SPOILERS. Wow. Another shocking episode.
“Kill, or be killed. Or die, and then kill.”
So, season 3 is officially done, and once again we have to bid adieu to some characters. Poor Milton, I was hoping he would eventually join Rick’s group at the prison, but the “Guvnah” took care of that.
And Andrea? Milton took care of her, but against his last wish.
So, what does it all mean? Well, let’s break it down a bit.
This episode was odd in the fact that the first half (or maybe more) was all about getting rid of the “marginal” survivors. It seemed like if you were not a ruthless killer, you were gone. If you had any shred of civilization left, you were no longer needed. It looked like nearly everyone was going to die -some in a very nasty fashion – in some sort of post-apocalyptic massacre. Then, in a spark of compassion and mercy, those few remaining non-killers were saved by Rick.
The trap/ambush set up at the prison was outstanding. At first I thought Rick’s group was actually abandoning ship – and that was pretty brilliant misdirection – but leading the governor’s group deep into the “tombs” full of zombies was really quite creative. A very, very good strategy.
The governor has become pure evil. You could see his mind *snap* when his foray into the prison went sour. He killed (or tried to kill) his followers. I think now he is going to try to recruit a “mighty army” and return to the prison for massive revenge. We’ll see.
The governor apparently doesn’t care anymore. When one survivor of the massacre (I think it was Allen) was ready to shoot back, the governor looked like he didn’t care if he lived or died. When he did kill (Allen), he just shrugged like it was nothing. He has now become a true sociopath (and the most dangerous man on “after earth”.
The governor’s henchmen (Martinez and the other guy) are now stuck in something of a limbo. When neither of them stepped forward to kill the governor after he massacred his people, they became as guilty as the governor, and are now stuck with following him to “hide” their guilt. (Becky asked me why they didn’t kill him – the only response I can come up with is “they are henchmen. They don’t think for themselves”. Why didn’t any of Hitler’s henchmen kill him?)
I thought Carl had become a “mini-governor” when he killed the Woodbury kid escaping (although the kid did not actually drop his weapon) , but when he expressed his reasons to Rick his twisted logic made some sort of zombie-sense. Rick saw this, but now has to teach Carl to think about the greater good, rather than just how he can protect the group.
Michonnne and Rick “made up”. Her understanding of why Rick had to originally consider turning her over to the governor just reinforces what an important leader she will eventually become.
Rick eventually absolved his conscience by saving the Woodbury refuges, and is no longer “haunted” by images of Lori. His actions are also intended to be a lesson for Carl.
I am looking forward to Tyreese’s inclusion into Rick’s group. I know in the comics he is a major-major character, and having him on Rick’s side now will be interesting to see. He adds another voice of reason to the group.
I will miss Andrea and Milton, but you can’t cry over spilt milk.
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