Walking Dead
The Suicide King

Episode Report Card
M. Giant: B- | 3 USERS: A
So Much for Safety in Numbers
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Seconds later (meaning seconds after the end of the fall finale), the Governor glowers with his one good eye at the helpless, unarmed Dixon brothers standing in the middle of the crowd of angry Woodburians howling for their blood. Andrea fights her way free of Milton toward the circle and tries to appeal to the Governor, only to find herself at gunpoint as well courtesy of the Governor's thugs. "He's my friend," she protests. "It's not up to me anymore," the Governor tells Andrea, saying that the people have spoken. He raises his voice and publicly challenges Merle to prove his loyalty to Woodbury, right here and now. "Brother against brother. Winner goes free. Fight to the death!" The crowd roars its approval, because you should always listen to a guy who has blood leaking down one cheek from behind the fresh bandage over his recently-ruined eye. While Andrea continues to beg vainly for a stop to this, Merle commences a speech to the crowd which he interrupts with a sucker punch to Daryl's gut. But then he finishes the speech while kicking Daryl across the dirt, which is good because I hate it when someone leaves a thought unfinished. Some goons with neck-snares herd a couple of zombies into the circle and hold them in position at the perimeter while the brothers hold onto each other's throats. "You really think this asshole's gonna let you go?" Daryl says. Merle tells Daryl to follow his lead and he'll get them both out of this. I'm sure that's true, but Daryl will be getting out of it feet-first. Daryl hauls Merle to his feet and they stand back to back against the encroaching walkers, fighting them as well as they can with bare hands and boots. Andrea keeps whining, "Phillip, stop this!" Suddenly the heads of one of the zombies explodes: Maggie's shooting from behind a Dumpster, which is cool. The next one to go down is the girl who tried to train Andrea on wall duty, though, so I guess Maggie's just shooting anyone. Rick throws a couple of smoke grenades into the center of the crowd, and the people panic as he and Maggie keep shooting. The Governor draws his automatic and grins while Andrea makes a run for it. Soon the whole courtyard is filled with smoke. The Governor stalks through it, casually shooting a walker while barely looking at it. Andrea kneels over the young woman Maggie just shot. Daryl reclaims his crossbow from the large, bearded and increasingly familiar local who was using it until that moment, and they vanish into the night. And the Governor just slowly walks through it all, looking cold-blooded and bad-ass, but not actually accomplishing anything.

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