'The Walking Dead' recap: 'Give him the greatest night of his life'
"The Waking Dead" -- "I Ain't a Judas"
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "I Ain't a Judas" episode of "The Walking Dead" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Ah, it's always the quiet ones. Despite losing her newest BFF, and what appeared to be a love match in the making, in Axel last week, Carol pulled herself together in short order this week to offer a novel and permanent solution to the gang's Governor problem.
But first …
Frustrated with last week's brutal sneak attack, Rick and his group are at odds. Rick and Glenn want to stand their ground and stay within the relatively safe -- ??? -- walls of the prison. In the other corner: Hershel and Merle, who probably wouldn't get a vote, except that 1) Merle saved Rick's life last week, and 2) knows more about the psycho that is the Governor than anyone else.
"That truck through the fence thing?" Merle says. "That's just him ringing the doorbell." By the way, has anyone else noticed that Merle has sort of become the Peter Dinklage of "Walking Dead," in that he's getting and delivering some great lines this season?
As the discussion continues, Rick starts to walk away, which gets Hershel riled up.
"Get back here! You're slipping, Rick!" Hershel yells, reminding Rick that they understand why he's been in a bad way lately, but that Hershel has put the survival of his family in Rick's hands. "Get your head clear, and do something," Hershel urges.
Rick heads out for watch duty, and wise and brave son Carl joins him and wants to talk. "You should stop," Carl says. Rick: "Stop what?" Carl: "Being the leader. Let Hershel and Daryl handle things. You deserve a rest."
In Woodbury …
As the Governor peppers Milton with questions about how many able-bodied people are left in Woodbury, Andrea comes in and demands answers about what happened when the Gov went to the prison. He's evasive and accuses Andrea's prison pals of being nuts themselves, but she insists that she should go see them, talk to Rick, and try to forge a cease-fire between the two factions.
The Gov is against it, and issues her a warning: "Andrea, if you go to that prison, stay there."
She stomps off and into the streets of Woodbury, where the Gov's most committed minion, Martinez, is trying to make a teenage boy sign up for gun training. His mom objects, saying he's asthmatic, and Andrea also tries to intervene, but Martinez says these are the Gov's plans.
Yep, Captain Psycho is building an army.
Let's solve two problems at once
At the prison, Glenn shares an idea: Let's give Merle to the Governor. The Governor will be happy to get his hands on the man who betrayed him, and they'll get access to the Governor and might be able to negotiate a truce. Rick and Hershel defend Merle, and Hershel heads off for a heart-to-heart with the eldest Dixon bro.
They discuss their losses -- Merle's hand and Hershel's leg -- and as Hershel quotes the Bible and tells Merle that he, too, once lost his way, Merle drops the biggest shocker since Axel took that bullet: Merle knows his Bible, and finishes the passage Hershel began quoting to him (Matthew 5:29-30).
"Woodbury had a damn fine library … one of the only things I miss about it," Merle explains. Then he repays Hershel's kind words by trying to clue him in on just how dangerous the group's enemy is: "When the Governor returns, he's going to kill me first, Michonne, my brother, then your girls, Glenn, Carl, the baby, whoever else's left. He'll save Rick for last, so he can watch his family and friends die ugly. That's who you're dealing with."