*Spoiler Alert: Do not read this post or the comment section if you have not seen the show. Also, for those who have read the comics, please do not discuss plot elements not revealed on the show.*
Wow. Suddenly the fall season finale is upon us. How did that happen? It seems like just yesterday they were finding the prison. But I am going too fast here. A lot happened in this episode. Interestingly show-runner Glenn Mazara says this is one of his favorite episodes of the entire series. Did it live up to the hype?
I thought the Survivors were a bit too quick to believe Michionne about Glenn and Maggie. After everything they have been through you would think they would have been more skeptical that it wasn’t a trap. It shows just how close the core group is. As Darryl said later in the episode, “That’s what we do.” I also found it interesting that Michionne was willing to guide the rescue party. That seems completely contrary to her character. Last point on the rescue mission: How does it not come up that the man who took them is Merle and he asked both them and Andrea about his brother? It seems like Michionne would have wanted to discuss that.
The reunion with Rick and Carol was emotionally awesome. Sheer happiness and then deep sadness. That’s life in the zombie apocalypse.
Every scene the Governor is in is creepy, especially between he and oh-so-naive Andrea. Of course, that’s the whole point, right? And Merle has been a major prick. What he did to Glenn will certainly have to be reconciled at some point. I feel confident that Glenn and Maggie will make it out alive but it is going to be interesting to see how. And what’s going to happen when the Governor sees Michionne helping the invasion force? He’ll know Merle lied. That certainly isn’t going to go over well.
Next week we know we’re getting a new character from the comic book (Tyreese) who will probably be a major player. The previews tell us to expect an assault on Woodbury. I am concerned about rumors that there will be another character death and a clip from the preview which shows Carl yelling, “C’mon, you have to leave her!” There are only three girls at the prison now. Judith, Carol and Beth. I hope it isn’t one of them, but at this point it seems clear the show writers are happy to make us suffer through all sorts of unpleasant things.