This week on The Walking Dead, the writers gear up for the great confrontation between Team Governor and Team Rick. The main focus of this week’s story involves the potential exchange of Michonne for peace that Rick was promised by the Governor. It all starts off smooth enough, with Rick preparing to set a trap to grab Michonne and haul her off to be handed over. But he has a change of heart and can’t do it. As it turns out, the slightly crazy leader is still grounded in some degree of morality, a sharp contrast to what his rival, the Governor demonstrates.
The twist of this story is that Merle - that’s right, the racist bastard we all love to hate - sees himself as the answer to this moral dilemma. He grabs up Michonne himself and sets off to meet the Governor. He knows that going there is most likely a one-way trip for him, but he does it anyway, an attempt at redemption of sorts. Along the way, he and Michonne have a little chat and Merle, at last experiencing the full weight of his fatally pragmatic attitude, decides to let her go. He doesn’t turn around, however, and sets his own sights on taking down the Governor and as many of his troops as is possible for one man with a high-powered rifle. How this turns out… I’m not gonna spoiler it for you. It was just too damn good to ruin.
I was very pleased with this week’s episode, particularly the ending. Everyone has chosen their sides, though some fence-sitters still remain in the form of Tyreese and his daughter and the Governor’s right-hand man. I’m guessing that these undecideds will really determine the outcome of this Sunday’s final showdown. Only one more episode to go, and the creators of Walking Dead better damn well go out on a big bang or I’m going to be sorely disappointed.