As the group struggles with Rick’s obvious mental issues, the Governor prepares for an assault on the prison. Can the group come together and prepare for battle before everything so many people have died for is lost forever?
Lori Appears to Rick Again as he Slides Towards Madness
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) has gone absolutely insane. Granted, in a world filled with zombies insanity is a relative thing. But once again he sees his dead wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) walking around, this time as he surveys the yard with binoculars. At first he spots her by the group’s graveyard and he sprints towards her. She’s gone by the time he gets there and Michonne (Danai Gurira) watches him as he scrambles around. He then spots her walking outside the gates and he opens the gates to chase after her. Luckily Michonne is there to close the gates behind him, because he seems unaware of the danger he’s just put the group in with his carelessness.
Back in Woodbury the Governor (David Morrissey) visits Andrea (Laurie Holden) and thanks her for the reassuring speech that calmed the town the day before. She asks him about the prison and he tells her that he isn’t planning any retaliation. As far as he’s concerned, if they leave Woodbury alone he’ll do the same. He seems sincere but given his track record, his speech seems more about keeping her close than helping the town.
In the woods Merle (Michael Rooker) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) argue over what to do and Merle tells Daryl that by now the Governor has already overrun the prison. That hasn’t happened yet, but at the prison Glenn heads up a defense plan against what he is sure will be an attack.
You Should Never Trust a One-Eyed Psychopath
At Woodbury Andrea is looking for the Governor and she realizes that not only is he gone, so are several other people, including the volatile Martinez. She doesn’t know what’s going on, but I would suspect a raid on the prison.
At the prison Glenn and Carl (Chandler Riggs) discover the tombs have been overrun again by walkers. They are coming back into areas the group had previously cleared and it seems more likely the group will have to leave whether they want to or not. Glenn wants to take Maggie (Lauren Cohan) on a drive to explore the far side of the prison, but she’s curled up in bed. She sends him away and the couple seems unable to get past the attempted rape of Maggie in Woodbury.
In the woods Merle and Daryl come across some survivors trapped by a horde of walkers on a bridge. Daryl runs to help them while Merle refuses to move, telling Daryl helping strangers is against his policy.
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On the bridge Daryl finds two men trapped on the back of a flatbed and a woman and child trapped inside a locked car. They look to be moments from being overrun and he wades into the crowd to help as Merle watches silently. They finally clear the walkers and Merle pulls a gun on the men and forces his way into the car looking for things to steal. Daryl pulls the crossbow on his brother and yells at the men to get into the car and leave. While these two brothers were sides of the same coin when the world turned bad, they have evolved into very different people. The brothers fight and Daryl tells Merle he is going back to the prison where he belongs. Merle reminds him that he can’t go and it’s the first time in the entire series that Merle seems scared and fragile. Daryl doesn’t care and walks into the forest alone. At the prison the Doc stops Glenn and tells him that his rage is going to get him killed. Glenn replies that with Daryl gone and Rick “wandering crazy town” he’s the next charge. But it seems to be less about taking care of the group and more about finding an outlet for his anger.
The Governor Brings the Fight to the Prison
Herschel (Scott Wilson) spots Rick wandering the woods outside the prison and tries to bring him back to deal with Glenn and the problems with the group. Rick reluctantly tells him that he’s been seeing his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies). He knows that she’s not real but he can’t help thinking her appearances mean something. Rick is gaunt, exhausted and nearly incoherent. He refuses to come back and walks silently back into the woods.
A shot rings out and Axel is shot through the head. It’s the Governor, outside the prison with a sniper rifle. Martinez is with him and spots Rick entering into the trees. He fires at Rick, driving him to the ground as another member of the Woodbury group appears in a nearby watch tower. Carl and Carol are pinned down in the yard with Herschel and Rick trying to hide in the brush near the prison fences. Maggie runs out of the prison with automatic weapons for the group and they begin to fight back. Michonne shoots and kills a man standing right next to Governor and he doesn’t flinch. A cargo van smashes through the front gates, leaving the prison yard open to the walkers. It comes to rest in the field, the back gate drops and a bunch of trapped walkers exit into the prison yard. Maggie shoots the invader in the guard tower while a now unarmed Rick sprints away from a group of walkers.
The Governor approvingly looks over the chaos and leaves with the remaining members of his group. Glenn returns to see the Governor leaving, with the doc surrounded by walkers in the field and Rick pinned up against the fence by another group. Michonne and Glenn hack their way across the field to retrieve the doc, while Darly and Merle show up to save Rick.