‘The Walking Dead’ recap: The Governor — he’s heeeere (and so is Merle!)
"What's our motivation?"
"Walking Dead" comic book fans have long awaited the introduction of the Governor (David Morrissey), a zombie apocalypse survivor who has been named one of the most villainous comic book baddies ever. What, you didn't get that from the drab dad duds he wears or the Pleasantville-like town he presides over?
But surely you suspected he was bad news when he killed all those military men, lied to his people about it, and then retired to his private chambers to gaze creepily upon his wall of zombie heads in fish tanks, right? But we're getting ahead of ourselves …
A new villain emerges …
The Governor welcomed Andrea and Michonne into his little post-apocalyptic utopia after one of his men snuck up on them hiding in the bushes. The Governor and his cohorts had been checking on the survivors of a military helicopter crash, and the ever mysterious Michonne had just beheaded Thing One and Thing Two, her zombie pets, in order to keep them quiet and avoid detection, but she didn't act quickly enough to avoid Merle.
… and a familiar one returns
Yes, that Merle (Michael Rooker), Darryl's older brother, who we last saw in Darryl's hallucination in season two. Merle escaped being ravaged by zombies in season one by chopping off his own hand, and he's compensated for the loss of his paw by fixing it with a gadget that covers his stump at one end and adding a bayonet at the other (a fine zombie-stabbing gadget, that).
Upon shepherding the women back to Camp Woodbury, Merle made sure the very ill Andrea was treated with meds and played a quick game of catch up with his former neighbor. Here's how the conversation went (we're paraphrasing, of course):
Merle: How've you been?
Andrea: Oh, me? Well, you know, just watching half the people I know get eaten by zombies, including my sister and that old guy who was sort of a dad to me, and like, well, enough about me, what have you been up to?
Merle: Oh, yeah, well, I had to chop my hand off, but I got this totes cool stabbing machine in its place, and now I'm hanging out with this guy, who, sure, has some control issues, but like, he completely saved me from bleeding out and shooting myself in the head and starving to death, so, you know, friendship is a two-way street, am I right? So anyway, have you seen my brah, Darryl?
Wait, is this 'The Walking Dead' or 'Dexter'?
Andrea and Michonne, who's suspicious of everyone and everything she's surrounded by, were then introduced to the Governor, who, pre-psycho behavior, seems almost charming.
He is trying to give his fellow survivors a safe little haven, he explains, where they can act as a community, where the children can go to school and the residents can roam within the confines of some very tall, weapon-protected walls during the daylight hours without fear of being zombie junk food.