March 25th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
[Note: This post contains spoilers for the March 24 episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead."]
Going into Sunday's "The Walking Dead," I wondered whether someone would come to save Andrea, and whether Milton would continue to sabotage the Governor.
We didn't get an immediate answer to either question, although I suppose we'll get some resolution next week with the season three finale.
But we did get an answer to one of last week's burning questions: Will Rick attempt to deliver Michonne to the Governor? The answer: Kind of.
While at first it seemed like Rick had decided to turn in Michonne to save the rest of the group (did Hershel put him up to this?), he finally had a change of heart.
Merle explained the torture that the Governor could deliver on Michonne, and then compared Rick to the Governor himself. But what really sealed the deal was seeing Lori in a vision, and perhaps feeling a little judgement.
Psalm 91, which Hershel read to his girls around a prison table, is all about God delivering the believer from violence and sickness. Very appropriate to the zombie apocalypse, and also a good backdrop as the scenes rolled back and forth to Rick's third sighting of Lori.
Merle's last ride
Being a lone wolf, Merle wasted no time in making a fateful decision to go after the Governor alone. And not knowing of Rick's change of heart, he tried to redeem himself by letting Michonne "off the hook."
Let me say that again: Merle was trying to redeem himself. I did NOT see that coming.
In true Merle style, he went about it by smashing her over the head and kidnapping her - although he did later let her go on the side of the road.
You know what else happened on this episode that no one saw coming? An engagement!
Glenn first asked Hershel for Maggie's hand, and then proposed to her. He didn't get down on one knee, but it did the job. Also doing the job was that huge rock on the ring that he cut off from a zombie lady. Diamonds ARE forever!
But back to Merle's attempt at redemption. No one liked Merle, and I'm not even sure Merle liked himself. He was just one crazy (and creepy, and violent, and all-around a*hole) guy along for a crazy ride. And then, after the whiskey was gone and he'd killed at least four Woodburians and the Governor had bitten off his fingers, the ride was over.
Michonne made a comment to Merle about how hard it is to live with oneself after all of the tough choices and the tragedies, and it must be. Yet it was apparently too hard for Merle, who - still battling a fierce meth withdrawal - decided to make a suicide run for the Governor.
But wait! Before meeting his maker, Merle had a few good rock-n-roll scenes. He slayed zombies with Michonne's katana, drank whiskey while jamming to Motorhead and cruised on a sweet ride with a zombie parade all the way to his spur-of-the-moment drunk ambush.
I did love the aftermarket stereo system on that old '80s car that Merle hot-wired. I was surprised that the battery on a car like that would still have any power left after months of no use, but I'll suspend my disbelief because it was such a great prop. (Here's a tip for next time, show producers: You're in the South. How hard is it to find a decked-out Monte Carlo SS with 20-inch rims for our heroes to slay zombies with?)
Daryl finds his big brother
At the end of the hour, and after looking for him all day, Daryl found his brother. Kind of.
Undead Merle was located ripping the flesh off one of the Woodburians he shot during his ill-fated ambush. Daryl, being the more sensitive little brother, turned on the waterworks and continued to woo everyone, ever.
Was it fate that Merle wasn't shot in the head? I wouldn't put it past the Governor to leave Merle behind like that deliberately. It was ironic in that Merle himself once said, as he put his knife-hand through a just-killed fellow Woodburian's skull, "We don't let our own turn."
The end of the Ricktatorship
Rick bequeathed his reign and returned power to the whim of the group when he asked for a vote as to what they should do next: stay and fight at the prison, or leave to fight another day.
I felt relieved that Rick owned up to his mistake of not telling everyone outright the outcome of his chat with the Governor. I remember thinking at the time that the smartest thing to do would have been to air that out immediately after he came out of that barn, for everyone there to hear. If he had, maybe Andrea wouldn't be posted up on that dentist's chair.
Speaking of her, did Milton save Andrea while all this was going on? What's going on in Woodbury? We didn't get one peep in there!
So what do you think will happen in the finale? Will the gang stay and fight off a siege, flee while they can, or strike first? Upload a video with your finale predictions, or tell us what you think in the comments.
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