The Walking Dead Review: Deal with the Devil

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The prison versus Woodbury has been one of the prominent focuses of The Walking Dead season 3, and as we draw closer to the finale, the stresses are running high for the inevitable clash of sides.

"Arrow on the Doorpost" was an attempt to seek out some sort of peace between Rick and the Governor, leading to a lot of posturing, a deal being offered and the rest of the characters waiting around for any good news.

Stare from The Governor

The episode got off to a great start with a silent sweep through of the meeting place that was highly reminiscent of the season premiere, "Seed." I really enjoy seeing the characters move in a more tactical and thought out manner, rather than running through with no regards for their surroundings.

The whole meet up was interesting in the sense that both sides have certain basic similarities, at least regarding the characters brought along.

Rick and the Governor are the respective leaders, Hershel and Milton are the so-called brains and Daryl and Martinez are the brawn of their groups.

I even enjoyed the sides getting to do a bit of conversing, especially with Daryl and Martinez trying to show off their skills and prowess. But, let's face it, Daryl's going to win that prize hands down.

The best parts of the episode ultimately came from the mini standoff between Rick and the Governor. There was some great tension throughout as the two "tried" to find a solution.

There was an effort to humanize the Governor with his story about his wife being killed. He still questions what the reason for his wife calling might have been and how on some level it haunts him.

Yet, even still, it's hard for me to find any sympathy for his character. He may have been a nice guy before the zombie apocalypse, but he hasn't shown any real signs now. At all. Let's face it, he's a bad guy.

Even Hershel tried to point out to Andrea how the Governor is a "sick man" in reference to his actions against Maggie. You'd think with Andrea pouting that even now she'd come to some realization and leave.

Andrea even says she can't go back to Woodbury, and she still goes back to Woodbury. I feel as if all her poor decisions are going to end up meaning that she makes the most important one when it comes to perhaps the final episode of the season.

But will that be redemptive for her? Can she be redeemed?

It was kind of funny that Andrea kept trying to butt in and give her two cents on the situation, but was pretty much shut down every time. Neither the Governor nor Rick really wanted her there or even cared what she was trying to do.

The Governor even kicked her out of the meeting, which was rather humorous, especially because she's always trying to be another leader when it comes to big situations.

Really, in her desperate attempts for making an ideal peace, she can't seem to find a place. If you really think about it, she's the odd chick out.

At least Glenn back at the prison was able to hold the fort down in Rick's absence, even if Merle tried to be a hassle. Glenn has a lot more common sense when it comes to determining actions. Plus, he got to have a little action of his own with Maggie.

Those two really are a couple of bunny rabbits.

I was a bit disappointed that Rick didn't immediately dispel the Governor's offer of handing over Michonne to his prison crew. I understand his consternation over the whole idea, and was at least glad that he was able to confide in Hershel. Even more, Rick came to the conclusion that even if he did hand over Michonne, they would probably all be killed still. It was good to see there was some sensibility involved.

On the other hand, just the tiny sliver of hope that the Governor might leave them alone if Rick follows through seemed to be enough for him. Sure, he wanted Hershel to talk him out of it, but faced picking their own kids over the new member of their group? Not even Hershel could respond in a definitive answer to sway him.

A lot of conversation in this episode and again sort of squaring off for what's to come. Did we really think there would be peace? No, but I wonder how the whole eventual situation is going to go down, because no matter what choice is made, the end result is going to probably be with a lot of blood splatter and bodies. There's no easy way out. Not in this Walking Dead world anyway.


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One of the best shows on! This one was a little slow, but is setting up for something big!
I like watching Talking Dead after and listening to other fans comments as well.


The governor clearly stated that the only solution was surrender. He then presented an ultimatum that stated, Michonne or war. Rick can see through his lies, he should know how bad people think - he was a cop. The only reason the governor changed his stance from surrender (which we all know would really be an execution of the prison team) to surrendering Michonne was to test Rick's attachment to his morals. The last three episodes should be very interesting


When Rick told the group that the Gov wanted to kill them all and drive them out of the prison, I wasn't sure whether he was lying or telling the truth as he saw it. As he told Herschel afterwards, he was pretty sure that the Gov would come after them all whether they turned Michonne over or not. The Gov wanted to present Rick with a real moral dilemma. Can you intentionally sacrifice one life in order to save a dozen? But we know this isn't going to happen. Michonne may be surly and not 100% reliable, but she's helped the group and never done anything to harm them. Asking the group to hand over Merle would have been a bit different, but the writers are probably saving the next Merle debate for later in the season when he doss something extra-stupid/evil.


Even Hershel tried to point out to Andrea how the Governor is a "sick man" in reference to his actions against Maggie. You'd think with Andrea pouting that even now she'd come to some realization and leave.--- YES!!!
Sorry but I cannot believe how stupid Andrea is acting and Rick, really you are going to believe/trust that lying Governor after what he did to your people? I like Daryl more each episode! I Love Hershel! Michonne is a truly honorable character! I enjoyed this weeks show! I guess people get so desperate they are willing to hope- ie the Gov keeping to his word, rather then facing the truth, he is evil , period! IMO _ The previews were very interesting! I cannot wait for next Sunday!


Andrea will get herself killed while planning to kill the Gov. The upcoming episodes showed tyreese telling the Gov something revealing, showed the Gov shoving Milton against the wall. I think the whole plan gets out before Andrea/Milton can execute it.


@Barb I totally agree, Andrea sees the Governor for what he is now. That being said, I think she made the right choice going back to Woodbury. If Andrea had left the meeting with the prison group she would NEVER have been able to get back into Woodbury. She has more options on how to help Rick & Co from the inside. Staying with the Governor gives Andrea a chance to try and help every way she can from within Woodbury before making the decision to join the prison group. I think she probably told Hershel her plan while they were talking, we just didn't get to see it.


Back for a second..(I know..typed fast and missed a few letters)..but the end i did say 'or it would seem to people sitting in front of a t.v...'meaning - easy for us.


Andrea went back with the Governor because she wants to end this. She has hoped there would be some way to avoid it, but she knows there isn't and for her the best way to try and stop it would be to be at Woodbury.
The previews -anyone sees those? Also the moment where she is telling Tyrese the Gov. is Not who he thinks he is..Tyrese will most likely be important to the ending of this.
This is a show about human beings trying to surive in very bad circumstances and that will include having moments of them "talking" instead of killing zombies every other minute. Loved the scenes with the ones outside actually having coversations. And Rick and Hershel talking about about was going to happen - there's a shot from the distance..past the gates..and the zombies are going by. It showed there were more things to worry about than them.
When people have no been in circumstances like they are in..knowing what is the right or wrong decision isn't as clear as it might seem - or at least seem to people sittin in front of a t.v.


This episode wasn't strong, it was needed. We needed it to remind us of the danger / threat the two groups pose to each other. The good news is that better episodes are still to come, oh yeah.


Gostei muito da postura do super Rick(lindinho)diante do gov., não se deixou levar pela proposta (quem é ele para fazer proposta), está claro que o grupo do Rick leva a pior em um confronto mas tudo pode acontecer, um motim na cidade por exemplo, o Milton esta descontente, a Andreia(credo) voltou para lá para tentar algo eu acho,enfim tudo pode acontecer. O resumo da próxima semana conta que o Rick será ferido gravemente então temos que aguardar. Até a próxima.

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