the viewers.
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Can't really be helped. Besides, they have proven time and again that the show does not follow the comics. At this point, anything that happens in the comics is as speculative as your own guesses.
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Please... The show has followed the comics pretty much to a tee.



The only differences being some of the characters (and the time of their deaths), the CDC, and the immense amount of time spent on the farm. Oh, and the time jump between seasons 2 and 3 which I assume was because Carl looks like he's aged 5 years.



I'd have preferred it if they went a whole new route and written a different story. No farm, no prison, no Washington, no Hunters, no Saviors (you all know it's coming.)



Watching the same story I've already read is OK, but something new would have been a real treat.
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Wow. Let me rephrase your second paragraph for you:

"The only differences being PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING."



Tons of characters omitted

Several news ones written in

Character relationships (Shane and Andrea vs Dale and Andrea, Shane and Lori getting dragged out, etc)

Timing of deaths

Manner in which characters died (Dale, Otis, Shane, etc)

Locations written in (CDC)

Locations unexplored (Wiltshire Estates)

Events that played out differently (Greene Farm, The prison thus far)



For every way in which the show follows the books, there are at least 2 ways in which it deviates.
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Minor character changes and side-story developments aside (which I already mentioned), the story still follows the bigger picture, which is ultimately what disappoints me. As I said, I'd have preferred something entirely new.
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What is with the tea? The Governor keeps the nerd-scientist around because of the tea? During breakfast the nerd-scientist kept pushing the tea. Andrea was shown drinking a lot of tea. Michonne was shown not drinking the tea. I have never seen the comic and new to the series, so what is with the tea.
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Maybe there's something in the tea that makes women subservient to male authority. That sounds pretty silly, so maybe something along the lines of that that makes more sense, hehe.
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There's nothing with the tea, as far as I can remember. In the comics, it was Rick and Glenn instead of Andrea who wound up in Woodsbury along with Michone. I don't recall them sitting down for a cup of a tea at any point, and Glenn and Rick were far more cautious around the Governor than Andrea has been.
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I'm really loving this season, but I just want to know where I can find the tea keetle from the breakfast scene :D
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Ha that tea thingy distracted me the entire scene! How many cups of tea did that scientist pour, like 50?
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I have to say since the season premier, they've certainly turned things up a notch and kept the action going. It seems they've fixed the issues of pacing from the last season with the multiple storylines and the arrival of fan-favorite characters. If you love or loathe zombies as much as I do, be sure to check out 20 of the Greatest Zombie Movies of All Time reviewed at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/05/top-10-zombie-movies-of-all-time-with.html with some really cool zombie artwork!
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Sigh. It seems we must always have a stupid female in the cast, and this season, that role is going to be played by Andrea. I mean, even if you know nothing else about the Governor, you can see he gets along well with Merle. MERLE!! How is her spidey sense not making her head explode?
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She's not the only one, the WHOLE fucking town buys into The Governor.
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Maybe. I mean, the guys with the guns obviously know what's really going down, as does the scientist. The medic likely does as well since the pilot would have disappeared from under her care to wind up as a zombirium (zombie aquarium) head. I'm sure some of them are unaware, but I'm sure there are plenty who are either living in fear of the governor (I doubt dissent is tolerated) or are willing to overlook his methods as long as it keeps them safe.
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Yeah, I kind of sighed at the fact that she quickly became googly-eyed for The Guv'na. I'm not sure it's stupidity but I do think less of her, hehe.
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Well she has been sick. Plus, she did sleep with Shane.
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You know, as sick as she's been even though Michone's been fine, I was wondering if maybe Shane knocked her up too. She said it had been 7 months though, and she's not showing.
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This season is just far far better quality thus far than the previous seasons. It just is. The pacing, the drama, it is good. They are hitting their stride and everyone can partake in the fun.



I like the governor, I know he is going to turn out to be a bad guy. But at least he is being smart about surviving, I even agree with him about the soldiers. Had he brought them in to the town, they would have expected a leadership role, dissension would have taken place in the populace (like between Shane and Rick) and it would have turned out bad. (which solidifies my belief in that Shane was the better survivor). Rick is coming around, but this isn't remedial math, this is surviving, you either keep up or get left behind.



I also like the addition of the scientist and well just an intelligent way of going about making it through the world. However, I see already the dissension within the Scientist and how that is going to be an undoing. But overall and being ignorant o the comics, I like the Governor and the storyline. Granted like David said below, it might end up with two stories. I am ok with that, I like to see the duality of it. And different people go about surviving.



Also, Merle is back. He is just a good character. I as well agree with the casting of the Governor. Dany Tejo is fun, some of his movies are enjoyable. But it is just Trejo being himself. He doesn't envelope the role and Morrisey does that and I appreciate it.
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Great episode. The last scene with the Governor going into his little head room, sitting down and sipping on a stiff one was very serial killer like. Was he a serial killer in his old life because he really gave off that aura.
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As I was watching, it slowly dawned on me that the whole episode was going to focus on this new plot with Andrea, Michonne, and The Governor. My immediate reaction was: "Okay, well that kind of sucks. I don't want to watch two different shows; or have to wait every two weeks to see what happens to Rick and the gang." But I soon came to the conclusion you pointed to in this article, that this episode as well as last week's (that focused entirely on Rick and his group) would likely have been worse had they been interlaced with both stories rather than separate episodes for each. Plus, I doubt they'll do this much longer, if at all.

The Governor and his henchmen killing all those soldiers was great. We got to see just how dangerous and mischievous this guy really is, despite the calm and nice demeanor around town. I can see three different but related reasons for his decision to do so:

1) As was stated in this article, The Governor wanted the guns and trucks and other resources for himself and his town to ensure safety.

2) Maintain fear among the townspeople. The more scared they are of the world outside their walls, the more they'll abide by The Governor and his rules.

3) Basically just a mix of the two. I don't think The Governor minds outsiders -- he was nice enough with Andrea and Michonne -- but I think he wanted the resources the soldiers had without them becoming a part of his town. I figure if he approached them and didn't kill them, the soldiers would come to town and decide to stay. The problem with that, to The Governor, is that despite the fact that soldiers learn to take orders, they're also a bunch of alpha males. One or a couple or the whole would eventually try to take over the town's leadership, and I think The Governor was wary of that. He wanted the help but didn't want a potential takeover... so he killed 'em all and took the guns, trucks, food, etc.
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Another awesome episode! I'm loving the way this season is turning out, and they're handling the split storylines really well so far. It looks we'll start getting around half prison/half Woodbury, which is fine by me. Morrisey was excellent and is a way better fit than Danny Trejo, and it was also good seeing a more fleshed out Merle, as he didn't seem so cliched and one-dimensional like the first time we saw him. I look forward to seeing Daryl and Merle reunite.
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Morrisey was incredible. When he walked in slow-mo against the camera as the armyguys fell I was cheering at the screen! I really felt how powerful The Governor is, especially when he talked down Merle and he just stopped being Merle.



Really looking forward to where they will take this part! The comicbook has some pretty dark parts around Woodbury and the prison, and the TV-series has proved that it's willing to kill anyone or anything in anyway possible. But I still feel like the series won't do things as brutally!
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Yeah it's kinda a bit implausible that army guys were so slow to shoot back at governor. u right. it's shameless show-off by nerdy writers) and I'm irritated by Andrea's behavior. She's again like in the middle of 2 season doing silly stuff. why she changed her mind so quickly about Governor. No way after surviving with Mishonne for sev months she will loose her sense of alert that quickly. she's got to be a badass now and cynical like mishonne.
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Oh for the love of god, "c" not an "s". Nitpicking =p sorry.
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I was waiting for an explanation of Michonne's pets, and I'm glad that (in a zombieapocalypse kind of way) it made sense!



Too bad about the "previously on..." spoiler about Merle. Without that I would have been surprised to see Merle again, now I was not.



But so far this season has been pretty good, and a big part of that is because they are a lot more consistent in their actions.
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My love for this episode was in no small part due to my love for David Morrissey who is amazing. But setting him aside I agree with everything written above. Was I the only one who forgot that Andrea and Michonne had no way of knowing that everyone is infected? I had a real moment of shock when they went after The Governor for his treatment of the chopper victims.
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It definitely made sense for Andrea, but as zombie savvy as Michone appears to be, I was a little surprised that she hadn't figured that out on her own already.
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Yeah, I'd forgotten too. I'm glad the writers didn't.
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In my opinion, the governor didn't kill the soldiers, to protect his people, but to maintain fear from the outside. That's why he told them that the "biters" ate them, due to their "lack of walls and fences".

He needs his "citizens" to remain fearful of the outside and to consider Woodbury the safest of all alternatives. That way he can retain his power.



He isn't interested in the well-being of his citizens, but in retaining his powerbase.
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I think he is interested in both. Fear of the outside is the most sane emotion anybody in that world could have. I am sure that for the townspeople, just discussing the reality of what Andrea has gone through would be more than enough to keep them put. Gov may be a megalomaniac, but he has carved out an Eden amongst hell on earth.



Also without the soldier, more romantic opportunities for him.
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That would also explain why he let Andrea and Michonne live and invited them to stay; they don't pose a threat to his power whereas a military group would try to take over command.
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