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The Walking Dead Review: Tea with the Governor

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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.

Welcome, 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.

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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The heads were freaky, but the alternative (from the comics) would've been much worse (didn't read the comics, but I read Rise of the Governor)... Seems to me the soldiers dying is part of the price of Woodbury. That's why all these people have such a nice place to live. They kill survivors and take their stuff for themselves. Merle seemed "tamed" and most of the Governor's crew seemed to resent his methods. He's going to end up alone at the wrong end of a sword methinks.

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Sean...no..you are not the only one that thought the governor sounded like Liam Neeson! The minute he opened his mouth I thought the same thing!

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Gostei do episódio, foi uma apresentação dos novos personagens muito boa, espero muito deles, mas não posso deixar de dizer que o Governador é "louco de pedra", coitado, espero que a história dele seja do tamanho de sua loucura. Agora, eu não concordo com o que foi dito da drad´s, ela é só precavida, depois de se manter viva todo esse tempo sozinha(ou pelo menos) eu também desconfiaria até da minha sombra zumbi, acredito que ela e o Rick vão ser os "pés no chão", aliás o Rick fez falta no episódio, adoro ele.

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>.> It's strange you mention the graphic novel Governor then act all sad about Michonne, since she's pretty much like that in the comics, too.

Terrie

To add ....... Cannot wait for Rick and Group to be brought into this little community........we already know two alpha males( don't forget Rick/Shane) don't get along....... On another subject......how long do you guys think this show will last? Seriously, just how long can you fight off zombies and remain interesting? Do they ever figure out a cure? Will things ever get back to normal? One last note........the head aquarium was just creepy........that's my main question.........WHY is the governor keeping that like that?

Terrie

"Comic Spoilers" Do you REALLY expect them to follow the comics word for word????? That would make for a boring show. Personally I have not read the comics or the graphic novels, which I think has made the show that more great for me. The focus seems to be on how this has changed EVERYONE. Well, don't you think if a REAL zombie take over happened and if you survived that it would change you????????? The Governor killing the army men....while he just might have felt threatened by them I don't think that's the only reason. Did you not hear him say "You Die You Turn" ?...... seems to me that anyone that has survived is infected whether bitten or not. It's clear to me him and his Dr(Dallas Roberts) are experimenting on the zombies to figure out a cure. It's also clear to me the Governor has lost his family. Michonne......I don't blame her for not trusting these people. Still too early to make an assessment of her character.

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Meh, I don't get the hype from this episode since it was a bit boring for my taste. Also, it might be a little too soon to judge her but I'm already tired of Michonne's frowned face the WHOLE freaking time.

Ilkvomit

Another great episode....Michael Rooker is the master of potraying sleazy characters,so im delighted that Merle is back...Cant wait for him and Daryl to reunite,im sure it wont be very brotherly. Ahhh The Governor...He's already more badass than Klaus (Vampire Diaries) ever was haha.And i agree with the reviewer in that i CANT wait for the showdown between him and Rick. Random things i ponder
•Heads in fishtanks ?
•Michonne !! Master frowner ?

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Sean, thank you! Makes much more sense. This heads were creepy and I get why he killed the other guy and not Andrea and her friend. (Still learning names, I'm new) I can't wait to see if Rick and his gang ever go to the new town. And was something in the tea or am I just going to deep into it?!

Sp-mckenna

@Holyturtle - It is kinda true. I don't think anyone from The Governor's crew was even injured. I know the Governor brought the heavy firepower and I know the army guys weren't prepared for an attack, but still, it might have been nice to see them put up a little more of a fight, especially because they were military soliders.

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