SPOILER ALERT: No human casualties this week!
The creators wisely decided we needed a break after last week’s double dose of death.
Instead, we have mourners at the prison and a big party over in Woodbury. But there’s lightness in Rick’s camp thanks to the baby getting fed and darkness over in Woodbury because of the Governor and his squirrelly ways.
And the end of the episode leaves us with a cliffhanger: who could be calling on an old rotary phone that gives Rick the only dialogue he’s had all hour.
Plus, one big question remains unanswered: where is Carol?
But let’s get back to the beginning of the hour:
Milton, the Governor’s science guy, questions the use of the generators to create ice for a party, but Andrea is all smitten about the town.
In the meantime, the Governor is running a brush through the hair of his daughter Penny, who is unfortunately a zombie. And when he rips some of her hair out, she gets perturbed. To calm her, he has to stick a white bag over her head. In other words, she’s not really the girl he remembers, but he says he still loves her all the same. So besides his private man cave with all the decapitated heads and killing all the military guys to get their weapons, he also harbors some strange hope that his daughter could be revived. Or he’s just keeping her around because he can’t let go. (See Hershel.)
Perhaps the Governor relates to the way Michonne kept those two walkers around so long as pets. He knows if he can convince her that he’s cool, she could be a good foot soldier for him. As for Andrea, he just has the hots for her.
Michonne breaks into the Governor’s home while he’s celebrating with the rest of the town. She grabs her sword. She also checks his diary, which includes a list of presumably dead folks, including his daughter Penny. There are slash marks for pages after that. Intriguing. Then Michonne hears Milton, Merle and the Governor coming back and hides.
The Governor and Milton bust Milton’s chops for being so concerned about how the party is sucking away resources he could be using for an unspecified experiment. The Governor tells him to start over later. No way he’s postponing the fun!
Surprisingly, the Governor is letting Michonne wander around unattended. She finds some zombies in a building, presumably being used for Milton’s experiments or… something else. She opens the gate and does a little slicing and dicing. She gets caught.
“You get off on that, poking around other people’s things?” the Governor says.
“We’ve got nothing to hide,” he adds, disingenuously.
“People who have nothing to hide feel no need to say so,” Michonne says.
“We all have our secrets,” he acknowledges.
“Like Penny?” she says accusingly.
“You know about Penny? Then you love know I loved her,” he says.
“Bet you say that about all the girls,” she sneers.
“You got the wrong idea about me. I’m just a guy who’s trying to do right by the people who I care about,” he explains. “You want to leave. Andrea wants to stay. You want me to kick you out!”
But he says she fits in. “We’ve enjoyed having you,” he says.
The Governor offers her a post on his team. She sticks a sword on his neck instead, backs off, then leaves.
Andrea talks to the Governor about Michonne’s behavior. Then she tries to talk “sense” into Michonne and convince her to stay. She believes they have a good thing in Woodbury. “This place is not what they say it is,” Michonne says, reading the Governor correctly.
With no more walkers (or biters, as the Woodbury folks call them) in the shed, the Governor’s crew goes pick up some more, trapping them like wild animals.
Later, Michonne and Andrea try to leave. Merle gives them some guff, then opens the gate. Andrea gets real with Michonne. She can’t scavenge around the way they did for eight months again. “I don’t know if I have another eight months in me like that,” she says.
Michonne decides to go it alone.
I doubt this is the last we’ll see of her.
Later that night, the party is in full swing with loud music and no concern about drawing more walkers. But this is no rock concert. It’s gladiator-type games with several zombies attached to chains. Three guys (including Merle) fight each other in mixed martial arts style with the zombies on the perimeter for show.
Andrea is appalled. Milton looks resigned. “This is a way to blow off steam,” the Governor tells Andrea.
“This is sick!” she says.
“Look around,” the Governor says. “Everyone’s having a great time.”
Then he tells her it’s like wrestling, choreographed for show. The “biters” have had their jaws removed so they can’t bite.
“People need entertainment,” he reasons.
Meanwhile, back at the prison, Rick is catatonic, then rage-filled, as he grabs an ax and starts slicing up the remaining zombies inside.
Daryl and Maggie go on a formula run, which isn’t so easy in the zombie apocalypse. Glenn starts digging graves. Axel and Oscar offer to help and express their sympathies. Glenn is resentful, tells Hershel he wishes they had just killed all the prisoners at the first chance, that the walkers could have just as easily gotten Maggie instead of T-Dog. And he gives T-Dog props for saving his life many times.
He looks for Rick, who has that “crazy dog” look in his eye after axing so many walkers. Glenn tries to talk him down. Instead, Rick physically grabs Glenn and shoves him away, wordless in his grief.
Maggie and Daryl, in their formula hunt, stop by a house to pick up formula and return unscathed. Daryl then feeds the baby, a most incongruous image. The baby has no name yet. Carl ticks off candidates: all the women who have died including Carol, who has yet to be found.
Rick finds the room where Lori died. He doesn’t find her at all. Instead, he finds a very full zombie who had consumed her. (Gosh, that zombie must have strong teeth!). He shoots the zombie, then for pure grossness, starts hacking at his stomach, where the remains of Lori lay.
Then the phone rings. Is this prison from “Shawshank Redemption”? Is that why the phone is rotary?
Here’s a clip of the show.