First question of the morning. Why the hell hasn't anyone given the Governor a proper eye patch yet? He doesn't look nearly enough like a pirate, with that stupid little flesh-colored bandage stuck to his forehead. It's a petty thing, but we just want him to look appropriately menacing. This week, he asks Andrea to take over as Woodbury leader, having watched her rousing, unifying speech from Episode 9. He acts like he's still mourning the loss of his hissing, zombie child, but we think this has more to do with his desire to find the prison and enact revenge for her death.
Talking of dead family members, it's worth noting that Rick is seeing Lori's beautifully gowned ghost all over the prison and outside the prison walls, where he soon goes wandering in search of her. He looks kind of relieved when she touches his face, but is mostly starting to resemble a Tenderloin crack head. Now's not the time, Rick. There's never a good time when you're mid-zombie-apocalypse, we know. But now is definitely not the time!
Inside the prison, Michonne and Glenn are trying to figure out what to do about the Governor. The rest of the group is calm because they don't fully understand what the Gov is capable of, but Glenn wants to head back to Woodbury for a pre-emptive assassination attempt. "You and I could end this tonight," Glenn tells Michonne. Michonne nods quietly, but she ain't looking so good. At the last moment, Hershell talks Glenn into staying put and defending the prison instead. Team Prison is right to be worried though -- Andrea soon discovers that the Governor has left town. And no one will tell her where he's gone.
Back at the prison, things are still tense between Glenn and Maggie as they try and talk out exactly what the Governor did to her when the two of them were being held captive. Glenn's furious and frustrated and clearly feels partially responsible. Maggie's in shock and defensive and pushing him away. Major bummer. We love these two, happy together.
Outside, Carol is showing Axel how to use a gun. He claims he has no idea how. We feel like he might put the moves on her soon. Speaking of Carol-lovers, Daryl is still out in the woods with Merle, going it alone. Daryl wants to
head back to the safety of the prison, but Merle is unwilling -- probably not a bad thing, given the fact that he so recently beat the bejesus out of Glenn.
Eventually, Daryl and Merle stumble across a small group of human survivors, fighting off a hoard of the undead. Daryl rushes in to help, slaughtering a bunch of walkers -- one of whom gets its head destroyed by a trunk door (kill of the week, probably). Merle does nothing to help because he's a selfish, lazy coward. Then, once all the undead are re-dead, Merle pulls a gun on one of the survivors and starts raiding their car (all the while using racial slurs). Nice guy.
Daryl can't watch this for longer than about 45 seconds, so pulls his crossbow on his brother until Merle leaves the survivors alone so they can drive away. Back in the woods, Daryl and Merle get into it. Daryl tells Merle that he got handcuffed to the roof in Season 1 because Merle "asked for it:" "You lost your hand because you're a simple-minded piece of shit!" he yells, before pointing out that Merle abandoned Daryl when he was a kid. High five, Daryl! Somebody had to say it.
Merle of course knocks Daryl down in the dirt to start a fight, but stops cold when Daryl's shirt rips and exposes long scars where he's clearly been whipped. "I didn't know" Merle stumbles. "Yeah, you did," Daryl interrupts. "He did the same to you. That's why you left first." Daryl very wisely starts heading back to the prison. Merle yells after Daryl that he can't go along because he tried to kill Michonne and came very close to offing Glenn too (again, there are racial slurs). "I may be the one walking away," Daryl says. "But you're the one that's leaving. Again."
Back at the prison, Hershel is trying to reason with an increasingly angry Glenn. "This rage is gonna get you killed," the older man points out. Glenn jumps in a car and leaves the prison anyway. Inside, Beth shows Maggie how to feed L'il Asskicker -- it's clearly a means to distract Maggie from what she just went through at Woodbury. (Sisters are awesome.)
Rick is wandering around outside the prison walls still, when Hershel calls to him. "Are you coming back soon? Glenn's on a warpath. We need you now more than ever." Rick tells Hershel he should just lead if he feels that strongly about it. Finally, Rick confesses to seeing Lori. "I know it's not really her, but it's gotta mean something." Rick says he's searching for an answer and he believes that in time it will all make sense. Hershel tells Rick to come back inside, but Rick declines.
Axel and Carol continue their bonding inside the prison yard, chuckling over corny jokes and generally being cute. Hurry back, Daryl! There's an ex-con sweeping in to steal your woman! ... Oh, no, wait. Not to worry. Because THE GOVERNOR JUST SHOT HIM IN THE FACE. We did not see that coming. At all. Just... wow. Carol's face got sprayed with brain and everything. WOW.
The whole group immediately comes under heavy fire. The Gov is not acting alone and his gang has semi-automatic weapons. Rick snaps out of his crazy bubble and runs back toward the prison, bullets raining down all around him. Michonne dives behind an overturned bus, (one-legged) Hershel dives into long grass to hide, Carol -- exposed in the middle of the yard -- throws herself on the ground and stays as close to Axel's lifeless body as possible for cover. Carl and Beth run for cover behind some small bleachers -- Carl wielding his pistol as if it's a match for the machine guns (man, we love this kid), and generally the entire thing resembles a war movie.
Finally, Team Woodbury stop shooting for long enough for Maggie to get in position with a giant gun, and get Carol to safety (and armed). Maggie manages to kill one of the shooters, but then it happens. A small truck drives full force through the gates of the prison, drops open and releases a hoard of the undead, extremely close to where Hershel is taking cover. A tiny figure, dressed in a lot of protective gear, jumps out. Shortly afterward -- and just as Glenn is arriving back -- The Gov and his goons leave Team Prison to fight off the unleashed undead.
Michonne then goes on what can only be described as a super-Samurai rampage, slaughtering walkers like it's going out of style. Rick is saved from two zombies by the returning Daryl (yay!) and Merle (groan), and Glenn gets Hershel to safety. Once everything has calmed down, Rick, Merle, and Daryl find themselves stranded outside of the prison with a field full of walkers between them and the rest of the gang who've secured the inner perimeter.
So what next? Frankly, we don't care. That was the craziest 10 minutes of television we're likely to see until ... oh, you know ... next
Sunday. Man, The Walking Dead
is stressful. At least Glenn and Maggie are holding hands again by the end of it. Silver linings and all that.