October 29th, 2012
11:35 AM ET
Right out of the gate, Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead" answered one of the series' big burning questions.
Just what was that helicopter that seemed to be patrolling the Georgia countryside? That chopper was carrying several soldiers, who had escaped a military base overrun by Walkers and the infected.
The helicopter crashed and Andrea and Michonne went to check it out.
It became apparent that a group of men had shot it down, as the pair observed them arrive in trucks to see who had survived, holding off Walkers as they did (the sort of incredibly tense, nearly silent scene that has been a hallmark of this season in particular). Only one soldier, the pilot, was still alive. The others were dispatched just as they would "turn."
When Michonne's pet Walkers started to make noise, she chopped off their heads without missing a beat. As soon as Michonne and the increasingly ailing Andrea thought they were in the clear, they were captured by Daryl's missing brother Merle.
Soon, Andrea found herself being tended to by a nurse, and Merle was questioning her about what became of Daryl and the rest of the group. She rattled off all of the people who died, and had no idea what happened to Daryl or anyone else since the Walkers attacked the farm.
When the man who was clearly in charge showed up, Michonne demanded her weapons back. But the man told her they would best get a good night's rest, and their weapons would be waiting for them on the way out of their fortified town. Merle and the man clued them in on the big bombshell that anyone who dies becomes a Walker, as well.
Andrea was brought to one of the walls guarding the town to see how the men kept watch and defended it from being breached.
The town was called Woodbury, and the man was called Governor (he refused to tell his real name).
The Governor and his population of 73 were proud of how far they had come, rebuilding civilization on a small scale.
Aside from Merle, we met another of the Governor's right hand men, Milton.
When Milton had the chance to question Michonne about it while sharing a meal with Andrea and the Governor, she refused to answer, and still demanded that the Governor give them back their weapons. As you might have guessed, the answer remained the same.
The ever-mysterious Michonne made no secret of her distrust of the Governor, but Andrea on the other hand took to the idea of staying in Woodbury pretty quickly.
The Governor questioned the surviving pilot, and soon arrived to where a group of his fellow troops had set up camp.
He and his men ambushed the soldiers, wiping them all out and returning to town with their vehicles and weapons. The Governor told a tall tale about the soldiers having already been attacked by "Biters" (as they're called in Woodbury).
That night, we got a glimpse into the Governor's apartment. He took a look at a photo of his wife and daughter, pre-apocalypse, then made his way into a secret back room, which had zombie heads floating in tanks like tropical fish. The heads included that of Michonne's pets, and the pilot.
On that creepy note, we're left to ponder where things go from here. Obviously, the Governor is our big bad villain of season three, but it remains to be seen how this story will intersect with the prison, since Andrea has no idea where the rest of her group is.
Will Andrea continue to trust the Governor, and what is Michonne's next move, for that matter?
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