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‘The Walking Dead’ recap (’Walk With Me’) season 3, episode 3: Welcome to Woodbury!

David Morrissey plays the Governor, who appears for the first time tonight on "Walk With Me." CREDIT: AMC

David Morrissey plays the Governor, who appears for the first time tonight on "Walk With Me." CREDIT: AMC

This episode features no Rick Grimes leading his troops. No Carl getting in trouble and annoying hapless pregnant mom Lori. No T-Dog or Carol or Maggie or Glenn.

They get the week off.

This week, it’s all about Woodbury, the “alternative” safe haven from the prison.

And on the surface, it sure looks purrty. (Thank you, Senoia!)

Michonne and a very ill Andrea stumble upon a helicopter wreck. But so do the men  of Woodbury. Michonne’s two armless, jawless pets start getting noisy so she ruthlessly cut their heads up to quiet them. But it’s too late. They were found. And guess who finds them hiding behind a tree?


Yes, Daryl’s nasty, racist brother from season one, last seen alive handcuffed on the rooftop of a roasting hot Atlanta skyscraper rooftop. Merle had cut off his hand before the walkers got to him and somehow escaped.

Everyone in the Grimes crew probably assumed he was marked for dead. (We only saw him once as an apparition in Daryl’s mind season two.) Instead, he’s got a sharp knife to replace his amputated right hand and is part of the Woodbury fight crew. “How ’bout a big hug for your old pal Merle?” he asks Andrea. And the very weak Andrea does what people in bad farces do: she faints.

When Andrea and Michonne awake at Woodbury, Merle arrives again, noting the coincidence: “The world gets a little smaller toward the end. Ain’t so many of us to share the air.”

He explains that Woodbury’s folks found him after he had almost bled out, starved, ready to die.

Andrea gives Merle the skinny on his brother Daryl stepping up as a leader, how they ended up on Hershel’s farm but were run off by a zombie herd. She was separated and has no idea if Daryl & Co. are still alive or not. The Governor arrives.  They get antsy and demand they get their weapons back.

Andrea asks why the men killed a couple of the helicopter military guys despite the fact they were not bitten. The Governor, who comes off as reasonable and benign, explains that everyone turns after they die so they had to do that. “We put them out of their misery,” he says. They did find one survivor and brought him back to Woodbury, along with the two women.

The ladies still want out but the Governor offers them food, fresh ammo and a place to stay for the night. (Opening the gate after dusk is too risky.) He even says they can have a vehicle. “No hard feelings,’” he adds.

It’s a walled-in city. The pair watch Governor’s men pick off three walkers outside the walls. He says the dead walkers will be cleaned up because the odor will bug the survivors in the city.

The next morning, they meet some of the survivors. There are 73 total. One woman explains that the wall has not been breached in a month and there had been no deaths in several months. There’s even a baby on the way. There’s a strict curfew and people have to stay quiet at night.

The surviving helicopter man said his camp was doing well. They were fenced off, too, and had supplies and food. But once one person was bit, chaos broke out and the place was a wreck within hours. About 10 of them escaped. A few of them flew the copter to see what was going on, then crashed. The Governor promises to find the remaining military men and bring them back.

A dorky-looking guy who has some sort of scientific background is checking out Michonne’s now-headless pets. He figures she kept them around as camouflage and since they lacked arms and jaws, they lost interest in eating and became “docile.”

Woodbury residents call the walkers “biters.” “Walk with the biters, they think you’re a biter,” the Governor muses. I presume he might find this nugget of information useful in a later episode.

Later, Andrea and Michonne have dinner with the “scientist” and the Governor. They listen to the leader warily. Michonne says nothing.

So far, the Governor seems awfully benevolent. “People here have hope,” he says. “Medical care. Kids go to school. Adults have jobs to do. We have purpose. We’re a community.”

“We will rise again,” he adds, “except we won’t be eating each other.”

Michonne does not trust him.

And for good reason. The Governor and his men find the helicopter guy’s surviving soldiers and acts at first like he’s going to bring them back. Instead, he and his crew kill them for their trucks and supplies. Cold blood. No mercy.

The Governor returns to Woodbury and tells everyone a big whopper, that the men he had just killed were dead already, that they should “honor” them and thank them for the supplies they bestowed upon the town. Andrea seems to buy the hokum, as does the rest of the townsfolk.

Later, you see he had a family in a photo. Then he goes into a private, locked room. There’s a reason it’s locked. He has fish tanks packed with dead heads. Former walkers? Friends? Family? We don’t know. We don’t even know why he’s doing this. Perhaps it’s a way to keep their memory alive?  This doesn’t appear to relax him in any way but he just sits there, pondering morosely.

This is the man who’s going to face off against Rick in a future episode. Be wary. Very wary.

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48 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

October 29th, 2012
7:51 am

Good recap, Rodney!
I’m just grateful the string Sandy winds didn’t knock out our power.

Spoiler alert – if that is necessary in this recap – but last head-in- fish tank we saw, wasn’t that the ‘copter pilot’s?


October 29th, 2012
8:42 am

The Governor is about that LIFE.


October 29th, 2012
8:43 am

awesome show


October 29th, 2012
8:45 am

Yes, that was the pilots head. I love this show but honestly, last night was so boring caompared to the first ones this season. It just seems like if Rick and the gang aren’t on the screen there isn’t much reason to watch. i hope all future episodes include Rich and his group.


October 29th, 2012
9:02 am

Not to be rude but this is actually Episode 3. Other than that, great article/blog!


October 29th, 2012
9:11 am

The Governor is Idi Amin, just a charming, super-intelligent man who is very charismatic and at the same time a sociopath. He is crazy beyond belief! Things are going to get good when the two groups meet up because Rick is not going to put up with the grandiose plans of the Governor to rule the world. I was sick when he killed those soldiers. How could those other men go along with it? The only thing you can do with a despot is kill him in his sleep.


October 29th, 2012
9:12 am

And Michonne needs more lines or something. The angry looks can only go for so long, and then you need to do some real acting. I am anxious to see what happens next week. I wonder who is messing with Rick’s group in the prison? A new character? Merle? Who could it be?


October 29th, 2012
9:21 am

Michonne’s two walker heads were in the tank too.

Walker Bait

October 29th, 2012
9:25 am

Although there was no gratuitous Maggie cleavage in last night’s episode, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

When you realize how much “The Governor” has with our current real-life “The President,” particularly after killing those guard troops and taking what doesn’t belong to him (”spreading the wealth around” to himself, perhaps?), it certainly gives one pause on how no sane person would want either one as a leader.

By the end of the season, Rick will hopefully put one of them out of power. It is up to Rick’s viewers to get rid of the other.

Michonne sure is attractive, in perhaps a dominatrix-style of way, but I wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley with her silverware while her “Aunt Flo” is visiting for the month.


Mercedes S.

October 29th, 2012
9:28 am

How is everybody faring in the storm?
Sunny and windy in Atlanta.


October 29th, 2012
9:49 am

Wow.. You all missed the subtle camera pan in the governors dinning room.
Did you see the collection of weapons in the china cabinet?
One was Michonne’s personal sword laying lengthwise on the shelf. She looks up from the table and sees it with wide eyes, so tell me…WHAT is that message ??? I think these are trophies from other (dead) groups. I don’t think they’ll be able to leave to easy…
The writers are Awesome with all of the subtle clues. I always seem to find new things when I watch it a second time. Have fun ya all.


October 29th, 2012
9:51 am

The heads in tanks made me think the governor was a huge fan of Futurama.


October 29th, 2012
10:10 am

Awesome seeing good ole downtown Senioia transformed into Woodbury


October 29th, 2012
10:11 am

Really want to see that baby be born..Maybe it will be a walker or biter. I hope they link up the two soon I did like the story about the pets..

Mercedes S.

October 29th, 2012
10:18 am

The Stepford baby about to be born could have playdates with Lori’s baby.


October 29th, 2012
10:26 am

Next week you will likely meet the Governors daughter..

Walker Bait

October 29th, 2012
10:27 am

Did Shane father the Stepford baby, too?


October 29th, 2012
10:29 am

Does anybody read the comics? any ideas on who is messing with Rick’s group at the prison?

[...] Also, Manganiello’s “Ten” co-star Josh Holloway and “Walking Dead” cast members Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl, and Scott Wilson, who plays Herschel. By the way here’s my colleague Rodney Ho’s latest “Walking Dead” recap. [...]


October 29th, 2012
10:45 am

Hard to say nypeach… I’ve read the comics and they differ a little with the TV series… Th TV is a “sanitized” version of the comics, those are very sick and disturbing, but very good…
For sure Rick and the Governor will encounter, and won’t be an easy encounter, but again, both differ a little…

Jarbas Passsarinho

October 29th, 2012
10:58 am

I found the governor from TV to be very different from the comics. The comics Governor was more cruel and stupid. He had no manners or as much diplomacy skills compared to the TV version. The guy who messed up with the group in the prison in the comics is not in the TV series. His name was Thomas Richards and he was a nerdy psycho predator.


October 29th, 2012
11:03 am

Notice how the Governor kept saying Andrea and Michonne could leave, but never really let them and kept their weapons. None of his business if they put themselves in danger, if Andrea was sick, etc. Everyone is an adult, aware of the dangers and able to make their own decisions. Michonne was right to be wary – you should always be wary of people who PUSH kindness and hospitality on you. It’s offered, not shoved down your throat. I think Andrea is just feeling vulnerable, she was very sick and isn’t thinking clearly. The Governor got rid of those military guys, who could have been useful, yet he is making Andrea and Michonne “guests.” And I figured that “public relations” chick talking to Andrea about Woodbury was also “in” with the Governor. There is a reason he wants them there.


October 29th, 2012
11:08 am

Last night’s episode was wow with the Governor, I don’t like him!!! And, I am still not a fan of Michonne.

Walker Bait

October 29th, 2012
11:16 am


That “public relations” chick talking to Andrea about Woodbury was the naked lady lying in The Governor’s bed just prior to the aquarium scene at the end.

The Governor had just finished giving her “THE INSIDE SCOOP.”


October 29th, 2012
11:16 am

What about all that focus on TEA? Gov drinks the techy guys “special” tea. Tea was offered to Andrea and Mischonne at breakfast but only Andrea drank it…. the camera panned on the tea a few times….any ideas?


October 29th, 2012
11:18 am

I think Andrea is need to repopulate the new Earth that the Gov is building…..


October 29th, 2012
11:44 am

I’ve got a friend that lives in Silver Spring MD… and he’s getting hammered right now. Says it’s “very scary.”

For him to say its “very scary” means it’s VERY scary.

Jimmy H

October 29th, 2012
11:55 am

I look week after week at the Walking Dead, and then must return to the stupidity of network sitcoms, comedys and reality programming. The networks need to look at the Walking Dead and seriously revamp their efforts and certainly get better actors. The Walking dead makes you think, causes you pain, excites you, and generates a few bad dreams. Network television puts me to sleep!


October 29th, 2012
12:28 pm

Did anyone else notice the Governor’s family pic before he contemplates in front of the fish tanks? The wife/mom looks A LOT like Andrea!


October 29th, 2012
12:31 pm

Governor theories
He’s a Randall Flagg like character (Stephen King’s The Stand), Satan himself claiming what’s left of this World, or,
He’s on a mission to bring back the Confederacy. Clues Michonne instant hatred of him. He says, “We will rises again,” an allusion to, “The South will rise again.” His snide references to the Feds, after massacring the soldiers.
I sure it’s neither of these but it’s fun speculate.

class of 2010

October 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

it kinda sucks when the walking dead goes on a break we have to watch those dumb stupid show sitcoms I wish there was shows like the walking dead on all year teen wolf is o.k but Im a dude and some stuff is gay on there

class of 2010

October 29th, 2012
1:28 pm

@Jimmy H o wow we saying the same thing

Mercedes S.

October 29th, 2012
1:40 pm

Yes, that tea seems mysterious. Opium extract? Town folks seem docile.


October 29th, 2012
1:44 pm

good catch, Dane. I think the governor is just a power hungry sociopath who can’t wait to control the world. NOt sure how racist he is. I think he will use anybody that he can. ON another note, did the governor’s group shoot down the helicopter? Looks like the helicopter was hit a couple of times before it went down.


October 29th, 2012
3:01 pm

Gotta wonder what’s really in that tea that keeps coming up, wonder about that pilots head, he’s the only one that was not a zombie in those tanks, why keep it? Has he moved on from zombies to humans, being a creepy dude? Would like to see what Michonne can really do, need more action for her.


October 29th, 2012
4:23 pm

I wonder if PR Chick laying in the Governor’s bed knew what was in the next room. He is all kinds of nutty. If I were Michonne and Andrea I would make a break for it. No gun, no sword, just bust loose and take my chances with the Walkers.

Justin Engel

October 29th, 2012
5:21 pm

Great stuff, Rodney.We’ve got some theories about The Governor, Merle, Michonne and Woodbury at our MLive Walking Dead Blog too. Also, I’m surprised the direction one of our polls is moving toward. Here’s a link if you want to join the discussion there too:


October 29th, 2012
5:31 pm

At least THE GOVERNOR doesn’t need a teleprompter in order to tell lies to his gullible constituents.

Rodney Ho

October 29th, 2012
6:02 pm

Welcome to the world we live in where people somehow find a way to inject politics into a show like “The Walking Dead.”


October 29th, 2012
6:42 pm

I completely agree Rodney . Why can’t we just talk about the show, instead of having to read crap about your political likes/dislikes. If you want to talk politics, go to a political website.

The Talking Head

October 29th, 2012
7:28 pm

If you have a character on the show named after a prominent political office (literally), how can one reasonably NOT expect any political references whatsoever when discussing??? Get real, people.

As “birth control” is now in short supply, and Maggie & Glen only had that box of 12 Trojans they looted from that drug store, how long before Maggie finds one in the oven as well?

Mercedes S.

October 29th, 2012
7:35 pm

Not to worry, Head, Maggie’s dad is a vet.

The Talking Head

October 29th, 2012
7:48 pm

Hey, Mercedes S.

Yes, I concur.

Perhaps Hershel should start insisting everyone call him The Surgeon General.

Obviously, Rick is The Sheriff.

The Talking Head

October 29th, 2012
7:51 pm

Perhaps Lori could be Monica Lewinsky of the Zombie Apocalypse world.

Of course, she probably wouldn’t be preggers if that were an accurate analogy.

The Talking Head

October 29th, 2012
7:56 pm


(”POTENTIAL” being the key word here!)

A fan of the original graphic novel predicted to me that the series would eventually end with Rick waking up from his coma back in the hospital and having the whole zombie takeover, which aren’t real creatures in the first place, be just a medicinal-induced dream, Bobby-Ewing-in-the-shower-style.

If the creators did that to the audience, that would really [urinate] me off something fierce!

[...] Also, Manganiello’s “Ten” co-star Josh Holloway and “Walking Dead” cast members Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl, and Scott Wilson, who plays Hershel. By the way here’s my colleague Rodney Ho’s latest “Walking Dead” recap. [...]


October 30th, 2012
1:51 pm

I bet the fish tank water is used to make the tea. Drink enough of it and walkers think your one of them. Just a wild guess.


October 31st, 2012
8:36 am

Question…are some of those heads in the aquariums “alive”? I thought I saw a couple of eyes moving.

Love this show. My son just sent me a great meme with a picture of the outer prison yard….If this is the zombie apocalypse, who the f*** is mowing all the grass????