The Walking Dead Review: Tea with the Governor
Wait a minute. Was that a hat trick? Was that three fantastic episodes of The Walking Dead in a row?
I was certainly worried that after the momentum of "Seed" and "Sick" that things would come to a screeching halt and have me wishing we were back at the prison with Rick and company.
Except "Walk With Me" took the series in a different direction, feeding into the illusion of safety and providing a commanding and eerie threat in the brand new character, The Governor.
Sure, in a way, the episode did slow itself down and a lot of it was spent talking, gazing and contemplating, but it was still covered in thick tension. I just kept waiting for something bad to happen.
Truthfully, Woodbury is the town that just seems too good to be true.
And I love that it's a huge contrast from the prison's dingy and dark atmosphere. Here, everyone's got a shower, they get to eat, wear clean clothes and have a curfew. The price you pay, right?
Because that's what makes Woodbury such a promising yet terrifying location. Everything feels so cheery and lovely that on the one hand it's easy to want to take part, but it's also understandable to be wary of the situation.
After all, the world is different, and little quaint towns aren't just little quaint towns anymore.
Especially, when Merle is a part of the community and not in charge. That's right Merle was back and he wasn't a dream!
It's not only great that we get Michael Rooker back to play the attitude-filled redneck, but he provided the unique connection to not only Andrea, but the prison itself because of Daryl. There's no doubt in my mind that if he knows where Daryl is, he will head right for it.
But the sociopath that tops him, nay, puts him in his place, is The Governor, magnificently acted by David Morrisey. And is it me or does he sound a bit like Liam Neeson?
He may not look anything like his graphic novel representation, but Morrissey brings that character to life in such a way that makes you want to fear him. The Governor seems so nice, friendly and caring... until he's blowing you away and smashing your face in.
And it's obvious from that picture of his family on his mantel that while he may have been a good guy in his past life, the world's circumstances have turned him into something more.
Can you believe those last moments of him just staring at heads in fishtanks? That is not normal.
The Governor has such a swagger and command that I can't wait to see him face off with Rick, who himself, has slowly turned into a more leadership presence with a dark flair.
I'm not sure how I feel about Michonne, though, and that might be my only real complaint of the episode.
Yes, she's ingenious in using the walkers as repellent (we finally discovered what the armless/jawless walkers meant), she's helpful with Andrea and she's got something of a past that's made her more hardened. It's reasonable to see that she's perhaps less trusting than Andrea, who has belonged to a group. And she's got that bad ass sword.
But she just seems so pissed off all the time. Kind of a grump.
Granted, we haven't really had any time to explore her character yet, so it could be too early to really judge her.
In a lot of ways it was great that we interrupted the prison for the entire episode to focus only on Woodbury. Not only did we get more time to flesh that section out, but we were treated to a full focus. No bouncing back and forth meant that things don't have to happen as fast, and the story itself could take time to progress naturally and effectively.
Plus, there's so much going on with Woodbury, Andrea, Michonne, Merle,and The Governor that even if it seems like less action and cutthroat problems like in the prison, there's plenty to be captivated by and make you want to know more.
For now, there is no weak story and whether we head back to the prison next week or stay with Woodbury, my eyes will be glued to the TV with anticipation.
It's truly enjoyable to see that The Walking Dead has found itself continuing on the path of a phenomenal third season.
The Walking Dead: "Walk With Me"
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.