Season 3, Episode 13 of ‘The Walking Dead’ Arrow in the Doorpost: Bonding, Threats, and a Desire for Vengeance

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Tonight’s episode was an interesting one. It took some interesting turns that I didn’t exactly expect (which in and of itself is a good thing), and it also helped flesh out some of the characters that seemed to be one dimensional previously. I’m talking about Martinez and Milton. The interaction between Rick and The Governor was interesting too watch also.

Take a peak at the episode summary as posted on AMCtv.com and then let’s share our thoughts:

Rick enters an abandoned feed store while Daryl and Hershel stand guard outside.The Governor steps out of the shadows. “We have a lot to talk about,” he says.

TWD-Episode-313-Main-590The Governor removes his weapon and sits at a table, inviting Rick to do the same. Rick holsters, but stays standing. Taped under the table on the Governor’s side is a gun.

Milton, Andrea and Martinez arrive. Andrea realizes the meeting has started without her. She strides inside and tries to mediate, but Rick and the Governor ignore her. “I heard about the raids,” Rick says, glaring at the Governor. “The heads. Maggie.”

Outside, Milton introduces himself as the Governor’s “advisor.” Daryl and Martinez eye each other aggressively.

At the prison, Glenn gives orders to fortify their position. Merle suggests they ambush the Governor, but Glenn shuts it down, not wanting to risk putting Rick, Daryl and Hershel in the crossfire.

Back at the feed store, Rick hands the Governor a map. “Woodbury takes west of the river, prison takes east,” he proposes. The Governor laughs at Rick’s proposal and demands his surrender. Andrea tries to calm them down but the Governor kicks her out.

Rick challenges the Governor’s leadership: “You’re the town drunk who knocked over my fence and ripped up my yard,” he says. The Governor asks if Rick ever misjudged someone, referencing Judith’s unknown paternity and accusing Rick of “failing to see the devil beside you.”

Outside, Milton scribbles in a notebook, explaining he’s making a record of events post-apocalypse. A small herd of walkers approaches. Daryl, Andrea and The-Walking-Dead-Season-3-Episode-13-Arrow-on-the-DoorpostMartinez take turns killing them, flaunting their combat skills.

Afterwards Daryl and Martinez share cigarettes taken from a walker’s pocket. Martinez calls the Governor’s meeting a joke. “They’ll do their little dance,” he says, but eventually “they’ll give the word.”

Milton and Hershel bond as well, as Milton questions Hershel about how he staved off walker infection by amputating his leg.

Meanwhile, the Governor explains that he’ll look weak if he leaves Rick’s group alone. “That’s your problem,” Rick says. The Governor then shares a story about the day his wife died in a car crash. She had left a message asking him to call her back. “I sat there clutching that phone thinking, what did she want?” the Governor says, smirking as Rick becomes visibly rattled.

At the prison, Merle packs a duffel bag full of guns and announces his plan to kill the Governor. “This guy cops a feel of your woman and you pussy out like this?” Merle asks when Glenn tries to stop him. The two brawl.

Andrea privately asks Hershel what the Governor did to Maggie. “He’s a sick man,” Hershel replies. Andrea despairs and says she can’t go back to Woodbury. Hershel agrees that she belongs at the prison. “But if you join us, it’s settled,” he warns.

The Governor tells Rick that between the size of his army and the combat readiness of Rick’s group, the fight between Woodbury and the prison will come down to the last man. Then he offers Rick a deal: “I want Michonne,” he says. “Turn her over and this all goes away.”

safe_imageAt the prison, Merle tries to enlist Michonne on his assassination mission. Michonne hears him out but declines.

Maggie joins Glenn on the loading dock. He apologizes for his recent behavior and they dash inside to make love.

Meanwhile, Rick asks the Governor why he’d waste time on a personal vendetta, then wonders if he can even trust the Governor to honor his end of the deal. The Governor gives Rick two days to decide.

Then the Governor, Milton and Martinez get in their truck to leave. Andrea joins them.

Back in Woodbury, the Governor gives instructions to surround the feed store and kill everyone except Michonne when the time comes. “What about the deal?” Milton asks. “We’re going to have to eliminate Rick sooner or later,” the Governor reasons. “No way we can all live side by side.”

Rick’s group returns to the prison, where Rick debriefs everyone: “He wants us dead, for what we did to Woodbury,” he says. “We’re going to war.”

Rick privately tells Hershel about the Governor’s offer, explaining he lied to the others so they’d be scared enough to accept it. “She’s earned her place,” Hershel says of Michonne. Rick asks if Hershel would sacrifice his daughters’ lives for Michonne’s.

“Why are you telling me?” Hershel asks. “Because I’m hoping you can talk me out of it,” Rick replies.

Alright folks, let’s talk about some of the most interesting parts of this episode, which are surprisingly glossed over in the synopsis. The part of this episode that I enjoyed the most was the interaction between the interested parties during the face-to-face between Rick and The Governor. Andrea, Martinez, and Daryl hear the sounds of approaching walkers. Andrea kills the first one and then the boys jump in. It becomes a posturing exercise between Martinez and Daryl, with the title of King Zombie Killer at risk. Andrea walks away, disgusted with their behavior. Once the duo (who were absolutely reminding me of any two guys that are competitive) have slain all the walkers, there is a moment of shared feeling and bonding. Martinez talks about his family that was killed by walkers and the duo both realize that it doesn’t matter what happens at this meet. Both sides will end up being ordered to fight and to kill.

Milton and Hershel have a moment as well. The two are just sitting and talking, when the topic of Hershel’s leg is brought up by Milton. Hershel explains how it happened, which intrigues the scientist in Milton. Milton requests to see the amputation. At this moment, the best quote ever was spoken by Hershel: “We just met. At least buy me a drink first.” It just made me laugh with them.

The confrontation between Rick and Philip became a little strange to me with the introduction of the whiskey. While the alcohol isn’t the weird thing, it was the look that the Governor gave Rick when Rick finally drank some. I don’t know. If I was Rick, I would have been feeling a little uncomfortable.

So, it’s the end of the episode. Rick has told the group that the Governor wants to kill them all, and then he tells Hershel the truth. The Governor instructs Martinez to get their group together in order to attack the survivors when they meet again in two days. So, what do you think? Do you think the slight bonding between some of the major supporting characters will have an effect on the outcome of a showdown? Will Rick give up Michonne to the Governor? Will Merle stand his ground with his brother and fight against the people he once lived with and trained?

Give me some feedback! Let’s discuss!

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