'The Walking Dead' Recap: 'I'm Hoping You Can Talk Me Out of It'
SPOILER ALERT: This recap for the "Arrow on the Doorpost" episode of "The Walking Dead" contains storyline and character spoilers.
After last week's incredibly emotional "Clear," with the return of Rick's friend Morgan, "Arrow on the Doorpost" might seem a bit underwhelming. But it is a key episode for many reasons.
Rick finally got an up close and personal gander at the Governor, and essentially summed him up as nothing more than a nuisance.
Andrea saw just how little she means, and what a pawn she has been, to the Governor.
And the Governor may have made his biggest tactical error ever: He allowed his people to bond with Rick's people, perhaps putting a dent in the frenzy he's trying to whip up to get Woodbury's citizenry to go to war against Rick and the citizens of Camp Lockdown.
Oh, yeah, and the Governor laid his cards on the table: He doesn't want a truce, he doesn't want the prison, he doesn't really care about Rick and Merle and the rest of the prison pals. He just wants Rick to deliver up Michonne, on a platter, for him to carry out -- if the "WD" comics are any hint -- what would be one sick, twisted plot for retribution for his eye and his Penny.
Silent but deadly
The first several minutes of the episode were silent, as Rick, Daryl, and Hershel arrived at a rundown farm facility and began to scope out the area. Hershel, in the car, had a gun strapped to his leg, Rick had his gun in his hand, and Daryl was armed with his bow and arrow as Rick approached a barnlike building with a platform holding a table and chairs.
As he slowly walked to the platform, a figure emerged out of the shadows … the patch-sporting Governor, smiling, holding his hands up in front of him, and telling Rick, "We have a lot to talk about."
"You attacked us," Rick said. "Makes things pretty clear."
Governor: "I was trying to make things clear. I could have killed you all. I didn't."
Of course, if anyone was fooled by that weak case that he's a fair man, a quick shot of his side of the table revealed the truth: Even though he'd taken off his weapon and asked Rick to do the same, the Governor had a gun taped under the top of the table.
Outside, as Daryl and Hershel continued to keep watch, a truck arrived with Martinez, Milton, and Andrea, who rushed inside the barn, surprised that the meeting had already begun. She told Rick and the Governor that they needed to end their squabble now, before more people get hurt.
Rick told his foe, "I know about you, the raids, the heads, Maggie."
That was Merle, the Gov lamely defended, but Rick wasn't buying his cheesy grin and faux charm. "You know what I'm talking about."
Yes, everyone knows exactly what Rick is talking about. Well, everyone but Andrea, who is still trying to pretend she doesn't know how rotten to the core her lovah is.
But no matter, because she will prove to be the one thing the men agreed on at their meeting: her dismissal. They both told her to kick rocks, and she was none too happy that this meeting she thought was happening because of her was going to continue without her.
Outside the meeting, the boys got testy with each other, with Daryl referring to Milton as the Governor's butler, and Milton referring to Daryl as Rick's henchman. Martinez told Daryl to shut his mouth, and only a call for civility from Hershel calmed the situation.