Merle makes his move on 'The Walking Dead'
November 19th, 2012
11:55 AM ET

Merle makes his move on 'The Walking Dead'

[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the November 18 episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead."]

Last season, "The Walking Dead" was sometimes criticized for poor pacing, with the plot slowly moving forward from week to week.

But Sunday night's episode was a prime example of why one can't fault the writers for that this season.

We left off last week with Rick answering a ringing phone in the prison, which we'll just go ahead and view as something of a red herring because that was part and parcel of Rick losing his marbles. It turns out the various people he spoke to on the other end of the phone were the voices of friends he lost during the apocalypse, the last one being his wife.

The imagined phone calls did serve a purpose, however. The hallucinated voice of "Lori" convinced Rick that he needed to step up and take care of his children and the rest of the survivors.

Speaking of stepping up, that was Merle's big piece of advice to Gargiulo - one of the most memorable short-lived characters of the series so far. When Michonne brutally attacked the rest of the Governor's men, they were the last two standing.

The pair faced off with Michonne a second time in the woods, but they were also attacked by a herd of walkers. When Michonne stabbed one in the gut, she was covered by his entrails before hobbling away to make an escape.

Merle told Gargiulo that they should return to the camp and tell the Governor they killed her, as she was "as good as dead" anyway. When Gargiulo refused, Merle shot him in the head.

Michonne - now immune to the walkers since she smelled like one - ran into Merle once more, spying on him as he took Glenn and Maggie hostage while they made a run to an abandoned store for food. Looks like they'll be meeting the Governor soon.

Merle went back to report to the Governor (who, of course, asked about Gargiulo) and told the story as planned.

As for the Governor himself, a.k.a. Philip - he's now sleeping with Andrea in a plot development we all saw coming a mile away. (Those walker ultimate fighting matches didn't bother her all that much, it turns out.)

Back at the prison, Merle's brother Daryl - probably the main reason Glenn and Maggie are still alive - finally found Carol hiding in a prison cell while Rick laid eyes on Michonne for the first time as she paid them a visit. So one has to assume the prison and Woodbury are located fairly close together.

This installment moved the plot forward like a speeding train. What do you think will happen when Glenn and Maggie meet "Philip"? Will the notoriously silent Michonne tell Rick and crew everything she knows (after all, so many things would be solved on shows like this if characters just talked to each other)? And it needs to be said: R.I.P. Gargiulo.

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  1. Govnor

    the last two episodes were great but the finale was awesome!
    one thing i want to know is why didnt they take better/bigger vehicles on the hiway? if the suburban was breaking down there was a sweet white caddy sitting right there waiting to be driven away! and thank god nobody has to work on the damn RV anymore.
    why wouldnt anyone go scouting to search out better guns, ammo, food. when they were at the CDC there were tanks, hummers, and troop transports sitting around.
    how long can two arrows last daryl and his cross bow? i agree with Destiny, its stupid daryl is riding that loud motorcycle since loud noise attracts the walkers.

    i love this show but more common sense needs to be thrown in cause if i had to kill zombies to stay alive i would be driving around in a heavy armored vehicle and scrounging for automatic weapons and ammo.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hmmm

    did someone get their legs chopped off on this show?

    November 21, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. yes yes

    velvet suit

    November 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wear Navy Blue Velvet...

    a crowd of 197 - tomorrow night will be a awsome night once again.

    November 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Billy West

    There once was a man named Dave
    Who kept a dead wh0re in a cave
    he said it was heII
    but once he got past the smell
    think of the money he'd save

    November 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CS

    I think down the road what will ultimtely happen between Daryl and Merle is that Daryl will have to choose between the group and his brother. I think Daryl will choose the group and have to fight with and kill his brother. Post-apocalyptic world changes you, for better and worse. Also, he even said when he was talking to Carl about his childhood was that he could play with the kids in the neighborhood becasue Merle wasn't around. It will be interesting when the brothers are reunited.

    November 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I think you may be right, however, once the Governor finds out that Michonne is still alive, Merle maybe running for his life. The Governor may do one of many things...Cut Merle loose while surrounded by Walkers, Shoot Daryl as a payback to Merle's lie about Michonne, or like you said Merle will give Daryl a chance to choose a side. If Daryl chooses to stay with Rick's group, which he may do, Merle will be forced to deal with it. The Governor may give Merle a choice...kill or be killed...

      November 21, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brianna

    Maybe my memory is off but when Carol was practicing her C-section skills on a walker just outside the prison gates someone was watching her right!? They never showed who that was. Are people still watching? For some reason i didnt think it was a walker.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • CS

      Believe it was the inmate that Rick turned out into the yard and assumed he would be killed. He was the one who unlocked the gates and lured the walkers in with body parts...resulting is deaths of Tdog, Laurie and the inmate himself.

      November 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      that was the immate they thought was dead after rick locked him out with the walkers. they same immate that let the walkers in the prison!

      November 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      His name was Andrew....

      November 21, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tough Guy

    when do you stop being embarrassed by jessica.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. doing nothing

    i would not develop an addiction do this show.

    November 20, 2012 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. A

    poor character..

    November 20, 2012 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. A


    November 20, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kiera

    15 Reasons Why Daryl Of “Walking Dead” Is The Perfect Man

    November 19, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. donz0

    The Walking Dead is the best. I look forward to the Govenor getting bit by his Daughter. He better be gone by the end of this season. Merle can stay, he just needs his other hand cut off so he can't hold a gun. Rick and Michonne will be co-leaders and lovers.

    November 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Gross. That Michonne is so gross it's disgusting. I'd hook up with a walker before her. Guys like feminine ladies. Not testosterone laden she males.

      November 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      According to the comic, rick and Andrea eventually hook up.

      November 21, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      I like the older lady that is sweet on Darryl. She is really nice and her short haircut is cute.

      November 21, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      Carol. That's her name. I bet she is a good cook too. She seems nice.

      November 21, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. enjoy

    watching shows tonight.

    November 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Okay, so if Michonne can camouflage herself among the walkers by smelling like one, it seems to me that if Rick and his gang should line the outer perimeter of the prison with the bodies of the walkers that they shoot or knife in the head and cut a few of them open, rather than burning them. Maybe the overwhelming scent of a couple hundred walker bodies would deter them from walking up to the fence.
      .....but I suppose that would take some of the fun out of the episodes.

      November 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mockingjay

      @Ann, that would be disgusting. Imagine the survivors having to deal with that smell. Ugh. Besides, it's a huge health hazard and could contaminate food and water sources.

      November 20, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. horn

    after rehearsal..naked city

    November 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Rebbeca

    Best show on TV hands down! Can not get enought! Daryl is my favorite character!

    November 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      I like the little Asian boy best. Ling Chow. He has always been interesting. I hope he'll escape Merle.

      November 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  17. I M C

    Lori and Carl are my least favorite characters of all. I am BEYOND sick and tired of that freaking kid wandering off time and again. His parents are always the last people to figure out he’s even gone. How many times do Rick and Lori have to find themselves yelling, “Where’s Carl?” in an emergency before they STOP asking somebody ELSE to watch him every 5 minutes? Maybe the kid needs to suffer some horrible trauma like seeing his pregnant mom get eaten, or maybe the writers need to find some better reasons for Rick to keep leaving his family and Lori to keep leaving Carl, and for Carl to realize that wandering around alone in the woods during a zombie apocalypse is a dumb thing to do.

    November 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      @ I M C: You haven't watched the show in a while, have you? You need to catch up.

      November 19, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brianna

      Maybe my memory is off but when Carol was practicing her C-section skills on a walker just outside the prison gates someone was watching her right!? They never showed who that was. Are people still watching? For some reason i didnt think it was a walker.

      November 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  18. Shurelle

    November 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm
    I am so hooked on The Walking Dead! I just started watching the show a couple months ago, but i started with season one and am completely caught up. Sunday nights are definitely the highlight of my week. I didn’t follow the comics, so I am going into this as a new fan. I was shocked to see that they chose to kill off Lori and save the baby. In my opinion, in a zombie apocalypse, they should not have gotten rid of a good team member for the sake of a new baby they will have to take care of! However I’m not complaining because I’m sure it will make for good TV. I am a HUGE Daryl fan, just like everyone else. I heard that he wasn’t even in the comics so I sure hope he sticks around! He is definitely a fan favorite and I can’t wait to see what happens with him as the season goes on. Also, where on earth is Carol? Who was on the other end of the phone? And is Rick going to lose his mind? These are just a few of the millions of questions running through my head. It’s going to be a wild season that is for sure, and I can’t wait!

    November 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim the Brit

      Rick was hallucinating. The last person he spoke to was his dead wife. He realized he was loosing it and went back to look after his son and new born. Hope this helps 🙂

      November 20, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  19. Rick

    Do you like the Disney channel? It is pretty good.

    November 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Rick

    There isna zombie monsters on iCarly. It's about these two friends and they have their own show. It is funny.

    November 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Rick

    We dint have school today neither. It was fun. I been watching the Cartoon Network and Disney channel most of today. iCarly is good.

    November 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dave

    I saw Paris...I saw France....I thought I saw Andrea with no underpants!! wacka wacka wacka

    November 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Tim

    I knew Darryl and Merle were an item. K I S S I N G.

    November 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  24. we are working and then baking

    for our cousins gathering

    November 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  25. I'm

    going to freeze my ass at the parade

    November 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  26. this week

    I'm singing wednesday night and then cooking for 27 people

    November 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancine

      That is too much work. I hope they will appreciate it.

      November 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • The whole family takes a turn... father does the 7 fishes xmas eve...xmas day my other uncle takes it, newyears party at cousins, new years day brunch at other cousins..sweats, sneaks..and then we all go home and pass out from exhaustion.

      November 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • my uncles and cousins bring all the liquor-pastries

      and the baking and visa versa...

      November 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Kyle

    We are outta school all this week for Thanksgiving holidays. I’m thankful I’m not at school because my teacher eats do do. I’m also thankful cause we had macaroni and cheese for lunch. The Stouffer’ frozen kind. My mom rules !

    November 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jenna

    I bet Merle and Darryl are gonna be smooching like everything. Didn't they used to be a couple or something?

    November 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Blonde Jeremy

    Sorry You Got Turned Into A Zombie (I'll Be The One To Put You Down)

    November 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Justin Engel

    Come see a clip from next week's Walking Dead, take a poll about the inevitable Daryl and Merle reunion, and see which "Wire" actor could make a splash on Walking Dead at MLive's Walking Dead Blog:

    November 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  31. 00?

    actor code.

    November 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |

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